Do you do hair?"
No, I do not. I am a CA state board licensed esthetician which means I am licensed to work on client's skin (makeup, waxing, facials). Only a licensed cosmetologist can perform hair-styling services. (Make sure the stylist you choose is a licensed cosmetologist.) Please visit my recommendations page to view my favorite hairstylists to work with HERE! If you are a bride only, It saves time having a hairstylist work on your hair at the same time a makeup artist is working on you, rather than one person doing your hair and then doing your makeup after.
"Do you offer airbrush foundation?"
I do not. Through my experience, airbrush foundation does not last longer, look more natural or flawless than traditional liquid and powder foundation applied with professional brushes (plus, airbrushed makeup needs to be blended out with brushes after being sprayed on anyway!). It is messier (over-spray can get on clothing and hair) and more time consuming to change out shades in between clients. Airbrush foundation shades and equipment also cost a lot more to purchase, which means it costs more for brides to have done. I'm proud to offer my makeup services at a reasonable rate and guarantee they will last just as long as any airbrush makeup would! If you are interested in trying out airbrush, I recommend booking a trial with an artist who specializes in that, as well as booking a trial with me. You can decide on which method you prefer!
"Do you do a trial run before the day of the wedding?"
Yes, and I recommend it! I do not require a trial, but it is highly suggested. Because I believe in the importance of a trial, I offer trials at a discounted rate. Trials are 1 hour and 15 minutes long, which gives us time for a consultation, full application, as well as time to experiment with different eye and lip looks. If we do a trial, we can be sure it will come out exactly as you want for your big day!
"Where do we do the trial?"
I offer trials at my home studio (now with glorious A/C!), or at your home at a discounted rate of $75-$95 (travel fee of 0.70cents per mile roundtrip applies for mobile appointments). Starting October 1st, I will be settled into my new location at Maison Noire Salon and Spa in the city of Orange, CA!
“Do you offer makeup for my engagement party, dress shopping day, engagement or save the date photos, bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, etc?”
Absolutely! These wedding-related makeup appointments can even be used as trials where we experiment with different looks. These pre-wedding makeup appointments are available at a discounted rate as well.
"How do we organize the order of hair and makeup on the day of?"
The best way to organize wedding prep is to have the dry and normal skin type bridesmaids and mothers go first on makeup, with the bride and oilier skin type bridesmaids going last.
“Besides the actual makeup application, what is included in your pricing?”
-I come to you, complete with portable lighting, a comfy director’s chair, supplies and all the makeup I need to get you glammed up…no matter where you are! Just ensure your face is freshly washed when I arrive and I’ll take care of the rest!
-24/7 access to me via email and text to ensure we are always on the same page and that no detail, concern or question pertaining to your event is left out.
-Pro suggestions for creating your day of hair/makeup timeline so everything runs smoothly!
-Longer appointment time slot for the bride; nothing will feel rushed!
-Last minute touch-ups for you and your bridal party before heading out the door.
-Suggestions for pre-wedding skin prep so that your makeup wears longer and applies smoother on the day of.
-Connections to some of the most experienced and professional vendors in the So Cal wedding circuit!
"Where are you located and how far do you travel?"
I’m currently located in Fullerton, CA! Most of the events I do are in Orange County, LA, the Inland Empire, and San Diego, but I am available to travel anywhere in the world! After October 1st, I will be located in Orange, CA.
"When should I book with you?"
As soon as you choose your wedding date, book your venue and have an idea of how many bridesmaids may be interested in getting their makeup done! Most brides book their wedding hair and makeup 6 months to 1 year in advance, but it doesn't hurt to reach out if your wedding is this month!
"How do I reserve my date with you?"
Contact me with your wedding information here for a personalized quote: www.nikkinapalm.com/contact
"Do you travel to me on the wedding day?"
Yes! The services you pay for include me traveling to you. Wake up, have your coffee, wash your face and I'll be right there to glam you up!
"What if I'm a bride without a wedding party?"
If you're a bride only, I have a special package for you! The Bride Only package includes your trial makeup (on a day before the wedding), my travel up to 15 miles one way on your wedding day, your wedding day makeup, premium double lashes or individual lashes, and a deluxe travel size touch-up kit!
"How many people can you accommodate in one day?"
It depends on how much time we have! Depending on how many people are in your party and the time we need to be ready by, I may need to bring a second or even a third makeup artist. Usually by myself I can handle up to 6 people, but I have several very experienced makeup artists and hairstylists that I can bring with me to make sure everyone is ready by the required time. My second artists and I have handled parties of up to 15 women!
