MAB Artistry

The artists behind Makeup by Ana B

Our Story

MAB Artistry (Makeup by Ana B) is the recipient of WeddingWire’s Couples Choice and Bride’s Choice Award for eight consecutive years (2012-2019), providing makeup and hair artistry services for Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland, and specializing in natural and dramatic beauty looks. MAB Artistry (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. MAB Artistry (Makeup by Ana B) is known as a premier company for DC and Virginia’s best makeup artists and hairstylists with 200+ excellent 5 star reviews on Wedding Wire, Google, Yelp and Facebook 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 Sweet Root Village, Mclean Dermatology, The Washington Redskins, Grit and Grace, Accenture, Inova Hospital and Wedding Wire Pro 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!



Senior Makeup Artist / Manager for MAB

Quick Facts: Shirley brings both 13 years of management and makeup artistry to the MAB team. In her downtime, you can find Shirley exploring new places, especially near the water with her husband and two children, Octavian and Olivia. Shirley lives in Indian Head, MD.

Beauty Background: Shirley worked as a Senior Retail Manager at MAC in the DC/Metro area.  She started her makeup career with MAC and worked for the trend setting brand for 13 years.  She loves that she can combine her two passions into one job!

Fave Beauty Product:  MAC Strobe Cream Moisturizer with Face & Body Foundation

Fave Hair Product: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Fave Beauty Hack: "I love utilizing a powder shadow for someone that already has full brows to give them a soft fill in. For someone that has a more dense brow I utilize a powder shadow to fill in and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz or Dipbrow Pomade to define the shape and on the ends."

Fave Drugstore Beauty Product: Loreal Paris Infallible 16 hr Never Fail Eyeliner

Celebrity Crush:  Jason Momoa



Bio: Lexi is a lash stylist and bridal hairstylist with six years of experience in weddings and updo styling. She is a mama to a sweet one year old boy, and loves target runs and visiting coffee shops during her downtime. Beauty Background: Lexi discovered her love for the beauty industry while going to cosmetology school in high school and became a licensed cosmetologist. She started out by working in a salon but soon realized she had a bigger passion for doing up styles and being on location. Lexi has been doing bridal hair for 6 years. She also received training in lash extensions and became a certified lash stylist. She has one year of experience in lash extensions and has absolutely loved providing the additional service to her clients.   Signature Look: Clean, contoured face with soft waves. Favorite Makeup Product:  Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Ashton  Favorite Hair Product: Design Me puff me Volumizing Mist Favorite Beauty Hack: Using setting spray right after applying liquid foundation, finishing makeup, then spraying again. Lasts all day! Favorite Drugstore Beauty Product: Pixi by Petra Makeup Fixing Mist  Celebrity Crush: Ryan Reynolds  From the Artist: I love making people feel their best. It’s the best when someone takes a look in the mirror after a service and you see pure joy on their face!



Senior 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



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.




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."



Hair Stylist

Quick facts: Stefani has been working with MAB as a hairstylist since 2014. When she is not working, she loves to watch Netflix and shop online, but don't we all?! She recently became a new mom to a beautiful baby girl.  

Beauty Background: Stefani has always loved working with hair. She used to beg her little sisters to do their hair, and even burned the synthetic hair off a few barbies with a curling iron. She received her cosmetology license in 2011 and has enjoyed working with MAB as a bridal and event hair stylist for the last four years.

Celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling

Makeup product I can’t live without: MAC Studio Fix foundation for full coverage

Hair product I can’t live without: Kenra Hair Spray

Hometown: Springfield, VA

Favorite beauty hack: Braids before bedtime for effortless waves the next day.

Favorite drugstore beauty product: L’oreal’s Voluminous Original Mascara




Hair Stylist

Quick Facts: Jasmine 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.




Senior Makeup Artist

Quick Facts: Shenoa is a true artist and a lover of all things creative. When she's not doing makeup, she's enjoying the outdoors with her hubby and her dog, Ella in her local Alexandria.

Beauty Background: Shenoa's passion for makeup began with a love of art and painting. She went to Art and Design school, and was always into painting faces (portraits, quite literally!). Her love of texture and color also played an important role in her pursuit of makeup artistry. Shenoa later landed as a senior artist and trainer for Sephora an eventually made her way to MAB!

Fave Beauty Product: "Do I have to pick just one!? I would have to say highlighter, I LOVE a good healthy glow." 🙂

Fave Drugstore Beauty Product: Drugstore mascara is the best!!

Fave Beauty Hack: Putting a tissue over your lips and then dabbing a bit of translucent powder over top to mattify any type of lipstick (also for staying power!)

