Today we’d like to introduce you to Melania DaSilva-Deaver.
Melania, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in Oceanside, California. I graduated from El Camino High School and went to makeup school for movies and commercial work in Burbank, California – shortly there after I moved to San Francisco, continued to work and train while also starting a family. Then decided to really grow in the industry New York was where I needed to be. After 6 years of building my portfolio and working hard In NYC my husband and I decided we were tired of the cold and we moved our family to Quepos, Costa Rica to live the “Pura Vida” lifestyle.
I have been a makeup artist for over 18 years and have experience working on projects all over the world. I love to provide exceptional make-up artistry for those clients who desire a professional artist to make their project look its best.
I am currently booking bridal makeup and hair appointments all over the world including Costa Rica which is one of the top wedding destination locations. My expertise include: Airbrush make-up, body art application, traditional makeup, wardrobe styling for beauty, bridal, editorial, runway, photography and video.
I have always had a natural talent and passion for makeup artistry and fashion. I have trained and worked with some of the world’s top make-up/hair stylists and photographers. I am a certified MAC cosmetics instructor; worked with National teams for major lines like Bobbi Brown and Nars Cosemtics. I have many years experience teaching HD television makeup courses for students wanting to learn on-screen make-up. Teaching students to bring a new edge make-up style for glamorous effects, illusions and disguising imperfections.
I have worked on various on-screen projects, commercial, MTV music videos, and collaborated with designers on makeup looks for NY Mercedes Benz Fashion week and have had my work featured in various magazines including VOGUE. It’s important to me to enhance natural features and bring out a person’s inner beauty and individuality. My latest Project is opening an upscale Salon at the new Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Costa Rica.
Has it been a smooth road?
Getting my name known and moving to the East Coast was key. I got to work with so many talented people in the Industry. It wasn’t easy, it took a lot of time to build my portfolio – but hard work pays off! In the makeup industry you can always continue to grow – I met and worked with so many interesting brides from around the globe and people including actors, actresses, models, politicians and even scientists. Everyone needs HD makeup! Teaching makeup is a passion of mine and being able to teach woman with other careers how to put makeup on themselves or others brings me a lot of joy.
At first, when moving to Costa Rica I continued to travel to the states for work, then realized there wasn’t a high end salon in my area. Marina Pez vela was being built and it was the perfect place to have a salon. People travel here from all over the world on yatchts and cruise ships. There is 5 star dining here and cute boutique shopping. This is a place where locals and tourists could come for dinner and stop in for a spa mani/pedi – a place where brides could come in and get a hair and makeup trial in a professional environment. Or just an average wash and blow dry after a day at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world Manuel Antonio National Park. That’s when the idea of Mademoiselle came into play.
Who doesn’t love to be called Mademoiselle….
Mademosielle Salon is #1 in Southern Costa Rica. We have wonderful local cliente including local Costa Rican’s, and people from around the world who have decided to call Costa Rica their home.
My staff sets me apart from everyone else. I have an amazing international team! We offer Hair, Estetician Services, Massage, Maní/Pedí body art, spray tanning and Acrylic nails. We use top quality brands and products including Shwarzkopf hair color and OPI & ESSIE Nail products. Our clients deserve nothing but the best. I continue to have my team train and stay up to date with the latest trend, techniques and products. We truly have the best team in Costa Rica.
My Master stylist at Mademoiselle is Carolina Lera she has a passion for hair and art, combines the two in her work to create Masterpieces. She has designed and develop skills, knowledge and understanding of working with a wide range of hair textures, creative trends and the most up-to-date styling methods and up-dos. She spent the last 6 years in London working and teaching hair; and now works for me here at Mademoiselle.
Weddings are our business… We offer our clients an in-depth make-up and hair consultation so that they look beautiful and feel special on their wedding day or any other special event.
Our world-class team can travel anywhere in Costa Rica to make our clients wedding day a fairytale to remember. We also offer Champagne Bridal packages in house. We can tailor packages to fit the clients desire of the day.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Currently Costa Rica in one of the biggest wedding destination locations in Central America. Here you can include adventure, wildlife, nature and romance all in one. There is something here for everyone. Destination weddings have become increasingly more popular and I believe will continue to grow. There are so many amazing venues to choose from. You can have a small ceremony for two or a big to do with all your friends and family. Destination weddings allow for a more laid back affair.
We want to expand the Mademoiselle Brand and plan to open Mademosielle Salon in Algarve Portugal in 2019.
If you are in Costa Rica Melania and team welcome you to visit the salon for one of our world class services.
Melania will be booking wedding and commercial print work for 2019 in Costa Rica, Algarve Portugal and San Diego, California.
- Address: Mademoiselle Salon
Marina Pez Vela LC #205
Quepos, Costa Rica 60601 Located in the new Beautiful Marina
- Website: www.mademoiselle-salon.com
- Phone: 011.506.2519.9343
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Mademoiselle.beautysalon
- Facebook: @costaricaweddingmakeupandhair