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Reiko Utsugi

Astoria , NY
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25-40 Shore Blvd, 3N
Astoria, NY 11102 US (map)

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Sharmi
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
i love Reiko! She is such a professional, but with a warm and welcoming approach. I did a hair and makeup trial with her (highly recommended!) which is where we worked out what I exactly wanted to do with my hair style and makeup approach. She had great ideas and confidently was able to execute. It made me feel so reassured which was really important on the day of the wedding - as I had no fear I was going to look my best on the big day!

On the big day, Reiko and her friend, Aki, who she brought along did a fantastic job on my 5 bridesmaids, my mother and me. They kept to schedule - worked efficiently but effectively. We all looked amazing - dressed up to know its a formal event but kept it natural enough to not feel heavy or overdone. I think every other time I've gotten my make up done, I've thought I looked like a clown. I'm glad Reiko was able to show me that makeup can be done correctly to enhance your natural features and not overshadow them!

Also wedding hair and makeup can be super expensive. Reiko offers some great packages and though nothing is cheap when it comes to weddings, its a really great price for the quality of service you are getting. Furthermore, she is very professional and responsive. I highly recommend her...but call her early as she books up quickly!
i love Reiko! She is such a professional, but with a warm and welcoming approach. I did a hair and makeup trial with her Read more...
i love Reiko! She is such a professional, but with a warm and welcoming approach. I did a hair and makeup trial with her (highly recommended!) which is where we worked out what I exactly wanted to do with my hair style and makeup approach. She had great ideas and confidently was able to execute. It made me feel so reassured which was really important on the day of the wedding - as I had no fear I was going to look my best on the big day!

On the big day, Reiko and her friend, Aki, who she brought along did a fantastic job on my 5 bridesmaids, my mother and me. They kept to schedule - worked efficiently but effectively. We all looked amazing - dressed up to know its a formal event but kept it natural enough to not feel heavy or overdone. I think every other time I've gotten my make up done, I've thought I looked like a clown. I'm glad Reiko was able to show me that makeup can be done correctly to enhance your natural features and not overshadow them!

Also wedding hair and makeup can be super expensive. Reiko offers some great packages and though nothing is cheap when it comes to weddings, its a really great price for the quality of service you are getting. Furthermore, she is very professional and responsive. I highly recommend her...but call her early as she books up quickly! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Reiko Utsugi made me feel more beautiful and happy than I could possibly imagine for my wedding day. I'm Chinese-American so I wanted an Asian makeup artist for my wedding, and Reiko came highly recommended by a friend. After going to her apartment for a trial, I knew she'd do a spectacular job on my hair and makeup for the big day and I was right!

Her prices are extremely reasonable and all listed on her site, which I found to be really convenient and fair while searching for a makeup artist. For my trial I visited her apartment, and she picked me up from the station in Queens as part of the process. And she really does wonders with hair -- I have finicky straight asian hair that she managed to make voluminous for my engagement photos and gorgeous for the wedding photos.

She worked with an assistant, was on time, and everyone in my bridal party was so grateful to her for making our tired eyes and faces transform into gorgeousness. I had a very diverse bridal party ethnicity wise, and i know I've said this many times already, but Reiko and her assistant Aki made everyone look beautiful and amazing. Plus, our hair and makeup stayed in tact from 10am to past midnight -- amazing.

I can't wait to work with Reiko again -- I would highly recommend her for any event or occasion where one might need some hair or beauty assistance.
Reiko Utsugi made me feel more beautiful and happy than I could possibly imagine for my wedding day. I'm Chinese-American Read more...
Reiko Utsugi made me feel more beautiful and happy than I could possibly imagine for my wedding day. I'm Chinese-American so I wanted an Asian makeup artist for my wedding, and Reiko came highly recommended by a friend. After going to her apartment for a trial, I knew she'd do a spectacular job on my hair and makeup for the big day and I was right!

Her prices are extremely reasonable and all listed on her site, which I found to be really convenient and fair while searching for a makeup artist. For my trial I visited her apartment, and she picked me up from the station in Queens as part of the process. And she really does wonders with hair -- I have finicky straight asian hair that she managed to make voluminous for my engagement photos and gorgeous for the wedding photos.

She worked with an assistant, was on time, and everyone in my bridal party was so grateful to her for making our tired eyes and faces transform into gorgeousness. I had a very diverse bridal party ethnicity wise, and i know I've said this many times already, but Reiko and her assistant Aki made everyone look beautiful and amazing. Plus, our hair and makeup stayed in tact from 10am to past midnight -- amazing.

