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Monday, August 2, 2010
Vendor Spotlight- Makeup by Melinda
This vendor spotlight comes from my favorite makeup guru. I met Melinda when she was the manager at Blue Mercury in Woodbury, NY. She has such a way of making people look like a better version of their natural self. She is a featured vendor with LIWEDDINGS.COM and have my own private portfolio of wedding makeup I have done over the years. You can contact me Melinda Sarabia @ (516)650-9340 orMelstar72@aol.com.
Here is our interview with Melinda:
SB: Tell us a little about yourself?
M: I fell in love with doing makeup over 13 years ago. I first thought of it as a "job" to get me through college. I didn't realized how exciting it would be and that it would become apart of my life and much less of a just a job. Clinique gave me my start and I built a good foundation, from there on I worked with some leading brands in the industry including in depth experience with MAC, Laura Mercier, and NARS. After my first bridal makeup experience, which happened shortly after I started doing makeup, I became hooked. I immediately fell in love with the process and began doing them regularly. Now years later I am proud to say I am a successful makeup artist here in Long Island, NY that services brides. I enjoy every aspect of doing makeup for the bride and her entourage and feel lucky when she chooses me among the rest. It is always a privilege. I assure all ofmy brides when they choose me, that she is hiring a professional individual that cares about her ideas and feelings. It's ok to open and honest with me because I will be your beauty bud every step of the way!
SB: What inspires you?
M: I am inspired all the time. nature, music, moods and fashion inspire me most. When I see a face I'm immediately thinking what features I would enhance without looking like makeup. What alterations can I make to this person makeup.
SB: You are one of the first people around when the bride is getting ready on the big day, how do you handle this?
M: With a smile, sense of calm, and a little humor. I tell my brides relish in the moment because before you know it the last swipe of lip gloss will be gone.
SB: What is the biggest makeup mistakes that brides tend to make?
M: Not understanding that you can't fake good skin and that you should address skin concerns from the beginning. Do not wait a week before the wedding and (if possible) have a makeup trial during the season in which you will be getting married.
SB: Oh, about Makeup trials do you always suggest a makeup trial before?
M: Yes!!! I have had the occasional "my friends makeup was amazing and I trust you" which is great and flattering, but I like to know what your beauty needs are, the textu
re of your skin, the color of your eyes. I like to set the stage for the day of.
SB: Would you rather a bride bring in an inspirational photo for makeup or come up with what looks best on her ?
M: Whatever the bride is comfortable with. I work it either way. As long as I know the level of makeup she is comfortable with we are good.
SB: For the brides that decide that a professional makeup artist isn't in their budget what advice would you give them?
M: I would suggest seeing a professional before hand. I have had many brides who get hitched on an island and come to me for a lesson and beauty must haves. If you comfortable with your skills and interested in learning more then go for it.
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About Sane Bride
Meeting the perfect man? Check! Fall in love? Check! Perfect Ring & Proposal ? Check! Champagne Toast and celebrations? Check!Budget. Guest list, ideal venue….eeek! Checking has just gotten a little more difficult. That’s where we come in! Sure, you are likely to be on cloud 9 for the majority of the time until the big day, but unfortunately reality comes and goes throughout the whole process and brides begin to learn that pretty quickly. That reality doesn’t have to be so anxiety provoking. We are here to make it more fun. Our love for all things weddings really grew out of our own experiences planning. Two friends who came together while planning weddings at the same time; that includes research, breakdowns, tears, brainstorming, decision making and laughs.
We are hoping that we become part of your daily morning routine. Look here for inspirations, tips, and ideas. . We will cover everything from color palettes to design ideas to budgeting, negotiating prices, choosing a dress, picking bridesmaids, narrowing your guest list, finding the best vendors in your area, venue shopping, dealing with in-laws, registry basics, etiquette and just staying SANE. The process is something you will remember forever, we are here to help let it be fun. Feel free to email us topics that you want to discuss, questions that you might have or your own wedding inspirations that we can share. We are always looking for ideas for our readers.
About Francesca: I spent 14 months planning one of the best days of my life and was married in August 2009 to my high school sweetheart (Insert eye roll here). Through that time, I learned much of which we hope to share with you on this blog. I have a love for fashion, family, friends, music,dancing, and of course my husband; All of which were incorporated in the planning of our big day. My 9-5 involves me being a therapist, allowing me to fully understand the emotions that run parallel to this process. Currently enjoying the wonders of being a newlywed and Home & interior design blogs are my new obsession as we are settling into our first house, yet never can fully break away from the wonders of weddings.
About Sherin: I got hitched in late October 2009. It took about a year of planning while in school full time (headache central). I'm a New Yorker that married a true Texan cowboy and tried my best to integrate both of our styles and family traditions into one BIG event. Our wedding was hands down the most amazing day of our lives and I hope that I can share some tips I learned along the way and perhaps give you just a bit of advice on how to stay sane. I'm in love with small details, perfect colors, flowers, traditions, and of course my husband. Currently, I am in school full time getting my doctorate in psychology and my husband is a pediatric resident. We live a pretty hectic life (we wouldn't have it any other way) in NY with our adorable puppy. We couldn't have asked for more.