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Makeup by Vesta

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About Makeup by Vesta

hired 76 times on Thumbtack

Makeup, eyebrow styling, hairstyling, character, Light SFX, body paint and airbrushing.

Years of experience in beauty industry and have done many events such as weddings, corporate, birthdays, proms,.... TV/ film, and editorial/catalog work. I have worked with many high profile politicians, celebrities, professional models, brides and many women and men of all complexions and ethnicities and known for creating a comfortable and friendly environment.

I am also very detailed, fun, hardworking, and creative. I passionately love my craft and try my best to work within the clients budgets and offer very reasonable rates. For distance locations I travel with my car.

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Brooklyn, NY 11205

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  • 5/5 stars August 1, 2014

    I must say from the moment I came across her page and website I had a STRONG feeling that Vesta would be my wedding day make up artist. I reached out blindly and received a response from her via Thumbtack. I gave her a call and her energy on the phone is what sold me. Her warm and happy nature was exactly what I needed for the big day. I decided to visit her for a make up trial and I was happy to have received such a warm reception, she asked questions on what I liked and didn't like made adjustments accordingly. I loved the look on that makeup trial day and knew it would be great on the wedding day. My actual wedding day make up was beyond amazing and the make trial did not stand a chance. She took her time and the attention to detail was amazing. I was looking for a Smokey eye, red lipped look and she gave me exactly that! Again that warm energy and spirit put me at ease and made the morning time getting ready part so much easier. I would definitely recommend Vesta Goodarz, she is an amazing talented artist as well as a sweet person.

    Thank you ;)

    Happy Bride June 21, 2014

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on August 1, 2014:

    Dear Nyasha, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of your day. You looked so beautiful and I am happy I could bring out all those beautiful features with my makeup. You wedding was in such a special setting and loved the fact I did your makeup in the terrace with all the trees and chirping birds. Couldn't get any better than that.

  • 5/5 stars July 30, 2014

    Vesta was a godsend on my wedding day. I had met with her prior to the wedding to do a trial and she helped me figure out the best look to compliment my dress and wedding theme. I was so pleased with the work she did with my hair and makeup that I booked her to do my bridesmaids' hair and makeup on the day of the wedding as well. I was worried about wearing a soft updo, but Vesta secured it so well that my hair managed to stay put the entire time! I do not normally wear a lot of makeup and was also worried that I might look too "done up" for the wedding and wouldn't feel like myself. Vesta did such an amazing job with my makeup, transforming me into a glamorous bride that did not look excessive. I felt it was soft and romantic and above all, made me feel beautiful. She did the same for my bridesmaids. Our hair and makeup all stayed intact throughout the night and we felt she gave us the exact looks we wanted for my special day.

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on July 30, 2014:

    Virginia, your natural beauty, your sense of style and class are beyond admiration. I will never forget your special day carried with so much beauty. Styling you in the old castle surrounded by greens, mountains and lake and your loved ones was like a magical dream. You beauty radiated love and happiness. Thank you for having me to be part of it.

  • 5/5 stars July 30, 2014

    Loved what she did for my dream day. Everyone looked and felt like models. Thank you for first, being on time and without me worrying! lol, and for doing a great job for us all. From the camera pictures alone, we all looked beautiful! Thank you again!

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on July 30, 2014:

    Dear Koda, It was a blast working with you and your party. Not only Your beautiful face but your spirit were shinning through, it was a breathtaking experience working with you.

  • 4/5 stars July 28, 2014

    My expectations were that she be on time and when she wasn't, I expressed that I was upset she was late. My photographer was expensive and paid by the half hour. She was able to reimburse me the money to make things right. I appreciate her willingness to make amends.

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on July 28, 2014:


    Dr Katherine Kim, I take my services very seriously and love to see my clients happy. I met you exactly at 5:30 am as you requested in your posting. Please note that the delay was not that I missed the 5:30 am call time. There was a delay due to the fact that you asked me to change your style after hair and makeup were already completed within our time frame. A trial session or a reference picture would have easily avoided this when time is a sensitive factor. As a result your meeting with your photographer got delayed 15minutes. I gave you a partial payment back to lower the stress you experienced because of the high cost of your photo shoot. As a caring service provider I took the financial loss so I see you at ease and turn your engagement shoot to a beautiful and positive experience. You looked absolutely stunning and I am sure you received beautiful pictures.

