Meet: Deborah L.












How did you get started in the beauty industry?
I actually got started in the beauty industry when I was fourteen years old. I was on set filming a commercial when I met my first stylist, Scott. As I began talking to him, I realized that doing hair and makeup for film could be a great “fallback” career while I went on auditions and became a movie star! Little did I know that hair and makeup would have been my ultimate calling! I began learning from my stylist at his salon and made the easy decision to apply for my beauty license as soon as I graduated from high school. In that time I got plenty of experience honing my skills styling my peers for prom, homecoming, and other events my “clients” needed help getting ready for.

What excites you the most about working with brides?

The most exciting thing to me about working with brides is that every single event is unique, special, and just an incredibly positive experience. I love the energy and I thrive in the bridal environment! I absolutely love what I do because I love making my brides feel like their dreams are coming true; besides, who doesn’t love a wedding? This career has taken me to exotic locations, introduced me to wonderful people, and allowed me the flexibility to maintain my family at home while doing what I love!

Where do you get your inspiration for the looks you create?

I’ll be honest and tell you that I am a Pinterest fanatic, Instagram addict, and Tumblr Queen. I love looking for and getting inspiration from other’s work, from my brides themselves, and even just organic things such as chain link fences and couture fabrics. You’d be surprised where you can pull inspiration from.

Can you share an experience from a wedding that made you love your job even more?
There are so many! I’d have to say my favorite experience from being such a vital part to such an intimate event is seeing the glowing faces and happiness in the room once all of the dresses are zipped and mimosas are empty. I get to be there while mom’s are spending last moments with their “little girls” and when best friends are telling their “sisters’ how proud they are of the woman standing before them in the white dress. I get to be there for all of this and give tips on how not to ruin your makeup by crying so much! (There are tricks!)
I also really enjoy growing with my Brides. I’ve had clients that came to me as high school students getting their first highlights, to cap and gown styling, to pinning on their veil, and then baby shower hair! It’s fulfilling to see people grow and to make them feel beautiful every step of the way. I really feel like I’m part of the family.

What is your advice for the bride?
My ultimate advice would be that something will most definitely NOT GO the way that you expected it to (it won’t be me). Decide on what one thing is the most important to you that day and tell your maid of honor or wedding coordinator that if all else goes wrong, let that one thing not be it! Something will undoubtedly not go as expected and when it does you just have to let it be. At least your hair will look awesome!

What are some of your passions other than Bridal Styling? What do you like to do for fun?
I absolutely love traveling, adventures with my loved ones, and maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle. I’m blessed to live in beautiful California so to me, there’s nothing like coming home after a nice little trip to somewhere new!