Meet our team!
Joanna – Owner, Makeup Artist & Hairstylist
There was no question in my mind that a career in hair and makeup was definitely my calling! Shortly after high school, I took a little break and worked in retail then started researching cosmetology schools. After several school tours with my mom, we finally found the school that I would be going to. I attended Colonna Beauty School in downtown Albany and it was there that my life changed forever! Did I want to pursue a career in hair, or makeup, or skin?? I was so passionate about everything that I was just hungry for more and more education.
After school, I took my first job in skincare and makeup. I continued with lots and lots of education. Workshops, seminars, shows. Some of the best education classes I took were Cosmetic ingredients which was a full week of intense classes and to me, was the absolute base and foundation for our industry no matter what direction one might take. Some of my other favorite classes were Shaping the face with Dominic Cruz of Kryolan, Bridal updos with Martin Parsons, Skincare before and after cosmetic surgery with Ann Johnson, and the Bullet Proof bride with Kevin James Bennett of Makeup Forever.
Education is the key to staying fresh and current with the changing times and my belief is that one is never too educated and if we learn one new technique, it can be priceless!
Coming into her tenth year with Lipstick N Lashes, Samantha is no stranger to the chignon and has re-created enough Pinterest photos that she could probably do it in her sleep! Her experience and talent will put any bride at ease knowing that they will get a beautiful “do” and a fun experience working with Sam.
Ainslie has always had a passion for everything beauty and makeup related. Working with luxury brands such as Chanel, Shiseido and over 250+ brands included within Sephora and Macy’s. As a trained artist she uses color theory, top of the line products and proven techniques to make all her clients feel the most glamorous version of themselves on their special day. To Ainslie makeup isn’t just about color it’s about making every client feel confidant, beautiful and empowered.
Hair and makeup artist
Marissa brings so much to our team that makes her such an asset. Marissa is a New York State licensed cosmetologist and has been with Lipstick N Lashes since 2018. Updos and makeup are her thing and the creativity and talent she brings is amazing. Marissa pays such attention to detail and makes each client feel as though they are her one and only!
Sarah comes to us with so much passion and knowledge for all things hair! After graduating from The Orlo, Sarah found her love and has been doing hair for a little over six years now. Although Sarah has extensive education with some of the best industry companies out there, including Goldwell, Surface, Bumble and Bumble, and Schwarzkopf, she has chosen to set her focus on designing updos and creative styles for weddings and special occasions! “My favorite part about my job is meeting new people everyday and sharing exciting moments with them!