meet the team

meet the team

Owner & Lead Artist @beauty.brigade.bb

mandi

Mandi graduated cosmetology school from Daytona State College in 2007. Since then she has been a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Florida, and has specialized in onsite hair and makeup applications for weddings, photoshoots, and special events. She excels at creating a very natural makeup look for her clients and loves to style chunky braids and boho updos! However, don’t let this fool you she is also willing to provide clients with looks that contain a dramatic flair! Mandi loves to continuously learn new trends within the beauty industry and has received certifications in specialty techniques such as: Lash Lifts, Bridal Makeup from Makeup Forever, and 3D Hair Design! Follow @beauty.brigade.bb on Instagram to see what’s happening next with Mandi and all the Beauty Brigade Babes! 

ashley

Ashley is both a licensed esthetician and cosmetologist in the state of Florida. She attended Aveda Institute to obtain her cosmetology license, and then went on to further her education in order to perfect her makeup skills. She enrolled at Joe Blasco’s School of Makeup where she learned an array of makeup techniques. Needless to say, Ashley has learned it ALL and does it WELL! When working with the Beauty Brigade Team, Ashley loves to create hairstyles that contain those magical boho vibes-big braids and loose curls! Her preferred makeup application is natural glam. When Ashley is not working with the BB squad, you can find her behind the chair of her very own studio, Opal Beauty Lounge, where she specializes in balayage, color corrections, hair cutting, and hair extensions! 

Team Lead & Hair & Makeup Artist @paintedandbraided

Team Lead & Hair & Makeup Artist @JessVelez_hmua

Jess

Jess graduated cosmetology school from Paul Mitchell, and is a licensed cosmetologist and makeup artist. After graduating, she hit the ground running and obtained an array of experience in the beauty industry. She has worked on everything from print to production and runways to events! Her work has appeared in many local magazines, as well as well-known publications like the ESPN Body Issue. Her experience in production work includes: the CW, NBC Golf Channel, Disney, and Universal. She has also worked many facets of the event industry including runway (Oscar de la Renta), pageants (Miss Teen USA and Miss Earth), and weddings. Jess brings a wide range of skills to the Beauty Brigade team including: creative styling; specializing in up-dos; thermal styling; braiding; extensions and wig placement; traditional and airbrush makeup; both full and natural glam makeup applications; tattoo coverage; rosacea, acne, and scar covering; and lash and brow styling. You will not be disappointed with Jess as your artist! 

kassy

Kassy has been a licensed cosmetologist for over 10 years. She knew at a young age that the beauty industry was her calling and proceeded to become a cosmetology teacher. Kassy loves learning new cutting edge techniques and is alway on the look out for hot new products. She is all about accentuating your natural beauty but loves to create full glam looks as well. Some of her favorite hair styles are whimsical, romantic updos. While she is most passionate about bridal some of her other talents include hair and makeup for production, male grooming and lash extensions. So ladies, definitely holla at your girl, Kassy if you want some voluminous lashes! 

Team Lead and Makeup Artist @kblbeauty 

Makeup Artist 
@glambysam1

Samantha

Samantha specializes in full glam makeup, and she does an amazing job! She has worked for companies such as MAC Cosmetics(years), where she learned to perfect her artistry, however she is mostly a self taught makeup artist. Do NOT let that fool you-she knows her way around a face and can create some seriously stunning looks! Although you’ll see many dramatic looks and vibrant colors used on her instagram page, she has no problem creating a natural glam look as well! We are so incredibly lucky and happy to have a talented artist like Samantha working alongside us, because who doesn’t want a little more GLAM in their lives!? 

Jaide

Jaide is a makeup artist and certified esthetician! Her passion for all things beauty began in high school. Jaide decided to act upon her passion, and gained experience and knowledge through completion of a makeup course that was offered through her school’s theatre program. Soon after completing the course, she became the lead director for costume & makeup design! Upon graduating high school, Jaide received the opportunity to work as an MUA (makeup artist) for the USF SunDolls Team! She has also worked on other projects including music video productions for the Soul Circus Cowboys; SFX makeup for companies including Pied Piper Productions; and WTR @ The Godfrey Hotel, all of which she considers to have been amazing experiences! However, her personal favorite style of work is natural photography & wedding makeup! After working on these amazing projects Jaide decided to further her education, and enrolled at the Beauty & Health Institute in Tampa, FL. She received her Esthetician’s license in the state of Florida and was also awarded BHI’s Dean’s List of Excellence award, which was earned for her academic achievements during her time in school! She also attended Ravish Brow’s training course where she earned her certification in classic lash extension application. Now, she has recently moved to the Orlando area and is excited to continue her career as a makeup artist with the Beauty Brigade Team! 

