Orlando Santiago began his career as a freelance makeup artist at Christian Dior, where he advanced to become the regional makeup artist for the Central and Northern region of Florida in just a few years. In 1999, Orlando was offered a position as a member of the National Art Team for Toni & Guy, where he traveled nationwide doing platform makeup, educating and demonstrating his makeup talent while launching the newly developed Bed Head makeup line. In 2000, he moved back to New York City to join MAC Cosmetics as a trainer for makeup schools. He managed MAC’s largest account, and was instrumental in introducing new seasonal makeup trends worldwide to the company’s new and existing artists. He currently participates in many shows for Fashion Week each season.
Celebrities: Lady Gaga, P-Diddy, Teyana Taylor, Lolene, Heather Headley, Tyra, Franz Ferdinand, Ludacris, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Adrienne Bailon (The Cheetah Girls), Hill Harper, Terence Howard, Selita Ebanks , Daphne Guinness, Natalia Vodianova.
Editorial: Elle, French Vogue, Essence, American Salon, On Makeup Magazine, Social Life, Karin + Raoul, Source, King, Catalina, Free, Black Women, Hair, Sync, Esquire, Flaunt, Smooth, Time Out, Velvet Addiction, Amber, Vibe Vixen, Jewel, Time, Paper, AOL.com
Clients: L’Oreal-Matrix, Walmart, Jeep, Meukow Liquor, Burger King, Revlon, Verizon, Azzure Denim, Old English Beer, Corona Beer, Miller Beer, Love Boat (Japan), Ashley Stewart, Mickeys Liquor, Taxotere.