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Makeup by Brea

Somerville , MA
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Somerville, MA 02144 US (map)

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Brea Cherne Ashcraft has been a licensed esthetician and successful makeup artist in the Boston area since 2008. She left her upscale salon/spa position on Newbury Street in order to... Read more
Brea Cherne Ashcraft has been a licensed esthetician and successful makeup artist in the Boston area since 2008. She left her upscale salon/spa position on Newbury Street in order to ensure brides felt beautiful and confident on their wedding day without the added stress of traveling to a salon or spa. Brea found she can better tailor her services to brides through her own company and has now done makeup for over 200 brides. Overwhelmingly positive feedback from Brea’s former clients describes her as “professional, responsive, helpful, and very talented. But more importantly, her positive outlook and sincere warmth was wonderfully refreshing to work with.” Brea offers a makeup trial consultation where she listens to your makeup desires and then chooses and applies from her extensive collection of products the perfect wedding day look for you. She will put together a personalized makeup design page detailing your color choices so that she can be sure to replicate your preferred look on your wedding day. Reviews continually highlight that Brea goes the extra mile for her brides and truly listens to all wedding details, in order to ensure the bridal makeup will fit with the overall wedding tone and theme.




On your wedding day, Brea will travel to you equipped with MAC Cosmetics as well as some of her other favorite brands and products, a belt full of brushes, GLAMCOR lighting, a tall chair, and plenty of other wedding day emergency supplies. In the comfort of your home or hotel room, she will make you look picture perfect for your special day. One grateful bride shared that Brea is “thoughtful and ensures that the makeup will last through the day. Brea is crafty and has a nice portable setup of lights and a chair as she applies makeup. I recall my photographer even mentioning that he’s seen many makeup artists before, but none compared to Brea.” Brea’s professional and warm demeanor, ability to make brides feel beautiful and special on their wedding day, and experience keeps her winning awards from The Knot, Boston.com, Weddingbee, and WeddingWire, year after year. She has been awarded the Bride’s Choice Awards™ in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 recognizing her in the top 5 percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, and professionalism. Brea would love to be a part of your wedding day.

Additionally, Makeup by Brea offers makeup services for special events, parties, profile pictures, and consultations. Read less
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INFO FOR BEAUTY & HEALTH

What beauty services do you offer?
Facial, Makeup
Do you offer trials and consultations?
Yes
Can you service a large group or bridal party?
Yes
Do you charge for trials?
Yes. At the trial we can meet, talk about you, your skin, your wedding, and your wedding day makeup desires and I would do your makeup how you would like it for your wedding day. I will then record what we did and be able to give you your free tube of lip color on your wedding day.
Do you provide any specialty services? (airbrushing, hair extensions, etc.)
I use three different sizes of individual lashes so I can customize your lash look to be as natural or dramatic as you would like. The best parts about individual lashes for the wearer is they feel much better than strip lashes, stay in place better, and if one happens to come off--no big deal! If a strip lash comes undone, then you have to remove it and if you remove one strip, you have to remove the other. 
 I do not airbrush for several reasons. One, it makes me dependant on a piece of technology and if something happens like a power outage or the airbrush gun breaks, then I would be unable to do my job. Two, I can easily create foundation color that is a perfect match for each person in your party in seconds. With airbrush foundation, it’s harder to create new color in the quantity needed to airbrush so I would either be restricted to limited foundation colors or would be wasteful of product thus needing to increase my prices to cover the loss. Third, most people like the idea of airbrush, but not the actual results. Many brides who come to me after they have had airbrush makeup done somewhere else complain that it looked dirty and unnatural. The desire for airbrush makeup up is to have long lasting, natural looking makeup; using primers, well blended foundation, and setting spray I can achieve all these results without the airbrush gun.
Do you travel to the client on the day of the event? If yes, is there a fee?
