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Being the makeup + hair crew for YouTube star, Colleen Ballinger’s Secret Wedding

When we received the news that we were going to be Colleen Ballinger’s hair & makeup crew for her wedding day, of course we did the happy dance. It was quite amazing because the couple wanted to keep the wedding as private as possible. With that being said, the location amongst other details were all kept secret from the 3.5 million fans of hers. When we arrived that day, you could feel the energy and the buildup of such a big production. Not only was her day being documented by videographer Jay Diaz, but it would also be captured and able for viewing as a big release after the actual wedding. Such a buzz! We began working on Colleen’s awesome family first before taking the bride. The kick-ass bridal party included Rachel Ballinger, Gwen Ballinger, Jessica Ballinger, and Cristina Bentley.

Colleen was such a gem on that day because she truly fell in to a zen zone and was probably just really ready to be married to her handsome beau, Joshua Evans. So how did she look? Let’s put it this way. Josh had a tear in his eye for her on that day. Simply stunning! Be sure to check out all of the details from their wedding and why it was such a success to pull off secretly! The wedding was just featured on one of our favorite blogs, Style Me Pretty , where you can view their full gallery and wedding video. But just in case you’re impatient like me, you can just check out the video below. XO




Photography: Britta Hundertmark | Cinematography: Jay Diaz | Event Design: Bella Vista Designs, Inc | Event Planning: Amber Weir | Floral Design: NLC Productions | Wedding Dress: Wendy Bellissimo Custom Design | Catering: Lorraine Lim Catering | Make Up: LunaBella Make-up and Hair | DJ: Flula Borg | Venue: Private Residence | Late Night Snack: Taco Bell | Photography Assistance: Christine Doneé Photography | R

Featured on “The Knot” and working in San Francisco with Type A Society

Working on location for a photoshoot is already an amazing production, but when I found out that we were shooting this in the San Francisco Bay Area, it made it that much more special. Both Ashley and I grew up in Oakland  and San Francisco, so whenever we get the opportunity to travel back for work, we think about how far we’ve come and what has been accomplished.  WOOO!! Okay, jumping quickly out of memory lane now. We arrived on set and met with the incredible stylist,  Carrie Moe of Type A Society, who has just amazing styling and creative design intuition. The whole feeling of the shoot was as she would describe, ‘painterly’. I absolutely love that word. It evokes such poetry. Speaking volumes without overdoing it. And so did the entire shoot.

Hop on over to The Knot and check out the FULL FEATURE on their site. Find plenty of delicate details, ideas and inspiration for your wedding day. The yellow wedding dress is reason enough to check it out!


Talents that came together for this shoot. 
Photographer: Sylvie Gil
Stylist: Carrie Moe Type A Society
Stylist Assistant: Anna Lord
Invitations: Yonder Design 
Jewelry: Single Stone 
Hair and Makeup: The Curl Factor
Dress: Romona Keveza 
Model: Scout Models Sydnie Miller
Art Backdrop: Karina Puente Arts
Table Top: Casa De Perrin

Featured on Style Me Pretty ::

Behind the Scenes :: Working the UGG Australia Fall 2015 Show

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Our GIRL and industry bad-ass makeup artist , Crystal Tran making some last minute additions to the models before hitting the runway.

Every year, myself, Ashley, and our team of hair and makeup artists work with about 23 female and male models for the UGG Australia Fashion Show, at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, Ca. Our mornings usually start bright and early, around 5am, and then we’re off to our designated stations to set up for the day’s looks. Session spray, faux lashes, dramatic eyelines, and big hair are just some of the commonalities for these shows.  Every show, there’s a theme or look that were given to recreate on our models.

This season, the look was sort of a ‘casual glam’. For the hair, tossed up ponytails, and hair down with volume and body were just enough pop for runway, but didn’t take away from the clothes. The makeup look was both a soft smokey eye with a nude lip or a neutral eye with winged-eyeliner and a bold, berry lip. Loved it all! Check out some of our Behind-the-Scenes shots from our workday. XO

                                                The Makeup

Although different artists use different products, the majority of us are former MAC cosmetic artists, so we have that product knowledge in our back pocket. However, we all love to dabble within other lines like NARS, Make Up Forever, Chanel, Dior, SMASHBOX, and plenty other amazing lines out there. Doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside the box to play nice. XO
LASH ME! Lashes are definintely one of those token items that take your makeup look from glam to BAM! It’s a great tool for makeup artists to make that statement look on the runway with their models, when adding lashes to the canvas. We had so many lash boxes that day, we were practically flying out of there! BLINK, BLINK. XO

                                                The Berry Lip

Wink, Wink !! Two of our gorgeous models rocking the velvet-berry lip color that we did on most of the girls for Day 1 look. Perfect fall lip! Whether it’s a matte lip (with no shine) or something with a little sheen to it, the berry lip is always a classic.

