Kelly Zhang Makeup | Hair Studio

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43 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, CA | (626) 710-4268
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Wedding: 10/19/2013
Member Since: 1/2/2013 verified review
They made us beautiful    posted 11/11/2013 (updated 11/12/2013)

We have used Kelly Zhang's studio's services a few times now, and are always so pleased. Each and everyone one of us looked beautiful -- hair and make up. It was important to stress to them before the wedding the amount of stylists needed and the amount of time needed so we would be ready on time. With that, they did an excellent job, and Rachel is absolutely fabulous!

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Wedding: 9/21/2013
Member Since: 3/25/2009 verified review
Wedding Hair/Makeup    posted 10/26/2013

I had Rachel, a senior makeup artist from Kelly Zhang, Inc for my wedding day hair and makeup. Rachel was truly the best. She and her assistant were there at the bridal dressing room even before I got there! She was all set up and ready to go! She was a perfectionist and meticulous in everything. What I really loved about her style was that she and her assistant did the makeup for the bridesmaids as well as myself, outside in natural lighting. Everyone at the wedding was commenting about how gorgeous my hair and makeup looked. Even my parents, who are normally anti-makeup, were in approval at my makeup. I will definitely be using their services again in the future for any special occasions that may come up!

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Wedding: 6/22/2013
Member Since: 9/3/2012 verified review
book early...    posted 7/11/2013

I started serious wedding planning about 6 months out from my date, and contacted Kelly about 5 months out - thought this would be plenty of time, but this is apparently "late" in the wedding world (my dress vendor also gave me crap about putting a rush on my dress when ordering 6 months out...). Kelly sent me a link with portfolios from several of her artists and asked me to select three. However, when I sent back my three requests, she said they were all booked and suggested someone else not even on the list.

In the end, I was happy with the service. The hair and makeup looked great. She is just too popular, so there was some miscommunication about artists available on certain dates. Apparently I also picked a very popular wedding date, so she was even more strapped for artists than usual. Anyway, lesson learned - contact her early if you want to get your pick. However, even if you don't get your pick, I'm sure the artist will do a stellar job.

Last comment - if you want to get in touch with her quickly, call rather than email.

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Wedding: 5/24/2013
Member Since: 5/27/2012 verified review
look like the best version of yourself!    posted 6/15/2013

I don't a very "done up" person when it comes to hair and make-up these days...I keep it pretty simple so finding a hair and make-up person who could enhance my features without making me look like a drag queen was critical! You want to feel like yourself on your wedding day and you want your groom to recognize you...more is not always more :)

Kelly Zhang is a studio with several hair and make-up artists which was great for the size of my bridal party. They will work with you to find the artist that meets what you are looking for and will redo your trial if you are not pleased. On that note, I did opt to redo my make-up trial as although my make-up was "pretty" the first go around, it was not the specific retro glam Audrey Hepburn eye I had tried to articulate. They did not make me feel bad about asking for a redo. Rachel was my artist and I was so pleased with her work. My hair and make-up lasted through the night.

They are great!

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Wedding: 4/20/2013
Member Since: 6/15/2008 verified review
makeup    posted 5/21/2013

Kelly did my makeup for my wedding and although there needed to be some last minute changes due to my last minute decision of coloring my hair, she did an amazing job on the makeup to look fabulous with my darker hair. I also changed my hairstyle and emailed her a picture a couple of days before the wedding and she executed it perfectly. I'm excited to see how the professional photos are going to come out!! Her prices are competitive for the wedding industry and she's just an awesome individual!!

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Wedding: 3/30/2013
Member Since: 4/9/2011 verified review
The best decision ever    posted 4/16/2013

Prior to coming to Kelly Zhang and her team for my bridal hair/makeup, I had met with other makeup artists and even done a trial somewhere else. In the end, I decided to do a trial with Kelly Zhang's team and it was one of the best decisions I've made for the wedding!

My makeup artist was Linda and from the moment I met Linda, I knew she's someone that could put me at ease. She was friendly but not overly talkative. She offered her opinions as a professional artist, but still listened to what I had to say as a client. I brought a friend with me to the trial and my friend had a lot of things to say about how my makeup should look (simply because she's also a guru herself) and Linda was very patient with us both! She was also very thorough during the trial and took her time to ensure I was happy with everything.

On my wedding day, Linda and her assistant arrived at our hotel ON TIME and worked in a very small hotel room :/ In hindsight, I should have probably booked a suite but kudos to Linda and her assistant for being able to work in a small space. Linda worked on me last but spent time before me to work on my mom's hair/makeup and my bridesmaids' hair/makeup (with her assistant's help, of course). Everyone's hair/makeup turned out gorgeous and I also really loved my makeup/hair. I chose to have airbrush makeup but I was concerned that my makeup would look too stiff and I wanted to look like I have flawless but somewhat of a dewy look; Linda then told me she could do 1/2 airbrush and 1/2 traditional foundation - in the end, I was very happy with my results. I felt like a beautiful bride and could not thank Linda and her assistant enough for making us all feel beautiful!!

