Mel Akana McIntosh

My name is Mel, I'm here to make you look and feel like the most Beautiful, and Fabulous YOU! XOXO

Mel Akana is a Makeup Artist with over 8yrs of professional experience. Her background includes the application and design of bridal, beauty, high fashion/editorial, and television make up, hair, and wardrobe, giving her the ability to provide for the client's full styling needs. Mel has worked with over 18 cosmetic and skincare lines giving her an extensive knowledge and innate skill in making sure you leave with a better understanding of both your beauty and skin care needs. Makeup artists are often brought in on the most important occasions. Weddings, photo shoots, television debuts, prom, senior pictures, birthday parties, etc. With those events can come a good deal of stress. Mel has an ability to bring a degree of composure to all occasions, putting everyone in the room at ease and generally instilling an over all great mood. She is full focused on the clients needs, recognizing your needs while providing her professional advice, will only ensure the highest level of satisfaction.

She felt so cute ๐Ÿ’š
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Photo @nicole_marcelli
@wonderwonder.boulder
@ Boulder, Colorado

Me on a Friday looking flossy and all I want to do is lay down. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ–ค
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @peachandpepper
Client @bohemijewelry
HMU @melakanamcintosh

@ Brooklyn, New York

And so she danced and danced and danced...All night. ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ–ค
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @peachandpepper
Client @bohemijewelry
HMU @melakanamcintosh
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#happynewyear #happynewyear2020 #happynewyears #2020goals #advertorial #jewelryad #jewelrydesigner #jewelry #editorial #modellife #newyorkmakeupartist #NYmakeupartist #nycmakeupartist #denvermakeupartist #denverhairstylist #denvermodel #denverphotographer #wifey #babesofinstagram #denvermakeup #makeupinspo #blacksmokeyeye #nyemakeup #loveatfirstsight #badbitches #baddieedits #glammakeup #fitgoals #ootdinspiration @ Denver, Colorado

Her mouth was left with an aftertaste only Santa would understand... ๐Ÿช #getyourmindoutofthegutter
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @peachandpepper
Client @bohemijewelry
HMU @melakanamcintosh
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#holidayhangover #sugarsweet #advertorial #jewelryad #jewelrydesigner #jewelry #editorial #modellife #treatyourself #newyorkmakeupartist #NYmakeupartist #nycmakeupartist #denvermakeupartist #denverhairstylist #denvermodel #denverphotographer #wifey #babesofinstagram #denvermakeup #makeupinspo #blacksmokeyeye #effyourbeautystandards #nyemakeup #loveatfirstsight #badbitches #baddieedits #glammakeup #fitgoals #ootdinspiration @ Brooklyn, New York

What are you going to do about it?
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Photo @alightp
Model @hello.hosnah
HMUA @melakanamcintosh

#studiophotography #studiophoto #studiosession #honormycurves #browngirls #curvygirl #honoryourself #newyorkmakeupartist #NYmakeupartist #nycmakeupartist #denvermakeupartist #denverhairstylist #denvermodel #denverphotographer #wifey #babesofinstagram #denvermakeup #makeupinspo #smokeyeye #effyourbeautystandards #loveyourselffirst #loveatfirstsight #wildone #freeasabird #glamglam

Freedom looks good on you girl.
Photo @alightp
Model @hello.hosnah
HMUA @melakanamcintosh

Thankful for this girl right here! Thank you for trusting our vision. Nicole and I wanted to shoot this maternity concept back in April. But we had to be patient. We needed to wait until fall for the leaves to change, and for your bump to grow lol. You didnโ€™t even know Iโ€™d already picked you for this ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I just crossed my fingers youโ€™d be down when I approached you in August. Thank you so much for letting me cover your naked body in glitter, in the woods.... while people were hiking ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜‚Now I want to cover allllll the pregnant bellies in glitter ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
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Photo @nicole_marcelli
Mama @kayleemarie_glam
Hair&Makeup @melakanamcintosh
Crown @chiaragarland
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PS yes! There is still soooo much glitter in my car ๐Ÿ™ˆ
#worthit
@ Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

And just like that, her entire world changed ๐Ÿ
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Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @kayleemarie_glam
Hair&Makeup @melakanamcintosh

@ Estes Park, Colorado

So excited to share these photos!!! I love my friends and how unique each and every one of them are. Thereโ€™s no rule book on how maternity should be done. Itโ€™s just a matter of being 100% YOU! Thatโ€™s the first message this new mama will pass on to her little King ๐Ÿ‘‘
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Photo @nicole_marcelli
Mama @kayleemarie_glam
Hair&Makeup @melakanamcintosh
Crown @chiaragarland
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Stay tuned...thereโ€™s more to come ๐Ÿ–ค

