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AmyMirandaMakeup

Ashburn, VA

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As a professional makeup artist experienced with all skin colors and race, I have the talent and skills to not only connect with you, understand what your dream look is, but deliver to you the best look you have ever had!

About AmyMirandaMakeup

hired 27 times on Thumbtack

BRIDAL MAKEUP, TRIAL RUN, ENGAGEMENT MAKEUP, BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY MAKEUP, MAKEUP LESSONS, SPECIAL EVENT MAKEUP.

Makeup artist for any occasion, particularly bridal makeup: professional and talented. Rates: Very reasonable.

I can create any look you desire, and encourage you to do a trial run before the wedding day. Where am I? Located in beautiful Ashburn, I travel to you on your wedding day and bring my makeup chair, quality makeup and my talent. Areas I travel are mostly North Virginia, DC and MD.

What to expect? On your trial run day, your skin is evaluated, your preferred colors are discussed and I just don't create my vision, but give you advice as to what really works for you. I know how to listen to you and not just create what I want. In addition, and this is worth it, you get to be in a mini photoshoot, where you get to be photographed before and after makeup with a professional camera, and you can see your photos of before and after and have an idea of how you will look the day of the wedding!

My rates are reasonable and affordable so that anyone who wants to look beautiful will know they have come to the right place. It is not always about making money for me! Your satisfaction is my utmost concern.

To me it is very important to use quality products, and high end brands. Let's face it, they say you get what you pay for, when you buy cosmetics, and that is absolutely true. A $2 eye shadow is not the same as a $36 eyeshadow.. all my products are high end and I have spent thousands of dollars buying them. All my products are fresh, new and regularly replaced so you can relax that you will not have any reactions as I only use the top brands and top names.

When you sign a contract and make your payment, your day is secured. I will be there unlike others, will not drop you at the last minute to go to a larger wedding party! I never missed an appointment and always arrived on time.

Cheers,

Amy Miranda
Amymirandamakeup

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Ashburn, VA 20148

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  • 5/5 stars May 6, 2014

    I would highly recommend Amy. She is fantastic to work with—professional, prompt in communications and knowledgeable in her field.

    I had my trial about 6 months before the big day. Amy spent a lot of time understanding my needs and as soon as I described my dress and wedding colors she knew immediately the look I was envisioning in my head.

    On the big day Amy arrived early (we started at 6am!) and was set up ready to go to do my makeup as well as 4 of my bridesmaids'. I had my girls decide what they wanted to do with their makeup. They were all so pleased with their makeup and even though each one was different the "look" was cohesive.

    My day-of makeup was even better than the trial. Amy made my time in the chair easy and comfortable. My goal for the morning was to relax and enjoy the moment and she definitely helped make that happen!

  • 5/5 stars January 11, 2014

    I cannot say enough good things about working with Amy! I found Amy via Wedding Wire for my November 2013 wedding, and after reading so many good things about her work, was definitely interested in having her do my wedding makeup. Once I read about her prices, I thought, "this must be too good to be true!" I am happy to say it is not! She does incredibly high quality work, with excellent products, in an expeditious manner. She is kind, personable, and professional. She was flexible to travel from her home to do makeup for myself, my mother, and my aunt, verrry early on a Sunday morning before our wedding. Honestly, look no further for a makeup artist!

  • 5/5 stars January 7, 2014

    I had a great experience working with Amy. My Maid of Honor and I went to her home studio for both the trial and wedding day sessions. Her studio is very impressive and she is very pleasant and professional. I asked her to make some changes after the trial which she agreed with and was very open to.
    Thank you, Amy!

  • 5/5 stars December 31, 2013

    Amy did the makeup for me and my bridal party. Everyone look AMAZING and even the girls said this was the best they've ever had done. If you're looking for someone who is very professional and makes you look glamorous - without the expensive price tag - Amy is the person you want.

  • 5/5 stars December 22, 2013

    Amy did a great job. She didn't just apply my make up she asked me to replicate what she was doing on the other side of my face. She spent a lot of time working with me and I really enjoyed it. Working with Amy is not just a lesson, its an education. I think it is easy to make someone look good, it is much more complicated to make the look last and put the make up on correctly. Amy teaches you that - I did my make up with her at noon and since them I have cooked a roast, done several loads of wash, vaccumed, etc and my daugher said "mommy your skin is glowing." Amy is a true professional and time spent with her is money well spent. She does not represent any cosmetic company so whatever she uses spans the "best of the best" with cosmetics. She knows what she is doing and is passionate.

