Joy Lager
Owner - Makeup Artist
Jae Lee Paredes
Owner - Makeup Artist

Jae Lee is a Pittsburgh based, freelance makeup artist and has had a passion for makeup that started at a young age. She currently owns and operates hr own successful freelance company, Jae Lee Paredes Makeup, est. in 2011, and is a co owner of the JL Makeup Studio


Being a self-taught artist with over 10 years of experience under her belt, she provides experience, professionalism, dependability,  an eye for detail, and exceptional talent to each and every client. She is an accomplished and creative artist in the realms of Bridal, Fashion, Video, Print, Commercial, and more. 

She is a recipient of Wedding Wire's Couples Choice Award from 2013-2017, as well as being voted among The Knot's 'Best Of' Wedding Picks from 2014-2021.


See more of Jae's work on her Instagram page!

Joy Lager is a Pittsburgh based, freelance makeup artist. She currently owns and operates her own, successful freelance company, Beauty by Joy, est. in 2011, and is co-owner of JL Makeup Studio.


Bridal makeup is not only her specialty, but her passion! Having worked with hundreds of bridal parties, she brings her many years of experience, skill, creativity, and professionalism to every client she meets and will be with you for every step of the process, helping to create your perfect look for the big day.

Joy has been in the industry since 2001, and received much of her early training while employed as the lead makeup artist at 'The Salon' at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa; an award winning and AAA Five Diamond rated facility located in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern PA. She is a 2001 graduate of Pittsburgh Beauty Academy, holding current licensure as both an esthetician and a nail technician. Past work history includes a position as a freelance makeup artist for M.A.C. Cosmetics. Joy also graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, earning a BS in Psychology.

Her work has been featured in many magazine publications and blogs, including WV Wedding, The Knot, Pittsburgh Magazine Wedding Edition, Confetti Daydreams, and Borrowed & Blue, just to name a few. 

See more of Joy's work on her Instagram page!

To inquire about booking with Joy directly, please click here
The JL Team


At this time, Amanda is dedicated to our Laurel Highlands and Morgantown, WV clients only.  


Amanda is a master artist on the JL team and is in her second season with us. However, she's not at all new to this industry and has been staying busy since 2009! She is currently licensed as an esthetician with a background that includes medical esthetics, as well as managing and educating at three different Sephora locations, all while operating her own successful freelance company.

She is also our 'Go-To' girl for all things product knowledge based and can answer just about any question you have, whether it be about a specific ingredient or skin care / cosmetic recommendation. 

Check out more of her work on Instagram!


Ashley is a licensed esthetician, who attented The South Hills Beauty Academy, graduating in 2016. She has been our fastest growing artist at the Studio and hit the ground running, as she quickly climbed the ranks to be a lead makeup artist on the JL Team, and has been going strong ever since.

Ashley also holds a part time position as a sale associate at Sephora, where her specialty is skin care. Have questions about your current skin care routine, or need new products recommendations? Then she's your girl!  


In addition to makeup services, she is also available for in-studio, waxing services.

Check out more of Ashley's work on our Highlight reel on  IG!



Briann Mattise is one of JL's master artists and has been with the team since day one. She has been servicing a diverse client base for eight years and in addition to being a licensed esthetician through Douglas J Aveda, she also served as a beauty class facilitator for Sephora. 


She is incredibly skilled in the art of beauty makeup, however also excels in the field of special effects. She graduated from the Tom Savini School of Special Makeup Effects, earning her degree in Specialized Business. Since then, her work has been seen on commercials, films, in print and music videos all around Pittsburgh. 

She has done over 100 wedding parties since joining the JL team an her work has also been featured in The Knot magazine. In-studio, she offers a wide variety of services in addition to makeup such as waxing, group classes and lash lifts & tints. 

See more of Bri's work on her Instagram page!



A graduate of Bella Capelli, she is one of our amazing hair stylist. She is a master of extensions and blow outs. Her favorite styles to create are soft and romantic, boho looks. 

See more of Carolynn's work on her Instagram page!



Dana graduated in 2009 from Empire Beauty School. She spent much of her career behind the chair in full service salons before branching off to specialiaze in event and bridal styling. 

On-going education has played a large role in her career, and she has trained with such brands as Kenra, Well and Big Sexy. 

Most recenely, Dana was certified in the art of Laced hair extensions - a service we are so excited to be offering in our studio! 

Her favorite styles to create are soft and romantic, boho looks. 

Check out more of her work on IG! or the Studio's highlight reel on IG. 



Dora has become an amazing asset to the team and assisting our lead stylist on wedding parties. 



