20 total reviews
Justine and Holly were amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better team. Justine's makeup lasted all night and it was just stunning. Def try the airbrush makeup. I danced and sweat a lot on my wedding and both my hair and makeup were intact even after the wedding ended! I even had comments from guests asking how my makeup was still on! It was actually hard to take the hair down and makeup off and it made me sad to do so cause it was so beautiful. Holly did a gorgeous bun with a braid over it; it was dramatic and so elegant, exactly what i wanted. She was so patient with me and tried as many styles as I wanted until we found the perfect one. They truly made me look like a princess. Please be smart and book them!!! You wont regret it!!! If I ever have another important event where I have to look my best I will book them again! Thanks ladies, Vanessa M
I have worked with Holly and Justine on photo shoots before, so I knew they were insanely talented and fun to work with, but I didn't know what a calming, centering presence they would be on my wedding day. My hair and makeup was exactly as I'd envisioned it, and having Holly there for touch ups was invaluable- a wedding in the dead of summer could be fatal for delicate hair and makeup but I never had to worry about it. These women are the best makeup artists I've ever worked with and I cannot recommend them enough.
Holly's work is amazing. My cousin used her for her wedding and she did a beautiful job which is it I booked her for my wedding. She worked with me to achieve the look I wanted on my wedding day and the makeup stayed fresh looki all night.
Holly and Justine were AMAZING! They traveled to the hotel with all their supplies. They brought one other hair stylist with them, who was also amazing. They did hair for 13 girls and makeup for 3 and it all came out so beautiful! I would highly recommend them to anyone!
I was referred to BBD by a co-worker when I was admiring her hair wedding photo. I had high expectations for my own hair and makeup and BBD far exceeded them.
Holly and Justine are wonderful to work with - they were very clear with communication, on time, professional and great to be around. Getting my hair and makeup was a relaxing and fun start to the day.
They are true hair and makeup artists. I had a fairly elaborate updo but it was soft - not hard with hair sprayed - which was impressive. My makeup was perfect - I felt like myself, only the most beautiful version of myself I have ever seen. Everything photographed beautifully and held up through a long night with lots of dancing.
BBD Makeup is a class act. Me and my wedding party loved them. Worth the money! Super talented ladies!
Thank you ladies you did an amazing job.
Holly, Justine & Michael were a pleasure to deal with. They were incredibly responsive and returned each call and email promptly. When we met for trial hair and make-up they listened to me and did my hair and make-up wonderfully. When I decided to change things up on the day of they quickly adapted and did an excellent job. They also did the hair and make-up for my entire bridal party (a total of 10 people). On the day of they showed up on time, set things up and got to work. They listened to the concerns and comments of each of the bridesmaids and did some amazing last minute fixes that fixed what I thought would be the impossible. They were a calming influence and even brought a pre-set playlist of music which created a fun and relaxing atmosphere the day of. They had great advice for us as we started to get ready, things that I would never have thought of that extended way beyond the hair and make-up. They finished on time and without any rush or fuss! I highly recommend them!
Justine and Holly are both supremely talented and creative, totally professional, and as an added bonus, super cool and fun to talk with and get to know. My family and I couldn't get over how absolutely perfect and stunning all of the hair and makeup was for the wedding. They pulled off so many different looks, and each of them looked amazing in its own unique way. We were all in agreement that they are both geniuses. Personally I felt beautiful, but also totally and completely comfortable and ME, which is exactly what I was hoping for. The makeup and hair looked incredible in the pictures too, so I get to keep enjoying their work for years to come.
I'm so happy I used BBD for my wedding. Justine was super communicative with me leading up to wedding. She asked me about what I was thinking and asked to see pictures and gave really good feedback. I had a lot of changes to combination of bridesmaids who were getting hair and makeup done and she worked with me up through end. Pricing was very fair to what I priced out for NYC and the contract was very easy to read and understand.
The day of the wedding she was a super calming force and really organize. Most importantly everyone was ready on time and I felt beautiful -- then on top of feeling beautiful everyone told me I looked amazing, which made my day!
I can not recommend BBD enough!
I got married at The Branford House in Groton, CT and used Holly and Justine. They were the glam squad for myself, my 5 bridesmaids, and my mother. They arrived at the crack of dawn, all smiles, ready to rock and roll. I didn't sleep a wink the night before due to pre-wedding jitters, but once they started to work their magic I immediately felt at ease. I felt like they were a part of my bridal party, laughing, singing, and joking with us as we got ready for the big day. Not only were they cool, calm, and collected, but they were AMAZINGLY TALTENTED! Everyone looked flawless; even after an outside ceremony in 85 degree weather.
