Where are you located?
Both of the studios I work out of are in Old Town Fairfax City, Virginia. Mara Hair & Mode Studio and The Studio Collective.
Do you have any tips for finding the perfect makeup artist for my wedding?
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.
Why is there a rate difference for onsite services versus the studio location?
There is a service rate difference for onsite services, for the convenience of having beauty services brought to your location with a complete set up to perform beauty services at your location, versus the studio location, which is already equipped with a complete setup ready to perform beauty services. I am happy and able to be flexible and come to you for your services by leaving the studio, however, this requires extra time before and after your beauty services. I must pack up and set up all supplies and gear needed to complete services, at your desired location. This rate difference includes the time and convenience of services being brought to you. If this rate difference for onsite services is not within your budget, you have the option of coming into the studio.
Can you come to my location?
Absolutely! A mileage fee of $.60 round-trip will be charged for locations outside the city of Fairfax, Virginia. Any destination that is over 1hr 30min from my base in Fairfax City will require a hotel room stay. Paid valet parking is required in Washington, D.C., Arlington, or any other city venue. Unless there is a parking lot next to the hotel or venue. If a parking fee is incurred, the client is responsible for payment on the day of the event.
Do you have COVID-19 Protocol you follow during services?
The pandemic is ever-changing and it is hard to know what protocols and guidelines will be in place at the time of your services. CLICK HERE for a complete guide on what you can expect during the unexpected.
What brands of makeup do you use?
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.
Is a bridal preview/trial necessary?
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 bit of pampering will be welcomed during such an overwhelming and busy time!
Why does Bridal makeup cost more than the other services?
I strive to make sure the bride feels confident and calm, and that she can have any questions or concerns answered regarding the makeup process. The extra time needed for makeup and my time spent on communication throughout the whole wedding planning process (timeline, emails, calls, etc.) is included in this price.
Can you stay for touch-ups throughout my wedding day?
Yes! Depending on my availability, I may be able to stay for touch-ups. I charge $100 hourly to stay for touch-ups.
Any tips on how I should prepare my skin for my wedding?
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 beginning to use a gentle exfoliant (Sexapeel by Sonia Roselli is a favorite of mine) to eliminate dead skin from the epidermis and minimize pores. Make sure you are using SPF every day as well.
How do I choose my makeup look?
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 to 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.
How long will my makeup last?
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!
Do you offer makeup lessons?
Yes! I offer a private makeup lessons (virtually or in-person) where I will show you how to do a full face from start to finish. If you are interested in booking a lesson with me, please head to the makeup lessons inquiry page.