Get to Know Liz

Hi! I’m Liz Washer, and I’m passionate about helping women look their best and feel confident for special occasions and every day.

I specialize in airbrush makeup because it makes you look flawless in person and on-camera, and it works on all skin types.

Read more to find out if I’m the right makeup artist for you:

How long have you been doing makeup, and how did you get started?

I did my very first wedding in 2005. It was so much fun, and I definitely got the bridal bug!

I got started years before that, and purely for the love of it. The big secret is I’m actually kind of a tomboy (shh, don’t tell anyone!), but I dabbled in 3-D model painting and blending colors as I was developing my artistic side. When I started doing makeup, I quickly realized how much fun it was to exercise control over one’s appearance, confidence, and personal style. It’s amazing what a difference the little things can make!

I was hooked. I started out doing makeup on myself and friends, and spent years taking lots of close-up photos so I could see exactly how my work translated on camera (I’m a perfectionist that way) – pretty soon I was doing makeup on everyone who would sit still long enough. From there, I began studying and getting as much training as I could while building my portfolio, which eventually lead to the creation of my editorial & commercial website (launched in 2009).

Since then, I’ve worked on countless weddings as well as advertisements, catalogs, commercials, headshots, events, performances, fashion editorials, runway, and independent film. My work has been published in local and national magazines (both online and in print), featured in commercial campaigns, and I’ve even had the opportunity to work with a couple of celebrities. My specialty is clean, feature-enhancing, camera-ready makeup for women and men of all ages and complexions.

And the learning never stops… I regularly attend professional trainings and workshops, work with other artists in the field, and take on new challenges to keep my skills sharp. It’s safe to say that my efforts have snowballed into an amazing and enriching career!

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What do you love most about doing makeup?

I believe that beauty is universal, and makeup is one way to let it shine through! I love the effect makeup can have on a person’s overall style and attitude, and I strive to enhance both with my work. I relish working with color and texture and finding ways to enhance the face in front of me, and I enjoy the collaborative process involved in a wedding, shoot, or any professional work that I do.

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What sets you apart from other makeup artists?

My focus is makeup for high-definition photography and video. I learned to do makeup for the camera right from the start! The reason my portfolio is so extensive is not just because I love doing photoshoots (although I do – they’re so much fun!) but because I know how important it is for makeup artists to create faces that look amazing in person as well as on screen, in any lighting situation.

As an agency-represented artist with a flourishing commercial media makeup career, I’m something of a rarity in the bridal industry (particularly in Western New England). I bring an editorial eye to every wedding that I do, and I don’t fall back on a cookie-cutter look that doesn’t suit the face (or the personality) that I’m working with. I work very collaboratively with clients to help them look their best from every angle and in every medium. My motto? Blending is everything!

Another thing that sets me apart is that my services are fully mobile – I come to you with my kit, comfy director’s chair (to make you feel like the V.I.P. you are), and even a table and lighting if needed. You don’t have to worry about providing a perfect studio set-up for me, and you don’t have to take time out of an already stressful day to go to a salon to get your makeup done. Just sit back at your home, hotel room or wherever, relax and enjoy a mimosa while I work my magic! I also have a modest home studio which provides a comfortable space for client consultations and session makeovers.

I don’t sell makeup, so when you hire me, you’re not going to get a relentless product pitch (though I’m happy to share recommendations on request). My kit is customized and I use a variety of different pro products, and my goal is to create beautiful, long-lasting faces (that result in flawless photos) for my clients.

Finally, I’m an avid writer and love to share my knowledge with others (you can download my ebook below). I regularly serve as an expert resource in a variety of media, and I publish a biweekly newsletter as well.

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Who do you work best with?