  • 5/5 stars July 2, 2014

    Vesta was an absolute delight to work with, she accommodated arriving at our hotel nice and early so there were no last minute panics on our wedding day. She made me feel and look utterly fabulous, and I felt like a princess on my wedding day. Vesta is so very friendly, professional, knowledgeable and entertaining, she certainly made me feel at ease and helped in every way she could on my wedding day, I would have no reservations at all in recommending her to anyone. Thank you so very much Vesta

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on July 17, 2014:

    Lynn, Thank you for having me to be part of your big date! I would never forget your wedding day. I still talk to all the scottish descent friends and clients about your wedding. Wish you both a happy and wonderful life together and thanks again for sharing the great pictures with me.

  • 5/5 stars April 27, 2014

    Vesta was an absolute pleasure to work--both professional and pleasant from start to finish. She was prompt with her email replies (and for her house call on the big day), and worked effortlessly to ensure that I had the look I was going for for both my hair and makeup. Even though I didn't do a trial with her, I was so so pleased with her work; my hair and makeup was perfect all day long and I received so many compliments throughout the day. As a bonus, she was so much fun to chat with during her morning visit--lighthearted, educated, and filled with interesting stories--she helped ensure the morning of my wedding was calm and enjoyable ;-) Best of all, her prices can't be beat!

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on April 27, 2014:

    Elissa, thank you for your kind words. It was absolutely a pleasure working with you on your special day. You looked so stunning and romantic and I will never forget those precious moments that we exchanged ideas and stories. I wish you and your husband all the best in the years to come and hope we stay in touch.

  • 5/5 stars April 17, 2014

    Vesta was amazing and professional. She gave me the looks that I needed for my photoshoot and impressed me with dealing with models ranging in ethnicity and hair type. I am a satisfied client and will continue to hire hee in the future.

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on April 20, 2014:

    Thank you Bianca! You were also an amazing client with a creative vision and openness and wish all the success in your business and hope we work together again soon.
    Vesta

  • 5/5 stars February 27, 2014

    I have worked with Vesta on many occasions for my television shoots (she's a pro with HD make-up!) and hosting events and I'm happy to say that she's much more than a make-up artist to me, she's a dear friend. She is always punctual, incredibly skilled in her craft, and mindful of each individual's personal style. She made me look like a princess on my wedding day, which was a colorful Indian affair. Instead of the typical up-do, she left my hair natural with soft curls and a veil on top. I got compliments galore since no one had seen an Indian bride look like that. She stayed with me the entire day for my two outfit changes which reflected both traditional and contemporary looks. Vesta is the ONLY person I trust when it comes to make-up/hair because she delivers exactly what I envision and helps bring out my natural beauty. I highly recommend her. A++

  • 5/5 stars January 6, 2014

    Vesta's attention to detail, professionalism and committment to her work go above and beyond. Besides that, she is a lovely, creative and intelligent person, making you feel comfortable from the very beginning. A++ on all accounts.

  • 5/5 stars December 5, 2013

    Great job! On time, on budget and excellent communications! Will use her again for other projects.

  • 5/5 stars November 12, 2013

    Vesta is AMAZING! On my wedding day, she was on time, was very professional and did an excellent job with my makeup. My makeup, as well as my sister and mom's looked gorgeous and perfect throughout the day! I'd work with Vesta again in a second!

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on November 14, 2013:

    Thank you dear Veronica for your kind words. You looked so amazing with your beautiful gown, hair and makeup. I will never forget your beautiful 20s inspired wedding! I am so happy that I was part of your special day...

  • 5/5 stars November 4, 2013

    Our bridal party ranged from African American dark skin to European fair skin with all variations in between. Vesta enhanced the beauty of all the women in the wedding party. She is an amazing, skilled and truly kindhearted professional. Her price was surprisingly reasonable for the quality of work that she does. She is my go-to artist when I want to look and feel fabulous. Thanks Vesta, we all looked gorgeous!

  • 4/5 stars October 31, 2013

    Very professional
    Kind and fun to work with.

  • 5/5 stars October 12, 2013

    Vesta applied an amazing makeup on my wedding day. The makeup held up after such a sunny hot day. It looked fresh all day long. I received so many compliments of how beautiful my makeup was and how fresh it looked after several hours. I would definitely recommend her. You wonīt regret it!!!

  • 5/5 stars October 11, 2013

    Vesta is an absolute amazing artist and person. She is full of joy and does a great job capturing exactly what you are looking for and taking it to the next level. I highly recommend Vesta!!

  • 5/5 stars September 17, 2013

    Vesta is far away much more than a MUP artist combining style with phenomenal ability to create magic !!!

