By  on September 3, 2010

Taylor Chang-Babaian’s mother was petrified her daughter would be a permanent ugly duckling and suggested whatever would be possible — plastic surgery for Korean-American Chang-Babaian’s eyelids, radical haircuts and assorted diets — to spark a swanlike transformation.

By no means a shrinking violet, Chang-Babaian took her appearance into her own hands. She tried out different eye shadow techniques in high school (one led to a male classmate to wonder if she had a black eye) and eventually perfected her makeup skills enough to beautify herself and others as a celebrity makeup artist working with an array of clients, including Yoko Ono, Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey and Michelle Rodriguez.

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