We recently had the chance to chit chat with Celebrity Makeup Artist, Jessica Smalls. We got to talk about the ins and outs of the crazy celebrity world while being able to touch on fabulous tips for bridal makeup. Jessica is one of the most sought after makeup artists in the country and our brides are constantly trying to book her if they can. Lucky for us she’s been down with the KGE family for quite a while. Here’s a glimpse of our interview:
How long have you been a makeup artist?
12 AMAZING years
What was your inspiration to become a makeup artist?
I was diagnosed with an incurable skin cancer at age 18. It was then that I started to develop skin problems. I used to think makeup was for the fake and phony girls until I realized I needed it. I would read the magazines and that’s how I learned to apply it. I fell in love with it. Then when I was a student at Morris Brown everyone was always asking me to do their makeup for them so I built my technique. I was the designated makeup artist.
What was your first big break?
I was working as an office manager at a charter school when one of the mom’s complemented my makeup. She loved my energy and asked me to join her to do makeup. She just so happened to be Alicia Keys’ makeup artist and that got me in the door. The first gig she brought me on was New York Fashion Week. The rest is history.
What is it like to be a celebrity makeup artist?
Hectic. You always have to be available. It is a very fast and tiring world and it causes you to miss out on many personal things...but I LOVE it! I love when a client trusts my talent.
What do you think is most important about bridal makeup?
Stay in a classic look. Don’t go with trends. Have that look that never gets old.
What questions should a bride ask before booking her makeup artist?
-Do they do a trial run for the wedding day?
-Is it the price for the makeup application or the duration of the stay?
-Does it cost extra to stay?
-If you have skin issues, know what skin issues and ask about ingredients (nuts, oils, metals) in the makeup products used?
When scheduling, how much time should a bride allow for her makeup to be done? Bridesmaids?
For the bride about an 1 to 1.5 hours
For the bridesmaids about 45 minutes
What are reasonable price expectations for a makeup artist of your caliber?
Bridal Application - $250-$350
Bridesmaids Application - $100-$200
Think about $50-$100 per hour to stay for the day
What are must have products for all day wear?
It is important to speak with your makeup artist about having a touch up kit. Especially if they are not staying for the day. You should expect to pay the cost of the products. The touch-up kit should include:
What other tips can GorJess impart on brides?
You read it here...the best tips to having perfect wedding day makeup. Thanks to Jessica for taking time out of her extremely busy schedule to talk to us and impart her vast knowledge for our brides. If you don’t already, make sure to follow Jessica at @Gorjessmakeup. You can keep up with all her adventures around the world as a celebrity makeup artist.