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Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists

Fairfax , VA
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Fairfax, VA US 22033 (map)

PHONE

866-851-5247

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ABOUT US

Best Face Forward's diverse ON-SITE beauty team is led by mother/ daughter duo Susie and Kara. We are your one stop for personalized Skin Care, Makeup, Color Analysis and Hair Styling... Read more
Best Face Forward's diverse ON-SITE beauty team is led by mother/ daughter duo Susie and Kara. We are your one stop for personalized Skin Care, Makeup, Color Analysis and Hair Styling services in Hampton Roads, Northern North Carolina and Northern Virginia/DC/Maryland. Our primary focus is to understand the client's style and desired look.

As a recent Bride and Mother-of-the-Bride, our Founders and Lead Artists Kara and Susie have special insight into the needs of our Bridal clients. With over 50 years of experience, our team of pros strive to bring your vision to life, using the best techniques to accentuate your very best features.

We also provide the fo llowing services:
- Makeup application/ Hair Styling for Weddings, Proms, Events, Portraits, etc.
- Skin Care lessons/ Analysis for Males and Females from teens to adult.
- Hair Services/ Styling Lessons for Males and Females from teens to adult.
- Makeup Lessons and/or Analysis of your current products.
- Color Analysis and/or advisement on your current wardrobe colors.

Serving Northern Virginia/DC/ Maryland AND Hampton Roads/ Northern North Carolina!
Please feel free to email or msg us for scheduling and pricing!
**Please note your wedding location with your inquiry, since we operate in several locations!** Read less
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INFO FOR BEAUTY & HEALTH

What beauty services do you offer?
Facial, Hair, Makeup
Do you offer trials and consultations?
Yes
Can you service a large group or bridal party?
Yes
Do you charge for trials?
Trials are always included in our pricing.
Do you specialize in textured hair?
Our highly trained stylists can work with any type of hair.
Do you provide any specialty services? (airbrushing, hair extensions, etc.)
Skin Analysis- We believe your skin is the canvas for your cosmetics. Best Face Artists use the latest technology, a Skin Analysis Magnifier (S.A.M.) Machine to conduct a comprehensive analysis of your skin.
 S.A.M. illuminates the following underlying skin conditions:
 • Dryness
 • Sun Damage
 • Clogged Pores
 • Poor Circulation
 • And MORE before they become apparent.
 
 A personalized Artistry Skin Care regimen is prescribed for optimal skin condition. With preventative care, you can put your Best Face Forward on your big day! 
 
 Color Analysis- Do you look best in white or ivory? Your Colors Matter!
 Best Face Forward can dress shop with you to show how skin tone is key to your color palette, simplifying dress and makeup choices. Complimentary colors enhance natural beauty for stunning photographs that last a lifetime. 
Do you travel to the client on the day of the event? If yes, is there a fee?
Yes- all meetings are on-site to the client's desired location. If travel is within 25 miles, there is no charge. Fees are incurred for travel over 25 miles.
How many customers can you serve at one time if the bride were to book her entire bridal party? Are there discounts for doing so?
Since our team has several pros available at any time, we can service any size bridal party. Our lead artist for that event will suggest if additional artists are needed. Our pricing is set so that the more there are in any party, the less cost per person.
How far in advance should clients book your services?
We can work with virtually any timeline, but we advise the earlier the better. If we are working with you from the beginning of your planning, we can assist in color palette selection and skin clarification of any and all bridal party members.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation fee of $150- $250 based on the size of the party, if cancelled within a month of the event.

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Stefanie
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
My original makeup artist/hair stylist bailed on me, but what a blessing that turned out to be as I ended up working with Micaela with Best Face Forward! Micaela is amazing in every way...she is professional, friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and amazing at her craft. While this was the first time I ever utilized services like this, if I ever needed to do so again, I would most certainly seek her out.
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Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much Stefanie!!! We are SO glad everything worked out the way it did!! Micaela raved about you!
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Noelle
Wedding:
6/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Best Face Forward was absolutely excellent throughout our entire experience with them! Kara and her team are not just about makeup and hair; Kara worked with my mom and me starting nearly a year before the wedding to help us balance out our skin and introduced us to a facial cleansing system that is miles above anything else we had ever used. She worked with us from the bottom up and our skin has never looked better! Kara is welcoming, fun, and sincerely excited about working with brides and helping them achieve their perfect bridal look. The makeup she did for the entire wedding party looked beautiful and wedding day ready while still appearing natural and effortless. Christina worked on hair for my Maid of Honor and the Mother of the Groom and everyone kept talking about her work. Kara and Christina brought out each member of the wedding party's natural beauty and really listened to what we were envisioning and helped us achieve it. The morning of the wedding they were fun and excited and we had an amazing time working with them!
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Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists responded with the following comments:

