- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
I’ll start off by saying that I never wear makeup–I don’t like having stuff on my face, and I don’t have the patience or time to put on anything more than spot concealer and lip balm. With that said, I’m really happy that I chose Ai Sakai to do my hair and makeup for my wedding (9/23/12), and just wanted to share my experience.
Prior to the wedding, I had a trial with her and another makeup artist, and it was an easy choice to pick Ai in the end. Ai spent so much time with me during the trial, trying the two different hairstyles (hair down and then hair up) and two makeup looks (more natural and a little more dramatic) that I asked for. She was sweet, patient, and meticulous, taking notes and photos to keep track of each look. After I booked her, communication was easy via email and Ai or her assistant would respond relatively quickly to any questions I had.
On the wedding day, Ai did a nice and simple (but very relaxing) facial massage for me before starting the makeup, and it definitely helped to calm me down! Everyone complimented me on how I looked, and I felt so comfortable. Before the wedding, my husband had worried that I would look very different than how he was used to seeing me, but on the wedding day he said I still looked like myself and looked beautiful. The makeup lasted all day, and looked really nice in photos. My updo stayed up and in place all day, and I was so happy with it (I have long, thick Asian hair that is not the easiest to work with). One of my bridesmaids, who also doesn’t wear makeup ever, ended up being really happy with her look, and she said that it didn’t feel like she had anything on her face.
Even though Ai’s services were a little outside of my budget range, I decided to splurge, and I thought it was well worth it. I’d recommend Ai to anyone looking for hair and makeup services, and especially to people who are not used to wearing makeup!