Meet Makeup by Ana B

Our Story

Makeup by Ana B is the recipient of WeddingWire’s Couples Choice and Bride’s Choice Award for six consecutive years (2012-2017), providing makeup and hair artistry services for Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland, and specializing in natural and dramatic beauty looks. Makeup by Ana B offers a team of excellent makeup and hair artists to handle on-site services for small and large wedding parties, photoshoots, special, and corporate events. Makeup by Ana B is known as a premier company for DC and Virginia’s best makeup artists and hairstylists with 80+ excellent reviews on Wedding Wire and Google, and has been featured in many publications including Modern Luxury, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Style Me Pretty Weddings, Green Wedding Shoes, Maharani Weddings, Wedding Wire’s Featured Artist, and partners yearly with the Redskins for their All Star Survivors Charity Event. Makeup by Ana B is also the go-to company for many top DC vendors in both the wedding and corporate industry with clients such as MGM Grand National Harbor, Inova Hospital, Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington Center for Dentistry, Sweet Root Village, Authentic Portraits, and Celebrations Made Simple to name a few.

Meet Our Team

Ana Buitrago

Ana Buitrago

Owner / Hair and Makeup Artist
Ana began her professional makeup artistry career as a retail artist for MAC Cosmetics in 2010 where she received training in makeup application and product knowledge. In 2011, she established her freelance business while raising three young boys with her husband. Ana discovered that many of her makeup clients asked for hair services as well, so she began her study of upstyling for brides and special events in 2013 and added these services to her menu. Her reputation for excellence in artistry grew by word of mouth and so did her clientele. Her passion for mentoring came into play as she added and trained more stylists to her team. Ana B's goal continues to be the same as the day she started...provide amazing customer service and care, and to help our Clients feel beautiful and confident on their most important days and the days in between!

Gabriela

Gabriela

Senior Hair Stylist

Quick Facts: Gabriela can create voluminous hair like no other! Aside from all her hair savvy, she is a dedicated wife and mom of two beautiful children residing in Germantown, MD.

Beauty Background:  Gabriela has over 15 years of professional work as a hairstylist, working both privately and in salon settings after completing beauty school. She continued education at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, California and bridal hair styling through Makeup by Ana B.

Celebrity Crush: Ryan Gosling

Fave Beauty Product: Too Faced "Better Than Sex" Mascara

Fave Hair Product: Sebastian Dry Shampoo

Fave Beauty Hack: Contouring!

From the Artist: "Bridal updos and bridal hairstyles are my favorite; from big voluminous looks to soft romantic hair, I love creating and recreating beautiful looks for my clients that compliment their personal style.

   

Kola

Kola

Makeup Artist

Quick Facts: Kola is our original Texas girl with some serious baking skills; she makes the most delicious cake pops! During the week, she is a stay-at-home wife and mom to a handsome 3-year old boy and lives in Centreville, VA.

Beauty Background: Kola has six years of experience as a makeup artist since completing her Makeup Artistry Certification at Graham Webb Academy in 2011. She was the first makeup artist to join "MAB" in 2014 and has countless weddings under her makeup brush belt.

Fave Beauty Product: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.

Fave Hair Product: Macadamia Nourishing Moisturizing Hair Mask

Fave Beauty Hack: Using a Q-tip with some eye makeup remover to get a clean winged eyeliner.

Fave Drugstore Product: Cover Girl Lashblast mascara

From the Artist: "I love helping women feel beautiful, confident and comfortable in their own skin."


Tamar

Tamar

Makeup Artist

Quick Facts: Tamar is a George Mason grad who first met Ana when working at MAC Cosmetics as new artists in 2010. She is very involved in her Armenian Youth Group, loves spending time with her family and taking frequent trips to Toronto, her favorite city!

Beauty Background: Tamar is a licensed cosmetologist with 6 years of experience as retail artist for MAC Cosmetics. She enjoys bridal and special event makeup artistry and has a passion for following beauty trends and celebrity makeup tips.

Celebrity Crush: Justin Timberlake

Fave Hair Product: Sebastian Volupt Spray Root Lifter

Fave Beauty Hack: Draw a triangle under your eyes when concealing. It's a face lift with makeup!

Fave Drugstore Product: Anything and everything by NYX.

From the Artist: "I believe that feeling confident about our appearance allows our inner beauty to shine through, and I love to be a part of that beautifying process with my clients."


Nancy

Nancy

Makeup Artist

Quick Facts: Nancy joined "MAB" as a makeup apprentice in 2015 and has quickly become a favorite among our Clients. Her makeup kit is full of fan favorites due to her time working at makeup heaven "Sephora". During her downtime, Nancy enjoys cooking, photography, and decorating her home in Germantown, MD where she lives with her husband.

Beauty Background:  Nancy began her makeup and hair training at Tigi Cosmetology school in Paraguay. She also worked as a makeup artist and product specialist for Sephora.

Celebrity Crush: Ryan Gosling

Fave Beauty Product: Makeup Forever Smokey Extravaganza Mascara

Fave Hair Product: Bumble and Bumble Blow Dry Cream

Fave Beauty Hack: Using a damp brush to apply dark eyeshadow as eyeliner.

Fave Drugstore Product: NYC liquid eyeliner


Jasmine

Jasmine

Hair Stylist

Quick Facts: Jasmine is our youngest stylist, but she is a natural at updos and styling! She can also wear pastel colored hair and a winged liner like no other. She resides in Alexandria, VA.

Beauty Background: The beauty industry has always captivated Jasmine’s attention. She’s always known that she wanted a career in beauty. She received her cosmetology license through a high school program. She currently works part-time at a popular salon, but really enjoys doing updos for bridal parties and special occasions.  

Celebrity Crush: Manu Bennett

Fave Beauty Product: Flutter lashes in "Julie"

Fave Hair Product: Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil

Fave Beauty Hack: Using translucent powder to "bake" or set makeup.

   

Meg
Tamar truly is an artist, she brought my bridal party and I alive on my wedding day! We did a trial which she rocked, I got so many compliments when I went out that night that I knew Tamar was the one. I will be calling Tamar for ALL of my future events."

Meg

Rachel and Lauren
We have worked with Ana  and her company for quite a number of years now. She is the first on our list to recommend to all of our wedding and portrait clients and we are always thrilled to work with her!

Rachel and Lauren

Owners
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Susannah
Ana is an incredibly talented make-up artist and hair stylist. I have had the opportunity to work with her many times and I would absolutely recommend her to others!

Susannah

Owner
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Caity
"Kola from Makeup by Ana B provided the makeup services for my wedding, and I'm nearly in tears when I think about how wonderful she was"

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