Tiffany's Prom Makeup and Hair!

Who: Tiffany
What: Prom Makeup and Hair

High School Prom!!! It's that time of year again, and I'm so glad that Tiffany contacted me to see if I could help her with her hair and makeup. She had already gone to her own, but had a chance to go to her friend's prom last minute.

Before and After #1

Before and After #2

Tiffany normally wears glasses, and was planning on possibly wearing them during the prom. We made sure the false lashes I applied didn't get in the way :)
Glasses vs No Glasses (cute either way!)


Tiffany requested a simple updo with some side framing bangs. I also suggested incorporating some kind of braid in to add a little bit of detail. Here's what we came up with!
Before and After

Hope you had fun at prom Tiffany! Best wishes to you as you embark on your college career! :)


MUA for New Studio & Photographer

I while back, Matthew from Matthew Basile Photography and Design contacted me to see if I'd be interested in helping out with makeup and hair for a beauty shoot to test out a new studio space in San Jose. Yes! Of course I was! I had been taking a break from booking any jobs due to the birth of my 2nd son, but man was I ready to get back into it! That, plus the excitement of working with another photographer and checking out another studio really intrigued me.

New studio workspace for Matthew Basile Photography - LOVED the bright tangerine colors with the happy vibe. So inviting...Look! There's my trusty makeup & hair bag and kit, making themselves at home in the brightly lit corner.

Who: Vannessa (Model)
What: Beauty Shoot for New Studio Test
Where: San Jose Studio

Matthew was very professional and introduced me to the model, Vannessa, when she arrived. Vannessa was great! I loved chatting with her and working on her super photogenic features.
Before and After taken with my iphone

Before and After taken by the professional :)

I applied Vannessa's makeup with tones that would go well with the different colored outfits she had brought with her. Once I finished her hair with some volume and curls, she was ready for her photos with Matthew!

Behind the scenes
Matthew was great with giving directions and suggestions, explaining how certain shots would turn out, even if it meant making certain angles with the body and face that might have seemed a little awkward at first.

The metal wall you see there is actually like a garage door! Matthew was able to help me open it during the makeup application so that I'd get plenty of natural light.

Photographer and Model hard at work!

Curious to see how the photos turned out? Thanks Matthew for sending these over!
I like this one!

I always love hearing how the models I work with get their start. For Vannessa, it was doing a modern day Disney Princess photo shoot for her friend. I guessed Belle right away because of the similarities in Vannessa's hair and features... and I was right!!! She WAS Belle!
Do you see it?

Another one of my favorites

It was a pleasure working with both Matthew and Vannessa! If you're looking for a photographer to get some studio shots in, please click here to check out his website. He's really good with communicating and getting back to you with whatever questions you may have in a timely manner.

LADIES... on a side note, I do want to remind you to BE SAFE if you ever go into a studio for shoots with a photographer that you are unfamiliar with. Vannessa wisely brought her boyfriend with her. Other models in past shoots I've worked in have also brought their mothers, significant others, or a friend along to play is safe. You don't want to ever be caught in a sticky or dangerous situation! Know all the details about the shoot and what the agreed upon expectations are.  I myself always google the address and area surrounding first, to get an idea for how the neighborhood is. I'll read up on the photographer and any reviews that come up on the internet, as well as try to check out as much of their work as possible prior to meeting in person. I also let my husband know the address where I'll be, and text him when I arrive and leave a photo shoot. Thank God everything has always worked out nicely! If I ever had a sense that something wasn't right, I'd book it out of there! ...okay so that being said, Matthew was great :) The door to the studio was open and welcoming, Matthew was friendly but kept a good professional distance, and he explained everything that he was doing! He was also open to Vannessa's boyfriend hanging out during the shoot.


Lydia's Wedding Hair & Makeup + Mom and Sister!

Photo courtesy Hom Photography

Who: Lydia
What: Lydia's Hair & Makeup + Mom and Sister

Thanks so much to Anna for passing my name on to Lydia! I always appreciate my former clients who help to share their experience with me as a makeup artist :) THANK YOU!!!

What an absolutely fun and warm family Honey and I were introduced to as we stepped into Lydia's home to help with makeup and hair prep for Lydia's special day. Girls were flitting in an out of the room, food was offered to us multiple times, and there was just a general atmosphere of HAPPINESS that permeated the entire household.

I had met Elsie during Lydia's makeup and hair trial and was able to work on her makeup first. Chatting with Elsie was truly a rewarding experience. I completely enjoyed our conversation and know God allowed me to hear Elsie's sharing about her family's journey so I could reflect on my own, especially as my two little boys get older and start making their own decisions!

Elsie with her beautiful family
Photo courtesy Hom Photography

Before and After

Lydia checking out the progress :)

Bold lips for a sparkly dress

Vanessa was next for makeup and completely trusted me in creating a makeup look for her! That, along with her being so calm and easy-going made the time with her and the makeup application a ton of fun. 

Before and After

Airbrushing foundation

Blush: Mousse application first, then powder

Eyeliner, Mascara, Lipcolor

Finishing spray... it's like hairspray for your face!

Photos courtesy Hom Photography

Photo courtesy Hom Photography

It was great to have Lydia in the hair and makeup chair again! She's definitely a special girl where she just makes everyone around her feel at ease. Onto the photos!

This hair creation was constructed so that Lydia could have an updo for the ceremony, and let part of her hair down for the banquet. 

Elsie and Vanessa looking on during Lydia's hair creation

Hair up, Hair down
Photos courtesy Hom Photography

Brows, Mascara, Lips

Photo courtesy Hom Photography

I met Lauren out of the brother and sister team that makes up Hom Photography. So calm and friendly, she arrived right in the middle of Lydia's makeup application... taking the moments to capture the details and events of that morning. Sometimes, things can get a bit hectic under a time crunch, but Lauren was awesome, patient, and offered great suggestions to help keep the morning running smoothly for the wedding party. Thanks so much for sending over the photos Lauren!

Click here for Hom Photography's full post on Lydia and Noah's wedding to see many more gorgeous moments captured from their wedding.


Lydia and Noah, wishing you loads of blessings, happy times, and opportunities to grow as a couple and as individuals for our most wonderful God.