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Frequently Asked Questions regarding Make up Artist and Hair Stylist Services, Wedding Makeup Las Vegas Events, Commercial and Private, Hair and Makeup for Photography, Video, TV and All Media

How to prepare for makeup and hair services

How to prepare for makeup and hair services depends on the service required. If you are doing a business photo it might be sufficient to just get a clean-up on your normal makeup. However if you want to take advantage of Christiné’s skills here is your opportunity to see what an experienced artist would do. In most cases that is why you hire a makeup artist and hair stylist so they can give you your best possible look.

Normally most important is to make sure you and any others in your group who are getting makeup, come with “clean, recently moisturized skin”. Left-over makeup from the night before is a no-no. If we have to remove old makeup it takes additional time and can also stress the skin. We also do not recommend facials within 3 days of your service.

Hair usually styles better if it is “day old” with a bit of left-over hair spray or styling products still in it. Fresh washed is more difficult to style. Please make sure that everyone comes with dry hair. Blow drying wet hair can delay the start of work by as much as 20 minutes and it is an additional cost and should be ordered as a “add-on” service. For best results, hair that is to be curled should not have been “straightened” since its last washing.

We will send you an email with additional “Preparation Information” with your booking confirmation.

Facials prior to getting makeup a good idea?

Facials prior to getting makeup is usually NOT recommended. Christiné does not recommend a facial at anytime within the 3-5 days prior to your wedding — and even then preferably with an esthetician who has given you a facial previously with predictable results. Facials are stressful on the skin, and some skin types can react negatively to different facial products and techniques. Getting a facial short before your biggest day can be risky, so it is best to allow your skin to be “well rested” and free from any recent “traumas”. If your skin needs special attention, try to get the work done a minimum of 5 days prior.

Can you recommend a manicurist or nail salon in Las Vegas?

We do not recommend any particular manicurist or nail studio. There are many and if you are not a resident you might find it the most price effective to get your manicures, pedicures, and nails done just before you come to Las Vegas… I would imagine, however, you will certainly find excellent manicurists in the Las Vegas hotel’s salons and spas.

What brands of makeup do you use?

Christiné brings approximately 100lbs of products, implements, and other equipment to each job and use a variety of different brands and product lines for both makeup and hair including but not limited to: laura mercier, nars, faceatelier, vincent longo, mac, shiseido, make up for ever, shu uemura, urban decay. inglot, arbonne  as well as other selected items from professional lines that most have probably never heard of.

She uses the brands she believes is the best product for the job based on the client’s skin type, needs, the purpose (photos, film, video, events), styles and her almost 30 years of experience in the beauty and skin care industries.

An application will look as good 8 hours later as when first applied with very little if any maintenance. Christiné has no allegiance to any one makeup brand or company. She is a fanatic on cleanliness, never “double dips” and always sterilize brushes, and applicators or use disposables. Christiné does not do airbrush.

How much space needed for makeup and hair?

How much space is needed for doing makeup and hair? If doing one or two people, and only Christiné working, a normal Las Vegas hotel room will be fine. However a mini or full-suite is better and highly recommended if you will be wanting multiple members of the wedding party done, if more than one artist will be working at a time, or if family and friends will be in the room.

Christiné brings her own makeup chair and a reflecting umbrella photography light setup as well, but she will need a clear table area to her right for her work materials. She needs to set up in a very low traffic area with space for a light stand and the three large duffel bags which contain her over 100lbs of makeup, hair supplies and implements.

Hair is best done in front of a mirror. A bathroom, where she will have a mirror and clear counter space for all of her hair styling implements and products is perfect.

I want hair decorations and veil in my hair.

Hair decorations and veil placement can be done as soon as the hair styling is finished.
There is no additional charge.

if If you have them and want them integrated into your hairstyle please show us before we start so we can take that into consideration when styling your hair and put them in place when we finish with the hairstyling.

We do not supply any decorative clips, hair accessories or veils, you would need to supply them.

Do you work with hair pieces or extensions?

