Beauty Team

Brandi - Master Artist & Owner

Brandi is a professional makeup artist and licensed esthetician, graduating from the acclaimed Paul Mitchell The School. 

Growing up in a small town southwest of Chicago before the days of Instagram and YouTube, Brandi poured over every fashion magazine that she get a hold of. Her years in dance gave her the early opportunity to experiment with makeup on herself and others. As her passion for makeup artistry grew she gained an education in art, business and esthetics.

Her bridal artistry has been featured on PopSugar Beauty, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, and most recently a fashion editorial published in ChicagoStyle Weddings Magazine.

Bridal Brigade is well known for high quality bridal makeup services. Brandi works alongside other artists whom she has hand selected to uphold her high standards of makeup artistry and professional reputation. Each artist has attended extensive training as well as holding licenses in esthetics or cosmetology or are certified as a makeup artist. 

Bride: Calli | 4.18.16 Photo: Ojie Ocean Photography

Bride: Calli | 4.18.16

Photo: Ojie Ocean Photography

Jeannie | Hair & Makeup Artist

Jeannie attended Morris Academy of Hair Design graduating in 2001 with her cosmetology license. As well as holding a cosmetology license, Jeannie is also a licensed cosmetology instructor.

Jeannie has over 15 years of experience behind the chair and has been providing free lance styling and makeup services for over a decade. 

From edgy and smokey to eau naturel, Jeannie can handle any makeup style that comes her way!


Bride: Jessie | 6.11.16 Rachel Schirano Photography | www.rachaelschirano.com

Bride: Jessie | 6.11.16

Rachel Schirano Photography | www.rachaelschirano.com

Libby | Hair & Makeup Artist

Libby attended Tricoci University, London Eyes International School of Makeup, and Chicago Permanent Cosmetics and has been providing beauty services for over 8 years.

Her passion for special occasion makeup and styling is what lead her to bridal makeup and hairstyling as a free lancer the past several years, and working free lance for Benefit and more recently Urban Decay.

If you love a sexy, smokey eye, Libby is your girl!


Bride: Tara | 6.25.16 Photo: Jordan Favero Photography

Bride: Tara | 6.25.16

Photo: Jordan Favero Photography

Lys | Makeup Artist

Lys has had a passion for makeup since she was very young, performing makeup services on friends and family for special occasions.

To to gain a better understanding of the skin, and to hone her artistry, Lys attended school at London Eyes International School of Makeup, graduating with her makeup certification. Lys has been a certified makeup artist since 2012.

If you love a Hollywood Glam look, Alyssa is your girl!

Bride: Andrea | 5.20.16 Photo: Bella Photography

Bride: Andrea | 5.20.16

Photo: Bella Photography

Jesika | Hair Stylist

Jesika attended Morris Academy of Hair Design graduating in 2007. Jesika's passion for styling hair for special occasions shines through her work.

Jesika has been a part of Bridal Brigade since the 2012 bridal season putting smiles on many clients faces. On top of working with Bridal Brigade, Jesika stays busy working in a full service salon.

Bride: Kristen | 6.20.15 Photo: Brandy Swartz Photography

Bride: Kristen | 6.20.15

Photo: Brandy Swartz Photography

Mandy | Hair Stylist

Mandy attended Salon Professional Academy in 2006 and learned fairly quickly that styling and dressing hair was her favorite.

After several years working at HairCuttery, working her way up to manager, she decided that she needed a change of pace, wanting to do more styling than she was doing at HC, leading her to Bridal Brigade!

Bride: Amanda | 4.2016 Photo: Kara Kamienski Photography

Bride: Amanda | 4.2016

Photo: Kara Kamienski Photography

Megan | Makeup Artist

Megan attended esthetician school at the Naperville Skin Institute, graduating in 2008. She has worked as both an esthetician and a makeup artist and has beautifying brides for over 9 years!

Megan has worked free lance for both Benefit Cosmetics as well as Pür Minerals all while performing makeup services for special occasions and bridal parties, which is how we found her!

If you love natural makeup, Megan is your girl!


Bride: Brittni | 5.28.16 Timothy Whaley & Associates | www.twaphoto.com

Bride: Brittni | 5.28.16

Timothy Whaley & Associates | www.twaphoto.com

Maggie | Makeup Artist

Maggie's love for makeup started at a young age, leading her to a career with Mary Kay.

