Posts Tagged ‘makeup artist’

Nicki and Bill’s San Diego Wedding

From our bride Nicki,

“Many, many years ago I lived in Albany, NY, but moved away soon after visiting sunny California.  I just loved San Diego.  Of course, over the years, I still kept in touch with friends and family in the Albany, NY area via Facebook.  I saw a picture of Alayne doing makeup for a friend in Albany for a commercial shoot she was part of and couldn’t believe what I saw!! I’m not even sure I was dating my now husband yet!

The day I got engaged, and started planning our wedding–a mere 6 months away…I immediately reached out because although there are sooo many talented hairdressers and makeup artists here in San Diego (my own hairdresser does hair for So You Think You Can Dance, The Voice and other well known shows), there was no doubt in my mind that Alayne would be my girl.

She is booked years in advance, but…as fate would have it, she was free that one weekend in July.  Or should I say, that one day…  You see, Alayne was already scheduled to do hair and makeup for a national pageant in Orlando, Florida right after my wedding.  I live in California.  And yet, this wonder woman agreed to fly out, do my hair and makeup–including my entire bridal party (on her own), attend the ceremony, and catch a flight to Florida early, early the next morning.

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Not only is she Fabulous.  She’s Extraordinary beyond belief, as beautiful inside as she is stunning outside, and I am grateful, honored and blessed to have had her for my wedding day.

The pictures speak for themselves, but I will tell you–i’m not even offended when I show people my wedding photos, and they respond with–“that’s not you!”  Yeah…it was.  :-)”

Thank you Nicki for having me and the pleasure was all mine. And BTW, I can completely see why you fell in love with San Diego!!! I can’t wait to come back!!!

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Jessie Hajduk’s Beautiful Blowouts

JesseAs a little girl playing dress up, then a teenager in charge of hair and makeup for friends for special events, Jessie Hajduk has always known making people beautiful would be her life.

“It was inevitable. I’ve been doing makeup since I was two. I had friends over and did their makeup. I thought they looked beautiful… I did their hair. I did my own color. When it came to ‘What am I going to do with my life?’ It was obvious- I’ll go to beauty school. It was a no-brainer.”

Ten years after graduating from Orlo Beauty School, you’ll find Jessie at Make Me Fabulous, a round brush in one hand and a blow dryer in the other, proud of and known for her fabulous blow-outs.

“The curlier the hair, the more challenging. I ask myself, ‘How can I get this as straight as possible?”

Makeup is another of Jessie’s passions, a skill she pulls out of her bag in a big way on Halloween.

I specialize in special effects makeup, which isn’t really needed many other times of the year than Halloween… I can make you look like a zombie that’s falling to pieces, or I can make you look as beautiful as you want.”

Jessie credits her pursuit of the beauty industry and success so far to her mom, whom she says not only encouraged her but constantly provided her with loads of samples.

I had Caboodle kits upon Caboodle kits filled with makeup…. She was always very liberal with what I did with my hair and makeup… She was the one who said I should consider going to beauty school… She helped me through it, with the loans and all the stuff that goes with it. She was definitely the motivator behind it.”

Jessie officially joined Make Me Fabulous this year after freelancing and working with Alayne on the Milady brand teaching resources. She has experience with three salons and feels like she has finally found the place she should be.

I absolutely love it. The girls are such team players, and everyone helps out. Coming on as the newbie can be scary but they all made me feel welcome and accepted me as one of their own. Everyone is so sweet and so different in their own ways and everyone gets along. It’s a nice atmosphere. I love going to work every day.”

As for working with Alayne, Jessie echoes the sentiments all of the girls with #teamfab have stated.

So far I’ve learned an ungodly amount from her in the past two months. I was a Goldwell color tech so now switching to Schwarzkopf is different… Alayne is helping me relearn color and their makeup line… I’ve already learned so much. She’s a really good teacher. She makes you feel confident and comfortable with it… She’s very nurturing.”

Instagram and social media are also sources of inspiration for Jessie. She never tires of opening the aps and browsing the beautiful pictures of fellow artists.

Just to see everyone’s different styles… I follow everyone from beauty bloggers to fashion bloggers to special effects to face painters, photographers and art. It’s all over the board. It’s a wide variety of inspiration I take from everywhere.”

Jessie’s personal style tends to be funky and fun mixed with a touch of Boho. She lives in Troy with what she calls her fur babies, her cats Loki and Morrison (Yes, she admits, after Jim Morrison from The Doors.) When she’s not making others beautiful at Make Me Fabulous she practices special effects makeup on herself and hangs out with close friends and family. In the summer, she relishes hanging out on the porch reading a book.

We think Jessie is fabulous and are thrilled she’s part of #teamfab!

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