Blade Runner

Professional makeup and microblade artist Niki Metz brings high-fashion looks to Ventura County.

By Amelia Fleetwood

Photo by Michael Montano

A wizard with a cosmetic brush and a master with a microblade, Niki Metz brings her years of experience in the world of high fashion to help women in Ventura County and beyond put their best face forward.


elebrity makeup artist Niki Metz’s return to her hometown of Ventura is raising more than a few eyebrows, now that she’s added microblading to her many accomplishments.

Famous for her Metz Glow Now, for 20 years Metz has traveled the world as a makeup artist to her high-profile clientele. She’s known for bringing a fresh, original approach to creating beautiful faces.

Ventura-born and -raised, Metz’s parents own Stephen’s Market and Grill, and her husband is a Ventura police officer. Metz laughs, “We like to keep everything in Ventura County!” While she still travels, maintaining her career as a makeup artist, recently Metz set up shop for microblading appointments at Y2 Nail Bar and Beauty Lounge in Camarillo. “I like the fact that Ventura County is so humble and laid-back but people still want to look nice. There are plenty of people here who are passionate about self-care.”

Metz’s success story has humble beginnings. “In the late ’80s,” Metz recalls, “when I was 19, I got a job at Nordstrom in Santa Barbara.” She worked for Stila Cosmetics, which at the time was a very small brand. “The makeup and beauty world was not saturated as it is today. We had no social media and it was definitely a simpler time.”

With a tip from her older sister, Metz went on to work for an unknown label that was slated to be a big hit. She became its very first national makeup artist for California in 2001. As the face of the brand, Metz ended up traveling to NYC, where she cut her teeth doing makeup for NARS at its fast-paced fashion shows.

From there Metz went on to become the international makeup director for DvF Beauty (part of the Diane von Furstenberg brand), as well as executive director of artistry and education for Jouer Cosmetics. She contributed to countless fashion magazines, among them Allure, Women’s Wear Daily, Interview and Shape. She also did the makeup for numerous fashion shows, including Diane von Furstenberg, Stephen Burrows and Chris Aire. Metz played a key role in companies such as Jenny Kane, David Cardona, Thakoon, Trina Turk, John Varvatos, and Kate O’Connor. 

In 2004, Metz returned to California, hoping to work closer to home. “It was a time when reality shows were becoming popular, and people could care less that I had come from a high-fashion world, doing makeup for the likes of Naomi Campbell, etc. So I actually had to start all over again. I began working for Extreme Makeover, the reality show, as one of their makeup artists, while I built up my clientele from scratch.”

These days, Metz takes care of her clients’ makeup needs for movie premieres and award shows like the Oscars and Golden Globes, and continues to do makeup for fashion shoots. More recently, she turned her artistry toward learning a new skill, microblading, a form of semi-permanent makeup that enhances the eyebrow using fine deposits of cosmetic pigments.

“Microblading literally takes 10 years off a face, and since I have been an artist for so long, it seemed a natural fit,” Metz shares.“I use a microblade, which looks like a mini X-Acto knife. I dip it into a non-toxic, water-based ink. Then I make the lines that look like natural hairs with a little scratch.”

Nicki’s expertise and facial knowledge, gleaned from 20 years of working as a makeup artist, are what set her apart from other microbladers. Metz makes each client’s eyebrows to measure. “I don’t give everyone the exact same brow. To me it’s important to use proper mapping techniques to create perfect, natural brows. I make them look fluffier — it’s shaping the brow that’s so important. The artistic eye is crucial. You need to know how the hairs grow on the face and what is appealing to the eye.”

Metz is certain she puts personality into each set of brows she does, and her clients, who come from far and wide, are convinced of it. Microblading typically costs $500, which includes a touch-up within six weeks.  

For more information on Niki Metz, call 714.425.2688
or visit
Y2 Nail Bar and Beauty Lounge
464 Arneill Road, Camarillo

My go-to brow product
Glossier Boy Brow in Clear. “It’s like a pomade for your brows to keep them soft and fluffy looking.”
What I have in my makeup bag
Jouer Cosmetics Luminizing Moisture Tint in Golden. “This is my go-to tinted moisturizer. I love that it is hydrating and does not move around on my face throughout the day.”
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Medium to Tan. “I cannot live without this kit. I use it for my eyeshadow too!”
Blistex Medicated Lip Balm, SPF 15. “I have one in my purse, car, makeup bag, and nightstand! I love that it glides on effortlessly without feeling sticky or thick.”


Metz’s expertise and facial knowledge, gleaned from 20 years in the beauty biz, give her an edge in microblading – and every eyebrow is made to measure. “To me it’s important to use proper mapping techniques to create perfect, natural brows,” she says.
Model Donnay courtesy of Hello Gorgeous Models.


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