Eeeekkk!! Thanks Noelle!! This made me smile! Can we do it all over again??!!?? ;)
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Kayla Platteel
Wedding:
6/8/2014
5.0/5.0
The folks at Best Face Forward are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. During such a stressful time as planning a wedding it was so nice to be able to contact them at any time and ask them questions, schedule trial events and keep in touch through the whole process. Suzanne was our make up artist and she is such an amazing, friendly and fun person to work with. She made us feel so comfortable, happy & relaxed as she prepared us for the big day. Mandy worked her magic on our hairstyles and she did fabulous work as well. You can show that girl a picture and you will get exactly what you asked for. They were both so fun to be around the entire time. Thank you all so much for everything and we wish you the Best Face Forward in everything you do!!
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Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists responded with the following comments:

So sweet!! Congrats again!!!
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tammy
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
My daughter looked absolutely stunning for her wedding. In fact, all the girls looked beautiful. It was a perfect day and you played a big part in making it happen. The entire day was fun and relaxed! I so enjoyed watching you get everyone all "dolled up". It was a little chaotic with everyone laughing and talking at the same time, but that is how my house usually is and you fit right in - honestly it felt like we had known each other forever and it was awesome. Thank you for playing such a huge role in making Kim's dream wedding a reality.
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Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists responded with the following comments:

Thank you Mama Tammy for your super kind words!! You rock!!!
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Katie
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
If you are reading this comment, you need to end your search here.The original Hair and Makeup group that was going to take care of my sister's Wedding was double booked and could not pull off both jobs so they ended up dropping us. I went on Event Wire, found Best Face Forward, and I will never look back. Kara and her team are beyond amazing! Kara arranged a Skype meeting with me, kept in constant contact, and was professional/prepared for any and all questions or concerns.Kara has team members all over the state and was beyond flexible with traveling to my sisters Vineyard Wedding. They arrived on time and the magic they worked was above our expectation. Giving all the bridesmaids tips on their hair, makeup, skin care, while making us feel pampered. None of the makeup was overboard and the hair was exactly what we wanted. I will definitely be using them for my wedding and suggesting them to everyone I know!
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Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists responded with the following comments:

Katie- thanks for being such a GREAT contact person for your sister's big day!! Thank you so much!!!
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Johanna
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Kara, Susanne & Mandy are an awesome team!! They listened to my ideas, gave great advice and were fantastic! They did an amazing job with my hair and makeup for my wedding!! They made me feel beautiful inside and out!! I couldn't have been more pleased!! I highly recommend this team, who truly puts their Best Face (& hair) Forward!! :)
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Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists responded with the following comments:

Johanna- your sweet words made us smile! Congrats again!
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Johanna
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Excellent! I highly recommend Kara and her very talented team!!
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Amy
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Susanne and Mandy came to our house to do our hair and makeup for my sister's wedding, and they were wonderful! Everyone looked beautiful, and the makeup and hairstyles lasted the entire night…even through all the dancing (and sweating!) and crying that I did that day. They really did an amazing job, and they were so much fun to have at the house as a part of our big day. They made sure we had everything we needed. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone. Shout out to Mandy, who was really sweet!
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Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists responded with the following comments:

Thanks, Amy, for your great review!! We really appreciate it!
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Leah
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved working with Best Face Forward!! They were always prompt with responding to my emails and extremely easy to work with. The makeup artist and hair stylist were both so friendly and were willing to work with me to make sure I had the exact look that I wanted on my special day. I could see their love for what they do and the desire that they had in making me feel special. I couldn't have been more pleased with their work. The makeup/skin care products felt and looked so natural and were still able to give me the dramatic pops that I was looking for! I would, without a doubt, recommend Best Face Forward to anyone and wouldn't think of using anyone else for future events!
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Erin
Wedding:
2/1/2014
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have asked for anything better on my wedding day! Kara and Christina were absolutely amazing. They were extremely professional and a joy to work with! One of the best parts, I didn't have to find and coordinate with both a makeup artist and a hair stylist, there are already so many vendors to work with on your wedding day and Best Face Forward combines both hair and make up, which was great!!
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shannon
Wedding:
1/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Everyone at Best Face Forward was excellent! Everyone I worked with was so kind and I had so much fun with them. I was so pleased at how wonderful they made my hair and makeup look on my big day. I will highly recommend them!
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Renee
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
They were an absolute pleasure to work with. Kara was very responsive to any questions. Alicia, the make up artist, was fantastic. She listened to what I wanted and offered a great look.
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Susan
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Best Face Forward! Not only were they extremely timely when I first contacted them but if I had any sort of question or concern prior to my wedding Kara or Susanne were there for me! Susanne was my makeup artist and she listened to make sure I was 100% in love with my wedding makeup! She even did 2 trials because neither of us felt the makeup look was "quite there!" This made me feel so much more comfortable with their team because I knew they really wanted me to feel like myself on my wedding day. As the wedding got closer, Susanne even did a facial for my mom and offered her tips! It was great to know they were there for my wedding party as well as the mom's celebrating with us on our wedding day!