I’ve been so fortunate to have the clients I’ve had! The brides (and grooms!) that I work with have unique personal styles and share their ideas with me so I can craft the wedding look of their dreams. Lots of my brides are really creative – I’ve seen them tackle so many cool projects during their wedding planning, and it’s really inspiring to see what they come up with. Some of my clients are everyday makeup wearers and some hardly wear any at all, but they all have a few things in common:

  • They want to make the most of their investment in photography and videography
  • They want to look like the best version of themselves – not like they’re wearing a mask
  • They want to actually enjoy their wedding day, without having to worry about their makeup!
  • Oh, and they also usually love animals. That has nothing to do with makeup or weddings; it’s just something I’ve noticed. Which is always nice, since I love to exchange pet stories! (That’s Edie the wonder mutt pictured below, accompanying me on a recent makeup shopping excursion.)

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Do I really need makeup for my wedding? Will I look like myself?

Absolutely! I specialize in clients who don’t normally wear much makeup and I make sure to learn about their personal styles and comfort zones. Makeup is about looking like the most amazing version of yourself, in person and in every photo. When we go without, our features tend to be harder to distinguish and we may look washed out. And if we wear our everyday makeup, we may not get the results we’re hoping for (many everyday products and application methods don’t translate well on camera). As Calvin Klein said, “The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.”

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Oh who am I kidding – I love makeup and I want to stop traffic!

Splendid; we’ll have a blast! I love when clients share their ideas – feel free to bring photos or send links that demonstrate the look you’re interested in and I’ll adapt it to your features and coloring.

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  • Liz was referred to me through multiple sources, and after working with her, I can absolutely see why she was so highly recommended by other vendors I met. The day of the wedding Liz arrived on time and finished ahead of schedule. The way Liz did makeup was as if she has an intuitive sense for their personalities and style, and all of my ladies looked like the best versions of themselves. We also had so much FUN! Now, lets talk about my makeup. I literally wouldn’t have changed a thing. My makeup remained flawless all night. I drank, danced, and hugged, and it all stayed put. The value of not touching up your makeup on your wedding night is seriously priceless. I couldn’t more highly recommend Liz!

    Mary
    Mary
  • I had no-makeup-wearing, ‘please do not overdo it my significant other doesn’t like to see me in a lot of makeup,’ skeptics in my bridal party and after Liz was through with them, makeup converts. Liz’s talent is unmatched. I feel so lucky that she happened to have a Saturday open. Be smarter than me and book her way in advance and convince all the girls in your party to get her services. She made me the best version of myself & on top of that was so fun/easy to work with. Everything was effortless about the entire process – from trial to wedding day finish. Liz should and will be the easiest decision you’ve made for your wedding!

    Emily
    Emily
  • From my first phone call with Liz she was professional, a good listener, responsive, and kind. I felt completely comfortable while she was working on me, and even less stressed. She really listened to what my mother and I envisioned for our makeup and we were thrilled and amazed by the results! The colors that she used were completely complimentary to my skin tone and eye color. Her makeup made me feel so much more special than the makeup I usually wear to an event. My mother loved her makeup as well. She looked great, and some of the guests said that she looked younger. I would absolutely recommend Liz for wedding, or any special event makeup. She’s incredible!

    Julia
    Julia
  • Liz came highly recommended & I knew it would be a match as soon as I met her. She asked how I wanted to look, and even though I did an awful job of explaining, she went to work, and afterward, I sighed with relief, looking at my own reflection in the mirror. She made me look like ME! (except slightly enhanced) I knew I could trust her the day of the wedding. She did such a wonderful job with all my girls and moms. Everything was very natural, meaning they were recognizable. Liz has a real eye for what looks good on people, and is very trustworthy. I had an all day wedding and the makeup stayed put all day, dancing and crying and all!

    Melissa
    Melissa
  • Liz was incredible! From the makeup trial to the wedding day itself and all the crazy emails I sent in between she was professional, patient, understanding, personable, and friendly. She listened to my vision, understood the theme of my wedding (Victorian), and pulled off exactly what I was hoping for: Hollywood classy with a touch of smoky eye. Nothing too over the top but a bit more than the typical bride request. Liz simply nailed it! She also made my mother look like a Hollywood star from the 50’s! It literally brought me to tears to see my mother so naturally beautiful!

    Meridith
    Meridith