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Susan Lim Makeup Artist

VA
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VA 20169 US
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Professional Makeup Artist specializing in HD Airbrush Makeup & Traditional Makeup.

Best way to contact me via email: susan@susanlimmakeupartist.com

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Professional Makeup Artist specializing in HD Airbrush Makeup & Traditional Makeup.

Best way to contact me via email: susan@susanlimmakeupartist.com

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What beauty services do you offer?
Consultations, Makeup

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Sunny
Wedding:
1/10/2015
5.0/5.0
I'll start off by saying I'm a very picky person! For my wedding I was looking for something that would look good in pictures but not overdone in real life. I asked around and was told who the best make-up artists were in the DC area and I just had to go with Susan Lim.

I contact Susan immediately after countless referrals, however I was devastated when I found out she was already booked!!! To make a long story short, I had trials with 4 other makeup artists in the area and although they did a good job, I found myself thinking and wishing how much I regret not having Susan as my makeup artist…

So, after discussing with my then fiancé, he said: “This is your only shot, no looking back, no regrets”. That’s when I realized I needed to book Susan even if it means getting my makeup done at 7AM (my ceremony was not until 2pm).

Looking back at all my experiences with the other makeup artist, you will not be disappointed with Susan at all. And here is why…

1. Susan responses are prompt. Susan always answered my questions and always responded in a timely manner. And I appreciated that so much!
2. For the amount of time Susan spends with you at a trial AND on the day of the wedding, her pricing is amazingly affordable!! You pretty much pay what you get. The other makeup artist that I had trials with were charging me more and spending less time with me. Susan spent a total of 3 hours with me at the trial and we went over so many things that at the end, I truly felt comfortable with all the choices we made for my bridal look. If you do your research, Susan’s pricing is very reasonable for her quality of service. Just to note, each of the other makeup artist I had trials with only spent 1-hr at each of the trial.
3. Susan is extremely detailed oriented. She used to be a teacher, which explains why she is so good with her communication and organizational skills. Her emails are very thorough and detailed. Which I really appreciate!!!
I'll start off by saying I'm a very picky person! For my wedding I was looking for something that would look good in Read more...
I'll start off by saying I'm a very picky person! For my wedding I was looking for something that would look good in pictures but not overdone in real life. I asked around and was told who the best make-up artists were in the DC area and I just had to go with Susan Lim.

I contact Susan immediately after countless referrals, however I was devastated when I found out she was already booked!!! To make a long story short, I had trials with 4 other makeup artists in the area and although they did a good job, I found myself thinking and wishing how much I regret not having Susan as my makeup artist…

So, after discussing with my then fiancé, he said: “This is your only shot, no looking back, no regrets”. That’s when I realized I needed to book Susan even if it means getting my makeup done at 7AM (my ceremony was not until 2pm).

Looking back at all my experiences with the other makeup artist, you will not be disappointed with Susan at all. And here is why…

