Our Studio

Simple. Modern. Clean. Chic. Elegant.

Those are some of the words that describe M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio. Opening our doors in 2011, we quickly grew from a one room, 530 square foot space to over 1,800 square feet of pure feminine beauty bliss. M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio is unlike any other beauty studio – combining beauty, fashion and photography under one roof. We truly work to provide a unique beauty experience for all events – whether it be a first date, your wedding day, special event, job interview, or basic everyday pampering. Our clients are busy ladies – lawyers, doctors, teachers, students, entrepreneurs, mothers – who want to look their best for all of life’s events. They understand quality, and invest in it. And they value the luxury of being pampered and treating themselves to a little TLC.  Like us, they enjoy the finer things in life – good times spent with loved ones, exploring the world, natural beauty, self care, and sometimes, simple solitude from their everyday hustle and bustle. M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio is the perfect escape.


Our luxury beauty studio is a true pioneer in Rhode Island – offering an array of specialty services – blending together to create the perfect mix under one roof. At our core, we are hair and makeup artists – licensed and professional – offering services such as updos, blowouts, makeup artistry, and eyebrow shaping. We also teach beauty classes for the everyday woman and beauty professionals. We offer boudoir photography in our private photography room – partnering with the best boudoir, fashion and wedding photographers in the area. And we offer one of a kind vintage jewelry finds and luxury bridal consignments in our private boutique. We understand that when all eyes are on you, you need to look your best – and we are here to help.


M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio is the perfect place for a little pampering – whether solo or with a group of your best girlfriends – we truly are a girl’s playground.

Meet The Owner

Melissa A. Wilson

Owner/Principle Artist

My name is Melissa, and I’m the owner and principle artist at M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio. I love Jesus, the color pink, I’m obsessed with eyebrows, I love my chihuahua, and even though I’m a hair and makeup artist – I’m still a regular girl who does not have her hair and makeup done every day. Truth be told, in my youth, I experienced so many bad beauty services – from having my hair and scalp burned with chemical relaxers, to a bad waxing experience leaving me with burned eyebrows and damaged hair follicles, to having a nail removed as a result of an unclean service from a nail tech. These situations were major motivators in my decision to get my cosmetology license in 2004. During my years of training, I worked my way up the ranks, starting as an assistant in one of Rhode Island’s top ethnic salons and eventually becoming a stylist. I’ve worked in many areas of beauty – from behind the chair in independent and corporate salons, behind the makeup counter for Clinique, to beauty retail for consumers and professionals, as well as freelance artistry – leading me to open M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio. In addition to my beauty training, I also earned a Certificate in Marketing from CCRI in 2008.

In 2009, I became an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International, a 38 year old beauty and wellness company, and began my transition into entrepreneurship. In 2011, I opened M.A.W.Beauty with 2 simple goals in mind: to provide brides and clients with an unforgettable luxury beauty experience for one of the biggest days of their lives, or for everyday beauty services, and to create a team of the best professionally licensed artists that I could find to provide these services. Realizing that there was no on-location bridal beauty team that could truly cater to all hair textures and skin tones, I decided to put my passion for hair, makeup and business together to create M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio. Since our inception, my team and I have been blessed with the opportunity to service many brides and their bridal parties, and I have personally had the pleasure of travelling internationally to create the perfect bridal beauty experience for destination weddings. I have also styled makeup for Style Week Northeast, Boston Fashion Week, and I provide beauty services for a number of professional photo shoots. In addition to bridal and photography work, I still enjoy taking everyday clients for services such as blowouts, wash and sets, haircuts, conditioning treatments, and makeup services.


M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio has been voted “Best of Weddings” by The Knot 2013 – 2018, and and also received the “Bride’s Choice Award” from Wedding Wire in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. My work has been featured in publications such as Well Wed Magazine and Southern New England Weddings Magazine, and can also be seen on several blogs. I have also had the humbling experience of mentoring students from the MET School in Providence who aspire to enter the beauty industry upon graduation. One of my proudest moments in my career so far was providing hair and makeup for Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Presidential Election. I’m constantly working hard and pushing myself to stay current on what’s new and next in the beauty industry. I love expanding my skill and knowledge through regular classes, workshops, seminars, and trade shows, and by learning from some of the industry’s top names.


I’d be honored to chat with you about your upcoming wedding or event, or about creating a look that is perfect for your every day life. Feel free to contact me. I look forward to bringing out the beauty in you.

Our Team

The artists at M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio are true professionals. Each artist is hand picked, and goes through a process of grooming and training upon joining our beauty team. All of our artists are professionally licensed in either Cosmetology or Esthetics, have graduated from well respected accredited beauty schools, and has at least 3 years of working experience. Education is important to us, and we strive to stay abreast of the new and next in beauty and bridal so that we can service you best. We work alongside each other at on weddings and during weekly team meetings to ensure that our work stays cohesive, and that we are always on the same page, and we constantly seek out continued education opportunities with top names and brands in the beauty and bridal industry. We are skilled and knowledgeable in some of the most in-demand services, and diversify our experience through salon and photography work.


Our goal is to cultivate an unparalleled experience for each client that we service. We take the time to listen to your vision. We work with you, using our professional judgement, to create the best look to highlight your beautiful features. And we execute your service using our time honed skill and professional quality products – resulting in magazine and runway worthy hair and makeup. Our team is trained to work with all hair textures and all skin tones, and we work with parties of all sizes.


When you work with an M.A.W.Beauty artist, you can rest assured that your service will be provided with skill, care, love and passion for our craft and for your service. Your event is just as important to us and it is to you, and we can’t wait to make you look your absolute best.