Bridal Makeup by Meli - Makeup Artistry

Bridgewater, Wayne, Red Bank - All over NJ, NY, & PA

About this Vendor

The Knot NJ's Best of Weddings Makeup Artist!

Bridal Makeup by Meli is a makeup artistry company with a specialization in bridal makeup. Airbrush and traditional makeup services are both available. Be sure to check out the virtual bridal look book, read all the stellar five star reviews, and call TODAY to reserve your wedding date!


Wedding Categories

Beauty Group Bookings, Hair + Makeup Trials Available, Airbrushed Makeup, Eyelash Extensions, Makeup, Makeup Artists, On-Site Hair + Makeup, Beauty


Contact Info

Bridgewater, Wayne, Red Bank - All over NJ, NY, & PA (908) 240-7920

Reviewed on 9/12/2017 Lauren J

There aren't enough words to truly describe how wonderful Melissa is. I found Melissa after a makeup trial elsewhere that hadn't gone well and was probably at the height of my bridezilla panic. From my first call with her - not even having met - she had an understanding of what... Read More I wanted, a pricepoint that was in my budget, and acted in a calm and reassuring way - which I really needed. After my trial with her I was completely smitten. Melissa is so personable and easy to talk to. The trial flew by between laughs and stories and once she was done I wanted to cry over the makeup application she had done - but obviously couldn't because ruining her makeup application would be tragic. I even wore the trial makeup to my engagement photos and it held up beautifully and pictured impeccably. On our wedding day Melissa showed up on time and executed flawless application on myself, all 4 bridesmaids, my mother, and mother in law in perfect timing to line up with my wedding day itinerary. I would like to especially point out that my mother, mother in law and one of my bridesmaids NEVER wear makeup and were completely blown away by Melissa's airbrush skills and how it felt like they weren't wearing makeup at all. I should also point out that I mentioned earlier it would be tragic to cry with her makeup on - but let me tell you I had tears rolling down my face all day long and her makeup DID NOT BUDGE. Her work speaks for itself - it is one thing to have talent, but Melissa really pushes herself above the bar by being such a beautiful person and caring vendor. I never felt pressured, she never bothered me with too many emails or phone calls, and she was forgiving when my bridal brain made me forget things. I truly hope anyone who reads this review will at least consider a trial with Melissa because I couldn't imagine my wedding without her.

2017-09-12T15:00:04 Response from the vendor

Hi Lauren, thank you so so much for your thorough and genuine review about your entire makeup experience starting with our first interaction and leading up to your wedding day! It was such an honor to be a part of your special day and I'm... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/08/2017 Nicole E

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Words can't describe how happy I am that I booked Meli to do my make-up. She was so easy going and flexible leading up to and on the actual wedding day. She is also fun to talk to and be around! I am the kind of girl that does not wear a lot of make-up daily and... Read More was nervous to have my make-up done by just anyone. I am so happy that I chose Meli. She made the process so easy and really has an eye for what she does and what will look good on you. I felt so beautiful and did not want to take my make-up off at the end of the night! You will not regret booking her. She is amazing to work with and really does an awesome job for anyone's make-up. Everyone that got their make-up done loved how they looked and was so happy with her work. Thank you Meli!

2017-09-10T10:55:17 Response from the vendor

Hi Nicole, thank you so much for your thoughtful and heartfelt review! I knew immediately when I read it that you had written it! :) I'm happy to hear how much you loved the makeup on your wedding day and that I was able to... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 4/05/2017 Jessica A

Meli made me feel absolutely beautiful on my wedding day! Before I had found Meli, I had a makeup trial done by someone else. It went awful, it felt and looked so caked on and not natural at all. Being the first time ever having someone else do my makeup, I was panicking since... Read More the wedding was fast approaching. Luckily, after finding Meli on the knot and reading so many wonderful reviews, I contacted her for a trial which went perfectly. On the day of my wedding, my makeup was very natural looking, beautiful and stayed in place the whole day! I don't typically wear a lot of makeup however after Meli was finished, I felt flawless yet still looked like myself and my husband loved it! (Which says a lot because he doesn't like me wearing makeup) I had airbrush done and two of my bridesmaids had traditional makeup done by Meli and everyone looked beautiful. I would highly recommend Meli for you makeup needs, you deserve to look and feel your best on your wedding day!

