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Local makeup artist and British import creates romantic wedding looks that rivals the softness and beauty of an English garden.

English Rose Beauty
English Rose Makeup Artistry provides on-site professional makeup services for all occasions.

English Rose Makeup Artistry is an on-site professional makeup service for all ages and occasions that specializes in romantic bridal looks, perfected by Temptu airbrush makeup.

Temptu is a high end brand of makeup that focuses on airbrush products and according to them is widely used amongst Hollywood insiders and is responsible for some of the red carpets most iconic looks.

Owner of English Rose Makeup Artistry, Helen Tropiejko, says she chose Temptu because it works particularly well in the humidity of wedding season. “The benefit of any airbrush foundation is staying power” Tropiejko explains. “I like to apply a fine mist over a layer of thin foundation applied with a brush. Thin layers always outlast one thick layer.”

According to Tropiejko, she is often sought out for her soft and romantic style of bridal makeup but she also offers makeup sessions for photoshoots and beauty sessions as well. Tropiejko also offers makeup lessons to assist clients in perfecting their everyday makeup application.

English Rose Makeup Artistry specializes in romantic makeup looks including bridal makeup.
English Rose Makeup Artistry specializes in romantic makeup looks including bridal makeup.

When it comes to bridal, Tropiejko offers the trial session at her home studio and is on location for the big day. She acknowledges the choices for bridal makeup looks can be overwhelming so she is always ready to consult and customize with her client. It’s all about finding the right look for you, she says.

“There are so many beautiful looks and it totally depends on the individual and feel of the event,” Tropiejko adds, “but I love to leave her looking like herself only enhanced, glowing and radiant,.”

Tropiejko moved to the States 10 years ago with her husband and brought her love of makeup with her. “For as long as I can remember I have always loved makeup, from playing dress up with my mums, to finally being allowed to wear it for parties,” Tropiejko says. “I love the colors, textures and makeup’s ability to enhance your beauty and mood.”

She started her career like many makeup artists, practicing with family and friends but things quickly grew from there. Soon Tropiejko was being asked to do weddings and photoshoots. While she was confident in her skills it wasn’t until she moved to the States that she decided to go pro.

English Rose Makeup Artistry was launched in 2013 and Tropiejko’s approach is all about customization. “Every individual is different and I want to enhance their natural beauty but make sure they still feel like themselves but glamorous. All while having a fabulous time,” she says.

To learn more about English Rose Makeup Artistry you can visit them on Facebook. For booking inquires contact Tropiejko at or reach her by phone (859) 620-8783. Her website will be launching in early 2017.

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Learn about the local makeup artist bringing big city celebrity glam to the Tri-state beauty scene.

The Art of Makeup Collective offers wedding makeup applications as well as event makeup.

When it comes to one of the most important days of your life, you want to look your best. That’s where Cynthia Crist, founder and chief artist of Art of Makeup Collective can help.

A veteran makeup artist with 16 years experience in celebrity, bridal, beauty, film and editorial makeup Crist describes herself as a “meticulous visionary with a passion for transformation.”

Employed as a MAC makeup artist Crist relocated from Cincinnati to L.A. and had the opportunity to work with some of today’s biggest stars at exclusive events in the entertainment and fashion industry. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with celebrities such as; Carmen Electra, Devon Aoki, Vivica Fox, Pamela Anderson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Marilyn Manson and Dave Navarro,” Crist says. In 2002 Crist began as a makeup artist with HBO, and soon after covered runway for New York City Fashion Week.

The experience of balancing a career in retail makeup with freelancing in the entertainment and fashion industries has earned Crist the reputation of being incredibly versatile. “I am able to do any look. I do everything from extremely natural headshot makeup to extravagant stage quality makeup for rock stars. I am known for my range,” Crist explains.

Cynthia Crist, Founder of the Art of Makeup Collective.
Cynthia Crist, Founder of the Art of Makeup Collective.

Shortly after returning to Cincinnati Crist launched Art of Makeup Collective to bring her breadth of experience to the Tri-state’s beauty scene. She explains her business is a “response to the overwhelming demand for on-location, reputable, personal makeup artists for every occasion.”

However Crist brings more to the table than herself, she has a wealth of connections that are part of a larger tribe of reputable beauty experts in the Cincinnati area “ I also refer to other beauty professionals that possess the same level of expertise and professionalism as I do. I am big on networking and creating a community that can learn from one another, since we all have completely different experiences that we can bring to our clients,” Crist says.

Art of Makeup Collective services range from bridal and wedding party makeup to event makeup applications for a special night out on the town or personal photo-shoots. Tattoo, scar and birthmark coverup sessions are also available as well as private makeup lessons. Prices range from $65.00-$150.00 depending on the event and size of the party.

