How did you get started as a Professional Makeup Artist?
My family jokes that I was born with a lipstick in my hand. I have always been enamored by the beauty of makeup. As a young girl, I loved getting my hands on my mother’s makeup and would apply makeup to everyone that would let me! Fast-forward to 2012, one summer between college semesters and my full time nanny job, I decided to take the plunge and attended The Make-Up Designory (MUD), in SoHo, NY. After completing their Beauty Program, I worked at a makeup counter in Bloomingdales for some time and slowly started to build my skill and techniques.
While MUD gave me a great foundation, I truly crafted my art by working. At that point I put my entire heart into building my brand. In just a few short years, I went from having a few clients here and there, to being one of the most sought after bridal makeup artists on Long Island. Now booking up to 2 year in advance, my heart is so full as I look back on my journey. Hard work pays off, especially when you are doing what you LOVE! I am so eager to see what the future will bring for LG Artistry.
What is the difference between bridal makeup and everyday makeup?
When it comes to ANY makeup, the most important thing is to enhance your features, while still looking like yourself. All women truly are beautiful in their own unique ways. Bridal makeup is just a little more detail-oriented and a little extra glam. BUT, you still want to look and feel like yourself. (So if you never normally wear makeup, a dark smokey eye and a red lip may not be your best option!) I like to say that we take your everyday look and just step-up your game a little for your big day!
The airbrush foundation that I use is pretty much guaranteed to last all day and night. The attention to each detail, the blending of the eye makeup, the precision of the liner and lashes; it is all given a little extra skill in order to give each bride a FLAWLESS bridal look. While the entire bridal party will look beautiful, the bride takes a little extra time, especially because the spotlight (and camera light!) will be on her all day and night! The shots the photographer will capture of her glancing down at her ring, or looking into her new husband’s eyes will show each and every little detail. It is SO important for the makeup to be perfect. That is why the bride may cost a little more, may take some more time, and will (of course) be the focus of the day!
Should I do airbrush makeup or traditional foundation?
I always, always, always recommend airbrush makeup! While I have heard some clients have had previous unpleasant experiences, in all cases they have never tried the airbrush that I use. Traditional makeup can look beautiful, but does not have the staying power or natural effect that airbrush gives. Traditional makeup tends to break up and crease because of the natural oils on the face. The airbrush makeup that I use is semi-matte, fast-drying and delivers the most natural skin-like finish. The coverage is buildable and the skin appears healthier, younger, and more radiant. The formula is transfer and water-resistant and contains a hydrating amino acid polymer that feels amazing on the skin. Most makeup artists charge more for airbrush, I don’t because I love it THAT much and I want every client to experience the true beauty of the airbrush.
How does a bride ensure that her makeup will last all day?
AIRBRUSH! Not all airbrush is created equal, HOWEVER the airbrush that I use is one of the best on the market. It goes on light and smooth, doesn’t cake up or crease, is transfer-resistant, and even water-resistant. Even through the happy tears, sweat from the dance floor, or a hot summer wedding – every single one of my brides have reviewed that their makeup lasted ALL NIGHT. Prepping the skin with a good skincare regimen leading up to the wedding, hydration, and the primer and setting products that I use will ensure that your makeup will not move. My biggest recommendation is to BLOT when you cry or sweat, don’t wipe your makeup off with a tissue. Other than that- nothing will move!
What to look for on a makeup artist’s pictures? (i.e Instagram, Facebook, etc)
You want to look for authenticity. So many makeup artists filter their pictures or use apps to “blend” their work. It is usually noticeable if you zoom in. You also want to pay close attention to the detail; how straight and even the eyeliner is, are the lashes glued down on the corners and are they straight, do the lashes fit the eye, does the makeup look cakey, etc. Usually when the skin looks super smooth with no lines or wrinkles, the photo has been retouched. The makeup should look clean and smooth, but realistic- for example, a woman’s smile lines around her eyes don’t disappear no matter how talented a makeup artist is. You really just want to find a makeup artist who’s work is your style, who you get along with, and who will make YOU feel your best for your wedding day.
