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2019 MODERN SALON 100: Stephanie Brinkerhoff @hairandmakeupbysteph

by Mary Kaleta | August 1, 2019

When it comes the art of creating a blushing bride, Stephanie Brinkerhoff is a true master. And with more than 570,000 followers on Instagram, it’s easy to say MODERN editors aren’t the only ones who think so. But despite all of this, Brinkerhoff manages to stay a humble and upbeat artist who shines best when she’s educating and being her normal, spunky self.

Stephanie Brinkerhoff


Ogden, Utah

Specialty: Bridal hair and makeup

Top-performing post: The first post that went viral was in 2011, and it was a picture of a bride wearing a plaid shirt over her dress. That photo went crazy on Pinterest. That photo definitely put me on the map!

Favorite apps: VSCO - use this to edit the lighting, if needed, and the sharpness and detail.

I follow: @Ulyana.Aster, @hairbyadir, @Streichersisters, @missjobaker

Pro tip: Share knowledge. Tips, tricks, tutorials, techniques. Posts that give knowledge always get the most engagement.

Hidden talent: I can pin a whole head of hair up with one bobby pin.

Fun fact: I’m strangely good at headstands.

My audience follows me because: For education and inspiration related to all things bridal and updos!

How social media changed my life: I’ve gotten all of my major jobs and opportunities through social media. It’s opened doors for me that would have never been opened, living in a small town in Utah.

My first @modernsalon feature: I remember feeling like “OK, I’ve made it. If MODERN SALON is featuring you, that’s about as big as it gets!”



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