I will travel to the client the day of the event. Travel fee is based on the distance I need to travel from my home to the location where wedding makeup will be done. To calculate the travel fee, I use Google Maps directions from my home to the location where the wedding makeup will be done. I then charge $1 per estimated minute of travel one way. Required payment for parking at the venue is the responsibility of the bride and she will be responsible for coordinating vendor parking permits, valet, or any other parking arrangements the the day of the wedding. If estimated time of travel exceeds two hours, the bride may choose to cover overnight accommodations for me which would include the cost of the room, taxes, and overnight parking in lieu of the travel fee.
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?
I can do as many faces as time will allow. Please allot one hour for the bride, 30 minutes for each additional attendant and mother, 15 minutes for girls 12 and under, and 15 minutes for setup. I also will need an additional 10 minutes for each attendant who would like false lashes. If there is an extreme time crunch or a very large number of faces, I can find an assistant to join me the day of the wedding.
How far in advance should clients book your services?
I prefer not to book weddings more than nine months in advance to allow for life changes and avoid disappointment. If a bride inquires more than nine months in advance, I can put her on my calendar to follow up with nine months before her wedding, but cannot guarantee that I will be available on her date. Most brides book between nine and six months in advance, but if a bride inquires closer to the wedding date and I am still available, I would be happy to work with her.
What is your cancellation policy?
A refund for the trial is not issued if the client (Bride) decides to cancel the reservation. If a bride cancels the reservation between 90 and 30 days before the wedding date, a $100 fee is charged for loss of potential business for that date. If a bride cancels the reservation less than 30 days before the wedding date, the Saturday minimum $350 fee is charged regardless whether or not the wedding falls on a Saturday.

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Samantha
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Brea was amazing! I know nothing about make up and was very nervous about getting it done for my wedding. During our make up trial, she made me feel so comfortable and really talked me through the process, and I had a great time. At the wedding, she arrived promptly and was so professional and a lot of fun to work with. She did a great job on my own make up and my bridesmaids, and I received so many compliments from my guests at the wedding. My make up lasted the whole day, and I dreaded taking it off after! I love Brea and highly recommend her!
Brea was amazing! I know nothing about make up and was very nervous about getting it done for my wedding. During our make Read more...
Brea was amazing! I know nothing about make up and was very nervous about getting it done for my wedding. During our make up trial, she made me feel so comfortable and really talked me through the process, and I had a great time. At the wedding, she arrived promptly and was so professional and a lot of fun to work with. She did a great job on my own make up and my bridesmaids, and I received so many compliments from my guests at the wedding. My make up lasted the whole day, and I dreaded taking it off after! I love Brea and highly recommend her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Brea was phenomenal. We had a nice chat during my trial, which was done in the winter the day of my engagement photos. She tailored that makeup to what I was wearing. Then, for the wedding day, everyone looked so natural and beautiful when she was done. She listened to my desired changes from the trial colors and it all came out perfect for our spring wedding. I would not hesitate to recommend Brea to anyone of any skin type, color, or style. She was prompt and professional and so fun to have around while we were getting ready. I will be using her again when I need a fancy face!
Brea was phenomenal. We had a nice chat during my trial, which was done in the winter the day of my engagement photos. She Read more...
Brea was phenomenal. We had a nice chat during my trial, which was done in the winter the day of my engagement photos. She tailored that makeup to what I was wearing. Then, for the wedding day, everyone looked so natural and beautiful when she was done. She listened to my desired changes from the trial colors and it all came out perfect for our spring wedding. I would not hesitate to recommend Brea to anyone of any skin type, color, or style. She was prompt and professional and so fun to have around while we were getting ready. I will be using her again when I need a fancy face! Read less
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ehirst
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
I booked Brea for my wedding in May based on other positive reviews and pictures on Weddingwire and they didn't steer me wrong. I was looking for someone that was willing to come to the house and do the makeup for myself and my full wedding party. From the moment I met her at my makeup trial, I knew Brea would be great to work with. She was very accommodating and went through trial very slowly, discussing what I did or didn't like at each point, so that there wouldn't be any problems on my wedding day. On the day of the wedding she showed up on time ready to roll, and got all of our makeup done with time to spare for touch ups before we started taking pictures and left for the church. Her prices are very reasonable and my makeup lasted all night despite a lot of sweaty dancing. I actually had to scrub it off before going to bed! I would highly recommend Brea and will likely use her myself in the future for big events and weddings.