Should I do a trial?
Trials are not always necessary. But I do recommend doing a trial so that together we can perfect the flawless bridal look you’ve imagined. Deciding on your look ahead of time helps the morning of the wedding to run smoothly and efficiently. It also gives you an opportunity to be sure that I am the right fit for you! While just about all of my trials have booked with me, it is still important for you to be comfortable with your makeup artist and to see for yourself that I am the right choice! After a trial with me, my brides become like my friends.
You can text me more inspiration pictures and we can discuss any questions you may have AFTER you’ve worn your makeup. A trial is definitely the best decision; you have to make sure you LOVE how you’re going to look on your wedding day. I do try to accommodate any events you may have, so that your makeup can be “put to use.” Many brides will schedule their trials for their engagement pictures, engagement party, bridal shower, an event they are attending, or a night they plan to go out.
Should I wear false lashes?
YES! When it comes to lashes, it is not just about the volume or length they give- but the color. False lashes, individual and strip lashes, are so dark that they are perfect to accentuate the eyes for the professional pictures. The beauty of lashes is that we can custom design them to be as natural or as glam as you’d like. You don’t have to wear them, but they do really finish off the beautiful bridal look. Many times at the trial, we may try both lashes to see what feels better and so that you may see the difference for yourself.
Do you bring an assistant?
For bridal parties of 8 people or less, I will do everyone myself. I try my best to make sure that the whole bridal party gets who you hired. But, if the bridal party is larger or there is not enough time in your schedule that morning, I will bring a trusted and experienced assistant. The assistant is usually at no extra charge and is always someone with the same style, talent, and experience that I hav
What products should I bring?
I supply all of the makeup. If you have a specific product that you’d like me to use, you are welcome to bring anything you’d like. The only product that I recommend every client should have with them is a lipstick or lipgloss that they can reapply throughout the wedding day. The lipstick is the only product that should need to be touched up.
Should I get a spray tan?
I do recommend that a bride get a spray tan if they’d like. I do also offer organic spray tans. With an extensive history in the tanning industry, I became certified in spray tanning in 2016. At the very least, a super light bridal glow looks amazing and makes a big difference against your white dress. As long as you have an experienced spray tan technician that uses quality products, a spray tan is a no brainer!
When should I get a spray tan before my wedding day?
I recommend that a bride get her spray tan 2 days before her wedding day.
What are some tips and tricks to prepare for my wedding makeup?
Hydration is so important for the skin, which also helps the makeup application to apply smoothly.
A good skincare routine plays an important role, as well. It doesn’t have to be any crazy expensive brands, as long as you’re using products that are working for you.
Don’t pop pimples! The uneven coloring from acne can easily be covered, but scabs may still appear dry under the makeup.
Exfoliation before your wedding day is also recommended. Use something you’ve used before to avoid any irritation.
Any hair removal should be done at least a few days prior, in case of any irritation or swelling.
A freshly washed and moisturized face is the best prep for your makeup.
Why should I choose LG Artistry for my wedding?
Aside from my experience working with bridal makeup, I truly give my heart and attention to each and every wedding party that I work with. My goal is to make your morning run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. As cliché as it sounds, it is so important to me that every client looks and feels like their most confident self. I genuinely listen to what each client asks for and always do my best to deliver exactly what they describe. Whether you want full Kardashian glam, or a super natural look, my skill and techniques can create the exact look you imagine. I am patient, and I have a lighter hand when applying makeup. I always start lighter, and can go back multiple times to amp up or change anything. I joke that “it’s only makeup, anything can be changed,” and I always make sure each and every client is happy and confident leaving my chair.
My passion for what I do is what makes my brides want ME. I genuinely care about every wedding and always make it a point to ensure that every single member of my bridal parties are in love with their makeup! It is more than just a job on a Saturday morning to me, and that is not a learned skill that every makeup artist has- it is my true passion. I am beyond grateful to be able to do what I love, and I take pride in running my bridal business with my whole heart.