[ syll. ja-do-re, j'a-d-ore ]
J'adore is derived from French origins and it is translated as "I adore".
In order to say "I adore you", one would say "Je t'adore", which is <Je> meaning "I"; <tu> meaning "you"; and <adore> meaning "adore". You drop the "u" in "tu" because adore begins with a vowel.
"Je adore la beauté"
"I adore beauty"
Why choose us?
One of the things that sets us apart is our attention to detail, expert color matching and design, superior hair quality and our efforts to give back to the community in a caring and loving way.
Beyond the commitment to excellence, we have also accumulated an extensive list of awards won, publications, tear sheets and treasured feedback from our loving clients.
Press & Publications
Publications / Achievements
San Francisco Small Business Excellence Award
LUXLife Magazine - Awarded Best High End Artist 2018
Oribe NYFW 2018 - Trend Report Artist
Cartier Gala 2018- Exclusive Artist
San Francisco Fashion Week 2015 - SFFAMA
5-Star rating on Wedding Wire for 2010-2019
5- Star rating on Yelp!
Bride's Choice Award 2014
As seen on Style Me Pretty
Feature on the Knot Weddings
San Jose Teen Pageantry Judge 2014
Oakland Teen Pageantry Judge 2014
Bride's Choice Award 2013
Bayfashion Magazine Wedding Edition 2013
Essere Magazine 2013 "Enchanted Alice"
Elegant Magazine 2013 "Take Me To The Woods"
Loehmann's SF "A High Fashion Winter" Teersheet 2013
Jin Wang Bridal Couture "A Romance of a Gown" Tearsheet 2013
Bayfashion Magazine "Burning Up The Snow" featuring Fashion Editor Tam Nguyen
Votive Magazine's Beauty Expert & Editor for 2011, 2012
Bride's Choice Award 2012
Bayfashion Magazine Edition 2011
Ms. Belleza Jewelry Collection Tearsheet 2011
Votive Magazine Publication, Makeup/ Hair for Cover Edition 2011
Helium Magazine Eco-Revolution Fashion Show 2011
Votive Magazine Publication for Designer De Margot
LHC Couture Tearsheet 2011
SF BRIDES Backstage Makeup team
Designer Bridal Gowns Tearsheet 2011
DWF Convention 2011
Hill Country Bridal Show 2011
IDAT Runway Show 2011
"I Do The Dress I Do" Commercial shoot 2010
Ms. Fiesta Pageant Show & Parade 2009
Ms. Latina Beauty Pageant 2009
Paul Mitchell Caper 2009
"Beau Cheveux" Paul Mitchell Hair Show 2009
"What Goes Around Comes Around" Paul Mitchell Hair Show 2009
"Subterranean Swank" Paul Mitchell Hair Show 2008
Locks of Love 2007
We have put together some of the love letters written for us by our customers, to view more please visit us on The Knot, Wedding Wire, or Yelp.
Thank you to our customers for all of your amazing words and reviews. We are so grateful for all of the amazing feedback!
Dear J’Adore Beauty,
“I discovered J'Adore Beauty through Wedding Wire to do my wedding day hair and makeup; I couldn't be happier with my choice! Karla and her team showed-up on time to my hotel and immediately rolled out the best beauty products. On my wedding day, she got straight to work and recreated the look I wanted perfectly in under two hours. Karla definitely is the best! She is so precise and detail-oriented and her team is so talented. A plus: Karla is fun and easy to talk to. She'll make your wedding-prep experience all the more fun! Throughout the booking process, I showed her pictures of the "look" I was going for and she got it immediately. It was so easy to book with her and also left me peace of mind to know that it was officially booked, not "in the air" like with other artists who say they will come and never show up! I was terrified that might happen to me but Karla was very professional and reliable. Although J'Adore Beauty's rates are reasonable, the high quality of their work will guarantee you your dream wedding look. Hire Karla and she'll make you look like a princess! Thanks for everything, Karla! My groom started crying when he saw me so I guess you did your job :)”
Love, Le Bride
“Karla was one of the best decisions I made in my wedding planning, hands down. I found her through wedding wire and went for her based on these reviews and price. She is AWESOME.
