I am the founder, operator, and lead makeup artist of The Red Stiletto. I have been in the beauty and entertainment industry since the age of three and I always knew that I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself; and being a business owner is just that!
I worked hard to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatrical Performing Arts, an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, and a Professional Modeling Certification. So, I genuinely do understand what it’s like on both sides of the camera.
While in college, I started working for Mac Cosmetics and my business grew organically, as clients started approaching me for services outside of the counter. That’s when I knew; this was it! I was truly destined for a career in the beauty industry.
I am now a Certified Airbrush Makeup Artist and was lucky enough to be 1 of just 10 students to complete a course instructed by Celebrity Makeup Artist Cory Bishop. Cory has traveled the world working with magazines, celebrities, and numerous designers. These include: Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Catherine Zeta Jones, Rene Zellweger, and Victoria’s Secret; just to name a few.
Since then, I have been the featured makeup artist for several magazines and catalogs; including Wedding Day, First for Women, Fort Wayne Wedding, Matilda Jane, and Shindigs and Stumps Party; among others. I was also the chosen makeup artist for the America’s Next Top Model auditions Cycle 16.
I believe that true beauty is on the inside and that the way we look should be a reflection of that. I’m all about clean palettes with pops of color and fun additions. Makeup should highlight your best features, but not overtake them. I am blessed to say that this is my full-time job, while so many others in the industry just freelance in their spare time. I contribute my success to really taking an interest in my clients and getting to know them. The more connected we are, the easier it is to bring their inner personality to the surface. Then, I can create a look, just for them, that showcases their best self.
Not only do I have extensive knowledge in make-up application, I also have training in flash photography, stage lighting, and filmography. This allows my team and I to create beautiful and unique looks no matter what the occasion. You will look flawless in your photos/videos and stunning at your event. Nothing brings me more joy then to put my creative skills to work and place the finishing touches on the start of your special day. Keep reading below to learn all about my amazing senior team!
Often times it’s true; our mom does know what’s best for us. After attending a traditional 4-year college and deciding that it might not be for me, my mom suggested I enroll in Cosmetology school. I excelled quickly when I realized that my creative background sprang to the forefront, using hair as my medium.
After working 13+ years as a Cosmetologist, I can honestly say that I still love going to work each day. In all those years, I have styled around 500 weddings, numerous film productions and photos shoots, been featured in several magazines and catalogs, and completed several thousand haircuts and color services. Most recently, I have become a Certified Surface Educator, teaching others in my field the ins and outs of how they can transform their own guest’s hair with certified organic botanical-based products.
My favorite thing about the beauty industry is how I can transform someone’s day in just a couple of hours. I want to develop a deeper relationship with you, the guest, and create a look that really compliments your lifestyle. My love for education means that you will be getting the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. When I’m not behind the chair, you will often find me attending classes and webinars on upcoming trends and products. And on my days off, you can find me running my 3 children around, singing on my worship team at church, or traveling with my husband. My number one goal in life is to laugh often. That being said, be prepared for a fun-filled experience, loaded up with the industry’s top knowledge while you are in my chair. I want you to leave feeling amazing and anticipating your next visit. Schedule your appointment with me today to learn how you can be living your best hair day every day! I can’t wait to meet you!
Every woman has her own definition of beauty. Each of us is unique and should feel beautiful inside and out. I strive to bring that personal definition of beauty out in every one of my guests. From the organic “no make-up” look, to the dramatic and glamorous look, I use my passion for beauty to bring out the best in whomever I am working with. I love to meet my guests and get to know them, collaborating together to create a vision is so inspiring to me. I take so much pride in my work, and always try to add my personal touch, while keeping it true to the guest.
The beauty industry has always fascinated me, along with make-up itself. It can quickly transform the way someone looks and feels. Over the last several years, I have used magazines and television to develop my skills and I have personally spent hours in front of the mirror, with make-up, working to define what beauty is to me. I have found that beauty, to me, is freedom and confidence. The freedom to be whomever you want to be and the confidence to believe in yourself and put your best foot forward. I am very driven and work hard in my life to be the best version of myself.
I earned my Cosmetology license and graduated as Salutatorian of my class in 2010 and went on to achieve my certification as a Master International Make-Up Professional in 2013. I also became a Certified Airbrush Makeup Artist in 2015. I highly value continued education and receive training from Senior Mac Pro artists several times a year to keep me up to date on the latest tricks and trends. Most recently, I earned my Mac Cosmetics Makeup Artist Certification and I work with Mac part time, when I am not beautifying clients at The Red Stiletto.
I have had the opportunity to work at The Red Stiletto for the past 5 years and have enjoyed growing exponentially as an artist. During this time, I have styled over 450 events. I look forward to a long future with The Red Stiletto and continuing my education in the career I love; a career that allows me to help others become the most beautiful version of themselves.
My name is Delanee Gaff, and I have been a hairstylist for a little over 3 years now. While I was growing up, I was always told that I should be a hairstylist. I loved cutting all of my baby dolls’ and Barbies’ hair and styling my sister and cousins. I always brushed everyone’s opinion off and never considered it as a possible career path until my senior year of high school. I was graduating a semester early with plans to start college in the fall. That is, until I saw Rudae’s had a class starting at the beginning of February. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I realized that it would be the perfect opportunity. It combined all the things that I loved – creativity, business, helping others, and I wouldn’t have to wait to several months to start.
In cosmetology school, I really found my passion to be hair color; and not just one color. I love multiple colors; highlights, balayage, and baby lights, are all my obsession. I love creating shiny and dimensional blondes, brunettes and redheads.
I’ll always have the latest and greatest techniques to wow you in my back pocket. Research and continuing education have been a huge part of my growth as a stylist, and I believe you can never know too much about something. When I started at The Red Stiletto, I knew a big part of my job would be event hair styling, but I never imagined how much I would fall in love with it. From whimsical side braids and glamorous vintage waves to edgy faux hawks and sleek chignons, I’ve mastered them all.
My work has been featured on the cover of Fort Wayne Weddings magazine. I’ve styled the Matilda Jane holiday catalog and an article in First for Women magazine, along with many fashion shows and charity events. But, the most special event I get to be a part of is your wedding day. It means so much that you’re trusting me with, quite possibly, the most special hairstyle you’ll ever have.
I think what my clients value the most, is that I’m very open and honest with them. I take the time to listen not only to what they want, but also to learn about their lifestyle. This ensures that the look they want is not only going to be the most flattering on them, but will also be the ideal amount of maintenance to compliment that lifestyle. I make sure that every guest who sits in my chair knows exactly how to recreate their style at home, so that they can look like they walked out of the salon every day.
I want every guest to feel relaxed, pampered, understood, and listened to. Listening has become my absolute favorite part of any appointment. I love finding out how I can make your dream hair a reality, but even more than that, I want to know YOU because you’re what makes my job special and makes me look forward to coming to work everyday. Our salon’s catch phrase, “how can I make you happy?” has become the foundation of everything I do in the salon, and I would love the opportunity to make you not just happy, but ecstatic and in love with your hair.