Simply Elegant by Audra

Simply Elegant by Audra


So romantic! The lighting and scenery, yesterday was the perfect day for a wedding. Congratulations Emily, thank you for chosing Simply Elegant for your makeup!!
Hi friends.. I wanted to talk about the importance of hiring a professional makeup artist and hair stylist for your wedding day. There are so many reasons. Here are just a few of my top 10 reasons. Be Stress Free!! Of all the reasons this is the most important, your wedding day is to be busy and will likely include a few unexpected challenges, so don’t let your appearance be one of them. You shouldn’t have to spend time worrying if your eyeliner is straight while ensuring that your vendors deliver on time. Any reputable artist that is a professional will meet with you prior to your wedding day to do a trial run of the makeup look or hairstyle you want. On the day-of, your beauty team rolls in, on location, and knows your skin type, your desired outcome, your theme, and any complications in the trial. You want to look Natural. Professional makeup artists study the art of their craft. They live it and breathe it like a musician, and the proper selection of colors is part of their DNA. From your foundation to your lips to the perfect eyeliner, makeup artists know how to choose the colors that match your unique character and features. Your wedding day will keep you photographed, possibly more than any day in your life. High definition optics can do some interesting things to your complexion and pores. Even if you tend to live in the "natural" state and your photographer does to, find a makeup artist that specializes in "natural" looks so that your memories and face-to-face interactions are striking and memorable. The natural look is far more involved than most brides think. In fact, what most people categorize as difficult is the avant-garde, high-fashion looks you see all over the internet. If this were the case, more Instagram makeup artists would be showcasing breathtaking, natural looking brides than stamping out glorified brows and winged eyeliner. Professional grade products that last Like it or not, there is a big difference behind mainstream, less expensive makeup and hair products vs. professional grade products that have been engineered for specific applications. Since makeup artists apply cosmetics for a living and hair stylists test the quality of hair products every single day, most have a kit stocked with high quality (and possibly very expensive) products that are designed for wearability and flexibility that you may not own or be able to afford. Not to mention, most artists endure years of professional training to keep up with the trends, techniques, and industry concerns. Added advice and experience You may also find benefit in pre-wedding day skin care tips to ensure smooth delivery and a "day of" itinerary for your wedding party to follow and depend on. No one should have to ask "when is Jenny's hair getting done" or "when does this person arrive". We've got that covered. Project management comes at no extra cost and ensures that you look beautiful and we provide superior expertise and service on the most memorable day of your life. SO... Will you be hiring a professional to do your makeup and/or hair on your wedding day? You won't regret it and though we recommend shopping around to find the perfect match for you and your bridal party concerns. You simply can't put a price on their experience or the luxury and intimacy of having them apply it and perfect it. It is after all, what they live for - your beauty. Contact Simply Elegant today to talk about your bridal needs.
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You're so Beautiful Audra! Just as I always remember you! I think I need you to help me look better I need a makeover!

Simply Elegant is a on site Professional makeup artist with 20 years of experience, specializing in Bridal Makeup. I am a local make up artist serving the Hampton Roads area.

There are no products to purchase, department store to go to, I come to you in the comfort of your home or hotel and help you look incredible for your special day. Visit my website for more information and pricing. You may contact me via email or phone 757-339-4894 to schedule a consultation. I also do girls nite out, proms, ring dances, class reunions and weddings. Any occassion you want to look your best I am there to help.

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Check out Simply Elegant by Audra. Virginia Living Top Wedding Vendor 2021

I have weighed for a long time if I should share this or not. Many people don't know but I was in a very toxic relationship with someone who I loved very much. I idolized him and thought I was gonna have forever with him. I won't go into detail but I am still healing and learning to love myself again. I am putting this out now in hopes that someone will read this and know they are not alone. I am stronger than I thought and so are you!
Domestic violence comes in many forms. It can be verbal, physical, emotional and sexual. No matter is not your fault. You male or female do not deserve to be treated badly.
Help is out there and if you are going through something similar and need a ear I'm here. No judgment. I've been there and I have felt the fear you may be experiencing. I felt ashamed, scared, alone and depressed for so long. I blamed myself and tried so hard to fix it so it would stop. You are never alone!!
#domesticviolence #anxiety #domesticviolenceawareness #itsnotyourfault #strongwomen #yougotthis

Hey y'all!! I haven't said much publicly about the Covid-19. We are all suffering in some way shape or form from this virus. I am adapting and adjusting to our new normal.
I am trying to stay positive and think of ways outside the box to stay busy and work. I unfortunately cannot work for the next 30 days just as many of my peers, friends and family. Well not in person. 😉
I need to do makeup!! I need to teach, and I need social interaction.
I am now offering 1 hour web lessons. Wanna learn how to use the makeup you already have on hand? How to do that one look you have been trying to achieve? How to contour, make those brows look amazing or how to take care of your brushes etc...Guys I got you! Grab your coffee and your makeup bag and let's chat!!
Private message me to schedule your time.
#hamptonroadsmua #makeup #makeuptutorial #contour #brows #bridalmakeupartist #brides #bridesmaids #coronavirus #2020bride

