Joyce and Cole Slayton

Virginia Beach Makeup Artist

I first met Joyce when we worked an network marketing business together, connected by Danielle Boyce. She was funny, strong willed and I was hooked on her personality. She takes no prisoners, she speaks her mind and she loves her tribe, hard!

We quickly became friends and I watched her journey into happiness when she announced that she was dating a cutie with a beard, Cole. I watched this strong woman fall deeply in love with a local, outstanding chef. Together they started to build this neat new life. I knew Joyce when she was a strong single mother and now she was sharing her passion for entrepreneurship with Cole. I could not be MORE happier for her. (and him too, but this is about her)

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Of course, when he proposed, I forced her to let me be her makeup artist. (I’m partially kidding). She asked me for a bold look. Think 20’s inspired but with modern twist. Which feels odd to say since we are in 2020. We went with a deep plum halo eye (yes to shimmer) with a clean polished complexion using my FAVORITE foundation Face Atelier. Of course, Samantha lashes from Huda Beauty to top off this eye. My precious Benefit Cosmetics KaBrow in 6 over her already perfect shaped brow.

I also had the honor of taking care of her entire bridal party.

My husband, Russ and I had a wonderful time at the Slayton wedding. Joyce and Cole have a beautiful family, amazing aspirations and huge goals for themselves. Their hustle is legit … I bow down. All the respect. I love a good hustler.

Please check out their catering business Ono-OhYes on Instagram. A Pan-Pacific American Fusion Experience. Believe me, you do not want to miss their food.

Thank you so much, Joyce and Cole for allowing me to be a part of your wedding.

Event Planning – Danielle and Chelsea of Plan & Pour Events

Photography – Natchez Photography

Venue – Peninsula at Heritage Point

Welcome to 2020


Can you believe we are in a new decade? I mean, it was only 10 years ago that we were in another ‘New Decade’, but still. It’s 2020. I had expected to see flying cars by now. I was ready for vacations on the moon at this point.

The Jetson family wave as they fly past buildings in space in their spaceship in a still from the animated television series, ‘The Jetsons,’ circa 1962. (Photo by Warner Bros./Courtesy of Getty Images)

But, alas. Here we are. Still trying to get women to understand that stopping foundation at the chin is no longer acceptable. (I kid, I kid, but seriously, though. Can we stop the madness)

This decade marks a new era for Makeup By Vega. We have expanded our services. We are growing in a network of strong makeup artists and hair stylists and we have some pretty huge plans for the first half of this decade.

Some day I will smile in a BTS image.

Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting information and flyers about upcoming events and classes that we will be offering.

I am so honored and blessed that you have chosen to be a part of my world and you have allowed me to be a part of your world.

Cheers to 2020!


It’s Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

The weather in Virginia Beach, VA fluctuates so often that you can have your ups and your downs.  This season was a little slow in my neck of the woods, however my part time hustle brought me in a the dollars to carry over January.

Then, I got a call from one of my favorite creatives, Chris Mangune Photography .  Chris doesn’t live far from my home studio. It was a bum day, so I was more than happy to help him create something fun.

Creating goals in 2017!

Makeup By Vega is so very proud to announce … we are now an affiliate with Danielle Laporte!
We are working on creating goals with soul! We are ready to crate an amazing 2017.
Be prepared for watching for what Makeup By Vega launches.

– affiliate program with Danielle Laporte
– Modern Femme Movement
– More Shawn Sawyer Photography
– Rock The Woman Card
– More Hillary West Photography
– 24 Weddings this year
– More concept shoots

And so much more.  All of this came from Danielle Laporte! Her Desire Map series was a catapult for where I took off.  Her ‘goals with soul’ approach to everything changed my outlook on how I could create the life I wanted.  The way I wanted to feel.  Between Danielle Laporte and my Passion Planner, life took an incredible turn for the better back in 2014!

Click on the photo below for more information and get connected to Daneille Laporte and all she has to offer.

A throwback day with Charles Long Photography

Almost 2 years ago I was invited to Charles Long apartment to shoot this editorial look for Dark Beauty Magazine.  I had never worked with him before and was excited to help bring his vision to life.  He sent some ideas of the type of makeup he was looking for and Al Kelly and I got to work.