When I had my trial run and brought some pictures of roughly what I wanted, she NAILED it. No tweaks, just able to create exactly the feel I wanted. (And I am a fairly picky, detail-oriented person.) She was able to create the exact look I wanted on her first shot.
On my wedding day (Aug 2014), she showed up on time and was ready to go. She did beautiful and stunning up & part-up hairdos for my bridesmaids, and flawlessly recreated for me what she had done at my trial months before. Plus, she used really high quality makeup that lasted the whole night. I was total waterworks, but my makeup held through.
Karla is responsive, sweet - and as far as pricing goes for hair & makeup (I got married in SF and had major sticker shock) - she was amazing value and much more reasonable than other options I'd found. Karla is a GREAT pick - and definitely so grateful I found her!”
Love, Le Bride
“As a person with a low-key everyday look, Karla took me surprise with my trial run and I thought it was a little much. I asked for a more natural look for the day of the wedding and she listened to exactly what I requested! My mom (who also never wears make-up) also got it warily done for the day of and Karla made it look as natural a possible--you couldn't even tell she was wearing any, which suited her perfectly. I also had to adjust my location and time for the day of the wedding and she was flexible and kind enough to adjust it even after signing my contract. I only give a 4.5 on the professionalism because I was quoted an incorrect price for a trial by her assistant. Her pricing was the most reasonable I could find in the San Jose area with high reviews. I would definitely recommend Karla to future brides and may come back to her when I'm in a future wedding this fall!”
“With Karla, you're in good hands. She is simply amazing. She explained the entire process from start to finish since I was a newbie. I was really nervous about dying my hair for the first time but with her I really felt at ease. One thing I really loved about her is that she took her time, she never rushed and that to me is a really crucial thing. In the end, the final product was amazing and I adore my hair. I owe it all to Karla”
“Karla is awesome! I'm a professional photographer and I have worked with over a dozen different makeup artists in the 5 years I've been shooting professionally - "testing" each one - punctuality, responsiveness to emails, quality of work, general work ethic, etc. Currently working with 5 different muas, I'm needless to say strict about who I work with - since they are in some ways a representation of my own business.
Karla has never failed in her professionalism and quality of work, and I happily send her info to my Clients when they ask for referrals. She also does hair styling, which is a huge plus, since you don't need two different people working on one person and can avoid any possible scenarios when dealing with so many people.
I've worked with her on boudoir and wedding gigs, and always get a positive response from our Clients about the overall experience with her.”
Love, Ian C.
“Karla gave me my first make over ever and I absolutely loved it! She made me feel and look great! She was very nice to talk to and not intimidating what so ever. Listened to everything I wanted and did not want, and helped me impress my fiance. (even early in the morning before my flight) :) I highly recommend her skills for any special occasion!”
“Karla is a very gifted and talented artist. I had the pleasure of a cut and a color on two separate visits within a week or so apart. I've felt like an orphan for years not being able to find that one stylist who can do it all to my fine curly hair since moving to the South Bay. Karla gave me nothing short of a Cinderella experience on my first visit. It had taken me 8 months to grow out a horrible cheap deal hair cut on the fly, which left me feeling a bit vulnerable. Karla listened to my needs and pulled off the best cut I can recall having in this century! The architecture of my textured bob with a side bang was spot on, red carpet movie star quality (and I'm no stranger to high end salons). When she did the reveal, I think my eyes welled with joy. I looked 10 years younger (in a good way) and got so much attention wherever I went, I lost count after 13 compliments in just a couple of hours. Men I know who wouldn't look at me in that "hey you look hot" sort of way, complimented me with "wows" and flirtatious sweet nothings that boosted my day. People I didn't even know where touching my silky shiny hair as if it was bejeweled. I got so much attention and loved my cut so much that I booked another appt. with her right away to color my funky gray roots that had grown out longer than they should (which she somehow managed to magically cover the week before). My hair color rocked and lasted a long time. The best part, my hair is not all fried and the healthiest it's been in years and I spend $100's on high end products for my hair. Karla introduced me to a few lines of products she has that really help shape, straighten, control and condition my fine curly Italian hair (which doesn't take much to revert to a loose fro if I let it). Karla will make you feel and look like a Goddess when she is done. She has an amazing artistically eye and a beautiful soul. If you are looking for a jaw dropping Cinderella experience, Karla will not disappoint and her prices are reasonable, especially when you consider the high quality turn out you get in the end.”