As Maggie delved deeper into the world of makeup, she desired much more than sales.

Pursuing a career as an artist, Maggie attended Makeup First in Chicago to receive extensive training in makeup artistry and has been a certified makeup artist since 2011.

If you love a glam look, Maggie is your girl!


Bride: Jessica | 10.17.15 Photo: Capture the Canvas Photography

Bride: Jessica | 10.17.15

Photo: Capture the Canvas Photography

Mishel | Makeup Artist

Mishel had always had an interest in makeup and was the go-to person for friends and acquaintances looking to be dolled up for a special event.

To gain a deeper knowledge of her craft, she decided to attend school at Make Up First School of Makeup Artistry in Chicago. 

Since graduation she's worked in a full service salon doing makeup and of course, working for us!

If you love a glam look, Mishel is your girl!

Bride: Amy | 6.4.16 Photo: Studio One Naperville

Bride: Amy | 6.4.16

Photo: Studio One Naperville

Alyssa | Hair Stylist

Alyssa attended cosmetology school at Salon Professional Academy in 2009 and took an early interest in formal hair styling while in school.

Alyssa even worked at the salon that Brandi previously owned in Coal City. While there she realized that formal styling was her favorite part of doing hair! Alyssa has been a part of the team since the 2011 bridal season, before Bridal Brigade was Bridal Brigade!

Bridel: Becca | 3.12.16  Photo: Capture the Canvas Photography

Bridel: Becca | 3.12.16 

Photo: Capture the Canvas Photography

Mikayla | Hair & Makeup Artist

Mikayla had an interest in hair and makeup from an early age beautifying friends for school dances.   She attended cosmetology school at Franklin Cosmetology Institute where her love for formal styling grew, winning competitions in school. Did we mention she's also an amazing photographer?

After discovering her love for formal styling, Mikayla decided she would expand her services perfecting her makeup artistry skills. 

If you love glam makeup, Mikayla is your girl!


Bride: Samantha | 12.15.15 Photo: Allusion Photography

Bride: Samantha | 12.15.15

Photo: Allusion Photography

Charity | Makeup Artist

Charity discovered her love for makeup artistry at a very young age, performing makeup services for any special occasion!

After free-lancing for a few years, she desired to have a better understanding of the skin, thus leading her to attend the esthetics program at Paul Mitchell The School - Tinley, where she graduated from in 2009.

 If you love natural makeup, Charity is your girl!


Bride: Marta | 8.22.15 Photo: Artisan Events

Bride: Marta | 8.22.15

Photo: Artisan Events

Elizabeth | Makeup Artist 

Elizabeth graduated from esthetician school at the Cosmetology and Spa Academy in Schaumburg after years of interest in makeup and skincare.

Her passion and creativity shines through her artistry. Elizabeth also works as a licensed esthetician for a dermatologist in the suburbs. Though she enjoys her work as an esthetician, she has the most fun with makeup for weddings!

If you love a natural-glam look, Elizabeth is your girl!

Bride: Ashley | 9.5.15 Photo: Kate De La Rosa

Bride: Ashley | 9.5.15

Photo: Kate De La Rosa

Marla | Hair Stylist

Marla has been styling hair for 3 decades and has an extensive knowledge all different hair types.   She graduated from Capri Beauty School and has worked in a couple full service salons over the years, as well as providing free lance hair and makeup for bridal parities and other special occasions. Which is how Brandi & Marla  met!

Marla even had her work featured in the July 2015 issue of Chicago Style Weddings Magazine! 

Bride Mimi | 9.3.16 Memorable Jaunts Photography  | www.memorablejaunts.com

Bride Mimi | 9.3.16

Memorable Jaunts Photography  | www.memorablejaunts.com

Bethany | Hair & Makeup Artist

Bethany began her path to hair and makeup stylist for our team at The Paul Mitchell School of Tinley Park, graduating in 2010. 

At the time she graduated she knew she wanted to work in a full-service salon, but always had extra love for the creativity involved with creating updos.

While working at the salon, she decided to further her education and attend Glam Lab Makeup Studios to hone her makeup artistry skills.