Bridal Wedding Makeup Artistry FAQs

These are a few frequently asked questions about the on-site make-over services I provide for weddings and events. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me by email or call me and I’ll be happy answer any additional questions

 

  1. Why do I need to hire a professional make-up artist for my wedding?
  2. Do you have experience with different ethic groups and skin types?
  3. Do you offer a consultation or makeup trial run?
  4. What should I bring to the Design Session?
  5. What usually happens during a consultation?
  6. Where will the wedding ‘Design Session’ or makeup consult/trial take place?
  7. What type of makeup products do you use?
  8. How long will my makeup last?
  9. Do you stay to do touchups on the brides until she’s ready to walk down the aisle or do you provide a wedding makeup touch-up service?
  10. I plan on changing dresses before the reception; can I also change my hair and enhance my makeup so everything flows together?
  11. On the wedding day, how long does it take for each person’s makeup?
  12. I have a large wedding party. In addition to myself, I have 8 bridesmaids who all want makeup and hairstyling. How are you going to be able to get everyone ready on time?
  13. What happens if I suddenly have an extra person who wants to be included in the make-up schedule?
  14. My mom’s/mother-in-law’s/bridesmaid’s day-to-day look is a bit dated, and I’m afraid that if they insist on doing their own look, it will take away from the style I envision. I want to include them – how can I do this without hurting their feelings?
  15. Who else can receive your services?
  16. Is airbrush make-up application available?
  17. Is there travel fee? How far will you travel?
  18. I am getting married outside of the Napa, Sonoma Wine Country area — Can I have you travel with me?
  19. How can I reserve my wedding date?
  20. Do you do makeup for other occasions?
  21. Do you ever teach individuals your techniques?
  22. What forms of payment do you accept?

Q: Why do I need to hire a professional make-up artist for my wedding?

A: Makeup for photography is different from your everyday makeup. A licensed, insured, professional like myself understands camera, lighting and reflected light, that is, not just the way you look when seen with the eye, but the way your makeup will translate when the light bounces off your face and is refracted back to the camera in your photos and video. Understanding this, I bring out and play up your good features, correcting and changing face shapes and proportions, if necessary, using cosmetics. The techniques I use, come from photography and the motion picture industry and are extensions of classic Greek and Roman sculpture style and proportion. These techniques will dimensionalize your face for a 2 dimensional medium (the camera has only one eye and no depth perception). This assures your face won’t appear ‘flat‘ in your photos. Hiring a professional makeup artist with the knowledge of creating these cosmetic illusions for the camera, even lightly applied, will insure that your photographer will capture your most beautiful self. My makeup application can be very subtle and natural; or bold and glamorous; either providing you with a flawless, glowing complexion and confidence in your appearance on your special day.
On this special day ~ how you look and feel is most important. You will find that most people won’t remember what brand of crystal or linen you chose or which expensive wine and champagne you poured, but they will be looking at you, the bride; in person and in your photos and videos. These pictures in your wedding album will last a lifetime, records your family, children and their children will have always.
Back to top

Q: Do you have experience with different ethic groups and skin types?

A: Yes, from my many years in the motion picture industry working with ethnicities of all ages and now working with brides from all over the world. I have always specialized in customblended make-up to match any skin tone; light or dark, pink or olive. I’m also used to working with all skin types: young problem skin; delicate, sensitive or mature.
Back to top

Q: Do you offer a consultation or makeup trial run?

A: Yes. While I don’t require one, these Consults/Trials, or as I like to call them, “Design Sessions,” can be done before or after you actually book your wedding. It’s a valuable opportunity for you and I to discuss and explore different thoughts and ideas, so you will know exactly what to expect on your wedding day.

If scheduled far enough in advance, I usually suggest that it may be a good idea to utilize the Design Session for the bride to arrange for her photographer to shoot an ‘Engagement Photo’ for the couple’s use. Many times it’s not possible for ‘destination brides’ from out of the state or country, to have time before an event to book a Design Session. While a consult can be worked-in a day or two before an event, sometimes the rehearsal dinner can be utilized as the Design Session.
Back to top

Q: What should I bring to the Design Session?

