Why Your Wedding Makeup Artist Should Not Be the Last Vendor You Book

This post is taken directly from Martha Stewart Weddings. No plagarism here.

Booking your Makeup Artist early should be a top priority.

The next paragraph is absolutely true. MANY brides have told me that all their vendors were already booked when they contacted me.

Most wedding makeup artists will tell you that they’re often one of the final vendors their brides book. By the time they choose their makeup specialist, they’ve already locked in their venue, photographer, flowers, wedding dress, and favors. At that point, you might be a mere few months out from the big day. While you’re surely busy pouring over every other wedding-related detail, here’s why you need to make time to book your beauty pro early on.


The most in-demand artists are usually booked early.

Just like you needed to move fast on your favorite wedding venue or photographer, you’ll need to make a decision about your makeup artist early on. Since popular ones book up fast, you should lock in your preferred artist as soon as you have a wedding date and venue.

Your makeup plan can help inform other decisions.

Unsure about the neckline of your dress or whether or not you should go with that moody-colored bouquet? Surprisingly, your makeup artist can help, especially if you’ve already had a trial and know the look you’re going for. If you’re still deciding on your big-day beauty look, they can help you make those details work-say, by suggesting a berry-hued lip to match your bouquet or subtle makeup that works with a more dramatic dress.

You’ll look back on the pictures forever.

When you think back to your wedding, what will flash most in your mind is an image of you and your husband locked in a kiss or you and your family celebrating on the dance floor. In all of these pictures, you will be a vision of youth, happiness, and love. Your skin will be glowing and your eyes will be sparkling-especially if you’ve nailed your big-day beauty look. Booking your makeup artist early means you’re putting your best face forward for the rest of your life.

All eyes will be on you.

People won’t remember your bouquet, or the favor, or the seating chart. Nobody will remember your husband’s tux, or the limos, or the cake. The first thing and the last thing that anyone will ever think of when they think back to your wedding day is just how beautiful you looked.

Wedding Trends – Bridal Bouquets 2021

Are you looking for something new and innovative in flowers for your wedding ? Go off the beaten track for your Bouquet ! I have included several examples similar to bouquets I have seen at a few weddings that I have worked this Fall.

Lots of Color, Unstructured & a more Horizontal shape as opposed to to the classic round Wedding Bouquet.

These are just inspiration photos for you…Seasonal flowers and greens are the best way to go, especially if you want to save money which is a major issue for many couples at this time. I know that some brides are doing their own flowers ( With help from a Mom or Bridesmaid) and taking online flower arranging classes.

Your bouquet is an expression of your personality and taste, second only to your Dress !

The Best Reasons to Hire a Makeup Artist for Your Wedding

Look at this beautiful, joyous and excited wedding party ! They absolutely loved having their makeup done. It gave the bride (Emily) a stress free day and gave the bridesmaids time to devote to their dear friend-the bride.        Moms love it also… Even the most light and delicate makeup is transformative and takes years off a mature woman.


Many women feel a strong feeling of confidence after applying makeup. I know I do. And having a Pro Makeup Artist apply their makeup for a special event makes them feel pampered & important.

Having spent 30 years in the Television & Wedding industries here is what I know about cameras, even the most high end ones.  Cameras can bring out  irregular coloring of the skin, which nearly everyone has. Also it widens the face itself and the features of the face. 

An Experienced pro MUA will beautifully give a woman flawless skin              (without cakeiness), plus contour and highlight the face for an amazing and natural result.

In closing I would like to say a few words about Weddings in the time of Covid.  I have done three weddings this year- all in the last month. They were all scaled down and one of them was supposed to be a destination wedding but of course took place here in Chicago, the Bride & Groom’s hometown. Everyone I met was very happy. They all adjusted to the new circumstances.  So if you really want to get married soon, make sure your MUA is following all Sanitation protocols. Have a detailed discussion with your prospective Makeup Artist on this subject even before your trial. Ask if she or he have a sanitation certificate.

I hope I have helped with useful information. Above all no matter when you decide to marry, Be happy…Celebrate every day !


Radiant, Warm, Versatile..Pantone Living Coral Makeup

I absolutely had to write a follow up to my post regarding all things wedding & Pantone Living Coral ! So I did 4 graduating makeup looks on my friend Gabrielle. I will describe them below with each photo. The 4 diverse looks will display that no matter what the season or event or your comfort level you can integrate Living Coral into your makeup.

The first look is very clean for daytime or for a woman who is most comfortable with a very natural look. It includes soft eyes & peach matte lip.

I added liner to Gabrielle’s eyes for the second look & added more color to her lips plus a peachy gloss.

Gabrielle’s eyes are much more smoky & bronze for the 3rd look with a very nude cream lip.

The fourth look has some gold on the lid and under the inner corner and I added a lush pair of lashes. Her lips are a soft matte Cognac by Nars overlayed with a gloss.



