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 provided make-up for myself, my bridesmaids, and my mother/mother-in-law. I couldn’t have been happier with the results, and I know everyone else was equally satisfied. She has a wonderful eye for color, respectfully listens to your requests, and moves throughout the getting-ready period of the day with a calm, collected stress-free attitude. She was on time and ahead of schedule. I would highly recommend her – she’s worth every penny.

    Alyce
    Alyce
  • Liz was a dream to work with. She knew the perfect makeup to go with my vintage look, and I never felt more beautiful! Also, she did wonderful work with my partner who wanted only minimal makeup to make her skin ready for the photographs. My mom had a lot of fun working with her as well, and looked so beautiful. Liz was super professional and met us where we were getting our hair done, which made the process so fun and simple. She was very calm and fun to talk to, which really helped me with my pre-wedding jitters. I would very highly recommend her to anybody looking to have professional makeup done.

    Lorena
    Lorena
  • Liz helped me feel happy, frisky, and even BEAUTIFUL in front of that scary camera. I was full of weird anxieties (‘I don’t want to look too made-up!’) and I am absolutely overjoyed with the result. I’ll probably be using these headshots for the next ten years … at which point I will go straight back to Liz and [photographer] Lesley!

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  • Liz is so amazing! I never ended up doing a trial with her, my schedule and flexibility just did not allow me to, but she had such wonderful raving reviews that I trusted it would be ok. And all her reviews were so right! She made me look and feel so gorgeous, as well as all of my bridesmaids and my mother. Even before I met her, through all my email exchanges with her, she was so professional and so nice! I highly recommend using Liz, you will be so happy that you did!

    Christy
    Christy
  • Liz was the first and last makeup artist I considered for my wedding! When I started my search (about six months out), I was impressed by her website and reviews. Once we started emailing, I was blown away by her responsiveness. Liz asked lots of questions before and during the trial to ensure my look came out the way I wanted. I loved the way I looked and felt after both the trial and the wedding. The day of the wedding, she was all set up and ready to go when I got back home from the salon. We felt totally relaxed the morning of! I would highly recommend Liz as your makeup artist!

    Carolyn
    Carolyn