Booking & Things to Know

The first step to booking with our company: 

Fill out a bridal party chart with our booking assistant Sara! 

It is important to send this chart back to Sara quickly. Our wedding dates are first come first serve. 

The bridal party chart will be used for the creation of a contract and a transmittal form. 

The second step to the booking process is to book a trial. Trials are recommended 1-4 months prior to your wedding date. We book off 1 hour for hair (depending on hair length) and 1 hour for makeup. (This time applies for trials only). Please remember to arrive with a clean face and no product in your hair. We ask the same request for all bridal party members the day of the wedding. A trial fee is $85 for hair and $85 for makeup. We will be taking a deposit of $35 for trials booked. This fee will go towards the trial fee on the day of the appointment. If you cancel a trial appointment the $35 fee will be retained as a cancelation fee. 

It is typical for 90% of brides to have 1-3 trials. If you do decide you would like a second trial, to try a new look we charge a small fee of $35.

Once your trial is completed you will follow up with our booking manager to provide a finish time for the big day! Our professional team will pick a start time for you a week before the wedding. The Monday before the big day you will receive a transmittal sheet with a start time and the end time that you provided.

We do not create a customized schedule. We provide the start time and make sure to be completed by the requested end time. We assign the appropriate staff to meet your needs. We are proficient in helping you have a smooth and delightful bridal day experience.   

Here are a few great tips to ensure that your day operates super smooth:

Make sure all party members arrive at the given start time.

Communicate to all party members to arrive with a clean face and no product in hair. 

If getting a blowout, hair can be damp. 

If you are on the contract for an upstyle, please make sure your hair is not wet.

Please communicate to the bridal party members beforehand that lashes are not included in the makeup application. Lashes are an additional cost. 

Make sure each party member has at least 1-2 inspiration photo looks to show to our staff on hand. 

Last but not least, make sure to have fun! 

Also, friendly reminder. The default email that you communicate with is not Owner Andrea. You are communicating with our booking manager. If you have any direct questions for the owner please feel free to request her direct email.

Congratulations and don’t forget to have fun! 


Define the boundary between business & Motherhood 

When you can completely separate these two, you foster the efficiency of running both effectively. Do not jumble them up. When you’re tuned into work, exclusively commit yourself to the set number of hours needed and then you can switch. Then when you’re at home, challenge yourself to disconnect from your business. Luckily, My husband and I were able to find a Nanny that is able to help at both our home and my business a few nights a week. 

Be aware of self-care.
Taking a break and going for a walk with Isabelle does me a lot of good. I make sure I take several smaller meal breaks in a day instead of a couple of big meal breaks. Also, I stop occasionally to stretch and do a little dance (Isabelle and I do a lot of dancing) or jog in place. The trick is to give myself a chance to get some blood flowing, change my perspective and have little indulgences to look forward to. This keeps my mind fresh, light and positive. Nothing makes someone more cranky than being hungry, stressed and left with little space to breathe. A night out with friends is always great too. 

Utilize your off hours 
In our “off hours,” my husband and I divide family/house tasks up so we can get some decompression time (Christian LOVES cleaning). Or perhaps he’ll spend time with Isabelle on a Saturday so I can work. He’s very supportive of my need for a break here and there. I try and do the same for him.

I’ve found that planning for a healthy business is essential, but planning for healthy family life is even more essential. Without proper planning, I feel like life runs me rather than me running my life. You’ve got to believe in what you’re doing, whether it’s creating a product or offering a service. You’ve got to believe 100 percent in it because if you don’t, you’re not going to make it through the stressful times.
Finally, I think being a mother has made me a better businesswoman. I can multi-task like nobody’s business. 

Motherhood & Balancing Two Beauty Businesses

Balancing motherhood with marriage and a professional business career is challenging regardless of the circumstances. Majority of Mothers are working mothers, but those who have their own business have an extra challenge in juggling their business and their family life because when you own a business, work does not finish at 5 pm.

