Kodo Nishimura is a global makeup artist and a certified Buddhist monk. He grew up in ever changing Tokyo, in a serene Buddhist temple. As a child, he practiced Japanese flower arrangement for eight years. At the age of 18, he moved to the United States, and graduated from Parsons The New School for Design in NY majoring in Fine Arts. In 2015, he completed his two-year Buddhist monk training in Tokyo. In 2017, he sought to further his classical training by enrolling at Makeup Desigonory in LA.
His story as a makeup artist and a monk is celebrated globally including The Times Newspaper, BBC Radio, Vogue, The New York Style Magazine, Buzzfeed, and by a documentary program by NHK. He has experience as a brand ambassador for L’oreal’s NYX Professional Makeup Japan. Also he was chosen as a multilingual spokesperson for “Global Views” a studying abroad project by the US Ambassador to Japan; Ms. Caroline Kennedy. He recently gave lectures at Yale University and UNFPA HQ in NY. He was also featured in "QUEER EYE” on NETFLIX in 2019.
His makeup work has appeared in national shows such as Miss Universe, Miss USA, The View and commercials for Toyota’s Lexus GS and Listerine. His magazine credits include Nylon, LA Weekly, Men's Health, Esquire, US Weekly Magazine, and the cover of Life & Style Magazine. He has done makeup for Chloe x Halle, Christina Milian, Carson Kressley, Halima Aden, Jeanie Mai, Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT, and Olympic gold medalist Daisuke Takahashi.
He is also passionate about education and he has taught numerous seminars including free LGBTQ+ friendly makeup classes. His mission is to empower all people of all gender using makeup skills with a hint of Buddhism.