Makeup Artist @makeupbyjaide

Makeup Artist @stephaniepaulinomua

Stephanie

Stephanie is a makeup artist who has been thriving in the beauty industry for the past 7 years! She has been working in NYC for most of her career, but has now relocated to Orlando and has joined the BB team! She is mostly self taught but has taken many specialized technique classes with artists such as Danessa Myricks, Charlotte Tilbury, Priscilla Ono, Etienne Ortega and many more! Some of her greatest achievements include working for New York Fashion week for her entire makeup career; working for People TV; and assisting her mentor celebrity makeup artist Yolonda Frederick for the 2018 and 2019 Met Gala! She has also worked on the Netflix show, Holiday Home Makeover. Aside from her impressive resume, Stephanie can be found working with the BB squad. She enjoys creating clean beauty makeup looks, because she thinks there is nothing more beautiful than enhancing a persons’s natural beauty. She also loves to make people laugh and feel like they are being taken care of when they are sitting in her chair, so basically be prepared to have some fun when Stephanie is your MUA! 

nina

Nina graduated from Paul Mitchell in Orlando, and received her cosmetology license in the state of Florida. When working with our squad, Nina loves creating a makeup look that is subtle and natural, however, she likes to include a vibrant pop of colour to enhance your eyes, and knows exactly which color palette to utilize to make you look FAB! When Nina is not working with Beauty Brigade, you can find her behind the chair at the hip and trendy Leal Marston Salon in Downtown Orlando! This is where she specializes in blonde balayage, but performs many other services such as color applications, hair cutting and styling.

Makeup Artist @ninamclancyhair

Desiree M

"Mandi is amazing to work with from day one! You know you’re in great hands when you walk away feeling like a princess on the trial day! Then, she comes to prep you for the wedding day & you are speechless! She listens. She does. & she makes you smile. That’s not something you can just find! Mandi was sent to me to keep me sane during 3 replanned weddings during a pandemic & made me feel 21 on my wedding day! ...I’m 43! Lol!... Everything she uses is quality & felt so natural! I was so nervous about that & she was amazing & calming! Thank you so much!"

"You know you’re in great hands when you walk away feeling like a princess on the trial day!"

Niki C

"I can't recommend Beauty Brigade enough! Both Mandi (the owner) and Jess (the artist I had the pleasure to work with) were absolutely incredible. Jess is amazing at what she does, and has such a gift for making people feel comfortable! I felt like she truly invested her time and energy into making sure I was nothing but content with my wedding look. I could not be happy with the way my hair and makeup turned out :) Mandi was always quick to respond, kind no matter what the request, and overall on top of everything. She made the whole process feel seamless, and I am so grateful! Thank you ladies for all you do!"

"I can't recommend Beauty Brigade enough! "

Ivana S

"I had a fairly large group of ladies getting hair and makeup done for the big day and Mandi and her artist Jess handled it like champs! She built me a whole schedule so everything was organized and we would have enough time for everyone without rushing. They work FAST too, which is amazing! Makeup and hair were SO SO beautiful, some ladies even kept it till the next day, that’s how good it held up! I couldn’t be happier with how my bridal hair and makeup came out, exactly how I pictured it! Thank you for glamming me up for my big day!!"

"I couldn’t be happier with how my bridal hair and makeup came out, exactly how I pictured it!"

Kristen W

"Mandi and her team were so professional, sweet and a pleasure to work with! They made the hectic "day-of wedding stress" so much less stressful!!! They were able to accommodate all of our needs and were so flexible and willing to work with last minute changes with grace and diligence! I would highly recommend the Beauty Brigade to anyone looking for a team that listens to and executes your vision for your special day!"

"They made the hectic "day-of wedding stress" so much less stressful!!!"

Nicole M

"Mandi did an AMAZING job on my hair and makeup for a photoshoot. Exactly as pictured from our inspo pics. I was so obsessed with it that I spent hours taking selfies when I got home. My husband was like "are you done yet!?". I wish I could have Mandi do my hair/makeup every morning. She's also the sweetest person and super easy to talk to. We plan on framing SO many photos from this shoot. Will definitely recommend Beauty Brigade to any bride. 10/10"

"Mandi did an AMAZING job on my hair and makeup for a photoshoot. Exactly as pictured from our inspo pics. "

Heather C

"Mandi is absolutely amazing. I don't think I can put into words how wonderful it was to work with her and her team. She was very responsive to my emails and was extremely professional. I do not wear much makeup (if any) on a daily basis so it was important for me to find someone who could give me a natural look. She exceeded my expectations. The day of the wedding she did both my hair and makeup. Her teammate Ashley did everyone else's hair and she focused on makeup for the rest of the bridal party that wanted to utilize their services. Everyone looked absolutely beautiful. I truly can't thank Mandi and Beauty Brigade enough for all their work.
Highly recommended!!!"

"I don't think I can put into words how wonderful it was to work with her and her team. "

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