Lake Zurich makeup artist puts right touch on famous faces

Makeup artist gets ice time with the Blackhawks

  • Cheryl Harvey Gorey of Lake Zurich, a makeup artist who applies makeup to the Chicago Blackhawks announcers, poses with Mike Emrick, above, and on the ice after Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center.

    Cheryl Harvey Gorey of Lake Zurich, a makeup artist who applies makeup to the Chicago Blackhawks announcers, poses with Mike Emrick, above, and on the ice after Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center. COURTESY OF CHERYL HARVEY GOREY

  • Cheryl Harvey Gorey of Lake Zurich on the ice after the Hawks captured the Stanley Cup.

    Cheryl Harvey Gorey of Lake Zurich on the ice after the Hawks captured the Stanley Cup. COURTESY OF CHERYL HARVEY GOREY

  • Cheryl Harvey Gorey of Lake Zurich is a freelance makeup artist who applies makeup and ensures the announcers for the Chicago Hawks games look good.

    Cheryl Harvey Gorey of Lake Zurich is a freelance makeup artist who applies makeup and ensures the announcers for the Chicago Hawks games look good. COURTESY OF CHERYL HARVEY GOREY

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Posted6/21/2015 7:00 AM

Cheryl Harvey Gorey of Lake Zurich knows how to keep a secret. Perhaps that's why so many sports figures and celebrities, including Betty White, Jay Leno, Brooke Shields and Joan and John Cusack, keep asking for the freelance makeup artist.

"I won't talk about their personal stuff," Gorey said. "I've got to keep a good secret. That's why they trust me."

 

Others high on the request list include Chicago Blackhawks announcers Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire. Gorey had the opportunity to do their makeup while the hockey team pursued the Stanley Cup. And she also was part of the team that hit the ice at the United Center moments after that victory last week.

"It was crazy," said Gorey, 50. "We were all trying to figure out where we would go when they win,"

For about 30 years, Gorey has been a sought-after makeup artist in the Chicago region and traveled nationwide with clients when not working at Michael Thomas Salon & Spa in Buffalo Grove and Studio M in Lake Zurich. She began when legendary WGN radio broadcaster Orion Samuelson, a family friend, asked her to do his makeup for some programs. She later worked for WMAQ-TV for about 11 years, doing makeup for "First Thing in the Morning" hosts Bob Sirott and Allison Rosati, among others.

She then partnered with Oprah, Jerry Springer and Doris Christopher, founder and former CEO of Addison-based Pampered Chef.

"I remember being on a book tour with Doris and my son was just 5 months old. I would call my husband and tell him I was sending him breast milk from New York or another city," she said.

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Over the years, Gorey and her husband of 26 years, Tim, have raised three children.

Yet it's been the Stanley Cup wins for the Blackhawks that have given her an extra boost in recent years, she said.

She kept busy doing makeup and touchups for the announcers during regular and playoff games, taking even more care during the playoffs to make sure their hair and clothing looked just right.

"I just love taking care of them," she said. "It's the mother in me."

On the night the Stanley Cup was won, she piled onto the ice after the game during the celebration.

"But I didn't hold up the cup. That's not my place. That's for the team and their families. I was still working," she said. "I have to admit, it was fun watching the players and their families. And touching the ice later, now that was really cool. It was all very exciting."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

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