"Are lashes included?"
False lashes (strips) are included in each person's makeup application! I carry a wide variety of lash styles from very natural to dramatic. Individual false eyelashes or premium double lashes are available for an additional charge.
“What if I have lash extensions?”
Lash extensions are great for everyday wear, but they’re not my favorite for weddings for several reasons, mostly because it’s hard to control shadow falling into them and because we aren’t able to use waterproof eyeliner or mascara, which is a must for weddings. If you have lash extensions, I recommend skipping a fill before our trial so we can experiment with false lash strips, which bring more glamour than what you’re used to seeing on your eyes every day. We can chat more about lash extensions when we meet for your trial.
"Will my makeup hold through the entire celebration?"
Yes! I always check in with my brides the next day. Each and every one has told me everything lasted extremely well, even some through brunch the next morning! I use all long-wearing sweat-resistant, water-resistant makeup that requires waterproof makeup remover to take off at the end of the night. My professional mattifying setting powders and sealing setting sprays lock everything into place. Makeup may require minimal powder and lip touch-ups but for the most part it will wear extremely well.
"Do you offer on-location touch-up services or touch-up kits?"
For a flat rate charge I am available to travel to the ceremony and/or reception location and perform touch-ups on you and all of your bridal party members! This is an especially great add-on for brides who think they may get emotional. I offer this service for a minimum of 2 hours or a maximum of 4 hours. During the time I am with you, but not actually touching up anyone, I like to take as many behind the scenes photos/video/boomerangs I can for you of your wedding! I can Airdrop or text these photos and videos to you before I leave the location or the next morning so you will have some photos to look at before you get your professional photos back in 1-3 months.
I also have a touch-up kit available for purchase! This touch-up kit comes equipped with everything you need to perform your own touch-ups and remove your makeup completely at the end of the night. It comes in a cute canvas bag and is available for $65. Please email for details about what is inside!
“Should I tip my makeup artist and hairstylist? If so, how much?”
Although gratuity is never expected, it is always very appreciated & helps support small business. The beauty industry standard is 20%. If you choose to tip your beauty pros, this can be done in the form of cash or Venmo on the day of your event!
“What do I need to do to prepare my face for a professional makeup application?”
I will have a helpful skin prep suggestions sheet for you upon booking and also make specific recommendations for you at our trial!
"Why is it so important to hire a professional makeup artist for my wedding?"
The day you get married is arguably the most important day of your life. It's the day when you should feel the most confident and the most beautiful. You've spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars finalizing every detail of everything...all of your closest family, and friends will be gathered together to see you in your moment of glory! You'll never have had so many photos taken of you...in fact, your face will be in almost every picture, and your face will be the first thing all of your loved ones see! Not your dress, not your jewelry or shoes...your face. Which is why hiring a professional to do your bridal makeup is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your wedding.
A professional will own the tools of the trade and have years of training under their brush belts. True professionals use professional brushes and prestige makeup brands...we aren't talking Covergirl, Wet n' Wild and Rimmel, or even BB cream, chapstick and mascara. You're gonna need something more heavy duty...prestige makeup brands are high performance, and they have to be. On a wedding day there is dancing, smiling and laughing, drinking, eating, hugs, kisses, sweat, and tears of joy. Everything needs to wear flawlessly for 8-12 hours. Makeup is long-wearing, not bulletproof, so touch-ups are necessary to control shine, but for the most part, the makeup won't budge.
Well what about getting it done at the mall? Like at the MAC counter?
While making an appointment at your local makeup counter may sound like a good idea because it's the most cost effective option, you may want to think again. There’s no need to drive all around town risking the possibility of hitting traffic, or stressing out about not being able to find parking at the mall when you have 100 other things to worry about on the biggest day of your life. A professional comes to you! An on-location artist will pamper you and create a relaxed environment. Having that relaxation and pampering before the ceremony is an important stress reliever.
When you go to a makeup counter, there is typically loud music, customers interrupting and other distractions. The environment is less than ideal for prepping a bride. Plus, you have the possibility of encountering one of three artists: the new artist who has little to no experience, someone who is very talented, cares, and has been there for years, or someone who will give you a rushed job resulting in "meh" makeup because they need to get back to selling. Do you really want to take that chance on your wedding day?
