Making Up

La Jolla, CA

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Location

La Jolla, CA 92037

Years in business

34

Times hired on Thumbtack

25

Reviews

22 Reviews
  • Jennifer A. Aug 7, 2017
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
  • Josh W. Aug 6, 2017
    Wedding and Event Hair Styling
    Verified Review
    Doris was an absolutely pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend. Thank you!
    Doris L. Aug 6, 2017

    Thank you Josh. It was a pleasure to work with you as well.

  • Diaz T. Jun 24, 2017
    Makeup Artistry Lessons
    Verified Review
    great!
  • Amy L. Jun 10, 2017
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
    GLAD MAKEOVER EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS!!!! Recently I was invited to a "a semi~formal" Gala.,and found myself seeking out the services of a Professional Celebrity makeup artist. I needed someone to take my everyday self (think running /workout shorts, tank tops, hoodies, scrubs, and running shoes, no makeup, no styled hair) and turn my "ugly ducking" into a "beautiful swan" I went online and was lucky to find the multialent Dorisa Lew. Doris used her skill and experience to put all my fear about hiring a professional, to a rest . I didn't want to look "plastic/feke" and I have a scar that extends from my hairline down into my eyebrow, plus I am blind in my right eye, very, very sensitive. And I wanted my hair tone done up off my shoulders, but something soft, not severe. I wanted a soft, natural, simple, but Classic look. Doris accomplished that and more. She did bring out my " inner swan" , and boosted my self confidence 10x over!!! I cannot say enough about Doris or express how much this meant to me!!! I can't helpf myself to look how so beautiful!!!! Next time I will come again..... Thank you Doris!!!! If you have a need of a professional makeup artist, i highly recommended Doris Lew!!!! She will transform you into your "beautiful swan"
  • Jacob W. May 22, 2017
    Makeup Artistry Lessons
    Verified Review
    Doris was absolutely wonderful. I contacted her regarding a makeup lesson for my wife, as a surprise. She had been talking about wanting one for a while, but never followed through. Doris did a fantastic job of walking my wife through every step and asking any question that she had. She also helped my wife figure out that she need quite a few more supplies, but I was happy to oblige, as I had seen the great work that Doris had done. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a makeup artist or teacher.
  • Tracy P. May 10, 2017
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
    Doris did beautiful makeup and hair for a business meeting. She understood exactly the look I wanted and delivered. Extremely professional, very nice. Arrived on time and finished on time. I have very thin hair that falls flat and she how to make it look full all day. Highly recommend her.
  • Jaasmin F. Mar 8, 2017
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
    Making Up With Doris is Your Choice!
    Doris has very versatile skills, she can work with any complexion and skin condition, and she is very professional. She far exceeded the way that I wanted my makeup to look.
  • Gloria M. Feb 23, 2017
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
    Top notch
    Doris is great. I wanted someone who understands how to do my makeup for a professional photo shoot and her background and training fit what I needed and she delivered perfectly. My photos look great. I would highly recommend her.
  • Hanh N. Feb 19, 2017
    Wedding Makeup
    Verified Review
    Makeup by Doris Beyond My Expectations.
    I hired Doris to do my makeup for my sister's wedding. I never wear makeup. Doris has done an amazing job. She made me look so good my 24 year old daughter did not recognize it was her mom. Her boyfriend thought we looked like sisters. She also gave me false lashes that looked so natural. Doris suggested these lashes since this was going to be my first time wearing them. Before she put them on me, I was afraid they were going to look too long, but once they were on, I couldn't believe how good they looked on me. I want to let you know how good Doris' makeup skill is and her artistic vision goes beyond my expectations. I am an Asian woman. I really liked the fact that Doris is Asian and knows how to do makeup on Asian faces. On top of that Doris also did my hair to my liking. I'm really particular about my hair. I was very happy with the results. Doris also helped me fix my dress that didn't fit properly. She was very helpful to make sure everything about the way I looked was perfect. I highly recommend Doris. I will hire her again.
  • Fay K. Dec 15, 2016
    Event Hair and Makeup
    Verified Review
    True artist and professional b
    Doris was fabulous working with our wedding party She brought out the beauty of our brainy attendants so they were not only fabulous but also comfortable with how they looked. A true professional and a delight to work with. Wish I had more occasions to call on her.
  • DeVa D. Nov 14, 2016
    Makeup Artistry Lessons
    Verified Review
    Doris is just amazing! I felt comfortable right away. She has such a unique way to communicate and huge experience. I've learned a lot from her! I would definitely recommend her and want to have her for my upcoming photoshoot Thank you!
  • Lorenzo M. Nov 3, 2016
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Surpassed All Expectations
