The OG Artists
Lashes & Lace works with highly talented and reliable professional freelance makeup artists to ensure you are in the best of hands for all your bridal beauty needs!
Sarah Downs (she/her)
Founder of Lashes & Lace
Capricorn | Organizer Extraordinaire
Favorite Things: earl grey & London fog, cake! (obvs), fur-kids (Molly, Sid, Merlin Hashbrowns, and Darla Bean), deep teal, gloomy autumn weather, HP (not JKR), Indian food, animals, board games & video games, time travel, The National (band), editing, thunderstorms, fire pit nights with besties, Haunting of Hill House, What We Do In The Shadows, Stranger Things, plants (they're pretty before I kill them), singing, Rituel de Fille makeup, Viseart, Danessa Myricks
Passions/Causes: helping people feel immensely beautiful, accepted, and appreciated, LGBTQ+ rights, justice and equality, intuitive healing
Sarah has been a professional makeup artist since 2000. She began her learning in cosmetic counter and team management and built her skills through beauty industry trainings, events, freelancing, and weddings.
As Sarah has in-depth event planning and client relations team management experience, transforming Lashes & Lace into a bridal beauty collective was an inevitable next step in growing her thriving makeup business. It allowed her to accommodate diverse bride requests, large weddings and special events, and dates that she was not available. Thus, in 2014, Sarah expanded Lashes & Lace to include a hand-selected group of highly sought after makeup & hair artists, merging her talent for business with her passion for helping people feel wonderful about themselves.
In addition to many amazing brides and high profile individual clients, Sarah has also worked with ESPN, Fox Sports, WWE, Amazon, Spectrum, etc.
When booking any artist through Lashes & Lace, Sarah handles all the details for you, and happily answers any questions you have, making your planning process much easier!
LaDonna Stein (she/her)
Virgo | Fairy Godmother
Favorite Things: vintage styles, deep teal, travel (esp. Montana, Arkansas, and Detroit, MI), tea parties, Dita Von Teese, Cocteau Twins (band), gothic carnival themes (Theatre Bizarre!), AHS, the perfect winged eye liner, black vintage heels (99% of the time), a good red lip, Jill Rasco Photography, Paul Zhen Photography, Pat McGrath makeup, Terri Tomlinson's Flesh Tone Color Wheel
Passions/Causes: human empowerment, feminism, homeless outreach, mental health care, equal rights for all
LaDonna has been in the beauty industry since 1995, where she began her training at Diane Dick Modeling Agency in Amarillo, TX. She eventually taught makeup classes with the agency, traveling to both New York and Los Angeles. LaDonna went on to study art history and theatrical makeup at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.
LaDonna also worked at MAC Cosmetics in the early 2000s, gaining a spot on the exclusive Impact Team. Upon leaving MAC, she shifted to full-time freelance makeup artistry and applied her expertise to all manner of jobs, from bridal beauty to body painting, high fashion to fetish, commercial and advertising campaigns to theatrical. She has worked with the Dallas Opera, many musicians on live performances and music videos, incl. SXSW, B△STILLE, etc.; TV shows and independent films; fashion shows, incl. Dolce & Gabana (Winspear Dallas 2019), countless magazines, incl. Playboy (@dizzymslizzyy 12/2021), Retro Lovely, Vanity Affair, PinCurl, Bachelor Pad, Latina Leaders, Surreal Beauty, Dallas Observer, and more.
One of LaDonna's greatest artistic passions is crafting glamorous vintage beauty styles. She is always up for any challenge, and can achieve any look for any occasion.
LaDonna was previously the shop owner and makeup artist at Dallas Pinup in Deep Ellum but sold the business in 2022. Her private appt studio now resides within Lingerie Dallas, an upscale size-inclusive lingerie boutique! She is also the Lead Makeup & Hair Artist at the boutique's attached boudoir studio, The Vixen Society.
View some testimonials about LaDonna here!
Kaia Beggs (she/her)
Virgo | Graphic Art Genius
Favorite Things: neon yellow, designing awesome poster art, fur-kids, Dr. Martens (see Kaia's featured DIY Docs here!), Punk Rock Bowling, Rum & Coke lipstick from Amore Monet Cosmetics, all the plants!, collab Halloween costumes with the hubs, Three Links Deep Ellum, Kasey Musgraves, LunaChicks
Passions/Causes: social justice, creating unique art, women's liberation
Before Kaia Bellanca became a makeup artist, she briefly attended school at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She began modeling and through that, she discovered her love of makeup. She gained an apprenticeship under one of Dallas's leading makeup artists and started doing her own makeup for photo shoots. "In the spring of 2010, I started building my portfolio and hit the ground running," Kaia says. "I already had a good network built up from modeling, so the makeup booking took off right away." Kaia specializes in Weddings & Bridal, Airbrush, Film, Commercial, Fashion, Runway, Underwater, Events, and Special Occasions.
Her work has been in publications such as D Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Brides of North Texas, Grooms Sold Separately, Elegant Magazine, Skin&Ink Magazine, Tattoos for Women Magazine, Tattoo Galeria, Tattoo Style, Alt Noir Magazine, Metro ANE, See7Mag, Fitness Magazine, Modern Salon Magazine, Texas Stylist Magazine, Estetica Magazine, Peluquarias Magazine, Launchpad, and many more. She has also been featured in the Dallas Observer.
View some testimonials about Kaia Bellanca here! Kaia is currently focusing on keeping up with the exploding demand for her graphic design commissions and poster art but her artistry spot on our team is permanently reserved.
We vet and work with a select handful of well-established artists who are incredibly talented, highly experienced, and match our quality standards. You're in great hands with everyone from our team!
"We are the weirdos, Mister"
Our team is full of wonderful weirdos. One-of-a-kind creative souls who love being themselves. We are all pretty goofy, obsessed with Halloween, excited about rescuing animals, potential forest fairies, intuitive to those around us, focused on kindness and compassion, and committed to making your experience with us a magical one!
Helping each and every human feel comfortable and welcome is deeply important to us. Thank you so much for considering our team! We can't wait to get to know you!