Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do I need to hire a professional makeup artist and hair stylist for my wedding or event?
A: You're hiring a professional for your photography, a professional for your cake, a professional for your flowers, and a professional for your planning, so why wouldn't you hire a professional for your makeup and hair, too? A professional makeup artist not only ensures that your makeup will last all day and all night, but that it will photograph beautifully in all lighting conditions as well. The same goes for hair styling. You want to be sure your look suits you and lasts all night! A professional beauty team customizes everything to you and your wedding vision. Your pictures are going to last a lifetime, and you want to make sure that your makeup looks flawless and your hair stays put, and an experienced professional knows just how to do that.
Q: How far in advance should I book my date?
A: Since Heart of Charleston Bridal Beauty is one of South Carolina’s most exclusive luxury bridal beauty teams, we book up extremely quickly. The typical booking timeframe is 6-8 months prior, but 9-12 months in advance is more ideal in order to guarantee your date. Did you plan for everything BUT your makeup and hair? No worries! It's never too late to book, as there may still be an opening in our books for you!
Q: How do I secure my booking with you?
A: We book on a first come, first reserve basis. In order to secure your date, we require a signed agreement and a retainer (50% of the full agreement amount). Once both the signed agreement and retainer are received, your date will be secured.
Q: Do you provide services on-site?
A: Absolutely! Heart of Charleston Bridal Beauty is available to travel on-site to your wedding location, or you and your wedding party can join us at our beautiful Bridal Suite located at Heart of Charleston Luxury Spa in historic Downtown Charleston, SC.
Q: Do you do a bridal trial/bridal preview?
A: Bridal Previews are required for all brides. Nothing would be more stressful for the bride (and the artist) than showing up on the day of your wedding and having a miscommunication between the look that you want and the look that your artist creates. This is why we always do a preview session. At the Bridal Preview, we will discuss the details of your wedding, including your gown, flowers, theme, colors, bridesmaids’ dresses, etc. All of these tie into your overall hair and makeup look. Then we will go over the specifics of the look that you have in mind. Photos of makeup looks that you like, or don't like, are always welcome, and will definitely help to communicate ideas between you and the artist. Any skincare issues or allergies that you may have will also be addressed, as they will influence the products used.
Q: Can I schedule a trial run BEFORE I commit to a contract?
A: You are more than welcome to schedule a trial in advance of your contract signing, HOWEVER; Please be aware that your date will not be reserved until the contract is in place, and the possibility exists that by the time you are ready to sign a contract, your date may no longer be available. Most brides put a contract in place to hold their date prior to their Bridal Preview because of our extensive reputation in the Charleston Wedding Industry for the past 12+ years, as well as their ability to read reviews and view samples of our portfolio online. They are comfortable with our skill level and ability to achieve the look they desire. The Bridal Preview is simply a rundown of what is wanted on the wedding day and working out any details.
Q: Do you only do the bride's makeup and hair, or can you do my bridal party as well?
A: We can absolutely do the entire bridal party! Mothers and grandmothers, too! Whether your party is small or large, we can accommodate everyone. If needed, additional makeup artists and hair stylists are also available (at an additional fee).
We do require a three (3) person minimum booking (Bride +2 for both hair and makeup) for all on-site bookings, or rate equivalent. Travel in excess of 2 hours round trip requires a five (5) person minimum booking (Bride +4 for both hair and makeup), or rate equivalent.
Q: Do you offer airbrush foundation?
A: Absolutely! We will discuss with your at your Bridal Preview which makeup type will best suit your skin type and needs. Sometimes it will be a combination of Traditional and Airbrush that will give your skin the most flawless appearance! All of our foundations are lightweight, long-wearing and won’t smear off or clog your pores.
Q: Can I just get my eyes done?
A: Heart of Charleston Bridal Beauty does not offer partial services such as eyes only or foundation only. We want your entire makeup to be complete and cohesive with the look that you envisioned for your special day. By providing full makeup services, this ensures that your, and your bridal party's makeup, looks its best!
Q: You can just use my makeup, right?
A: We bring everything with us, so all you need to bring is yourself! We are trained and experienced in custom-matching every client to the right foundation shade, so you get that perfect match each and every time. Our professional products are also flash photography-friendly, so you never have to worry about how your pictures will turn out. Also, our client's safety is of the utmost importance to us. We follow all proper sanitation procedures prior to and during every makeup application. By using only our products, we can ensure the safety of our clients and artists.
Q: Do you only do makeup and hair for weddings?
A: Our services are available for all of your makeup and hair needs. Heart of Charleston Bridal Beauty provides beauty and styling services for weddings, special events such as proms, anniversaries, and holiday parties, boudoir or maternity shoots, family or high school senior pictures, print/commercial work, all types of photography, personal lessons, and everyday makeup.
Q: Where can I go to prepare for my big day for waxing, facials, and airbrush tanning?
A: Charleston’s most luxurious day spa, Heart of Charleston Luxury Spa, can accommodate all of your pre-wedding skincare needs! The offer massages, waxing (from brows to Brazilians), corrective facials (because beautiful makeup starts with great skin!), custom-blended organic airbrush spray tanning, and more! Please visit their site at www.heartofcharlestonspa.com for more information or to book their services online.
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