2017-04-05T18:56:40 Response from the vendor

Hi Jessica, thank you so much for your detailed review and I'm happy you loved the makeup ever since we had met for the trial! :) I'm also thrilled to hear that the makeup was flawless and lasted all day for the wedding. It was... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/12/2017 Caroline S

Meli was amazing vendor to work with and I highly recommend her. She is very professional, friendly, and very talented. She really listened to my vision for my bridal make up and she was able to capture the exact look I wanted on my wedding day! She did such an amazing job -... Read More my make up was absolutely perfect and I loved it. Several of my bridesmaids and family members also had their make up done by Meli on my wedding day and I only heard positive things about their make up and their experience with Meli. Meli was also very easy to get in contact with and answered my text messages quickly throughout the wedding planning process. She has a calm and warm presence and she is a pleasure to work with! She even helped me when I had an issue and needed to find an additional hair stylist a week before my wedding! Overall, Meli is awesome! Hire her!

2017-11-13T20:04:29 Response from the vendor

Hi Caroline, thank you so much for your detailed and heartfelt review!! It has been such a pleasure ever since our first email and I am happy to have been a part of your special day! I'm also happy to hear I created the exact... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/08/2017 Shauna Y

Meli is so amazing to work with! She did my makeup as a bridesmaid for my older sisters wedding in May of 2016 and I booked her for my bridal make up this September. I wear makeup pretty frequently and Meli made me look like myself only the best version! The make up for myself... Read More and all my bridesmaids and mothers of the bride/groom all turned out perfect. She also worked very quickly and efficiently without making anyone feel rushed. She made the entire process a complete breeze. After having my makeup done twice by her I cannot recommend her enough. Can't wait to have her do my makeup for a third time when my younger sister gets married!

2017-11-10T07:00:26 Response from the vendor

Hi Shauna, thank you so much for your thoughtful review and I'm happy to have a been part of your wedding day! I definitely look forward to doing your makeup again once your younger sister gets married! Thank you for everything and simply for being... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/29/2017 Melissa R

Melissa was absolutely amazing! I think by the end of our getting ready she had done 10 girls of the wedding party including me, then put a little shadow and blush on my flower girls and still had time for 3 extra family members! And she was still ahead of schedule! I had one... Read More other make up trial before her and it was horrible. After that experience I didn't think I would even want to get my make up done. But after reading Melissa's review I gave her a shot. During our trial she actually listened to me! I cried tears of joy after her trial! The air brush and the lashes she used were so light and comfortable! Even after the wedding I didn't feel cakey or over done!! She is absolutely wonderful and I HIGHLY recommend her!!!

2017-10-30T21:56:50 Response from the vendor

Hi Melissa, thank you so much for your heartfelt review! I knew immediately when I read it that you wrote it as I'll never forget when I met you for the trial. It brought me such joy that I was able to design the look... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/26/2017 Ali B

Meli was absolutely amazing to work with. She did such a great job making my bridesmaids look and feel as beautiful as they are, without having a ridiculous amount of makeup on. And my makeup...breathtaking. It literally lasted all day and photographed beautifully. I would... Read More recommend Meli to anyone and everyone in a heartbeat. She is sweet, fun, and extremely talented. And she's fast. I didn't even think about my day of schedule with her there. Thank you so incredibly much, Meli!!!! <3

2017-10-26T20:20:56 Response from the vendor

Hi Ali, thank you so much for writing such a lovely review and I am happy to have been a part of you special day every step of the way! Everyone was also so nice and it was my pleasure to do the makeup for... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/26/2017 Alyssa D

Melissa was amazing to work with, she came early, set up quickly, and finished everyone's makeup right on time! She is easy to communicate with and wonderful to have on your wedding day! My makeup lasted throughout the day and looked amazing. She did a great job!!

2017-10-26T20:23:17 Response from the vendor

Hi Alyssa, thank you for submitting your review so quickly and having me do the makeup for your wedding! I'm so happy you loved the makeup and it lasted all day considering how early we started in the morning! Thank you for simply being wonderful... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/15/2017 Kristal B

I was looking for a make up artist for my big day, had a couple of trials and I wasn't happy with the results. I found Meli on the Knot and I was so happy I found her! She has a lot of great reviews and I had to call her to book for a trial. Upon meeting her, she was so nice... Read More and very professional and I immediately felt comfortable with her and I couldn't be more happier with the results of my trial, it was beautiful! She also takes the time to listen to your questions and concerns. Whenever I have questions I send her text messages and she's always on top of it, she really does work with you. On my wedding day she came early, and as always she was so sweet and nice and very professional, my bridesmaids, mom and mother of the groom felt comfortable with her too. We all went with the airbrush make up except one of my bridesmaid. The results were fantastic, everyone loved their make up! My make up held up all day, even with all the crying lol. I received so many compliments on my make up. I can't say enough great things about Meli, if you're looking for a make up artist for your big day, look no more and book Meli! I highly recommend her and I'm sure you'll be happy with her work. :))

