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Your wedding day is one instance in your life when all eyes will certainly be on you for hours. Put your face in the hands of a professional makeup artist to look picture-perfect from the moment you walk down the aisle until long after you cross the threshold. Trust one of these five Houston beauty gurus to get you glossed and gorgeous — and guarantee your mascara stays put — for all of your nuptial events.
The Perfect Face
Bubbly makeup artist-owner Danielle Doyle and her talented airbrush-wielding team live up to the company name. They have a gift for making even a troubled complexion look flawless — and diverse experience, including pageant, runway, print, and celebrity work. Bridal makeup rates start at $250 for a senior artist session. The Perfect Face also offers lash application, hairstyling, extensions, groom styling, tattoo and scar coverage, and full-body airbrush á la carte. Read real brides reviews here!
An editorial makeup artist who shot for Vogue, Paper City, and Neiman Marcus, Riner has spent the last 25 years doing fashion shoots, working backstage for the likes of Francesca Tolot, Frédéric Fekkai, and Ted Gibson — and tending the faces of A-listers like Heidi Klum, Lauren Bush Lauren, Alexis Bledel, and Angie Harmon. Plus, she worked on Beyoncé's "Blow" video! She consults for cosmetics companies and happens to do that stunning "no-makeup makeup" thing really well. Private commission rates upon request, based on availability and individual bridal needs.
Makeup is a calling for affable Jennifer Aronson, who knew she wanted be a makeup artist when she was 5 years old. She's honed her precise technique and gentle touch throughout her 17-year career with majors like Lancôme, Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City — plus, she was a national makeup artist for Trish McEvoy and NARS, for whom she served as a national educator. Often called upon for editorial and advertising shoots with celebrities and local VIPs, Aronson sees clients in salon, on location, and in private homes. Bridal makeup has been a specialty for the last 15 years, and Aronson also offers hair services. She charges $200 for bridal makeup. Read real brides reviews here!
Founder of the vegan-friendly faux lash collection Lucky Cat Beauty, Aubrie Layne opened her Houston Heights studio of the same name last year. Her career kicked off more than 15 years ago when she began working for Laura Mercier. She worked her way up to global makeup artist for the Houston-based beauty behemoth, and does makeup for designer Elaine Turner's national campaigns. Layne does glam makeup quickly and applies lashes effortlessly, all while sharing take-home tips. Bridal makeup is $250. Lash application, brow styling, and airbrush is extra. Layne also offers henna brow tinting.
A "passion for making women feel gorgeous" is what drives aesthetician and makeup artist Kristin Daniell, who trained under celebrity makeup artist Christian McNally and obtained airbrush tanning and makeup certification from Los Angeles beauty company Dinair. She has more than a decade of experience, and her client list reads like a who's who — including hundreds of brides, models, celebrities, news anchors, and socialites (not to mention magazine covers and television shows such as Designing Spaces and 48 Hours). Daniell works out of her private studio in the Heights and does on-location services with a minimum of two bookings. She is meticulous when it comes to the details and prides herself on creating the "absolute prettiest" looks. Bridal makeup starts at $150; false lashes and tattoo cover-up cost extra.