Get picture perfect with a professional makeup artist (not Aunt Jean!)

Written with love, by Tamra Johnson


Sure aunt Jean would love to help you on your special day…but can she effectively:

Q: Accommodate your bridal party, big or small?

why hire a professional wedding makeup artist

A: When you request a professional to travel to your hotel or home while in preparation for your ceremony and photos, it's a luxury and it's also wise.  Aunt Jean might have great intentions to glam you and your wedding party up but what often happens is...she herself is strapped for time and can't possibly get everyone ready for the camera.  "Professionals stick to schedules, amateurs allow life to get in the way!" On this day, you deserve to kick up your stilettos and get truly pampered by a stylist who knows how to service you and your entourage...sorry Aunt Jean, #SorryNotSorry!


Q: Style you for your engagement photos and rehearsal dinner?

A: Many of you will opt for the DIY or calling (Aunt Jean) when the engagement photos and rehearsal dinner comes around, but you might want to reconsider. When you work with a seasoned artist, he or she will create a wearable, appropriate look that the camera will eat up.  If "Aunt Jean" does it, she might focus on your eyes and lips...that's a big no-no!  Don't make your features compete.  Both occasions deserve a beauty savvy application.

Sorry Aunt Jean, #SorryNotSorry!


Q: Calm the room if chaos starts to stir?

A: Time to ask yourself this question: If tears, anxiety, nerves, butterflies, intoxication from the Champs bubbles spread like wildflower, will your Aunt Jean know how to calm the room or will she be too distracted with all the wedding drama? A room full of Chatty-Cathy's, loud music, endless text and phone calls really needs to be put in place.  Your vendor should be someone who can help lighten up the mood and who can bring a sense of zen and calm to the suite.  The last vendor you see with the Bride, her mom, etc. is usually the hair and makeup artist.  We remind you to breathe, relax and reassure - will Aunt Jean be that for you?

why hire a professional wedding makeup artist


Q: Does she know the difference between skin-tones and skin types?

A: Amateurs like Aunt Jean might know her skin, and she might even know yours but will she be prepared for the rest?  Will she know what to prep the skin with? Will she know which products photograph the best? Which products hold up in different lighting and different temperatures? Maybe your ceremony is outdoors and the reception is indoors, and this matters with makeup!

All in all, it is our job to know various skin-tones and skin types and with a big or small wedding party, complexions will vary.

"Sorry Aunt Jean, I got this one too!"

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As a nine-year industry veteran, San Francisco native Tamra-Marie has built an extensive BEAUTY background in makeup artistry---specializing in giving her clients a fresh, clean and glam look.

Tamra-Marie has trained with industry brands including NARS, MAC and Laura Mercier Cosmetics. She has had the opportunity to showcase her creative talents in runway shows, commercials, fashion editorials, red carpet appearances and celebrity photo shoots.

“Sure, makeup is about art but its’ also about giving proper attention to features and how to accentuate your complexion.” Makeup offers transformation, on the runway it creates an edgy feeling and in real life it can help promote confidence. My beauty philosophy has always been “ less is more”, a radiant face with a hot pink lip is the pop, it’s what I offer today’s women.

Her gutsy spirit moved her to Los Angeles for three years but now Johnson resides in SF Bay Area. Her clientele includes models, actors, designers, musicians and socialites. She is consistently requested because of her talents, industry experience and a client-first attitude.

In between projects, you can find her collaborating with photographers, shopping vintage boutiques, and uncovering just what is the best darn mascara is on earth|?|