I really appreciated that fact that this team was so concerned with "how it will look in photographs." They have worked with so many photographers and they know what will and will not work for your pictures.

As the wedding got closer and the timeline got crazy, Best Face Forward was there for me when I told them (in a panic!) that I was pretty positive I needed another artist to get all of my bridesmaids' makeup done on time! With one week out, they booked another artist to be there for me! I was SO THANKFUL!

On the day of the wedding my makeup looked great! Elegant but still natural for me! And the best part? It lasted ALL DAY (even after dancing like a fool for a few hours!!)

I HIGHLY recommend Best Face Forward - Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists to you! They will listen to you, answer your questions, and not make fun of you (if you are like me) because you know very little about makeup! Heck, they will even do a consultation with you a year out from your wedding to make sure you are doing the proper cleansing and stuff to make sure your skin will be in the best possible condition for your wedding!

BOOK BEST FACE FORWARD FOR YOUR WEDDING MAKEUP AND HAIR! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. :)
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Erin
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Kara and Christina were great! From consult to day-of, everything went smoothly. Kara is not only a skilled makeup artist, but also a skincare expert. She helped me work out a regimen months before the wedding so that my skin looked amazing even before the makeup went on. Both Kara and Christina are incredibly personable and funny, which made getting ready for the ceremony that much more fun and exciting! I highly recommend Best Face Forward for all your wedding makeup and hair needs! You will be in great hands!
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Summar
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
There were 5 of us including me (the Bride) that had our hair and makeup done. Several of us also use the skin care service/ products through Kara. We are all so happy with the results. Kara and Micaela are great. They made sure it was stress free and easy. They both did a great job of thinking through what was planned for the day and making sure our hair and makeup would servive the festivities. I was able to show them pictures of what I liked and they took the eliments I loved and created a perfect look for each of us. Kara uses makeup that does not irritate the skin. My mom's eyes react very quickly to makeup and she has had allergic reactions to alot of makeup brands and she had no problems with the makeup Kara uses. I would highly recommend Kara and Micaela to anyone looking for a stress free and talented hair and makeup artist.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I was the maid of honor in my baby sister's wedding and the make-up artist that did my make-up, my sister's make-up, my sister's in law make-up and my mom's make-up was no other than the awesome Alicia McAnney!!! She was very professional!. She was on time, friendly, matched our colors right (without a trial run for us wedding party). I would definitely recommend the company Best Face Forward for any future brides, prom and homecoming queens out there.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Kara and Michela were great. They take so much time with you, you feel as if you are the only customer. Kara is a wonderful make up artist and really listens to what the bride is looking for.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My hair and makeup was perfect on my wedding day! Kara & Micaela are so sweet and do a wonderful job!
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Rita
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
As Mother of the Bride, I highly recommend Kara the owner and her Team. Not only great personalities and witt, but they worked with each gal of the wedding party to bring out the true beauty of each one. I look back at the pictures of the wedding and I get tears eyed, so impressed by the beauty they captured of my daughter, the Bride. Thank you Kara Gomez!
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Brandy
Wedding:
9/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Kara Gomez is a great person and an excellent makeup artist! She is so friendly and happy it was a joy to have her there to help get us ready, and the makeup job she did was wonderful! I hate having my picture taken but she made me look so good that I love all my pictures no matter what light I was in!!
Micaela is the best hair stylist I have ever seen, she did a great job on me and my girls, models and actresses couldn't possibly have better stylists, seriously, I felt like we were rich and famous by how well she did hehe :) I just showed her a couple pics and she went at my hair and magic happened.
I could not be happier with how everything turned out. These girls are great. They even stayed to do touch ups after the ceremony to make sure we were picture perfect, and Micaela helped me change my headpiece from a veil to my super sexy reception hat, she made sure it stayed on. My hair and makeup lasted the whole day without getting messed up which was a miracle given how much I was rocking that dance floor! :) I will definitely be advertising for them!!
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/11/2012
5.0/5.0
I initially contacted Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists because I was looking for a one stop shop for my hair and makeup for my September 2012 wedding.