Love, Lisa L.
“She did an excellent job on my color, matching my natural color nicely and I loved the cut with perfect layers. My side sweep bangs turned out great... its crazy how often i have to fix my bangs when I get home but not with her, they were perfect. Definitely found my new hair stylist!”
“Karla was amazing. With just a few pictures she and her assistant were able to give me and my girls the looks we wanted. She came to the hotel and set up there. She did my bridal hair & make up, hair & make up for my maid of honor, and hair for the other 4 bridesmaids. Great price and value- she has packages that you can choose from that are totally affordable. The only thing was it took longer than the 3 hours and we were running late for pictures. But other than that it was great!”
“Karla did such a fabulous job on my hair! She took such care, and creativity with it, that I am very impressed! She has a great combo of professionalism and passion for her job, and positivity - She is a true artist of her trade, and everyone should check her our for their next hair cut! :)”
Love, Kara R.
“Karla is AMAZING! She's such a sweet person and did an awesome job. My hair is such a beautiful color and the way she did my eye makeup was stunning. I found my new hairdresser.... “
Love, Sasha P.
“Thank you Karla!
What a difference! Thank you for the experience. I have so much more confidence and I have been rocking this new hair. I even learned how to curl it! It looks great!”
Love, Avia M.
“Karla gave me a fantastic look.I appreciated how she took the time to listen to what I wanted. Karla is also super sweet and it was great chatting with her during the whole process. I had such a great first experience at J'Adore Beauty.Totally recommend.”
Love, Iulia H.
“Karla did a great job when I came in for her Make Me Over service a couple weeks ago. I'm generally a no makeup, frizzled hair sort of girl, and she turned me into a bombshell. I was also given some great every day styling tips, and my haircut looks great!”
Love, Megan W.
“Karla was super awesome, and I'm so glad I had her for my wedding! Not only was she nice and funny to chat with but she made me look beautiful!
We had done a trial a couple months before and discussed the general look. She was great about hearing my opinions and making it work based off the look I wanted. I had changed my mind a bit thereafter on the look, but she was able to make it work based off the trial and our discussion.
Also she was super flexible about the schedule. Due to some last minute details about the venue, I wasn't able to give her a final prep location until a couple weeks before, but she was easy going about it.
My overall 5 star rating is highly based off the fact that 1) she knew her makeup and hair! I can be very particular at times, and she hit a home run! The style was right on point! 2) she was super flexible and accommodating in regards to time and payment 3) she helped make the overall experience relaxing! I've heard horror stories where the makeup artist flakes last minute, and Karla went out of her way leading up to the event to let me know she was fully committed 4) she's actually quite awesome to talk with, which makes the whole event less awkward/formal.”
Love, Crystal J.
“I worked with Karla at my recent wedding on 7.21.2012. Simply put, perfection! I have never felt more beautiful. Karla and her assistant handled the craziness of the wedding day like complete professionals. They were perfectly on time, and completed with time to spare for touch ups. At my hair trial and all throughout the planning Karla was responsive, patient, and professional. I changed my plan for my hair several times and I am sure that was frustrating, albeit probably typical as well. However, I never received anything but positivity and warmth throughout planning and execution of my big day beauty. My mom, me, and my 2 sisters had our hair done by Karla and it was literally exactly what we imagined! Also several of my bridesmaids had their make up done by Karla and they were complete stunners at the end. Karla was even open to using unfamiliar products at my request, due to skin/scalp sensitivity. She would not let me walk out the door until I was exactly perfect for the day. She was a fantastic choice for my wedding day team.
Thank you Karla.”
Love, Courtney N.