I employed the products and brushes above in doing Gabrielle’s makeup. The products in the first photo and the brushes are available at Che Sguardo Makeup Studio in Chicago. They will ship all over the U.S. & Internationally. If you live in or near Chicago pay them a visit…It’s an amazing place and they offer detailed makeup lessons ! In the 3rd photo are MAC lipsticks and glosses.

No matter what color palette you choose to work in, try the looks above. Enjoy !


How to Include Pantone’s Color of the Year in Your Wedding

Living Coral…If this lovely , warm color appeals to you there there are gorgeous & subtle ways to incorporate it into all aspects of your wedding day ! First of all there are soft shades of coral that can be paired with pale green, navy blue, sage green, white, ivory and chartreuse. I think showing you visual ideas is much more desireable than chatting about it so here you are:

Below are Pantone’s 2019 Living Coral Cocktails !



Have a beautiful wedding day, no matter what your color palette is !

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This was the theme of Emily and Nick’s July 15th wedding at The Haight in Elgin, Illinois. I usually don’t blog about about specific weddings but I felt especially connected to this wedding since I have known a family member for many years.

Renee, Aja and I love working on this bridal party ! They were a pleasure !                The photos below by the amazing Caitlin Hazelton speak for themselves. Here are the reviews posted on Facebook, Wed FolioWedding Wire by the bride and by her Stepmom Jeanne:

Emily Ann Hauser  October 9, 2017 My makeup for my wedding day was beautiful and flawless. Thanks Wendy !

Below Review posted on Wed Folio & Wedding Wire

Wendy Kimmel is the best of the best! Truly a class act!!! I treated my step-daughter (and myself) on her wedding day to a princess/movie star experience with a TRUE professional. Emily (never had experience with a professional tv makeup artist) had the opportunity to work with Wendy before her wedding day during the trial and get a sense of the experience to come and hence, one stressor of her wedding day was alleviated. She left Wendy’s initial consult elated. She was very happy. Wendy took ample time to get to know Emily and her likes and preferences. Wendy’s goal is to enhance your natural beauty. Wendy’s team allowed the bride and the bridal party to sit back, relax and enjoy the pampering and avoid the wedding day jitters/anxiety of primping oneself.
Brides, honor yourselves: Treat yourself to the exquisite pampering Wendy and her crew can offer to you.

Profile Picture Jeanne,  7/15/17, 1 Review


Creating Beautiful Food Together !

Cooking and Relationships can go hand in hand. Not just for couples- but for best friends, Dads and Daughters and siblings. Cooking a great meal together is exciting and will strengthen your bond. Teamwork, no matter what type of relationship you have will occur when you cook together! You don’t know where to start ?  Find a great culinary school in your area and sign up. Here is a perfect example of a wonderful school with classes that will enrich your life.


I interviewed Chef Paul Lindemuth again who is Executive Chef for Marcels’s at Maison. Marcel’s Culinary Experience in Glen Ellyn, Illinois has stellar cooking classes and is a retail store that sells cooking equipment, cutlery, and beautiful tabletop items. Here is what Chef Paul said to me about the classes.

“The classes are geared toward serious home cooks and people who are looking to not only learn but to have a social event in the kitchen as well. Our class formats are really varied. Our basic format is a hands on class typically from 8 to 20 students. Every student gets a package of recipes, an apron, a cutting board & a knife. The class is broken up into groups and everyone works together to prep & cook.  After the culinary assistants clear the students sit down and have dinner with wine or beer. So it’s a wonderful learning experience because they get to  socialize and make new friends. One of the most rewarding things about teaching a class is that I see (for instance) 16 students coming to a class; none of whom know each other and having them walk out as new friends. The things that I try to instill in every class that I teach are:

  1. Organizational skills – How to get yourself ready, focused and well prepared before you even turn the stove on. How to read a recipe & assess the level of complexity. How to put everything in it’s place and keep your workspace tidy.
  2. Correct & safe knife usage & how to maintain food safety. All the basic fundamentals that every person in the kitchen needs to address. Plus the finished product should not only taste wonderful but it should look beautiful and appealing on the plate. Because that’s our first impression.

The classes are very broad based and are geared to beginners, proficient home cooks, people who have special dietary needs..etc. One of the biggest satisfactions for me is watching a student amass a new skill set, have the confidence that they can go home & recreate a meal that they would not have tackled without having done it with a group and Chef Instructor.”

So no matter if you’re thinking of taking a class on your own or bonding with your loved one…Go for it ! More photos of Marcel’s Chef Instructors below and beautiful food created in classes.

