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.
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