“Colette is one of the best makeup artists I know,
she really understands how to make a woman look her most beautiful,
a skill that translates on and off the camera”
Kathy Nenneker / Editor in
Chief / Los Angeles Weddings Magazine
As a professional makeup artist my career has taken me to many wonderful places and put me in front of many remarkable people, it has also taken many forms; advertising, magazine editorial, celebrity portraiture, and television commercials. The biggest portion of my work has been in print. Print is a still-medium that requires great attention to detail. A competitive and specialized field with the highest of standards. A makeup artist with this type of training assures a blended and flawless application.
I find that wedding day makeup can be the most demanding of all applications. It requires coverage that looks healthy and fresh in the most revealing light of day. It needs to photograph beautifully and last well in to the night as well as through hugs and tears. Oh … and lets not forget it needs to be kissable too! A tall order, but with an experienced makeup artist its a realistic request.
My approach to bride beauty is fresh yet sophisticated. I prefer to minimize flaws as opposed to covering them for a sheer coverage with a healthy glow. I love the micro powders and high tech foundations that allow for this beautiful combination (not a matte finish) A beautifully shaped brow, a rosy glow, lashes that add contrast and emphasis for an overall look that says feminine, glamorous and smart. A makeup preview is essential and is always included. Some of my favorite cosmetic brands are Makeup Forever, Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura and Laura Mercier.
For the very best wedding day beauty results I do recommend a series of facials and regular, sweaty exercise, drinking plenty of pure spring water and for added hydration and sparkling eyes and smooth lips try adding essential fatty acids and fish oils to your diet. My two favorites are Barleans Organic Flaxseed Oil and Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil -super fresh!
What Bride’s Are Saying …
“Verdi cried when he saw me, and continued to do so until the end of the ceremony- It was sooo romantic!!! You really made me look amazing! And for that I am delighted.
With love, Anne-Marie”
Colette,You are an incredible spirit. Thank you for making me feel like the most “fairest of them all” We all couldn’t have been more stunning and beautiful! My girls and I absolutely adored you and you were just so amazing.
Sincerely, Christine Joaquim-Ponchetti
Dear Colette, How can I begin to thank you for the incredible job you did for me on my wedding day? You were such a good calming influence (as I knew you would be!) and makeup was perfect!
Thank you! Thank you! Brit Fennell
Thank you for making our wedding beautiful. The girls looked gorgeous and everyone loved our hair and makeup. We were flawless! Thanks for a beautiful day.
Colette you have spoiled me forever! I don’t ever want anyone else to do my eyebrows-ever! You are such a talented artist. You made me feel like the most beautiful person in the world, but I still looked like me! It was such a wonderful treat to truly relax before the ceremony while I had my makeup done. You have an amazing talent and we are so thankful that you shared it with us. You and John made the day so easy and carefree for both of us. We really cannot express how much we appreciate you both. We had the most perfect wedding day! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Love Meg and Ryan Smith
Dear Colette,I wanted to thank you for making such a wonderful contribution to my wedding. My make-up and hair were perfect. I received a million compliments. You struck exactly the right tone for me and I am so thankful to you. I also want to thank you for being so instrumental in my preparation for and presence at my own wedding. You helped me to actually be at my wedding, to be conscious, to be there with my beautiful husband and our family and friends and not obsessing whether the h’ors d’ouevres would be cold or the cake just right. I can’t tell you what it meant when you gently suggested that I might delegate a few things still undone. You invited me to let go of control and I would say that after months of careful control that was a small miracle in itself. Congratulations I don’t know how you did that. Thanks for being my guide you were the best.
Love, Madeline Swift
Dear Colette, Thank you so much for all of your hair and make-up styling for myself, my mother and my bridesmaids. I really appreciated your advice and guidance to make sure I was as relaxed and enjoying the moment as possible. I especially appreciated being able to meet with you during the week before my wedding to finalize all the details. Your recommendations were invaluable and I was very pleased with how I looked in the photographs. Thank you for helping to make our wedding wonderful. We all had a fabulous time.
Sincerely, Kathleen Scanlon