  • 5/5 stars September 14, 2013

    Vesta did the most wonderful hair and makeup for my wedding events. She is super talented and and very professional! I loved everything (including my mom's hair and make-up) and received so many compliments from family friends and other guests.

  • 5/5 stars September 2, 2013

    Vesta and her assistant, Candace, executed the make-up and hair for me and my bridal party in August. We started very early (5am with 5 girls) and they were on time and we finished with time to spare. She was happy to work with us on anything we wanted, and was very tranquil yet punctual when executing her work. I would work with her again in a heart-beat and will use her in the future when I need help with make-up/hair for my headshots. Her prices are the best around for the product that she produces. She's the best!!

  • 5/5 stars August 8, 2013

    Working with Vesta was wonderful! As someone who almost never wears makeup, she stayed true to my vision of making me look fabulous without being made up! She also did an amazing job on my friend's hair!

  • 5/5 stars August 1, 2013

    beautiful results done by a professional and friendly person

  • 5/5 stars July 30, 2013

    Very much the professional has the ability to make you feel comfortable and relaxed while she does her job. For someone I was meeting for the very first time I could not.have been more relaxed and happy with her and the services she provided. Thank you Vesta.

  • 5/5 stars May 20, 2013

    I was really down to crunch time when I found Vesta and she was like an angel a real blessing. Not only did she do excellent makeup at a great price, but she was just a pleasure to have with us as we were getting ready. She is an amazingly beautiful spirit. My entire bridal party including my mom all looked phenomenal. Vesta worked with all the varying complexions and made them look flawless. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her for any occasion.

  • 5/5 stars April 26, 2013

    Vesta is the best make up artist i've ever encountered. She did an awesome trial for my wedding which also happened to be the day of my bridal shower. My guests were in awe of how beautiful I looked. Furthermore, on the day of my wedding Vesta travelled to my home and did a phenomenal job on my mother, one of my bridesmaids, and of course myself. All of pictures were flawless for my wedding and it is in large part due to Vesta's brilliance as it relates to her craft. I would not hesitate to use her again in the very near future..

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on April 26, 2013:

    Thank you Simone for your kind words and giving me the opportunity to be part of your very special day. You looked extremely beautiful, classy and elegant. Hope we work together for other occasions and wish you all the happiness in your marriage.

  • 5/5 stars March 7, 2013

    Vesta is delightful and truly a professional. Was able to do our hair and makeup to perfection at a records pace! A pleasure to have on our wedding day! Highly recommended.

  • 5/5 stars February 26, 2013

    My experience with Vesta was absolutely amazing. I was a bride travelling from Canada to get married in NYC. Vesta contacted me very quickly and was eager to do my hair and make up. She set my mind at ease with whatever I asked of her. She did my hair exactly the way I wanted and she used her air brushing on me as well. I looked incredible because of her. She is reasonably priced but dekivers way more than she charges. I would recommend Vesta many many times over. She is an extremely talented artists and a joy to be around. Thank you Vesta!
    Melissa. Ontario Canada

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on February 26, 2013:

    Thank you Melissa dear! It was absolutely a pleasure to work with you as well. You are not only beautiful but intelligent, funny and extremely warmhearted. I wish all the best in your marriage and much happiness for your family. Hope you will have a great reception celebrating with the rest who were not here in NYC.

  • 5/5 stars December 20, 2012

    Vesta is AMAZING!!! I can't describe how wonderful she and her service are. She is on time, efficient and also a fun person to talk to.

    She made me feel happy and calm, and tried to make me the hairstyle I like, even though it was very troublesome with my medium length hair.

    Thank you so much for making my day even better than I thought it would be!

  • 5/5 stars November 30, 2012

    In my search for my MUA I came across Vesta. When I saw her portfolio she had models of different ethnicities so you were really able to tell that she can work with diverse types of facial features and knew exactly how to accentuate them. When I contacted Vesta for a trial she got back to me right away and gave me the option of getting my trial done at her place or mine. Options are always a great convenience. When I had my trial with Vesta she was very nice, fun to talk to and the makeup was amazing. She understood my vision and listened to what I was looking for and did exactly what I wanted.
    On the wedding day, she came to Queens and she was awesome. She got there on time and got started right away. There were a total of 7 of us, 6 bridesmaids and myself, the bride. She worked diligently and made sure each one of the girls, including me, was perfect for the day. She was really great with time management and she worked very efficiently. She really listened to each girl to find out what they liked but she made it that much better than any of us imagined.
    My make-up on the day of was flawless. I didnít think it was possible that it could be better than the trial but it was even better! I loved it so much I didnít want to wash it off at the end of the night! Iíve seen some pictures from family members and friends and the makeup looks amazing in the photos. I canít wait to see the photos taken by our photographer.
    Vesta is a makeup artist who can enhance your natural beauty and create the perfect look. She can transform the ordinary, into the extraordinary and beyond. Whether you need makeup for a wedding or a special event, or maybe just the perfect photo, you can count on Vesta for flawless beauty. I wanted to look and feel beautiful on my wedding day and thatís exactly what Vesta did and I canít thank her enough!! Thank you so much for everything, you definitely have magic handsÖ.