    Thanks Amy!!!

  • 5/5 stars December 21, 2013

    I had a wonderful experience with my trial makeup for my wedding. Amy is very welcoming and listens to what you want your results to look like. She also makes helpful recommendations and walks you through the process. Just excellent!

  • 5/5 stars December 2, 2013

    I was looking for a make up artist for my May 2014 wedding and found Amy's website. I read so much good reviews and I decided to email her. She replied right away and gave me a price quote. Her price is so affordable. I had my bridal trial yesterday and the results were great! She makes you feel comfortable, listens to you and gives you the exact look you are looking for. She's amazing! Her studio is clean, so organized and she's using high end make up line that lasted the whole day. I will definitely recommend her!

  • 5/5 stars November 17, 2013

    I found Amy's website very randomly, while looking for a makeup artist for my sister's wedding, for the bride, mother of the bride, and the rest of the bridesmaids. I saw good reviews so we called her for a quote and trial. Amy really worked with our budget and size of the party, and the bridal trial results were better than we anticipated! Yesterday, November the 16th, was the day of the wedding. Not only did the bride look flawless, but so did the rest of the party, including myself. Our makeup never smeared or melted away. We loved that she created each of our looks based on our individual preferences/style, varied facial features and our skin tones. She made sure each of us looked like a flawless version of ourselves. My mother was also extremely happy with her makeup. Unlike many artists, when it comes to older women, they rarely do a good job. Amy is tasteful, and creates the makeup look to make sure it compliments this age group. My mother received so many compliments as well. Amy herself is the sweetest lady, so easy to work with, and very good at what she does. She uses only high-end products, and her application technique is very clean. I can't wait until we have to use Amy's services again, she is worth every penny and more.

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on November 17, 2013:

    The pleasure was all mine dear Janine! I wish the bride and groom a life full of happiness and success! Hope to see you and work with you again !!

  • 5/5 stars September 30, 2013

    Amy does fantastic work. I highly recommend her services. Her prices are extremely reasonable and worth every penny. She uses high quality products that make your skin look amazing. The makeup lasted the entire night without needing any touch ups. I will be utilizing her services for any future events.

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on November 17, 2013:

    Dear Jennifer,
    The pleasure was all mine! I wish you the very best in life!
    Amy

  • 5/5 stars September 29, 2013

    Amy is wonderful! I had a trial with her this morning where we looked through some books together, saw some of my ideas on pinterest, looked at pictures of her clients, and really got to talk about what I was looking for. The amount, quality, and variety of makeup she has is amazing. She's done so much research so that every mascara, foundation, lipstick, is the best brand out there. We got to experiment with a few different makeup looks. She never made me feel rushed, even though my trial went a lot longer than anticipated. I am very excited for Amy to do my makeup on my wedding day!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on September 29, 2013:

    Thank you Brooke, it was my pleasure. You looked great in both of the looks!!

  • 5/5 stars September 9, 2013

    I just completed my makeup trial with Amy and it was fantastic! Amy is warm, personable, compassionate, and really desires to go the extra mile for her clients. Her work, and the products she uses, are top quality. And her prices simply cannot be beat! I am so looking forward to working with her on my wedding day!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on November 17, 2013:

    Thank you so much for your kind words!! It was great working with you Lauren!

  • 5/5 stars September 6, 2013

    Amy Miranda did a WONDERFUL job! First of all, her prices are significantly cheaper than any wedding makeup artists. It was $150 for me (bride- trial and wedding day), and only $50 per bridesmaid. She listens very well during the trial to ensure that you look perfect for your wedding day. She used airbrush and fake eyelashes for no extra charge, whereas most other artists charge much extra for both of those. On my wedding day she showed up 15 minutes early, which saved a lot of stress for me in worrying that everything would go according to plan. If you want to look beautiful and be stress free on your wedding day for a GREAT price, go with Amy Miranda Makeup!
    -Natalie S.