2017-10-16T21:55:27 Response from the vendor

Hi Kristal, thank you so much for your wonderful review and kind words, I really appreciate it and happy that you found me to do the makeup for your special day! You are also incredibly nice and sweet! :) I'm also happy to hear everyone... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/20/2017 Rubylene W

I have known Meli for over 10 years!!! She is one of my loyal friends from college and my go-to make up artist. I chose Meli as my bridal makeup artist because she's got years of experience. She can make anyone look beautiful. I have to say, with 1 week of no sleep and a zit... Read More on my chin wedding morning, I looked so drained out. Meli made me look STUNNING and FLAWLESS!!!!! She also did the makeup for my mom, MIL, and my bridal party. They were beyond pleased! She also made prep time so much fun. We all loved her. Brides, do not stress about finding a makeup artist for your big day. Meli is the one. So happy how everything turned out. :)

2017-09-27T21:43:31 Response from the vendor

Hi Ruby, thank you so much for your thoughtful review and years of friendship! :) It was really such a wonderful experience to be your bridal makeup artist every step of the way leading up to the big day! I'm thrilled to hear everyone loved... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/19/2017 Kate G

Meli was a dream to work with! As soon as I met her for my make-up trial, I knew we'd be working together for my wedding. Not only was her work flawless - she is just a wonderful person to be around (especially on a stressful day)...she is easy to talk to, she listens to what... Read More you are looking for, and she was having fun. My mom, my MIL, my bridesmaids, and myself - we all got a ton of compliments on our make up and all felt really good about ourselves that day, which is the most important. I would absolutely recommend Bridal Makeup by Meli and would not hesitate to reach out to Meli again for myself!

2017-09-27T21:46:00 Response from the vendor

Hi Kate, thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review! I'm happy to hear you felt an instant connection since the day we met for the trial and I was able to make your wedding day special! It was such... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 8/14/2017 Amber O

Meli is a solid option for make-up! I am very picky about my make-up and Meli did a beautiful job. It felt light, lasted the day, and was very natural while still feeling special. The only thing keeping me from a 5 star is that I felt very rushed getting made up on my wedding... Read More day and her recommendation of hair stylist. Meli had recommended Rose as a hair option and I accepted. The day of my wedding, I felt that the moms and bridesmaids had so much time spent on their hair and makeup and I was rushed through at the end. Everyone's hair looked great, but I was not crazy about mine at all. There was too much spray, tons of flyaways, and a piece kept falling out during the reception. It was not smooth with the nice flow I was expecting to have. Because I felt rushed I didn't ask for the hair/makeup fixes that I would have liked to have.

2017-08-15T20:01:28 Response from the vendor

Hi Amber, thank you so much having me a part of your wedding day along with taking the time to write a review! I'm sorry you were not completely satisfied with my recommendation for hair but happy to hear you loved the makeup for the... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 7/27/2017 Yael I

Meli was great!! She did my makeup for my wedding (along with makeup for my mom, sister and mother-in-law). I connected with Meli 2 months before my wedding after another makeup artist fell through. From the moment I met Meli she was super responsive and very open to what I... Read More wanted instead of pushing things on me. I sent her pictures in advance, we talked things through at my trial and on my wedding day we had an exact plan of what I wanted. I LOVED the subtle smoky eye look she gave me and going with airbrush was the right decision. Everyone loved her work and looked great!! Even the moms (who aren't used to makeup) were comfortable. I'd highly recommend her.

2017-07-28T16:50:25 Response from the vendor

Hi Yael, thank you so much for your kind words and detailed makeup review! I definitely felt it was meant to be when you contacted me for your wedding, it had been such a pleasure ever since your first e-mail. I'm happy you loved your... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 7/02/2017 Alexa B

Meli was honestly the most incredible makeup artist I have ever encountered! I used her for my bridal party while I had another makeup artist who did my hair also do me. I really regret not using Meli for me because all my bridesmaids looked so incredibly amazing. Meli was so... Read More professional, kind, reasonably priced and such a pleasure to work with. I recommend her to anyone who is making a wedding. My bridal party got compliments on their makeup all night and never looked better!