@ Denver, Colorado

100% cold pressed ๐Ÿ–ค
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Photos @nicole_marcelli
Model @hello.hosnah
Makeup @melakanamcintosh
Haircut @ansleyhair @freehandhairstudio @ Hyatt Regency Miami

Your mind is a flavor I wonโ€™t soon forget.๐Ÿฆ
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Photos @nicole_marcelli
Model @hello.hosnah
Makeup @melakanamcintosh
HairCut @ansleyhair @freehandhairstudio @ Miami, Florida

When you turn yourself on ๐Ÿ–ค
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Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @hello.hosnah
Makeup @melakanamcintosh
Hair @ansleyhair @freehandhairstudio

@ Denver, Colorado

Feast Day.
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Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @hello.hosnah
Nails @mainstream_nails
Makeup&Hair @melakanamcintosh @ Disney's Animal Kingdom

Does this blood make me look guilty?
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Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @hello.hosnah
Nails @mainstream_nails
Makeup&Hair @melakanamcintosh @ Colorado

It started out like any other day....
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @hello.hosnah
Nails @mainstream_nails
Hair&Makeup @melakanamcintosh

@ Denver, Colorado

Meow meow beauty babes!

Itโ€™s been a minute since I checked in.

Living in NY has been an interesting transition. The city that never sleeps is the place I sleep the most lol.

Leaving Denver as my home base was a harder task then I had anticipated. Iโ€™ve been building a reputation and name for myself in Denver for 13yrs. Mountains of hard work and all the โ€œYesโ€™sโ€ a girl could give have gone into the network Iโ€™ve created in Colorado. And leaving it behind hasnโ€™t really been an option.

Iโ€™ve continued to prioritize the clients and friends that have become my family in Denver. Your unwavering support and continued loyalty has kept this babe in exhausting but incredibly high spirits. Words canโ€™t actually express my gratitude. And I will continue to be here at least a few days a month to take clients and of course, my wonderful bridal babes!!!

But hey NYC!!! I live in you now. YOURE my home base. And I havenโ€™t exactly given you a chance. Iโ€™m rarely there, and when I am... Iโ€™m completely useless and wiped out.

But Iโ€™m ready. Iโ€™m ready to dive in, and see all you have to offer. I know itโ€™s wild and plentiful.

Iโ€™ve been coming to the city a handful of times every year for the last 5yrs. I love doing advertorials and editorials. I have lots of in camera experience, And of course my first love.... bridal makeup! I love LOVE!!!

So calling on all my east coast baddies, I would love to get coffee. Or have you over for dinner (my hubby is an incredible cook). I welcome all wisdom and look forward to your advice. New York is a beautiful beast, and I havenโ€™t the slightest idea of where to begin.

So please slide into those DMs and lets get this show on the road! This green haired cat lady is READY to do THE MOST!!!!

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Oh yea, and here are some pics from NYFW. Lol. Super behind on the posting, social media isnโ€™t my forte lol

@ New York, New York

Oh hey.... itโ€™s officially my birthday! This is 33 ๐Ÿ–ค
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#birthdaygirl #birthdaynight #birthday #birthdayqueen #birthdaybehavior #birthdays #birthdayweekend #birthdaylove #birthdaybabe #birthdayoutfit #birthdayfun #birthdaywishes #happybirthdaytome #timessquare #greenhairdontcare #33 #cheers @ Times Square, New York City

When sheโ€™s perfect just the way she is. ๐Ÿ–ค
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This shoot was SUCH an incredible experience. Iโ€™ve been wanting to work with this babe since I met her last year at a @thesafewordis event. Sheโ€™s warm, kind, beautiful and inviting. And I knew then and there.... I WILL glam this girl in the future. And a couple of weeks ago, I finally did!!
Yesterday, I listened to her podcast @notyournormalwomxn the conversation was about the girls personal Journey and experiences with eating disorders. I knew that for a living, Julia works with those struggling to find balance in loving themselves (which is AMAZING!!). But I hadnโ€™t heard her story. And now that I have Iโ€™m just so glad she shared. The best thing about technology is the reach weโ€™ve all been given. We all have a platform to influence those around us. We all have a way to be heard. I struggle daily with my love/hate for social media. But this morning, I woke up with this overwhelming feeling of gratitude. Iโ€™m grateful we live in a world where any person can share their story. Because that story might just be EXACTLY what a person needs to hear โค๏ธ
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Model @fitfatandallthat
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Hair&Makeup @melakanamcintosh

