We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanya Bures and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanya, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind the success of our company is staying true to our philosophy of beauty, which is a modern, effortless approach. Clients are drawn to our team because they see a consistent look that’s fresh, clean and ultimately uncomplicated, and that’s how they want to see themselves on one of the most important days of their lives. I also believe word of mouth and the overall experience clients have with our team is another key factor. Once they meet us, their experience is even more enhanced with our genuinely warm professionalism and calming temperament, which allows each client to feel relaxed and confident in our chair.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I was in my early 20’s, I had zero idea of where I wanted to land as an artist. I knew I had to create with color, but I didn’t have the desire to paint on canvas and computer graphics was in its earliest form. I had no patience illustrating on a computer when I could pick up a pencil and create on the spot. After two years at Parsons School of Design, a friend recommended I try my hand at makeup since I was always drawn to the beauty in fashion magazine. I was obsessed with the looks created by Francois Nars, Stephen Marais and Dick Page, and I didn’t even wear makeup at the time. So I gave it a shot and never went back to art school. I found my passion and loved working with clients, especially when they shared how happy they were with their look. Doing makeup was easy, it never felt like work (and still doesn’t). The only challenge I had was convincing myself that I didn’t need retail to rely on for income, I could do it on my own. It took 17 years to convince myself, but here I am! Not only do I produce an income doing what I love, but I help my fellow Page Beauty artists create income doing what they love, and feels pretty awesome.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Any time we have friends or family come from out of town, one of the first places we take them to is La Cabana, a local old school Mexican restaurant on the border of Venice and Santa Monica. It reminds me of my grandfather’s restaurant he had while growing up, and it doesn’t hurt that they have great margaritas and the best homemade tortillas on the westside. We live in Venice, so all we need to do is walk out the door and up Abbot Kinney to be on one of the most visually entertaining streets in LA.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without the support and collaboration with so many talented artists in our industry, I’m not sure how quickly we would have gained the respectability we have in the wedding industry. I’d love to mention photographers Christine Donee, Jessica Mangia and Jeremy Chou, all of whom inspire our team to create beauty equal to their photography style. Gown designers Claire Pettibone, Amanda James and Odylyn the Ceremony inspire us to create looks specific to their client, and those collaborations have given us the opportunity to reshape our looks while staying true to our beauty aesthetic. And last but certainly not least, without Sierra Ramke and Keely Brittles, two incredibly talented Creative Directors, we wouldn’t have half the content of gorgeous bridal editorials under our belts. In this industry, we all support each other!
The Shalom Imaginative Mariel Hannah Julie Cate Ether and Smith Jeremy Chou Jessica Mangia Christine Donee