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Jessie Holland Wedding

Late post, but wanted to share the lovely photos from the Jessie Holland Wedding.  Photos by Kara Miller.  Some of the behind the scenes taken by our team.  Lead makeup artist:  Vanessa Quinteros, assisting artist and stylist: Heather O’Connell.




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Favorite Tools and Products!

Today’s blog features Heather O’Connell, Beauty Mark Ink Hairstylist and Makeup Artist.

Heather has been in the industry for 12 years, she has extensively trained in Hair and Makeup and pull from her training and experience to share her go to products and tools of the trade.

1.Kabuki Brush


Typically a short handled brush with dense bristles that are most often dome shaped. They are used to apply powders to the skin creating a natural finish.

What Heather says, “Awesome for blending and setting blush and powder.”

2. Aquage Finishing Spray


 Holds in any style,  while sealing the cuticle and adding shine.

What Heather says,  “Strong hold without flaking.”

3. Pravana Intense Therapy Leave-In Treatment


 Softens, detangles, and deeply hydrates without weighing hair down.

What Heather says, “Not just great for hair, you can use it to hydrate your whole body and set your makeup!”

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Heather’s Portfolio

Published on Essere Magazine!

Our artist Jennifer Gamez was published on Essere Magazine for a shoot done with Molly of MVK Photography.






Jessica and Robert Wedding

This is an “oldie but goodie”!  We had the pleasure of assisting Jessica and her bridal party in the Spring of 2011.  Since then, Jessica has contacted us to provide beauty services for her photo shoot leading up to her baby shower!!  Congratulations to both Robert and Jessica for their new bundle of joy!!  Back in April of 2011, they had a beautiful wedding at Byington Winery in Los Gatos, and we were privileged to accompany her throughout most of her wedding day providing services in the morning and then some touch up services.  She truly had the VIP experience!!  Preview some of her photos here, by the very talented Deanna Graham.  To see more from this wedding, including before and afters taken by us, visit our Facebook Page.






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Christina Pasquale Wedding

Had the pleasure to assist Christina Pasquale and her 5 bridesmaids for her wedding this fall in October.  I turned out to be a beautiful day in San Francisco, perfect for a wedding!  Christina wanted a light, soft, natural look for her wedding, as she normally does not wear much makeup.  So we provided a beautiful light weight airbrush makeup application, that would be natural, camera ready and last all day!  Along with a modern, yet elegant updo.  Everyone turned out beautifully!!  Photos by the talented team, Marcel and Meher Photography.  Thank Christina for allowing us to be part of your special day!  To see some of the behind the scenes, before and afters, visit our facebook page under the album: Christina Pasquale Wedding.







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Bridal Trial? What should you expect and prepare for?

Are bridal trials/consultations necessary? Bridal trials are very important and required by most professional makeup artists. Not having a trial can cause many issues on the day of the wedding. Even when the bride knows what she wants, two things can happen1) once the bride sees the look on herself, she may change her mind. Similar to what happens when you think you know what dress type you love, and then end up with something completely different. 2) The bride may communicate what she “sees” and pictures in her mind, and the makeup artist may hear the description and “see” something different. It’s also an opportunity to meet the beauty team that will be with you on one of the most important days of your life. The trial allows the artist to, not only meet you, but also address and prepare for any beauty or skin issues you may be dealing with prior to the wedding.


Now that we have established the importance of a trial/consultation, what should you expect from your makeup artist and hair stylist?  Your beauty team will start by setting up in a well-lit area, with access to an outlet. They will then hold a consultation and find out more about you, your style, and details about your wedding.  Including the look you envision. When booking a trial with Beauty Mark Ink, you will receive a quick questionnaire prior to your consultation that will help us better understand your vision even before our arrival.  Then they will proceed to do a full makeup application (using either a traditional or airbrush technique), lash application should you choose to, and the full styling of your hair. We don’t take any short cuts, you will see exactly what the whole look will be.  You won’t get “half face” makeup, or “don’t worry it will look better on the day of”.  So take full advantage of your trial, and plan something fun after!!  Then, once you are satisfied with the look, the team will take photos and notes of the product, colors, and style you chose. They will also discuss and answer questions about the booking process, timing on the day of, and setting up a contract.

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