I booked Brea for my wedding in May based on other positive reviews and pictures on Weddingwire and they didn't steer me Read more...
I booked Brea for my wedding in May based on other positive reviews and pictures on Weddingwire and they didn't steer me wrong. I was looking for someone that was willing to come to the house and do the makeup for myself and my full wedding party. From the moment I met her at my makeup trial, I knew Brea would be great to work with. She was very accommodating and went through trial very slowly, discussing what I did or didn't like at each point, so that there wouldn't be any problems on my wedding day. On the day of the wedding she showed up on time ready to roll, and got all of our makeup done with time to spare for touch ups before we started taking pictures and left for the church. Her prices are very reasonable and my makeup lasted all night despite a lot of sweaty dancing. I actually had to scrub it off before going to bed! I would highly recommend Brea and will likely use her myself in the future for big events and weddings. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
2/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Brea did the most amazing job working with myself and my bridesmaids at my wedding. My makeup ended up looking just the way I'd envisioned it and it held up all through the dancing, eating and celebrating of the night. Brea did a great job customizing my look based on photos of celebrities whose makeup I liked and my skin tone and type. She even found a way to work around an allergy I have to certain ingredients that are fairly common in a lot of makeup products. She also did such a great job with my bridesmaids' makeup that one of them ended up requesting Brea's services for HER wedding. Brea is extremely friendly, professional and well worth her rates. I would recommend her a hundred times over.
Brea did the most amazing job working with myself and my bridesmaids at my wedding. My makeup ended up looking just the Read more...
Brea did the most amazing job working with myself and my bridesmaids at my wedding. My makeup ended up looking just the way I'd envisioned it and it held up all through the dancing, eating and celebrating of the night. Brea did a great job customizing my look based on photos of celebrities whose makeup I liked and my skin tone and type. She even found a way to work around an allergy I have to certain ingredients that are fairly common in a lot of makeup products. She also did such a great job with my bridesmaids' makeup that one of them ended up requesting Brea's services for HER wedding. Brea is extremely friendly, professional and well worth her rates. I would recommend her a hundred times over. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Brea is an amazing person and a fantastic makeup artist. She is professional, responsive, flexible and kind. I first met Brea in her studio for a trial makeup session. We discussed my daily makeup routine as well as what I envisioned for my wedding. She takes thorough notes and makes sure to incorporate all of my feedback and comments. It is obvious that she truly wants nothing but the best for her clients. My wedding makeup was flawless! I also want to note that at the very LAST minute, I requested an extra service. Brea was not bothered at all and immediately went to work to make me happy. I strongly recommend considering Brea for all of your Boston-area makeup needs.
Brea is an amazing person and a fantastic makeup artist. She is professional, responsive, flexible and kind. I first met Read more...
Brea is an amazing person and a fantastic makeup artist. She is professional, responsive, flexible and kind. I first met Brea in her studio for a trial makeup session. We discussed my daily makeup routine as well as what I envisioned for my wedding. She takes thorough notes and makes sure to incorporate all of my feedback and comments. It is obvious that she truly wants nothing but the best for her clients. My wedding makeup was flawless! I also want to note that at the very LAST minute, I requested an extra service. Brea was not bothered at all and immediately went to work to make me happy. I strongly recommend considering Brea for all of your Boston-area makeup needs. Read less
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Briana
Wedding:
9/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Brea did an amazing job at my wedding!! I absolutely loved my makeup! It looked fabulous both in person and in pictures. Brea was also very responsive, flexible and extremely easy to work with.
Brea did an amazing job at my wedding!! I absolutely loved my makeup! It looked fabulous both in person and in pictures. Read more...
