Christy Johnson reviews one of Albuquerque’s newest venues- Romanza Falls. See what she rated it…

Q:  As a professional hair and makeup artist who has styled in a large number 12435671089of venues across the state, what are your first impressions of the new Romanza Falls Event Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico?

C. Johnson:  The Bridal Suite at the Romanza Falls event venue is perfect for hair and makeup- particularly because of all of the natural lighting. It is so difficult to find bridal suites or getting ready spaces that have adequate natural lighting which is absolutely key to having a good makeup application. It doesn’t matter how many lights you bring in, it will never compare with good sunlight. This particular bridal suite is filled with windows and is absolutely beautiful! Also, because it is a big open space we can bring in our kit and makeup chair but it will still be comfortable for everyone to hang out it. It really is ideal for getting ready. It is probably the best bridal suite I have seen in town.

Q: What would you say about the style and presentation of the venue?

C. Johnson: I think it was clean, which is nice. It is modern, which is nice. I think the waterfall is peaceful and relaxing which is REALLY nice for a bride on the morning of her wedding because, lets be honest- that can be a stressful time. So there’s nothing I can really say that would make it any better.

Q: How many stars would you rate this new venue from first impression?

C. Johnson: 10 stars! We look forward to working our first event in that gorgeous suite.

Just a girl and her motorcycle: Riding thousands of miles for thousands of women.

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C. Johnson Makeup had the great pleasure of doing hair and makeup for a very courageous traveler Lauren Trantham before her interview with KOB 4 and for this special shoot with the talented Lyndsey Garber.


Lauren is 6 weeks into a nearly 9 week ride that will take her 10,000 miles accross the country. Her journey is to spread awareness and raise money to support survivors of sex trafficking in the US through the Rebecca Bendor initiative. We think Lauren is a exceptional role model who inspires strength and empowerment for women everywhere. As a company that is owned and operated by women, we give a huge nod to Lauren and her cause.

We love following her story and we encourage you to do the same. So far she has helped to raise $41k but still has two more weeks on her trek left. She will continue to photograph survivors, create awareness and host events throug the end of this 10k mile journey. If you’d like to donate to this worthy cause and learn more about the beauty behind the bike please go to You can find more info on her project and follow her journey through all social media outlets via this handle: Ride My Road.

KOB 4 Interview:…

Photo Credit: Lyndsey Garber Photography
Hair and Makeup: C. Johnson Makeup
Model: Lauren Trantham

5 Easy Tips To Prep For Wedding Day Hair an Makeup

Every bride has high expectations for their wedding day, as they should. There is a ton of effort and money that goes into the planning and execution of a party on this grand scale. Here are a few tips from the pro’s at C. Johnson Makeup to make sure your styling goes smoothly the day of the wedding:

  1. Prep Yourself- Arrive with clean, moisturized skin. Please put on Chapstick beforehand if needed. Hair should be clean & dry. Never arrive with wet hair unless your stylist has instructed you to do so. Also make sure brows are groomed. Timelines the day of the wedding typically do not allow for these tedious details to be tended to. So be prepared in advance.
  2. Allergies- It’s very important to alert your artist of any potential skin or scalp sensitivities or allergies BEFORE the wedding day. This will allow your stylist the opportunity bring products to accommodate sensitive skin and allergies. If you have a product you use strictly, bring it for your application.
  3. Style Selections-  Each bridal party member should come prepared with one pre-selected hairstyle (photos are helpful). Makeup doesn’t have to be the same for each person, but it is ideal that it be in the same family of colors/styles. Keeping in mind the Bride gets final approval.
  4. The Basics- Please brush your teeth, use the restroom, & have breakfast or lunch prior to your makeup service. Eating in a makeup artists chair can cause major delays. Delegate tasks to others while getting your glam on for this special occasion. Trust us, your experience will be much more enjoyable if you take time to do the basics. No one wants to deal with a hangry wedding party.
  5. Timing- Make sure you and our wedding party stay on track with the schedule. For large wedding parties this is especially important. You don’t want to be the bridesmaid who throws a wrench in finely tuned wedding day timeline.

If you and your crew abide by these five easy tips, EVERYONE involved will live happily ever after.

Using Nature As Your Backdrop

Bosque2.jpgEngagement photos are one of the highlights of your wedding journey so make sure your location is as on point as your makeup.  One of the most incredible, and typically free, options for bridal backgrounds is right under your feet. Literally! Don’t neglect your natural surroundings as a contender for location. Go on hikes with your sweetheart and scout photo ops together. It’s a great way to bond over wedding planning while you get in some exercise. Photographers love to shoot in natural light so while you are scouting take photos of the potential location so you can review your options later and don’t forget to note the time of day to help decipher the ideal time for lighting. The day of the shoot,  take shoes to wear that will make your location accessible and then change on site as needed.  To create a custom stylized effect, add props that will embellish your photos to make them truly unique and personalized. This is a great way to showcase the beauty of your locality. For those  friends and family who will attend your event from out of state, they will enjoy seeing you in your natural surroundings. Thank you for this gorgeous photo from Blue Rose Photography.

Real Wedding

With a background in dancing & pageantry, our gorgeous bride, Carin looked incredible wearing a sophisticated makeup look, emphasizing her natural beauty. I took extra care to keep her makeup very clean & precise, & our team was especially excited to show off her beautiful hair by giving her a sexy, loose curl (which paired perfectly with the elegant neckline of her dress). Carin is undeniably beautiful & her bridal party was one of the most fun groups we’ve had the pleasure of doing makeup for!

Leave it to wedding planner, Maria Socha from Sealed With A Kiss to coordinate a stunning wedding featuring bold red bridesmaids gowns & elegant white flowers amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Hotel Albuquerque. & thank goodness for the immeasurably talented Tony Gambino for capturing it all!

Chic & Stunning Hair & Makeup

Here are some of our favorite images from the Anniversary photo session we did at the end of August. Take a peek inside the beautiful new chapel at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Downtown. Photos by Blue Rose Photography. Flowers by Albuquerque Florist, Inc.. Styling by Lauren, owner of Just Lovely Weddings. Makeup & Hair by us – C. Johnson Makeup. Groom’s attire by Suits Unlimited Models: Emilia and Konrad.

Grecian Inspired Fantasy Hair & Makeup

Really there’s no way to describe this hair & makeup; you just have to see it. I’m so proud of these images because it’s the first photo shoot that I conceptualized. I have to send a HUGE, HUGE , HUGE, heartfelt “thank you” to Kristina at Blue Rose Photography for supporting, drawing out, & filling in the gaps on my vision. I could not have done anything even close to something as lovely as this without you!! Feast your eyes ladies & gents…

Thanks to Sophia for having the best hair in the world for this braid & for knowing how to work a flowy dress like a boss!

Location: Hotel Parq Central