Who Am I?
My name is Mia Mangino and I am the owner of Simply Elegant Beauty. I am a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist specializing in Bridal, Hair Styling and Makeup Application. I am located in Ballston Spa, New York at Haven Salon.
My Background - How Did I Get Here?
Somewhere around the age of 12 I became infatuated with all things makeup. I had found the one thing I never wanted to stop learning about.
I watched YouTube videos non-stop learning the art of makeup.
I obtained my cosmetology license through my high schools partnered technical school, Questar III. My time at Questar III helped me discover my passion for all things beauty. I had a passion for my soon-to-be career.
Through Questar's program was a mandatory internship during your senior year of High School. Immediately following my internship I was hired as an assistant on Saturday's. Just two weeks after graduation I started full time in the salon. My position in the salon provided me the opportunity for a tremendous amount of training that allowed me to showcase my expertise on many weddings, professional photo shoots, production shoots and special events.
I feel as though Simply Elegant Beauty just slowly fell into place. My business found me and has become something so much more than I had ever imagined.
I wanted my business to really reflect who I am as a person. As a person, I am an old soul drawn to simplicity and a calming atmosphere. My all-time favorite quote is, “I'm going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life” by Elsie De Wolfe. This quote describes me perfectly as a person, as well as how I view my career. My goal is to make people feel beautiful.
Somewhere along the lines I always knew I would be helping people. I found a way to help people while doing something I am extremely passionate about.
When I think about my work, I think about how I am drawn to natural beauty--the kind of beauty that makes you step back and think “wow”. Simple, yet Elegant, if you catch my drift. With that being said, I created my brand. I am committed to providing services for any special occasion and giving you that “wow” factor.
Since creating Simply Elegant Beauty, I have continued to showcase my work on multiple weddings, photo shoots, magazines, production shoots and more. I have continued to work with and learn from multiple well-known artists around the area and have become a Pro Artist with True Beauty Co, which is an elite collaboration of professional Hair and Makeup Artists specializing in on-location wedding services. I also have made my home at Haven Salon in Ballston Spa, New York where I can let my creativity flow and do my thing with wonderful people alongside me.
Education is key and my nerdy love for all things beauty has kept me learning. I have been so lucky to have taken many educational classes throughout my career including; Mario Dedivanovic's Masterclass with Kim Kardashian West, classes with Colorproof, L'anza and Morraccan Oil as well as classes with Pro Artists Lijah Stewart and Felicia Walker.
Through Simply Elegant Beauty I have also created a blog on hair, makeup, skincare and so much more. This blog was created as a way for clients, friends and family to connect with me on a personal level and access knowledge on all things beauty.
Thank you for choosing Simply Elegant Beauty and I look forward to making you feel beautiful!