Ladies - you seriously get what you pay for. I know you may think the prices Kelly and her team charge are a little high but they are worth every penny. Ask for Linda if Kelly isn't available for your date!!

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Wedding: 3/9/2013
Member Since: 12/15/2009 verified review
Wonderful team    posted 3/28/2013

I loved my makeup on my wedding day. I keep looking at my wedding pictures because I can't believe how great of a job they did. They exactly did what I wanted: a natural radiant look. My family, photographer and even my husband complimented me on my hair and makeup. I had my makeup and hair done by Leann, a senior artist, and my bridemaids and mom had Valerie. The cost was very expensive but I think it was worth every penny. My makeup and hair was the only thing I really splurge on my wedding.

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Wedding: 12/21/2012
Member Since: 2/9/2012 verified review
Mieko is the best!    posted 2/1/2013

Mieko and Bianca did all the hair and makeup for my wedding and everyone looked sooooo amazing! They are so patient and talented. Mieko did my and my mother's hair and makeup. We loved it and everyone thought we looked beautiful. They will do natural or over the top, whatever you want, but you will still look like you. And they leave a touch-up kit, so you can easily reapply all through the night.

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Wedding: 11/3/2012
Member Since: 11/30/2011 verified review
Amazing!    posted 12/1/2012

Jennifer, who did my hair and make up for my wedding, was absolutely amazing. She is the nicest ever, always asking if anything was hurting, or if I liked out it was looking. We couldn't get one of my eyelashes to look right, but she kept trying all these different ways, and never making me feel bad for changing it. When she first did my trial, it was exactly the way I wanted it, and on the wedding day, it was gorgeous! Natural and beautiful. I can't thank her enough about making me feel comfortable, and delivering exactly what I wanted. Even with the hair, she always asked if this was how I liked it and adjusted every little detail. I had my hair and make up done for my friend's wedding as well, and I can tell you Kelly Zhang was so much more friendly and skillful. The hair stayed in the entire day, and didn't hurt with all the bobby pins. She even found the exact shade of lip color that I wanted! All my bridesmaids also got their hair and make up done and all said it was the best hair/make up they ever had done before. All of them are using their look as their facebook profiles now, they loved it so much!

At first I was worried when Kelly Zhang herself was a bit expensive, but Jennifer was a lead artist and I have 0 complaints - I loved her and her team, and I highly recommend her to anyone!! Thank you Jennifer!

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Wedding: 9/9/2012
Member Since: 1/11/2012 verified review
Amazing Work!    posted 10/26/2012

Leann and Linda did my makeup along with 3 bridesmaids and my mom. They were on time which was fabulous and they really took their time with us.

The price for the bride is a bit steep, but leann really took her time with me and my makeup was pretty flawless with the airbrushing and contouring (it was a super hot day 9/9/12 and I got married on a rooftop deck of a hotel). We also took pictures at the beach and pier and I did not look one bit sweaty!

I was a bit disappointed that the bridesmaids or MOB did not receive a touchup kit (at least just some blotting paper and a bit of gloss). I did receive a touchup kit with everything I can think of, which was great! Our makeup and hair looked amazing in the photos so we are very happy we hired them! I would highly recommend them!

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Wedding: 10/13/2012
Member Since: 12/15/2011 verified review
My bridesmaids and I looked Fantastic!    posted 10/20/2012

Normally I hate wearing makeup and doing my hair, but Ailien and her assistant made it a great experience! She talked me into doing false eyelashes which looked amazing, and my hair couldn't have been prettier. It is also so awesome that they came to my venue in downtown LA for no extra cost, on time and super friendly, too! They were on the upper level of my price range, but it was totally worth it for the star treatment we got.

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Wedding: 8/12/2012
Member Since: 7/26/2009 verified review
Wedding Makeup & Hair    posted 9/2/2012

I always knew I wanted to get my makeup and hair done by Kelly Zhang Studio. Just look at their portfolio, amazing transformations! The makeup trial is a must for any bride that wants to look her best on the day of. I'll admit, I came in with no idea of how or what I wanted to look like, thinking my makeup artist will be able to stir something up. But, it was too natural for me and it didn't hit me until I got home to look at it even more. However, I did love my hair during that session. I expressed my feelings to them a coupld days later and they immediately set me up with another trial session at no extra charge. I went in just for the makeup this time and showed them a few pics (brides, make sure you bring in pics! Thsi will def help your makeup artist and save you time). Mieko was on point with the look and I left super pleased and super excited for the day of. This experience left me thinking not only will they work with you until you are happy, but they are super nice and not mean about anything at all, which I loved. They sort of treat you like a long time friend and only want what's best for you. On the day of the wedding, I was super pleased with the overall look. I also booked them for my bridesmaids and they loved their makeup too. I'm just so glad I got to secure them for my big day! I don't know how anyone couldn't be pleased with their service and work! Thanks Kelly Zhang Studio!

