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Athena U, Airbrush Makeup & Hair Team

San Jose , CA
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LOCATION

5138 Monterey Hwy
San Jose, CA US 95111 (map)

PHONE

408-600-8888

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ABOUT US

Warmest Greeting from Athena
Have you ever heard of or met anyone with a 1 letter last name? If not, then, it is my pleasure to meet you. First of all, my last name is U (Just 1... Read more
Warmest Greeting from Athena
Have you ever heard of or met anyone with a 1 letter last name? If not, then, it is my pleasure to meet you. First of all, my last name is U (Just 1 letter U) and my full name is Athena U.
I am a certified make-up artist and hair stylist base in Southern California, Bay Area, San Francisco, Fremont, Cupertino, Milpitas and San Jose. Being a make-up artist has been my passion and I love to bring out the natural beauty of different types of people.
To me it is really important for clients to know that doing make-up is not just a job but a vessel to reach out to others and share with them beauty in a way they never see themselves in. I can help you find the right colors and textures for your face, let me know and I would be happy to give you tips. I am always bringing up to date my education and be acquainted with the most up to date. Remember, makeup is not all about looking beautiful for others but also for yourself to feel good and boost up your self esteem for the important things in your life.
Sincerely,
Athena U
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INFO FOR BEAUTY & HEALTH

What beauty services do you offer?
Hair, Makeup
Do you offer trials and consultations?
Yes
Can you service a large group or bridal party?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Caroline
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
My friend used Athena for her wedding and raved about how good she is. Since I was a bridesmaid, I was able to interact with her personally. Fast forward 2 years, and now I am the bride! I knew right away that I would use Athena.

I would say the quality is totally worth it. I feel so bad for the brides who spend a little less money on their hair and makeup only to not look as nice. You seriously do get what you pay for (most of the time), and I am happy I shelled out for Athena. All night people complimented me on my make up and hair. Further, I'm completely satisfied with how I look in the pictures. How you look in real life is different than how you'll look in pictures, and I'll be happy every time I look at these pictures for years to come!

She seriously is AMAZING, and I totally recommend her to any bride out there. On top of everything, she is extremely flexible of our meeting place. I loved working with Athena!

Cost:
$ 450+ for hair & make up. Gratuity is up to you.
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Kerry
Wedding:
10/29/2010
4.8/5.0
Athena, you were absolutely wonderful!! My hair and makeup looked sooo good and held up throughout the whole day. I really liked how you arranged the flowers in my hair and would recommend your brides to put flowers in their hair because it looks great in the pictures. Thank you again for being so great and making me feel beautiful on my special day!
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Willa
Wedding:
9/25/2010
3.2/5.0
Athena is professional and will respond to your needs. She did a good job for my wedding. However, beware that she will book too many weddings on a day. I recommend that if she says that she has another wedding on your day, go with another vendor because her tardiness will stress you out. Also, she is not flexible with the amount of people who needs their hair done. I originally had 5 people who needed hair and make-up done, but one of them couldn't make it on the wedding day and Athena ended up charging me anyway for that fifth person even though the service that was not performed...
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doug
Wedding:
9/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Worth every penny, even pay for extra touch-up during the day if you are taking pictures during the day light on a warm day. You dont want your make up running or smearing. Very professional and did a great job with hair and make up. Will use again, wish I could learn how to do more of this myself but just need to remember the tips and find my "style"
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Donna
Wedding:
6/19/2010
4.8/5.0
Athena is a wonderful hairstylist & makeup artist. She was kind, professional & sweet from the first time I contacted her over a year ago to inquire about her services & pricing.

I went to her for a makeup & hair trial prior to my wedding and all went smoothly. It was a really hot day and it gave me a chance to see how well the makeup stayed put (I "glisten" -- girls don't "sweat" :-p -- quite easily). The airbrushing was really light, didn't feel like anything was on. It didn't run or streak. My long hair retained its curls (even after I fell asleep!) until I washed it out the next morning.

Her prices are really reasonable. Even though my wedding took place in Carmel, she didn't charge me an arm & a leg for travel from San Jose. Nor was her early-morning charge (I had a morning ceremony, so her services had to begin at 7am). Most other Bay Area makeup artists had prices through the roof!

She also did hair & makeup for my mother that day. My mother looked & felt so pretty! Athena's make-up enhances one's look & doesn't make you look overdone (unless that's the look you're going for, of course). She even smoothed out my hubby's complexion for free!