Hey Denver! Iโ€™m looking at you. Iโ€™ll be in town 06/18-07/06. Most days are already filled with weddings and hair clients. However, I do have a couple of slots open.... slide into those DMs to claim your spot ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
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Look at JuJu! lookinโ€™ like she knows what she wants. Be like her, get what you want. Get what we all want....GLAM. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜
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Model @fitfatandallthat
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Hair&Makeup @melakanamcintosh
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Sometimes we have to look back, just to see how far weโ€™ve come. โœจ
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Model @fitfatandallthat
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Hair&Makeup @melakanamcintosh

You are that beautiful view, that I always see blurry. ๐Ÿ–ค
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @carolinewardofficial
Client @shopmerakimoon
Hair&Makeup @melakanamcintosh
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#goodmorning #flashbackfriday #blurry #denver #denvercolorado #denvermakeupartist #makeuplooks #highlighter #cateye #wingedliner #denverhair #denverhairstylist #bookme #makeuplife #photoshooting

Meow meow kitty cats ๐Ÿ–ค
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @carolinewardofficial
Client @shopmerakimoon
Hair&Makeup @melakanamcintosh
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#meow #denver #goodmorning #throwbackthursday #isittheweekendyet #denvermakeupartist #denverhairstylist #leopard #cheetah #modellife #denvermodel #lamodel #nycmakeupartist #bookme

Hello!! Heading to Denver for a couple of weeks. I have a few days open for shoots as well as salon clients! MAKEUP|STYLE|CUT|COLOR|EXTENSIONS| DM ME ๐Ÿ–คPhoto @nicole_marcelli
Wardrobe @shopmerakimoon
Model @carolinewardofficial
Makeup&Hair @melakanamcintosh
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#bookme #denver #denvermakeupartist #makeupartist #denverhairstylist #denverhair #denvercolorado #hairstylist #haircolorist #strawberryblonde #hello #highlighter #glowymakeup

Have you heard?.... itโ€™s #ValentinesDay ๐Ÿ’–
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @julialynnsandoval
HMUA @melakanamcintosh
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#happyvalentinesday #thinkpink #bossbabe #valentine #valentinesday #sweetdreams #impliednude #valentinesday2019 #queen #bosslady #makeupartist #denvermakeupartist #denverhairstylist #longhair #fitgirls #modellife #instamakeup #makeupideas #makeuplooks #crown #babe #iworkout #pink #diamonds #diamondsareagirlsbestfriend #babesofinstagram #goalsโค๏ธ

When youโ€™re your own Valentine #treatyoself
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Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @julialynnsandoval
HMUA @melakanamcintosh
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#happyvalentinesday #reeses #bossbabe #valentine #valentinesday #chocolate #impliednude #valentinesday2019 #queen #bosslady #makeupartist #denvermakeupartist #denverhairstylist #longhair #fitgirls #modellife #instamakeup #makeupideas #makeuplooks #crown #babe #iworkout #teddybear #babesofinstagram #goalsโค๏ธ

Tomorrow may be Valentines but today.... #HumpDay๐Ÿ‘
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @julialynnsandoval
HMU @melakanamcintosh
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#humpday #humpdayvibes #willyoubemyvalentine #valentine #valentinesday #valentinesday2019 #adidas #makeupartist #denvermakeupartist #denverhairstylist #longhair #bootypics #bootyfordays #squatbooty #iworkout #teddybear #babesofinstagram #goalsโค๏ธ

Is #sistersunday a thing? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™€๏ธ
@jessakana_saenz could quite possibly be the best person I know, if youโ€™ve met her....THAN YOU KNOW!! We had so much fun during her Denver visit!
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#sisters #sistersquad #sistergoals #sistersister #wecute #loveher #thathighlighttho #glow #throwback

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โ€œThose fearless ladies who Exude self-confidence and help build their fellow sistas up, not tear them down.โ€ ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–
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It took us a few tries and honestly, Iโ€™m not 100% sure we ever ACTUALLY got it right....but @barbie_plus_tia and I felt pretty f**king special and abundantly loved by our babes this night! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
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#throwbackthursday #bosslady #queens #birthdaybehavior #todayisnotmybirthday #thisisathrowback #myfriends #laughteristhebestmedicine #enjoylife #myfriendsarethebest #babesofinstagram #denver #groupphoto #effyourbeautystandards #bestfriendgoals @ STK

#tbtโค๏ธ to the week I had neon orange hair.... Also @barbie_plus_tia and I had our birthday dinner @eatstk! ๐ŸŠโœจ
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#throwbackthursday #birthdaygirl #queens #birthdaydinner #birthdayqueen #birthdaybehavior #todayisnotmybirthday #thisisathrowback #orangehair #curvywomen #plussizefashion #effyourbeautystandards #bestfriendgoals