When I started my bridal business ten years ago, the practice was my baby. We service over 300 wedding a year, offering bridal hair and makeup. I spend most of my time there, nurturing and caring for it, and I enjoy every bit of it. Over the years, I opened another business, a blowout bar. My new business is loaded into a massive college city (New Haven) where Yale is located. We’re the only blowout bar in New Haven at the moment. But when my daughter Isabelle came along, she was my new baby, and because as women, we have this innate longing to be and care for our baby and family. 

So, how, then, do I go about being an attentive parent while still balancing my work life? I’m sharing my top tricks and tips Monday. Stay tuned and check back! 

Trial Preparation

Here is one of our favorite bridal articles located on, always remember to be prepared for the day of a hair & makeup trial. 
1. Give yourself enough time. You’ll likely have to go for one to two trials before you find the right hair & makeup style or even the best bridal look for your big day. So don’t forget to start making appointments at least three months before the wedding. MBDbeauty does not charge a full fee for a second trial.  
2. Prep your hair. Before you go for a hair trial, wash and blow dry your hair the night before–you can even do it two nights in advance if your hair isn’t on the oily side. Hair that hasn’t been washed the same day is actually easier to style. Never straighten your hair the day of a trial. 
3. Groom your brows. If you haven’t paid that much attention to your brows, start doing so. If shaped correctly, they “complete” your face. Ideally, you will have been going for a professional shaping well before your first makeup trial so that you have time to grow in certain spots if needed.
4. Bring your veil & extensions. If you’re wearing a veil or any type of accessory in your hair, be sure to bring it with you during your hair trials. It is an essential part of your wedding day look, so you can’t make a final decision about your hair without it.
5. See an esthetician. Just like your brows, you want to pay attention to your skin well before the wedding day. Whether it’s waxing certain areas or getting a monthly facial to get your skin looking its best, start those beauty regimes before you go to makeup trials.
6. Bring your best photo inspiration. You’re probably looking at tons of photos for hair and makeup inspo. Try to narrow it down to three to five faves before you start your trials. Looking at so many different styles can be overwhelming for you–and the stylists–and focusing on just a few looks will help your makeup and hair pros figure out what you really want and create a style just for you.
7. Take a photo of your dress. Your hair and makeup pros probably won’t get to see you in your dress until the big day, but it will help them immensely to see a photo of your dress beforehand so they can consult on the best styles and looks that go with your gown. So have one of your bridesmaids snap a photo of you (front and back) in your dress at a fitting that you can bring along with you to the trials.
8. Wear white. Whether you’re wearing white, ivory, blush or another color, wear a shirt in that same hue during the trials.

Beginner Makeup and Airbrush Makeup Class 5/23/16

Beginner Makeup and Airbrush Makeup Class

Date: May 23rd-July11

Details: Class will be every Monday for 6 weeks 5:30PM-8PM 

Cost: $1,200.00 (payment plan options for those who qualify)

This class is for certified Makeup Artist and licensed Cosmetologist. Must provide proof of certification or license to sign-up. 

*Into to makeup
*Color Theory
*Face Shapes
*Eye Shapes
*Airbrush safety
*Reverse contouring 
*Eye makeup application (with airbrush gun)
*Body art
*Bridal Airbrush Makeup
*Kit preperation
*Portfolio Building
*Written test & practical exam

To sign up please email Lee at

Bridal Fix - Clean Eating

Christian and I are 13 days away from our big day! Today was a struggle when choosing lunch and dinner. 

I will be blogging my diet and bloat free recipes for my clients throughout the week. Don't worry, I won't forget to share my favorite shake recipes too. 

If anyone has any comments or recipe ideas please share them with me! 

Los Angeles Fashion Week

Feeling super blessed that I was able to work another year of NYFW and Los Angeles Fashion Week! 

Both shows were full of color and one of the major trends for the season are knit hats and sunglasses. Sunglasses are not just for the summer and they make almost every outfit a fun fashion inspiration (especially in California). 

Here are a few of my favorite photos from #LAFW.