“I booked Karla and her team for my wedding party for hair and makeup, total of 7 ladies including myself. Karla and her team were wonderful to work with and did a fabulous job with everyone's hair and makeup. I had my girls choose their own hairstyle for the wedding and each one was satisfied with how they looked. Everyone looked gorgeous! Thanks Karla and team for helping to make our day fabulous!”
Love, Jesily A.
"I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Karla Emm and Maritza for my wedding hair trial, wedding hair & make-up, and bridesmaids hair.
I looked up ratings to find the perfect hair/makeup stylist for me and came across J'Adore. Karla was very responsive and timely when I had any question or when I wanted to share my ideas. I sent her do many emails and she was always very kind and prompt to respond.
I had my hair trial 1 day before my wedding and I'm glad I did. It was nice to meet the girls that were going to make me beautiful for my big day. They came to my hotel so I felt very comfortable.
On the day of my wedding, They were on time and ready to go. My make-up was awesome and stayed on all night! Everyone commented on my hair and loved it. So did I! My bridesmaids were happy and looked perfect. I would highly recommend J'Adore, especially Karla for hair and Maritza for make-up. In addition to being talented, these girls are soooo sweet and very easy to work with. I am one happy bride:)"
Love, Adrianna C.
"My wife and I found Karla to be a very professional and kind person. She was very quick to respond to any and all of our questions, and made my wife and mother feel at ease throughout the entire process. She was also very flexible with regard to our feedback and the quality of her work was very high. We used outstanding make up and beauty materials. Being a photographer I understand the importance of quality products, and she delivered.
Her attention to detail, and promptness when corresponding was also great. I would recommend her to a friend and know that she will take good care of your needs.
Thanks again to Karla and her wonderful assistant."
Love, Mr. & Mrs. LaBier
“I cannot say enough good things about Karla and the J'Adore Beauty team! Karla was a pleasure to work with since the moment we met. She understood the looks and styles we were aiming for, and far exceeded our expectations! My daughter and I received numerous compliments the entire day, and would definitely book J'Adore Beauty for any future events, as well as refer her to others. Thank you Karla!”
Love, Susie Q.
“Karla recently did my daughter's hair and makeup for prom. She was awesome and did exactly what my daughter wanted. She was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. It was stress free to have her come to us. We will definitely ask her to come again!”
Love, Kimberlee W.
“Karla recently did my hair and make-up before a photo session. She took the time to get to know what I wanted and executed it perfectly. I was nervous about wearing lashes for the first time, especially with my glasses, but she was able to put me at ease. My make-up looked amazing, lashes and all, both with and without my glasses on. If I ever need/want professional make-up done again, Karla will be my first call!!!!”
Love, Geneva S.
"Karla, I am finally floating down from Cloud 9 and thinking of all the people who touched our lives on that special day. I wanted to say, you were AMAZING! Ken absolutely LOVED the way I looked and its all thanks to you! I loved that you were so calm and sweet and you rubbed off your calmness on me as well. I loved the way my hair was done and absolutely fell in love with my eyes! The whole thing was such a perfect look and I have only you to thank for it!"
Love, Cynthia V.
“I've worked with Karla on numerous occasions over several years. She is one of only a few makeup and hair professionals I trust with my Clients (boudoir and wedding). I allow my Clients to view and choose the artists they would like to work with from my contacts list, and more often than not, Karla is one of them.”
Love, Ian C.
"Karla was amazing! Hair and makeup was done exactly the way I wanted it and lasted all day despite the wind and rain. She had wonderful skills and fast working hands. However, she was over 30 minutes late to my appointment, which made me very nervous, but she worked quickly and still managed to finish by the time I needed to leave the house. I would recommend her but I would just make sure you give yourself ample time on your day for hair and makeup services, just in case of any kind of delay."
Love, Joyce L.
"Karla is such a gem! She did my hair and makeup for my wedding day and had such an amazing team to work on my bridesmaids. I got so many compliments for my makeup and hair on my wedding day but I especially loved it.
