Nena

Senior Hair & Makeup Artist

"Hair and Makeup has been a passion of mine ever since I can remember. Professionally I have been involved in the industry since 2012. As a dancer my whole life, hair and makeup was a huge part of my daily routine . As soon as I was done with high school, I attended the Aveda Institute Minneapolis , where I took the Cosmetology program for just under a year. While attending school there, I volunteered in many runway shows , charity events and many other extra curricular activities that lead me to learn a lot and be mentored by many, talented leaders of the industry. After the Institute I started working at a wonderful salon that has provided me amazing advanced training . I have also traveled and have gotten the opportunity to work New York Fashion Week two consecutive seasons and work on many local photo-shoots.

Being that I have always been a hopeless romantic , weddings have become one of my favorite things to work on. Getting to know the bride and being part of such an intimate day, the biggest day for most, is simply such an honor. Making the bride feel beautiful for their day, giving her and that confidence to walk down the aisle, and take their most loved one's breath away is a feeling that not many others can top.  I'm a huge believer in continuing education , which is why I make a priority to take different classes regularly and keep up with all the new makeup up trends and hairstyles in order to put my skills to use when customizing a unique look for your wedding day!"

Raves about Maria's work...

" When you meet Maria, you will first notice her charm, as well as her outstanding personality. When she walks into a room, you can see and feel her glow. She is very well spoken, and very knowledgeable in her specialty. I’ve been a client of Maria for the past two years, for all my hair coloring, styling, and makeup needs. Whether I want to go chic black, fire red, or a soft brown, Maria will make it happen. She has done my makeup for numerous photoshoots, prom, and special occasions. My experience with her has always been a positive one, and my hair has always come out with the results I desired. You will find Maria to be exceptional, talented and professional. I recommend her to anyone and everyone! " - Fiori Laren Millsop

" I was the maid of honor at my mother's wedding , Maria Aleman did my hair and makeup she was such an amazing, talented girl. I love her work and she's always prepared for everything, very patient with all of us that day. I'm very happy to say she really did an amazing job , I totally recommend her!! "- Jenny Benito

I used Maria's services the day of my wedding , she took her of my hair and makeup for both my engagement photos and wedding day. I am so thankful and glad I chose her. She did an amazing job. My hair was spectacular and my makeup so beautiful. All her work was amazing not just on me but on all my bridesmaids as well. I give her a 10 on her work and enthusiasm! Thank you so much Maria " - Irma Salas 

Recent work by Maria...

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Jason Livingood Photography