Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SWP Spotlight ~ MUA of the Month ~ Lisa's Hair and Make-up

I hope you are enjoying this series.  I've lined up some amazing talent, and this month I'm featuring California native, Lisa from Lisa's Hair and Make-up.  She did all of the make-up and hair for this mother/daughter session and we had such fun!  Lisa even met us on-site for the session, and set up her station by the pool, which made things a breeze.  
Mother / Daughter session, with make-up and hair done by Lisa K. Saminathen.
  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.  My name is Lisa K. Saminathen. I was born and raised in San Jose, CA and attended Ganaye Academy where I focused on hair-styling. I received my license from the State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology in 2001. Over the past 13 years, I have specialized in weddings / engagements, fashion shows, pageants, photo shoots, and special events. I am married to a wonderful loving husband of over 7 years and we welcomed our son, Evan into this world in Aug 2012. Being a first time mom is definitely an exciting experience. Though the sleepless nights and 10-12 diaper changes throughout the day aren't fun, looking at his face makes everything worthwhile. He is our little bundle of joy!
  2. An artist at work, Lisa's attention to detail shows, and she had the process down to a science..
  3.  Why did you become a MUA? After receiving my cosmetology license. I did not see myself working in a salon. I always wanted to make my own time, so I became a freelancer. I started out hair-styling first but as the years went by, makeup grew on me. I started getting into makeup and applying it on my friends and family when they would go to weddings or my cousins for their senior proms. I was able to master and learned my own techniques and what type of products work and don't work for my clients. I started taking before and after photos of my clients and with their permission, I added them on Yelp. That's when my business escalated.
  4.  How long have you been in business? 13 years
  5. What’s your favorite make-up style? I love fashion runway makeup. It brings the creative side out of me.
  6. Everyone should be this pampered at least once!.
  7.   What’s your specialty? I mainly specialize in hair-styling and makeup. (Bridals, Editorial shoots, glamorous, etc..) 
  8. Where do you find inspiration? By networking with other artists and seeing their talents, inspires me to improve on my skill as a professional artist as well.
  9. What’s something people might not know about you?  I'm not exactly sure, I am a people person and for the first-timers meeting me, I get comments that I'm super friendly and very open. My question would probably be "What do people know about you?" I think they probably know everything. he he... 
  10. What’s your favorite thing to do when not working?  Spending time with my family. I work 7 days a week and having some free time is very important to spend it with my loved ones. 
  11. The reveal.
  12.  Do you have any make-up tips you’d like to share? Yes! The #1 question ladies always ask me is "How to conceal dark circles?" I would recommend using a color corrector. Mix green, purple and orange to help cancel out the bruising purple effect under your eyes.
  13. What’s the #1 thing women should be doing to help them look youthful (or age gracefully) that they aren't? Everyone needs a great moisturizer (BB Creams with SPF) It will protect your skin from sun damage and keeping it from drying out and I highly recommend a good scrub (Clinique or St.Ives Apricot) for your skin as well, it will help exfoliate those dead skin cells that often needs a little extra help removing. It will bring out that new, radiant skin hiding underneath there. :)
  14. How can people reach you?  You can check out my  Website | Facebook | Yelp or Phone# 408.824.0917  By appointment only.
As you can see a session with Lisa is such fun! (Plus she likes "Hello Kitty!" and that scores big points with me!) If you want to see more, head on over to my Vimeo site for a "Behind the Scenes" video.  I loved working with her in the past and look forward to more sessions with her in 2014.  
All smiles!  Thanks Lisa for the fabulously fun day!
Do note that Lisa's calendar fills up fast, and she's already booked for a lot of the wedding season already, so if you want to have a session with her this year, let me know ASAP so we save the date!

1 comment:

  1. That photo in #8 captures the essence of your post beautifully!