I used a variety of colors and palettes for these models.  Primers are always important, as well as setting sprays and powders.  I love fun colorful shoots and I was honored to work with Charles Long and Natalie.

Al Kelly is a Norfolk hair stylist out of Changes Spa.

Charles Long is a Photographer/Retoucher based in Hampton Roads, Va.

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Photographer – Charles Long Photography

Images for @darkbeautymag issue #35. You can visit them HERE.

Hair: @alkelly_hairstylist – Hair by Al Kelly  ( Changes Spa )

MUA: Carly Vega – Makeup By Vega

Photographers assistant: @natalovelie

Models: Shelby Anderson @sacobra,  Jacquelynn Rose Doeller,  Leia Vaughn, Tanya Richey.

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Beautiful Bright Wedding

There is something to be said about a beautiful wedding in a beautiful location with beautiful placements.

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Simple yet elegant. Bridal beauty for a beautiful Spring or Fall wedding.

I had the pleasure of working with Misty Saves The Day and a variety of vendors for this beautiful shoot.

Montero’s Bar and Restaurant was beautiful and is located in a nice quiet nook in Elizabeth City.  The staff was friendly and welcoming.  The food was delicious and this was the perfect setting for a spring wedding.

Shayna and I drove to Elizabeth City to visit Montero’s Restaurant and would be glad to return for your special wedding day.  I highly encourage you to visit this gem of a location!

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Happy couples in Elizabeth City restaurant, Montero’s Restaurant


Photography: Amanda Hedgepeth Photography
Reception Venue and Catering: Montero’s Bar & Restaurant
Hair: Shayna Reinert
Makeup: Makeup by Vega
Shoot Coordination: Misty Saves the Day
Bridal Gown, Bridesmaid Dresses, and Menswear: Maya Couture on Main
Florals: Leslie Hartig Floral Designs
Sweets: Patti Cakes, Inc
Event Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals
Stationery: Paper Dolls Design
Vintage Rentals: Chic Unique Vintage Rentals
Linens & Chargers: Classy Event Rentals

Check out the story in Tidewater and Tulle 

Thank you to Misty Saves the Day for the opportunity to work with these amazing vendors.

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Because everyone loves the flower girl.



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Marys Wedding

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A previous client (Janelle) had recommended me for Mary’s wedding.  How could I refuse when Janelle had a kick ass wedding party?

Mary kept herself calm on her wedding day.  Her bridal party shared stories and laughter in the hotel room.  Mom was calm and collected, which as a makeup artist, we are very thankful for calm and collected Mother of the Brides.

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Mary asked for a soft look but she wanted her makeup to stand out.  She’s a nurse, and since they sacrifice so much for the human population (like save our lives every day) I was happy to give her whatever she wanted.  The day was perfect.  The hotel room had a perfect view of the ocean.  The skies were blue and the breeze hit just right.

Although this wedding was in 2015 (yes, I’m late! Stop yelling at me), it was one of my favorite from 2015!



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Mary’s bridal party

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Please visit Dani White Photography and Chelsea Anderson Photography (links below) for more images from this beautiful wedding.

Photographers – Dani White Photography & Chelsea Anderson Photography

Caleb and Mary’s Ocean Front Wedding

If you want information about this look, contact me and we will set up a makeup play date!  <3


Tyra Banks Beauty

Huge and exciting announcements for 2017!

Makeup By Vega has partnered with Tyra Banks Beauty! We partnered a while back, however timing is everything and I’ve been testing out her products and her business practice. I am pleased to say that I am excited to begin this new(ish) adventure with Tyra Beauty.

My friend Nicholas Carinci

In this industry, it is so very important that you realize who you work well with and who you don’t.

I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some of the top stylists in the Hampton Roads area.  I have yet to have had a horrible experience.

One of my friends in particular is Nicholas Carinci of Major Tease Designs (Click Here to his Facebook Page  ) .

I first met him while doing a shoot for Robert Brooks.  I had never worked with him before but I had heard really great things about him.  He has a knack for detail and his eye for perfection I’ve yet to see.  He is defiantly in the right industry!  He loves his clients and is funny as hell.

Nicholas will not disappoint you for your wedding day hair styles (or even makeup).  He’s funny and has one of the best smiles I’ve ever seen.

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Nicholas and I doing work on AnnMarie P!