Bridal Beauty Frequently Asked Questions

I’m Raquel.
I'm a bridal makeup and spray tan artist based in Seattle, WA. You can learn more about me here!
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Where can I get pricing information for bridal makeup services?
Please fill out my contact form so that I can tell you more about my services, pricing and get to know you and your wedding day beauty vision! 

Do you offer on- location services for special events or just weddings?
Absolutely! I will come to you for any special event you have. 

What type of makeup do you use?
I carry a variety of pro and high-end luxury brands ranging from MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, Face Atelier, Hourglass, Estee Lauder, Dior, Nars, and many more! I also offer airbrush finish for that perfect, smooth and glowy complexion! 

What is your booking policy?
Signed contract and 50% retainer are required to book. If both are not obtained, your date will not be secured. Retainer is non-refundable and will go towards the final payment

What is your cancellation policy for makeup trials?
I ask that you give 48-hour advance cancellation notice via email or phone. If notice is less than 48 hours, I charge a cancellation fee of $50. The retainer is non-refundable despite any cancellations.

Are you able to cover blemishes/ skin issues?
The simple answer is yes. However, blemishes are often raised skin, and raised skin texture can still be noticeable even with coverage. I can take out the redness and discoloration, but I can’t really “flatten” or change the texture of the skin.

Do you travel to do makeup out of state?
Yes, I can travel anywhere in the country! Please contact me to discuss options for destination wedding services.

Do you charge a travel fee?
Yes, I charge a travel fee of $50 per hour, depending on the location

What do you charge for destination weddings?
Each wedding is different. I will be happy to give you a custom quote once I know all your details and you fill out my contact form

How soon do I need to book my wedding makeup?
I can’t hold a date without a contract and deposit. The sooner you know your date, the better. Once you have secured a venue and date, I advise that you should book makeup right after.

Do you offer makeup for engagement pictures, bridal shower, etc?
Yes, absolutely! You can fill out my special occasions contact form to book. My clients are beauty-obsessed and want to look their very best at every milestone in their lives. With any of my packages, you get a trial that most clients opt to do on the day of their engagement session, bridal shower, or even bachelorette party!

How long does the preview take?
Makeup previews are typically 1.5- 2 hours long. I am customizing your entire look.

What is the purpose of a preview? Is it required?
The purpose of the preview is for you, the bride, to meet me and work together to find a look that you love for your wedding day. Even if you haven’t nailed down your look, it’s a good time to discuss looks and styles you like and do not like. We will also be discussing wedding colors, wedding party attire, any skin issues/allergies, and it’s a great time for you to show me inspiration photos you may find. Nothing would be more stressful than showing up on your wedding day without having a clear understanding of what you envisioned your look to be! Therefore, I HIGHLY recommend booking a preview. Ideally, a preview should be booked no sooner than 6 weeks prior to your wedding day. 

Do I have to pay you in one sum or can my bridal party and moms pay individually?
All payments are to be made in one lump sum via invoice 15 days before wedding day. 

Are you able to stay throughout the day for touch-ups?
With my Full Service Package, i’m with you the whole time to take care of any touch ups. I’ll be there to ensure your makeup looks perfect at every moment.

Is my retainer refundable?
No. Your retainer is non-refundable. Why? Because it ensures that I won’t take any other clients on your day and I have secured that day just for you.

What should I bring to my preview?
I suggest you bring any makeup inspiration photos that you haven’t yet shared with me. This will give me a good idea as to what you want your makeup to look like. I also suggest you come to your preview wearing white and with a similar hairstyle to what your wedding day hair will look like. You can read more about how to better prepare for your bridal preview here!

How long does it take per person for makeup on the wedding day?
Roughly 40 minutes per service. More complex looks could take 45+ minutes. The bride usually takes 1-1.5 hours. 

How should my party and I prepare for the day of?
Everyone should come with a clean face, and remember to drink lot’s of water so your skin is hydrated, glowy, and beautiful the day of! 

Can my bridesmaids use your makeup if they’re not using your services? 
I respectfully ask that no one is allowed to touch or use anything in my kit due to infection control protocols and for liability reasons. Thank you for understanding.

Am I responsible for parking/ferry/toll fees?
Yes, due to the amount of equipment I must bring, clients are responsible for any parking, ferry, and/or toll fees.

What if I am dissatisfied with my makeup?
Honesty is the best policy. If at any time you’re unhappy with your preview, speak up! It won’t hurt my feelings. We will work together to find a look you love. This is your special occasion, I want you to love it! You can also book another preview if you would like to try out a whole new look. 

What type of payment methods do you accept?
All services are paid via online invoice. I accept major credit cards.

What if I pay for someone (an attendant) on my contract and they back out of services for my wedding day?
If someone backs out of services that you have already paid a retainer on, I’m not able to refund the retainer portion. If you are more than 60 days out from the wedding day, I will take the portion of their services out of the balance due. Within 60 days, you will still be responsible to pay the full balance due. If someone backs out of services, you can have a friend or other family member to take their spot.

What if I want a classic makeup application for the ceremony, but a smokey eye for the reception? Help!
With my Full Service Package, I give two unique makeup looks on your wedding day. So if you want to take it from lighter, day-time makeup to a bold lip or smokey eye for the evening, no worries, I got you!

What kind of safety measures do you have in place during the pandemic? 
Infection Control, aka, sanitation is my #1 priority! You’ll see me use freshly cleaned brushes and new disposables on each member of the bridal party. I wash my hands, use sanitizer between clients, sanitize products in between each member, and keep my metal tools clean with alcohol spray. I never double-dip. Your safety is my priority. Even before Covid-19. You can download my Covid-19 FAQs here. 

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