When Lori was about eight years old, she started to cut the hair off her dolls and draw make-up on them with pens. By the time she was eleven she was drawing eyes on pieces of paper with eyeliner and eye shadow, the lips she drew were drawn with lipstick, and the cheeks were rouge. She was just thirteen when she walked into a small make-up boutique on Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach. The sales lady did Lori's make up and that's when she learned the difference between enhancing your features as opposed to exaggerating them.
At fourteen, Lori's biggest influences were musicians, groupies, models, drag queens, actors and actresses and most of all Make-up artist Way Bandy. Lori has said that she has David Bowie and his remarkable chameleon-like expertise to thank for pointing her in a direction that allowed her to explore a less traditional future. Most of the kids Lori knew in school were going to become Doctors or Lawyers. But not Lori, at the age of sixteen she had rainbow streaks in her hair, shaved off eyebrows, and a lot of unconventional articles of clothing that she wasn't afraid to wear...in public. She was considered "a freak" among her peers, but the ability to be creative far outweighed fitting in with the kids at school so, in the late 70's, when Lori was nineteen, she moved to New York City. There, she was surrounded by some really talented, (and not so talented) inspiring people; people that pushed the envelope and aspired to do everything out of the ordinary. Lori lived at The Chelsea Hotel during the "infamous Sid and Nancy days." It was a mecca of diversity and artistry. It was, to say the least, "epically educational."
Prior to becoming a professional make-up artist, Lori's real passion was the music business. In the 1980's, when she was just about twenty one, she moved to Los Angeles where she had a lot of friends in the music industry. These friends were able to open doors to the possibilities of realizing Lori's dream and to take what she'd learned about recording to the next level. Lori's ultimate goal in life was to become a record producer, but as fate would have it a target shooting mishap left her partially deaf in her left ear and it was painfully clear that any chance of fulfilling that dream was over.
Lori was lucky enough to have something that she loved doing to fall back on once the music business endeavor didn't work out. For Lori, doing make-up was equal (in a creative sense) to making records. It was something artistic, something she was good at, and much less difficult to break into because women were welcomed in this industry unlike the male dominated music business.
Lori's career as a professional make-up artist began with the help of her very good (and very talented) friends, Adam Ant and Christina Applegate. Thanks to them she was able to move quickly from amateur to professional. Christina (Applegate) gave Lori her very first professional make-up kit, as well as giving her her first jobs within the Television community. Adam (Ant) gave Lori the opportunity to work on her first film and her first play. Another key element in transitioning from amateur to professional came with jobs from up and coming photographers who put their subjects in Lori's hands. Without these wonderful, talented people, Lori would not have the long list of clients or jobs that she considers herself to fortunate enough to have had.