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My amazing wife powdering-noses backstage. The curls were  definitely in the house!
My amazing wife powdering-noses backstage. The curls were definitely in the house!

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                                                            The Hair 

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The hair that we were doing on the models had to be casual, but still runway glamorous. This involved the messy ponytail, big, soft curls, volume for days, and wind-blown tresses. For many of the models, we had about a 25-30 minute window with hair, so that definitely helped us keep the idea of ‘casual’ in our heads. Sometimes when you have too much time on your hands, you over-think it , and it begins to look overdone. For the big volume with soft curls, we prepped the girls with either a session spray or flexible hold spray first. This gave time for the product to dry in the hair without risking the heat damage of hot irons on damp hair. We then used a volume powder at the roots of all of the models. This gave us the lift all over the hair, without the ‘rat’s nest’ look. Controlled volume. We then grabbed random and big sections of hair and curled the hair away from the face. Once cooled, we’d shake it all out and used the blow dryer for the wind-blown effect. LOVE IT!

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Even our male models were enjoying the pampering. Actually, they’re use to it. No big deal. XO

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All dolled up and ready for the show. The guys were so damn chill. XO
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He’s my dude doppelganger, with way more swag. XO

Had such a blast this year, just like every year. It was actually crazy because Ashley and I just got back from Australia and to see the UGG Boots over there, the ads, the stores, it was pretty awesome. Can’t wait until next year. XO

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Backstage snap of the screen that the audience sees. Even though it’s reversed for us, it was still cool to see the clouds rolling through the room.

Thank you to the Bacara Resort & Spa for being our 2nd home throughout our work year lol. XO

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How Romantica :: Designer, Jill Remy and Photographer Kristen Beinke make magic at La Purisma Mission in Lompoc ♥ Hair and Makeup by LunaBella

Working with such inspirational professionals as Jill Remy of Jill & Co. and photographer Kristen Beinke that makes you appreciate other creative industry professionals. For this photo shoot, the ladies basically already had the idea and inspiration for the planned shoot. For the hair and makeup, they really wanted for the lovely model,  to have flexibility to play with her hair and have motion throughout the shoot. Of course, our model is naturally stunning, so we really relied on her features to come through and command the attention so the makeup and hair is just an enhancement.

 Peaches, corals, golds, and soft nudes are just some of the tones that makeup artist Ashley Kelly decided would suit her skin tone as well as the style of the shoot. Because I wanted for her to have the flexibility with the hair, I curled her hair with a big barrel iron, set it, then brushed it out with a bit of argan oil. The results…we’ll let you decide. Check out a few of our personal favorite photos from the shoot here. Or visit Grey Likes Weddings and view our whole feature with the full gallery and detail from the designer and editor. XO

Vendors: Planning & Design: JILL & CO. EVENTS // Photography: KRISTEN BEINKE PHOTOGRAPHY // Floral & Design: CAMELLIA FLORAL DESIGN // Table Top Rentals: CASA DE PERRIN // Furniture Rentals: ELAN EVENT RENTALS // Linen: LA TAVOLA LINEN // Cake: LELE PATISSERIE // Dress: THE WHITE PEACOCK BRIDAL // Makeup & Hair: LUNA BELLA MAKE UP ART // Model: M MODEL MANAGEMENT // Location: La Purisma Mission

REAL Wedding: Stephanie + Brandon’s Santa Barbara Estate Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty ♥ Hair & Makeup by LunaBella


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Had such a blast working with Stephanie and all of her rockstar bridesmaids on her big day. When you get a bridal party as fun as hers, it’s hard to walk away from the job knowing that you may never see them again, but the experience lives on. So when we saw that this wedding was being featured on our oh-so-loved Style Me Pretty, we were excited to relive her big day as we remembered it. Feel free to check out the FULL SPREAD on Style Me Pretty by clicking here.


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 Also, check out the video that her video crew put together for her wedding day as well. Love these! XO

:: Thank you for helping us achieve “The Best of 2014” in Hair + Makeup ♥

After almost 6 amazing years of outstanding clients and passionate work, we’re thrilled to say that we’ve made the quintessential and sought out “Best of 2014” list in Santa Barbara Magazine for the 3rd consecutive year. Without the support from our clients, wedding planners, word-of-mouth referrals, and biggest fans local as well as out of state, this wouldn’t have been such a big success. Since 2009, we’ve dedicated ourselves to placing our best foot forward every time we get to work with someone new or returning. Whether it’s a photo shoot or a wedding, makeup lesson or curly hair cut, we strive to make the lasting impression with our clients the best impression.

We thank you for choosing us as your local and destination hair and makeup team here in Santa Barbara. We will continue to improve and hone our education and expertise to provide our clients with the best versions of ourselves. Thank you for your continued support!


The LunaBella Team