Working with Hair Extensions and Hair Pieces for weddings, beauty, fashion and glamour styles is often desired. Las Vegas Hair and Makeup specialist Christiné Copeland uses them frequently when creating beautiful hairstyles for weddings and photoshoots. Christiné is regularly working with hair extensions, and she can supply them at no charge for photo sessions or jobs where she will be there until the end of the session and when she has the extensions of the correct color and length.

However, for weddings, parties, girls-night-out or other events where she does the makeup and hair and then leaves, there is most often not a convenient way to get them back.  For those types of events you should purchase clip-in hair extensions or hair pieces of the proper color and length prior to your service. Make sure the hair extensions and hair pieces have clips and are ready to install and bring them to the session. If you bring your own she can certainly integrate them into your hairstyle.

Can you come to my hotel room, home or office?

Christiné is totally mobile and can setup and do makeup and hair styling in your hotel room, office or home or at outdoor and desert locations. Christiné works much of the time in hotels especially for weddings, events, and conventions.

Makeup and Hair Trial prior to main service.

Makeup and Hair Trials are certainly available, however, if you know what you want and can bring or send us photos and are sure that your haircut will work with the hair style you want, there is probably no need for a trial. 

However, the day of the wedding, event or photo session is not the day to be indecisive, and there is almost never time to try different styles. If you are unsure about how you want your makeup done and what hairstyle you want, we then recommend a trial.

A trial always takes longer than the wedding or event day service. For a trial Christiné will do “before” photos, make recommendations, go over colors and possible hair styles, and then do a full makeup and hair style on you. Photos will then be made showing you how the makeup and hair photographs to ensure your satisfaction. It will usually take 2+ hours.

For the best rate a Trial should be booked with the wedding session. When the trial is booked with the session it is substantially less than the normal session fee. Many will book a trial the day of the engagement photos, or prior to the rehearsal dinner so you can see before the actual event if you would like things done differently.

Tattoos, scars, stretch-marks

Tattoos, scars, stretch-marks etc.
Many do not want to have their tattoos, stretchmarks or scars show in their photos, but it is best to find a way to cover the problem areas with your wardrobe or accessories than to cover them with makeup.

Sometimes full body spray tanning is the best choice for doing a lot of cover-ups. You can find local spray tan businesses by Googling for them.  Be sure and ask if they can cover tattoos completely.

We can do spot cover-ups of tattoos, stretchmarks and scars , however it will usually be at an additional minimum fee of $25 for the first 15 minutes plus $25 per 15 minutes of additional time, and you must have realistic expectations.

We cannot guarantee that it will look perfect under every lighting situation or that it will not rub off on your clothing or on those you come in contact with.

Because this type of cover-up will take additional time it must be booked with the service in advance so reserved booking times will include the time to do it. The larger and darker the area the more time that is required to cover it. Covering dark tattoos on very light pale skin completely can be very time consuming.

The color of scars and tattoos and stretchmarks can usually be changed sufficiently by layering foundations and coverups to closely match the adjacent skin color, however changes of lighting types, the direction of the light and the varying color temperatures of the different light sources that you will encounter during your day, including the harsh light of direct flash photography may show variations in color and reflectance on “spot or small areas of makeup”. This is because of the different way skin and makeup reflect light and react to those variables.

This is especially a problem for tattoos, stretch marks and scars where the area of the skin is raised slightly higher than the normal skin, or has a texture to it making it 3 dimensional. We cannot eliminate shadows that will come and go depending on the direction of the light…

Another consideration is the location of the cover-up. If the areas will have a lot of contact and or rubbing with fabric from your dress, veil, straps, sleeves, or perhaps more importantly those you hug or rub up against when walking together or during mingling with guests, you will have problems. No matter how well set, makeup will not hold up under sustained contact or friction without continual attention.

About Me

I have been doing hair and makeup for over 30 years. I have lived and worked in Las Vegas since 1994. My initial training was in Munich Germany, and I worked in Los Angeles for 6 years before moving to Las Vegas. I am married to photographer John Copeland since 1987 and we have a great and funny dog named Lola and two semi-arrogant cats named Cimmi and Scruffy.

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