Delicious Farm to Table Offerings for Your Event

Bento Boxes with Baby Arugula and Shaved Raw Fennel Salad, Wild Rice and Chicken Salad, Curried Butternut Squash Soup, Warm Savory Artichoke Bread Pudding


     Would you love to have a truly memorable meal for your Wedding, Party or Event ? Source ingredients from your locale including your spirits and craft beers. I recently interviewed Chef Paul Lindemuth from The Art of Food about what he considers to be current & sustainable event cuisine. Here is our conversation:

Chef Paul, what do you consider current food trends and what are people asking for ?

     There are three things that I see as being current in the food world. In the event world and the educational field as well. The Number One thing that I see people tapping into is trying to be aware of eating both seasonally and locally especially during the summer & fall. I’ve watched the proliferation of awareness of Farmers’ Markets here in the Chicago area & people are really jumping into that. Knowing where their food comes from is a big deal. Eating food that is in season such as tomatoes and corn in the summer when we know it’s coming from local sources instead of from a grocer when it may be coming from somewhere halfway around the world and being substandard in quality. 

Number Two:  People are much more interested in expanding their horizons and eating food they’re not familiar with. I’ve even seen that with my more traditional clients. They are thinking more broadly and want new foods presented to them.

Number Three: People  are trying to eat more healthily and eating foods that are sustainable, organic and are good not only for themselves but for the farmer & for the producer as well.

Chef Paul Lindemuth caters social events and teaches as well at Marcel’s Culinary Experience  in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.


Lobster MAC n’ CHEESE    Orzo with Butter Poached Lobster in a Mascarpone Lobster Broth

English Cucumber topped with Smoked Salmon Tartare & Chive Creme Fraiche

Indian Curried Butternut Soup 

Individual Beef Tenderloin Medallions topped with Mushroom Duxelle & Boursin Cheese Wrapped in Filo Pastry

In lieu of a Wedding Cake-An Immense Lemon Tiramisu !



Great Makeup is an Art

The subject I am writing about today close to my heart. I feel it is for everyone: bridal clients, special event clients, makeup artists and pro hair stylists.

I belong to a special group of professional makeup artists and have connected with many of them through social media. Last August one of these talented people wrote an entry that concerns all of us greatly.

Here is the post:  “Today is Wednesday.. and she needs a makeup artist for her wedding for THIS Saturday..for herself (bride) and 5 bridesmaids… and she thinks she is in a position to negotiate her prices and my time… When I asked why is she just now booking a makeup artist.. She said she figured she didn’t have to book so far ahead and it’s only makeup.”

It’s only Makeup ?!!!  Infuriating !   So many things to say about this.                                               1.) Many women have never had contact with a pro makeup artist before…    They have no idea what goes into the process itself. My artist friends and I put our whole souls into a face. Some of us were painters and graphic artists to begin with.

2.) Years of study, classes, seminars and practice go into our careers. What we do is a calling and our integrity demands the Best work and beyond. We pay considerable attention to trends and use the top products available so no matter what media we work in the client looks excellent in person & on camera.

3.)  I have spoken to other Event professionals such as Planners, Photographers & Floral Designers about this. They told me that clients do not attempt to bargain with them. They accept their prices at face value. What is it about makeup artists that inspires this flea market client behavior ? We cannot bargain with people…it devalues us and our art.

I want you to know that I have had MANY generous and wonderful clients over the last 25 years who have never questioned my prices and greatly valued my work.

Which brings us to the next issue: VALUE.   My prices are moderate, well below others of my calibre in Chicago. The same goes for my other really talented artist colleagues.             Last year I had a client who was an important member of a bridal party. I worked with her to achieve the exact look she wanted  (One hour & 15 minutes) and frankly she seemed thrilled. I thought she looked like a movie star and told her so. Yet she gave me a 3 out of 5 stars for Value when reviewing my work on a major wedding website. I was shocked.

I planned this blog months ago but this issue came up today again when another artist in an online group posted about a last minute request (SAME DAY) for 2 girls and yet the client wanted a deal because there were 2 people.   WHAAAT ? !!!                                                            This is a perfect example of not respecting value and art.                                                 Here’s my last Statement: We LOVE what we do !

Here are some examples of our work and Thank You for reading !















Brides & Grooms, This is for both of you !

Gentlemen this blog is for You ! It will help you get through the wedding planning process and the wedding in grand style. And Ladies it will take some stress off of you by giving your beloved advice & great ideas about how to help you.  I’m not going to give you this help directly. I’m going to give you the links to my Four favorite Groom websites. There’s even a site for your best man. From engagement ring buying guides to stripper free bachelor parties to choosing the venue and much, much more. A couple of the websites are UK based but most of the issues are universal anyway !

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Here are the four sites…there are more online if you feel the need to look further.                    the plunge.com,   the bestman.com,  staggered  &  themanregistry.com

I think you’ll find these sites really eye opening and fun to read. Enjoy and please let me know what you think in the comment section !