2015 50 Most Beautiful

Carl Ray
Carl Ray
Virginia Beach, Va., and overseas
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Working with Michelle Obama hasn’t only provided Carl Ray with countless memories, it’s also left quite the impression — on one of his limbs.


“She’s inspired almost my whole arm,” Ray, the first lady’s personal makeup artist, revealed of his colorfully and “endlessly” tattooed bod.

The cosmetics guru, who is the man behind carlraymakeupartist.com, describes his look as “street style with a little edge.”

With his dad in the military, Ray grew up in Naples, Italy, before moving to the United States as a teen. He high-tailed it to Washington in his early 20s: “It was the closest city with culture and it reminded me of Europe.”

The SoulCycle fanatic is quick to offer his healthy skin tips, stressing cleaning, moisturizing, exfoliating and his absolute must: lathering on sunscreen.

“Concentrate just on having pretty skin,” Ray said. “All the other stuff is extra.”

— Judy Kurtz