Post # 1
Hi Lovely Bees,
I’m getting married in DC this June and am having trouble finding a good hair stylist and makeup artist. A lot of salons charge $100+ just for the trial run. If I don’t like the trial, I’m out of a lot of money. Does anyone have recommendations so that I’m not just taking a stab in the dark?
Post # 3
There is a list of hair/makeup vendors that a D.C. knottie put together with a lot of the major hair/makeup people in the area, it has most of their prices/contact info. You can download it here –
I would go through each one and look at their portfolios.
I’d also check out the DCKnottieReview site and see which makeup artists get good reviews. You can find it here –
http://www.dcknottiereview.com/ Just select "makeup artists" from the vendor list and you can see all the bios of DC knotties who have used certain makeup artists.
The same goes for http://www.weddingwire.com
I’ve seen even the best makeup vendors get bad reviews occasionaly, but I’d say i hear the best about Kim Steele and Andrey Chekry salon overall.
Post # 4
I’m using Jill Sherrard (jillthemakeupartist.com). Unfortunately, she’s also about $100 for hair/make-up trial. I think updosforidos does really cheap trials, but day of they are quite expensive. I’m just hoping I’m happy with my trial.
Post # 5
I just had my hair and makeup trial with Giselle and Kim Giammaria and thought that they were great! They charge a little on the high side, but they both have been in the business for years. They both are so sweet and have great personalities that will add to a soothing and calm environment for your wedding day! I am so excited to work with them! It is a little of a splurge for me too, but I figured this is one day when I am allowed to do it, so I am!
A lot of DC brides hire both Kim and Giselle because they work well together. They are also good friends and enjoy eachother’s company.
They both travel to the bride which I think is important because you don’t want to run all over the place on your wedding day–it is stressful enough already! I am willing to pay the expense because I feel it is better to pay a little extra money to have the confidence that you are in good hands on your wedding day! =)
You can read other reviews of them on DCKnottieReview.com as posted above.
You can also look at my Wedding Planning Bio Page–I just added my hair and makeup trial pics.
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Post # 6
I’m in DC and I’ve been doing lots of trials by going to counters at various dept. stores–for free! My first trial was at Macy’s at the Pentagon metro stop at the Perscriptives counter. Several of the women that work there do weddings on the side, and I was really happy with my trial. I also went to MAC in Georgetown and found the makeup too va-va-voom/tranny for my own taste, but I’m sure they have some talented artists there. I’m planning a few more trials. This is a great way to try people and make-up colors out for your wedding, and esp. if you’re willing to come into the store, I know that they will do it for very little, or for the price of a lipstick or two. If you want someone on site, I’m sure it will be more. Ask around at make-up counters and see if any of the artists at a brand you like do weddings?
Post # 7
FYI – I was just over on the DC knot board and one of the knotties has begun a webpage that has pictures of knotties with their wedding hair/makeup and who the artist was. She just started it today so there are only about a dozen pics but it might be helpful to look at