Celebrity Crush: It's a tie between Tim Chung & Cristiano Ronaldo.

From the artist:"I do this because I love the confidence it gives people. Truly, the best feeling is when someone looks in the mirror and absolutely loves what they see!! I love to be a part of that."



Senior Makeup Artist

Quick Facts: Suz is a wife, mommy of two awesome little boys, and a big coffee lover. When she isn't working, you can find her doing home DIY projects or visiting antique shops.

Beauty Background: Suz discovered her love of makeup while in high school. She was inspired by one of her favorite makeup artists, the late Kevyn Aucoin and moved to Southern California to attend a Makeup Artistry school. She has been working as a professional makeup artist for 14 years.

Fave Beauty Product: Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray

Fave Drugstore Beauty Product:Real Techniques Setting Brush

Fave Beauty Hack: Coconut Oil! It has so many beauty uses for hair, skin, and body!

Celebrity Crush: Adam Levine

From the artist: "Beauty is the illumination of your soul"



Senior Hair Stylist

Melissa was raised in Brazil but moved to Maryland in 2012. She met the love of her life and got married in 2017. She loves spending time with family and friends, and finding cute places to explore and eat in D.C. She resides in Rockville, Maryland.

Beauty Background: Melissa has been doing hair for 6 years. She studied Cosmetology in Brazil and fell in love with the beauty industry. After moving to Maryland she was an apprentice & hairstylist assistant at a hair salon for several years. Over time she taught herself updos and found out it was her passion.

Celebrity Crush: Jason Momoa (might be his awesome man-buns).

Fave Beauty Product: Kenra Hairspray

Fave Drugstore Beauty Product: Aussie 3 min Miracle Smooth

Fave Beauty Hack: Creating curls with a straightener.

From the Artist: "I'm created to create!"




Senior Hair Stylist

Quick Facts: Mindy is a mother of a beautiful little boy, a wife to an amazing husband, and a hair stylist at a salon and also onsite for weddings. She loves traveling, planning events and parties, and going to different restaurants and wineries.

Beauty Background: Mindy started in the beauty industry in 2002 and eventually came across hair and makeup for weddings. She worked with a company styling hair for weddings for 10 years. When her and her husband decided to start a family, Mindy felt it was time to go out on her own so that she could focus on her health, husband, baby-to-be, and her brides/clients. Ana got in touch with Mindy on her due date and after chatting for quite some time, Mindy decided she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with Ana and her team at MAB.

Your signature look: Tight eyeliner with bronzy/dewy skin and loose waves.

Makeup product I can’t live without: Liquid eyeliner and bronzer.

Hair product I can’t live without: Dry shampoo.

Favorite beauty hack: “Use dry shampoo at night before bed.”

Favorite drugstore beauty product: “Coconut oil...for everything!”

Celebrity Crush: Ryan Reynolds. Blake Lively and Julianne Hough are Mindy’s hair, makeup, and fashion “crushes”

What does beauty mean to you: “Beauty is a cycle. It comes from within. If you act in beautiful ways, it makes you feel beautiful, which, in turn, will make you look beautiful! Hair and makeup is just the icing on the cake. It enhances our beauty, makes you feel beautiful, and in turn, makes you want to act in beautiful ways.”

Top beauty do’s and don’t’s: 1) Don’t try something new in your beauty routine or usual look on your actual wedding day. If you want something new, try those products/looks much before your day so you’re comfortable with it! 2) Do: drink tons of water and stay hydrated!

From the artist: “I love what I do because I feel like I can spread kindness and beauty on one of the most important/significant days of a woman’s life. The fact that I can be a part of one of the most special moments still makes my heart fulfilled after all these years!”



Senior Makeup Artist

Beauty Background: Hala received her cosmetology license in 2000. She has been working and doing freelance with Mac cosmetics since 2000, and received her advanced and lesson certifications. Hala has been working with MAB for almost two years as a senior artist doing bridal and special occasion makeup.

Your signature look: Soft dewy glam.

Makeup product I can’t live without: Prolonged wear concealer from Mac.

Hair product I can’t live without: Olaplex hair smoother.

Favorite beauty hack: Mix Mac strob cream with foundation.

Favorite drugstore beauty product: Ardell lashes 

What does beauty mean to you: “Kindness and love.” 

Top 3 beauty do’s and don’t’s:

1) Do use SPF, 2) Do sleep enough, and 3) Do drink lots of water.

1) Don’t tan, 2) don’t over bronze, and 3) Don’t over pluck.

From the artist: “Being a makeup artist is fun and rewarding. There’s never a dull moment. I’m very blessed to work with a great team that inspires me every day!”