Waiting for Christmas dinner like.... ๐Ÿคฉ
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @hello.hosnah
Client @allison_nicole_designs
Hair @barbie_plus_tia
Makeup @melakanamcintosh
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#sanddunes #allisonnicoledesigns #christmasdinner #noms #lookinglikeasnack #ready #eatyourheartout #desert #bridalwear #weddingdress #weddingmakeup #thathighlighttho #afghangirl #bridalportrait #bridetobe #bridal #weddingphotography #dustinthewind #windblown

This is the face of someone NOT last minute shopping today ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜…
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @hello.hosnah
Client @allison_nicole_designs & @imagineyoudidnt
Hair @barbie_plus_tia
Makeup @melakanamcintosh
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#sanddunes #allisonnicoledesigns #christmasshopping #onlythestrongsurvive #livelongandprosper #goodluck #desert #bridalwear #weddingdress #weddingmakeup #thathighlighttho #afghangirl #bridalportrait #bridetobe #bridal #weddingphotography #dustinthewind #windblown

My beautiful friend doing the damn thing in INSANE wind conditions ๐ŸŒฌ๐Ÿ’–
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @hello.hosnah
Client @allison_nicole_designs
Hair @barbie_plus_tia
Makeup @melakanamcintosh
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#sanddunes #desert #bridalwear #weddingdress #weddingmakeup #thathighlighttho #afghangirl #bridalportrait #bridetobe #bridal #weddingphotography #dustinthewind #windblown

Just a couple of beaches...see what I did there ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ #throwbackthursday with @lilonec5280 ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–
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#kailua #lanikaibeach #hawaiilife #honolulu #bestiegoals #beachbabes #lifesabeach #yellowhair #boxbraids

Since itโ€™s technically #wcw hereโ€™s a photo of my two favorite ladies @jessakana_saenz and our mama ๐Ÿ’–
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#family #motheranddaughter #sunset #northshore #hawaii #honolulu #beach #lifesabeach #sisters #familygoals #behappy

Can you do a throwback on a Wednesday? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค—
My badass nails by @mainstream_nails and my killer braids by @officialhairbycoco needed to be seen! ๐Ÿ˜ปโœจ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
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#mainstream #nailsofinstagram #denvernails #boxbraids #yellowhair #hawaiilife #kailua #islandgirl

Ready and excited for whatโ€™s to come! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @carolinewardofficial
Client @andrealidesigns
HMUA @melakanamcintosh
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#glowingskin #dewyskin #highlighter #fentybeauty #smokeyeye #patmcgrath #lipgloss #glossier #diamonds

Looking back on 2018 like.... โœจ
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @carolinewardofficial
Client @andrealidesigns
HMUA @melakanamcintosh .
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#mondaymood #modellife #gellighting #glowingskin #highlighter #lookbackatit #lookatme #reflection #smokeyeye

Itโ€™s been a minute ๐Ÿ’Ž
Photo @nicole_marcelli
Model @carolinewardofficial
HMUA @melakanamcintosh
Client @andrealidesigns
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#imback #throwbackthursday #tbt #glowing #denvermakeupartist #newyorkmakeupartist #glowingskin

One of my favorite moments at weddings, is experiencing the bond between sisters. My sister is one of my favorite people on the planet! And same goes for these two babes!!! Also, check out this stunning bridal party...AND loving the kimono trend thatโ€™s been going on!
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All Photos @finchandfawn
All Makeup @melakanamcintosh
All Hair @barbie_plus_tia
#sisters @kellie_reye_savoy @em_jo_photography
#weddingdresses @berta @annabebridal @ruedeseinebridal @aandbe_bridalshop
#bridalbouquet @fiori.flowers @ Bella Vista Estate, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

My favorite part about doing glam for weddings is watching EVERYTHING come together from beginning to end. ๐Ÿ’–NOW ACCEPTING BOOKING FOR 2019 & 2020 ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’–
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We know how important every detail is to our brides, and want nothing more then to be the cherry on your hard work sundae! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ’–
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First 5 photos are the ceremony look, last 5 are the reception
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All Photos @finchandfawn
All Makeup @melakanamcintosh
All Hair @barbie_plus_tia
#brideandgroom @kellie_reye_savoy @mattrell2015
#weddingdresses @ruedeseinebridal @aandbe_bridalshop @berta @annabebridal
#bridalbouquet @fiori.flowers ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–
@ Bella Vista Estate, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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