Planning my wedding has been one of the greatest yet busiest times of my life. When I was in the search of hair and make up, I was very cautious to book someone professional, trustworthy and who could deliver quality service. Karla was all of the above! I loved how she was so patient and willing to work with all of my requests and also guided me through every step whether it was while I was booking with her or during the actual services. I don't wear much makeup so I was a bit worried about the outcome especially doing a smokey eye but it came out perfect! I even booked her to do my hair and makeup for the holidays."
Love, Anali M.
"Karla did my hair and make-up for my wedding day. I just love it! I found her less than 1 month before my wedding day and we didn't really discuss a lot before the trial. But she's quick to get the look I want and it is a pleasure working with her. I will definitely recommend her."
Love, Peien N.
"Karla is an awesome makeup and hair artist. Not only she really really knows her crafts, Karla is also very experienced, friendly, and easy to work with. Truly an exceptional professional. As a wedding photographer I worked with quite a number of makeup and hair artists and Karla is the one I continue to recommend to all of my clients, without any hesitations. She has had tremendous amount of education and trainings from a number of top institutions, in addition to her people skills & professionalism. I highly recommend J'Adore Artistry."
Love, Hok L.
"I had an opportunity to work with Karla a little while back, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience! She's extremely talented, very professional and has a wonderful attitude.
She's THE choice if you want to look UH-Mazing!"
Love, Susan B.
"I had an amazing opportunity to work with and meet KARLA and she truly is a doll. She communicates well with the photographer and designer to make sure that the makeup is exactly the way that they want. She also has an impeccable vision that helps the photographer understand and see her idea.
She's extremely friendly and experienced. She can do any kind of look that you need and is extremely professional to work with. She's been in the industry and knows exactly what she wants in life. She can do ALL types of make-up and extremely beautiful curls and up-do's. She's amazing at what she does and I know that J'Adore Artistry will do well!
I highly recommend Karla for all your needs because she is a joy to work with. I know for a fact that you will be truly satisfied and enjoy the experience like everyone else on here did! She's talented and you'll know that right when you meet her!"
Love, Holly L.
"I am pretty new to the modeling industry, and I contacted J'adore Beauty to do my makeup for my first big shoot for a bridal company. About ten shoots later, I STILL call Karla Emm and her company for my makeup and hair. She is so diverse, and can style the perfect look for so many different preferences.I definitely recommend contacting them for whatever your needs are. Friendly, professional, experienced, etc. Those are all words I would use to describe them and their services!"
Love, Sonia C.
"Karla, you are one of the most professional, fun, and creative hair/mua I have worked with! I love that you are such a perfectionist & will not rest until everything looks perfect. I recommend you 110% no matter what kind of look you do, it always looks great! It's always a pleasure to work with you!"
Love, Claudia N.
"Karla, you did a great and beautiful job on the hair and makeup of my model. I was impressed with your skill and expertise, with both hair and makeup applications. You're one of the best mua/hair stylist that I've worked with, and hope to work with you again."
Love, Ruben S.
"Karla is such a joy to work with... so much fun and open to new ideas, as well as unafraid to throw her ideas out there when prompted. I've had the pleasure of working with her a few times, and each time has been a huge success. I'm never disappointed with her work; in fact, I recommended her services to my best friend for her wedding hair and makeup... now that's saying something, because I wouldn't trust any less than the best with my bestie's big day! Thank you Karla, for all you do!"
Love, Nina K.
"Karla's work is absolutely stunning! She far exceeded my expectations and gave me some knockout hair and makeup. The cherry on top is that Karla is a lovely and congenial person! I have worked with many MUAs and hair stylists and Karla of J'Adore is always the top choice. She rocks both your hair and makeup in every single shoot. In one shoot, she transformed me from 50s bombshell to 90s Bond girl with lightning speed! Brimming over with ideas and talent, this girl is going places. I highly recommend her work!"
Love, June G.
"I would just like to say I absolutely love how Miss. Karla did my hair and makeup for my wedding! Not only did she do great on day of my wedding, but she did these AMAZING highlights and cut beforehand. She definitely knows what she is doing, and she rocks it!"