You left too soon.😥 You left without saying goodbye. I still question why. I still wonder if I could have done something. Not a single day goes by that I don't miss my momma. 23 years since I last hugged her. I would do anything to hear her laugh again or even hear her yell my full name because I am in trouble. I miss you momma and I love you. 💖
#suicideprevention #suicideawarness #nevergiveup #depressionhelp #anxiety #mentalhealth #love

Hi Guys!! Thought I would hop on here and introduce myself to some new followers!!
My name is Audra and I am the owner and Master Artist behind Simply Elegant by Audra.
I love people. I love to talk to everyone. Lol, maybe that is why my mom always got the "most talkative" letters home from school. I am a proud momma to a beautiful almost 19 year old daughter who is my world! I enjoy working out, ofcourse playing with makeup. I love to sing, and I don't think I am too bad at it. I am always up for an adventure, the moon is my favorite thing in the world. Being on the beach with friends or riding bikes or just chilling at home I am always happy. I adore my family and friends.
And anyone who knows me...knows I absolutely cannot be without my coffee. Not because I am a mean morning person..but because it is just so damn delicious!!

#weddingmakeupartist #weddings #bridesmaids #bridalmakeupartist #fitnessmotivation #rodanandfields #healthylifestyle #entrepreneur

Today starts a brand new chapter in my life! I am thankful for all of my friends and family that have supported me, encouraged me and picked me up when I needed them the most. I couldn't of made it without all of you! Love you all!!

Sometimes a smile is all someone else needs. Smile and be kind. Plus it makes you look pretty!! 😄

If someone would have told me 10 years ago I would be jumping over fire in a mud run I would have literally laughed. But guess what guys...I did it and it was amazing.
My fitness journey started several years ago and has it been smooth sailing?? No Way but I refuse to give up on me. I'm almost 40 and I want to be the best me and that means taking care of me in every aspect of my life. You brush your teeth every day right? You wash your face, you dress nice, fix your hair etc..well It's the same gotta take care of your whole self not just parts.
If I can do it so can y'all!!
Happy Wednesday guys!!

#workinprogress #workinonmyfitness #bossbabe #fitnessmotivation #fitnesscoach

Guys...I am a sap today. Fyi, I am a hopeless romantic and I do believe that everyone has a soulmate. Some find it very early and some have to try several times. This is another reason I love weddings. To see a bride, all glammed up, feeling her absolute best ready to see her soon to be husband and share vows infront of God and witnesses truly gives me joy. Am I alone in the hopeless romantic arena?? lol

#hopelessromantic #love #soulmate #weddings #weddingmakeupartist #bridalmakeupartist

Happy Valentine's day everyone!! I know I'm late posting, lol.
I had a very sweet surprise today after my workout this morning from a very special someone. 💝💝
Ladies...dates are filling fast and if you are still looking for a makeup artist for your big day, head over to the link in my bio so we can chat!!

#Valentine'sday #sweettreats
#loveisintheair #bridesmaids #wedding #weddingmakeupartist

Timeline Photos

Black Label by Sigmon Taylor Photography 2020

I am so honored to work with Monica Sigmon. Her creativity, passion and drive for her art amazes me every day!!

It's been two years since we officially launched our Black Label portrait line and we have truly been overwhelmed by the response. It has far exceeded our ex...

Aww guys!! This beautiful woman @jenny.n1cole right here is one of my best friends and the best business cohort I could ever ask for! It was so much fun glamming her up for her sister @hrarnett wedding at @alturiafarmweddings. It was the first time I have ever had the opportunity to glam Jenny up and it was awesome. She says she was ugly crying, I say it was a bitter sweet cry for her baby sister. Jenny looked amazing and it was awesome to be there for my friend and her family on such a special day. Love you guys!!

#hrvamakeupartist #weddingmakeup #bridalmakeup #weddingwire #onsitemakeup #hamptonroadsmakeupartist #bridesmaids #airbrush #temptu #anastasiabeverlyhills #loraccosmetics #toofacedcosmetics

🎉Happy New Year to all my family, friends and clients.🎉
I am not gonna reflect on this past year...I am focusing on PAGE 1!!

2020 is going to be amazing for Simply Elegant and myself personally.
This year I will 🙂 at every person I pass, compliment someone everyday, rather than complain about what is going wrong, focus on what is going right.👈👏 Pray more.
This year is about positivity for me!

