I'd say hiring the right photographer will be the most important wedding planning decision you'll make. But hiring the right makeup artist is a very close second. That is because not only do you want to look amazing, but you also want to FEEL beautiful and like a fancy version of yourself. Feeling comfortable with your wedding day look is SO important, and that's just what Ciel Cosmetics focuses on. Not only does Clare ask her clients a ton of questions to get to know them and how they desire to look and feel on their big day, but she LISTENS as well. Beauty tips from a makeup artist are great, but if they don't jive with what you want, they're pretty useless. Clare is able to strike a fine balance between her makeup artistry and your wishes, resulting in a fabulous face and confidence that will simply ooze out of you. And THAT is what makes for a beautiful bride!
Cover photo by Kristen Wynn Photography
Tell me a little bit about your business!
Hi! I'm Clare and I have been a freelance makeup artist in Pittsburgh for over 10 years! I have helped hundreds of brides look amazing but more importantly, feel comfortable and beautiful on their wedding day! I can help you achieve your desired look, whether it is fresh and natural or glamorous and sexy. Don't worry about traveling on the big day either, I'll travel to you and bring everything you need for you and your bridal party.
What makes your work unique? Why should brides hire you?
The thing I excel in the most is listening to my clients and taking the time to understand what their beauty needs and desires are. I will find out what a bride feels most comfortable in so that we can create a makeup look so that she feels like herself! My goal is to make you feel comfortable AND knockout gorgeous! Worried about the whole makeup process? I also offer a complimentary trial so we can work on your wedding day look!
What is your ideal client like?
LOL I love all my brides! Really, I have no ideal client. I have worked with so many different people over the years and have done so many looks, I can work with every style and personality. But if you are a bride in search of an easy going but dependable and professional makeup artist, I'm your person!
Why are you in this business?
You have to love what you do right? And I do LOVE meeting new brides every year and I love making someone feel GORGEOUS. That is the best feeling – watching a bride look at herself in the mirror and think “I look awesome”. Being such a little part of such a big day in people's lives, I am happy. That is why I continue to do what I do!
What is your approach to wedding day beauty?
Ask. And listen.
I want to know what YOU want and what YOU will feel most comfortable in. If you don't ever wear eyeliner underneath your eye, we won't do it. If you always wear purple eye shadow, I will use the best purple for you. I will of course make recommendations but I will always listen to my clients.
How do you determine what look a bride is going for?
My client and I discuss their overall wedding look, from the hair to the dress to the nails. I always ask about the wedding theme as well. Pictures are always helpful when it comes to a specific look. I always look at the picture and tell them what I am seeing to make sure we are looking at the same details.
Do you provide on-location services?
Yes! Always! I will travel to you the day of the wedding!
Can brides arrange for a trial run?
Yes! I usually do complimentary trials at my place located on Mt. Washington.
What brands of beauty products do you use?
MAC Cosmetics, NARS, Tarte, Urban Decay, Becca, Smashbox, Gerard Cosmetics, and Dinair Airbrushing
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