Yes, it is. People never believe me most of the time.
Everything I know is self-taught. Applying makeup is like learning a musical instrument – practice makes perfect. Videos from seasoned makeup artists like Sam Fine and Danessa Myricks. I’ve read Face Forward and Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin, The Beauty of Color by Iman, and more. The internet; youtube, beauty forums, and blogs have been a great help. Also, watching and assisting other seasoned makeup artists work is great too. I have taken different Master’s Classes offered at The Makeup Show, The Powder Group, Make Up For Ever, and Bridal Hair & Makeup classes with MG Hair & Makeup. There are many things that I would love to learn, and perfect my craft.
Two words, color theory. In all honesty, I don’t always know what colors will go good together. Invest in a color wheel it really helps.
Working at a makeup counter provides you with the advantage of working with a myriad of personalities, skin types, skin tones etc. It’s the perfect place to begin your makeup artistry career. Honestly, I would rather work in a relaxed, quiet, non-crowded environment providing my client(s) my undivided attention, which they deserve.
I do not wear makeup everyday. I do not believe makeup should be worn on a daily basis; it’s my personal preference, and I’m comfortable in my own skin. At most, I wear mascara and lipgloss or lipstick. I use a tinted moisturizer daily. Currently, I’m loving AJ Crimson’s BB Cream as well as Stila’s Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup.
Thank you! I invested in a Clarisonic MIA. I love it! With it I use Cerave Foaming Cleanser. I give myself a facial at least twice a week using Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask or Belle Butters Neutralizing Butter for Oily Skin. You can view my current routine here. I’ve also added Reviva Labs products to my skincare arsenal, which you can read about here.
I can only state what works best for my skin. I normally use MAC Face & Body, Make Up For Ever HD , Face Atelier or Graftobian foundations, and after using them on clients, they end up loving those as well. Right now, I’m LOVING the Stila Natural Finish Oil-Free foundation. I would add it to my kit, but, they’re phasing it out.
I work mainly with many different professional cosmetic brands such as Face Atelier, Stila, Ben Nye, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Graftobian, Smashbox, Eve Pearl, NARS, Temptu Pro etc. If you have a specific brand that you love using, I have no problem picking it up for you (additional cost) or you can bring it to your session.
I’ve invested in a Temptu Pro SB-One Airbrush system. I will offer airbrushing services in the near future. Currently, I use traditional foundation, powder, eye shadow, blush, and lip color. The makeup I use has great staying power and I ensure its longevity by using products that seal the makeup application, such as the Model in a Bottle Makup Setting Spray.
No, I do not do hair, but can recommend a hair stylist upon request.
Less is more, seriously. Of course, it’s fun to glam it up every once in awhile for special occasions, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Have fun with your look! But for everyday application, the fewer products you use, the better. Use make-up to enhance that beautiful face of yours, not to cover it up!
Since I’m not there to actually watch your application or to see the colors you’re choosing from, my best guess is that you need to focus on product application and blending. When it comes to the smoky eye (and most other looks), blending is key. When you’re using dark colors, make sure to use a light hand, and build the color, and not add too much at once. Start on your lid and then add to the crease. Use a rounded brush blending brush to blend upwards from the crease in a circular motion, bring the color up and outward slightly for a well blended, smoky look.
Yes! Many of my clients do not wear makeup on a regular basis or at all. I am sure to be very thorough with all the products I use and explain what they are and why I am using them.
Many women have this same concern. I would too. Any professional artist should always speak with a bride or do a consultation prior to her big day to get a very clear idea of what she wants to look like on her day. As an artist, it’s my job to make sure your makeup is going to look good behind the camera – and if front of the mirror. If you’re really concerned, sometimes it helps to show your makeup artist some example of looks that you like, and those that you don’t. This way, everyone’s on the same page!
Different settings and situations require different makeup and formulations. A professional will know what will be best suited for the occasion.
A list of my services and their rates can be found HERE. Rates are subject to change, so always email me for the most up-to-date information
I charge the most for weddings because it’s the most important occasion of all to most women. I have to take my time to make the bride look perfectly flawless! It’s a once in a lifetime experience, so I really have to make your experience special! I will not rush when working on the bride.
Yes, deposits are required especially for bridal parties, large groups, and out of town events. The non-refundable deposit is based on the service you’re getting and can range from 20-50% of the cost of the service.
Since I apply a makeup setting powder after your makeup is applied it should last all day and night long. You will probably need to re-apply your lips, and powder if you’re oily. I suggest investing in blotter sheets so that you’re not re-applying product over old product, which will reduce the chance of your makeup looking cakey.
I usually say to get your hair done first. This way your makeup can be applied right before you put on your dress, ensuring that it looks fresh.
I recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Choosing your makeup artist should be considered at least 12- 15 months prior to the event, as many sought after artists will be booked well in advance. When choosing your makeup artist it is important to enquire about their experience and view examples of their work. Choose someone who you feel confident can create your ideal look and with whom you can build a rapport.
I do recommend a trial run. It’s a great way to communicate your wants and needs with your makeup artist in a relaxed setting. This way on your wedding day the makeup goes very smoothly and quickly, giving yourself more time and less worry.
Be sure not to do anything dramatic the week before your wedding. Get all your waxing, facials and tanning at least a week before the day of. Eye cream and moisturizing is a must. Drink lots of water and take your vitamins!
I understand your need and desire to have the spotlight on your special day, and will attend to your particular details after private consultations with you. As general rules of thumb, if your ceremony is in the morning, you will most likely need to go with thinner makeup, while you can use more stylish makeup for the evening banquet. Also, you will need to coordinate your style with the overall theme and look of your wedding celebration.
Having said all of that, I encourage you to be yourself and choose the style which best enhances your natural beauty and character.
It is best to do your research (internet, magazines etc) and find looks you like, which oyu should bring with you. I will be able to get an idea of what you want, and go from there. During your trial, I can try 2-3 of the looks you like on you, so that you will be able to decide what you like best for your face. Please keep in mind that after 1 hour overage charges apply. It’s best to do a little homework before you come in and search for inspiration photos. This will better help us create your perfect wedding day look.
Yes, I am available to makeup for debutantes, school formals, anniversaries, engagement parties- any occasion you can think of. I also provide one on one makeup consultation, where you can learn basic techniques to apply your own makeup like a professional.