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By Melissa Marshall

I've always been obsessed with Old Hollywood. The glitz, glam, and red lipstick have been a huge inspiration to me in my career. When I decided to work on this new project, I called on a few friends to put together a stylized photo shoot at a really unique wedding venue.

Weeks and weeks of planning go into these shoots, and a lot of pre-planning is done by all the participating vendors. Michelle Nikitaris, of AKM Events, styled this shoot, and her passion for glamour and details really shines through the images. We were lucky enough to land one of Chicagoland's famed photographers, Matt Bigelow, to photograph the shoot, and our friends at 27 Entertainment made an amazing behind the scenes video. Once we secured models and all the other details (wardrobe, flowers, catering/desserts, etc.), it was Lights! Camera! Action!

A typical shoot day will start with hair and makeup around 7:00 or 8:00am (depending on shoot time and number of models). Working alongside me that day was hairstylist Julie Trimble and fellow makeup artist, Emily Dupre (who also doubled as a model). Once the models were done with hair and makeup, we selected their gowns and accessories, and the shoot began.

I was incredibly happy with the way the images turned out, and I think they really showcase a modern take on an era that is so close to my heart. I love what I do every day, but this was one of those "pinch me I'm dreaming" shoots, where I really got to work with an all-star cast.

The photos were picked up by Wedding Essentials magazine and published. There is not a greater reward for weeks of dedicated work, than seeing your vision brought to life on the glossy pages of a magazine. I truly love what I do, and this just a glance at one of the many aspects of such a truly rewarding career. 

Photos: Matt Bigelow Photography
Video: 27 Entertainment
Styling: AKM Events
Hair: Julie Trimble
Makeup: Melissa Marshall & Emily Dupre
Jewelry: Martin Binder
Gowns: Catherine's Bridal Boutique
Desserts: Wildflour
Venue: The Uptown Center - Michigan City, IN
Florist: ZuZu's Petals

About Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall began working as a makeup artist in 2001. Her first job was in a small town makeup boutique where she got hands-on experience working with everyday women. In 2007, she attended Makeup First School and relocated to Chicago. This led to many exciting opportunities, including working with professional models & photographers, a music video for the Plain White T's, and working for some of the world's leading cosmetics companies. In 2010, she returned to her roots in Indiana where she's focused on building up a freelance business and works predominately in the wedding and bridal industry. This year, Melissa will be obtaining her esthetics license at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, and is looking forward to add this accomplishment to her resume. 

To contact Melissa or to see more of her work, please visit her Facebook page.

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When trolling Instagram looking for the hottest trends in hair and makeup it can be hit or miss when finding something that interests you enough to actually follow it. No one wants to clutter their social media feeds with “so-so” hair and makeup posts from people who don’t set your imagination on fire. Well don’t worry, we've done the dirty work for you and found who WE think are the newest and hottest in beauty industry.

We’ve narrowed down our top 5 favorite Instagramers that post things we drool over on a daily basis and think you will too.  So take a moment, check them out, and hopefully find some inspiration for your next work of art.

#1 @guy_tang

If you’re a colorist and don’t know about Guy Tang – YOU SHOULD. Guy has become not only a leader in new coloring trends but has recently become a top educator in the beauty world. What’s so great about him? Well, he and the rest of the world consider him a “hair activist” and ombre expert - spending entire days (or nights) on a single client’s color in order to protect the hair from as little damage as humanly possible. We don’t think we’ve EVER seen him use heat or a dryer on his YouTube channel and tends to do multiple color correction processes in order to get the perfect base for his creation. Slow and steady wins the race for him and from we can tell – it’s DEFINITELY paying off.

#2 @LisaEldridgeMakeup

Lisa Eldridge does the most flawless makeup we’ve ever seen. The detail she uses on each of her clients to create the most perfect look is truly aw-inducing. Have your doubts? With 20 years of experience Lisa has become one of the most recognized faces in the beauty industry in around the world. Not only does she have one of the most followed YouTube channels in beauty, but she’s a resident beauty expert for Channel 4’s “Ten Years Younger” series and this January was just named the New Makeup Creative Director for Lancome. Seriously. And if you haven’t run to Instagram to follow her yet, then let us convince you with our favorite of her YouTube looks, a vintage 30’s “Biba Fever” look at

#3 @sexychuckie

Chuck Amos is a celebrity hair stylist that styles some of the most beauty ethnic hair we’ve ever seen. That being said, he doesn't only do ethnic hair – it’s just what will captivate you as it did us. His start began with a chance encounter with Brandy, styling her for her entire career, and soon after he was at celebrity hair status. Now, with his signature look The Diana Ross (huge, over-the-top hair) he tends to look to the past for inspiration – which worked well for when he nailed Beyonce’s “floating” hair on the cover on her Dangerously in Love album. “I started to see the real technique of how to do hair. Not just how to take it from beauty school, but how to heighten your awareness of what you know from beauty school, and to put it in the form or shape that is appealing to a viewer’s eye.”

#4 @theconfessionsofahairstylist

Jenny Strebe is a hair stylist gone hair blogger, YouTuber, and social media icon with her Confessions of a Hairstylist heat wave. Known for her seriously fierce braids, she’s the go-to-girl on traditional hair with an edge. You won’t see your typical braids and updos here – these are handmade creations by the woman herself looking for bold new takes on their boring originators. If you think braids are stale – or “I’ve seen every kind of braid 100 times” - you haven’t. We don’t know how she does it but her messy faux hawk dutch braid is hot enough to kill at the Oscars, and you can quote us on that.

