It’s Wedding Wednesday!!!
This week is extra awesome. We’re getting answers from a professional hair and makeup artist about wedding day beauty and even some tips for hiring your makeup artist. My brides often ask me questions like these about makeup and hair and I try my best to answer them, but I’m by no means a pro. This gave me the idea to interview an actual pro and pass all your questions along.
That is where Maica comes in! Maica attended the Aveda Institute of New York and is a licensed cosmetologist. She has worked on Editorial shoots, Weddings, and on 5th Avenue in NYC as colorist/Stylist! I have worked with her personally on my latest styled shoot so I’m thrilled to have her here helping me out for this Wedding Wednesday Post.“Around the end of middle school, I started getting into makeup (embarassingly) because of a goth stage I went through. I started experimenting with makeup and as an only child, I get bored sometimes. So I had my own photoshoots after I do my hair and makeup… it wasn’t anything fancy… just some selfies before selfies were selfies. Time passed and I became more and more interested in makeup. Towards the end of highschool, while Youtube was just starting to get popular, I started watching makeup gurus like Michelle Phan. Eventually I found a bunch of other makeup gurus that I really enjoyed watching. I was always into the arts, so I like anything that’s creative and beautiful. I wasn’t sure about doing art as a career due to the highly selective market and because I couldn’t see myself working in a studio all alone all the time. I started exploring other options and eventually realized you could make a career in doing hair and makeup. I saw this as my cousin, Anna Bernabe, was just taking off in her career in the beauty industry. At first she was taking the makeup artistry path but after realizing she has a special talent for working with men, she made male grooming her specialization. I was inspired and motivated to see her do well.
I decided to study at the Aveda Institute of New York so I could pursue getting a license in cosmetology. I really enjoyed studying there and took work seriously. I won first place for the essay contest when I first applied, which awarded me with a free cosmetology kit (which saved me lots!) During the beginning of when I attended Aveda, they held an updo contest within our class. At the time, I was obsessed with braids (and still am) so I planned and created a funky updo that featured it. I was nervous about it since I barely had any experience with hair and some of my classmates are far more experienced. But to my delight, I won first place! It was so crazy how things were going well. At first I wasn’t interested in hair as much because I found it intimidating, but after learning more about it, I have come to really enjoyed it and has become my primary specialization. After graduating from Aveda, I became an assistant stylist/colorist at Tosler Davis NYC. It’s a low-key, but high-end salon tucked away on the 10th floor on 5th Avenue. My mom still wanted me to get my bachelors (I already obtained my Associates in Fine Arts) so I eventually left to apply to Rutgers, New Brunswick, where I am currently studying Communication. Ever since, I’ve been doing hair and makeup for friends, family, and clients. I’ve collaborated with other talented photographers for photoshoots as well, which were really fun!