A counter makeup artist's primary goal is to sell makeup, not do makeup (they are a business, not a salon service facility), so most are trained on sales and not artistry. Even if they are skilled artists they typically don't genuinely care because: a) they don't know you and are not invested in you or your event b) they know you will be purchasing the minimum amount because most makeup appointments do c) you most likely will not tipping them because most appointments don't. Makeup artists make approximately 2% commission on sales, so they make about $1 from performing your service with minimum purchase, so pleasing you is not their primary focus. They will most likely step away from your appointment session to help walk-up customers in order to achieve their impossibly high sales goals. They can’t take the time out for you the way a professional would in a private environment, due to the pressure from management to meet their quotas. Besides, think about the makeup testers she's going to use on you...everyone touches these, and they may not have been sanitized correctly. A professional brings their own kit and sanitizes each product before use on every client because their reputation depends on it.
Here are the bullet point differences of hiring someone to come to you, and going to the mall:
-A private make up artist will travel to your home or location and will be on time.
-A private make up artist will work around your schedule and will be available in the early morning hours or later night hours.
-A private make up artist will cater only to you and your guests in a comfortable relaxed environment.
-A private make up artist will not try to sell you anything.
-A private make up artist will care to use proper sanitary techniques and may have a higher level of expertise in artistry skills.
-A private makeup artist will take her time with your makeup.
-A make up counter artist will only be available usually in between 10 AM to 5 PM, or 11 AM to 5 PM on Sundays.
-The counter make up artist will need you to travel to them, you'll have to spend time and gas driving to the mall and then have to find parking. (The artist also may be late for her appointment because after working for MAC for 6 years, my co-workers were 10-15 minutes late for their shifts 90% of the time.)
-However if YOU are 10 to 15 minutes late for your appointment your appointment maybe given away to someone else.
-A counter make up artist may have to step away from you to help other customers who come up to the counter to buy products.
-A counter make up artist’s job is to sell you products, no “do your makeup”; it is a retail establishment business, not a salon; they have a incredible sales pressure on them to sell you approximately $125 during the hour they are with you.
-The mall is very distracting, noisy environment
-The counter make up artist may be new to doing make up, or she may be experienced; that is a risk you take.
-If you don't like how your make up turns out, you have just wasted time and money only to go home and do it yourself or have another make up artist attempt it.
Often times, the amount of money you spend getting to the mall, having your makeup done and purchasing your items turns out to be about the same amount of time or money you'd spend having someone come to you. Having a private artist travel to you is a luxury service, but it is sometimes worth the convenience and quality!
"What about my cousin or my family friend? She's really good at doing makeup, she watches YouTube all day and always buys the latest makeup products! Someone also was posting on Craigslist for $40 per person...I've already spent so much money on this wedding I may have to go with one of these options."
The beauty industry is bigger than it's ever been due to the rise of Instagram and other social media outlets. We have access to all kinds of information regarding makeup that we didn't have access to 10 years ago. Things have changed! I absolutely believe that people have friends and family close to them who are knowledgeable and truly skilled at doing makeup. But be sure to ask if she does makeup on other people. Not just for her friends for prom, I mean brides. Does she understand how to time manage, how to sanitize her products, and does she have a kit specifically for clients or is she using her own makeup from her bathroom? Does she have a professional director's chair and portable lighting in case the room is dark? Is she reliable? Will she show up on time? Will she use the correct foundation on you or will you be left looking ghastly white or orange in photos? Do the products last on the skin and look natural? Will she listen to what you want with your makeup or will she do her own style? Does she have a contract with both your signatures in place protecting you in case she has to cancel?
A $40 makeup artist from Craigslist may cancel on you the day before your wedding because it's not worth it for them to show up at 8am for what she's charging, or she may show up, have you sit on the edge of the bed in your hotel room and use her own mascara on you and dollar store lashes. These are all very important things to consider before letting a family member, friend, or an inexperienced artist do your makeup for your wedding.
Look for an artist who has a website with a photo portfolio, minimum 5 years experience, and a good reputation. Always do a trial with them. Pay attention to your artist's timeliness in communication with you, punctuality, sanitation practices, and professionalism. It should never take longer than an hour and 20 minutes to do a full face of makeup unless you are experimenting with different eye and lip ideas, so if your artist seems slow they won't be a great fit for a wedding (which is an event with a schedule and deadline). If she requires both of your signatures on a contract, suggests a trial run ahead of time, and charges between $100-$300 for bridal makeup and $75-$100 for bridal party member makeup, she's likely a good choice. It truly costs this much to run a legitimate makeup service business. We understand weddings are expensive ($36,000 on average in California for 2018 according to WeddingWire.com!), but purchasing the makeup and tools we use in our makeup kits is also expensive. Beauty school, workshops and seminars are expensive. Trust us, bridal beauty is not something worth cutting corners on. Keep searching until you find the right artist for your style and budget!