Vendor Spotlight - Nancy Dawson of Bride Face

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1.) When did you get started in the wedding business and how did you go about doing that?

I worked at Saks in the cosmetics department for eight years. I did onsite weddings  by special request for my clients. At that time, no makeup artists were “legit” doing weddings; no websites, no contracts. The lightbulb went off when I realized that there was a real need in the market for me to offer my services with the same professionalism any other wedding pro would. I had two year old twins and a newborn then.

2.) What is the best way to find the ideal make up artist and what should someone look for?

Ask your girlfriends who got married recently. Check Wedding Wire and The Knot for reviews. Once you narrow it down to a few, check out their portfolios on their websites, and follow their pages on Facebook. Does their style and personality mesh with yours?

3.) How would you describe your approach to weddings?

I take this very seriously because it is a huge responsibility to make someone look like the most gorgeous version of themselves on such a monumental day… at the same time, I want it to be fun for them and to make the experience such a delight. What woman doesn’t love being pampered and beautified?

4.) What inspires you in your work?

I eat, sleep, and breathe makeup. Trends, techniques, products; that’s what my team and I talk about and train on constantly. The artists on my team inspire me, my fellow vendors inspire me with their passion, and my brides’ excitement inspires me.

Photo of brunette after makeover

5.) What do you find the most rewarding about your job?

When that bride (or her mom) looks in the mirror and tells me they had no idea they could look so beautiful.

6.) What’s the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business?

It is definitely a lot of fun to “play in makeup”. But our job also entails being a therapist, a mind reader, a diplomat, a marketer…we wear a lot of hats, not to even mention running that pesky business. We also have those same wedding nightmares that brides have, only every week.

7.) What do you think sets you apart from other make up artists?

I would have to say it’s the fact that I have this kickass team. One morning I took a call at 8AM from a crying bride who had been stood up by a local makeup artist. I contacted my entire team, every single one responded and we got her taken care of. These women are always completely on point with their professionalism and artistry skills. And they also happen to be a blast to spend your wedding morning with.

Photo of bride after makeover

9.) What do you love about weddings?

Every day is different and nearly everybody is happy.

10.) What do you dislike about weddings?

That the general public bases what they know about weddings on “Bridezillas”.

11.) What’s the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding?

Breathe! And don’t let anyone tell you what you “have to” do for your wedding.

12.) What do you do when you are not working?

I have three kids; 11, 11, and 9. They are everything.

13.) Who is your favorite artist or band?

That’s impossible! I adore broadway musicals. Can that be my answer?

14.) What is the worst song of all time?

Also impossible. Right off the top of my head? “Low Rider"

15.) What is your website URL?

16.) Closing comments / thoughts:

Thanks, Brian; this was fun!

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