frequently asked questions

Q. Why should I book a professional makeup artist when I can do my makeup myself for my event/wedding or have my friend/relative do it for free?
A. I want you to be completely happy with how you look on your big day. If you feel you are completely competent, then go for it! If any of these following statements apply to you, I would recommend hiring a professional:

  • You aren't sure how to make your makeup last all day.

  • You aren't sure how to best apply makeup for professional photography.

  • You aren't sure what colors to use on your eyes and lips.

  • You want your makeup to look flawless under all lighting and flash photography.

  • Your friend/relative doesn't have experience applying makeup on other individuals and isn't aware of proper industry standard sanitation practices.

  • You think you might be too anxious/nervous to focus and do your own makeup on your wedding/event day.

  • You've already spend tons of money on a professional photographer, amazing venue, beautiful dress/shoes/accessories, etc. Your face deserves just as much attention!

Q. What makeup brands do you use?
A. I carry a large variety of brands in my kit. I carry many items from prestigious brands, such as MAC, Marc Jacobs, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Makeup For Ever, Laura Mercier, etc. I also carry a few greatly loved products (such as my favorite mascara!) from more affordable brands, such as NYX and L'Oreal Paris. I use what I know to work best! In my kit, you will also see many products from brands created specifically for industry professionals that you may not recognize, such as RCMA, Embryolisse, Mehron, Makeup Atelier Paris, and Cinema Secrets.

Q. Do you use airbrush makeup?
A. I actually do not! I prefer traditional makeup application, as I find it allows me to be the most versatile with my client's skin. Contrary to popular belief, if the skin is prepped correctly and the foundation is applied correctly, traditional makeup can last just as long and look just as beautiful as airbrush makeup.

Q. Are you familiar working with mature/delicate skin?
A. Yes! I also carry specific professional skin care and makeup items formulated for mature skin to produce the best result possible.

Q. Will my mascara/eyeliner run if I cry?
A. Nope! I prepare for this, especially with my bridal clients! I only use waterproof mascara and eyeliner.

Q. I am worried that you might not carry my foundation/concealer shades or that you might not be able to match me correctly. Do I have a reason to be concerned?
A. I absolutely think your concern is legitimate, especially if you have had an experience where an artist failed to match you correctly in the past. I have experience working with all complexions, from the absolute palest to the deepest brown. You can rest assured that I will work to find your perfect shade match and only use makeup items that will flatter your complexion. If you still have doubts, you can schedule a trial run with me or email me to schedule a virtual consultation.

Q. I've never worn false lashes before/I think they look intimidating! Do I have to wear them? Will they pull my eyelashes out?
A. Wearing false lashes on your wedding/event day is completely optional, but I do urge my clients to wear them! I offer lashes with all applications at no additional cost. I have different lash styles that I choose from and I will be sure to match you with one that is suitable for the makeup you want (from the most natural to the most dramatic!). False eyelashes elevate the overall makeup application and photograph beautifully. It is your big day after all, why not bring it up a notch?! Lastly, if removed gently and correctly, false eyelashes should not effect your natural lashes.

Q. How long will my makeup last?
A. Your makeup will last all day (12+ hours). I use products designed to increase the longevity of the makeup application. I have had bridal clients at 7 a.m. and their makeup still looks flawless well into the reception. Minimal blotting and the reapplication of lip color is usually required. To help with this, I provide all brides with a touch-up kit, including blotting sheets, lipstick applicators, and a sample of your lipstick color.

Q. Do you have a client/payment minimum to book a wedding?
A. For all on-location events, I require a client minimum or the rate equivalent of the bride + 4 clients. For weddings where the travel is equal to or more than 90 minutes one way, I require a client minimum or the dollar amount equivalent of the bride + 5 people. Flower girls do not count towards the client minimum.

Q. Can I get a discount? Are your prices negotiable?
A. Nope ! When it comes to hiring a professional makeup artist for makeup services, you definitely get what you pay for! When you hire me, you are hiring an experienced professional that comes to YOU for your wedding/special event. The level of skill and expertise that you can expect is far superior to hiring your relative, friend or a cosmetic salesperson from the mall. You will be looking back on your wedding photos for a lifetime...let me ensure that you will look flawless in them!

Q. How large of a bridal party can you accommodate?
A. On average, the largest bridal party I will accommodate solo is 10 people. Depending on when the party needs to be ready by and how early you would like to start, I am able to hire on and bring additional artists with me to complete more applications or to shorten the getting ready time at an additional fee, at the client's request.

Q. Why don't you answer Instagram/Facebook direct messages?
A. To keep things professional on my end, I only discuss business matters over email and phone calls. The fastest and most efficient way to connect is via my email, kennedyshaemua@gmail.com.

Q. How long does it take you to do makeup on one person, from start to finish?
A. I book clients in 50-minute blocks, which gives me adequate time to complete their total makeup look and prepare my station for the next client. I always book the bride in a full one-hour block. Flower girls can usually be finished in 10 minutes.

Q. Do you travel to me on my wedding day?
A. Absolutely! Please see the information regarding my travel rates here.

Q. Do you do hair as well?
A. I do not! However, I can recommend a local hairstylist to you, if you are interested.


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