2017-07-07T06:54:33 Response from the vendor

Hi Alexa, thank you so much for your wonderful review! I am happy we met and I was able to have been a part of your wedding day! :) Everyone in the bridal party was so sweet and I hope I get the opportunity to... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 5/13/2017 Karen D. W

Meli is a true artist - she thoroughly enjoys pursuing her passion, which is making people look and feel beautiful!!!! She is a true professional and is honest, kind and reassuring - thank you Meli!!!!!!

2017-05-15T21:24:54 Response from the vendor

Hi Karen, thank you for your kind words and thoughtful review! :) It was wonderful to do the makeup for everyone for Kaitlyn's wedding! Thank you for everything!! xo, Meli

Reviewed on 5/03/2017 Zuly L

Meli did an amazing job with my makeup her work is flawless.She me feel stress free on the day of my wedding I'm so glad I found her and even though she had another wedding on the same day she made it work and had me ready on time. Thank you so much meli

2017-05-03T21:24:11 Response from the vendor

Hi Zuly, thank you so much for taking the time to write the review, it was a wonderful surprise and I knew right away it was from you when I read it! I feel like it was meant to be that I was your makeup... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/30/2016 Christianne R

I cannot say enough about how great Meli was! I'm so glad that I booked her for my wedding. She called me after my inquiry to go over everything I wanted and how she works. I started with a consultation on the day of my bridal shower to make sure that I would like the way she... Read More did my makeup. At my bridal shower, people couldn't stop complimenting me on how fantastic my makeup looked! I knew then that I had to book her for my wedding! She showed up promptly at 7:30 am for an early start to the day and worked non stop until after noon. I had a huge bridal party (12 bridesmaids and 2 mothers) to accommodate and I was a bit nervous about Meli being able to handle all of the girls within the time frame. Meli finished early and even did makeup for some girls who had originally planned on not getting makeup done. She was fantastic and so sweet! I would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a reliable person who does great work. Thank you Meli! You're the best!

2016-12-01T19:58:01 Response from the vendor

Hi Christianne, thank you so so much for your kind words and stellar review on The Knot! :) I'm happy to have been able to do your makeup for both your bridal shower and wedding day. Everyone was incredibly sweet as well and wonderful to... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/18/2016 Lisa S

From our initial discussion on the phone, up to the wedding day, Meli is truly an example of perfection! She is so talented and made me feel at ease when it came to the makeup trial. We discussed the look I wanted (went with traditional makeup since I wear make p daily), and it... Read More came out absolutely stunning. The day of the wedding, Meli was prompt, fun, and all my bridesmaids loved her! Most importantly though, Meli uses top line makeup, which lasted all night long. No joke - I did not have to touch up my makeup at all! She is your best bet when it comes to your bridal makeup! Xo!

2016-11-21T19:47:47 Response from the vendor

Hi Lisa, thank you so much for your amazing review on The Knot and I'm happy to hear the makeup was true perfection from the trial to the day of the wedding!! It was a joy to do your makeup along with all your bridesmaids... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/07/2016 Christine C

I am EXTREMELY happy that I went with Meli for my makeup. She is so professional and on top of everything. She confirms everything with you so you don't ever have to reach out to her or worry, she answered all my questions the same day I asked and her quality of work was... Read More spectacular. Every bridesmaid was happy and she was so friendly. I will personally recommend her to all my friends.

2016-11-07T21:14:34 Response from the vendor

Hi Christine, thank you so much for your lovely review and kind words! :) I'm happy your entire makeup experience leading up to the day of the wedding had exceeded your expectations! It was an honor to do your wedding day makeup and I'm happy... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/06/2016 Jeanne K

Meli did an amazing job for my wedding makeup! She was able to complete makeup for 10 people earlier than expected! Everyone in my bridal party looked amazing and my makeup was absolutely flawless all day and night. The airbrush was beautiful in person and photos. I received so... Read More many compliments from wedding guests.Meli is very professional, prompt, and knowledgeable. I recommend her 100%!!!

