Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
A: Anabelle LaGuardia has worked in the industry as a professional makeup artist for over 18 years. In 1999, Anabelle embarked on her desired career path as an aspiring makeup artist with the prestigious NYC Laura Geller Makeup Studio on the Upper East Side. Under Laura’s extensive training and mentoring she ascended the ranks to become one of the studios top requested artists for studio clientele, high-profile weddings and events.
In 2003, Anabelle launched Anabelle LaGuardia Makeup Artistry to provide on-location luxury makeup concierge services to NYC, the Tri-State area and to destinations beyond. She maintains a loyal referral network of brides, event planners, venues and photographers. Since 2008, Anabelle has been featured in the exclusive wedding directory of New York Weddings Magazine published twice a year.
As of 2010, Anabelle has continued to receive the prestigious Couples’ Choice Award by Wedding Wire for her high caliber of work, attention to detail, five-star reviews and thorough customer service. Inquire within to learn more about the Artist, Anabelle LaGuardia.
Q: WHY ARE WEDDING RATES NOT LISTED ON YOUR SITE?
A: For the past 18 plus years we have had the pleasure of building wonderful relationships with our brides, all while providing them with a full service on-location and customized pampering experience. Each bride and wedding is unique. We strive to understand your needs in order to help you determine if we are a good match for your wedding day vision. We would love to have the opportunity to connect with you to learn more about you, your wedding, vision, expectations and how we may best help you with the service options we offer. We offer a custom quote based on a few variables.
Q: WHY AM I SEEING LOW AND HIGH PRICE RANGES FOR WEDDING MAKEUP ARTISTS? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
A: Serving brides for over 18 years, we thought we would share some helpful information for brides to be searching for a wedding makeup artist. You may be experiencing some sticker shock at some of the quotes you are receiving and we get it. We don’t expect you to understand what professional wedding makeup should cost. It is especially confusing for you when you see such low to high price ranges depending on who you are researching. You may even think we are the same and left to base your decision on price. The good news is we are not all the same and here is why.
Many brides have never hired a professional makeup artist before so they understandably have no idea what professional on-location wedding day makeup services should cost and what to budget. Rates factor in covering our time (phone calls, emails, creating contracts, time actually spent doing makeup), expertise (newbies at the lower end, more experienced at the higher end), cost of materials (makeup, skin prep items, disposables, tools, brushes, lighting), insurance, education, and many other costs of doing business (studio space/rent, utilities, internet, phone, marketing and advertising).
No seasoned professional makeup artist can afford to run a business on lower than market rates. These are not sustainable business models. Do you want to invest in a business that is solid and reliable, or are you willing to take a risk on an unsustainable business canceling on you? It happens all the time. Every single wedding season, we have brides contacting us days and weeks in advance of their wedding in a panic that their cheaper artist canceled on them. No bride deserves to ever be in that predicament on one of the most important and photographed days of her life! So when you are researching wedding makeup artists, look at their level of experience, what kinds of reviews do they have, are they a solid business and reliable. We all have to start somewhere, but as with any growth in our career and craft, the more seasoned pros will be priced accordingly.
When you hire us we have been around for over 18 year with a solid reputation. We only offer the best service and utilize the best professional grade products to ensure flawless long lasting results. We can’t speak for every single makeup artist and their offerings, but brides who have worked with us tell us they knew they made the best choice in hiring us because they could trust we would be able to work well with their entire bridal party offering diverse looks to suit each person’s skin type and needs. In addition, our brides have expressed how calm and assured they were by the manner in which we listened incredibly thoughtfully and were open to both input and experimentation as well as able to make them look exactly the way they had hoped. Brides often comment on how much peace of mind we give them with our calming professional demeanor as well as being punctual, reliable and responsive with communication. This is an important investment. You must do your research.
Natalie Winkelman, Gotham Hall, NYC
“You weren’t too pushy with the makeup and you were confident in your application. You clearly were experienced. I never had a moment where I thought, “Uh oh, what is she doing?” I also appreciated your responsiveness – made me know that you take your job very seriously. I felt like I could trust you. I could just sit back and let you do your thing.”
Q: I AM CONCERNED ABOUT COST FOR MY BRIDAL PARTY. SHOULD I BE PAYING FOR THEIR MAKEUP SERVICES?
