Marissa is a licensed Cosmetologist specializing in hair & makeup artistry. She has over 7 years experience in the beauty biz, hear more from Marissa about how she fell in love with all things hair & makeup:

When I was 15 I started working in hair salons as a shampoo assistant. I just remember watching all the stylists on busy Saturday’s with prom girls & wedding parties, in awe of how they took someone’s hair that was past their butt & put it up in the most beautiful updo’s – effortlessly! I thought WOW that’s amazing I need to learn these magic tricks! So years later I got the courage to start learning everything I could about styling hair when I attend Empire Cosmetology School. Education is a big part of what I do so I'm always attending hair workshops or practicing different things on my mannequin.

Makeup & hair always went hand in hand for me, when I discovered makeup at the age of 10 obsessed is an understatement. My best friend & I would go to MAC on the weekends, buy all the stuff we saw in Seventeen magazines then run home & immediately put everything on our face. Having severe acne from a young age when I discovered I could make it all disappear with makeup I was blown away. Being able to transform my face so that I could walk with my head up was amazing to me & I wanted to help other people feel the power of makeup. It wasn’t until years later that I went further into the education of makeup by attending workshops, studying books from top pros & practicing on any face I could get my brushes on!  

"AS A PROFESSIONAL IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY IT'S EASY FOR ME TO MAKE SOMEONE LOOK BEAUTIFUL. THE ABILITY TO MAKE THEM FEEL BEAUTIFUL IS WHAT DRIVES MY PASSION. ESTABLISHING A TRUST WITH MY CLIENTS BY LISTENING TO THEIR CONCERNS & DESIRED BEAUTY STYLES IS KEY TO ENSURING THEY HAVE A GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH ME. I FIND IT IS IMPORTANT TO USE MY PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE TO HELP GUIDE CLIENTS IN BEING ABLE TO HIGHLIGHT THEIR BEST FEATURES."

-Marissa Brennan