2016-11-07T21:17:48 Response from the vendor

Hi Jeanne, thank you for your wonderful review and I'm glad to hear you loved the airbrush makeup! I'm happy to have been able to do your wedding day makeup along with your bridal party and family members. Thank you for having me and I... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 11/04/2016 Leanne G

I loved working with Meli for my wedding day makeup! From the very beginning, Meli was lovely to work with. We had a great info call, where she told me about the various options (airbrushing vs traditional, the types of products she uses, her background & training, etc). It was... Read More super easy and convenient to schedule my trial, and I am so glad I took her advice to do so! I am a very low-key, non-makeup-wearer, and the trial allowed me to get a feel for wearing full wedding-day makeup before the big day. We erred on the side of conservative, but I loved it so much that I asked her to go a bit more dramatic for the big day! My wedding day makeup was perfect! I have sensitive skin, and the airbrushed foundation felt great on and truly looked beautiful for the entire day, from 7am until well past midnight (in the middle of June, taking photos at 3:30 pm outside!!!!!) Her professional demeanor and friendly disposition made having her be such a big part of our morning a treat. She arrived early, worked efficiently and had myself, my two bridesmaids and my mom ready to go and looking lovely! I cannot say enough great things about Makeup by Meli and would definitely recommend her to friends and family :)

2016-11-07T21:25:08 Response from the vendor

Hi Leanne, thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review and sharing your entire bridal makeup experience! I'm so happy I could be a part of your special day and have the opportunity to do your makeup along with your family... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/31/2016 Evelyn Y

Working with Meli was great! I NEVER wear make up and wanted to look natural. She gave me exactly what I was looking for! She's quick to respond, easy to talk to, and all my bridesmaids loved their looks too. Meli is the Best to work with!

2016-11-06T09:51:46 Response from the vendor

Hi Evelyn, thank you for your makeup review and I'm happy you felt comfortable with the makeup along with loving the natural look I created for your wedding day! Everyone was such a joy to work with, thank you again for having me! :) xo,... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/30/2016 Marci K

Meli is wonderful! I booked her for my wedding and I received so many compliments on my makeup! She did a wonderful job for me and some of my bridesmaids. What I loved the most is that she is very open to your style and taste in makeup. She kept in touch with me leading up to... Read More the day to make sure I was feeling good about our choices. I did airbrush foundation the day of and my makeup looked flawless. Not only is she talented, she's also a sweetheart! I will absolutely use her again! Thanks Meli!

2016-10-30T21:23:42 Response from the vendor

Hi Marci, thank you for sharing your bridal makeup experience and having me as your makeup artist on your special day! I'm happy you loved the makeup and look forward to doing your makeup anytime in the future! Thank you for everything! xo, Meli

Reviewed on 10/25/2016 Katrina M

I booked Meli for my Big Day on 6/3/16, and I could not have been more pleased! Since makeup trial costs can really add up, I was very selective in the process. I was looking for someone who had excellent technique and experience with various complexions ranging from Asian to... Read More Bajan and worked efficiently because I had a large entourage of approximately 10 ladies. Ultimately, I chose Meli because she did beautiful, long-lasting work using high end products. Also, she was very flexible when it came to tweaking the look to my preference and satisfaction. To top it off, she is punctual, super personable, and provides good, positive energy to the occasion. On my wedding day, she was the first person to arrive at my bridal suite (even before my event planner, MOH and mom) and glamorized each of us ladies in a timely fashion. My makeup lasted through not only a relatively humid summer day, but also endless kisses and hugs from friends and family, tears of joy/stress, and the entire sweaty dance party that ensued at my reception. All the ladies raved about how flawless their makeup turned out! Two thumbs way up for Bridal Makeup by Meli!

2016-10-25T21:16:52 Response from the vendor

Hi Katrina, thank you so much for your detailed review and sharing your complete makeup experience starting with the trial leading up to the wedding and reception! I'm thrilled that not only did everyone love their makeup but that it performed so well! It has... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/18/2016 Paola M

Make up by Meli is the absolute best!!! I had the pleasure of experience her amazing skills in multiple occassions.. but the day of my wedding was when i knew she had to be part of it!!! For the special day i wanted something gorgeous not too natural nor heavy.. she knew right... Read More away what to do. I had a full coverage foundation but i still looked fresh and natural and the eye color palette she choose were natural and yet dramatic.... she knew how to balance everything!!! I was extremely happy with the results and received many compliments!!! She is one of the best artist i know and not only she is professional but is also reliable, friendly and passionate about her work!!! Love her!!!!!

2016-10-23T20:59:14 Response from the vendor

Hi Paola, thank you for your sweet words and always having me as your go-to makeup artist! It has been wonderful doing your makeup all these years and especially for your special day! I'm happy to hear you loved it and look forward to seeing... Read Less Read More


Meet The Owner


With makeup artistry, Meli is most passionate about bridal makeup and designing the perfect look for all her brides-to-be. She is featured as a spotlight artist on The Knot with perfect five star ratings along with winning The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 award for best bridal makeup artistry.