Info about our beginnings and stylist & makeup artist, Nicole, and the product lines she uses.

Photo Courtesy of Natural Intuition Photography

Photo Courtesy of Natural Intuition Photography


From Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling:

TRUVY.  What are your colors, Shelby?

SHELBY.  Blush and bashful.

M'LYNN.  I ask you.  How precious is this wedding going to get?

SHELBY.  My colors are blush and bashful.  I have chosen two shades of pink.  One is much deeper than the other.

Whether your signature color is pink, peach or otherwise ... Brush & Bashful is here to help you show your strength & beauty as the woman you are.  We are all Steel Magnolias -- women with character & charm.  We are all in Truvy's beauty shop, pouring our hearts and souls out to our sisters at arms while trying to look glamourous while doin' it.  Life has so many twists and turns but we rely on the women around us to help us keep it all together as we move on with laughter through tears -- it's our favorite emotion.  And this is how Brush & Bashful was born.

Passionate & talented, Nicole has almost 20 years of experience in the beauty industry.  She's a professional, licensed stylist, makeup artist & esthetician based in Wausau, Wisconsin.  Nicole officially retired from the salon industry & closed her successful business, Euphoria Spalon, in February 2018.  However, due to her extremely loyal clientele & continued demand, she is available by appointment only for dry styles & makeup application services for photography sessions & special occasions.  She is also currently still offering facials as her health permits.   

Nicole is a cum-laude graduate of UW-Eau Claire, finishing her bachelor's degree in just 3 1/2 years.  She also graduated with honors from the State College of Beauty Culture's Esthetics program in 2007 & Moraine Park Technical College's Cosmetology Apprentice Program in 2011.  She's attended numerous advanced makeup classes & has received training at the Aveda Resource Center & from the Aquage Master Class Academy.  Nicole has competed in NAHA & designed hair & makeup looks for East Bay/Foot Locker catalogs shoots, bridal shows, stylized photo shoots & several local theatre productions.  She has also provided hair styling services for national celebrities performing at the Grand Theatre.  Her work has appeared in East Bay/Foot Locker catalogs & been featured in A Northwoods Wedding blog, Midwest Bride & Wisconsin Bride magazine.  You can follow Nicole on Instagram:  @nicoledaniellestephens

Nicole is committed to clean, sustainable, cruelty-free products whenever possible.  Therefore she uses Naturopathica skin care, body care & herbal remedies for her facials; Tarte for her traditional makeup applications & Temptu Airbrush makeup.  

A Message from Nicole:  When I moved to Wisconsin in my senior year of high school, I was given the amazing opportunity to play Annelle in the school production of Steel Magnolias.  I was only 18 but had already loved the movie and the play spoke to me on so many levels.  I thought I was going to be a journalist ... and, yet, here was this play about a tight-knit group of women in a beauty shop that spoke to my soul.  

Fast forward through the years, and I'm a little bit Truvy ... a little bit M'Lynn ... a little bit Annelle -- a little bit of all the woman from that play.  I opened a successful beauty shop and, though I didn't become a chain, I returned to the basics and the root of my life to open Brush & Bashful after my health took a turn and I learn to deal with the death of my mother-in-law from cancer.  I got to direct another production of Steel Magnolias with the help of dear friends in the Wausau community and the story and characters continue to fill my life.

I believe we are all Steel Magnolias.  I believe we are all incredible women dealing with what life throws at us and doing what we can to survive & thrive.