A: This is one of the most important photographed events of your life. Far too many brides feel pressure and back themselves into a corner by allowing their bridal party’s perceived value of what makeup should cost to dictate who they want to hire for. You need to be the deciding factor of who you hire to bring out the best version of you and your bridal party. Food for thought, did your bridal party have any say in who you chose as your venue, florist, photographer, your wedding dress? It is your wedding day. Choose who you want as your makeup artist. You deserve the best!
Professional makeup services for your wedding is an investment towards the quality and end result of your wedding photos. There are no do overs with your wedding photography. If you can afford to gift your bridal party with professional makeup services they will surely appreciate the gesture. If it is not in your budget to cover the full cost, there are many ways to work this out with your bridal party to ensure you have who you want to work with. In those cases, our brides will give their bridal party the option to get their makeup done or let their bridal party make their own arrangements. Some brides will opt to cover a portion of the services to offset the cost for their bridal party. It comes down to what is important to you for how you and your bridal party look and feel. There is nothing more special than a bridal party looking and feeling amazing as they celebrate you!
Danielle Mamelok, Rockleigh Country Club, Rockleigh, NJ
“After the wedding is over, a lot of your memories are through the pictures that were taken. When I look back at my wedding album in 5, 10, 15 years, I want to see how great my bridal party and I looked, among other things as well! Makeup on your wedding day can make or break your pictures. Remember, you want to look the best you possibly can when you marry the love of your life. If makeup isn’t important to you, what is?!”
Q: DO YOU ONLY DO MAKEUP FOR WEDDINGS?
A: We provide on-location makeup services for photo and video shoots, head shots, makeup lessons, maternity and family portraits, special events and proms.
Q: CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE ALL ETHNICITY?
A: We have extensive experience with all skin types and ethnicity.
Zara Mogilevsky, Essex House, NYC
“I was very worried that my makeup artist would not be able to work with women of different ethnicity and skin tones. I was also worried that my bridesmaids and I would look fake or too made up. When Anabelle came over to my apartment to do my makeup trial I remember speaking with her about my concerns directly. She assured me that she had worked with brides and bridesmaids of all different ethnicity and skin tone – she even cited specific examples from her previous work. This really helped to calm my nerves. Having Anabelle do the makeup trial on me and seeing what the makeup would actually look like on the big day reassured me that everyone would look their best and not overly made-up.”
Q: DO YOU OFFER MAKEUP LESSONS?
A: Absolutely! We love to teach! We offer one on one and group makeup lessons. We can cater the lesson to what you want to learn. We will go through your makeup and tools to advise what to keep and toss. We will show you a demo on one side of your face and will guide you as you duplicate the other. We will advise you on what new colors and products are best to add to your collection. A tutorial on using makeup brushes and proper care is included.
Maureen Trainor Politi, Private Client
“If I had to rate a make up artist from 1-10, I rate the education, experience and outcome a 15. Anabelle LaGuardia is amazing and gifted. Her work is impeccable but more important she teaches and tells you why things should be done. Awesome experience if you struggle with colors or application in your current makeup routine. Do you want to camouflage something, appear to look younger or simply want a new look? Five stars from me.”
Q: WHAT BRANDS OF MAKEUP DO YOU USE?
A: We work with professional grade camera ready, long lasting and cruelty free products to ensure you look naturally flawless in person and professional photography.
Q: DO YOU OFFER LASH APPLICATION AND AIRBRUSH FOUNDATION? WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF AIRBRUSH?
A: We offer complimentary custom applied faux lashes and airbrush foundation with every makeup application. Airbrush foundation is a unique long lasting formula in a wide range of shades for every skin tone. The formula is silicone based and non comedogenic. Foundation is sprayed through an airbrush gun powered by a compressor. It appears natural and photographs beautifully. The key benefits of airbrush foundation are a natural and flawless complexion with long lasting durability. It withstands heat, humidity, sweat and tears. It is transfer resistant and will not rub off on your dress, guests or groom. It may also be used to blend tan lines, tattoos and imperfections. Traditional hand applied foundation is also available and we will help you decide which approach is best for you.
Q: DO YOU RECOMMEND A MAKEUP TRIAL BEFORE MY WEDDING?
A: There are no do overs on your wedding day and stress levels are high. A trial is necessary to ensure we are a good fit for you to ensure that you are comfortable with us and will love how your makeup will look come wedding day.
