Swell Beauty is a Salon & on-location Hair & Makeup Company specializing in weddings and special occasions. The Swell Beauty team of Artists, are focused on bringing out the true beauty of our clients, to make them look and feel amazing. We believe every women should have a chance to be glamorous and timeless. These are special moments in your life, and we are honored to be a part of them!
~Swell Beauty Artistic Team
-Meet the Artists-
Dee – Head Hair Artist & Makeup Artist
Dee has a love for Beauty and everything that goes along with it. Starting at the age of four, she was always insistent on doing her own hair/makeup and everyone else’s. She did her First Wedding at 14 and has truly found the passion in Weddings ever since.That was only the beginning of what she is today.
Dee took her talents to one of the Top Hair Schools, The Paul Mitchell School, where she graduated in 2002 with a licence in Cosmetology. She has trained with some of the best in the industry like Wynn Claybaugh, Robert Cromeans, Douglas Parks, and many more great Mentors, learning great techniques in both Hair & Makeup. Since Graduating, Dee has been doing Hair & Makeup professionally for over 13 years. She has worked in many Top Salons doing Cut & Color, directing the Artistic Teams,& a part of Product Design.
She truly found her passion and love in doing Styling and Makeup for Special Occasions and making the her Clients look and feel fabulous. Her Dreams have turned into reality when she started Swell Beauty Hair & Makeup Artistry almost 3 years ago. She has been blessed to be a part of over 300+ Weddings,countless Special Occasions, many Fashion Shows, Charity Events, and Professional Photo-shoots & Print Work. Her work, has been featured on a episode of ““My Fair Wedding with David Tutera” as well as featured in magazines, blogs, websites and listed on Preferred Vendor Lists with Coordinators,Hotels and Venues.
She most recently expanded her on-location business and opened her First Bridal Salon in her favorite city, Laguna Beach. She is loving that her Clients can come get Salon and Spa Services for any occasion with her and her Swell Beauty Artists in her French Vintage Parlor inspired Salon.
Although being a Salon Owner and Hair & Makeup Artist is a big part of her life, she is most grateful to be married to her Husband for 11 years and being a mother to her 3 beautiful boys.
Laura – Makeup Artist
Laura has always been passionate about making people look beautiful. Growing up with three little sisters, there was always an opportunity to play “stylist” and “makeovers”.
Having had an interest in art and design, she went on to get her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Visual Communication. She found her true talent and passion in learning to blend and match colors, and perfecting her skills with a brush. She then decided to use those skills toward something she also loved . . . Makeup! She worked for various cosmetic companies including Estee Lauder and Laura Mericer, until she found her home with Stila Cosmetics. She joined Stila’s Southern California Pro Artistry Team for seven years, training and working alongside top celebrity makeup artists. She has years of experience with special events, weddings, make-overs, photo shoots, and fashion shows.
Weddings have always been her specialty, helping a bride look and feel her very best for such an important day. Having a creative eye and attention to detail, she succeeds in flawless applications. Laura takes great pride in her work and will never give up on making people beautiful! She is married to a wonderful loving husband, and they have 3 children.
Andrea – Hair & Makeup Artist
Andrea has an artistic flair when it comes to hair design and make-up. Her passion and creativity in the world of beauty began at a young age when she was able to experiment on her younger sister. That same desire is continually evolving in her career today.
Andrea obtained her Associates degree in Science before following her dream. She attended the prestigious Paul Mitchell The School and graduated in 2003. It became evident early on that formal hair design was her talent. She did not shy away from any client requests. Andrea currently holds a cosmetology license in two states. Her continuing education includes coursework in theatrical makeup, MAC master classes, modeling, and several hair styling shows. However, Andrea’s creative juices really flow when you mention the word wedding. She loves putting those finishing touches on the bride or bridal party to make that special day a memorable one. She also adores being a mom to her energetic 5 year-old son.
Katie- Hair Artist
Katie has always been drawn to all things of beauty. As a young girl, her Barbie dolls were always fashion forward donning the latest hairstyles. As she got older her friends and family replaced her dolls as her real life models, and she styled them for weddings, dances, photo shoots and more. When it came time for Katie to choose a career, it was the natural choice for her to study cosmetology. She loved her years spent at Paul Mitchell, working as an assistant at the Newport Beach Christophe Salon, and finally graduating at the top of her class at Marinello in Southern California where they wanted her to stay on to instruct.
But Katie knew she would be happiest being a freelance artist specializing in weddings and building a clientele. Aside from being a natural at color, cuts & styling, Katie also specializes in eyelash extensions making her the perfect choice for your special day. From lashes to locks, she wants her clients to look and feel like a princess. At home, Katie also has two little princesses of her own and a loving, devoted husband who is her biggest fan. Katie works hard and plays hard because life is too short to not enjoy it to the fullest!
Vanessa- Hair & Makeup Artist
Vanessa grew up as a tomboy, always surrounded by her brothers and male cousins. She played almost every sport and was never interested in her looks. However, high school changed everything, and she became very interested in beauty and fashion. Even now while she’s a fashionista, she still has a huge tomboy side and continues to play soccer to this day.
Vanessa has been a professional cosmetologist for the last eight years. She has styled hair and makeup for many high fashion photo shoots, engagement shoots, and weddings. Vanessa is extremely inspired by fashion and is highly creative with her hair and makeup styles. She loves to make people feel comfortable and happy with their look, and takes great pride in making everyone look gorgeous.
