World-renowned makeup artist James Kaliardos brings a unique combination of glamour and chic minimalism to the realm of fashion photography. He has collaborated with photographers Annie Leibovitz, Steven Klein, David Sims, Steven Meisel, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Paolo Roversi, Richard Burbridge, and the late Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton. His work can be seen in American, British and Italian Vogue, Allure, W and V Magazine. He has created looks for campaigns and runway shows for Balenciaga, Chanel, Hermès, Fendi, Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, Rodarte, Dior, Y-3, Rochas, Lanvin, Mugler, DVF, Lacoste and Anna Sui, as well as campaigns for L'Oréal, Revlon, Shiseido, Cover Girl and Victoria's Secret. In 2003, he became the consultant for L'Oréal Paris, the first makeup artist to hold this position in the company. Some of the celebrities Kaliardos has worked with include: Madonna, Julianne Moore, Beyonce, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Tyra Banks, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Björk and Chloë Sevigny.
In addition to makeup styling, Kaliardos co-founded the art and fashion publication Visionaire in 1991, a uniquely creative outlet for hundreds of artists, and the culture and fashion magazines V Man and V Magazine. In 1996, he also founded the New York based Innocent Theatre Company, which produces both new works and revivals of classics with an infusion of art and fashion.