Style Me Pretty Magazine Feature

Announcing Artistry by Briana’s feature in Style Me Pretty’s Best Weddings of 2011 Magazine! publishes an annual magazine featuring the top 20 weddings out of the thousands that were submitted to their website throughout the year.  I was lucky enough to have done the makeup and hair for one of the weddings featured in Style Me Pretty’s 2011 Magazine! Such an honor! Here are the pages from the magazine for the wedding I was a part of (you can see Artistry by Briana mentioned on the last page for the Makeup & Hair):

Is Beauty Really Skin Deep?

A colleague of mine was doing some research and asked if I could give her an example of “how the ritual of beautifying [my]self, or feeling beautiful, made a difference to [me] that was more than skin deep.”  She wanted to know if there is a “defining moment for [me], whether it’s a daily routine or a significant lifetime event, where feeling beautiful on the outside changed how [I] felt on the inside?” This is what I told her:

“For me, looking good on the outside, makes me feel good on the inside.  Beauty = confidence.  When you feel that you look good, you actually feel better and people will be drawn to you.  People are attracted to confidence and attractiveness.  Beauty shouldn’t be a feminist issue.  Women should work with what they have and use it to their advantage.  And it’s not just about makeup, it’s about taking care of yourself.  If I go a couple of days without shaving my legs, I feel so much sexier when I finally do shave them.  I might even show them off, and I might have an extra bounce to my step.  Also, if I spray perfume on, I want people to be within smelling-distance of me. Whereas if I forget to put deodorant on, I don’t want anyone to get close to me.  Knowing that you made that extra effort, makes you want people to notice that you made an extra effort.  You want to be noticed.  As for makeup and hair, I feel that makeup and hair are a woman’s best accessory (that’s my motto).  We should have fun with them! When I’m getting dolled-up for an event, I don’t want to be rushed.  I want to take my time, enjoy the beautifying process and make sure every detail is the best it can be.”

How do you feel???

Makeup Brushes

Ever wonder what makeup brushes to use with what products? I get asked this question a lot, so I wanted to give a detailed answer. I also get asked if makeup brushes are vital to applying makeup or if fingers and/or sponges will work just as well. First of all, you need the right tools to achieve the “look.” The natural oils on your fingertips can break down the product, which can cause creasing. As for sponges, they absorb and waste a lot of the product. Therefore, makeup brushes are always the best option (in my opinion).

Each makeup brush serves a specific purpose though. Certain brushes are for certain makeup products. For example, synthetic brushes are designed to be used with creams or liquids. Natural bristle brushes should only be used with powders. A common myth is that “natural” means “better.” However, just because a brush has natural bristles doesn’t make it better or a higher quality than a synthetic brush.

Using a natural bristle brush with creams or liquids will most likely ruin the brush. On the other hand, you can use synthetic brushes with powder products, you just might not get the best application. Also, there are now some hybrid brushes that combine both synthetic and natural bristles. These hybrid brushes can be used for both creams/liquids and powder products. Below are photos of some of my favorite brushes with a description and what I use them for.  Scroll down to the very bottom to see how to care for your brushes.

MAC Brush #194 (synthetic bristle, used for applying creams/liquids such as concealer)

MAC Brush #217 (natural bristle, used for applying crease eye shadow or blending eye shadow)

Laura Mercier Ponytail Brush (natural bristle, also used for applying crease eye shadow or blending eye shadow, softer than MAC Brush #217)

Laura Mercier Eye Colour Brush (natural bristle, used for applying powder eye shadow)

Laura Mercier Creme Eye Colour Brush (synthetic bristle, used for applying eye shadow base or cream eye colors, looks identical to Laura Mercier Eye Colour Brush but texture is different)

Laura Mercier Corner Eye Colour Brush (natural bristle, used for applying powder eye shadow to small areas, such as applying dark eye shadow to the outer corner of the eye or light eyeshadow to the inner corner of the eye)

Laura Mercier Creme Eye Detail Brush (synthetic bristle, used for applying creme eye shadow to more defined areas, also great for smudging/blending creme/pencil eye liner)

MAC Brush #187 or Laura Mercier Finishing Brush (hybrid brush with both synthetic & natural bristles, used for powders such as shimmery cheek color and/or liquids/creams such as foundation)

Caring for your brushes is just as important as using the right brush.  You should keep your brushes clean.  There are brush cleansers you can get from beauty supply stores.   You use these by spraying them on a tissue/towel and then wiping the brush on them.  This is good to do between uses for a fast way to remove product and germs.  However, for a deep cleaning, you should wash your brushes every so often (ideally about once a week but no less than once per month).