🎉I am so excited for this year!! I wish many blessings for you all in 2020!! 🎉

Hello Gorgeous!! Happy Wednesday! I am feeling very Thankful and Blessed today. I kinda feel like Oprah..if I could only give every one a 🚘.
However, for today only. Book a 90 minute makeup lesson, or a glam session with me and you will get 40% off and a special gift worth $40 when you hold your appointment.

So this is all you have to do!!
1. Like this post. ❤
2. Comment on this post.🗨
3. Share this post. 🤝

Head over to the link in my bio for more details!!

Every booking that holds will be entered into a drawing on January 1, 2020 for $100 worth of products!!

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#onsitemakeup #toofacedcosmetics #anastasiabeverlyhills #loraccosmetics #airbrushmakeup #temptu #seniorportraits #boudoirmakeup #holidaymakeup #naturalmakeup #beauty #beyourself #bossbabe

Wow!! What a year guys. I finished my last wedding of the season this past weekend and now I am cramming to do some shopping. (nope haven't bought the first gift) 😜 But before I get to that...I have so many thanks to give to a lot of very special people in my life. This year has been a huge eye opener for so many reasons. First, let me thank each and every client that entrusted me with thier wedding, special event, family photos, head shots, and lessons. I hold you all near and dear to my heart. If not for yall I wouldn't be where I am today. I have started to grow my team and guys Jordyn @joransell @simplyelegantbyaudra.ja y'all I cant wait to see her growth as an artist. Yes I will be adding this upcoming year. I exceeded my goal for weddings this year, I have an amazing friend and business cohort . Working with her is so easy. She is my friend and confidant and will tell me like it is. We balance each other like we have been working together forever. To every single photographer I have had the pleasure of working with..Thank you all! A special thanks to @ryannwinnphotography and @monicasigmon @sigmontaylor for your passion and encouragement and loving my work. I am so very grateful for the relationships we have. I want to thank all of friends and family for supporting me through some very difficult times. Y'all know who y'all are.
So here's to an even better New Year! Y'all watch out were on a mission and we have even bigger goals!!

#hrvamakeupartist #weddingmakeupartist #bridalmakeup #onsitemakeup #weddingwire #theknot #lovemyjob #bethankful #bossbabe #goals #igotthis #strongwomen

Wow guys!! This weekend was my last wedding 💍of the year and what a way to end my season. I had the honor of being the MUA for @hrarnett 👰 who is the sister of Y'all I finally got to doll💄 @jenny.n1cole up!!! (only 4 years later) 🤣 It was such a beautiful day!! The venue was amazing @alturiafarmweddings, the staff was sweet and accommodating. She was brought in on a horse drawn carriage!! The ceremony was beautiful and man did I cry like a baby. I cannot wait to see the pictures from @ryannwinnphotography.
@hrarnett I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!! ❤

#hrvamakeupartist #weddingmakeupartist #bridalmakeup #onsitemakeup #temptu #demiwispies #weddingwire #theknot #weddingmakeup #toofacedcosmetics #anistasiabeverlyhills #loraccosmetics

My second client of the day!! So excited to be @sigmontaylor for a special shoot!!

Loving my mask I made!!

Hey guys!! I am taking today wayyyyyyy back to celebrate one of my dearest friends. Katherine and I go back to elementary school, we have had good times, bad times, hilarious times and very sad times. She and I didnt see each other for a very long time but we picked right back up and this woman amazes me everyday. She is beautiful, intelligent, strong...and my biggest supporter. She is a friend that will tell when I am wrong and lift me up when I am down. It's hard to see through that tough exterior, however she really has the kindest heart and will do for anyone. I admire her for being true to who she is and I am thankful to call her my friend!! Love you girl!! This beautiful portrait was done by a dear friend who is no longer with us, Tracey Kearney. Miss you!! #waybackwednesday #friends #hrvamakeupartist #weddingmakeupartist #bridalmakeup #onsitemakeup #boudoirmakeup #beauty

I live for moments like this! Hailey had always been my rock. I admire my daughter so much. She always makes everything better and makes me laugh so hard. I can't wait to see her on that stage tomorrow!!

What a wonderful time in NY!! I have decided that I look good with dark hair and red lipstick and I think my aunt @theresa.m.murphy.14 and I should rock this look! I miss my baby girl already!! @haileycindric
I hope all my friends, family and clients had a wonderful holiday. Now off to bed because this girl has a wedding early. Can't wait @paulinaparker!!

Happy Monday y'all! I am finally getting to catch up on some emails and download some new pictures. Hope everyone had a fabulous day!

So excited for today's wedding @graduatecharlottesville!

Happy Friday Ya'll!!! Can I tell y'all it took me hours to look at this gorgeous brides albums to decide which pictures to post. I met Kierstyn last year at a bridal show and I fell in love with her red hair, beautiful skin and those eyes!! So here's a few from her bridal portraits and her wedding day. Hope y'all have a great Friday. Simply Elegant is traveling this weekend to Charlottesville for a gorgeous mountain wedding! I can't wait!

