I am on a very tight budget, can I have a friend or relative do my makeup?

The only thing that you will have in your possession after your big day is your photographs. You want to look at these photographs later on and say, “Wow, I really looked fantastic that day.” You will be in a haze on your wedding day and won’t remember much of anything. Skim on a lot of things but not your hair and makeup. Plus, when you have a friend or relative do your makeup, you may feel embarrassed to tell him/her that you don’t like it and may jeopardize your relationship.

OK, I won’t use my friend/relative, there are so many artists/makeup enthusiast to choose from.

A seasoned makeup artist would know the questions to ask the bride to be such as: is it an indoor or outdoor wedding? Are you changing your hair color? Will you be getting a tan? The makeup artist needs to be a good listener in addition to figuring out the “right” look for the bride. You need an artist that is experienced with timelines, photographers and the occasional “crazy” family member.

Look for “certified makeup artists” and check their websites/FaceBook pages or contact them to send you photos of their work. Makeup artists will be more diverse in different types of makeup and skin tones.

How long does the trial take?

The consult may take a couple of hours as I will be discussing your needs and taking notes. It is a chance for us to know each other and connect. It is also the time to try on different color options.

How long does the makeup take on the wedding day?

I like to take my time with the bride and don’t like to feel rushed. With that being said, it won’t take more than an hour for the bride and 30-45 for each bridal party member. If the bride or any of her bridal party requests fake lashes, additional time is required making sure that they are stuck on your eyelids correctly without the bothersome glue irritating the eyes.

I heard of airbrush makeup, what is your opinion on it?

I don’t recommend airbrush for weddings as the sole makeup. Airbrush sits outside the surface of your skin. It is good for a photo shoot; a couple of hours max. The HD technique I use rivals airbrushing as I push it into your skin making your face look like you aren’t wearing makeup at all. I would apply airbrush makeup AFTER I do the HD makeup if requested.

What is your background/training?

I have been a makeup enthusiast since I was really young. I got my certificate in makeup artistry in 2015 and in advanced makeup artistry in 2016. I’m always trying to learn new techniques and color options to enhance my knowledge and experience.

How soon do I need to book your services? Do you Travel?

It is ideal to book me a year in advance to schedule the consult and hold down your wedding date. Don’t wait to the last minute to book me. Find out all the costs beforehand. I don’t usually charge within 50 miles of my zip code (20602).

How do you keep your brushes/tools clean?

A good and certified makeup artist has gone through some kind of training to understand the harm of transmitting germs and bacteria. I am obsessed with cleaning my tools. During a makeup session, I use a fast drying brush cleaner. I use spatulas to scrape out creams and disposable wands for every layer of mascara. After each session, I use shampoo to clean my brushes.

How do I avoid my makeup from running in case I started to cry?

Rule #1: Have a tissue handy

Rule #2: Never Rub-Always dab.

Rule #3: Try not to let the tears run down your cheeks. Stop them at the corner of your eyes by stooping over and dabbing with a tissue.

I will be eating and drinking during my wedding. What should I do if my lipstick/lip gloss wears off?

I always highly recommend that the bride purchase the lipstick and lip gloss I use at her trial. I will order them prior to your wedding. I am also available for a day rate on your wedding so please make sure you book me for the entire day.