Professional makeup artist Patricia Guerrera has accrued 15 years of beauty experience in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Boston, where she mastered an aesthetic art that accentuates clients’ natural comeliness for special occasions. The Montecito Messenger sings Tru Beauty’s praises, crowing that the organic facial products work “instantly” and that clients feel “spoiled.” Guerrera tackles finer details with lash and brow-tint services or eyelash applications, all of which help eyes garner more attention than Sophia Loren in a clown costume. Facials cleanse the countenance with organic and high-end products, and facial or Brazilian waxes lift away unwanted fuzz. Guerrera wields upscale makeup products such as M.A.C and Benefit Cosmetics when she prepares faces for weddings, special occasions, or long stints of hiding from the mob. The thorough makeovers begin with primer and foundation, and then intensify personal pulchritude with mascara, cheek color, lipstick, and eye shadow.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular service: Shellac polish and mani-pedis
Brands Used: OPI, CND, Zoya, Pure Fiji
Pro Tip: Please be on time for your appointment, and if you need to cancel, let me know 24 hours in advance.
What is one of your signature services?
Shellac manicures and pedicures, and nail art designs.
The interior of a business can affect how its customers feel. What kind of decor do you use to help make your clients feel pampered and at ease?
We create a very relaxing atmosphere by keeping it clean, organized, and decorated with candles. We also play spa music.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Yes, I have a nail certificate license.
Tamara Peace found her calling when she graduated from beauty school in 1978, which likely came as no surprise as the profession runs in the family?her grandmother and her great aunt both practiced cosmetology. Tamara went on to work in relaxed salons where she specialized in coiffing hair into beach-friendly styles and developed the ability to create natural-looking, sun-kissed highlights beloved by Southern Californians. Throughout the years, the makeup artist and hairstylist has showcased her skills not only at salons, but also on the photography sets, where she has readied actors and models for their close ups and powdered camera lenses that were too shiny.
All the team members at Mi Salon have a fervor for hair and nails. For some of them, that passion dates back to their youth. As a child, Martin helped style his sisters' strands and painted their nails with French tips, whereas young Ursula spent her play time coifing manes. Years later, the two work alongside other beauty experts at Mi Salon. Although the salon's space is small, its list of services is not?clients can be pampered with facials, microdermabrasion treatments, haircuts, mani-pedis, and makeup applications.
Salon Nani's expert nail professional, April Shafer, treats hardworking digits to manicures and pedicures using both vegan and paraben-free products. During manicures, April cleanses hands, treats cuticles, and sculpts nails before they plunge mitts into a bath more soothing than a bedtime story read by Morgan Freeman. Clients relax as deft digits massage hands' weary muscles and cover skin in a revitalizing blend of essential oils. Pedicures treat lower appendages to the same lineup of services, and all nails emerge from their makeover donning a vibrant coat of polish. Customers opting for Shellac service upgrade their finger shields with a gel-like polish that slathers onto nails and hardens under a special UV lamp. The chip-resistant nail suits potentially last more than two weeks and can be removed easily if clients wish to try new colors or match nails to the raw steak they're currently eating.