Dina Gardner Makeup Art

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I do a pretty nice job with my makeup….why should I hire you?
A. Fair question! The main reasons to hire a professional artist on the day of your wedding aside from making you look gorgeous are for makeup longevity and photo friendly makeup. I use professional products that are formulated to stay on hours longer and photograph much better than what is available for everyday use. Plus, this is a once in a lifetime occasion, and you don’t really want to look like you’re ready for a day of shopping at Target, do you?

Q. I barely wear makeup. I don’t ever wear eye shadow or blush. I don’t want to look like a clown.
A. While I’m very sympathetic to your concerns, you have to wear blush, and shadow. This is your big day (or someone you care about’s big day….if it’s somebody you don’t care about….well, then, makeup isn’t really your biggest concern now, is it?) and in my 20 years of applying makeup, not one of my clients has been asked by a young child to twist them a balloon animal.

Q. I have very sensitive skin. Is your makeup hypoallergenic?
A. Yes. If you are hyper sensitive, I suggest a trial first. If there is a product you are particularly concerned about, we can try a bit of it in the very sensitive area behind your ear first and wait to see if there is a reaction. I also highly recommend using airbrushed foundation if you are sensitive. I’ve worked with many women who cannot tolerate any brand of liquid foundation but had no problem with the airbrushed formulation.

Q. What is Airbrush?
A . Airbrushed makeup is applied with an airbrush and compressor. You may have seen them in use at the nail salon. The makeup is specially formulated to spray out in a fine mist, creating a subtle, beautiful finish that can be customized to match your skin exactly and with just the coverage you want or need.

Q. “So and So had it done for her wedding and she looked HORRIBLE!! I don’t think I want it.”
A . This could be attributed to one of several things:
1. The formulation may not have been a good one. There are good and bad airbrush foundations out there, just like with regular makeup. Also some are water based, some are alcohol based. I don’t like either for special occasion makeup. Water based break down and fade away with sweat and time, and alcohol based looks heavy and will start cracking and settling into fine lines after more than one sheer coat. I use a silicone base which lasts unbelievably long, and looks very natural, yet provides buildable coverage, and is very kind to sensitive skin.
2. The foundation wasn’t correctly matched to the true skin tone due to a makeup artist error. 3. Sometimes clients ask for something an artist objects to, but the artist does it anyway to make them happy. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to make someone several shades lighter or darker than what nature intended. When it comes right down to it, I’m here to make you happy, but if you leave the chair looking like an Oompa Loompa, I’m going to have to kindly ask you not to tell anyone that I did your makeup. To alleviate any of the above, I would recommend a trial. If a trial just isn’t possible, I always let you see the foundation on it’s own before we go any further, and ask for your approval. This way there are no unpleasant surprises later.

Q. My lashes are okay. Should I wear fakes anyway?
A . I LOVE false lashes…but….there are false lashes, and then there are “Holy cow, I think Steven is about to marry a tranny!” lashes. I tend to go with the former. I like to use short individual lashes rather than strip lashes. They look much more natural, and there are never any worries that halfway through your vows one of them is going to decide to do the Runaway Bride. But if you want big hooker lashes, I’ll be more than willing to accommodate.

Q. Will my own lashes come out when I remove them?
A . If you opt for temporary lashes, which is what I most recommend, the glue is very gentle and will not harm your own lashes. To take them off, you only need to rub a little makeup remover on them and they roll right off. There is also the option of “semi-permanent” which can last for over a week, even longer if you remove your makeup very carefully. These can tend to take out several of your own lashes if you aren’t careful. The glue is really strong, and they have to be soaked off with an oily make up remover when you are ready to take them off.

Q. I would like all of the bridesmaids to have their makeup done, but they are not willing to spend the money. What are my options?
A. Besides an ugly bridal party you mean? Just kidding. Being in a bridal party is not an inexpensive undertaking, as I’m sure you know. But the reality is, they are your bridal party, and you want them to look as pretty as they can because they are a reflection of you. Plus, you will be looking at the pictures forever. So if they really don’t want to spend the money, and it is really important to you, you can either treat them, either in full or partially with a Dina Gardner Makeup Art Gift Certificate as thanks for being in your bridal party or for a holiday or birthday gift, or just pay a portion for one or more girls on the big day. It is also understandable that you may be stretched to the limit financially and may not be able to treat. This is why I also have an ala cart menu. On it there are options for Just Eyes, Lashes Only, etc. with special pricing. Oftentimes however, the girls will see on the day of the wedding that I am not making the other girls look like trolls and opt to jump on the bandwagon, so always allot a little extra time for those one or two holdouts.

Q. How much time does it take for each girl?
A. Full makeup applications take about 45 minutes. Some may be more, some less, depending on how natural or dramatic you want it, how good your skin is, and how particular you may be. You know how you are…If it takes you 20 minutes to put on your own mascara, please let me know that you tend to be a little…how can I put it delicately?………Meticulous……….so I can set aside a little extra time.

Q. My daughter wants her makeup done for her Bat Mitzvah. Is this really necessary?
A. I think that if done tastefully, and age appropriately, this will be an experience she will cherish. I like to make young girls up to look their age, but if it’s her wish to look 37, I’ll make sure I check with you first. The added benefit will be that she can pick up a trick or two for when it’s time to wear makeup every day.

Q. What if you hand me the mirror, and I hate it?
A. Well then, we have a problem then, don’t we? Of course we don’t! Whatever you don’t like, I’m going to know about because I’m extremely insecure, and I’m going to study your face and make sure I see all the tell-tale signs that you like it: smiling, no look of horror, no tears, possibly hair tossing and making duck face in the mirror….If I sense that you are less then happy, I’m going to ask what you don’t like, and this would be your opportunity to tell me. If you don’t, I’m afraid I won’t be able to let you leave the chair. You may have to get married right where you sit.

 So, there you have it. I hope I’ve answered most of your questions. If I didn’t, please feel free to call or e-mail me. Remember, there are no stupid questions….well, yes there are, but rest assured, I’ve heard them all…

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