It started with a conversation at lunch chatting about photography, makeup, makeovers, giving-back.  It quickly blossomed into so much more.  The idea ~ ambush people in Pittsburgh who are in need of a little pampering and well…some guidance from the professionals.  Give them a day to remember…an entire makeover from head to toe in less than a few hours.  An outfit change, makeup, haircut or style, and a fantastic photoshoot to showcase their new look.  Ambush Pittsburgh wants to give this deserving person not just a makeover, but also to inspire them to keep up their new look with great discounts from our contributors.

Meet us, the makeover team:

Makeup Artist ~ Julie Marckisotto of Pittsburgh Makeup, co-creator of Ambush Pittsburgh!

Julie’s passion for makeup started at an early age as she would play with her mom’s makeup and makeover her friends! With 20 years of experience in the makeup industry she understands how to apply just the right touches to bring out the natural beauty in her clients.  Julie’s business Pittsburgh Makeup offers on-location makeup services for weddings, commercial, headshots and Pittsburgh events. One of her favorite services to offer is a makeup lesson, which each ambush winner will receive from her personally so they can duplicate the look once they leave her hands.

Hair ~ Brooke Rockwell of Brooke Rockwell Hair Design

Brooke has been doing hair since 1986 and her obvious passion shines through with each of her clients.  Her gentle and soft spoken nature instantly puts her client at complete ease.  She has owned her own salon in downtown Pittsburgh for 19 years, along with her 2 sisters Harbor & Amber.  In addition to her normal salon hours, she also spends a lot of her time on weekends doing on-location hair for weddings.  Each person that’s ambushed by Brooke will be given a special salon discount for their first visit so they can continue to keep up their new look.

colleenStylist ~ Colleen Boyle 

Meet Colleen!  She’s currently a student at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh studying Fashion and Retail Management.  She’ll be graduating this December and then hopes to get a position after as a buyer or District Manager in a retail establishment.  We are so happy to have Colleen join us at Ambush Pittsburgh and know she will do an amazing job. She brings to us great style and a beautiful personality, we love her!

VOLUNTEER to help! We are always looking for talented Photographers to help us capture the makeover process.  Typically the days only run from about 9:00 or 10:00 am to 2pm and it’s such a wonderful experience — not to mention a great way to give back by doing what you love! Please email us if you are interested in volunteering for this, it is a huge part of our Ambush and we’d truly love to have you!

Additional Participating Contributors Include:

Lon Michaels Hair Salon, Tease Salon, in2sight DESIGN, Obsessed Minerals Makeup, Fluhme Makeup, CanDeVa’s Salon, Dream Weavers Massage & Tanning, ModCloth online store, Stella & Dot (Chris Corcoran).

WANT TO START AN AMBUSH IN YOUR CITY?  Email us at ambushpittsburgh@gmail.com for all of the details!


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