📸 @paulharrisonphoto
Venue: @trccweddings
Makeup: Yours Truly!

#hrvamakeupartist #weddingmakeupartist #bridalmakeup #onsitemakeup #temptu #demiwispies #weddingwire #theknot #weddingmakeup #hamptonroadsmakeupartist #anastasiabeverlyhills #toofacedcosmetics #morphebabe #loraccosmetics #senna

Happy Monday guys!! I am back from NY and a little under the weather🤧.. So this is exactly how my makeup is gonna make me feel today. 🤗 Who else has this experience when doing their makeup? 💄💄

#makeup #makeupartist #bride #bridalmakeup #onsitemakeup #hrvamakeupartist #weddingmakeupartist #airbrushmakeup #hamptonroadsmakeupartist

Saying goodbye is never easy. Oh how I have missed my beautiful baby girl.
I am so proud of the young woman she has become. Seeing her live her best life in NY makes my heart happy.
Never goodbye....always til next time.

Hey guys!! Whew its been a long few days!! I haven't posted this gorgeous bride yet. I met Michela last year for her March wedding. This young woman has no idea how naturally beautiful she is. She had gorgeous skin, stunning eyes and we decided to keep her makeup very minimal and I think we nailed it. Classy and elegant all in one!!

Photographer @paulharrisonphoto
makeup @simplyelegantbyaudra and @markianicolemua

#hrvamakeupartist #weddingmakeupartist #bridalmakeup #hamptonroadsmakeupartist #onsitemakeup #bride #bridesmaids #weddingmakeup #temptu #demiwispies #weddingwire #theknot #lovemyjob

Seriously me right now!! 🤣🤣🤣

Y'all..I know it is late, but do you see this gorgeous bride? I met Megan last year as a bridesmaid on another wedding and instantly I connected with this girl. I have anxiously waited a year to be her makeup artist!! She is the coolest (I mean her taste in music makes her awesome) and so damn beautiful inside and out. Thank you Megan for choosing me as your artist. I wish you a lifetime of Love and Happiness!!


#bridalmakeup #onsitemakeup #hrvamakeupartist #weddingmakeupartist #temptu #demiwispies #anistasiabeverlyhills #weddingwire #bridemaids #weddings #weddingseason #bridalstyle #weddingmakeup

Wow time flies!! Happy Anniversary to a stunning couple. I had the pleasure of being Sara's @saraknielsen makeup artist and I think I won the lottery with this girl. She told me that we were gonna be friends and we have become close friends since. Girls nights on the patio with great talks. Lots of laughs, this chick cracks me up!! She is a keeper...Mike I win!! lol
No seriously, I love these guys and I am shouting Happy Anniversary..and here's to a 100 more!

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Hey guys!! What a gorgeous day!! I'm in Williamsburg today with the Amazing @monicasigmon of @sigmontaylor.
Excited for another weekend full of fall weddings. Can't wait for tomorrow with Julia Meyers @westinvb !! It seems like forever ago we met and her day is finally here!!

#hrvamakeupartist #hamptonroadsmakeupartist #seniorportraits #weddingmakeupartist #sigmontaylorphotography #bestlife #bossbabe

Hey y'all!! I don't know about y'all but I am not a fan of this weather!! I love the cooler temps🌡 but I could do without the rain🌧 Right?
Since it is so gloomy out and I just wanna stay in with a movie and my couch..🤣🤣 I crack myself up!! I thought I would share a throwback to a wedding I did this past March. Alaina and Stephanie are one of my favorite couples. The love they share for each other is overwhelming.❤ These two compliment each other so well. Stephanie is the I mean business, won't take no for an answer, get your life together one, and Alania is so laid back, rarely gets upset, and just goes with the flow of life. They have a perfect balance and indescribable love. I was fortunate enough to attend the wedding and it was so beautiful, lots of happy tears and emotions all over!! I was so blessed to be apart of their day!! Love you ladies!!

Photographer @stellarexposures

#hrvamakeupartist #weddingmakeupartist #bridalmakeup #onsitemakeup #temptu #demiwispies #weddingwire #theknot #weddingmakeup

Our Story

Behind the Brush

People would always say to me, “ Your make-up is beautiful! Can you do mine?”

I have always had a passion for make-up. I remember taking my moms make up and putting it on a school because I wasn’t allowed to wear it. The first wedding I ever did was a friends in Williamsburg. I was so nervous even though we had trial runs and I knew exactly what I was going to do. She was stunning! I remember her photographer asking me who I was, and I simply stated Audra. He told me I was very talented and I was shocked.

That was when I knew I had to do this. Seeing Danielle that day looking incredible in her gown, it made me feel good that I was apart of that.

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