Nina Popova
Nina Popova

Nina Popova

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Introduction: There is absolutely nothing trivial or more satisfying to me than sending women into the world with the feeling of ultimate confidence and the mindset of true empowerment. When a woman feels fabulous she increases her chances of manifesting the world that she desires. With that said, my goal is simple. I hope that my artistry can be used to help bring out my client's best attributes, emotions and energies and I have over 10 years of experience doing exactly just that. Adding a little more beauty and joy to the world is after all the true purpose of the artist indeed. For me, the intrinsic nature of beauty is always at the forefront of my agenda. The foundation of that belief is that the true art of applying a women's makeup should mimic and enhance the unique and more hidden beauty that comes from within all life including you:) For the past decade, my career has evolved into creating customized looks and often teaching a person how to make better beauty-enhancing choices independently. I select and utilize the best products for a particular person's features, including their skin type personality and lifestyle. I also offer makeup lessons and organization upon request, explaining the how and why behind each product selection, whilst aiming to keep the routine chic and minimal. I love what I do as my occupation is never boring. Every single face has its own individuality, so the selection and application process almost always varies with something new always emerging from the process Seeking more knowledge is also a priority for me, and by continuing to educate myself during the ever-evolving changing dynamics of life, fashion, and culture, I ultimately feel readily equipped amongst professionals in the competitive industry of the beauty industry. Lastly, I am a licensed esthetician, so what are you waiting for! 😊

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11 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

17 reviews


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Kathy C.

Wedding and Event Makeup

Nina is by far the most talented makeup artist I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I have been a professional, international model for decades and Nina is by far the most knowledgable, professional artist I have met. She researches latest trends and keeps on top of skincare and makeup purity and ingredients. She is amazing.
Jun 17, 2021
Sara B.

Wedding and Event Makeup

Nina was amazing!! I needed makeup done for a Gala and she made me look so beautiful. She knew exactly what makeup worked for me. She is highly skilled and I recommend her!!
May 7, 2021
Cyndi R.

Wedding and Event Makeup

I was referred to Nina from a friend, and my daughter and I could not have been happier! Nina was warm, professional, proficient and very talented in preparing my daughter for her high school senior portrait. As many 17 year olds busy with school, college applications & work, she has not been one to spend a lot of time with make-up. Kylie wanted a natural look, yet accentuating what she felt were her strengths. Nina did just that and more. Kylie was confident & comfortable with her look, and it was very evident during her Senior photos! Nina welcomed us, made Kylie feel very comfortable, and also shared many tips to enhance & take care of her skin/face's natural beauty! We would highly recommend Nina for anyone needing makeup for that special photo, event, appointment or occasion. Thank you again, Nina!! Cyndi R
Oct 11, 2020
Hannah S.

Wedding and Event Makeup

Nina did an absolute fantastic job with my makeup! She had great recommendations of products that would go well with my skin tone and my skin sensitivity. I recommend her 100%!!
Nina Popova's reply
Thank you so much Hannah!, I appreciate your compliment. Especially as you work as a wedding planner, where I imagine you get to observe lots of varying styles of makeup.
Sep 21, 2020
Gina S.

Wedding and Event Makeup

Nina was very professional and easy to work with. She took the time to listen to what my daughter was hoping to achieve for her headshots. Her makeup turned out beautiful and was exactly what she wanted. The studio is professional and very clean. An added bonus is that her husband is a photographer and shares the studio space. Nice to have your makeup done and get your pictures taken in one place.
Nina Popova's reply
Many Thanks Gina! So nice that you are local too. I so appreciated you trusting my skill set to apply makeup on your daughter for hopefully the first of many photo shoots to come.
Jul 3, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My pricing is comprehensive to my skill set and experience and appropriate for the geographical area. booking fee minimum in-studio makeup application per look is $100 per person. My service is priced fairly, so I do not offer additional discounts. I prepare for an hour prior to our appointment, and then clean, sanitize, and organize all the products again after the makeup session so pricing is conducive for the time before during and after the appointment. Offsite makeup requests are assessed on an individual basis and will require a contract, deposit, and travel fee depending on location.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    To help create the optimal look for individual clients, I start by asking several questions. Makeup is very personal and preferences can differentiate greatly, so the more I know about your lifestyle, skin type, makeup personality, and your comfort level with makeup in general, the easier it is for me to achieve the look that a person truly desires. It is of equal importance to design a look that suits the needs of the individual, or the brief that I have been tasked to accomplish. All people and faces have their own unique qualities. Questions will often relate to but not be limited to a client's particular likes and dislikes regarding products, colors, and texture. If the client has an example of a photo that they really liked how they looked in that image I will ask them to describe what exactly they liked about themselves and why. Additionally, I ask for guidelines from Pinterest or other online sources to get a visual of the type of look my client is looking to achieve. I then take this information and create a customized look by plugging in the information gathered and apply it to the person's features that I am working with. The hair type and color, skin type and undertones, eye color and shape, and age of the client. I also ask about the context of the setting where the client will be exposed. Understanding the lighting the photographer or Videographer will be working is imperative. Whether the event will be held indoors, outdoors, in-studio, on a runway, wedding, portrait portfolio photography, television, both, what time of year, what part of the country, etc. When a makeup artist understands and pays attention to the details, they can only then use their product, knowledgeable people, and application techniques to their highest potential. To create synergy with the client and team of professionals is always the goal.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I am also a licensed esthetician, so I have knowledge regarding the skin and continue to participate in continuing education to keep that license active. Additionally, I am active in online training with other high-end cosmetic companies to stay current with product knowledge and makeup trends. I enjoy continuing to broaden my knowledge base in makeup artistry and all of my interests. I have experience working with tight schedules and high-pressure events such as providing makeup artistry for TV, video, and various in-studio and on-location photography settings. Before I started doing makeup, I had a background in Fine Art and a partial scholarship to the Ringling School of Art and Design.

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