1. Susan responses are prompt. Susan always answered my questions and always responded in a timely manner. And I appreciated that so much!
2. For the amount of time Susan spends with you at a trial AND on the day of the wedding, her pricing is amazingly affordable!! You pretty much pay what you get. The other makeup artist that I had trials with were charging me more and spending less time with me. Susan spent a total of 3 hours with me at the trial and we went over so many things that at the end, I truly felt comfortable with all the choices we made for my bridal look. If you do your research, Susan’s pricing is very reasonable for her quality of service. Just to note, each of the other makeup artist I had trials with only spent 1-hr at each of the trial.
3. Susan is extremely detailed oriented. She used to be a teacher, which explains why she is so good with her communication and organizational skills. Her emails are very thorough and detailed. Which I really appreciate!!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
You can't go wrong with Susan! I looked everywhere for an Asian makeup artist for my wedding day and luckily came across Susan who also had raving reviews! Not only is she professional, she's so sweet, talented, and attentive! She was always very responsive and very detail oriented. Her process is thorough which I loved...it'll only benefit you in the end! She also took my photographer into consideration and his photography style/light etc. I don't usually wear make up so she worked with me to determine my comfort level and was extremely patient in making sure it suited me and most importantly that I was comfortable. I didn't have a bridal party but would definitely recommend her to all my friends and would use her again in a heartbeat!
You can't go wrong with Susan! I looked everywhere for an Asian makeup artist for my wedding day and luckily came across Read more...
You can't go wrong with Susan! I looked everywhere for an Asian makeup artist for my wedding day and luckily came across Susan who also had raving reviews! Not only is she professional, she's so sweet, talented, and attentive! She was always very responsive and very detail oriented. Her process is thorough which I loved...it'll only benefit you in the end! She also took my photographer into consideration and his photography style/light etc. I don't usually wear make up so she worked with me to determine my comfort level and was extremely patient in making sure it suited me and most importantly that I was comfortable. I didn't have a bridal party but would definitely recommend her to all my friends and would use her again in a heartbeat! Read less
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Tricia
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan was amazing through and through. From the first email correspondence to the day of the wedding, she was extremely thorough and friendly via all lines of communication. Not only was she very personable but also remained professional throughout our entire experience. Susan made me feel comfortable immediately but also gave suggestions on how to enhance my features while remaining within my comfort zone. I couldn't be happier with my decision to go with Susan for my wedding makeup. Additionally, all my friends and family commented on how they thought this was the best wedding makeup they've ever seen and they kept asking for Susan's contact information to use her services for future events. Susan, thank you so much for everything, you're truly a gem!
Susan was amazing through and through. From the first email correspondence to the day of the wedding, she was extremely Read more...
Susan was amazing through and through. From the first email correspondence to the day of the wedding, she was extremely thorough and friendly via all lines of communication. Not only was she very personable but also remained professional throughout our entire experience. Susan made me feel comfortable immediately but also gave suggestions on how to enhance my features while remaining within my comfort zone. I couldn't be happier with my decision to go with Susan for my wedding makeup. Additionally, all my friends and family commented on how they thought this was the best wedding makeup they've ever seen and they kept asking for Susan's contact information to use her services for future events. Susan, thank you so much for everything, you're truly a gem! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
Pros:
Susan was lovely to work with! She was very thorough and made sure that she understood exactly what you were looking for. She has a very calm presence about her that helps during the madness of the wedding day. She's also very prepared by being one step ahead and gives guidance when needed. My bridesmaids and I are very particular about our makeup but we all felt so pretty and pleased with Susan's work.
Cons:
Not really anything bad I can say but for the sake of the review and for helpful feedback...
She was a little bit more expensive than other makeup artists than I interviewed with (especially bc we upgraded to airbrush) but I think she was worth it! Her emails were very lengthy. For those who may not need as much direction, it can be a lot to read at times - completely understand that is the process to get exactly what you want though.
Pros:
Susan was lovely to work with! She was very thorough and made sure that she understood exactly what you were Read more...
Pros:
Susan was lovely to work with! She was very thorough and made sure that she understood exactly what you were looking for. She has a very calm presence about her that helps during the madness of the wedding day. She's also very prepared by being one step ahead and gives guidance when needed. My bridesmaids and I are very particular about our makeup but we all felt so pretty and pleased with Susan's work.
Cons:
Not really anything bad I can say but for the sake of the review and for helpful feedback...
She was a little bit more expensive than other makeup artists than I interviewed with (especially bc we upgraded to airbrush) but I think she was worth it! Her emails were very lengthy. For those who may not need as much direction, it can be a lot to read at times - completely understand that is the process to get exactly what you want though. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan is truly an artist. She not only made me feel like the most beautiful bride on the biggest day of my life, but she made me feel comfortable, responded very quickly to every email and question, and worked with me on the ever changing plans, as expected during a wedding. I am so grateful to have had her as my makeup artist for my wedding, and would always recommend her to anyone who needs makeup for any event.
Susan is truly an artist. She not only made me feel like the most beautiful bride on the biggest day of my life, but she Read more...
Susan is truly an artist. She not only made me feel like the most beautiful bride on the biggest day of my life, but she made me feel comfortable, responded very quickly to every email and question, and worked with me on the ever changing plans, as expected during a wedding. I am so grateful to have had her as my makeup artist for my wedding, and would always recommend her to anyone who needs makeup for any event. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
9/1/2014
5.0/5.0
We definitely hit the jackpot with Susan, as my makeup artist. Susan came HIGHLY recommended from my other married friends and photographer and it's no surprise why. She was very calm, professional and helpful from the very first email to the wedding day. I love how she pays attention to the details, it speaks volumes!

I don't normally wear a lot of makeup and I was a little apprehensive about makeup after several unsuccessful makeup trials with other people where I felt like I looked like a completely different person. Susan was able to bring out the best features and she made me look my best and she made sure that I was - my makeup didn't smudge or run despite tears, heat and humidity (it was >90 degrees and our reception was outdoors).

Susan is AMAZING and I wish she could do my make up every day! :) I HIGHLY recommend Susan Lim! You won't regret going with her, she is the BEST!
We definitely hit the jackpot with Susan, as my makeup artist. Susan came HIGHLY recommended from my other married friends Read more...
We definitely hit the jackpot with Susan, as my makeup artist. Susan came HIGHLY recommended from my other married friends and photographer and it's no surprise why. She was very calm, professional and helpful from the very first email to the wedding day. I love how she pays attention to the details, it speaks volumes!