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on November 17, 2013:

    Thank you Natalie!!!

  • 5/5 stars August 19, 2013

    I visited Amy for my trial run and had a wonderful time. Amy is not only kind, but eager to help you create the look you are envisioning. The experience was equally fun and relaxing. My makeup was applied around 2:30 in the afternoon and held up beautifully until I took it off around 10pm. I am very excited for Amy to do my makeup for my wedding day and would absolutely recommend her to anyone!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on August 19, 2013:

    Crystal, the pleasure was all mine! I can't wait to do your makeup on your wedding day!

  • 5/5 stars August 6, 2013

    Amy was delightful to work with. I have never had my makeu done by anyone, I heard about airbrush and wasn't sure how it would turn out. I had my makeup trial for my Wedding with Amy and it was AMAZING!!!! She makes you feel comfortable and give you the exact look you are looking for. I would highly recommend Amy to anyone who wants their makeup done beautifully and correctly!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on August 19, 2013:

    Jamie, I am so glad you liked the airbrush experience.. It was fun, wasn't it? I can't wait to do your wedding day makeup!!

  • 5/5 stars July 25, 2013

    Had my first make up artist back out at the last minute and lucked out into finding Amy. She was amazing! KNOWS her STUFF! Excellent skills, tons of high end make up, great with colors and shading! Made my mom and me look amazing! Best I have ever looked! :) Have had my make up done few a few weddings before and had another trial previous. Amy is the best artist I have worked with. Make up lasted and looked flawless for hours on end, even in the hot humid VA summer weather! WONDERFUL!!!!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on August 19, 2013:

    Thank you very much ! I am so happy the makeup lasted and looked flawless!!

  • 5/5 stars July 21, 2013

    Amy and I met at her location in Ashburn. She was so easy to work with and understood my vision. I never felt more like a princess! Amy has an amazing personality and a big heart. Her prices were the best and the products she used were high quality! Thank you Amy! You are truly a blessing
    ~Stephanie Rivera-Clark

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on July 21, 2013:

    The pleasure was all mine Stephanie! See you on your big day!

  • 5/5 stars July 6, 2013

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on August 19, 2013:

    Thank you!

  • 5/5 stars June 25, 2013

    Amy is an artist and I'm so grateful to have found her. As the overachieving wedding guest that I am, I wanted my makeup done. Amy was fantastic. She listened to what I wanted and executed it beautifully! She was prompt, efficient and a pleasure to have work on me. Thank you, Amy for making me look amazing! If you're looking for high quality, Amy is your woman.

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on November 17, 2013:

    Many thanks Vivian for your kind words!

  • 5/5 stars June 17, 2013

    She did an amazing job on my make up. Stayed on all day, and loved the product she used. I recommend her for wedding make up, she was excellent.

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on November 17, 2013:

    Thank you Gail!!!!

  • 5/5 stars May 28, 2013

    Was very professional. Did wonderful job of making me look so much better & hiding the flaws. Would have appreciated a list of products she used though.

  • 5/5 stars May 27, 2013

    Great job! She did my makeup and four others for my wedding, and everyone was really happy with the way the makeup turned out. She was on time for everything, and was very professional.

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on November 17, 2013:

    Thank you so much Colleen!!!

  • 5/5 stars May 20, 2013

    Amy did my makeup for a friend's wedding. Amy was wonderful! She was on time, worked quickly but was never rushed. She evaluated skin coloring and bone structure and then explained her ideas for a perfect bridesmaid look. The results were incredible - beautiful and classy! The makeup lasted well into the night and early morning hours! Amy was extremely professional and very pleasant. I would highly recommend her services!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on November 17, 2013:

    Many thanks Laura, it was my pleasure!!!

  • 5/5 stars April 21, 2013

    Amy is a delightful professional whose best quality is her ability to listen to her clients. Her knowledge and skills make her the ideal make-up artist!
    Her studio is welcoming and the quality of her products is superb!
    I highly recommend her to anyone in need of such services. The whole esperience from beginning to end is very pleasant!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on May 10, 2013:

    Thank you!! Come back again anytime. The pleasure was all mine.

  • 5/5 stars March 17, 2013

    Amy was awesome!
    She did my mom's and my make up on my wedding day. We both received a lot of complements on it!
    Highly recommended!!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on March 18, 2013:

    Thank you Z. The pleasure was all mine. It was great working with you and your mom.

