WEDDING FAQs

What services require a contract?

Bookings amounts $150 and up and mobile services require a contract.

Do you accept gratuity?

Yes, I appreciate them for a job well done. If I hire subcontractors for your services I will charge 20% gratuity for them.

Are prices locked in once I sign a contract?

I will honor the fees quoted in the signed contract when received by me; additional services added later may be subject to new pricing. If a contract with retainer is not signed and received within two weeks, it will expire and new terms may apply. Date is not guaranteed until received.

What if I have to cancel my contract? 

Cancellation of contract will result in forfeit of retainer. Cancellation by client within 90 days of the wedding will result in forfeiture of retainer, and the full balance of estimated wedding day services will be owed.
 

Do you charge for mobile services?

There is a travel fee of $.75/mile with a $25 minimum mobile fee. At this time, I am not offering wedding day services for more than 2 people at my studio and my minimum booking fee of $500 must be met. Generally there is one location for beauty services, however if there is time in the schedule and artist availability an additional location can be added for another $25 mobile kit fee per artist, and mileage and other fees, if applicable. 

Do you offer airbrush makeup? 

Yes! I am trained by the Temptu global educator. Airbrush makeup looks flawless in person, photographs beautifully, is great for hi-def videography. It is long-lasting, and heat, cold, water, perspiration, humidity, and tear resistant. However, like your wedding gown material, or your hairstyle, I cannot guarantee makeup will not be affected by every possible condition or action. Services are non-refundable.

How much time is needed for makeup services?

I will recommend a start time based on how many are in the wedding party, and what time you need to be ready by. For example, a wedding party of a bride and 4 attendants with one artist requires a 4 hour prep time. Ideally you should schedule makeup and hair services, with the exception of touch ups, to be complete when the photographer is due to arrive. To decrease prep time, a second artist may be needed, which entails additional charges.

Can you stay after initial beauty services?

Lipstick touch ups and extra powder pats are complimentary. Staying for touch-ups after first look photos or the ceremony is charged at a rate of $100 per hour.

How early can you start and how long can you stay?

Early start times (before 7:00am) and stays past 8 hours are subject to an additional $25/hr. Wait times for a late bridal party is $75/hr or having me stay for touch-ups after the first look or ceremony are at a rate of $100/hr. 

Do you provide services for destination weddings? 

Yes. Locations over 1.5 hours drive from artists' homes with start time before 7:00am may require overnight accommodation and travel expenses paid and arranged by client. Holiday fees may apply.

Do you provide wedding day services for only one person? 

Yes. No matter how many in your party I require a minimum booking fee of $500 to reserve your day. 

Do you do partial makeup application services?

I charge less for junior bridesmaids and flower girls, receiving only minimum makeup, such as lip gloss, touch of mascara, concealer and blush. Male makeup services, such as foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer are $75. I offer airbrush makeup as a stand alone service of $25 and lash application alone with a liner and mascara touch-up for $25; Premium lashes alone are $35. Lashes and airbrush stand alone services added on wedding day are $30 each.


Do you require a wedding day trial, and when should I schedule it?

I advise scheduling a trial (wedding day makeup preview) as soon as you want to explore your makeup looks, or if you’d like to see if we are a good fit prior to booking. I generally book 1-2 months out. I do not hold wedding dates without a non-refundable deposit. Trials are a separate fee from your wedding day makeup. Luxury add-on’s such as a mini-facial consisting of exfoliation, facial mask/eye masks, gua sha massage, and hand massage are available if we schedule the extra time in the prep. 
I book generally Monday through Thursday trials, at my home studio in Gales Ferry, CT or at your location (mobile fees apply) because the other days are reserved for weddings. I also offer re-trials for a fee, closer to your wedding day, incase you've changed your mind about your original look. Please note that the fee for bridal makeup on the wedding day without a previous trial is more than with one because of the extra time it will take to work out a look. 

Should I have relatives, friends, or my children attend my trial? 