I don't normally wear a lot of makeup and I was a little apprehensive about makeup after several unsuccessful makeup trials with other people where I felt like I looked like a completely different person. Susan was able to bring out the best features and she made me look my best and she made sure that I was - my makeup didn't smudge or run despite tears, heat and humidity (it was >90 degrees and our reception was outdoors).

Susan is AMAZING and I wish she could do my make up every day! :) I HIGHLY recommend Susan Lim! You won't regret going with her, she is the BEST! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan Lim was our makeup artist for our wedding in August of this year. I absolutely loved working with her! She does amazing work and definitely made my bridesmaid and I feel beautiful the day of my wedding. The makeup application was flawless and felt comfortable throughout the whole day. She makes you feel comfortable right away which makes her enjoyable to work with. She listens to what you want and incorporates it into the bridal look. She gave really good tips and feedback on the makeup application and she definitely knows what she is talking about because it helped out on my wedding day. She's highly organized which gives you the sense of security because you know she's on top of things. She was everything I wanted for a Makeup Artist for my wedding day. Everything from the initial contact to the emails, make up trial and the wedding day, Susan made the whole process stress free and that's something that is very important while you are in the process of wedding planning.
Susan Lim was our makeup artist for our wedding in August of this year. I absolutely loved working with her! She does Read more...
Susan Lim was our makeup artist for our wedding in August of this year. I absolutely loved working with her! She does amazing work and definitely made my bridesmaid and I feel beautiful the day of my wedding. The makeup application was flawless and felt comfortable throughout the whole day. She makes you feel comfortable right away which makes her enjoyable to work with. She listens to what you want and incorporates it into the bridal look. She gave really good tips and feedback on the makeup application and she definitely knows what she is talking about because it helped out on my wedding day. She's highly organized which gives you the sense of security because you know she's on top of things. She was everything I wanted for a Makeup Artist for my wedding day. Everything from the initial contact to the emails, make up trial and the wedding day, Susan made the whole process stress free and that's something that is very important while you are in the process of wedding planning. Read less
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Clarissa
Wedding:
8/30/2014
4.9/5.0
I'm so so happy that I found Susan to do my makeup on my wedding day - she made me feel stunning and beautiful and everything a bride is supposed to feel on her big day.

Before Susan, I had gotten a makeup trial done with someone else. The makeup was not right for me at all, so much so that I didn't even want to leave the house after having it done. That is definitely not the feeling you want to have on your wedding day. When a friend recommended Susan, I was nervous about how it might go. But Susan is a complete professional and made me feel at ease right away. Before starting our makeup trial, Susan asked me about the amount of makeup I'm used to wearing, what look I desired for the wedding, and made some recommendations. I appreciated her thoroughness and organization through the whole process. When I saw my finished face in the mirror, I couldn't stop looking at myself. The makeup looked amazing! Best of all, I still felt natural and like myself. And I know I'm not the only satisfied customer - just take a look at Susan's facebook page to see the transformative before and after photos of her customers.

Though Susan's rates may be a bit higher than others, she is worth it. On the most important day of your life, with all your family and friends gathered around you, you want to look and feel as amazing as can be. And Susan did that for me. Thank you Susan!
I'm so so happy that I found Susan to do my makeup on my wedding day - she made me feel stunning and beautiful and Read more...
I'm so so happy that I found Susan to do my makeup on my wedding day - she made me feel stunning and beautiful and everything a bride is supposed to feel on her big day.

Before Susan, I had gotten a makeup trial done with someone else. The makeup was not right for me at all, so much so that I didn't even want to leave the house after having it done. That is definitely not the feeling you want to have on your wedding day. When a friend recommended Susan, I was nervous about how it might go. But Susan is a complete professional and made me feel at ease right away. Before starting our makeup trial, Susan asked me about the amount of makeup I'm used to wearing, what look I desired for the wedding, and made some recommendations. I appreciated her thoroughness and organization through the whole process. When I saw my finished face in the mirror, I couldn't stop looking at myself. The makeup looked amazing! Best of all, I still felt natural and like myself. And I know I'm not the only satisfied customer - just take a look at Susan's facebook page to see the transformative before and after photos of her customers.

