From contouring, brow shaping, and every shade of blush, shadow and lipstick in between, there's no arguing that makeup is a very detailed art. It takes plenty of time and research to find the pro who will bring out your best features and be a personality fit for your wedding day. Luckily for you NYC brides, we've compiled a list of our absolutely favorite make-up artists, their signature bridal style, and how to score their services for your big day.
With a mantra to "make makeup easier", it's no wonder Raychel Wade's Cheek to Chic business is so popular among busy New York City brides. Her charismatic personality, combined with her eye for color, and simple, yet beautiful looks are testament to her loyal NYC bridal clientele. Unlike some other artists, Raychel teaches the "concept of less is more" — in other words, never cake makeup on to the point you no longer look natural. Raychel withholds a reputation in the market for skillful application and looks that are completely customized to the client's needs.
Her fun, yet professional attitude has earned the trust of both wedding vendors and brides alike, and Raychel's easy-to-remember tips and personalized attention makes brides feel insanely comfortable in her chair.
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Jessica Liebeskind brings a unique mix of beauty skills to your wedding. A lifelong beauty lover and cosmetics entrepreneur, her big break came during a visit to Bergdorf Goodman, where a chance encounter with Bobbi Brown ultimately landed her a six-year stint in the brand's global product development department, creating eye, lip, cheek and nail products. While there, Jessica simultaneously sparked her own makeup artistry business. For the last decade, she has worked with models, socialites and designers such as Heidi Klum, Olivia Palermo and Bethenny Frankel to develop looks that are simple, timeless and always beautiful.
When she's not on set, Jessica can be found catering to her private clientele of stylish, influential women who love to look natural.
A native New Yorker, past accountant, and celebrity makeup artist, Erica has a knack for decoding her clients' personal styles, and fervently works to make her brides the very best version of themselves. For Erica, style is all about "beautiful skin, good brows and a defined eye liner (with great lashes, of course)!" She's a firm believer that healthy skin is the foundation for achieving a great makeup look, and best describes her bridal beauty style as "radiant." Her clients love her outgoing personality and calm demeanor as much as they do her amazing makeup artistry skills.
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Known amongst NYC's social circles of PYTs for over 20 years, Carlo Geraci knows a thing or two about style. Once protégé to Trish McEvoy and Kevyn Aucoin, Carlo was also the enviable "brow guru" of Barneys in the early aughts, where he famously sculpted and tweezed brows to highlight one's best features. Like all things fabulous in New York, Carlo's reputation caught like wildfire. He expertly works to highlight a woman's inner beauty, preferring brides to look fresh and romantic. "She should look and feel as beautiful as the day she and her fiancé met for her first date," Carlo told BRIDES.
"She definitely needs to be camera ready, with even toned skin and just the right amount of dew to her complexion."
Kimara Ahnert is a fixture in the bridal suite of nearly every New York society wedding. She brings poise, passion and confidence to every event, providing a customized experience to help brides personify their beauty and look their very best. We adore Kimara for her demeanor and the (well-earned) trust her clients have with her on their wedding day. Kimara has owned an eponymous salon on Madison Avenue for over 16 years, as well as been a guest beauty expert on several national broadcast shows, makeover segments, and beauty panels, and has scouted a team that has collaboratively worked extensively bold faced names such as Gweneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Meryl Streep, to name a few.
Linsey Synder Wachalter is the owner of Facetime Beauty Concierge, a well-curated team of beauty professionals who are expertly trained to attend to the modern NYC bride who "doesn't want to look like she spent all day getting ready." Instead, her clients crave a natural look that best flatters her features. Linsey personally hand holds clients through the process, reviewing countless inspiration and consistent contact with every client. She also calculates a day-of beauty timeline, which settles the nerves of her most type-A clientele.
Her organization skills and outgoing personality, have made her a go-to makeup artist with the city's top wedding planners.