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 Moroccan Oil as well as classes with Pro Artists Lijah Stewart, Felicia Walker, Danessa Myricks, James Malloy and Stephanie Brinkerhoff.
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. Although, it's become much more than that.
Through my blog, I continue to create meaningful, educational content for anyone and everyone to access. Have I mentioned it's my passion yet?!
I have to say, my mind is always racing with new ideas so you never know what's coming next. I could be doing a Facebook live in my private Facebook group "All things beauty...with Mia Mangino", an IGTV video on a smokey eye, teaching a class in-salon or online on how to create the perfect updo at home and who knows what else will come next.
With that long big message, I welcome you to Simply Elegant Beauty. My 'hub' for anything and everything beauty I have to offer. I hope you stay awhile and learn a thing or two.