Vanessa absolutely loves what she does! She also loves being newly married and volunteering at her church.
Melody- Hair & Makeup Artist
Melody is a hairstylist and makeup artist who takes great pride in making people look and feel beautiful on their wedding day. She is a licensed Cosmetologist, and for over 10 years she has worked at creating a great reputation with all of her clientele.
Her work has been featured in The Knot Magazine, Southern Bride Magazine, Polka Dot Bride, Forget Me Knot Weddings, and Green Wedding Shoes. Her desire to learn and constantly improve in her craft is evident in her work. She will always bring a warm and personal approach to each and every one of her clients.
Melody has been married for 8 years and loves being a mom to two sweet boys.
Mamica- Hair & Makeup Artist
Micaela Blasco started doing make-up at the age of 15 while she was performing on her high school dance team. Within a few short years, she was doing it professionally for a Hollywood production company and continued on that path by becoming a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician where she got her cosmetology license at Marinello. She has 17 years behind her belt as a Hair & Makeup Artist.
Micaela is passionate about beauty and the arts, especially Beauty as an art. Which is why she continues to keep up on the latest styles and trends, treating each individual as a canvas to bring out the beauty in each one.
Shayla- Makeup Artist
Shayla has always had the love for Art and found her passion for makeup while she was young. She use to visit her Mom at Estee Lauder while growing up and loved every part of watching her do makeup. She grew to love the same passion and decided to Start doing makeup Proffessionally. She Trained at Bobby Brown Makeup School while working at Nordstrom for two Years and has been doing freelance makeup for 5 years which includes Weddings,Special Events, Print work and TV.
She loves being a part of someones Special Day, making them feel even more beautiful and comfortable in their own Skin.
Renee- Makeup Artist
Renee has been doing makeup for weddings, advertisements and editorial shoots for over 12 years. With a clean and precise style of makeup, she likes to capture and bring out the best features for each face. Having a sensitivity to color allows her to individualize each look and create custom blends tailored to each skin tone.
Renee’s work has been seen in Health Mag,Oprah Magazine,Men’s Health, and Advertisements such as Armani Exchange, Apple, Billabong, Kohls, Roxy, Target, and many many more.
Ashley- Hair Artist
Since 2003, Ashley has specialized in color, cuts, up-dos, and hair smoothing techniques. She enjoys working with her clients to come up with styles individualized to their wants and needs by utilizing her artistic vision and impeccable attention to detail. As the Artistic Director at Kenworthy Salon in Beverly Hills, Ashley keeps herself and the stylists up-to-date with the latest techniques and hair trends as they appear on the fashion scene. As much as Ashley loves being in the salon, she also enjoys sharing her talent with the fashion/print and bridal industry. A recent newlywed herself, Ashley understands everything that goes into making a bride look and feel beautiful on her wedding day.
Cindy- Makeup Artist
Cindy has always had a passion for makeup and admires how it makes women feel beautiful but most important, confident. Her love of beauty led her to plead with her mom to allow her to wear makeup as a young girl. After months and months, she gave in and Cindy was the proud owner of clear mascara, clear lip gloss and her very own translucent powder compact. For the last twelve years, she has loved being able to practice her talents on family and friends. She was also able to pick up a few tips and tricks from a few years spent in front of the camera. Her desire to continue growing as a makeup artist only gets stronger each day and she feels so blessed to be able to pursue her dreams. She is excited to continue her education and looks forward to new challenges and experiences. Cindy adores being a single mom to her 8 year old daughter and enjoys being newly engaged to her biggest supporter.
Vicky- Hair & Makeup Artist
At a very early age Vicky would bring her mother’s makeup to daycare. She would always be the go to person in her group of friends and family whenever they needed to be dolled up for an event or advice on hair and makeup. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and working for the music industry, Vicky feels blessed that she is still able to make room to do what she loves which is making someone feel special on their wedding day or bringing a photo shoot idea to life. Having done weddings, test shoots and photo-shoots for clothing, jewelry and EP covers, she is always learning to improve and evolve as a hair and makeup artist by testing out various looks from fashion magazines and reading beauty blogs.
Stephanie- Airbrush Tanning Artist
Stephanie has a love for making women feel beautiful,Tan and Sun kissed. She has found much Joy in mobile Spray Tanning and even loves to be Tan hersel. She loves that you can get a healthy tan with amazing organic Products. She has been a local Beach girl for over 16 years, is happily married with 3 kids.
Brittney- Eyelash Technician
I always thought having short, blonde eyelashes was a curse and wearing gunky waterproof mascara was going to be the bane of my existence. And then, 4 years ago, all my dreams came true…eyelash extensions!! On top of being waterproof, there was no more need for mascara or an eyelash curler! I got them on and have never went back!
Moving to California, I quickly realized that all eyelash technicians were not created equal. It was hard to find someone I really liked or who I felt I could trust to do my lashes. That’s when I thought, “Hey, I could do that!” From that moment, I decided to get trained and certified to become an eyelash technician. Whether it’s a natural eye or a glam cat eye, it never ceases to amaze me how a set of eyelash extensions can transform a face. My goal has always been to achieve a higher standard of customer satisfaction, making each client feel beautiful an “eye” catching!