Senior Hair and Makeup Artist

Quick Facts: Cori was born and raised in the Sunshine State, California. She now lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, baby boy and two fluffy kitties!

Beauty Background:  Cori has worked in the industry for over 10 years. She started as a hairstylist at Redken salon then transitioned to a freelance hairstylist while also traveling with MAC cosmetics for the last 6+ years which has given her experience with every type of makeup look imaginable. Cori is now a Senior Hair and Makeup Artist for Makeup by Ana B!

Fave Beauty Product: Tarte shape tape concealer. It has mega full coverage.

Fave Hair Product: Oribe dry texture spray. It gives volume and texture and smells like heaven. Being a beach babe, waves have always been my favorite.

Fave Beauty Hack: Using lipstick as blush! Easy, and it makes the makeup look more cohesive and natural.

What does Beauty mean to you?: As much as I love beauty tools and products, I believe in true inner beauty - and most of all, treating others kindly.



Senior Hair and Makeup Artist

Beauty Background: Uzma is a multi-talented artist, trained in both makeup and hair-styling. She became a certified makeup artist through MAC Cosmetics and has 13 years of experience in the beauty industry.

Signature look: Slightly smoky look on eyes and soft lips. 

Favorite beauty hack: Using a lipstick for blush

Favorite drugstore beauty product: Maybelline Lash Sensational 

Celebrity Crush: Idris Elba

Top Beauty Do: Curl those lashes!! Something so small makes the biggest effect. 

Top Beauty Don’t: Don't continue use of a product that starts to smell! 

Inspiration: My biggest motivation is my son.

Beauty Philosophy: Beauty is not something you have to spend so much time on, it’s what you already have. Enhancing something that’s already there. 



Makeup Artist

Quick Facts: Bianca is a senior makeup artist for MAB Artistry residing in Reston, VA with a sincere passion for the beauty industry. Raised in her Grandma's salon, she later became the test subject for her older sister in Cosmetology School. After years of doubt and overthinking, Bianca decided to take a chance and start in the makeup field. She took a makeup course with QC Makeup Academy. While working on one of her final assignments, Bianca stumbled upon Makeup by Ana B’s Facebook page and instantly felt a connection. She loved MAB's clean and pretty “natural glam” makeup style. She reached out – and well, the rest is history.

Beauty Background: Bianca completed the Master Makeup Artistry course with QC Makeup Academy in 2016. She also attended two Pro MAC Bridal courses in New York. In 2017, she joined MAB Artistry and quickly became a favorite among our clients.

Bianca's Signature Look:  Natural Skin Makeup and a soft smokey eye.

Makeup product I can’t live without:  LimeLife by Alcone Time Setter Spray

Hair product I can’t live without:  Ouai Dry Shampoo

Fave Beauty Hack:"Wetting my brush with setting spray to intensify the eye shadows."

Fave Drugstore Beauty Product: CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

Celebrity Crush:  Jason Momoa

Top 3 Beauty Do’s: 1. Do love yourself. 2. Do take care of your skin. 3. Do try that red lipstick.

Top 3 Beauty Don'ts: 1. Don't be afraid to try new looks. 2. Don't worry about others, there are no rules in makeup. 3. Don't forget to remove your makeup every night.

From the Artist: "I find joy in making others happy! I think that all women are beautiful and I want them to know that. Everything inspires me, I like to see the beauty in all things. My daughter motivates me, because I am her role model and I don't want her to think there are limits in the world and that dreams are just dreams. My favorite thing about being a makeup artist is meeting all kinds of wonderful people."



Senior Makeup Artist

Quick Facts: Martha is a wife and mom of three children living in Gaithersburg, M.D. In her spare time, you can find her at her nearby grocery store picking out flowers for her home or relaxing at the beach.

Beauty Background: Martha's love for makeup was awakened while in high school. She was the go-to for all her friends when they needed to be dolled up. Martha attended the Esthetics Institute in Vienna in 2015 where she learned professional makeup application techniques and color theory. She also completed an intensive makeup and hair training program at TNT Agency, a California based makeup company that specializes in celebrity and bridal artistry. Martha has been working as a professional makeup artist for 5 years.

Fave Beauty Product: Buxom Full-On Lip Polish

Fave Drugstore Beauty Product: Ardell Lashes

Fave Beauty Hack: Using lipstick as a blush.

Celebrity Crush: Chris Evans

Your signature look: Natural glam with a touch of shimmer

Hair product I can’t live without: Kenra Volume Spray 25

Top 3 beauty do’s: 1. Commit to a daily skincare routine. 2. Moisturize everyday - morning and night!  3. Hair masks to help soften and protect the hair.

