Donni's artistic sensibility is best seen in her film work, where she excels in beauty, character and special effects makeup. Her knowledge of modern application techniques enables her to create realistic and authentic makeup looks, often with a "lived-in" feel. Her commitment to authenticity and collaboration, as well as her distinguished attention to detail and organization, have quickly advanced her career as a makeup department head. Donni's work on Moonlight, Best Picture winner at the 2017 Academy Awards, was featured by Vogue Magazine.
Born and raised in Venice, California, by two artist parents, Donni has an extensive background in painting, drawing and photography. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, earning her BFA in Photography in 2010. After returning to Los Angeles she trained with several established makeup department heads; completing a series of on-set apprenticeships before beginning her own career. Today Donni lives in Los Angeles, California, and travels throughout the country and abroad to work on feature films.
In addition to feature films, Donni works on select short films, music videos, commercials, photo shoots and fine arts projects.