What is a “trial”? A trial is just that. I will travel to your location and do your makeup as if it were the day of your wedding. You will get to preview your look, wear it for the day and evening. See that it will last about 15 hours, what it looks like in different lighting and different times of day.
Do I need to have a trial & consultation? Highly recommended. As for any service at a wedding, the least amount of surprises, the better. You wouldn’t hire a caterer without a “tasting”. Many Brides who are confident with my services and love the photos they see in my portfolio, or have been bridesmaids at other weddings, book my services without a trial and all have been very pleased.
How far in advance do I need to schedule my trial? Makeup artists can be booked from six months up to a year in advance, depending on the month. It’s probably better, and one less thing to stress over, to book your makeup artist several months in advance.
Where will the trial / consultation take place? The makeup artist will come to your location, within the city of Chicago, North Shore, and surrounding suburbs. No travel fee. Please contact Fine Makeup Art regarding longer distances and Destination Weddings. Travel fees apply.
How long does the trial and consultation take? Allow one hour and 30 minutes.
Do you do wedding hair styles as well? No. Only for photo and television. Wedding hairstyles are a specialty in themselves, and Fine Makeup Art has several amazing hairstylists/associates that specialize in wedding hairstyles. You can book your own hairstylist, or choose to work with one of Fine Makeup Art’s associates. It is also most helpful to have both a makeup artist and a hair stylist on your wedding day. One person doing both hair & makeup will take far too much time to complete the bride, as well as her bridesmaids and entire wedding party.
What kind of makeup do you use? A number of different products from several different lines of makeup. The products that work best and give the best end results. This is my profession and passion to be educated about all the different makeup products available. I am constantly trying products and updating my kit, and what stays in my kit is results-driven. Not retail driven. That being said, you will find products from Nars, MAC and Bobbi Brown, Face Atelier, and Makeup Forever products. This is a French professional line of makeup that has been on the cutting edge of new waterproof and long-wear makeup technology. I love their HD setting powder as well. It is simply the best available, and the most finely ground powder out there. It is less visible on the skin than other powders. I use Smashbox or Whip Hand Primer under foundation. A couple of years ago, while working The Rosie Show, some NY makeup artists turned me on to great eyeshadow from Inglot. Love these colors! They are slowly making their way into the Midwest and now available at Macy’s in Chicago. My makeup kit is constantly evolving as styles and technology changes. These are just some of the products in my kit. As we speak, I am waiting for the arrival of cutting-edge formulas for long wear lips from Europe…
What kind of foundation do you use? A professional foundation used for high-definition film, not available for retail sale. Waterproof and nearly invisible, it gives a long-wearing and flawless finish on the skin. The feedback that I hear often from my brides, is that it lasts until you take it off and looks beautiful all day and night. I like to be able to stand a few inches away from my clients’ faces and not be able to see the foundation. This stays in my kit! I have several different types and brands of concealers in my kit. I find that one product or brand is not the perfect product for every skin type, age and coloring. I like to have a variety of products that provide the particular solutions for each individual client. I use airbrush as well.
Do you do airbrush foundation? Yes. I am a multi-media makeup artist and use all the tools available to me to perfect my craft.
When is the best time to schedule a makeup trial? Daylight is always best for makeup. Indoor lighting can and does change the color that your (and my) eyes see. Daylight is true light. However, most of the wedding venues have very soft, golden lighting to create ambiance. If your makeup looks great in daylight, it will look ravishing in this light. During the height of the wedding season, Saturdays can be a bit difficult for trials, so during the week is best. If you have a day off work, or a couple of optimal dates, please let me know and I will accommodate you.
Do I need to bring anything to the consultation? Just your clean, moisturized, smiling face. Tweeze or wax your eyebrows a couple of days before. If you have any inspiration photos you like, please bring them along as well. Visuals always help to get your ideas across. Feel free to visit my Pinterest page, and pin makeup that you like. A great way to put a face on your ideas.
How long will you hold my wedding date after the trial? After the trial, you will be sent booking info and a service agreement via email. I will hold your wedding date for 7 days after sending the booking info.