Beats By Brandi

Beats By Brandi

Columbia, MD

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About Beats By Brandi

hired 3 times on Thumbtack

I am a trained and professional makeup artist servicing the DMV area and beyond.

I offer a wide range of services, from traditional makeup to airbrush makeup. I can come on-site to you, or you can come to me.

I have very reasonable prices and bridal, homecoming, and prom specials.

My services include:

* men and women
* weddings
* photo shoots
* proms
* homecomings
* video shoots and more
* cheer competitions
* adult and child models

Email me, or call me with any questions or for booking and availability.


Columbia, MD 21045

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  • 1/5 stars April 25, 2013

    Terrible! All makeup was supposed to be airbrushed, instead she showed up with regular MAC products. I was late to my venue because she only gave herself 4 hours to do 8 faces. It was in the contract for her to stay for touch-ups but she never showed and would not answer her phone. She covered my tattoos with a product that left spots all over my wedding gown and bridal party dresses. I asked for a refund through text/email and was ignored. I am now taking her to court for breach of contract and damage to my wedding gown.

    Brandi P. from Beats By Brandi replied to this review on April 26, 2013:

    This is the only client I have ever had that became irate, disrespectful, and makes threats of violence towards me. She signed a contract that was not indicative of final decisions based on her original inquiry. She booked me a year in advance (which is normal) but made changes to everything about her wedding from the application venue to the date, to the time, to the number of people receiving services over the past year. She made me very uncomfortable on the day of her wedding and I did not feel safe, but I still stayed to complete the job. I did not stay for touch ups because I felt so uncomfortable, and for that I took no money of any sort for my "stay for touch ups" service. Even if I had took the money for that service, I would have given it back to her. Her entire bridal party was embarrassed by her behavior that day and apologized to me continually, begging me not to leave, offering to pay me individually to do their makeup before I left.

    She was drinking beer after beer the entire time (after she showed up late to her hotel room) and then blamed me for her being late to her venue. My contract is very clear and is made to protect not only myself, but my clients as well. I work quickly, so 4 hours is more than enough time for me to execute 8 faces. However, when people are not ready like I asked them to be (simply have your face washed and moisturized) and everyone is trying to calm her down, it does take away from the time I allotted to do my job (including cleaning my brushes in between each person.

    Any vendor working with Kiesha should be prepared for attitude, nasty and rude comments, and being belittled by her. Expect to be called numerous times and get several text messages from her requesting her money back for services provided. BEWARE!!!

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Weddings
Print work
Films/video shoot
Just going out for the night/celebrations (anniversaries/birthdays/balls)

In that order :)

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Ask the brand of products they use?
Are they trained?
References/LinkedIn page?
Discounts/group rates?
"Why should I hire you?"

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. I would like to know if that person does classes. A lot of my clients tell me how much they love my work, and they WISH they could do it themselves. Rather it is a quick 5-10 minutes morning routine or they have a little more time and want a cute look for going out, I find that more women are intimidated to try new things and looks

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have a passion for what I do. I believe that when you love what you do, you do it well (effortlessly). I am always learning new techniques and practice new looks and styles and always stay in trend!

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I LOVE making women feel beautiful. I can't wait to see the difference in her walk and how she stares at herself in the mirror.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I currently work ful time for MAC Cosmetics as a permenant artist. I love what I do, and it has its rewards many people will never know!

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Practice, practice, practice. You have to build your confidence in what you are doing. It will exude in your finished product.

Go to training classes, ask questions, create an inspiration board, try new things, new colors, new combinations!

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. I would say the ability give my clients 2 things: great customer service and exacty the look she wants!

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