How do I contact/book an appointment with you?
The best way to schedule an appointment is via email or click here. Please include COMPLETE appointment details: time, location, event, specifics on what you need, how you heard about me, etc. This will ensure you get an accurate quote. I will then forward you the information necessary to secure your appointment. Your appointment is not reserved until your retainer is received (PayPal, Chase QuickPay, cash in person). Dates/Times are scheduled in order based on receipt and confirmation of deposit.
Where are you located?
Chicago, IL (60617).
Do you travel?
Yes. I have a current Passport and will travel to….well, anywhere. Out of town clients are responsible for full travel and lodging expenses in addition to makeup service fees.
How long will my appointment be?
This varies by client, but appointments typically range from 30-90 minutes per person.
What services do you provide?
I am primarily a bridal makeup artist. I am experienced working with women of all skin tones and ethnic backgrounds, however my focus is on women of color. I provide traditional and airbrush makeup applications. Each application includes a full face makeover based on each client’s needs/requests: foundation, concealer, highlighting, contouring, blush, eye shadow, lip stick, etc. Lashes are always included with your makeovers charged at standard rates.
I am also available for makeup lessons/demonstrations.
Should I choose traditional or airbrush makeup application/Which application is best for me?
Short answer: It depends on your needs, skin condition, and budget. Please review this post: Airbrush Makeup vs. Traditional Makeup to assist you in making your decisions.
How far in advance should I book my wedding date?
Wedding dates book quickly! Brides, please do not wait until the last minute to secure your wedding makeup artist and book your bridal previews. It always hurts my heart when I have to turn a bride away because I am already booked on her date. Your wedding day is one of the biggest, most important days of your life, and YOU will be photographed more than anything or anyone on this day. Don’t leave your wedding day beauty needs to chance.
I start booking wedding dates one year in advance. To ensure availability of your preferred artist, it is best to book your wedding makeup artist 9-12 months in advance. Wedding dates are not confirmed with the Lena Clark Beauty Team until a retainer and signed Wedding Service Agreement have been received.
Once you secure your artist, book your bridal preview immediately and schedule it for 2-3 months before your wedding day. Bridal previews are typically held on Sundays in my private bridal studio.
Do you offer trials/Should I get one?
Yes, I offer bridal previews as an additional service. I would be more than happy to pre-design your wedding day look for/with you. This post: Should you get a bridal preview will help you decide if you would like to book one.
Can you do eyes/foundation/lashes, etc. only?
While I prefer to work with each client based on their individual needs, I do not provide a la carte services. If you only want your eyes/foundation/lashes, etc. done it would be the same pricing as a full makeup application.
What makeup brands do you use/What is your favorite makeup brand?
Unfortunately, I don’t have a favorite makeup line and am not loyal to any one brand of makeup. I have yet to find a brand that is great at everything so I believe in brand diversity to get the best of each brand. All of my kit products are professional quality and includes carefully tested selections from pro only brands as well as luxury and prestige consumer brands (MAC, Makeup Forever, Tom Ford, Kiehl’s, YSL, Ben Nye, Cinema Secrets, Viseart, etc.).
I do, however, have a favorite eyelash: Pixie Luxe by House of Lashes. This lash is super gorgeous and extra glamorous, but in my opinion due to the extremely thick band it is NOT for the novice lash wearer.
Do you have any makeup tips for beginners?
Makeup is an art form and a lot of what you do will depend on your personal preferences. It’s about what you like. Just get out there and practice! Do your makeup every day…the results may not always be what you want or expect, but each time you you will learn something new. I promise you will learn as you go. Have fun and enjoy the process of transforming yourself.
The only makeup tip I have to offer is so basic it’s not really a tip. Wash your face and stay hydrated by drinking water!!!!! Seriously, take proper care of your skin from the inside out. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize (include an SPF of at least 30 if going outdoors) your skin daily; and exfoliate at least once a week depending on your skin type. While makeup can cover many skin flaws and imperfections, having a clean blemish free canvas to work on will provide you with the best makeup application possible.
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Still have questions? Contact me anytime! I look forward to hearing from you.