A: You may use your normal skin care products and should come without any makeup. I suggest that you bring along pictures or ‘tears‘ from magazines or the internet of the looks or color combinations you love.
These reference photos that you bring are a great ‘shorthand’ of what you envision. It’s a great ‘jumping-off point’ so we can both be on the same page right from the start. You can also email me photos that will be placed in your file. Also, be sure to bring along some of the photos of things you don’t like ~ the ‘Don’t let this happen to me!‘ pictures, too. Please note that I usually don’t bring photos unless specifically requested, so it’s your opportunity to show me exactly what you are thinking ~ Pictures will save us both a lot of time and energy.
Back to top

Q: What usually happens during a consultation?

A: I’ll work with you to ‘dial-in’ your exact look ~ whether soft and natural or bold and glamourous. During the Design Session, the bride and I will discuss make-up styles, colors, intensity and the design that will achieve her intended wedding day look. Family members or friends are welcome to watch the process.
After shooting a “BEFORE” picture, the application begins incorporating all the ideas discussed; I will be explaining as I go; not just what I’m doing. but the ‘why’ and suggesting options.
When the bride is happy with the finished product, we’ll shoot an ‘AFTER’ photo or two. The ‘AFTER’ picture along with your ‘BEFORE’, will be sent to you via e-mail. These photos can be used by the bride or I to be further inspired to make any additions or changes.
Back to top

Q: Where will the wedding ‘Design Session’ or makeup consult/trial take place?

A: Since I don’t regularly work in a salon, I would come to you; at your home or where you might be staying in wine country or San Francisco. If you were only coming to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys for the day without a place of residence, I would arrange to meet you at a salon in either valley, whichever is most
convenient for you.
Back to top

Q: What type of makeup products do you use?

A: I use the very best available consumer and professional products appropriate for you, depending on your skin type. They are hypoallergenic, fragrance, oil and cruelty-free. I carry many different consumer and professional makeup brands in my kit. I don’t like to just stick to one name brand; the products are chosen for their ability not their name recognition; I work from an extensive palette – including:
Joe Blasco, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Clinique, M.A.C, Makeup Forever, Lancome, Kryolan, Laura Mercier, Nars, Ben Nye, Revlon, Shu Uemura, Sephora, Urban Decay and other professional brands.

Most of my skin care products are from Kiehl’s and Neutrogena — recommended for people with problem or sensitive skin.

I do not favor, stock any cosmetics or have any individual products to sell to
you.
Back to top

Q: How long will my makeup last?

A: Using a variety of professional waterproof and water resistant products and along with studio application techniques, your makeup should last most of the day and into the night.
Expect the usual minor touch-ups such as replenishing your lipstick or blotting or powdering shine from your face once in a while. In our early conversations, I will ask you to choose and supply your own lip color (for touch-ups the rest of the day and evening) and I’ll supply you with a loaded powder puff or any ‘shine’, but it is also a good idea to invest in a pressed powder compact compatible with your skin tone.
Back to top

Q: Do you stay to do touchups on the brides until she’s ready to walk down the aisle or do you provide a wedding
makeup touch-up service?

A: Usually, I clean and wrap everything after all the wedding party make-ups have been completed, but yes, if you are taking pictures before the ceremony or would like me to stay for touch-ups until the ceremony actually begins, additional time is available By-The-Hour.
Back to top

Q: I plan on changing dresses before the reception; can I also change my hair and enhance my makeup so everything flows together?

A: Whether you are taking photos after the ceremony or would like to change or touch-up your make-up before the reception, as long as I am not booked elsewhere, I can be available for you By-The-Hour for any additional time you would like me to stay.
Back to top

Q: On the wedding day, how long does it take for each person’s makeup?

A: After working with brides and bridal parties from all over the world for the last 10 years, I suggest to brides and their planners, to decide when they would like to be ready (either for ‘getting ready’ pictures or when they actually have to leave) and then back time from ‘ready’ 45 minutes a ‘face’.
Back to top

Q: I have a large wedding party. In addition to myself, I have 8 bridesmaids who all want makeup and hairstyling. How are you going to be able to get everyone ready on time?

A: Usually hairstyling take longer than makeup and the hair stylist may choose to bring additional stylists to be sure everyone is ready on time, but, if possible, I always like to see to everyone’s makeup to be sure to coordinate and maintain the ‘look’ of an event.

When you decide your ‘ready time’ ~ when you would need to leave for your event, or be ready for you ‘getting ready’ photos, we just back ourselves up 45 minutes a person (an average) and that will give us our approximate start time. IF for some reason that is not possible (It has only happened once with an early morning Church Mass) then we can either ‘jam’ everyone (except the bride) into 1/2 hour slots or if all else fails and time is really of the essence, another makeup person can be brought in to help.
Back to top

Q: What happens if I suddenly have an extra person who wants to be included in the make-up schedule?