To learn more about Art of Makeup Collective visit them on the web . You can book online, but at least six weeks notice is encouraged. For more immediate booking you can reach out to Crist directly at 513-571-7998. To keep up with Art of Makeup Collective events join them on Facebook and check out their latest clients transformations on Instagram. Additional reviews of their work can be found on The Knot.

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What are the secrets to looking and feeling your best? Read on as Kelly Heid of Makeup by Kelly has the answers.

Makeup by Kelly
Makeup by Kelly offers personalized makeup applications and a beauty blog.

Lookin’ good and feelin’ better isnt’ just a saying for Kelly Heid of Makeup by Kelly, it’s her business mantra.

Heid says she knows the variety of makeup products and advice is overwhelming, so she not only provides a beauty blog but also personalized makeup applications.

Heid’s passion for beauty began when she was little, but she says working in a salon is what lit the fire. “Working in a salon and being in that creative atmosphere really sparked something inside me,” Heid says. Things really took off when she did her sister’s makeup (for her own wedding) and friends liked the look and began requesting Heid to do their makeup as well.

At this time Heid’s beauty business is a one-woman show, although she is in the works of bringing an apprentice on to help with some of her larger projects.

Kelly Heid, Founder of Makeup by Kelly
Kelly Heid, Founder of Makeup by Kelly

Currently, Heid is sharing her passion for beauty through public blog posts and personalized private bookings. She says Makeup by Kelly is already a pretty large project on its own, but she hopes to one day own a studio where she could offer classes and host makeup parties. “That is the dream, but for now I’m just doing what I love and feeling really grateful,” Heid says about opening her own studio.

Getting the scoop on Heid’s most tried and true products proved a little difficult as she shares the universal struggle of choosing between the endless amount of options available. Though, when forced to pick Heid says. “I am a mascara junkie and my current obsession is with the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. The brush on that wand is amazing!” But, when looking for effortless and easy everyday picks Heid says that the necessities include a good BB cream, mascara and a cream blush that can be used for both lips and cheeks.

These beauty picks also make it easier to achieve the “no makeup makeup look,” one of the hottest beauty trends right now. says Heid. Although, she warns it’s not always as easy to pull off as people assume. “It’s about flawless skin, a little contour and defined eyes. Lips with pressed in, barely-there color,” she advises. Additionally, to give your eyebrows a little love as Heid says, “a little shaping and creating some definition can go a long way.”

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Learn the lash-batting details about what makes these on-location makeup artists unique and how they help Cincinnati brides look and feel their best.

Blend Artistry Ohio helps brides look their best on their big day.
Blend Artistry Ohio helps brides look their best on their big day.

Brides have a lot of options when it comes to planning a wedding, but looking their best isn’t optional.

That’s why Kelly Bretcher, co-owner and makeup artist, helped to launch Blend Artistry Ohio. “It is a special honor to work with brides because they put so much trust and faith in you as an artist to make them look their best,” she says, adding that they try to make their services as easy, expansive and personalized as possible for busy brides to be.

Blend Artistry Ohio “is a team of on-location professional makeup artists, hair stylists and airbrush tanning technicians. We travel to our clients for their events or on their special day to make them look and feel their best,” Bretcher says. “Every look is custom; Quality and client satisfaction are our top priorities. Our personal beauty philosophy is a focus on each individual client, and enhancing their beauty.”

Co-owners Kelly Bretcher and Megan Kramer always had a passion for makeup; both of them had worked for prestige cosmetic lines as well as doing freelance makeup artistry before deciding to start their own bridal venture together. “We celebrated our two year anniversary this [past] January,” Bretcher says.
Blend Artistry offers a range of on-site services for brides. “We provide makeup applications including airbrush foundation, individual and strip false eyelashes, hair styling, and airbrush spray tans.” Bretcher says. “Additionally, we offer trial runs for makeup and hair, as well as lessons to help them create an everyday look to wear after their wedding.”

In the two years since Blend Artistry launched, Bretcher says she and her team have shared many meaningful experiences with their brides. “There is a special energy on the day of a wedding. As an artist, it is a privilege to work with a bride on one of the happiest days of her life,” Bretcher adds. “Everyone gets exited to see their friend or family member transform into a beautiful bride. We take the trust they have in our team very seriously.” In addition, she says, “It is also incredibly rewarding to see the professional photos of my work. I feel lucky and blessed that most of my clients are referrals from previous weddings.”

