What services do you offer?
Check out my Services page for an explanation of each individual service.
The short answer is:
makeup (airbrushed and hand-applied)
false lashes (strips and individual flares)
How long will my makeup last? or I'm scheduled to go first, how will my makeup hold up all day?
As a professional makeup artist, I am trained to apply your makeup using reliable, professional products and a technique that will ensure it won't break down, yet be flattering in photos as well as in person. This technique will allow your makeup to be tear, sweat, and kiss resistant. I am available for adjustments and touch ups throughout your event or I will leave you with a touch up kit to use.
I don't usually wear much or any makeup. Will I look too overdone?
I firmly believe that wedding makeup should look like you -- just a more refined, polished version of yourself -- however that looks. It can be dramatic or simple and natural. Makeup does need to be applied slightly heavier in order to read well in a photograph; HOWEVER, you have options when it comes to your wedding makeup:
I have a skin problem (allergies, sensitivities, acne, rosacea, vitiligo, a birthmark, etc.) Can you work with my skin?
Yep. I have been trained to cover mild to severe skin discolorations and work with sensitive skin types. The products I will choose for you are specifically designed to work for your circumstances. If you have a specific allergy, please contact me so we can ensure your application is safe.
What is the difference between airbrushed and hand-applied makeup?
Traditional makeup is applied by hand, using a brush or sponge. It can have any number of finishes from matte to natural to fresh and dewy. Traditional makeup can be custom blended to your exact shade and offers sheer to full coverage. Airbrush makeup is applied by spraying the makeup through an airbrush gun. The makeup goes onto your skin in a pattern of tiny dots that are invisible to the naked eye, as well as the camera. With airbrush makeup, you can achieve full coverage with a very thin layer of product, thus making the skin look very natural. Airbrushed makeup tends to feel lighter on the skin, but may not be suitable for all skin types.
Is there a discount if I do not get airbrush, false lashes, or a touch up kit?
These services are included in a basic application because they significantly affect the final result. There is no extra charge for them, therefore, not taking advantage of these services will not result in a discount. It's kind of like ordering a salad. Not getting croutons, cheese, or cucumbers on the salad doesn't make it less money -- you just get less on the salad. Make sense? :-)
How long does it take to apply the makeup?
I budget 45 minutes per attendant and 1 hour per bride. Sometimes, an application can take less time, other times, it can take slightly more. I budget time like this to account for unexpected things that come up. Before your wedding, we will figure out a detailed timeline for hair and/or makeup services that will accommodate everyone on time.
What products do you use?
I use products from several different cosmetic lines. Most of what I use is designed specifically for pro-artist use. I use products that I trust -- brands include: Make Up For Ever, Face Atelier, MAC, Kett Cosmetics, NARS, Inglot, Kevin Aucoin, Urban Decay, Embryolisse, Eve Pearl, OCC, and much more. If you're interested in a specific product, shoot me an email and ask me if I carry it! :-)
Booking & Travel
Do you travel to me or do I travel to you?
We can do whatever is most convenient for you! Typically, for weddings, I travel to you. I bring equipment with me to accommodate almost any location you desire: hotel, church, banquet hall, salon (with permission), home, etc. I can do your makeup in a cave if you want – really, there aren't many limits except electricity and lighting.
Do I have to sign a contract? Why?
Yes, I do ask my clients to sign a contract. Contracts protect you and me. Would you want to give me your money and have nothing in writing saying that I'm obligated to show up? Nope. :-) Likewise, I need something in writing that says you want me there so you don't call the cops to report the crazy lady carrying 50lbs of makeup on your porch!
Is the bridal consultation (trial) mandatory? Why?
Very rarely will I take a bridal booking without a trial. The reason why: without a pre-planning session, we have no idea if you'll be 100% satisfied with your look within the time we have available to us. We also don't know if you'll have a reaction to something. If you've never worn false lashes, your wedding day is not the day to try them out.
Would you buy a wedding dress without trying it on before your wedding day? You want to ensure that you're happy with the makeup you're wearing on your special day and the trial is when we work all of that out. On your wedding day, it's pretty chaotic and fast-paced. There isn't time to decide if you want crisp, black winged eyeliner or smoky chocolate liner. The trial is when we set up a plan to work off of so that we can avoid unexpected hiccups. Also, your skin might not be in the best condition before your wedding date. Makeup applies differently based on how healthy your skin is. You may need time to start hydrating it, get waxed, etc., and the trial is when we identify those things.
How far in advance to I need to have my trial?
My suggestion is at least two months. This way, if you have an unexpected allergic reaction or a breakout, we have time to correct it. Also, makeup will look differently on different skin types. Airbrush makeup, especially, can accentuate dryness in neglected skin. Airbrush also makeup won't stick to that peach fuzz most of us have. The time between the trial and the wedding day allows us to correct situations like that.
How do I book your services?
Send me an email with your name, phone number, event date, and location and the number of services you'd like to have done and I'll put together a contract for you to review. I'll send you a link to my "What to Expect" page so you can see a super detailed timeline of what happens when you book makeup and/or hair services. You can also call me to inquire about booking!
What if more people want makeup/hair on the day of my event? Can I add them on?
The answer is maybe. If you think there might be add ons, let me know and we'll schedule time into our timeline to possibly accommodate them, within reason. I may or may not be able to get to them based on your timeline and my schedule with other clients, that day.
Is there a minimum booking requirement?
Yes, depending on the time of year. High-demand days and months will require a minimum service total of $400 - $600, depending on the day/month/season, etc. If you do not meet that minimum, I may still be able to book your event; however, I may book other events around it, which will make your timeline inflexible. Definitely contact me to see if your date requires a minimum and what you can do if you do not meet the minimum service booking.
Is there a deposit?
I require a non-refundable retainer to secure your date. This retainer is deducted from your final balance. The retainer is based on a percentage of your booking.
I have a large party. Can you accommodate us?
Yes! I work with a network of assistants and experienced stylists who help me beautify larger parties.
I have to be ready REALLY early. Can you accommodate me?
Yup! Getting up heinously early is kind of what being a bridal artist is all about. Booking that require me to arrive before 6am may incur an "early morning fee."