  • 5/5 stars November 5, 2012

    Thank you Vesta! I looked incredible on the SENSATION event!
    My Futuristic Pin Up looked 5 star!
    The MakeUp lasted a looong time and made my look so complete. I was definitely a center of attention which I truly loved. :) Lots and lots of people complimented my look and took pictures!
    The Victory Rolls stayed on my head all night and would stay there for another if I wanted )))
    Thank you ! Will surely see you again

  • 5/5 stars October 17, 2012

    OUTSTANDING!!!!! Vesta did an AMAZING Job! I consider her my make-up artist. She is the ONLY one I will hire. Thanks Vesta!!

  • 5/5 stars October 4, 2012

    Great. Vesta did amazing job and was very involved in the whole process of the shooting. She is definitely a very.... creative and talented artist!

  • 5/5 stars September 16, 2012

    Vesta was everything I hoped she would be. Kind, accommodating, particular. We looked a few years young thankfully and vesta didn't rest until she has us looking the way we wanted. Totally recommend vesta she is sweet and extremely good at what she does

    Angela and Caroline, Scotland

  • 5/5 stars August 30, 2012

    Mrs.Vesta was PERFECT!
    I will use her again;)

  • 5/5 stars July 31, 2012

    I hired Vesta to do my hair and makeup for my engagement photo shoot in Brooklyn, NY. Not only did she accommodate me when we had to postpone the photo shoot due to weather issues. She also listened and understood the vision I had for my look and gave me suggestions as we went along.

    Vesta is a true professional who went above and beyond to make sure I was pleased with her service. She opened her home to my fiancť and I which offered great lighting for the applying of the make-up and A.C. (during the heat wave) to keep us cool I felt very comfortable with her instantly as she has such a warm and positive energy about her.

    I would HIGHLY recommend Vesta to any bride to be or anyone wanting to look their absolute best for any occasion. My fiancť could not stop telling me how beautiful I looked.

    Thank you Vesta for making me look and feel beautiful on such a special day.

    Elizabeth&Carmelo

  • 5/5 stars July 9, 2012

    Vesta did my hair and makeup for my wedding, and also for my maid of honor. I could not have been happier with Vesta's services and would recommend her to anyone!

    I'll detail a few of the most outstanding aspects of working with Vesta, although I can't possibly list them all:
    - Although she is a makeup artist by trade, she did a wonderful job with my hair (a french twist with fresh flowers and volume at the top) and charged MUCH less for it than I would have paid at a salon
    - She offered her home to me, my wedding party, and my photographer for getting ready since the wedding was located a few short blocks away--so generous and made me feel so relaxed (not to mention that her apartment is beautiful and my photos will be great)
    - After the trial, on the Big Day, she was very careful to check with me as she did my makeup to see whether or not I was happy with the few things I had asked her to change.
    - She also gave me great advice after the trial, like suggesting I take omega-3 to moisturize my skin from the inside leading up to the wedding. It was really personal service, and she really tried to make sure that I looked my best.
    - Although Vesta's tendency is to go a little heavier on the makeup than I would normally, she was careful to check with me at every step, showing me how the look was shaping up and asking if I wanted more blush, more eye liner, etc. I was comfortable speaking up since she asked, and in the end I got a look that I was extremely happy with.

    I could go on, but in summary I'll just say that Vesta is a wonderful person with a great talent for makeup and a warm heart, and she truly cares about her clients. Highly recommended. Thank you, Vesta!

  • 5/5 stars May 16, 2012

    Vesta was amazing!! She came out to help us on extremely short notice and did a fantastic job. Our photos came out fabulously. I wouldn't hesitate to use her again.

