Wil Strayhorn is certainly a jack of all trades. An award winning makeup artist and hair stylist, style coach, author, and speaker, his talent has allowed him to reach high heights. Having been in the industry for over 20 years, Wil has gained national notoriety for his work, winning numerous awards such as NAACP’s “Black Men Rock” image award for “Best Makeup Artist” twice and “Media Mogul,” among an array of others. His work has also been featured at New York Fashion Week where he’s held the title of lead makeup artist.
His beauty expertise has certainly landed him on a radar far beyond his hometown of Virginia Beach but his skills just begin there. Wil is a certified style coach and member of the International Association of Professional Image Consultants (IAPO). He’s assisted men and women from all walks of life discover their own individual style and the personal image they want to portray. Not only has he provided full makeovers but he also teaches them on self-image topics such as “looking the part”. He’s also an educator with L’oreal Professional – Mizani Hair Products, where he’s been a premiere national educator for the past six years.
Among his other accomplishments is landing a spot as the lead hair and makeup artist for the reality television show “Live To Sparkle” – a modeling competition. He works closely with University and College Queens (to provide professional hair & makeup styling for special appearances and their official portraits during their reign.
Wil is also the personal makeup and hair stylist to Nikki Clark, executive director of the International Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant, and helps pageant contestants cultivate winning personal images with his hair and makeup mastery. He works closely with pageant queens from historically black colleges and universities to provide professional hair and makeup styling for special appearances and their official portraits during their reign.
In 2012 Wil started his co-owned business Let’s Face It Makeup and Hair Studio and eventually founded L.F.I Enterprise, a business that provides an array of services such as hair, makeup, workshops, pageantry and bridal services, and image consulting.
Wil is also the president and host of his own radio show titled, “Let’s Face It with Wil Strayhorn & Friends” on www.LetsFaceItRadio.com. He’s a member of the US Press Association and hosts red carpet affairs as well special events. Wil enjoys sharing his expertise, experience and knowledge with other stylists, professionals and business leaders across the country. He is on track to becoming one of the top beauty and image professionals in the country and a notable media professional.