One of the most important parts of your wedding day, Hair & Make-Up is on the blog today! We are chatting with the professionals from MKUP The Beauty Studio on all things hair, make-up, prep, schedule, and more! Grab your COLD BREW Coffee and enjoy this read by some of our favorites in the industry!
First, tell us about you! How long you’ve been in business, and why you got into all things glam!
10 years! I was a fine arts major in college and then changed to a Fashion design degree. At Moore College of Art and Design where I met one of my BFF’s, Diva and she taught me makeup. While interning for Cynthia Riley in NYC I did my first printed makeup job for Cynthia’s ad campaign. I then worked for Gucci in Las Vegas and did some makeup jobs on the side for extra income. I was lucky to have a connection at QVC and did makeup there for a few years. When I moved back to York Pa, I worked at Renaissance Bridals and sold wedding gowns. I started offering my makeup skills to Renaissance brides and that was how I became a “local” MUA and broke into the wedding industry.
Popular question from Brides: skincare/prep! What do you suggest I do to make sure my skin looks its best on my wedding day?! Is there a month/week/night-before routine you prefer? Any special products you recommend?
If a bride has specific skin concerts she should visit a dermatologist and esthetician prior to the wedding (one year out to clear up any issues) There is laser, botox, facials, derma planning, retinol, skincare regiments that can prepare a bride’s skin and take their wedding day makeup. Each client/bride’s skincare needs are personal and they should seek professionals. Eye creams are a must and we at MKUP recommend derma planning to ensure makeup lays beautifully on our bride’s skin. Lash extensions are a natural enhancement that look much better than strip or faux lashes in beauty portraits.
Do you recommend trials for hair and/or make-up? Why?
ABSOLUTELY! Would you buy a car without test-driving it? Or make another large purchase without researching and be assured you have the right fit for you? You want to see and feel and know the longevity of the makeup and hair application you will be investing in and receiving from your glam squad. You also want to clarify questions and concerns, sling with making sure you have a good relationship with the beauty professional the will be spending intimate time with you and your bridal party on the wedding day.
How long on average does Hair & Make-Up take in the morning?
We at MKUP schedule an hour for each service. Mothers and some bridal party members may only take 45mins – we prefer to have a buffer. This allows time for proper sanitation in between clients and wiggle room. For some clients who have hair extensions, we may allot additional time in the schedule based on the difficulty of the bride’s selected hair and makeup looks.
Any other Hair/Make-Up wedding day tips?!
I often tell our brides to have their MOH pre-set their details for the photographer and to do the talking for the bride. Sometimes videographers & photographers come in right as a bride sits in the makeup chair and they ask multiple questions and need items from the bride. It’s often hard especially as we are following a schedule to allow the bride to constantly move out of the makeup chair and talk. It’s nice for them to have their MOH or bridesmaid do this and discuss it prior to the wedding day with photographers. We follow a tight schedule to be completed for the wedding and photographers’ timeline so it’s respectful that other vendors try not to interrupt the bride when she is in the beauty process.
Lastly, what is your coffee drink of choice AND favorite coffee shop?
Any cold brew coffee. I love our neighborhood coffee shop, Prince st. cafe in York. It’s right around the corner from our York studio location!
Our main goal at MKUP The Beauty Studio is to educate women on how to get the beautiful results they want and provide all of the services and products they need. With our experience and expertise, you can feel confident in your decision to book with us! Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or looking to update your look, our goal is to enhance your natural beauty with unparalleled artistry. View our beauty services and schedule an appointment online through our website. We offer beauty classes, curated beauty products, and tools. Brow services, Waxing, facials in addition to in-studio and on-location hair and make services. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Wedding Wire to see vides and testimonials from Brides!