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Wedding: 7/22/2012
Member Since: 9/7/2011 verified review
Hair and Makeup PROfessionals    posted 8/27/2012

I chose the Kelly Zhang team for my bridal party's hair and makeup upon recommendation from one of my bridesmaids. If you check out their website it's not a tough choice. They do amazing work. We had a team of two girls, Denise and Jenny. Jenny did hair and Denise did makeup. They showed up on time and only took a few minutes to set up. They listened to what my girls and I wanted and delivered beautiful results. One note is that I felt it was a little pricey for the bride's hair and makeup but at the end of the day you don't want to chance a sloppy job for a cheaper price.

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Wedding: 6/2/2012
Member Since: 9/18/2011 verified review
Beautiful make up and hair from Leann    posted 6/21/2012

I used Leann from Kelly Zhang for both my engagement photo session and my wedding day. Both for hair and make up. My make up looked really natural and I got a lot of compliments on my wedding day. Leann definitely understood her brides and she applied exactly what I wanted. For my hair, she did a side "messy" bun. Exactly what I asked for and it looked really nice. Leann brought 2 assistants for my bridal party and everyone looked really beautiful. Leann also did my mom's hair and she too got a lot of compliments. She was very pleased with Leann as was I. I also added 3 more people for hair and make up at the last minute and Jennie from Kelly Zhang Studio worked with my wedding planner to add another assistant and worked out the timing. Really appreciated their willing to bend over backwards to make sure the make up and hair was done on time. Definitely would recomment Kelly Zhang studio.

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Wedding: 6/9/2012
Member Since: 4/13/2009 verified review
The Kelly Zhang Studio is wonderful!    posted 6/15/2012

Denise did the makeup for me, my sister, my mom, and my cousin. She did a great job on everyone and she was early! Kelly and company are highly responsive from the very beginning and scheduling and such was a breeze. Kelly (when trying to book a date) and Jennie (my contact for the rest of the period before my wedding) patiently answer all my questions. The price is a bit high to me but I splurged on this since it was my wedding and I love their work, but just on the makeup. I had my friend (who is a hair stylist) do our hair.

I had airbrush done and it felt like I was wearing nothing. I usually don't wear any makeup at all so that's a good thing. The makeup lasted all night and even after someone accidentally exploded a soda bottle (at the end of the night) and drenched me, my makeup was still good after I dried off the cola! The only awkward thing was my long lashes kept getting caught in my veil (when I had it down over my face during the ceremony); other than that, all was well and I am highly satisfied at their service. A very stress-free choice if you go with them and they will make you beautiful~ =)

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Wedding: 5/5/2012
Member Since: 10/2/2007 verified review
Amazing!    posted 5/23/2012

Kelly and her team are real professionals. The entire process was easy and well organized. I had Meiko as my hair and makeup artist and I absolutely LOVED her! Thanks Meiko for making me look great for my special day!

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Wedding: 5/5/2012
Member Since: 12/15/2011 verified review
I felt so beautiful    posted 5/22/2012

Kelly and her team made us look like models! She was so great to have accomodated my large party (myself, 4 bridesmaids, 2 moms, and 2 sisters) and was especially gracious to my incredibly picky mom. I'm usually pretty critical of my looks (I don't ever wear makeup) but she made me look so beautiful, my husband cried like a baby during the first look! The airbrush makeup she used on me was weightless but lasted well into the night, and my purple eyeshadow looked elegant and not like I jumped out of an 80's movie! I will definately use her expertise again!

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Wedding: 3/18/2012
Member Since: 10/5/2011 verified review
Elegance Throughout    posted 4/9/2012

Leann was my makeup artist from Kelly Zhang. She was amazing! My hair kept its style through the ceremony and reception. My makeup was amazing and played up my features. Leann made me feel at ease during both the engagement session and wedding day. My mom also loved the way Leann did her hair and makeup with minimal input. Love Leann!

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Wedding: 3/3/2012
Member Since: 6/15/2011 verified review
Awesome!    posted 3/23/2012

Kelly is amazing!!! There are not a lot of makeup artists that can also do hair. I loved my hair and makeup. It was exactly what I wanted. All my bridesmaids looked amazing too. I would recommend her to anyone. You will not be disappointed.

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Wedding: 10/29/2011
Member Since: 8/31/2011 verified review
Marie was Awesome    posted 11/16/2011 (updated 11/17/2011)

My stylist Marie was great, she was easy to work and really listened to what I wanted and helped me make my vision come true! I did a hair and make-up trial first and it went smoothly. She was on time for the wedding day and completed as scheduled.
Warning - my initial communications with the owner Kelly Zhang were good but seemed to get less consistent as time went on and a month before my wedding I was handed off to a coordinator who was not very organized.

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