Kate Schiller, The Water Club, NYC
“My biggest concern was to find someone not just great at what they do, but also a pleasant person to have around. Morning of the wedding day is very stressful, a lot of people with different personalities in one room, photographer is constantly in your face. I think getting a great team of vendors is very important to achieve that Zen in the midst of chaos. Anabelle was just great. She made me feel comfortable, listened to my ideas and concerns about makeup, even the fact that we could use foundation of my choosing was very important to me.”
Alexandra Abshere, Cedar Lakes Estate, Port Jervis, NY
“My biggest concern was finding someone I felt I could trust, and genuinely liked, who was capable of achieving the look I wanted for my wedding, natural and simple, as well as that of my family and bridesmaids all of whom wanted something different. Anabelle listened incredibly thoughtfully and was open to both input and experimentation as well as able to make me look exactly the way I had hoped.”
Q: WHERE AND WHEN DO MAKEUP TRIALS TAKE PLACE?
A: We provide makeup services at your location. We are most flexible during the week. However, weekend trials may be an option based on our availability around other weddings and client bookings.
Q: HOW LONG DOES A MAKEUP TRIAL TAKE AND WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
A: During your makeup trial we will ask questions about your wedding-day details, as well as your skin, how you plan to wear your hair, personal style, lifestyle, preferences, wedding day vision, comfort level, and so forth. The better understanding we have of these elements, the smoother the process will be to achieve the look you envision for your wedding makeup. We love open communication and feedback. There are no do overs on your wedding day when it comes to professional makeup and photography! Help us help you is our philosophy! Your makeup trial is a collaborative effort where we will work together to get the look you want just right to ensure you are completely in love and excited with how your wedding makeup will look!
Danielle Mamelok, Rockleigh Country Club, Rockleigh, NJ
“One of my biggest concerns was finding a makeup artist that could make me look my best. I wanted to look natural and have makeup that would last throughout the entire night. I also wanted someone who was professional and trustworthy. Your wedding is a very special but stressful day. You want everything to go exactly as planned, and having a makeup artist that you know you can count on definitely helps take some of the edge off.”
Q: WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY MAKEUP TRIAL?
A: Bring a photo of your dress and inspiration photos or a Pinterest board of makeup styles you envision for yourself. Natural and dramatic makeup have various interpretations. Inspiration photos provide a clear idea of your comfort level and style. Read here for more tips for a successful trial.
Q: WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY WEDDING MAKEUP?
A: Wedding dates are first come first serve and tend to book out as early as 8-12 months in advance, especially during popular wedding season months of May through November. Dates can only be secured with a signed contract and date retainer. Schedule your trial as soon as possible in order to have the opportunity to secure your date.
Q: HOW DO I SECURE YOU FOR MY WEDDING DATE?
A: A 50% non refundable date retainer fee along with a signed contract is required. Balance due 30 days prior.
Q: WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
A: We accept cash or credit cards, including American Express. For wedding date retainer and wedding day balance, credit card only.
Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN ONE MAKEUP ARTIST ACCOMMODATE?
A: One makeup artist can accommodate up to 7 people. For larger groups, or a later start time, additional makeup artists can be provided for an additional fee with advance notice to guarantee availability.
Q: HOW LONG DOES EACH MAKEUP APPLICATION TAKE?
A: To ensure a calm process, we allocate 1 hour for the bride and 45 minutes per each additional. Closer to your wedding date we will work with your hair stylist and planner to coordinate a day of timeline that will be emailed to you to share with your bridal party. This will ensure that everyone is on time to make your day run smoothly and efficiently.
Q: WILL YOU STAY THROUGH CEREMONY?
A: We offer on location luxury, a la carte and day rate makeup services, to accommodate the personalized needs of small and larger bridal parties. Once the last makeup application is completed, final touch-ups will be provided before we pack up and depart. For the bride that would like to have the full-day pampering experience through her ceremony – a customized day rate proposal can be prepared for you. If you are interested in our touch-up services through photos and ceremony please inquire further for a la cart and day rate pricing options.
Q: WILL MY MAKEUP HOLD UP ALL DAY?
A: Professional makeup holds up beautifully all day through your reception. Pro grade products are used to ensure long lasting, tear proof wear. You will need to touch-up your lips and possible shine from oily skin. Touch-up products for purchase are available at an additional cost in addition to our hourly touch up services. We also offer custom all inclusive day rate packages for the bride that wants to be pampered through her photos and ceremony. This is our most popular choice wit our brides. Learn more about our “LaGuardia Experience” here.