Brea did an amazing job at my wedding!! I absolutely loved my makeup! It looked fabulous both in person and in pictures. Brea was also very responsive, flexible and extremely easy to work with. Read less
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Cindy
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
I used Brea for my wedding after my sister used her services and we fell in love with her. Brea is wonderful to work with and very accommodating. She did a facial for me a few months before the wedding and my makeup trial was more than I could have asked for. Brea tried multiple options on me and allowed me time to look at my makeup in different light settings for each option. She didn't pressure me to choose a certain look or style and worked with the look I was going for. I absolutely loved my makeup on my wedding day. Brea arrived exactly when she said she would and brought along a great assistant as I had a large wedding party. Everyone was extremely happy with the makeup Brea did and a few girls who weren't going to get their makeup done changed their mind once they saw her work. I would highly recommend Brea for your wedding makeup. She is very professional and very sweet.
I used Brea for my wedding after my sister used her services and we fell in love with her. Brea is wonderful to work with Read more...
I used Brea for my wedding after my sister used her services and we fell in love with her. Brea is wonderful to work with and very accommodating. She did a facial for me a few months before the wedding and my makeup trial was more than I could have asked for. Brea tried multiple options on me and allowed me time to look at my makeup in different light settings for each option. She didn't pressure me to choose a certain look or style and worked with the look I was going for. I absolutely loved my makeup on my wedding day. Brea arrived exactly when she said she would and brought along a great assistant as I had a large wedding party. Everyone was extremely happy with the makeup Brea did and a few girls who weren't going to get their makeup done changed their mind once they saw her work. I would highly recommend Brea for your wedding makeup. She is very professional and very sweet. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Brea was such a pleasure to work with. She is very professional and organized and her attention to detail is remarkable. She asks great questions to figure out your style and what you are wanting to go for on your big day and then listens attentively and makes suggestions based on what you've described. On the day of the wedding, Brea was again organized and ready to go as scheduled. She was a very calming and positive person that helped calm any day of jitters. When I saw my husband that day- the first thing he complimented me on was how good my makeup looked. I'd highly recommend her to anyone needing makeup done for a wedding or special event!!!
Brea was such a pleasure to work with. She is very professional and organized and her attention to detail is remarkable. Read more...
Brea was such a pleasure to work with. She is very professional and organized and her attention to detail is remarkable. She asks great questions to figure out your style and what you are wanting to go for on your big day and then listens attentively and makes suggestions based on what you've described. On the day of the wedding, Brea was again organized and ready to go as scheduled. She was a very calming and positive person that helped calm any day of jitters. When I saw my husband that day- the first thing he complimented me on was how good my makeup looked. I'd highly recommend her to anyone needing makeup done for a wedding or special event!!! Read less
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Ashleigh
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
I would absolutely recommend Brea for any event. She did my wedding makeup and I couldn't ask for a better experience. She was a calming and positive presence and made me feel at easy. She is also very knowledgeable and gifted. Brea listen to everything I wanted and asked all the right questions and made great suggestions. My makeup turned out exactly how I envisioned it would look!
I would absolutely recommend Brea for any event. She did my wedding makeup and I couldn't ask for a better experience. She Read more...
I would absolutely recommend Brea for any event. She did my wedding makeup and I couldn't ask for a better experience. She was a calming and positive presence and made me feel at easy. She is also very knowledgeable and gifted. Brea listen to everything I wanted and asked all the right questions and made great suggestions. My makeup turned out exactly how I envisioned it would look! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/11/2013
5.0/5.0
I worked with Makeup by Brea for my wedding in August and could not have been happier. Brea was absolutely amazing and very easy to work with. My bridal party and I were extremely pleased with our makeup!
I worked with Makeup by Brea for my wedding in August and could not have been happier. Brea was absolutely amazing and Read more...
I worked with Makeup by Brea for my wedding in August and could not have been happier. Brea was absolutely amazing and very easy to work with. My bridal party and I were extremely pleased with our makeup! Read less
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