One extra tidbit: I had a hair piece made by my seamstress who ended up doing a poor job. Holly literally whipped out a sewing kit and made me a hairpiece attached to bobby pins 20 minutes before the ceremony started... AND it looked like I paid big bucks. I don't know what I would have done without her!
I highly reccomend this duo - they are super talented and genuine people. You can't ask for anything more from your hair and make-up artists on your wedding day!!
I got married 9/15/12 in New Haven and Justine and Holly did a great job. They arrived early to set up and kept us on schedule all day. It was myself, 5 girls and (and 2 little flower girls) having their hair and makeup done. Everyone loved how their look came out, and best of all the makeup and the hair stayed all night. Justine and Holly were very organized and professional throughout the whole process of a trial, the contract and of course the big day. I would definitely recommend them to any bride in the area.
BBD traveled all the way to our wedding in Vermont and performed hair and makeup services for about 16 women. Crazy me had 13 bridesmaids! Everyone was thrilled with their professionalism and talent. They were so organized and kept us all on track from a timing perspective. Everyone looked so stunning and got exactly what they wanted or more. Our moms looked SO gorgeous. I hardly ever like the way my makeup looks when I have it professionally done, but Justine was amazing and it looked flawless. It stayed on all day and night! Holly did SUCH a great job with my hair. I hardly had any idea what I wanted but gave her about 15 pictures and she did such an amazing combination of all of them. They actually listen and incorporate their talent with your vision. They can even help you find your vision if you are uncertain, like I was. They were so calm and collected as a whole team and made everyone feel at ease and look their best. I would HIGHLY recommend this team! They are talented and kind hearted people. Just the kind you want to be around on one of the biggest days of your life :)
Justine and Holly are both exceptional makeup artists. They are also a joy to work with, and were always timely and professional.
I am so happy that they were apart of my wedding day. All of the bridesmaids were also loving their makeup, and it was fun getting dolled up!
Thank you so much to the two of you for your hard work, I was thrilled with the outcome and would work with you again in a heartbeat.
I got married in the Hudson River Valley last fall and Justine and Holly were 2 people that made that day the most incredible day of my life. From the moment I first connected with them to setup a consultation and trial, they were professional, polished, creative, and enthusiastic. I was going for a vintage look, and wanted old world glamour as the theme for my hair and makeup. Justine and Holly captured my vision, and I continue to have photographers, friends, and others ask me about my pictures and comment on how much they loved the makeup and hair.
They also brought on an additional teammate to do the hair and makeup for my bridesmaids, my mom, and my mother in law. They made each girl look stunning and incorporated vintage hair pins into the styles that looked absolutely stunning. I can't say enough about how much I love Justine and Holly - they are doing another friend of mine's wedding this summer, and I know they will continue to make brides' dreams come true for years to come. Don't look any further - beaty beatdown is your gig!!!! Their talent is unmatched and they are a true pleasure to work with.
I would highly recommend BeautyBeatDown to any bride! I was looking for more of a "bold" look for my make up and could not find a vendor with pictures other than a natural look until I found BBD. They had both natural AND bold looks on their website.
I had a trial a few weeks before my wedding and before I even saw the finished look, I knew that I would be going with BBD for my wedding. Holly was so sweet and she didn't mind when I changed what I wanted for my hair halfway through the trial.
Holly and Justine were both fantastic to work with and my hair and make up turned out better than I had imagined.
I have received so many compliments on the hair and make-up done by Holly and Justine for my wedding. Weeks after, my bridesmaids are still talking about how happy they were with how they looked. Everyone loved it, including my grandmother who is difficult to please. Justine and Holly were professional, organized and flexible. They made it very easy to stay calm and actually enjoy getting ready for the wedding and we actually finished on time. I also loved how I looked. I just showed them pictures and they knew what to do. I didn't even have a trial. They are even better then I thought they would be. I couldn't be happier and nor could I recommend them more.
I can't even explain how much I loved my makeup artist Justine. She was probably my favorite out of my whole wedding. She made me look absolutely HOT.... I felt like a runway model. I've had other people do my makeup in the past and I've never liked it especially since I'm asian, and I feel like most makeup artists have no idea how to do asian eyes... She knows how to. Also I should mention that more than half of my bridesmaids were caucasian and she did an amazing job on them also. Her partner Holly was really amazing too. I 100% recommend beautybeatdown to everyone.
