Erica Luong – Chief Makeup Artist & Owner
Born and raised in Queens, NY – Erica has been a makeup lover since she was a young girl. After receiving her Bachelors Degree in Information Science from the University at Albany in 2005 she realized it was not the direction her life was meant to take. For most of her life, she had always loved makeup and the creativity the field inspired in her. So, she went for her dream. It came as no surprise when she was recruited by an industry leader where she remained for nearly six years. After much consideration, she left the company due to her high demand in the bridal industry. Her bridal work has been featured in top wedding websites and magazines including The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, Carats & Cake, and Style Me Pretty.
With 12+ years in the industry Erica still loves being part of the sometimes hectic and chaotic morning of a wedding and is honored that brides have chosen her to share that day with them. Not only is she a makeup artist; she calms, soothes and relaxes her clients on their special day as only she can do. There are many things occurring on the day of a wedding and Erica must marshal all her resources and energy to devote individual time and attention to each person. Erica understands that getting one’s makeup done is not only fun and exciting but transformative as well.
She has recently been added to Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style Platinum List of Vendors.
Jennifer Yan – Lead Makeup Artist
Jenn always knew she was going to be an artist. With little to no interest in other subjects except drawing and painting she obtained her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration from Fashion Institute of Technology in 2006. She chooses her mediums depending on what she is trying to achieve. On newsprint paper she likes to use conte, realistic portraits she uses oil paints and relies on good old ball point pens for doodling during meetings. She draws on her art background when consulting with clients and uses her knowledge of color theory in every aspect.
She has over 10 years of experience and strongly believes in the beauty that all women possess. She is sought after for her “natural” makeup application & technique. Her favorite part about being a makeup artist is seeing her client’s reaction when they see themselves with hair & makeup done. She loves to be a part of their happiness and joy.
Ann Raiola – Makeup Artist
A veteran of the beauty industry for close to 20 years, Ann and Erica were former colleagues and enjoy the rapport that come from a mutually respectable and professional relationship turned friendship.
The hard working mother of two sweet and sassy little girls, Ann calls Massapequa, NY home where you can find her spending time with her family and buying too many things she doesn’t need in Home Goods to decorate her home.
Daniella Ragonese – Makeup Artist
Daniella has been in the beauty industry since 2000. Unsure of what she really wanted to do she went on to college, graduating in 2004 with a BA in Early Childhood Education K-5. As soon as she finished she realized her passion lay in artistry. Her dream of possibly teaching the future leaders of America changed to educating women on the importance of wearing mascara. She followed her heart and headed full-time into a career in makeup and has not looked back since. Her love for makeup is evident in her vivacious personality, boisterous outlook on life and her love of false eyelashes. She loves what she does and making others fabulous and doesn’t shy away from telling her friends and clients what she thinks will be best for them.
A native of Suffolk County, she enjoys spending her free time visiting her family in North Carolina and wondering how women ever got along without high heels and lashes.
Kaitlin Mercurio – Makeup Artist
The first thing Kaitlin Mercurio would tell you about makeup is how it can transform a person into someone entirely new. She should know: as the only actress in the group she discovered her passion for makeup while pursuing her degree in Musical Theater. Transforming herself into the eclectic characters she would end up performing in front of an audience sparked her imagination and her love and lust for makeup has continued as she continues to pursue her acting career. Kaitlin graduated in 2006 from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
Many people may recognize Kaitlin as the face of Erica Does Makeup 2012’s Bridal Season (Erica was her makeup artist). After getting married in 2012, she moved to North Carolina but recently returned to the NY/NJ area. When she’s not auditioning, she spends time with her beloved dog Bear and practices her Tony award speech in the mirror.