Simply Gorgeous by Erin is one of Connecticut’s most highly reputable teams of cosmetic professionals, specializing in bridal hair and makeup, prom hair and makeup, microblading, brow shaping, lash lifts and tints, and makeup lessons.
Since 2009, we’ve empowered hundreds of strong and beautiful women to stand in their power with hair, makeup, and cosmetic services that accentuate their natural beauty and light up their confidence—not just on wedding day,
Women in politics, women in sports, women on film… you’ve found inspiration in all kinds of women—whether they’re in larger or smaller bodies, no matter the color of their skin, or where they’re from.
Society tells women that we need to be a certain size, skin type, wear the right clothes, and “look the part” to feel beautiful. But powerful women around the world have always offered a glimmer of hope.
"Not only are you enough, but you’re MORE than enough—and you deserve to feel your best whether you’re walking down the aisle or walking down the street."
My story has been in the making since I was a small child. I’ve always admired beauty in various forms—traditional art, painting, drawing and sculpting. And I’m pretty sure I was the only 5th grader who was buying Vogue magazine to study makeup and hair. Instead of paying attention in school, I’d be doodling pictures of intricate eyes with detailed fluffy lashes and perfect brows. I guess this career was always in the cards for me!
I started my first on-location bridal hair and makeup business when I was just 19 years old, worked in the cosmetic sections of department stores, and even studied law and worked as a paralegal for nearly a decade (all while still doing hair and makeup on nights and weekends).
Basically, I was known for burning the candle at both ends… AND in the middle. (Do you know the feeling?) I had tunnel vision, and the end of that tunnel was me doing makeup full-time, but every day leading up to that moment, I could feel myself withering away at my office job.
A pivotal moment came in May 2009. At this point, I was still working in legal and doing weddings on the weekend. I was on site at a wedding when my phone kept vibrating nonstop with calls and texts. When I could finally peek at my phone, I saw a text from my brother that read “911.” My mom had a stroke.
This stroke forced her into early retirement. The doctors said her stress levels from work brought this on.
You mean working an overly-stressful job could possibly kill you?
Yep—that was my sign. I knew it was time to make my move and pursue what set my soul on fire.
That’s when I gave my notice to corporate and never looked back.
After quitting my corporate job, that very next year I left the salon I freelanced for and began my own career doing bridal makeup. I spent most of my time networking with various vendors and even other makeup artists and hairstylists, because I wanted to surround myself with a community of women who were building their own empires. I saw the value and importance in this.
I hired my first employee when my husband and I found out I was pregnant (surprise!) At that time, we were just doing makeup and I was referring my brides out for hair, but I quickly realized that brides wanted a one-stop shop for both. I decided to interview hairstylists and soon we became a full bridal makeup and hair team. Some of these women are still here today!
My team and I are not in the beauty business so much as we’re in the business of making women feel confident, gorgeous, and powerful in their own skin.
Whether it be your wedding day or any other day, it’s time you step into your power and embrace confidence—because that is the ultimate sexy!
Women are nurturing, fierce, and have a unique power that’s unparalleled. The sooner we believe this about ourselves, the better.
Collaboration and connection help everyone get further in life.
You need to believe in yourself first before others can believe in you.
Every woman should feel comfortable embracing their natural beauty.
YOU are uniquely you—radiant from the inside out. You deserve to feel that way not only on big moments in your life, but every single day.
If you’re an experienced cosmetic professional interested in working with a team of badass, like-minded women, and carry these same values with you in your personal and professional life, we’d love to have you on the Simply Gorgeous team!
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