MUA Spotlight On: Breana Otey

Hey, babes! Let me introduce you to this beauty Breana ♥ She’s a 22-year-old makeup artist, photographer, and cosmetologist from California. She was raised in a small town called Upland in the state of California just about 40 minutes inland from Los Angeles. She’s been a freelance makeup artist since 2010. Her first serious gig was her cousin’s quince, but before that she had always done makeup on herself, friends, and family just for fun. She was first introduced to makeup in the 8th grade when she entered Uplands beauty pageant and won! After that, she found herself at Sephora almost every weekend, she is NOT exaggerating haha. When she got into high school that’s when she started playing with different looks. She wasn’t that good to be honest and some girls made that clear to her by making fun of how much makeup I applied on myself, but she didn’t care! She loved experimenting. Practice makes perfect and she still learns something every day! She loves studying the art of makeup.


What is your favorite high-end brand?

My favorite high end brand would have to be…that’s tough… right now I’m loving Anastasia Beverly Hills. They’re expanding & I love it.

What are 3 makeup items you couldn’t possibly live without?

I could not live without my Ben Nye Banana Powder, ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown, and my Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara.

What’s your favorite drugstore brand?

As of right now I am obsessing over LA girl cosmetics…$3 creamy concealers?! Umm, yes!!

What type of beauty product do you buy the most of (mascaras, concealers, lipsticks etc)?

I find myself always buying mascaras, MAC lipsticks, brushes, and eye shadow palettes.

What is the most common makeup faux pas that you see?

I would say contouring. I see some people using too light of highlight under their eyes instead of picking a highlight SLIGHTLY lighter than their skin tone!

Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?

I usually create a big list of products I need to restock and new items I want to try out. Then I wait until I have saved enough & go crazy. My budget is always around $150. I get a lot of goodies with my pro discounts :).

What’s your favorite lipstick?

My all time favorite lipstick is MAC’s Velvet Teddy! I wear it pretty much every day.

Describe your everyday makeup look.

My everyday makeup look consists of matte foundation, a contoured face, dramatic black lashes, and a nude lip!

What’s your favorite mascara?

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Is there any celebrity that you get your makeup inspiration from & why that celebrity?

Rihanna. She’s just gorgeous all around. I love her edgy glam vibe.

Do you have some favorite beauty gurus? If so, who?

Yes! I love watching Desi Perkins & MsRoshPosh.

If you could leave the house with only ONE makeup product, which would it be?

I always have a mascara tube in my handbag… always.

Are there any brands that you try to avoid?

I stay away from MAC liquid foundations for sure… and YSL because I know I’ll probably fall in love, but they are a little out of my budget lol.

Do you usually “haul” or buy items here & there?

I definitely get most of my makeup in big hauls, but when I go to beauty stores or target I can’t help buying at least one cosmetic item. Yes, I have a problem lol.

What’s your favorite skincare brand?

My favorite skin care brand is ! my face was saved because of them.

What is one beauty tool/brush that you’d recommend to anyone?

Bdellium tools Buffing brush #959 (favorite).

What is one beauty product that you’d recommend to ANYONE & why?

Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products! They have realistic color tones that look natural on the face instead of those other brands with pigments that are too orange, brown or too dark.

If you had to give up one makeup item for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I can live without Black Eyeliner…we aren’t working out.

What is your absolute pet peeve when it comes to other people’s makeup?

The eyebrow game is getting better, but I still find some people who need to watch more tutorials.  Eyebrows can make or break your whole look.

Share a beauty tip/trick/hack.. whatever you’d like to call it. Lol

Use green concealer to cover redness/acne marks. That will help you cover the redness much easier without caking on the makeup.

What’s the best way for future clients to reach you?

The easiest way to contact me is by Instagram: BreanaOtey & Email: 🙂



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