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Our Company


"Beauty is not caused. It is."
-Emily Dickinson-


TwoToneUmbrella was founded by Denise Empey, a professional hair and makeup stylist. Denise started her career in the San Fransciso Bay Area as an assistant for fashion and celebrity makeup artist, Rose Hill. This gave Denise a fantastic opportunity to learn a variety of techniques for commercial work including print, photography, and television, as well as weddings and special events.

After finishing her professional training at the Academy of Cosmetology, Denise opened a salon with her mother, where she continued to develop and enhance her hair and makeup techniques. She also had the opportunity to expand her repertoire further by teaching at the The Makeup Institute in San Francisco. 

When she met the love of her life (now husband), she took a huge leap of faith and moved to Newport Beach, California.  Her experience and dedication allowed her to grow her clientele quickly and build her bridal business with wdding coordinators and photographers at some of the premiere resorts in Southern California, including Pelican Hill Resort, The Ritz Carlton, St. Regis, and The Montage.  In addition, she continued to expand her commercial portfolio, with her hair and makeup work being featured in print and online media including Grace Ormande, Orange Coast Magazine, The Knot, Wedding Wire, among others.

While Denise had built a successful career providing hair and makeup services to her private clientele, brides, print photographers, and entertainment clients, her ultimate goal was to expand her business and create her own product line.

TwoToneUmbrella is Born.  In 2012, Denise achieved her dream of launching her own makeup and skincare line.  During that time she also began building her own team of highly skilled hair and makeup professionals.  With her new cosmetic and skincare line and growing team of artists, it was the ideal time to rename and rebrand the company--and TwoToneUmbrella was born!

While TwoToneUmbrella continues to grow, the principle by which Denise has operated remains the same: a commitment to provide the highest level of products and services that meet the unique needs of each client.


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