Friday, December 31, 2010

"Best Of" Awards 2011- Vote Now

It's on!  The MN Bride Magazine's "Best Of" 2011 Awards voting is now open.

Please vote for Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios for best of hair and makeup.

Follow this link to vote:

Anyone can vote- brides, moms, bridesmaids, other clients, vendors, friends- anyone that thinks the studio's hair and makeup is the best.

This makes all the difference for us- thank you for your time and consideration.  Your support makes everything possible.  THANK YOU! 



Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ask the Expert: Sabrina- Organic Airbrush vs. Tanning Beds

Tanning beds are more and more recognized as being just as harmful to your body as the sun.  They may cost a fraction less and last a little longer, but the effects can have a permanent effect on the aging of your skin and even cause skin cancer.  While with a custom organic airbrush tan, it lasts 7 to 10 days and costs on average $40-50.  With organic spray, there is no fragrance or alcohol and is paraben free.  Your spray tan will take approximately 15 minutes to apply and dries extremely fast.  There is usually a variety of shades to choose from; ranging from medium to very dark.  By far, airbrush tanning is safer and much more effective. and Sabrina
**Check out our recent post regarding new Custom Organic Airbrush Spray Tans offered through the studio!

Ask the Expert: Jamie- Long Lasting Bronze Effect

Here's how to achieve a long lasting bronze effect! 
Put on your base makeup first, then before you powder, put on your bronzer.  When you are applying your 
bronzer be careful to focus mostly on the outer area of your face, only apply 
lightly in the center of your face.  Next powder over your face with a 
colorless, or translucent powder.  Putting your bronzer on top of your base will 
insure that it stays on longer.  For a more dramatic bronzed effect you can 
apply a little more bronzer after you have powdered. 
Try this out next time you are looking for a "golden goddess" effect! 

Custom Organic Airbrush Spray Tan

Sick of those unhealthy tanning beds and oompa-loompa like turbo spray downs?  Us, too.

We have embarked on a new future for healthy, natural-looking tans- organic custom airbrush tanning.

Contact the studio to secure an artist to provide a tan for your special occasion, spring break/vacation prep, to beat that winter pale tone, or simply for fun!

These sessions take about 15-20 minutes and can be done in the studio or at your home.  Our equipment and filtering system travels well and will not damage any surroundings (i.e. tan carpet).

Colors are custom blended based on the level of tan you would like to achieve compared to your beginning shade.  Tans can also be built up over multiple sessions.

$40/session individually
$35/session when you book 3
$35/person for a group of 5
$35/person and $20 for the hostess for a group bigger than 5

*Please plan to spray tan 24 hours prior to a special event
*All bookings are by appointment only

Happy Tanning!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Model Call

If you are interested in being on the model call/email list for the studio, please message your information via email to  You can submit your information at anytime- this is a rolling model call for our list.

Models are needed for demos with lessons and portfolio shoots (TFP- trade for print generally- you get a disc of images from the shoot for your time) for the studio artists.

Information to be submitted:
Full Name
Phone Number
If you are a pro model (you don't have to be, but this is helpful to know for any of the more production-like things we do)
Any areas of interest

If you join our list, you will simply be messaged when we are calling for models and you can respond back if you're available and interested for a particular date and/or topic/look.  You can always request to be removed from the list at anytime.

Thanks and we look forward to creating and collaborating!



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Semple Mansion Vendors

Check out the new ad from us Semple Mansion Vendors...hitting newsstands in Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine and MN Bride Magazine throughout 2011.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Huge Thank You!

Hello, Friends-

We just want to say a huge thank you to all that attended the Grand Opening Gala for the studio!  It was overwhelming wonderful to have such great support from our fellow "Sempletons" at the Mansion, vendors, clients, friends, and family.  We had over 200 guests, gave away over $7,500 in vendor donations, and got to take the time to give celebration its necessary attention. 

We were able to send out hand-written thank-you's to the vendors that donated, event vendor sponsors, and all guests that signed the guest book; but we know there are a whole lot more gracious guests that attended that we weren't able to reach that way.  So, we just also wanted to give a big group thank you online for everyone in attendance and for your continued support.  We couldn't do this without you!

Thanks, again!


The Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios Team
*Brett, Jamie, Stephanie, Doryne, Sarah, and Sabrina

BDA Studios - Grand Opening Gala

Here they are- the fabulous photos from Amy Zellmer with Custom Creations Photography from our studio's Grand Opening Gala for our new studio space located within the historic Semple Mansion in Minneapolis, MN.

Amy did just a phenomenal job on these and she also provided the headshots for the studio artists' staff picture, business cards, and promo materials.


Independent Wedding Association's Fall Fair 2010

Check out shots from the Independent Wedding Association's fall fair. Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios  provided the makeup/hair designs for the faux wedding party (groom included) for the runway show; which was the "Not So Real Wedding."  Enjoy!  Cheers!

*Photography in these shots provided by:
The Independent Wedding Association
The Traveling Photobooth
Studio Laguna Photography
Sarah McGee Photography