    Doris was tasked with making me and my friends Snapchat filters for Halloween. I had high expectations after having seen her website, and I am happy to say she surpassed those expectations! My friends were a bit hesitant to book an artist for this, but all of them said to me after "I know I resisted the idea, but you were right, she did a phenomenal job" and I could not agree more! I gave her a picture of what I wanted to be and I ended up looking better than the picture. If I ever need a make up artist again I am calling Doris!!
  • Albert C. Oct 28, 2016
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
    My friend and I wanted to dress for Halloween. Doris was amazing not only with making us up but personality as well! Would highly recommend and I for one will be back to use her services again!!
  • Jodi K. Oct 14, 2016
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
    Best stylist...hands down.
    Doris was the best stylst! She will always be my go-to for all of my photoshoots from now on! Very organized, professional, she made everyone feel comfortable and her work was nicely done, and worked really well with all who were involved.
  • Sarah H. Sep 25, 2016
    Makeup Artistry Lessons
    Verified Review
    Celebrity Makeup Artist!
    Doris is gifted! You will feel like a celebrity once she helps you with your makeup. She is genuine and sweet. Highly recommend!! :) thank you Doris!
  • Richard S. Aug 14, 2016
    Event Hair and Makeup
    Verified Review
    Doris is the epitome of makeup artist. Words can not describe how great she is. She did my makeup for one of my friends events, and I stole the show from her because of how great I looked. If Doris puts a bid on your project just press hire.
  • Natasha R. Jul 28, 2016
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
    Makeup was beautiful!
  • Bob S. Jul 21, 2016
    Wedding and Event Makeup
    Verified Review
  • Deb L. Jul 20, 2016
    Doris is amazing! I have used her for professional video shoots and personal functions for more than a decade. She makes everyone look great and has a great attitude!
  • Judi S. May 31, 2016
    Doris is a make-up artist extraordinaire! I always love what she does with my make-up and she is consistent which means a lot to me. I do many photo and video shoots for my company, Jazzercise, and compliments always abound, not just for me but for all the models we use in our shoots! I am proud to recommend Doris! Judi Sheppard Missett, Founder and CEO, Jazzercise Inc.
  • Debbie L. May 30, 2016
    Doris is an outstanding makeup artist! She exceeded my expectations in doing my makeup for a special occasion. She selected colors that were very flattering to me and made me look years younger. She is very meticulous and exacting. She takes great pride in her work. She also did my hair for me since the style that I had wasn't flattering. She gave me advice on what to wear as well. Doris is very personable, a great connector of people and makes sure that you look the best that you can be for any special event. I would use her again and recommend her to friends and family. She's tops in her field and has done makeup for celebrities. Take a look at her website for her credentials - it's very impressive! You won't go wrong having Doris do your makeup whether it's for a special event or to do special effects or fun makeup for Halloween!
  • Mary M. May 29, 2016
    Doris has been my makeup artist off and on over 11 seasons of So you think you can Dance. She is on time and is meticulous with her makeup artistry.As hard as I try to put my own makeup on I can never duplicate it.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I really like to get to know my customer before I start. I really want to know what is their comfort level. How do they normally wear their makeup. It's great they provide a picture so I know what they're looking for, but I really want to know what their makeup experiences is. For an example you may see a dress in a magazine you like and you want that dress, but perhaps when you buy the dress, it doesn't look the same and you're not happy. The reason for that is because the dress color may not look best on you or the dress is suited better for the model and perhaps your body type is different and it doesn't look the same. So that's the same for makeup as well. I like to modify makeup if I feel the customer needs it. I'm pretty intuitive with people that I work with. I can almost guarantee how much or how little I need to adjust the makeup to please the customer.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
As I mentioned before I did go to modeling school and after modeling school I went to makeup school in Toronto where I'm from and graduated with the highest honor of the school. I studied mostly fashion and print makeup. Then I moved to Hollywood and studied more for film, TV, special effects, corrective makeup, ethnic makeup and you name it I learned it. I won best makeup artist my school year. Then years later I decide to learn airbrush makeup. I studied for that in Costa Mesa.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My background is mainly in film, TV, photography and working with celebrities. So I'm very trained and conditioned to work with demanding schedules. I've started to work more with clients not related to the industry as of recent and find it much more relaxing, since it's on our schedule. It feels more laid back and fun because there's not the same pressure. You feel like you can be friends with your customers since it's a more casual vibe and not having 20 people scrutinizing your every move. Don't get me wrong, I still love doing my shoots. This type of opportunity on Thumbtack is a welcome change.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I think the customer should ask as many questions as possible related to whatever the makeup occasion is for. I think the professional will probably answer a lot of the question before it's even asked because as a professional, I too have a lot of questions.