About the Artist.
Melanie Brown is a New Jersey-based, Professional Makeup Artist and CEO of Brides By Melanie B. Her story began in high school over 26 years ago, when she was the “go to” for her classmates who wanted to be “glammed” for junior and senior prom. “It’s funny because I was actually much better at hair styling back then, as I was in the process of becoming a licensed Cosmetologist. Yet somehow, my classmates trusted me with their faces, and I should have known that makeup was my calling!” -Melanie recalls with a smile.
After a series of out of state moves, Melanie left the salon and landed in corporate America, where she was antsy, but afraid to pull the trigger and reenter the beauty world, due to fear of the financial risks associated with becoming an entrepreneur. Then one day she was abruptly laid off and she took that as a sign. “I was finally out of the rat race, and knew it was time to pursue my passion, so that I could change my quality of life and spend more time with my children. So I took a few master courses to refresh my skills and learn new trends, and began freelancing privately and with M.A.C. Cosmetics. It was not long, however, before I realized that I needed to work for myself 100%. The next step was deciding what my niche was, and that was and is luxury bridal!”
“I found that many brides I came across expressed great concerns in their experiences with having makeup applied by someone else. Many stressed that they were unhappy with how heavily their makeup was applied, that it did not last, or worse, was improperly matched to their skin tone. My second biggest take away was hearing my clients express their need for a professional experience. I knew I had to solve these problems and create amazing encounters for my clients, especially brides! Weddings are the single most photographed event and at times the most stressful! I knew I had to create custom, luxurious experiences for my brides that would leave them feeling happy, less stressed overall, pampered and of course like a super star! Brides by Melanie B. was born to fill those needs!”