If the trial is in my studio I have extra seating for 2 others so let me know ahead of time. Unfortunately, due to safety those under 14 years old. I'm also available to do a makeup trial for attendants or moms, either the same day as your trial, or another day. 

How long is a makeup trial? 

Usually 1 - 1.5 hours at a rate of $100 per hour. Please fill out the pre-trial questionnaire I will send you and send me pictures of yourself without makeup, of you with makeup the way you usually wear it, and photos of your wedding day makeup inspiration prior to the trial.

Should I schedule my hair trial at the same time as my makeup trial? 

It can be the same day, but I don't recommend at the same time, as each artist needs your undivided attention. 

Can you cover redness/acne/wrinkles/spots? 

I can cover them to a degree, depending on the size and darkness. If you have a skin concern, I suggest a makeup trial. I can also give product recommendations and advise a skincare regimen; For serious conditions such as persistent acne or inflamed rosacea I recommend a dermatologist. 

Can you cover a tattoo? 

This requires a trial run prior to wedding day, at $100 per hour to say definitively. 


Can I add on services the day of the wedding?

Yes, but if you choose to add services, the original "be ready" time may need to be adjusted. I can't be held responsible for lateness to your ceremony. I also upcharge for makeup services that are added on the wedding day to account for my last minute efforts to figure out finances (do math) and to encourage a commitment from your bridal party prior to the wedding day. This helps prevent your prep schedule being compressed or going over the finish time due to last minute add-ons. If it does, I also charge for my time past the proposed end time of $75/hr + $25/hr more if it’s been over 8 hours at the beauty prep location.

Can I subtract wedding services after I sign the contract, or on the day of the wedding if someone doesn't show up? 

A minimum booking amount of $500 applies, even if only one person. Within 3 months of the wedding the amount agreed upon prior to that is due even if people cancel, so I would kindly suggest finding replacements, such as relatives or friends, or use the extra time in the schedule to let me give a relaxing mini-facial/s prior to makeup application/s. When you book I often must subcontract additional makeup and hair artists. If you cancel services after I have hired a hairstylist or an additional makeup artist for your day their booking fees will still need to be upheld in order for them to come. If services decrease so much that an additional artist is not required to come anymore, their booking fee at the time they were hired is non-refundable. Always refer to your contract for details, which is a legally binding agreement once signed and a retainer given.

Will you wear a mask during beauty services?

I can wear a mask for an individual who requests it. I do reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who says they are ill or shows symptoms. Please advise PRIOR to booking if there is a mask, Covid test or vaccine requirement in the beauty services location.

Can you use my own makeup for my trial or wedding day?

I welcome using your own signature lip color, so please present it at the makeup application so I can coordinate the rest of your makeup colors with it. 
Please advise PRIOR to booking if you have serious or numerous allergies. I can use your personal makeup products, but they may not hold up well for a long day, may not be designed for professional photos and I can’t predict their performance if used in combination with my own products. If you opt to try my makeup, you are welcome to schedule a trial to test out for reactions, but anyone uses my services at your own risk.

Should I bring my own touch up products to the wedding? 
I do encourage everyone to bring their favorite lipstick, retouch concealer, and pressed powder in your purse. Please ask for recommendations or personal shopping services. I provide a touch up kit for the bride including items such as oil-blotting sheets (enough to share with everyone), q-tips, sponge, a powder puff, tissue, and a makeup wipe. I will provide bridesmaid touch up kits for $25 per bag if asked at least 30 days prior to the wedding.

What products do you use?  Is your makeup kit cruelty free, vegan, organic, gluten free, or hypoallergenic?

I strive to use cruelty free/vegan formulas. My priority as a professional artist is to use products based on superior performance. I use luxury brands such as Chanel, Dior, Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass,  Guerlain, Givenchy, By Terry, Laura Mercier. Prestige brands such as Nars, Lancôme, Stila, Urban Decay, Anastasia of Beverly Hills, Benefit, Estée Lauder, MAC; Professional brands such as Face Atelier, Viseart, RCMA, Graftobian, Ben Nye, Bioderma.