I can't wait to work with Reiko again -- I would highly recommend her for any event or occasion where one might need some hair or beauty assistance. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Reiko was so easy to work with! We did the 10 hour package and was totally worth it. She made the girls and my mother in law look absolutely beautiful. She was very attentive and did touch ups throughout our pre-ceremony photos. Couldn't have asked for more!
Reiko was so easy to work with! We did the 10 hour package and was totally worth it. She made the girls and my mother in Read more...
Reiko was so easy to work with! We did the 10 hour package and was totally worth it. She made the girls and my mother in law look absolutely beautiful. She was very attentive and did touch ups throughout our pre-ceremony photos. Couldn't have asked for more! Read less
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Helen
Wedding:
5/23/2014
5.0/5.0
If I could give Reiko 10 stars I would. I actually only had two hair trials, one with StylesonB and then with Reiko. To compare, StylesonB cost $150 for 1 hour hair trial (up to 3 different styles). Reiko however cost $150 for nearly 3 hours of a hair trial! I must've tried 6-7 different styles but eventually landed on the picture I brought with me. She nearly replicated it to a tee! It was definitely helpful to have that extra time so she could perfect the style. I didnt feel rushed at all.

I ofcourse had to go with Reiko and chose a 10 hour package so she could stay with me from early AM all the way to cocktail hour since I wanted a 2nd hairstyle for my reception. During that entire timeframe, she was there every second, styling my 6 bridesmaids, fixing my hair and my mother(s) for pictures. She also does make-up but I got mine done through a family friend. Reiko went as far as touching up my make-up during those emotional moments (first look, letter exchange etc.) and really went above and beyond. Everyone was impressed with her service and I HIGHLY recommend her.
If I could give Reiko 10 stars I would. I actually only had two hair trials, one with StylesonB and then with Reiko. To Read more...
If I could give Reiko 10 stars I would. I actually only had two hair trials, one with StylesonB and then with Reiko. To compare, StylesonB cost $150 for 1 hour hair trial (up to 3 different styles). Reiko however cost $150 for nearly 3 hours of a hair trial! I must've tried 6-7 different styles but eventually landed on the picture I brought with me. She nearly replicated it to a tee! It was definitely helpful to have that extra time so she could perfect the style. I didnt feel rushed at all.

I ofcourse had to go with Reiko and chose a 10 hour package so she could stay with me from early AM all the way to cocktail hour since I wanted a 2nd hairstyle for my reception. During that entire timeframe, she was there every second, styling my 6 bridesmaids, fixing my hair and my mother(s) for pictures. She also does make-up but I got mine done through a family friend. Reiko went as far as touching up my make-up during those emotional moments (first look, letter exchange etc.) and really went above and beyond. Everyone was impressed with her service and I HIGHLY recommend her. Read less
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Denise
Wedding:
3/22/2014
5.0/5.0
I don't normally write reviews but when one has found a gem, it is absolutely worth sharing to everybody. Reiko did my hair and makeup for not just one, but TWO ceremonies in one day, in addition to also doing my mom's hair and makeup, and my bridesmaids' and flower girl's hairdos. I had a Hindu ceremony where my hair needed to be down and loose with makeup that is a bit more dramatic, then I wanted my hair up for my Catholic ceremony with more subdued makeup. Reiko did such a wonderful job - she listened to what I wanted, she gave me her input and she put them both together to create exactly the look that I wanted and more. She was definitely under some time pressure due to the fact that she needed to transition my look from one to another in such a short period, but she was so cool about it that I can honestly say that Reiko took a lot of weight off my shoulders since I didn't need to worry about her at all. She even found the time to touch up my husband before both ceremonies too!

She is an absolute dream to work with: very communicative, flexible and professional. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking hair & makeup services for their big day, and I also advise that you be as open as you can with her about the look you want to achieve because she will listen, take it and will give you exactly what you want.
I don't normally write reviews but when one has found a gem, it is absolutely worth sharing to everybody. Reiko did my Read more...
I don't normally write reviews but when one has found a gem, it is absolutely worth sharing to everybody. Reiko did my hair and makeup for not just one, but TWO ceremonies in one day, in addition to also doing my mom's hair and makeup, and my bridesmaids' and flower girl's hairdos. I had a Hindu ceremony where my hair needed to be down and loose with makeup that is a bit more dramatic, then I wanted my hair up for my Catholic ceremony with more subdued makeup. Reiko did such a wonderful job - she listened to what I wanted, she gave me her input and she put them both together to create exactly the look that I wanted and more. She was definitely under some time pressure due to the fact that she needed to transition my look from one to another in such a short period, but she was so cool about it that I can honestly say that Reiko took a lot of weight off my shoulders since I didn't need to worry about her at all. She even found the time to touch up my husband before both ceremonies too!

