43 minutes | May 28, 2018

Hiring a Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist with Alayne Curtiss of Make Me Fabulous Salon | Episode 15


Make Me Fabulous Salon








Sensational and sincere are two of a bounty of words that describe Alayne Curtiss, the talented and innovative entrepreneur behind Make Me Fabulous.Having spent the past 20 + years educating herself and her clients in the art of aesthetics, cosmetics, and great hair in all forms; cutting, coloring and styling. Alayne has had the opportunity to train and work with, such beauty giants as Lancome, L’Oreal, Clinique, Clairol, Bobbi Brown, Philosophy, Schwarzkopf, Bumble and Bumble, Ouidad Certified, Philip Wilson and Bare Minerals to name a few. From print to performance, Alayne’s work has been featured on the pages of Glamour, Women’s Day, Martha Stewart, Self, Instyle Hair, Well Wed, The Knot and Biker magazines, as well as on the faces of personalities including, Governors Pataki and Cuomo, HGTV, Spike TV, The Today Show, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and designers Pnina Tornia and Mark Zunino for NY Bridal Fashion Week 2016. She was assistant producer for the Milady Basic Makeup Artist Training Textbook and DVD and lead makeup artist for a recent Milady hair cutting training DVD. Alayne is currently the consulting makeup artist for NBC affiliate WNYT News Channel 13, and the staff editorial hair and makeup stylist for Her Life New York Magazine and a consultant for the Bare Minerals product development team.Make Me Fabulous, is a warm and energetic studio offering a multitude of services Alayne is a licensed esthetician and cosmetologist and her eyebrow waxing and shaping is legendary for literally changing women’s faces.

What couples should look for when hiring a makeup artist or hair stylist?

Why it is important to hire someone with experience?

What are the services and add-ons that Make Me Fabulous offers?

What does a typical wedding day look like?

What are Alayne’s practical tips for the wedding day?

Why Alayne decided to create her own bridal makeup line?

What does working with Make Me Fabulous look like from start to finish?


You can learn more about Make Me Fabulous Salon & Spa:


Website: https://www.makemefabulous.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/makemefabny/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makemefabulousny

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlayneCurtiss

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/alaynecurtiss/



“You can learn hair and makeup but you can’t really learn being at the wedding and all of the things that you have to overcome unless you’ve been in it a number of years.”


“It takes me two years to teach a potential employee to be a lead [artist or stylist] on a wedding.”


“This is the one time the bride has to look good both in person and on camera.”


“What a lot of brides don’t realize is that they need to be done with hair & makeup three to four hours before the wedding if they are having a first look.”


“We really encourage our brides to speak up -- to tell us what you like, tell us what you don’t like because we have about three hours to get to know in that trial session.”


“We love when you have a trial and then go get your dress fitted because you really get to see it all come together.”


“You don’t do the bride last because if anything is running behind, you don’t want to rush on the bride.”


“We’re going to do some of the prep work on the bride first, then work with some of the members of the wedding party. Then, we’ll bring the bride back to do her finishing work that way you can see her walk around and see if there’s anything you want to tweak.”


“The best place to do makeup is front of a window.”


“We don’t charge extra if we do airbrush, we don’t charge extra if we put lashes on. When I come, it’s a day rate and you get my whole book of experience. I don’t hold anything back for ean extra $15 or an extra $50.”


“I train all of my artists to take a picture [of the makeup] with and without flash.”

“I had a photographer tell me once, ‘Alayne, it doesn’t matter how much hairspray you use, if their hair is down and it’s a humid day by the end of the night it just doesn’t look good.’ So I usually recommend that if you’re wanting to do two dresses and two different hairstyles, wear it down initially and then let us put it up.”


“There’s no feedback that’s bad or that we want to be afraid of. We want feedback, we want to get better, we want to grow every year.”


“You don’t get a second chance to look good on your wedding.”



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