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Wedding Makeup Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you offer airbrushing?  What is the difference between airbrushed and hand-applied makeup?
    Yes, we do offer airbrushing! This service is complimentary and we never upcharge for it. 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, but read beautifully on camera. With airbrush makeup, you can achieve more coverage with a less 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. Both are great. We'll recommend what's best for your skin type and you'll have a choice.
  • Do you offer individual lashes?
    Yes! We offer custom lashes, which we create with individual clusters of lashes that are applied one by one to create the perfect lash style for your eye shape. Individuals are more comfortable to wear than strips and can look more natural. Custom lashes are always included.
  • What is Grooming?
    Grooming is a service that we offer for those who don't want to wear makeup, but want to look polished in photos. This service is most often performed on grooms, dads, and groomsmen, but we offer it for everyone. It's mostly skin prep: anti-shine cream, anti-redness, matte lip conditioner, and anything else that is needed. We'll react to unexpected situations like bruises, razor nicks, etc. We also offer on-site shaves and haircuts for those who are looking for a more luxury service. We'll subcontract a trusted barber to come onsite and perform these services. This service is subject to availability.
  • How long will my makeup last?  or I'm scheduled to go first, how will my makeup hold up all day?"
    As professional makeup artists, we are 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. We are available for adjustments and touch ups throughout your event or we will leave you with a touch up kit to use.
  • I don't usually wear much or any makeup.  Will I look too overdone?
    We 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, there is always a balance that we can find.
  • I have a skin problem (allergies, sensitivities, acne, rosacea, vitiligo, a birthmark, etc.)  Can you work with my skin?"
    Yep. We have been trained to cover mild to severe skin discolorations and work with sensitive skin types. The products we will choose for you are specifically designed to work for your circumstances. If you have a specific allergy, please contact us so we can ensure your application is safe.
  • Is there a discount if I do not get airbrush, false lashes, skin prep, 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.
  • How long does it take to apply the makeup?
    I budget 45 minutes per attendant per service and 1.25 hours per service for the 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?
    We use products from several different cosmetic lines. Most of what we use is designed specifically for pro-artist use. Brands like Mehron, Kryolan, Ben Nye, Face Atelier, Temptu, are all largely professional artist brands. Overall, our kits are a mix of luxury brands, such as Tom Ford or Chantecaille and mid-tier brands such as Make Up For Ever or Charlotte Tilbury. We use the products we trust to give you the best result possible. If you're interested in a specific product, shoot us an email and ask me if we carry it! :-)
  • Do you travel to me or do I travel to you?
    We can do whatever is most convenient for you! Typically, for weddings, we travel to you. We bring equipment with us to accommodate almost any location you desire: hotel, church, banquet hall, salon (with permission), home, etc. we 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, we do ask our clients to sign a contract. Contracts protect you and us. Would you want to give me your money and have nothing in writing saying that I'm obligated to show up? Nope. :-) Likewise, we need something in writing that says you want us there so you don't call the cops to report the crazy lady carrying 50lbs of makeup on your porch!
  • Is the Preview (trial) mandatory? Why?
    We cannot provide a the detailed, high-quality service that we promise without a Preview. 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 and hair you're wearing on your special day and the Preview 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. Should an unavoidable situation arise where you absolutely cannot have a Preview, we need to allot double the working time on your wedding day and thus, the cost of services will also be doubled. There is no savings in skipping the Preview.
  • How far in advance to I need to have my trial?
    Our suggestion is at least three to six months, leaving at least one month before the wedding. 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?
    Complete the contact form with information about your wedding and we will email you back with our availability, set up a call, and get pricing put together for you in a customized proposal. Once you have that, you can select your services, sign a contract, pay your non-refundable retainer to hold the date, and we're officially a thing!
  • 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 us know and we'll schedule time into our timeline to possibly accommodate them, within reason. We 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?
    We don't have a headcount minimum, but instead, a dollar amount minimum. Our on-location minimum is $1200 but you can book any dollar amount for in-studio provided we are available!
  • Is there a deposit?
    We require a $360 or 30% (whichever is higher) non-refundable retainer to secure your date. This retainer is deducted from your grand total on your final invoice.
  • I have a large party.  Can you accommodate us?
    Yes! We can take any size party you can think of. Try us. ;-)
  • 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. Bookings that require us to arrive before 6am or run past 8pm incur "Extended Service Hours". Why? Our artists get paid a shift premium for early morning or late-night work. This also ensures they are reliable for early morning bookings.
  • Do you offer services for Rehearsal or other bridal events?
    Yes! We offer hair and makeup for any event! When you book your Engagement Session, Rehearsal, Post-Wedding Brunch, or other ancillary bridal event with your wedding, we knock a couple bucks off the price.
  • Do you offer tattoo or scar coverage? What about uneven skin on my chest/back/arms?
    We do offer body coverage! We use a special paint for this that is unlikely to transfer to your dress or huggable guests. Ask us for a quote!
  • How does Hair Accessory purchase or rental work?
    We sell and rent out hair accessories! You can either buy a brand spankin' new hair accessory from us, or you can save a few bucks and rent one. This is how it works: you pay for the whole accessory. Let's say it's $75 to buy, $40 to rent. You'll pay $75 added to your total wedding invoice, sign a rental agreement, and on the wedding day, I'll bring it along with a self-addressed-stamped mailer. After your wedding, you'll pop that little dude into the mailer and send it back to me. As long as I get it back within 5 business days, we'll refund the difference between the purchase price and the rental price. If I never get it back or it comes back in unuseable condition, then I just keep the whole $75. Next, the accessory gets scrubbed with clarifying shampoo and rinsed, then takes a nifty bath in a salon-grade disinfectant, and goes back on the display for other brides to rent.
  • Do you install hair extensions? Do you sell them?
    We install clip-in extensions at no charge for Brides and for a small charge for attendants. We also sell clip-in extensions. Ask us about what length and density you think you'll need for a quote!
  • What is Post-Makeup Skincare Products
    This is a skincare set that we sell to anyone who wants: 1) skin like a baby's booty cheeks or 2) to get alllll of the professional-grade makeup off after their wedding. It's by Sonia Roselli Beauty and it's what we use in our kits for most of our skincare. This set includes a Japanese Cleansing Oil, Water Elixir, and Water Balm to help cleanse and nourish your skin after professional makeup or any day!
  • What is Bridal Assistance & Touch Ups
    Worried about someone kissing your face while they are wearing lipstick during your photos? Welp, working over 500 weddings tells me both you and I should be .... We can be there to fix it for you! We can also fix hair that the wind blew all to hell, and put the foundation back on the end of your nose after you blew it when you sobbed at the altar. :-)
  • Do you offer lessons?
    Yup! We offer a few different kinds of lessons! Check out our Lessons + Workshops page for more info!
  • Do you offer brow services?
    Yes! We offer brow shaping via wax or tweezing, tints, and laminations with our licensed estheticians via pop up shop in local salons.
  • Do you offer lash services?
    Currently, we offer lash tints and lifts, as well as temporary custom lashes (individual clusters applied with temporary glue) with our licensed estheticians via pop up shop in local salons. If you are looking for lash extensions, we can refer you.
  • Do you offer face or body waxing?
    Yup! Reach out for pricing on facial or body waxing with our licensed artists.
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