She is an absolute dream to work with: very communicative, flexible and professional. I highly recommend her to anyone seeking hair & makeup services for their big day, and I also advise that you be as open as you can with her about the look you want to achieve because she will listen, take it and will give you exactly what you want. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
I am so happy that I hired Reiko as my hair and makeup artist for my wedding day. She did a PHENOMENAL job and I could not recommend her more highly. I originally chose Reiko for my wedding because she had been the hair and makeup artist for one of my bridesmaid's wedding and her sister's wedding. Reiko and her assistant Erica Ogawa (also amazing!) arrived on time at my venue to set up their equipment and stayed true to the timeline I gave them prior to the wedding. The two ladies did the hair and makeup for my 5 bridesmaids, mother, mother-in-law, and me. All of my girls looked stunning after Reiko and Erica were done with them. I hired Reiko for the 10-hour package, so she stayed with me throughout the entire day up until the beginning of the reception. She worked tirelessly throughout those 10 hours. After all the original hair and makeup sessions were complete, she remained by my side - through all of the portrait taking and up until the time I walked down the aisle - touching up my hair and makeup to make sure I looked perfect through the entire day. I have never felt more beautiful than on my wedding day, and that is due, in large part, to Reiko and her hair and makeup magic.
I am so happy that I hired Reiko as my hair and makeup artist for my wedding day. She did a PHENOMENAL job and I could not Read more...
I am so happy that I hired Reiko as my hair and makeup artist for my wedding day. She did a PHENOMENAL job and I could not recommend her more highly. I originally chose Reiko for my wedding because she had been the hair and makeup artist for one of my bridesmaid's wedding and her sister's wedding. Reiko and her assistant Erica Ogawa (also amazing!) arrived on time at my venue to set up their equipment and stayed true to the timeline I gave them prior to the wedding. The two ladies did the hair and makeup for my 5 bridesmaids, mother, mother-in-law, and me. All of my girls looked stunning after Reiko and Erica were done with them. I hired Reiko for the 10-hour package, so she stayed with me throughout the entire day up until the beginning of the reception. She worked tirelessly throughout those 10 hours. After all the original hair and makeup sessions were complete, she remained by my side - through all of the portrait taking and up until the time I walked down the aisle - touching up my hair and makeup to make sure I looked perfect through the entire day. I have never felt more beautiful than on my wedding day, and that is due, in large part, to Reiko and her hair and makeup magic. Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Reiko was wonderful! She made us all look beautiful. The quality of her work was perfect. She was very responsive via email to book and to setup a trial. I provided her with 3 different hairstyles to try and she mimicked each one to the tee. On the day of the wedding she pulled out her notes from our trial and got to work. I would highly recommend Reiko!
Reiko was wonderful! She made us all look beautiful. The quality of her work was perfect. She was very responsive via Read more...
Reiko was wonderful! She made us all look beautiful. The quality of her work was perfect. She was very responsive via email to book and to setup a trial. I provided her with 3 different hairstyles to try and she mimicked each one to the tee. On the day of the wedding she pulled out her notes from our trial and got to work. I would highly recommend Reiko! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
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I was stumbling through the web two and a half months before my wedding looking for a makeup artist and hair stylist who could work well with Asian faces and I am super happy that I found Reiko.

I booked hair and makeup for myself and hair for my 5 bridesmaids and makeup for my mother. I had a trial run beforehand where I tried out two hairstyles and a variety of lipsticks and eye makeup. I was hard pressed for time close to the date, but she was kind enough to travel out to my place to do the trial. The results were so fantastic I had a hard time choosing between them!

On the day of, Reiko arrived on the scene super early in the morning and was hitting it out of the ballpark up until the wedding bells rang! Each of the girls brought a picture of or described the hairstyle they were looking for and Reiko executed each quickly and professionally. They received a lot of compliments throughout the day! My mom's makeup looked fantastic as well. The makeup was delicate, but deliberate, and looked very good both in person as well as in our photos.