Though Susan's rates may be a bit higher than others, she is worth it. On the most important day of your life, with all your family and friends gathered around you, you want to look and feel as amazing as can be. And Susan did that for me. Thank you Susan! Read less
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Tina
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan is an amazing makeup artist! Not only is she talented but so easy to work with, caring and professional. On the big day, she was prompt. I thought I wanted individual lashes instead of a strip and she was more than happy to accommodate what I was asking for. Let me tell you putting individual lashes on takes lots of patience and time! She did 1 eye and luckily she asked me to take a look at it. I was sure it was going to look perfect, but as soon as I saw myself in the mirror, I was mortified. I looked like a drag queen! It did not look natural, too much lash and made me look like a cat. She had just spent 30min gluing each individual piece on, but she knew what I was feeling even before I opened my mouth & she said, "it's ok, if you don't like it. I can take it off. I want you to feel beautiful on your special day- it's all about you!" Of course, I started tearing up because I felt so bad about the situation and for wasting her time, but she made it feel like it was really no big deal at all. So we started all over again. She did my makeup so flawlessly. I really looked like a model! I had makeup on, but it really looked so natural and it stayed on all day without it getting shiny or glossy from the heat. Ive had such bad experiences with makeup artists but Susan changed my perspective on this. Oh did I mention she was 9 months pregnant, gave birth, came back to work 1 month after to do her job because she was so booked! That is incredible! She is an amazing woman! No one can care more about her job and care about what she does than Susan does. I am really truly thankful to have been able to work with such an amazing and talented person on such a special day for me. Bc in the end, without all these essential and beautiful people all coming together for this one day, my special day couldn't have turned out so perfect! So I really am so grateful from the bottom of my heart to Susan for being such an important piece of the puzzle on my magical day :)
Susan is an amazing makeup artist! Not only is she talented but so easy to work with, caring and professional. On the big Read more...
Susan is an amazing makeup artist! Not only is she talented but so easy to work with, caring and professional. On the big day, she was prompt. I thought I wanted individual lashes instead of a strip and she was more than happy to accommodate what I was asking for. Let me tell you putting individual lashes on takes lots of patience and time! She did 1 eye and luckily she asked me to take a look at it. I was sure it was going to look perfect, but as soon as I saw myself in the mirror, I was mortified. I looked like a drag queen! It did not look natural, too much lash and made me look like a cat. She had just spent 30min gluing each individual piece on, but she knew what I was feeling even before I opened my mouth & she said, "it's ok, if you don't like it. I can take it off. I want you to feel beautiful on your special day- it's all about you!" Of course, I started tearing up because I felt so bad about the situation and for wasting her time, but she made it feel like it was really no big deal at all. So we started all over again. She did my makeup so flawlessly. I really looked like a model! I had makeup on, but it really looked so natural and it stayed on all day without it getting shiny or glossy from the heat. Ive had such bad experiences with makeup artists but Susan changed my perspective on this. Oh did I mention she was 9 months pregnant, gave birth, came back to work 1 month after to do her job because she was so booked! That is incredible! She is an amazing woman! No one can care more about her job and care about what she does than Susan does. I am really truly thankful to have been able to work with such an amazing and talented person on such a special day for me. Bc in the end, without all these essential and beautiful people all coming together for this one day, my special day couldn't have turned out so perfect! So I really am so grateful from the bottom of my heart to Susan for being such an important piece of the puzzle on my magical day :) Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
7/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Susan was one of the best investments we made for my wedding. She was very warm, friendly, and extremely easy to work. I immediately knew I was in good hands when she emailed me detailed instructions on how I should prepare for the wedding trial to make sure everything went along swimmingly. I was even encouraged to do some makeup "homework" because Susan was interested in various aspects of my wedding (dress, flowers, looks I liked, etc.) so she could make sure my makeup matched my overall wedding vision. In all, these extra steps on Susan's end assured me that she would do everything she possibly could to help me achieve the look I wanted for my wedding. She also quelled a lot of my doubts because I am someone who doesn't typically wear makeup or know very much about the subject matter. Also on the day of, I felt so special because on the day of the wedding Susan remembered everything we discussed during the trial and the makeup session went on without a hitch. At the end of the session, I had never felt so beautiful and this feeling lingered the entire day because my makeup did not budge even through sweat and tears. Overall, I cannot recommend Susan enough. She truly is the best. It is no surprise she has received numerous accolades for the excellent service she provides over the years.
Susan was one of the best investments we made for my wedding. She was very warm, friendly, and extremely easy to work. I Read more...
Susan was one of the best investments we made for my wedding. She was very warm, friendly, and extremely easy to work. I immediately knew I was in good hands when she emailed me detailed instructions on how I should prepare for the wedding trial to make sure everything went along swimmingly. I was even encouraged to do some makeup "homework" because Susan was interested in various aspects of my wedding (dress, flowers, looks I liked, etc.) so she could make sure my makeup matched my overall wedding vision. In all, these extra steps on Susan's end assured me that she would do everything she possibly could to help me achieve the look I wanted for my wedding. She also quelled a lot of my doubts because I am someone who doesn't typically wear makeup or know very much about the subject matter. Also on the day of, I felt so special because on the day of the wedding Susan remembered everything we discussed during the trial and the makeup session went on without a hitch. At the end of the session, I had never felt so beautiful and this feeling lingered the entire day because my makeup did not budge even through sweat and tears. Overall, I cannot recommend Susan enough. She truly is the best. It is no surprise she has received numerous accolades for the excellent service she provides over the years. Read less
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