We provide on-location makeup artistry, hair artistry and massage services for weddings and other special occasions, photo shoots, television/film and fashion shows.
Few would question the enormous transformative power of makeup. It can make you look like a completely different person or simply the very best version of yourself. From the “Plain Jane” who morphs into a movie star to the movie star who morphs into a Plain Jane down to the amazing special effect techniques that can make a person look sick, old or injured, makeup is powerful (and fun!)
For most of us, though, makeup is a wonderful tool to help us look, and therefore feel, our best. My job is to manifest whatever vision you hold for yourself. Whether it is the illusion of perfect skin and a completely natural look, polished glamour for a special night, or a dramatic, artistic look fit for a magazine. The sky is the limit!
I have been fascinated with makeup for as long as I can remember. Even as a child, I would watch my mom get ready and she would even let me play with her makeup. Since that time I have grown to appreciate the true art in makeup artistry. For years I have found myself missing parts of movies and television shows or being completely oblivious to the clothes in fashion magazines because of being totally absorbed in looking at the faces and the makeup they were wearing. Knowing that I have a new lip gloss waiting for me can literally get me out of bed in the morning better than any alarm clock. No joke. It finally dawned on me that maybe not everyone is like this and if I am that passionate about it, maybe I should do something. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to practice something that I love and make others happy in the process. It’s a win-win situation.
A few years ago I decided that I wanted to take my passion and knowledge to the next level. I was interested in learning the latest techniques for the ever-growing field of HD film. I was grateful to find an Emmy-nominated makeup artist in L.A., Kerry Herta, who provided the exact training I was looking for. I had the awesome privilege to fly her out to Rhode Island for several days of personal, private instruction about each aspect of HD makeup artistry as well as airbrush training. This unique education has proved to be invaluable to my success as an artist.
In addition to countless lovely brides, I have had the amazing opportunity to do what I love in many varied venues. As a member of the StyleWeek Northeast team for several years, I work with other talented team members to help execute designer looks for the runway and look book shoots. My work has also aired on the CW Providence and CNN Headline News. I have enjoyed working with local contacts such as Bryant University, Texere Silk and NuRoo Baby, celebrity clients that (sadly) have to remain nameless and for many private clients for photo shoots as well. My work has recently been published in Linger Magazine, Bride and Groom Magazine and Editorial Magazine. Additionally, I truly enjoy opportunities to educate adults and teenagers about proper makeup application and also the importance of safe, natural skin care. I have recently been introduced to the most phenomenal line of skin care products; Beautycounter. I love them so much that I became a consultant in order to help spread the word about safe skin care. As a nice bonus, the products are also amazing and effective and a new staple for my kit.
I feel that my greatest skill as an artist is perfecting the complexion. Whether you want a totally natural look or glam all the way, perfect, glowing skin goes with everything and every occasion. My so to style is simple and fresh. I like you to look like you!
I love people, I love what I do and I can’t wait to work with you!
Some people are born to do hair. From the first updo they give their Barbie, they just know. I was not one of those people. I probably dried my hair twice in high school, so you can imagine my surprise the first time I picked up a curling iron and realized I was a natural. Within two weeks, I had taught myself how to do a perfect beach wave (long before the wand came around, thank you very much!) and had friends lined up at my bathroom every Friday night. This became a very valuable hobby throughout college and my early twenties, but remained nothing more than a hobby. After graduating from Arizona State University with a B.A. in broadcast journalism, I dabbled in everything from bartending to sales to public relations, but never really finding anything that felt like a career. Finally, while getting my hair done for my dad’s wedding in the summer of 2010, I noticed how much fun the hairdressers were having. They were doing the same thing I did for my friends every weekend and they were getting paid to do it.
I immediately enrolled at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy in Cranston, Rhode Island. I was so excited to actually care about what I was learning and, while becoming an overachiever in school, I developed a huge passion for styling hair. After graduating in the winter of 2011, I started working at Eden XO Salon in Cranston. While assisting and learning under the owner who has over 40 years of experience, I would also work any wedding I could get my hands on.
In the short time I have been a licensed hairdresser, I have worked over 50 weddings, as well as numerous fashion shows, charity events, photo shoots and media appearances. Last year my article “Perfect Style for the Aisle”, which helps brides choose their perfect hairstyle, was published in Brides Choice Magazine. I am constantly taking classes and workshops to further my education and increase my knowledge base. My vast work background has given me the ability to relate to and communicate with people from all walks of life, which I believe to be the most important factor when choosing a stylist (after doing a fabulous job, that is).
When it comes to weddings, my main goal is to make the bride feel as comfortable and at ease as possible on her wedding day. Besides that, I would say my best attribute is my vast knowledge of useful wedding tips…because every bridesmaid should know how to hold their bouquet to reduce armpit fat, right?
So why massage? If you've experienced a fantastic massage, then you know. If not, you might find this interesting. Massage therapy has been around for centuries upon centuries! It's been practiced in nearly every culture around the world. It's one of the most ancient forms of healing. The list of benefits goes on and on--it increases circulation, it's good for the lymphatic system, which in turn helps the immune system. It improves the health of your skin and aids your central nervous system, so you can relax and be rejuvenated. (It also helps alleviate chronic and acute symptoms.) It's just downright good for you!
What better way to prepare for celebrating one of the most important days of your life than with a massage? It can help relax those wedding jitters and melt away all of the stress associated with preparing for the big day, helping you glow from the inside out. It can also be a wonderful treat for your wedding party.
I've been a licensed massage therapist for almost a decade now, graduating in 2004 from the Massachusetts Institute of Therapeutic Massage. I've taken additional courses in hot stone therapy, deep tissue massage, fibromyalgia treatment, and Bonnie Prudden's pain management. After practicing for many years on the East Side of Providence, I have relocated to the East Bay at ZoCo Hair + Body in beautiful downtown Bristol.
I genuinely love what I do and am thrilled to be a part of Danielle's team. I look forward to being a part of helping your special day start off in the very best way possible!
"Touch has a memory." -John Keats