Frequently asked questions...

Q. Where is Mara Hair and Mode Studio located?

The studio is located at 4011 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax City, Virginia. It is located across the street from the Fairfax County Historical County Courthouse. 

Q. What brands of make-up do you use?

A. Long-lasting, professional quality, luxurious products from the following brands; NARS, Charlotte Tilbury, M.A.C, Bobbi Brown, Sonia Roselli, Face Atelier, Hourglass, Marc Jacobs, Ben Nye, RCMA, and more.

Q. Do you have any tips for finding the perfect makeup artist for my wedding?

A. Find a makeup artist you are comfortable with and trust her guidance. She is a professional and will be a much better resource for you than any YouTube channel available. She cares about you, your day, the pictures and memories you will have for the rest of your life. Most importantly, make sure their style of artistry matches your vision for your special day.

Q. Is a bridal preview/trial necessary?

A. As a makeup artist, I highly recommend having a bridal preview. By having a preview you can feel confident in how you will look & feel on your wedding day. With the stress of such high expectations that weddings bring, the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to look! More importantly, the preview ensures you suffer no allergic reactions following any of the products I use (this is not something you want to find out on your wedding day!). It's also a lot of fun! Enjoy the run-up to your wedding and all that it brings, a little bit of pampering will be welcomed during such an overwhelming and busy time!

Will you come to my location? 

    Yes! Depending on her availability at Mara Hair and Mode Studio, Kiley can come to your location with her makeup kit to get you and your bridal party-ready. Travel fees apply for locations over a 70-mile round trip/35-mile radius of Fairfax City, Virginia. Any Wedding booking's with a prep location over this mileage, the amount will be charged a flat travel fee additionally

based on the exact location.

Can you stay for touch-ups throughout my wedding day?

   Yes! Depending on her availability, Kiley may be able to stay for touch-ups. It is an additional service fee. Please inquire for more information.

Q. Any tips on how I should prepare my skin for my wedding?

A. Looking good requires you to feel good. Make sure you get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water. Please make sure the last one is at least two weeks before your wedding if you are getting facials. Deep facial massage and manipulation can cause redness and bumps that may not go away in time for your wedding day.

   A few months before your wedding, I highly recommend using a gentle exfoliator (Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is a favorite) to eliminate dead skin from the epidermis and minimize pores. 

Q. How do I choose a makeup look?

A. It is best to consider the formality of your event and your comfort level with your makeup. For example, if you generally don't wear much makeup, it is a good idea to try out a more natural look and build it up as needed. A great source of inspiration where you can search for a variety of looks is my Pinterest profile - just follow the link and click on the different makeup boards to view lots of classic and trendy styles choose from! Remember to try and find a few different options so that I can curate a unique look based on your inspiration. Using my knowledge, I will provide advice on picking the best option for you and which best suits your features and style!

How do you sanitize your brushes and kit?

   Sanitization is one of my top priorities. My kit is cleaned after every client. I wipe down each makeup container that has been used. Makeup brushes are spot cleaned after every application with CinemaSecrets brush cleaner. At the end of the day, I take home my brushes where I wash them twice, once with soap and water and again with Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner which removes 99% of bacteria. When possible, I use a new set of brushes with each client.

    All of my liquid makeup is applied to a stainless steel palette and then is applied to the client. After each client powders are sprayed with a 70% alcohol spray. 

Q. How long will my makeup last?

A. The time on this varies largely due to multiple factors, including but not limited to, eating/drinking, sweating, crying, kissing, etc. You may need to touch up your lipstick and re-powder at some point throughout your event. I do use setting spray and sealing spray with every application to ensure the makeup lasts as long as possible.

Are you LGBTQ+ friendly?

100%! Love is LOVE!

Q. Do you offer makeup lessons?

A. Yes! I offer a private one (1) hour makeup lesson (virtually or in person) where I will show you how to do a full face from start to finish. This lesson is perfect for makeup novices, the woman who wants to improve her makeup skills, needs feedback on how to use products she already owns, and recommendations on what to buy. 

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