  • 5/5 stars February 18, 2013

    Amy Miranda is a wonder! Her warm personality with kindness and talent all form to give you the ultimate make-up experience. You can tell she truly loves what she does and cares about your comfort and satisfaction with her work. The products she uses are high quality and long lasting. She made my moms birthday surprise of make-up and photo shoot a wonderful experience which we both will never forget!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on February 21, 2013:

    Thank you my dear. The pleasure was all mine. I look forward to seeing your mom again next month.

  • 5/5 stars February 6, 2013

    I recently completed my makeup trial run with Amy- she was amazing! She listened to my thoughts and created an appropriate, tasteful wedding face. She was patient, attentive- and used high quality product. I can't wait for the big day!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on February 6, 2013:

    Lindsay, the pleasure was all mine!

  • 5/5 stars September 11, 2012

    I found Amy through Craigslist and took a chance. Boy, am i glad i did. Her prices were extremely reasonable and she did a wonderful job getting myself, my mom, & 11 year old niece looking amazing for my wedding. The make-up lasted all day...& night, without a touch up. She was even early to my house to get set up. I would definitely recommend Amy to any bride.

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on September 11, 2012:

    Sarah, it was my pleasure doing your makeup! Congratulations on your wedding!! xoxox

  • 5/5 stars August 30, 2012

    Amy did my makeup for my brother's wedding. It was a great experience. My makeup looked great, went beautifully with my dress, and I received many compliments.

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on August 31, 2012:

    Thank you Rachel, it was a pleasure.

  • 5/5 stars October 25, 2011

    Amy Miranda did the makeup for my wedding and wedding party. She was very professional and her makeup artistry lasted all night. We received many compliments on our makeup. I will most certainly recommend her to anyone needing a professional makeup artist. Her rates are very reasonable too. She also came to my home to do a trial run to go over the type of look I wanted which was very helpful.

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on May 18, 2012:

    Thank you for making me part of your special day!

  • 5/5 stars September 26, 2011

    Amy was great to work with. She did a great job with my make-up and my bridesmaids make-up. The products she used were awesome and stayed on all day/night. Amy was very gentle on the face and worked quickly. She stayed on time with the make-up schedule. Would recommend a trial run to help get your look down. Amy made the whole process very easy!

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on May 18, 2012:

    It was lovely working with you! Thank you!

  • 5/5 stars September 18, 2011

    Amy did a great job with my make-up and the make-up for my 5 bridesmaids and my mother. She was very responsive and friendly and made me feel comfortable and confident in her abilities from our first email exchange. I sent her a picture of myself and told her a little bit about what I wanted but decided not to do a trial prior to the wedding. I did not regret that decision. My make-up looked great and lasted through a very hot outdoor reception. For my bridesmaids, she gave everyone a different look that worked with their coloring but also complimented the dress color. Each of the girls were happy with the way their make-up turned out. I would definitely recommend Amy.

    Amy M. from AmyMirandaMakeup replied to this review on May 18, 2012:

    Thank you!

Question and answer

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

A. Makeup makeup and makeup.. also makeup lessons. More broadly speaking, I do a lot of bridal makeup!

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. Client confidentiality, I cannot give you further information. All my makeup 'missions' have been successful. As a one-woman business owner, I only take as much as I can do but never double book or overload myself to the point that I reach a wedding exhausted as I start with another nor rush my clients. Whoever books first, gets the date.

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

A. Selecting a great makeup artist for your special occasion or your wedding is as important as selecting a good photographer! At the moment, you are looking at various makeup artists profiles and still a bit undecided. Read about the artists information and check her photos. Does she have before and after photos? Do they look unretouched and showing all the details of the makeup work?

My makeup photos are all real photos, no one is a model, and no photo is touched up ever. What you see is the result of makeup, with photos of before and after taken by me before and after I completed the makeup looks.

Keeping in mind that each woman has a different request for her looks, my makeup is the combination of my vision and of what the bride/bridesmaids has requested. I am very easy to talk to and flexible, but also can say no when you request something that is not for you. My rates are reasonable and I never missed an appointment in all the years that I do makeup! Email is the best way to reach me.