Justine and Holly were amazing! They did such a great job on my wedding day and were very professional and laid back. They helped to set the tone on the wedding day and I couldn't have been happier with the results. Thanks for making me look so good!
I think every bride thinks of herself as ‘unconventional’ and yet, there we are, all walking down the aisle to the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin in a white dress. I admit to being no different (ok, just a little; for me it was Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance on piano in a knee length dress) but what I knew for sure I didn’t want was the ‘classical’ wedding makeup like I had my first time doing the marriage walk when I just sort of took whatever the woman doing my hair and make-up said to me at face value. It turned out ok, but less than inspiring and, honestly, just didn’t really look like ‘me’ so much as what someone expects a bride to look like. My mission was to find a makeup artist who ‘got it’; and I did. Holly’s work spoke to me right from the start.
Flipping through profiles on the Knot you get the same same same. I don’t blame the artists for this; it is, after all, what the market desires of them, but when I saw the slap-you-in-the-face peacock feather colors from a shoot on her website, I knew I had a winner (my theme, after all, was peacock feathers/ jewel tones lol). While I knew that I would not be going quite so couture for the wedding itself, I wanted an artist who would understand that I wanted more than nude lipstick, and a pale and dewy blushing-bride complexion; I wanted colors that complimented my assets and hide my flaws. My first meeting with Holly sealed the deal (no others were even considered, that is how sure I was). Don’t get me wrong, her classic wedding portfolio is wonderful, but it was her fashion work that let me know that she knew how to deal with whatever ‘trouble spots’ or issues I tossed at her. There are dozens if not hundreds of competent makeup artists who specialize is weddings, what I needed was someone who had a fashion world sense that could translate it to a ‘real world’ application; not as easy to find.
My test session (with a friend in tow who was just dying to see the process) had the light feel of friends’ doing each other’s make up before a night out even if in this case it involved an airbrush machine and enough coverage to smooth out an elephant’s ass. It looked magnificent. When I showed her the handmade peacock headpiece with dubious ability to stay in place, she didn’t bat an eye. Dark eye shadow? Dark lipstick? Contorting to hide too many girl scout cookies. No problem. I still use the test photos from that day on various online profiles including my Linkedin profile.
The day of the wedding, Holly was cool, calm, and quick. Hair and make-up was done in-between gushing family visits, questions from the location coordinator, and the photographer (Michael Chadwick, also amazing) snapping away the whole time without missing a beat even as I was coordinative everything from my chair. Professionalism is beyond important in these situations, and Holly is a true professional.
It is with all this in mind I strongly recommend Holly and Justine of Beauty Beat Down for your wedding (or Prom, or special event, or I am seeing my ex at brunch and need to make his heart bleed with remorse); you will find an easy going, instinctive, professional artist.
As someone who rarely wears makeup, I was so nervous about getting my makeup done for my wedding. I knew makeup would enhance my wedding day pictures, but I didn't want to look like a totally different person. I had scary visions about caked on makeup and ill matched foundation. Both my sisters used Justine as their makeup artist for their weddings and I remembered how amazing their makeup looked. 3 years had passed since my middle sister's wedding and I wasn't sure if Justine was still in the area. To my delight I was able to locate her and right from the start I felt comfortable with her. She suggested that we do a makeup trial and during our consultation she listened to all of my concerns. I felt like she really understood the look I was going for even though I didn't have an exact picture to show her. She didn't try to talk me into anything I wasn't comfortable with and she was happy to change or edit anything I did not like. With her extensive makeup background and great suggestions, she helped me achieve my dream wedding day look. Justine kept in constant contact with me throughout my wedding planning and makeup was one less thing I had to worry about.
On my wedding day, Justine and her partner Holly showed up even earlier than I expected and got to work right away. I had a huge bridal party of 10 bridesmaids. Justine and Holly jumped right in and applied everyone's makeup beautifully and efficiently. No one felt rushed or dissatisfied. Justine and Holly are masters at time management. I had actually made a mistake with how many people needed their makeup done that day and Holly graciously stayed longer than planned in order to assure everyone's makeup was completed. Justine made me feel so relaxed as she began my makeup for the wedding day. She is so easy to talk to! I put my total faith in her and when she handed me the mirror to take a final look, I was blown away. My makeup was flawless and it looked exactly like it did for the trial session. Wearing makeup was an initial fear of mine but Justine showed me how makeup can enhance your features to give you that elegant yet understated makeup look so many brides hope for on their special day! Thanks Justine & Holly!
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