Dawn Payne was born on an Army base in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and raised in Burlington, North Carolina. Payne has been working in the mental health field for 12 years. Payne began by working specifically with children who have autism in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district. “Once I finished college and obtained a clinical license from the state board I began to practice psychotherapy and hold a similar position within the federal healthcare system,” Payne says.

Working in the mental health field is a rewarding process but Payne has expanded her activities and is now branching into the cosmetic world. “I got my start in makeup from a friend and fellow Marine. After we finished the Marines in 2009, she decided to pursue a cosmetology license. She was asked to do hair on the set of an independent film named “Two Wrongs” and asked me to do makeup. I began doing makeup a little over a year ago and the rest is history,” Payne explains.

Payne takes pride in how her new company, Dusk to Dawn Cosmetics, is enhancing the natural beauty of others and allowing anyone who visits her makeup chair to feel truly confident about themselves when they leave. Her personally designed studio is located in the Guilford Building on Elm Street in Downtown Greensboro.

“Dusk to Dawn is an awesome U.S. Veteran-owned business that loves to give back to the community. Everyone month we provide free makeovers to cancer survivors and are looking for more ways in which we can expand and help in other areas. I’m a makeup artist and I have a huge heart that’s filled with lots of glitter,” Payne says. !