Oh, and Athena, if you're reading this.... my brother said he thought you're really pretty cute, but he was too shy to tell you!
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Ri,C
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
I love the make-up and hair Athena did for me. she made my special day perfect and did the look exactly as i asked and better. all my family and friends love her work too. I will definitely keep use her for my special occasions in the future and recommend her to any one needs this kind of service. GREAT job and GREAT personality, i enjoyed a lot working with her. Thank you and keep up with the good job. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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polkadot2020
Wedding:
6/6/2009
4.8/5.0
I was really happy with both my hair and make up! Athena came to the house. I paid extra for the airbrush make up, and it turned out great. I didn't even need to blot once between 1:30 pm and 1:30 am! She also mixes a custom lip color for you and puts a little bit on the end of one of your own lipsticks so you can reapply the same color all night.
The hair was really great - stayed in place through 2 clothing changes, veil, traditional Vietnamese headress and a lot of dancing.
She is a super sweet person and really open to your own comments. You bring some photos of make up and hair you like to the trial and she goes from there. I would definitely hire Athena again and recommend her without reservation!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Athena of Artistry by Athena AMAZING! Very easy to work with, reasonably priced, personable, flexible, and extremely talented! I can't say enough good things about their work! During my trial, I showed her pictures of what I'd like, she was able to recreate it completely...and made it even BETTER!
Athena were also very professional and I never had a doubt in my mind that Artistry by Athena and her other makeup artist were the perfect choice for my hair and make up for my wedding. They did my entire wedding party as well as myself and we all looked absolutely beautiful. We all had multiple compliments from everyone at the wedding as to how good our make up and hair looked. I liked about Athena's airbrush makeup was that my skin look flawless and they did EXACTLY what we wanted as we all wanted something a little different. A couple of girls in my wedding party weren't going to get their make up done, and then after seeing how good everyone else looked, they decided to have it done last minute and Athena accommodate them. Also, our hair and make up stayed put all night long! I never had to fix my hair or apply more make up. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely choose Artistry by Athena. I LOVE and LOVE her airbrush makeup. Must try it when you have trial run with her.
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Viena L
Wedding:
4/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Athena did my make-up for my wedding. As the bride, I really wanted to look my best. Athena was absolutely fabulous. She was warm and friendly and yet extremely professional. Athena conducted a pre-wedding make up consultation. She is certainly service oriented and she is a professional in her field. The make-up quality excellent and it lasted through my entire wedding and reception. I couldn't believe it! I received numerous compliments. I can't get over how good I look in my wedding photos. I would highly recommend Athena's services to anyone. She is really a great makeup artist and a wonderful person!
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P.Ming
Wedding:
3/28/2009
5.0/5.0
Athena and her other makeup artists were amazing. My trial with Athena was great. On the day-of she was on time, set up quickly, and did an amazing job. I loved my hair and make-up and got so many compliments. She even stayed after she was done to wait for my florist to show up with the flowers for my hair.

Her assistant did all of the Mother’s and bridesmaid’s hair and they all loved what she did.
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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kymmi77
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Athena's makeup work was perfect for my wedding. All my bridesmaids looked so natural and beautiful. I myself was also very surprised by the way my makeup turned out. At first I was afraid it would look too overdone but when Athena was done with me, I looked so different! In a good way of course! =) I have very small eyes and when I smile, it would look like I dont have any! This was my problem and Athena made my eyes a lot bigger and prettier yet natural. I was very satisfied with her work! She was also very attentive and caring for my makeup on my wedding day. Athena is so flexible too when I first met her. She would always come to my house to try on different makeup styles for me to get the right one that I wanted. If the makeup she did on me was too much I would tell her and she was great altering it to what I wanted. She is an awesome and most friendly makeup artist! I would recommend her to everyone! Check out her work at www.Athenau.com.
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Huang,E
Wedding:
5/31/2008
5.0/5.0
Athena was among three makeup artists that were recommended to me when I was searching for someone to do hair and make up for my wedding. What appealed to me and my matron of honor (who was also scouting out vendors for me!) was that Athena made her subjects look pretty yet natural. Plus, I was intrigued with the whole "airbrush" deal. I had no idea you could airbrush people in addition to pictures!
I am glad that I agreed to do a run through session with Athena before the wedding. Per her request, I gave her some pictures of hair and make up styles that I liked and she did a great job replicating the styles on me! What I liked about Athena and doing the run through was that she wanted me to be totally comfortable with how I looked. When I told her I wasn't too sure about the lipstick color, she changed it to a more berry shade and I was super happy! (Little things like that matter, you know?) I loved how the airbrushing turned out, how she did my eyes (I've got the weird predicament of having eyelids but very Asian slanted-eyes so a lot of artists don't really know what to do with me.)
Something important to mention - after I left my run through my appointment, my fiance and I went to check in to the hotel where we would be married. I noticed that the curls in my hair fell flat right away. I was very worried that this would happen the day of my wedding. My hair is fickle and will sometimes refuse to hold a curl for the life of me. I emailed Athena to let her know what happened and that I felt more comfortable curling my own hair and then have her style it. Athena emailed me back that it wouldn't be a problem.
The day of the wedding, Athena was on point. Athena finished a little bit early so there was plenty of cushion time to go from the room to the ceremony location for pre-wedding pictures.
I am so glad that I decided to splurge on having someone else do my hair and make up because it was something I didn't have to worry about. And because I did have a run through with Athena I knew exactly what she was planning to do and how it would turn out. I highly recommend Athena to anyone that wants to have a professional take care of her hair and make up on her big day. Not only do you not have to worry about how you look but you will also feel really good about how you look for your pictures!
PS: I advise you to use your own lipstick for touch ups during your wedding day. I read that from someone else's review and it was a great tip!
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Madison
Wedding:
5/20/2006
5.0/5.0
I used Anhthu aka Athena several years ago for my wedding. She has a great eye for how much make up needs to be applied in order for it to look in person and on photo. Being an asian with no double eyelids, Anhthu also did a great job on my eye make up. i am glad that i booked her.
Services Used: Beauty & Health

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