jaime + adam.

Jaime has known my wife since their church camp days in elementary school. We are all often reminded by the random outbursts of church songs. 

I met Jaime my first holiday season with Bianca. From all the stories, I was very excited to meet this gal and she certainly lived up to the hype. 

No joke, my face hurts from laughing so much with every visit. 

Maybe a year later, we heard about this Adam guy. They appeared to really enjoy one another, and what more could you want for your friend? We were excited to meet this guy.

Halloween 2015, Las Vegas. We met Adam. 

Remember my face hurting from Jaime? Yea, now add my abs to the list too! They are cut from the same cloth.

Jaime and Adam truly make a dynamic pair! They are tailor made for one another. Which was confirmed by Adam's friends upon meeting them at their joint bachelor/bachelorette weekend. Again, hurting cheeks and abs before the weekend was over. 

When the two got in engaged during a vacation in Italy, we were overjoyed. And I even more so when she asked me to do her bridal makeup! 

It was such a special day and I really pampered her. From a cleansing facial massage to hydrating sheet mask, I gave Jaime the full luxury experience. She was a glowing bride and I felt honored to be with her on her special day. 

The day was beautiful, but what's even more so is their growing love for one another and now with their dog, Gordo. I feel honored to call this couple my dear friends.

michelle + johnny.

Michelle and I met in middle school, but our friendship truly took off when we joined the dance team our freshman year of high school. 

We spent so much time together that her mom called me the "Other Daughter". 

High school came and went. College put a few hundred miles between us, but we continued to dance through one another's lives. 

Early on in college, Michelle met Johnny. He was always so sweet, welcoming, and had a new story to tell. I saw his love for Michelle in his desire for her to always have fun. To this day, you can see his face light up when she is dancing. 

Michelle is the friend who likely reaped the most benefits of my makeup addiction. Every youth group or high school dance, every dance team performance, Michelle sat down and I painted her face. 

When I heard the news of Michelle's engagement, I was not only overjoyed for the two of them, but elated knowing I would be the one to transform Michelle on her wedding day. It is such a special experience to evolve in your career with a friend's support the entire journey. In fact, there is a high chance that Michelle was the first "client" in my chair ever!

I have painted Michelle's face in all different styles from costume to dramatic to natural. Knowing her personal makeup choices, I knew exactly the look should would want. Once she explained her wedding to me, it was so clear. 

Clear, bright and glowing skin.

Simple, neutral, but glamorous eyes.

Natural, individual lashes.

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You may recognize this face! From my website homepage and business cards!

The big day came and it was so special. I really took my time so we could fully enjoy the experience. Fortunately, Michelle hired a wonderful photographer, Johnathan Massmann, and he was present for our makeup session. 

In addition to gifting Michelle her makeup service, I framed three photos of me doing her makeup throughout our friendship. Leaving a space for her to add one more. We walked down memory lane just before starting her appointment. It is a memory I will forever cherish. It is truly an honor having a skill that I can share with people on their wedding day. 

 

 

october is for darkness.

Traditionally, my job as a bridal artist is all about accentuating features, bringing light to the face and helping my clients to feel their best. 

Not today. 

I teamed up with Victoria Elena from Persephone Studios to get creative. We found inspiration in the Black Swan and all her grungy dark glory. 

Starting with the White Swan, I found the light first. Victoria has a gorgeous fair complexion that required very little foundation. Thus, I worked more so with various white products ranging from cream to powder and matte to shine. I enjoyed playing with the different textures, layering products to create dimension despite their monochromatic nature. 

But looking at my work, it felt incomplete and too pure. Thus, the gray eyeliner and the representation of imperfection.

IMPERFECTION. The true drive and theme of this photoshoot for me. 

From here, I continued to deepen the darkness. Thus, the final and photographed looks.

I had so much fun drawing outside the lines. Creating imbalance. Darkness. Grunge. The complete opposite of my usual art. 

The most difficult task of all for myself, was posing in front of the camera. It was hard to push aside my naturally uplifting personality to portray darkness and mystery. This is where Victoria was a true help. With her direction I was able to achieve our desired look. 

For your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!