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Jun 06, 2009

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Makeup by Zena Shteysel
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Zena was my make-up artist for our wedding on June 6, 2009. She also did make-up for my mom and three bridesmaids (my sisters), as well as recommended a wonderful hair stylist. From the first moment we met, I could tell Zena is extremely detail-oriented and has amazing technical skill. She is a full-time make-up artist, and it really shows. She has a long list of work on her resume, and has even won an Emmy for her work on Dancing with the Stars! But, from first hand experience, I can say that her make-up technique is impeccable. She really puts purpose into every stroke of her brush. I had multiple make-up trials and she really stood out with regards to how careful, even, and symmetrical all her make-up application was. No caking whatsoever. She applied individual eyelashes during my make-up trial and on the day-of, and not only did the lashes look beautiful, they stayed on, and came off when needed. At my other trials, the lashes sometimes stuck to my natural eyelashes and were absolutely painful to take off. Considering she used individual lashes, on both eyes, on two separate occasions, and NONE of the eyelashes stuck when it came time to take them off, I can say with confidence that she knows what she is doing! I thought my mom and bridesmaids (three sisters) all looked absolutely stunning. I was amazed that even without a trial, Zena was able to apply varied colors and styles on them with such ease. Everyone's make-up was different, yet worked well as a group, and all smooth and spotless. My sisters were also impressed with the amount of time she spent time on them, not rushing through them as they had experienced as a part of other wedding parties. All of our make-up lasted all day, until the very last minute of dancing. After my make-up trial with Zena I asked for some changes, and even had some last minute changes, and not only was she accommodating, she also gave her input. I really appreciated that she wasn't so eager to please that she simply did everything I wanted, even if she knew better (and she does). It was refreshing to have someone share their expertise and give honest opinions that could be trusted. My final look, how I felt about it, the compliments I received, and our wedding pictures are all a testament of how often she was correct and the quality of her work and experience. Another asset of her being a full-time make-up artist is that she works with many professionals and thus was able to recommend hair stylists. She was there for my hair trials (I had more than one), and each time even though she wasn't doing my hair herself, I felt she understood what I wanted and what would look good on me. She shared her opinion and took charge as needed, making suggestions to the hair stylist. She was great at interpreting and communicating my not-so-clear vision! Zena was the consummate professional, patient, and organized. She knew exactly how much time was needed, showed up on time, and got her work done. During emails and phone calls, she was prompt and efficient, and on top of all that, she is very sweet. I highly recommend Zena and would work with her again in a heartbeat.
Services used: Unique Services