  • 5/5 stars May 8, 2012

    I planned a Marriage Celebration for my daughter via long distance and based my decision to use Vesta on online reviews - when you plan something like this long distance, internet usage becomes a necessity. What a wonderful experience! She was so much more than I expected. I explained our visions for what each of us wanted and gave her as much detail about ourselves as I thought would help. As soon as we met on the day of the event, I immediately felt that we were in good hands. My daughter wanted a hollywood glamour Marilyn Monroe look, while I wanted more of an Indian wedding look and she gave us exactly what we requested. She eased my daughter's mind regarding the airbrush technique, which I just loved! Our affair lasted 24 hours, from the moment of her last brush stroke until we finally went to bed. Through all those hours of rushing about, photography, dancing, sweating, eating, drinking, even smoking, our makeup remained perfect without even a reapplication of lipstick! Her experience is top shelf New York City, celebrities - and yet, she is so low key and humble about it all, so sweet and relatable. I feel that we got a tremendous value for what I consider a very reasonable price.

    Vesta G. from Makeup by Vesta replied to this review on May 8, 2012:

    Raquel, was such a beautiful person in and out. We decided to go for the glamor look for her, mother of the bride, and of course Christina, the bride. She was so inspiring and turned out so beautiful for Christina's big day. I loved her family, all of them very so respectful and caring to one another and me as their vendor. I felt so much part of their day and left with such a great memory. Wish all the best Raquel!

  • 5/5 stars May 6, 2012

    To Those Seeking to Hire a Professional Makeup Artist-
    I am new to the area and was invited to attend a red carpet event in NYC. I knew there would be celebrities and paparazzi there, so of course I wanted to look stunning. Thanks to Vesta, I felt like one of the stars. She has a beautifully vibrant personality and is a very gifted makeup artist. If you are looking to hire someone to do your makeup, Vesta is your gal! She will make you feel and look fabulous!

  • 5/5 stars February 14, 2012

    Vesta did a great job. She brught a full kit of makeup and tought me and my friend on how to apply bridal makeup. She was very patient and had very good knowledge. She was a very good teacher and a great makeup artist!

  • 5/5 stars February 9, 2012

    Vesta Goodarz was an excellent make-up artist. She arrived on time and with a full kit as we agreed upon. Vesta's make-up skills in creating the avant garde/giesha look was perectly executed, and moreover, the complex design was applied very quickly. I will certainly call upon Vesta again for make-up needs in the future.

  • 5/5 stars August 22, 2011

    WE LOVE VESTA!!!!!!!!! She was excellent! She was professional and a great makeup artist! Her work is OUTSTANDING! I recommend her to everyone. We love love the airbrush makeup, the lashes, the smokey eyes...
    She is great! I am thankful for this site as well because I would never discovered such a great makeup artist without it!!!!!!!

Question and answer

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

A. Various events including bridals, photo shoots and TV

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Work with PBS new series and worked with figures such as Jerry Sienfeld and Rosanne. Did a huge corporate headshot event and did 25 makeup application for half a day. I also worked with a CEO of Pantek Phillippe Luxury Watch for an interview with Bloomberg's TV. Beside all of these I worked with 8 brides in the past two months.

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

A. Look for quality and experience. Ask questions and if you have concerns. After all makeup is very subjective and you want to feel good when you get out of the chair.

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

A. My trade is a form of healing touch and therapy in a deeper sense.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Experience in the field? The exact time of service? Have the transportation means to travel to the location?

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. It is important to know what type of look you are looking for , any allergies or sensitivities to products and of course, your budget.

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

A. Listen to the needs of my clients, flexibility and authenticity and also making them extremely comfortable in my chairs..

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Love creativity, colors and people.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Who are the famous people I have worked with. I answer them.
Preference in the makeup brands.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. When a bride's gown got stolen at the airport two days prior to her wedding and how her mother and her had to rush to the store to find another one. Her mother did all the alteration and finished up everything two hours prior to the wedding.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. You work hard as a makeup artist. Creating with skills on various skins. It involves lots of expensive products and standing on the feet and also pay attention to details.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. when I spent hours as a child in my mom's makeup bags trying to create faces for myself and my sister.
I love people and love to paint.

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

A. Lord&Taylor reopening Event. Fantasy Makeup! did 10 bridal party both hair and makeup on my own.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Take master classes, read and study.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. I am planning to write about my experience as a makeup artist.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. Body paint for a series of photos for a gallery exhibition. It cost about $100.It took almost 4 hours for each look.

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

A. Practice your craft, study faces and listen to your intuition.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. Working with various complexions. Having high skills in my craft and working with many different personalities. Also creating a comfortable environment and have flexibility to listen to my clients' needs.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. My hair styling specially period looks.

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