Emma is a licensed cosmotologist  who attended The South Hills Beauty Academy. She has been our fastest growing stylist at the Studio in 2021 and we are so excited to work with her more for the 2022 season. 

Check out more of Emma's work on our Highlight reel on  IG!



New to the studio but NOT the industry! He is a staple in the Pittsburgh area and we are thrilled to have him on the team. Makeup OR Hair.. he is the one for you!

Check out more of Kyle's work on our Highlight reel on  IG!



Jenny has been in the beauty industry for over 10 years. After graduating from South Hills Beauty Academy in 2008, she obtained her license as an esthetician and began her career as a freelance makeup artist, working fashion events, engagement photo shoots and weddings. 

She was employed by Sephora for almost seven years, providing training, education and artistry to both cast members and clients at a variety of store locations. As an elevated skincare expert, she also had the opportunity to train in Las Vegas with some of the top skincare brands, including Dr. Dennis Gross, Caudalie, Ole Henriksen and Sunday Riley.

See more of Jenny's style on her Instagram page!


Katrina completed the cosmetology program at Bella Capelli in 2007 and is well-known all around the Pittsburgh area for her amazing hair skills both in and out of the Salon. She is also an educator for the Big Sexy Hair line and travels the US giving instructional seminars on hair styling, cutting and coloring. 

You can see her working at some local companies such as ModCloth and Rue 21 

Her talent and professionalism are second to none and she has such a eye for hair. 

Check out more of her work on our highlight reel on IG!



Lexi is a graduate of the North Hills Beauty Academy and prior to joining our team, had worked for Ulta Beauty, Pür Cosmetics and Urban Decay. She brings to the table her extensive product knowledge along with over 4 years of experience and the ability to do a wide range of looks.


Lexi "loves doing anything from super natural to mega glam" and would be a perfect fit for your big day! 

See more of Lexi's work on her Instagram page!



Madyson is a licensed Cosmetologist who attended Parkway West Ctc, graduating in 2016. She loves working with bridal parties and giving her clients a "glow from within" look! 

Already having over 3 years in the industry, she is perfecting her skills as a makeup artist at Revelation Hair Designs in Moon Township when she isn't working with the JL team.  

Continuing education is also an important part of her education and she most recently attended the Master Class by famed celebrity makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, learning all of his tricks of the trade. 

Madyson is also our resident skin care specialist and is available for booking all beauty services JL Offers. 

Check out more of Madyson's work on her Instagram page!



Mandy has been with us for a few years as a hair stylist and her 2022 is full! A master hair stylist, she is professional and talented and can bring your vision to life!

Check out more of Mandy's work on our Highlight reel on  IG!


Marybeth is a licensed cosmetologist who received her training from the PA Academy of Cosmetology, graduating in 2003. She started her professional career at The Salon at Nemacolin Woodlands in 2004, under the direction of Thaddeus Golonka. She later spent several years working at the beautiful Bedford Springs Resort, doing both hair and makeup for their bridal clientele. Fast forward to 2012, when she started working alongside Joy, focusing on bridal makeup and airbrushing.


She is now taking on her own bridal clients for JL Studio and we are beyond thrilled to have this talented artist on our team! She gives the utmost attention to detail, is an airbrushing pro and will help you to design your very own, customized wedding day look, working around your personal style and comfort level. 







Sammie has been in the field since 2013 and received her education from Empire Beauty School. She has a strong background in the beauty industry as her Mother has been a hair stylist for over 30 years, and Sammie's love of makeup dates WAY back to her elementary school days! 

Her experience consists of eight years of makeup and hair styling, including bridal / formal styles. She was also employed by the Bare Minerals Boutique for four years, where she was able to expand on her already growing makeup skills and also worked with a diverse client base, learning how to accentuate all skin types!  

She has styled for styled for fashion shows, photo shoots, boudoir, prom/homecoming, bridal, baby showers, bridal showers, engagement photo, charity events, body building competitions; you name it, she's done it!

In her own words "I have a passion for art; hair styling and makeup artistry are my form of art!"

See more of her work on her Instagram page!







Victoria graduated from Bella Capelli in early 2016. She thrives in all aspects of this industry, but her love of makeup is what led her to us!


When she isn’t working with the JL team, she is employed by Sephora where she is and is continually learning and staying up to date on the latest beauty trends and hottest new skincare products. She also models in her free time, so truly understands what needs to be done in order to bring out one's inner beauty for photography. Victoria is also available for bridal hair styling. When it comes to updo's, her motto is "the more creative, the better"! 

You can check our her work on our studio IG in the highlight reel.