We offer luxury makeup artistry services, as well as hair styling and arranging for photo shoots, both in our studio in historic downtown McKinney, TX, and also on site to the location of your choosing. Our mobile studio comes complete with studio makeup chairs and specialty makeup lighting.
Our artists all have received specialized training in the art of bridal and editorial makeup and hair styling/arranging. We use a variety of premium products, including airbrush makeup, giving you a beautiful, flawless finish and long lasting, waterproof, tear-proof result unlike anything you'd receive at a makeup counter. Our hair styling (for photography) methods are designed for both beauty and longevity.
Due to the size of our team (currently 9 artists!), we are able to serve virtually any size wedding party in as little as two hours. Large bridal parties are our specialty!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I really need a makeup artist/hair stylist? Can I even afford one?
No doubt about it, weddings are expensive. You've probably already made a significant investment in your photography. But I can guarantee you, the one way to ensure that you hate every single one of those expensive photographs is to hate the way you look in them. Hiring a seasoned makeup artist is a worthwhile investment in your photography. Having your makeup done by a professional will ensure that your photographs will look best and timeless. Even if you do your own makeup daily, makeup for photography is different and the products used are different. Remember, these photos will last you a lifetime. Additionally, on-site hair and makeup services will play a huge role in allowing you to relax and enjoy being pampered on your special day stress-free. For more info on this topic, check out our interview with Altar Ego Weddings!
What do I need to do to book you?
A signed electronic contract and 50% retainer (which can also be paid electronically via credit card) will reserve your date. The remaining 50% is due in one payment on the wedding day, or you can pay your balance off in advance of the wedding if you prefer. While most of our clients prefer the ease of electronic payments via credit card, we also happily accept cash, checks and paypal.
Anxious to get an artist secured, but need a little more time to get your headcount together for a contract? We are pleased to offer you an option of putting down a $500 non-refundable retainer to secure your artist for 30-60 days (depending on how far out your wedding date is) while you finalize your wedding day details for the contract. The $500 will go towards your 50% retainer once the contract is finalized at the end of the 30 or 60 days.
Can I have a trial run BEFORE booking?
Sure we can do that for you, but please understand the date will not be reserved until a contract and retainer are in place. We do not hold dates pending trial runs. Trial runs consist of going over your wedding details, discussing any pertinent beauty and grooming considerations prior to the wedding, and finally going over the hair and makeup inspiration looks you have in mind for yourself. Will will make recommendations as needed, and once we have an agreed upon game plan, we will execute the hair and makeup looks on you, and will go back and make adjustments as necessary based on your feedback. We then take photographs and notes so we can replicate the look again on your wedding day. This appointment is limited to 2.5 hours.
How far in advance should clients book your services?
The sooner the better! 3-8 months in advance is typical, but a year or more isn't out of the question. If you're wanting to book last minute, go ahead and contact us! You never know, we could still be available!
Do you have a studio? Do you come to me?
Yes and yes! We typically do consultations, trial runs, bridal / engagement portrait hair & makeup and all other "pre-wedding" appointments in our studio located on the historic downtown McKinney square, However we are also available to come on site to you for those appointments for an additional travel fee. On wedding days travel on site to your location is included (within the DFW Metro) when you have at least 6 hair or makeup services. If you don't have that many services, or you're out of the metroplex, we can still come on site to your location for an additional fee. Please request a quote for more details.
What is your cancellation policy?
There are no refunds given due to a cancellation after the contract and deposit are in place. We require payment in advance for any hair/makeup appointments that are booked outside of a wedding contract.
I have a multi-day event, do you offer me any discounts?
Please request a quote and give us some details in the comments so we can give you a customized quote.
Can you cover a tattoo? Yes we can! We have been trained by experts in this field, and use waterproof, transfer resistant makeup. Price for tattoo cover is approximately $25/square inch. Please measure your tattoo and send a picture of the tattoo to email@example.com and we will give you a customized quote.
Can you stay on site for touch-ups? Can you come back and change my makeup or hair into a different style for the reception?
We are happy to accommodate these special requests. Our Full Service Experience package includes on-site styling and touch-up services, or our hourly rate will apply for a la carte bookings. Please request a quote and let us know more about your needs.
I have a lot of girls and a very short window of time for us all to get ready. Can you accommodate us?
If you have a tight timeline the day of your wedding, but a large wedding party, we are still more than able to accommodate you! Additional artists can be added as necessary to meet your scheduling needs and will be charged as a flat $200 fee in addition to the per/person styling fees. If your schedule is flexible - not to worry, we automatically include 2-3 artists for most wedding parties that have at least 5 hours of time for hair and makeup at no additional charge. Typically the additional artist fee only kicks in with extreme circumstances, such as you have 12 girls that all need hair and makeup within a 2 hour window.
Do you charge extra for early morning events?
We'll get up early for you! Any wedding services with a start time earlier than 7am will be assessed a fee of $75/hour/artist for each hour before 7am. In some cases accommodations for the artists may be requested for the night prior to the event. Often times our brides opt to add an additional artist (see above) or two so they can sleep in a bit longer on the wedding day as opposed to paying the early morning start fee.
Is gratuity included automatically?
Gratuities are left to the discretion of our clients and are not reflected in our pricing. However they are always greatly appreciated if you feel you have received excellent service.
What kind of makeup do you use?
The BEST kinds. Premium, professional products. Most of the brand names in my kit are not ones you will recognize as they are considered professional, not consumer, brands. Therefore you won't find them in department stores. These brands offer the most beautiful finish, the best longevity and the highest performance. Several of the products I use are also available for purchase as part of the professional makeup line, Limelight by Alcone!
What hair styling services do you provide?
Our artists provide hair styling/arranging services for photoshoots, and our team's licenced cosmetologists can also provide blow outs, cuts and color as needed!
Can you recommend a place to buy my hair accessories or veil?
YES! I am so excited that we've recently partnered with Hair Comes the Bride who makes fabulous bridal hair combs, clips, flowers, headbands and veils! Check them out at www.haircomesthebride.com
Do you provide any specialty services? (airbrushing, extensions, false eyelashes, etc)
I do provide airbrush makeup, however I have found it is not always the best choice for every skin type and texture! At your trial run we will discuss what the best choice is for you. False lashes are included in all our pricing. We are also happy to have licensed esthetician Amy Doty on our team to provide facials, spray tanning and waxing services before the wedding! If you have questions about other specialty services, just ask! If I don't provide the service chances are I can recommend someone who does. We do not provide hair extensions, but recommend visiting your local Sally Beauty Supply where a sales associate can color match you to the Remy Euronext Extensions they carry there (any extensions you purchase must be 100% human hair in order to be styled.)
Do you give lessons?
Absolutely! In fact, a complimentary makeup lesson is included for all wedding bookings once the wedding has passed. I also am happy to set up a small group or 1:1 makeup lesson with you outside of a wedding booking. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's set something up!
Do you only do weddings?
Absolutely not! Erin Blair Gobin and her team are available for commercial photo/video shoots,editorial work, runway, films and any other makeup and hair need you can think of! We even have artists on our team who specialize in body painting and special effects! For day rate information, please email us at email@example.com.