Reiko does airbrushing very well and was able to firm out the slightly unsightly pre-wedding under-eye circles I had going. I had picked out a not very modest blue eyeshadow, but Reiko worked it right in with the rest of the more "natural" makeup. Her lip palette is very satisfying - I blended perhaps 5 lipsticks to get just the shade that I wanted. And as another reviewer mentioned, her fake eyelash application is second-to-none. My hair came out with one fewer braid than during the trial, but in retrospect, symmetry was probably a good idea. The overall effect of the hair and makeup in the wedding photos was amazing.

I would highly recommend Reiko for anyone who wants great makeup, high efficiency, and friendly interaction. I was very lucky to get her so close to the date and I think she works very well with Asian features. Just do it.
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I was stumbling through the web two and a half months before my wedding looking for a makeup Read more...
Wedding Review

I was stumbling through the web two and a half months before my wedding looking for a makeup artist and hair stylist who could work well with Asian faces and I am super happy that I found Reiko.

I booked hair and makeup for myself and hair for my 5 bridesmaids and makeup for my mother. I had a trial run beforehand where I tried out two hairstyles and a variety of lipsticks and eye makeup. I was hard pressed for time close to the date, but she was kind enough to travel out to my place to do the trial. The results were so fantastic I had a hard time choosing between them!

On the day of, Reiko arrived on the scene super early in the morning and was hitting it out of the ballpark up until the wedding bells rang! Each of the girls brought a picture of or described the hairstyle they were looking for and Reiko executed each quickly and professionally. They received a lot of compliments throughout the day! My mom's makeup looked fantastic as well. The makeup was delicate, but deliberate, and looked very good both in person as well as in our photos.

Reiko does airbrushing very well and was able to firm out the slightly unsightly pre-wedding under-eye circles I had going. I had picked out a not very modest blue eyeshadow, but Reiko worked it right in with the rest of the more "natural" makeup. Her lip palette is very satisfying - I blended perhaps 5 lipsticks to get just the shade that I wanted. And as another reviewer mentioned, her fake eyelash application is second-to-none. My hair came out with one fewer braid than during the trial, but in retrospect, symmetry was probably a good idea. The overall effect of the hair and makeup in the wedding photos was amazing.

I would highly recommend Reiko for anyone who wants great makeup, high efficiency, and friendly interaction. I was very lucky to get her so close to the date and I think she works very well with Asian features. Just do it. Read less
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Chelsea
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
I decided to hire Reiko when she did my make up when I was a bridesmaid for my friend's wedding. Her foundation is done very naturally and not caked on like some brides that I have seen. She's also very good with lashes, using individual pieces instead of a strip. If you're going for a more natural look, rather than going over the top, then you'll be happy with Reiko. She is very easy to work with and very accomdating.
I decided to hire Reiko when she did my make up when I was a bridesmaid for my friend's wedding. Her foundation is done Read more...
I decided to hire Reiko when she did my make up when I was a bridesmaid for my friend's wedding. Her foundation is done very naturally and not caked on like some brides that I have seen. She's also very good with lashes, using individual pieces instead of a strip. If you're going for a more natural look, rather than going over the top, then you'll be happy with Reiko. She is very easy to work with and very accomdating. Read less
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clara
Wedding:
8/25/2012
4.0/5.0
Reiko did my hair and makeup for my wedding day,along with hair and make up for my mother and hair for niece. She did an amazing professional job. For my trial, all I did was show her a few hairstyle pics I wanted to mimic and she recreated each style expertly and swiftly, I was impressed! She also has excellent airbrushing skills...I had a few pimples the day of and she still made me look flawless.

I have to take off one star for some clarity and communication issues. But I would still recommend her since she is a very talented stylist/artist. Just make sure you are both on the same page from the beginning! fyi, she has a busy schedule so so book early.
Reiko did my hair and makeup for my wedding day,along with hair and make up for my mother and hair for niece. She did an Read more...
Reiko did my hair and makeup for my wedding day,along with hair and make up for my mother and hair for niece. She did an amazing professional job. For my trial, all I did was show her a few hairstyle pics I wanted to mimic and she recreated each style expertly and swiftly, I was impressed! She also has excellent airbrushing skills...I had a few pimples the day of and she still made me look flawless.

I have to take off one star for some clarity and communication issues. But I would still recommend her since she is a very talented stylist/artist. Just make sure you are both on the same page from the beginning! fyi, she has a busy schedule so so book early. Read less
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