Number of years in the industry: 8
Signature look: All my brides are unique and so their requested looks are varied but I treat each wedding as a collaboration of ideas. My look is always soft and romantic.
Best advice for brides: My best advice is to be inspired in choosing a look for their wedding day. The perfect look need not come from a bridal magazine, it can come from an ad, or anywhere but be open to your makeup artist's professional advice. We study how certain makeup looks affect different facial features and not everything can be applied exactly as on the picture. We have to adjust the peg to fit the face. But don't be afraid to speak up either. We welcome suggestions and sometimes, a suggestion from our brides can bring out the most beautiful of looks.
Do's and don'ts:
1. I can't stress this enough—chemical peels must stop six months before the wedding. Some types of skin need six months to heal and even if we douse the skin with moisturizer on the wedding day, dried skin will peel off along with the foundation. Not a flattering look.
2. I ask my brides to show up with a clean face (no moisturizer). I like using my own because I know exactly how it will affect the makeup as opposed to other brands.
3. Do brush your teeth before we start. Not because I'm afraid of bad breath but if you brush your teeth after the foundation has been applied and set, there will be a watermark which is a reaction to the setting powder.
4. Contact lenses must be inserted before makeup is applied. It's the same principle as brushing teeth before application of makeup.
5. Don't keep checking your makeup with a handheld mirror. It distracts your makeup artist from his/her work. The lights we work with are very strong to help us see every little detail. Too strong for the bride to see the beauty of the finished look. The best way to check is to check with a mirror held at arms-length under natural sunlight or under soft lighting for evening weddings or the reception.