In addition to the hair and makeup on the day of my wedding, BFF-SMHA (specifically Kara) offers a skin analysis service. I have had combination skin for most of my adult life and I was hoping she could help. I am so glad I had the skin analysis because Kara is fantastic. She took a look at my skin with this special light and determined a easily workable regimen to help me look my best. It is not an exaggeration to say that the change immediately helped my skin – the dry areas weren’t dry and the oily areas weren’t as oily. My skin without makeup looks great and my skin with makeup looks fantastic (by the way, Kara has unbelievably great skin – always a good sign). Kara did more for me in 2 visits than any dermatologist ever did!

In addition to the longer term skin analysis, Kara took a lot of time to listen and really find out how I wanted to look on my wedding day. She was so patient and worked, adjusted, and sought feedback to get a look that made me feel so beautiful. Michaela (I hope that is how you spell her name) was great with my hair. I have fine hair and it is difficult to get body in my hair for the day of. She did a fantastic job of giving me a lot of body. Additionally, they both did a great job with my bridesmaid on the day of the wedding.
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Michele
Wedding:
3/22/2014
4.9/5.0
I started planning my March wedding in July. One of the first things I searched for was hair and make that would come to me. That is how I found Best Face Forward. It was an enjoyable experience from beginning to end. Mandy and Susanne did a fantastic job with our makeup and hair. They were very personable and fun to work with. They were flexible and on time which means a lot when you have a million things going on. The only thing I felt was lacking was communication after the initial contact and contract till about a month and a half before the wedding. Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely use them again.
Services Used: Beauty & Health
Best Face Forward- Skin, Makeup & Hair Artists responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much Michele for a great review for the girls- and our sincerest thank you for being patient with us through a growing period for our team! I will be sending you something extra as a sign of our appreciation!
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Private User
Wedding:
10/13/2013
4.9/5.0
I LOVE BFF!!! Working with Kara and Micaela was one of the best experiences I've had. Kara did a beautiful job on all the ladies and made me (the bride) look natural yet stunning. Micaela did a beautiful job on not only my hair but the hair of all the bridesmaids and moms. Each bridesmaid had a different style that showed their personalities. It was a wonderful day made more so by a wonderful team that came with us to Bristow for the finishing touches. Thanks!!
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Katie
Wedding:
10/26/2013
4.8/5.0
Really enjoyed working with Kara on my wedding. The ladies were very timely, friendly, and did fantastic work. Would definitely use them again!
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Mei-Ling
Wedding:
6/29/2013
4.7/5.0
Using this service was a great decision. The trial helped greatly to set my look for the big day and Was able to take the time to go through several looks to choose what looked the best.
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Emily
Wedding:
4/12/2014
4.6/5.0
Best Face Forward was available for me with less than a month to my wedding. They were very flexible with finding a time to do my trial. They were prompt on the day of the wedding and worked well together to get our hair and makeup done. Many of my girls had only a vague or no idea of what to do with their hair, but Mandy had ideas and made them all look gorgeous. My makeup looked natural, which is what I wanted.
Services Used: Beauty & Health
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Eudora
Wedding:
12/28/2013
4.2/5.0
Alicia was the makeup artist for our wedding, and Mandy was our hairstylist. Alicia was extremely communicative and helpful throughout the entire process, and my bridesmaids loved their wedding-day look! We had a slight hiccup on the wedding day itself, running behind schedule, but Alicia was able to help us solve it and we didn't end up running that late after all. Mandy was great to work with and one of my bridesmaids was very impressed that her hair STAYED curled, all day, and those of us that had updos had them last virtually the entire event. (Mine did start coming down a little but it was after 3 dress changes and about 10 hours, so that was to be expected :D)
As a nice touch, each of us was given a tube of lip gloss that came with a mirror and light on the inside of the cap! I think we spent a fair bit of time playing with these, honestly, and it made touching up for photos at the reception SO easy for us. I still get compliments whenever I use it in public and I had a waitress at a restaurant do a double take and come back to ask me where I got it. Definitely a nice addition to the makeup package. Thanks for making sure we looked good, Alicia, Mandy and Kara!
Services Used: Beauty & Health

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