#5 @patmcgrathreal

If you’re looking for creative demo-worthy makeup, Pat is your woman. Pat McGrath is the most influential makeup artist in the world and in one fashion season does over 27 major shows from Dior to Gucci. We’re talking catwalk worthy looks – drama and ARTISTRY. Using faces as canvases to create a “feel” and mood instead of your standard what-to-wear-to-work looks. “Everyday makeup is fine gorgeous and helps us all out, but you do need to see that inspiration that fires you up, makes you dream of something else. You’ve got to escape, haven’t you.” Says Pat, British accent and all.

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A team of cosmetology students and instructors from Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC) are set to style the hair and makeup of some of the world’s most talented salsa dancers at the upcoming Chicago International Salsa Congress (February 12th-15th 2015 at Westin O’Hare Hotel).

It’s the first time TUBC has supported this world-leading Afro-Latin music and dance convention, with teams from TUBC’s Chicago Northeast (Rogers Park), Chicago Northwest (Norwood Park) and Glendale Heights campuses set to beautify performers.

TUBC will also have its own booth there to provide mini-manicures and other beauty services to attendees, as well information for anyone interested in exploring a beauty career.

The 14th consecutive annual Chicago International Salsa Congress celebrates the rich cultural legacy of Latin and Afro-Caribbean music and dance, featuring breathtaking performances by the world’s best Latin dancers, fantastic live Latin bands and practical workshops.

Jill Marcodes, Executive Director of Cosmetology Education of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, says: “We’re so excited be involved in this fun, creative international dance event, helping to make-over some of the most talented salsa dancers in the world! Our students love using their cosmetology skills at fast-paced industry events. It’s this type of experience that ensures they are career-ready once they graduate.”

For further information about the Chicago International Salsa Congress, including event passes and night tickets, visit:


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  Video by Sheriann Gray (aka Christian Paste)

The thing that I love about Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is that it has a very professional atmosphere. It’s a mixed crowd and very diverse school, and it’s somewhere that you can grow if you’re really looking to be a cosmetologist.

So I will say that beginning school – I had no idea. The stuff that I thought I knew from doing hair outside and in my kitchen, was nothing compared to what I learned at Tricoci University. Actually going there has made me realize what I want to specialize in when it comes to hair. Now, I do want to do everything…cuts, color, ethnic hair, fine hair, natural hair – I want to do everything, but going to Tricoci University helped me realize that I want to specialize in hair care.

The curriculum…is not easy. It’s very hard but it’s challenging. It’s something that you need to know. You need to know what you’re doing when you’re out in the field and I’m feeling very confident. Being here for this past year really helped me understand a whole lot of stuff differently. Even with hair and how it grows, and where it grows, and the stages of growth.

I learned so much being here. I have the most amazing instructors. I met a lot of talented people that are important to me personally as well as professionally.

There were a few things in this school that were my absolute favorite things. They have attendance, and if your attendance is 85% and above you get to be on the squads – and there were two squads that were my favorite. The TLC Program, which was a cancer agency where we did hair, nails, and makeup for cancer patients – and these patients were from children to old men. It was just a beautiful thing to go and see these people that are sick and pouring into them, and they’re telling you their story and talking to you about their lives. And it’s sad because these people are dying, but we’re giving something back to them. And that’s something that I love that we did that was one of my favorite things.

Another thing that was done was a group called the Style Squad and I think I’m going to miss that the most because that’s where I got the most of my networking. That’s where I to see my first fashion show. We did Midwest Fashion Week where I was featured on a local TV show here in Indianapolis, Indiana where I presented hair and makeup for a local fashion designer, Berny Martin. And it was so exciting to me, and just a blessing to even be a part of something like that.

                                                                                               - Sheriann Gray


Want to watch more videos by Sheriann? Check out her YouTube Channel or check out another one of our favorites, her Tricoci University cosmetology kit review video here too!

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Indianapolis, IN – January 30, 2015 – Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the world’s leading professional skincare brand, Dermalogica, for its Esthetics program. TUBC’s Indianapolis Northeast campus, located in Fishers at 9725 Crosspoint Commons, will now offer its guests the opportunity to enjoy skincare services that use Dermalogica products – as well as purchase the products for at-home skin care.

Dermalogica products are highly-regarded in the beauty industry because they contain ingredients designed to help keep skin at an optimal level of health and are free from the irritants that are commonly found in other lines that could cause breakouts.

Gabriela Santana-Blackburn, Executive Director of Esthetics and Teacher Training at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, says: “Due to popular customer demand, we’re excited to integrate Dermalogica products into the curriculum and skincare services available at our Indy campus. We pride ourselves on providing the most current, technically precise and versatile esthetician training available in the field today and the products we use are an important part of this process.”

To learn more about the Esthetics program at TUBC, or to book a student-provided skincare treatment using Dermalogica products, please call 317-841-9400. To view TUBC’s full menu of beauty treatments and services, please click here.

More about Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC) is the premier beauty education provider that is redefining the industry and producing salon-ready graduates prepared for successful careers. Founded by international beauty industry leader Mario Tricoci, TUBC is developing a new type of professional for the beauty industry by using innovative teaching methods and facilities for students seeking to become successful cosmetologists, estheticians, and beauty school teachers. Each campus offers financial aid to those that qualify, including many institutional scholarship opportunities. There are 11 campuses located throughout Illinois and Indiana. All guest services are provided by students under the supervision of a licensed professional. For more information, please visit

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