Top 3 beauty don'ts: 1. Don't sleep with makeup on 2. Don't over use black pencil liner 3. Don't over use of hot hair styling tools.

From the artist: I believe beauty comes from within but when mixed with a little makeup and flawless hair beauty transforms into confidence.”



Makeup Artist
Your signature look: A classic wing, a shimmery eye, and a glowy contour!

Makeup product I can’t live without: Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder 

Hair product I can’t live without: Kenra Hairspray - I love a big voluminous Carrie Underwood curl!

Favorite beauty hack: Using different foundation shades to frame the face before powder contouring.

Favorite drugstore beauty product: L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black

Celebrity Crush: It's a toss up between Henry Cavill and Jason Mamoa

Top beauty do’s: Be open to trying new styles! You never know what you might love! 

Top beauty don’t: Don't view makeup as a "cover up", but as an enhancement to your already natural beauty! 

From the artist:All women have an inner goddess, because they are one. I love being able to help them see what the rest of the world sees!



Hair Stylist
Emerging Hair Stylist Quick Facts: Ester is a bridal stylist who is also one of our 2020 brides. She loves traveling, singing and game nights with friends. Pizza is the way to win her heart.

Beauty Background: Ester’s passion for the hair industry started in middle school, when she taught herself hair braiding and sock buns (the trending style at the time). She was the hair savvy friend throughout highschool, where she began styling for homecoming and prom, and since then has continued her education through online sources and MAB. She has five years of styling experience for weddings and special events. 

Your signature look: Mascara and natural wavy hair.

Favorite beauty hack: “Using Ponds lotion to remove eye makeup.”

Favorite drugstore beauty product: “Neutrogena Hydro-boost gel cream ”

Celebrity Crush: Channing Tatum

What does beauty mean to you: “Beauty is not just about the products you use or the hairstyle you have, it's about being confident in who you are and embracing that you were made that way for a purpose. As I like to say, 'you glow when you're happy'!”

Top beauty do: Always remove makeup when going to sleep. Let your skin breathe. 

Top beauty don’t: Don't ever feel shy to speak up during hair/makeup trials for a special event. It's a MUST to know you are satisfied with your look.

From the artist:The best part of doing what I do is that boost of confidence a person gets with the end result and knowing that not only did I deliver my service, but that a person feels great within.



Makeup Artist
Quick Facts: Tanya was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. as part of an au pair program that was suggested to her by a friend. While working as an au pair, Tanya met her husband. Together, they have a little Frenchie, @bamathefrenchie, who is their world! 

Beauty Background: Tanya was just 12 years old when she first picked up a makeup brush. When she was 15, her dad noticed how passionate she was about makeup, so he signed her up for makeup courses. Her makeup instructor realized how talented she was, and recommended her to a makeup brand in Mexico called “Goc Makeup”. Tanya worked there for three years. Afterwards, she moved to Mexico City to work for Bobbi Brown and several other big name brands. After a few years, Tanya began working freelance and attended various events like Mexico Fashion Week. She has been working as a professional makeup artist for over a decade now. Once she moved to the United States, she met Ana B via Instagram, who would offer her the amazing opportunity to work with MAB Artistry.

Your Signature Look: Natural, glowing skin look, with an appreciation for a more dramatic “Smokey Eye” look.

Makeup product I can’t live without: Concealer, Liquid eye-liner. Hair Product I can’t live without: Argan oil!

Favorite drugstore beauty product: Neutrogena Makeup Removal Wipes

Celebrity Crush: Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham

What does beauty mean to you?: Beauty is a wonderful form of expression that is empowering. As a makeup artist, there is nothing that brings me more joy and satisfaction than having one of my clients look into the mirror after a session with me and having a feeling that says, “I’m beautiful and I’m happy!”

Top beauty do: Always maintain a solid skincare routine that you can commit yourself to. A nighttime skin care routine is so important!

Top beauty don’ts: Never wax your face one day before a wedding. If you want to apply a wax to your face for any kind of hair removal, try doing it at least 3 days prior to your event to give your skin a chance to rest. 

From the Artist: “I love my career! I feel blessed and fortunate to be able to do something for a living that brings me so much joy and a sense of fulfillment. I love to make my clients happy and to make them feel secure, beautiful, and empowered!”

I couldn't be happier with Uzma. I absolutely loved my hair and makeup, and am thankful she was able to squeeze me in. Highly recommend- she is the sweetest and did an amazing job!

Shannon M

Rachel and Lauren - Sweet Root Village
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 - Sweet Root Village

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!


Alumbra Photography
"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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