Makeup artist jamie greenberg shows us her huge beauty closet in her backyard shed – coveteur electricity and magnetism equations


For months we had been hearing about makeup artist Jamie Greenberg’s makeup shed at her home in L.A. Admittedly, at first we couldn’t figure out what this could possibly be like. “Who would want to be in a shed? ” we wondered. How do you decorate it? Well, after our visit this spring to Greenberg’s home, which she shares with her three children and her husband, we not only understand why someone would want a separate little oasis in her backyard, but what *any human* who has ever cared about makeup would want in there. With perfect lighting for her makeup videos (she has over 56k followers on Instagram), doors that open onto the grassy backyard, and meticulously organized shelves filled with Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Charlotte Tilbury, and sheet masks upon sheet masks, she basically had to pry us out.

“I’m a beast with organization,” she tells us (yeah, no kidding). “In fact, when I was assisting bigger artists, that’s what I used to do for them. Like Pati Dubroff—I used to go to her house—or like Monika Blunder, and I’d redo their entire situation.”

Thankfully, Greenberg, whose high-profile clients include Rashida Jones, Kaley Cuoco, Julie Bowen, and Busy Phillips, let us totally dissect her situation. We dumped out makeup and skin care, and insisted she show us the best of the best. We also learned a lot about what goes on behind the scenes for makeup artists who get boxes of product every day and how she creates a super-positive community online.

“Being a celebrity makeup artist, you get a lot of stuff sent to you. We moved to this house when I was pregnant with my second child, and I took over the guest bedroom—it was overflowing. My husband was like, ‘Why don’t you get a shed?’ I went to Lowe’s, and I bought a shed. Then I had my friend Christy Capano come over and visualize for me. It was empty. It was just one shelf, that was it, and just wood. [Christy] was like, ‘You should do a desk. You need to put insulation because it gets really hot, and then air conditioning.’ Otherwise the makeup could melt. She also helped me just decorate it. She picked out that wallpaper. That’s Spoonflower. I’m obsessed with them. They did the drapes, too. They do wrapping paper; they do wallpaper; they do fabric, and if you’re visual, you can draw something yourself and upload it and then print it. I do have to give a shoutout: Kindra Mann, who’s a makeup artist, helped me hang it. It was real boot-strappy.”

“We used those plastic shoeboxes [for the makeup] and the labeler—which is my favorite tool—and made it alphabetical. It’s all by brand. There’s a system. I get stuff all the time. You try it, and I love it, and then I’m gonna do something with it. I’m either gonna put it on my story, or make a video on it. If I don’t like it, you don’t hear from me. I just try it, and then I’ll give it to someone. I do try not to judge a book by its cover. Because I have found some really great products that way. But I’m a little bit of a snob. I think aesthetically, if it’s not pleasing, I usually turn off. But I’ll try it.”

“We spent a summer in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and I was bored. Someone was like, ‘You like makeup. You should work at Ulta.’ It was like a second career. Because I studied editing in college. Film editing. So it was a total switcheroo. But I do use editing today. I also did a little comedy; I use comedy now, too. I did a little bit of everything. So at Ulta, some woman came in one day and was like, ‘I need new makeup!’ and I had no idea what I was doing. But I always was the girl who did everybody’s makeup in college. So I did—I’ll never forget—a Bare Minerals makeover. Because I knew Bare Minerals. The infomercial, Leslie Blodgett, she was a big inspiration to me. The woman bought everything, and I got such a high off of it, that I was like, ‘Oh shit. Game on.’ I learned so much being in Ulta, because I got to see everything that was on the market, play with everything.”

“Oh my god. I love them. I’ve cried from stories. They support me. I was selling t-shirts that I just wanted to make some money for this ovarian cancer research company that I work with. My mom passed away from ovarian cancer. Since then I have just been involved in this charity. All these people were DMing me like, ‘I have ovarian cancer,’ ‘My mom has ovarian cancer,’ ‘My aunt…’ ‘My cousin…’ my this, my that.”