You Might Be Wondering...

Where do you work? How far will you travel?

I service clients on-site all over New England. I will travel anywhere if mileage and travel expenses (and accommodations, if necessary) are covered – and yes, that includes destination weddings abroad!

All that said, the majority of my weddings are in Western Massachusetts. My primary service areas include Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, and Berkshire Counties; the Five Colleges area, Springfield, Northern Connecticut, and Southern Vermont. I live in Holyoke, MA.

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Do you do a trial run or consultation?

Yes, I recommend that all clients schedule a pre-wedding preview session to discuss their needs with me and try out their wedding look, and a trial is included in the wedding package price. The preview is part conversation, part makeover!

First, I learn all about your style and your unique vision for your wedding day – I encourage you to share photos and inspiration with me so I get a good sense of your preferences. It’s also a good opportunity for us to get to know each other.

Then I do your makeup, and take photos and notes about the products used so you can relax on your big day, knowing you’ll get exactly the look you want.

The majority of my previews take place on at my home studio in Holyoke, MA (I can also travel to you for an additional fee). Appointments usually take about an hour or two, and they’re a lot of fun! Usually brides are the only one to schedule trials but if you have an attendant or family member who wants in on the action, they are welcome!

Most of my brides book their weddings in advance and schedule the preview closer to the wedding, but you also have the option of doing a trial run first – if you subsequently choose to book, the cost of the preview will be applied toward your package. But please remember that no wedding dates are reserved until I receive your retainer and signed contract (first come, first served).

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Will you remain on location for touch-ups?

Yes (although you’ll be surprised at how little touching up you’ll need!) For weddings and events, I will stay on location for an hourly rate which includes any changes or new looks you might desire. For photoshoots, I always remain on set for the duration of the shoot unless other arrangements have been made.

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Can you provide client references?

Absolutely, I feature many happy client stories on my reviews page.

Do you have liability insurance?

Yes indeed!

What kinds of makeup do you use? Do you airbrush?

I use professional products rated for high definition photography, and yes, I airbrush! All of my products and tools are kept clean and sanitary – no double-dipping or dirty brushes!

Will you provide makeup for touch-ups?

Yes – brides receive a complimentary touch-up kit, customized for their particular makeup look and wrapped up in a beautiful satin drawstring bag (which occasionally makes it into the wedding photos!)

Do you apply false lashes?

Yes indeed – I offer both strip and individual cluster lash application to give you show-stopping lashes that still look like lashes (and not some weird thing glued to your face!) False lashes are included in my pricing for clients who wish to wear them.

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Can you teach me how to do my own makeup?

Of course! Read more here.

Can you cover tattoos, hyperpigmentation, tan lines, rosacea, acne, birthmarks, etc.?

Yes, absolutely. Check out my Before & After gallery to see the difference makeup can make (none of those images have been retouched!)

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Will you work with my other vendors?

Yes; I play very well with others! Let me know what appointments you’ll have on your wedding day (hair, nails, pre-ceremony family photos, etc.) and I will work with you and your vendors as needed to schedule your makeup services so that everything works smoothly.

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What happens if you have to cancel?

If you hire me, you can rest assured that your wedding will be covered. I’ve never once canceled on a bride, but in the unlikely event that I am incapacitated and cannot provide services, I have an extensive network of artists that offer the same caliber of work. Together, we established a system for ourselves and our loved ones to quickly schedule a replacement artist if one of us cannot make it to a job.

We hope we never have to use it, but the system is already in place – just in case!

What are your rates?

My clients have amazing personal style, and they want to look like the very best version of themselves: in person, in photos, and on video; indoors and outdoors; all day and all night – and most of all, they don’t want to have to worry about their makeup. If that sounds like you, too, I’d love to hear more!

Happily, my clients have all been very happy with their decision to hire me, and a few bridesmaids have even said they wished they’d had me for their weddings.

(Oh, and my pricing is listed here!)

Will you be blogging about my wedding?

Only if you’re willing! I love to share stories from weddings with my blog, newsletter and Facebook readers, but participation is entirely voluntary. If you’re comfortable sharing your creativity and inspiration with other brides, and your photographer is willing to share images, I’d love to include you in a future post – but if not, that’s fine too!

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Can we schedule a time to talk?

Sure! Please use this form to contact me and let me know a few times that you would be available for a phone consultation; I will be in touch to set up a time.

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How do I book you, and how far in advance should I book?

A signed contract and a 50% retainer are required to book your date. Because there are only so many weekends in a year, I recommend that clients book in advance whenever possible. (I recommend 6-12 months, but I have been booked as far as a year and a half in advance.) Some clients choose to schedule a consultation & trial run prior to booking; others book early and schedule the consultation closer to their wedding date – that’s entirely up to you!

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  • Liz did an AMAZING job on my and my mother’s makeup for my wedding. I have truly never felt more gorgeous in my life! Neither my mom nor I wear very much make up, and Liz really takes into account each personality, skin/face type, coloring, etc when doing make up. The result was better than I could have imagined. Liz is a very calming personality, and she was wonderful to have around on my wedding day. Liz was definitely worth every penny!

    Cara
    Cara
  • Liz was amazing and I could not more highly recommend her as a professional makeup artist. My airbrush makeup lasted all day and looked perfect even after 12+ hours! She is professional, organized, and responsive. Finally, she is so kind, funny, easy going and she has a nice calm demeanor that was perfect for the hectic wedding morning. She was perfect and I could not have been happier. In fact, one of my bridesmaids was so happy with Liz’s services that she is booking her for her upcoming wedding.

    Amanda
    Amanda
  • Liz was a pleasure to work with. Having her do makeup at my wedding was one of the first (and best!) decisions I made while wedding planning. Makeup was one thing I knew I didn’t want to worry about on the day of the wedding, and it came out wonderfully. Liz is a true professional, and has a passion for her work. If you’re thinking about hiring her, go for it – but book early because she is in demand! Highly recommended.

    Angela
    Angela
  • Liz did my and my bridal party’s makeup at my wedding, and was awesome. Most importantly, she did great work. I am a very particular person (especially at my wedding), and I literally looked in the mirror when she was done and didn’t want a single thing changed. In addition to being really good at her job, she is also super cool. She is very calm, which I really appreciated. She is organized and professional, and has an attitude towards weddings and makeups that I really appreciated. I would recommend her without reservation.

    Rachel
    Rachel
  • 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