My favorite product for cleaning brushes is Laura Mercier Brush Cleanser.  It’s great because you can spray it onto a tissue/towel and wipe the brushes on it for a click cleaning, or you can spray it on wet brushes and it’ll lather up for a deep cleaning.  You can also use your face wash to wash your brushes.   I wet my brushes, then I squeeze some of my face wash into the palm of my hand and swirl the wet brush around in the face wash.  Squeeze the remaining product out of the brush, rinse and then squeeze the remaining water out of the brush.  Now here’s the important part: You must lay your brushes FLAT to dry! Never leave the brushes standing up while they’re wet, or the water can seep in and loosen the bristles.   Take care of your brushes, and they’ll take care of you.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 Pick!



LOS ANGELES, CA (1/23/11) – ARTISTRY BY BRIANA is pleased to announce they have been selected as a 2011 ­­winner for Makeup Artists and Hair in The Knot Best of  Weddings, a special section in The Knot Los Angeles magazine and on Weddings from The Knot (, the number-one wedding resource that’s most trusted by brides.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country, and is a must-have when it comes to selecting the best-of-the-best wedding resources. From New York florists and Seattle bridal salons to DC makeup artists, engaged couples will find detailed feedback on local wedding businesses reviewed by thousands of newlyweds who had great things to say.

See my feature on page 2 of the pages below under the “Health & Beauty” category!


About The Knot Inc.
The Knot Inc. ( is a leading lifestage media company. The Company’s flagship brand, The Knot, is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching well over a million engaged couples each year through the #1 wedding website, Other products from The Knot include The Knot national and local magazines, The Knot books (published by Random House and Chronicle) and television programming bearing The Knot name (aired on the Style and Comcast Networks). The Company also owns, the most visited wedding gift registry website.

Makeup Give-Away!

It’s finally time for my first official Makeup Give-Away Contest! Yay! Enter to win a full-size, limited-edition MAC Dazzleglass Creme lip gloss in “Passing Fancy” from the “A Tartan Tale” collection (an $18 value)!

There are several ways for you to win:

1.  Follow me on Twitter @Artistry_Briana and re-tweet this message: “Wanna win a MAC lip gloss?! Follow me & re-tweet this for your chance to win! For more info:

2.  Leave a comment below telling me your favorite lip  gloss and why!

It’s that easy!

Women’s Figure Competition

Aubrey hired me to do her Makeup & Hair for a Women’s Figure Competition in Culver City back on March 27th. Here’s a “Before & After” photo:

Before & After

Aubrey is an absolute doll! She is so fit and petite! But notice in her “Before” photo that her face is lighter than the rest of her body? That’s because she has to get sprayed tan as dark as possible to show her muscle definition for the competition (she’s not this dark on a daily basis).  So the key was for me to match her face makeup to the skin tone of her body.

Now go back and look at her “After” photo – I got a pretty good match, huh? Also, the Makeup & Hair shouldn’t draw to much attention from the body because that’s really what’s being judged.  We wanted to give Aubrey a feminine look that wasn’t too “girly” or too dramatic.  So I played up her eyes and gave her soft yet defined curls for her hair.  Aubrey took 2nd place in her class for this competition! Here’s a photo from the actual Competition:


MuscleContest 2010

And she re-hired me for another competition that took place on April 24th in Anaheim.  Here’s the “Before & After” photo of the 2nd time I worked with Aubrey:

Before & After

We went a little softer on the hair this time, and notice that she was actually darker here than the 1st time.  That’s because the judges wanted her to be darker to show off more of her definition.  And it paid off (in addition to all her hard work and training since the 1st time) because she took FIRST PLACE in her class for this competition! I knew she would win! Here’s a photo of the 1st Place Winner from the Competition:

Orange County Muscle Classic 2010

And last, but not least, here’s a photo of me and Aubrey (She makes me look so pale…and chubby! Haha!):

Me & Aubrey

*** Follow Aubrey’s blog at for fitness tips and info! ***

There are no ugly women…

A friend of mine emailed this the other day, and I thought it was crazy! It’s amazing what a little (or a lot of) makeup can do! Talk about some transformations…

This photo below was taken at a competition in June 2008. The competition was between 9 women for best makeover. They had every possible beauty treatment available to them over a period of 12 hours before the contest. Look at the before and after photos. Conclusion – there are no ugly women, only poor women. (The woman 2nd from the left won the contest.)