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

A. Makeup is the tool that erases your imperfections. I love makeup with a passion. You don't always need a cosmetic surgery to fix something that is not perfect, and imperfection is what makes us unique. Makeup has a lot of secrets, tips and tricks and it takes a great makeup artist to know what to do with each and every case and most importantly, what works for one does not work for another!

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

A. You my friend you should ask about references, look at photos, because a picture speaks a thousand word, and go with your gut feelings but if you make a mistake and chose the wrong person, try a second time with someone else.. but no more than twice in total.

Please do not hire someone because his or her rate is low! low does not mean the makeup artist is good, also do not hire someone who has a very high rate.. because it also does not mean they are good either!

Feel free to ask whatever makeup questions comes to your mind and test the patience of the makeup artist.. If she is willing to help you out and seems genuine, and if you like the photos she have, then give it a shot.

I get sometimes brides who tell me they have had makeup by others and were not happy, and when they come to me and have their makeup with me, they book me right away. Also I am told very often how my rates are reasonable compared to others they have checked with. Please note I am not talking about "street makeup artists" who just begun yesterday but I am referring to reputable makeup artists. [reputable does not mean someone who did once or twice the makeup of a celebrity, but someone with a proven track record of good makeup work one after the other]!

Personally, I try to understand or 'see' your vision and connect with you so that I can deliver what you are dreaming of, in the most professional and gentle way, never bossy never careless, but making you comfortable (from my special leather cushiony makeup chair where you sit, to the most expensive and quality products I can find) and seeing your smile of happiness at the end of the makeup, which includes a mini photoshoot.

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

A. My work stands out because it brings the best out of you, because it dares to go where others would not go! It is unique and comes from a place of love, caring, passion, and understanding!

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. As a talented person very passionate about what I do, I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist sometimes. Everything has to be perfect and top of the line.. I love colors. I love to make you look amazing or stunning! That is my passion, that is where my talent lies.
Also being part of your special day makes me feel special! I know I have made a mark in the life of so many other women - and men - when doing their makeup.

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

A. First question they ask is about my rates. How much does it cost ? They forget to ask if I am available, so the first thing I do is check my availability and then provide my rates.

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

A. I have a lot of favorites stories, but I cannot breach client confidentiality by telling any story specifically. Being a top makeup artist, means you are more than the makeup artist, you are also the confidante of the client, you hear and see things that you cannot repeat! My makeup journey has taken me to many places and shown me many things which have enriched me.

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

A. I wish that customers get a chance to check with me before they book anyone else.. I have had brides who had up to 4 makeup artists before they found me and booked me on the spot after I did their makeup. Talk to me. Get your answers. Sample it with your trial run and see the difference!

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

A. Makeup was in me since a very early age.. I always was attracted to colors and when I studied interior design, I knew that I was in the right path..

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

A. I am proud of all my makeup job, each one is a success story.

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

A. Always.

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. Currently I am testing a pmd.. Personal microdermabrasion tool and will upload the results on my youtube channel educating thousands of women on this new device that they can use at home.

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

A. I would say start working in a department store or a makeup store, build things little by little.. work with every ethnic group, race and skin color. Be gentle but be genuine, honest and never cheat or lie to a woman to make a sale.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. I am a color specialist and I care about others so that your happiness and satisfaction are also mine... I know instinctively what would work with your features and how you will look even before I start working. I see the look in my mind then create it.

I will custom blend various products for each person and design a different look for each individual. Not all two people are alike and what works for one does not work for another.

When you sit on my chair, you relax knowing that you are in good hands, and while my approach is gentle, your finishedlook will make you stand out in the crowd. I use mostly airbrush makeup but also traditional makeup when needed.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. Continuing to check and scour the market for the best products, testing new tools and gadgets, trying to enrich my knowledge and see what's available, what works and what does not.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. What makes one makeup artist better than another?
It is the light in her eyes when she talks about makeup, the quality of her work, the passion in her voice when she talks to you about makeup, and her genuine desire to help you to look your very best. If you are difficult person or cannot trust anyone, after sitting on my chair for 10 minutes, you start relaxing at the sound of my voice, the caring attitude, the professional approach and you know that you are in good hands.

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