In a competitive bridal industry, Blend Artistry takes pride on what makes them stand apart. “Our team makes us unique. We have incredibly talented artists that have diverse backgrounds and education. We all pursue careers during the week that give us the freedom to focus on weddings and events on the weekends,” She continues. “Something else unique to us is that we do not require a minimum number of applications or styles; we want everyone to have the convenience of on-location artists regardless of their party size.”

Blend Artistry also expands their services beyond the bridal industry. “We provide makeup, hair and airbrush tanning services to any client looking for on-location convenience,” she explains. “We have been involved in magazine, maternity and engagement photo shoots, and we are also starting to offer technique workshops in addition to the private makeup lessons we offer in-home.”

Regarding upcoming bridal makeup trends, Bretcher says, “In the last couple of years there has been a surge in requests for airbrush foundation, false lashes, and contour and highlight. More recently there has been a demand for matte lips and defined brows. Bridal parties are also starting to embrace a bold lip.” For the spring season, she adds, “We are looking forward to bright lips, glowing skin, and flushed cheeks.”

Blend Artistry Ohio was recently chosen as a 2016 pick for The Knot Best of Weddings. To learn more, visit

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Three Cincinnati-based makeup artists are joining forces to create one mega-makeup service company, Moxxie Makeup. Read on for all the beautiful details.

Moxxie Makeup’s Jenny Costello, Sarah Cormier and Jenn Simpson (Photo by: Erin Ewald of Amelia Laine Photography)

Moxxie Makeup caters to brides as well as others who are in need of their makeup being done for other occasions. After working for other companies and being in cosmetic retail, Simpson, Costello and Cormier wanted to start anew with a fresh concept and business plan. Working with makeup never feels like a job for them, and it always opens them up to meeting new people and forming relationships. They want makeup to be a fun and positive experience for everyone, and Moxxie Makeup makes sure of that.

Makeup: Sarah (Photo by: Deogracias Lerma)
Makeup: Sarah (Photo by: Deogracias Lerma)

Their experience working in the makeup industry is what Cormier describes as, “the best kind of training experience.” Cormier worked at MAC while Costello worked at Laura Mercier. Cosmetic retail taught them how to quickly adapt to customers that would sit down in their chairs throughout the day and give them an understanding of the customers’ one-of-a-kind beauty needs and wants. Cormier also had previous experience with applying makeup after years of practice that led her to assisting with the makeup for Academy Award winning actress Shirley Jones, as well as Grammy Award winning Christian artist Rebecca St. James.

Simpson took a different path with her makeup experience and has taken makeup courses in New York. She recently had her work featured on the cover of Polly Magazine, a new arts and culture magazine based in Cincinnati that has just launched this fall.

Together, these three artistic women have a combined experience of more than 20 years in the makeup industry even though they all found and fell in love with makeup at different points of their lives.

The name, Moxxie Makeup, originated from the word “moxie” which means “having courage, character, nerve, or vigor.” They added the extra “x” for their own spin on it.

PHOTO3 CAPTION: Makeup: Jenny Costello (Photo by: Loft 3 Photography) Makeup artists Jennifer Simpson, Jenny Costello and Sarah Cormier are joining forces to create one mega-makeup service company, Moxxie Makeup.
Makeup: Jenny Costello (Photo by: Loft 3 Photography) Makeup artists Jennifer Simpson, Jenny Costello and Sarah Cormier are joining forces to create one mega-makeup service company, Moxxie Makeup.

“Makeup enhances natural beauty and therefore empowers us and gives us courage,” says Cormier. “We’ve had so many clients tell us they felt more confident after working with us; they found their Moxxie!”

Cormier says that Simpson, Costello and herself also encompass the characteristics of the term, “moxie,” and how these attributes are reflected in their work and relationships with their clients.

“It’s a unique partnership strength, talent, and positivity that only the term, ‘Moxxie’ encompassed,” says Cormier. “We bring a reinvented attitude to Cincinnati’s brides and beauty lovers.”

Cormier mentions that in Cincinnati, many brides request natural makeup looks, and Moxxie Makeup adores it.

“There is something about soft, natural makeup that just never gets old,” say Cormier. “My favorite thing to do is provide a natural look for a client, with a little something extra, like a slightly bolder lip, or subtle definition in the outer corner of their eye.”

For those who are looking to becoming a makeup artist or go into the makeup industry, Cormier believes that patience is key because it takes time to build your skill, kit and credibility in the industry. An open mind and continuing to learn are very important attributes to have. “You have to love makeup artistry enough to commit to several years of hard work, dedication, and education in order to be successful,” says Cormier. “We are constantly growing and evolving, so being in it for the long haul is equally beneficial as it is rewarding.”
To learn more about Moxxie Makeup and see more photos of their work, visit their website.