A: Even though some of your bridal party or family has not wanted to be ‘fussed with,’ when the day arrives and they experience the excitement of everyone else getting beautiful ~ that person may decide they would like to be included as well. I will make every effort to accommodate the request as long as it doesn’t interfere with the bride’s schedule or with the event. Actually, I always suggest allowing extra time for everyone in the wedding party, that way, we have time for everyone and even if not everyone chooses to be included in the schedule, the worst thing that happens (rather than running out of time) is that everyone is ready a little early. (You’ll only pay for the time actually used ~ not what was scheduled.)
Back to top

Q: My mom’s/mother-in-law’s/bridesmaid’s day-to-day look is a bit dated, and I’m afraid that if they insist on doing their own look, it will take away from the style I envision. I want to include them – how can I do this without hurting their feelings?

A: The best solution is for you to “treat” these individuals to their beauty services for the wedding, and to stress how important it is to you that the look of everyone in the wedding party is coordinated and cohesive.

Also, consider paying for makeup and hairstyling (or a portion thereof) as a bridesmaid/wedding party gift. Your photos and video will look better if everyone in your immediate wedding party have professional beauty services, rather than having some girls ‘with’ and some ‘without.’
Back to top

Q: Who else can receive your services?

A: Everyone; anyone! The flower girl, even the groom; father of the groom AND father of the bride might need a bit of a touch up. Whether it’s a little clean-up under the eyes; cover an imperfection or heavy beard line; reduce shine, or fill in that thin hairline or bald spot in back; everyone wants
to look good for those pictures!
Back to top

Q: Is airbrush make-up application available?

A: Yes, the airbrush is just another tool in my makeup case and it has a particular and specific use; that is, when necessary, to create an even reflective surface for someone with a bad complexion or acne scars; to blend a sunburn or tan lines on the body; and cover tattoos. There is an added cost to bringing the
airbrush rig and case, which I consider an unnecessary added expense unless warranted. We can discuss your individual needs by phone or in person.
Back to top

Q: Is there travel fee? How far will you travel?

A: When working on your event By-The-Hour there are NO travel fees for travel time within the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. There are negotiable travel fees beyond those limits depending on the size of the event.
Back to top

Q: I am getting married outside of the Napa, Sonoma Wine Country area — Can I have you travel with me?

A: If you are intending to travel a long distance to a far off place for your wedding, I have and do travel all over the world to do makeup for weddings and events ~ Weddings as far away as Beverly Hills, Washington D.C., Hawaii and Japan. Pricing for this type of event is different what is listed on the Bridal Service Menus. Please call or e-mail me for a custom quote.
Back to top

Q: How can I reserve my wedding date?

A: To secure your date, a non-refundable deposit, (my 2 hour service minimum or an agreed upon amount based on your total event service fee) would be delivered after your consult/trial or mailed beforehand. Many brides prefer to secure their date even before their consult to ensure availability of their day. The deposit will be applied toward the total of your final balance for services.

We’ll need to know when, (actual date and whether a morning, afternoon or evening event) and where ~ you’ll have plenty of time to decide how many people you would like to have made up ~ The final ‘face count’ can be added to or subtracted from up until the last week or so as your event approaches.

Sometimes brides book me a year or more in advance or more typically ~ months in advance, however, it may still be possible to accommodate your request on short notice, if your date is still available.

Receipt of your deposit will be acknowledged by e-mailed along with an informal DEAL MEMO noting your reserved date; an outline of intended services and all pertinent facts of your event. With that, your day is considered booked.
Back to top

Q: Do you do makeup for other occasions?

A: I can provide makeup services for any occasion ~ Rehearsal Dinners; Anniversary and Special Birthday Parties; Bar and Bat Mitzvahs; Holiday and Theme Parties or Fund Raisers ~ Any social event you can imagine, that will be photographed or recorded, or anytime you would want to look and feel special.
Back to top

Q: Do you ever teach individuals your techniques?

A: Yes, I do offer Private Instruction or make up lessons to help you achieve professional results and helping teach how to get the most out of your own make up collection for your everyday use or special occasions. I can work one-on-one with individuals; teach small classes or instruct the entire staff of a salon on a By-The-Hour basis.
Back to top

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?

A: Cash or check only, no credit cards. Either can be used to pay a deposit ~ the total balance to be paid on or before the day of your event.
Back to top