MEET THE OWNER
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. That was only the beginning of what she is today.
Dee took her passion and talents to one of the Top Hair Schools, The Paul Mitchell School, where she graduated in 2003 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 professionally for over 10 years and Makeup for 4 years. She has worked in many Orange County salons, done countless Weddings, Special Occasions, Fashion Shows, Charity Events, and Professional Photoshoots & Print Work.
She especially loves Weddings and making the bride look and feel fabulous. Although being a H & M Artist is a big part of her life, she is most grateful to be married to her Husband for almost 10 years and her 3 beautiful boys.
MEET THE TEAM
LAURA- HEAD 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.
ELAINA- MAKEUP ARTIST
Professional makeup artist Elaina Hancock has always had a natural sense of style and diverse creative ability. Her true talent was discovered working at a Bobbi Brown counter while attending University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she studied Psychology and Music. Although a recent transplant to California, she has quickly established a reputation for flawless makeup application and technique. She is a consummate professional whose attention to detail and 7 years of experience give her the expertise to create any style you are looking for.
With pigments as her medium, brushes as her tools, and the face as her canvas, Elaina tells a story of beauty, energy, and unadulterated attitude. Whether her work takes her on location for a photo shoot, backstage for a fashion show or to a bride's home, Elaina demonstrates her talent and desire to create a flawless style to enhance her client. Her down to earth approach and her commitment to delivering the client’s vision pale only in comparison to her inherent natural abilities. She continues to follow her passion and challenge herself every day in hopes of sharing her vision of modern beauty with women everywhere.
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.
XO- Swell Beauty
As a child, Nikki loved playing “make-over” with her sisters and girlfriends. That love grew as an adult. She attended Paul Mitchell the School where she obtained a position on the Design Team styling hair for photo shoots, fashion shows, LA Textile Week, and various Charity Events throughout Los Angeles and Orange County.
After completing school in 2008 and obtaining a license in Cosmetology, Nikki has had the pleasure of working with brides throughout California, Utah, and Arizona. A romantic at heart, Nikki has always loved weddings and would love to be a part of the magic on your special day.
If you or you know someone interested in becoming a part of the Swell Beauty Team.....Contact me Dee@swellbeauty.com