(Closed) Makeup Artist for Asian Bride in NYC? Please help

posted 12 years ago in New York City
Post # 17
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m looking for a hair/make up person for the asian bride too… and having a very hard time. It seems like all the good ones are booked.

Sachiko Yanase was my first choice, she was booked, but very nice called me back right away, so was Nam Vo, she was very helpful in suggesting other vendors. Also called Ai Sakai who was also booked (a friend of mine reccomended her) She seems stronger in hair than makeup.

Had a horrible experience with Reiko Utsugi, I am furious at her. She took 2 weeks to get back to me and said that another bride was also interested in my date but that she would book with whoever put down a deposit first. So I rushed to send her a paypal payment (she confirmed by phone that she received it) and then called me later to say her assistant took a deposit from someone else a week earlier before she received my deposit  (mind you I checked with her about availabiltiy by phone and email before sending payment) I can’t stand wedding vendors who bid brides against each other or cancel for a higher bid or pressure brides to book by saying someone else is inetrested in the date. (which I found that a lot of reception venues do) You are either available or not avialable. She gave me a refund but I wasted a whole afternoon dealing with her unprofessionalism.  

And now  I am starting from scratch… I’ll write another update when book someone, I am stil so mad.

Gonna try looking at other places, will repost when I have more info.

FYI, if you are an asian bride book your makeup/hair person sooner than later, because apparently they are in very high demand!!!!!!! Ok, I only have 6 months ot my wedding, but I got engaged 3 months ago and I did not think hair/maekup was so scarce.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions!!! I am specifically looking for someone with experience with asian harir/ makeup bc Ive had my hair makeup done by non-asian artists and I felt overdone or that my eyes looked weird/ hair would not curl etc….etc…





Post # 18
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Bumping this thread because this is really helpful for me!

Post # 19
38 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

wow… after reading this thread- i went to Sachiko’s website and was amazed by her pictures and work. I contacted her for a consultation- and praying she’s available for my wedding day!

Post # 20
1 posts

Hello everybody, this is my first time writing here!

I had to write to defend ms. Reiko Utsugi. You see, I am the

assistant who had a rather large role in misssweets unfortunate episode. During

this time, Reiko was away in Japan, hence the delay time in responding. I had

volunteered to “take care of things” in her absence. Well, I tried my best and

though I certainly remember some of the facts a little differently, mistakes

were indeed made,… by me! I apologized then and I’ll do it again now. This happening

was an extraordinary, regrettable and isolated experience. If I remember right,

Reiko returned the deposit with extra just to compensate for my shortcomings

and to express her sincere regret.

The good news is that this is in no way any reflection of

how Reiko does business. I hope you will consider her as all her clients love

the experience and I can tell you she is an extremely talented artist and a

very caring, genuine person.

The thought of Reiko being maligned was more than I could

bear, especially so because the above was my fumbling and she really is the

best. I’m hoping you can reference her former clients to see what I mean.

Thank you!


Post # 21
3 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

bumping this thread as it was extremely helpful! thanks everyone!

Post # 21
2 posts

Grace Weng is great for any ladies in NYC! Her rates are very affordable. Had a trial with her and booked her for my wedding next year!



Post # 22
17 posts
  • Wedding: May 2016

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lychee:  did you end up finding someone for your makeup? I would be interested in learning about you who booked. Congratulations on your big day!

Post # 23
17 posts
  • Wedding: May 2016

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lychee :  I highly recommend Reiko Utsugi. I hired her in 2016 and thought she did a fabulous job making me look a more glamorous version of myself (so still looked natural). She also did hair and makeup for my mom, sister, and 4 of my bridesmaids. makeoverwithreiko.com

Post # 24
9080 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

Closing this very old thread. 

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