Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire a makeup artist?
There are so many things to worry about on your wedding day. What your makeup will look like, who is going to do it, will it last and various other questions related to beauty should not be one of them. Makeup is one of the few things that will live on forever in your pictures from the most important day of your life, and it is important that a professional apply that makeup. The reason for this is because Mandy is knowledgable in products that will work best with your skin to last all day with minimal touch ups required. She is also trained to make sure that the best colors and products are used to suit your skin tone and type. It is a luxury service that has never been regretted by any of Mandy’s clients.
Do you do hair?
Mandy is certified in makeup, and that is her specialty. Because of this, she does not do braids and up dos. She will do simple hair styles in addition to the makeup. If you are interested in a recommendations for bridal hairstylists, Mandy has worked with many that she trusts to refer, and will be glad to put you in touch with them. Mandy does prefer her clients to choose their own stylists based on their wants and needs for their preferred bridal hair look. Mandy has found in her working experience that when you choose two artists that are specialized in their own craft, you will get the most beautiful result. And finally, when you have a large wedding party, you are going to be on a tight schedule when getting ready, and multiple stylists will be a necessity to ensure everyone gets ready in time.
How do I book you for my date?
Once you decide to book, a signed contract and 50% deposit will secure the date. The remaining 50% is due one week before your wedding/event. Please note that dates are booked on a first come, first serve basis, and will not be final until a contract and deposit are received. A verbal agreement via email/phone will not be sufficient to book your date.
Do you travel to me or do I have to come to you?
Mandy will travel to you. Part of the luxury service that is hiring a makeup artist is not having to leave your place of comfort and have the artist come to you.
Do you charge a travel fee?
Yes, after a 40 mile round trip, there will be a travel fee added to your balance. The exact fee will be based on your location, and can be discussed at your time of booking.
Do you charge for events/weddings held on a holiday?
Yes, there is a 20% surcharge for bookings on a holiday. Mandy does not work and will not accept bookings on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Do you provide airbrush makeup as a service?
Mandy has been trained in airbrush, and does have a machine. She prefers using traditional makeup because she finds that it is easier to manipulate to get the same, if not better, result than airbrush. She will be glad to go over with all of her thoughts on airbrush at your consultation, and if you are set on having airbrush, it is an option for a higher fee than traditional makeup.
How do I prepare for my bridal trial?
Mandy asks that you wear a white or ivory shirt the day of your trial. The makeup will look different against different colors, so to be sure your makeup will look the same on your big day as the day of your trial, it is recommended you wear the same color as your dress. It is also a great idea to book your trial on a day where you have a lot to do. It will be the best test as to the longevity of the makeup on your skin when you wear it on a busy day. Please note that Mandy only books trials on Monday-Friday.
How long are you with the bride on her wedding day?
That is totally dependent on the bride. If you choose to have Mandy with you after the time it takes to get you and your bridal party ready, she can be booked hourly for touch ups. If you choose to have her with you the entire day throughout your reception, she will be happy to discuss her day rate with you. This helps put the bride at ease when she knows that her makeup will be the freshest it can be throughout her entire day.
What makeup do you carry in your kit?
Mandy does not carry one specific brand of makeup in her kit. She has tried and tested hundreds of products and has chosen the very best for her clients. She carries everything from MAC, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Face Atelier, and much much more. She believes that if your paying for a luxury service, that should also include luxury products.