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 10/15/2014 Lauren F

Meli was aaamazing!!! I highly recommend her for bridal makeup! I'm the type that wears minimal makeup on a daily basis so having my wedding day look be as natural as possible while still looking "done up" was extremely important to me. From our first consultation I told... Read More Melissa that I wanted to look like me on my wedding day...I didn't want anything drastic where I would look back on pictures and say "who is that?!"...when I had my consultation Melissa did exactly what I wanted and actually listened to me!!! I took pictures from our consultation and sent her several messages on things I wanted to change...questions that I had and concerns over regular application vs. airbrush. Meli was EXTREMELY responsive in noting everything that I wanted to adjust as well as providing her opinion which made me feel so at ease. I wanted to schedule a second consultation to try airbrush application and being a bride with a busy schedule needed to adjust our appointment several times and each time Meli was completely understanding and willing to accommodate me...another quality that is so important to a bride leading up to her wedding! I had full confidence that my makeup would be stellar going into my wedding day! Meli was in communication with me first thing in the morning on my wedding day and arrived at the venue before all of us!! When we got there she was already set up and ready to go! Meli took time with each of my bridesmaids to get their looks exactly to their liking and would walk with them to check several mirrors, different lightning, etc. and tweak as necessary. Needless to say my entire bridal party could not say enough about how gorgeous all of their makeup came out!! Both mothers were running late so I gave her a heads up...and that is all she needed. She told me not to worry about it and immediately put me at ease that she did not mind waiting...INSTEAD, she touched up the girls she did earlier in the meantime. When it came to my makeup I ended up making a few last minute changes to amp up my look and Meli remembered each conversation that we had!!! It made me feel so much more than just another client and more like she knew me personally! Ladies if you are looking for an artist that will make things easier for you and put you at ease on one of the most important days of your life...go with Meli!!! I am so happy that I met Meli and will definitely continue to use her for ALL of my future events. I cannot thank her enough for doing such an amazing job and just making things soooo much easier for me!!! I cannot wait to share my pics with you Meli!!!!! Xoxox

2014-10-15T22:03:13 Response from the vendor

Words cannot express my gratitude for taking the time to write your entire makeup experience from the day we met leading up to your wedding day (it means a lot)! I was happy to read everything you shared in your review and it was great... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 7/07/2016 Grace L

I discovered Meli (Melissa) on The Knot and I was impressed with her stellar reviews and decorated website. I emailed her and she contacted me right away and we spoke on the phone. Her energy was great and I just had a good feeling about her from that first conversation. We... Read More scheduled a trial session and she was so friendly and easy-going and a true professional. She is a real master of her trade, I was blown away by her skill and was convinced I had found my wedding makeup artist! We kept in close contact in the weeks leading up to my wedding, and on the day of, she was ready at my hotel room and worked fast and so deftly on my bridesmaids' makeup and really took and time and care to do my makeup exactly as I had wanted. All my ladies looked amazing and beautiful and I was so proud that Meli was my makeup artist for my special day. I am not easily impressed with stylists out there, but Meli was truly an artist and a pure crafts(wo)man, I highly highly recommend her. She will treat you with the utmost care and professionalism and makes you feel very comfortable and confident :) Thank you for everything Meli, I wish you all the best going forward!

2016-07-13T20:22:45 Response from the vendor

Hi Grace, thank you so so much for your heartfelt review! This was honestly one of the most touching reviews I have ever received and it means a lot that you took the time to share your makeup experience with me from the moment we... Read Less Read More

Gorgeous work and awesome to work with!

Reviewed on 10/26/2015

I found Meli here on the Knot and was so happy I found her! I was looking for a makeup artist for my big day and after reading a few other reviews, I came across hers and knew I had to book her for a trial. From our initial conversations, to my makeup trial and wedding day, she... Read More is truly friendly, professional, flexible and easy going to work with. I shared my concerns with her about the look I wanted since I'm not one to wear makeup daily and wanted a natural look. She takes the time to listen to your questions and concerns. And then she works her magic. My makeup trial came out beautiful!! On my wedding day, she came early and did my Mom, Mother of the Groom (who I literally sprung on her about a week before the wedding), MOH and 2 bridesmaids, and everyone loved their makeup. Two of my bridesmaids were teens and ended up doing their own makeup and after texting Meli the bridesmaid dresses a few days before my wedding, she recommended makeup looks for them to do. My wedding day makeup came out gorgeous, all thanks to Meli!! I went with the airbrush makeup and it held up perfectly for my end of August wedding. I received so many compliments on my makeup! I can't say enough great things about her and highly recommend you have her do your wedding day makeup! From the trial, you'll love her and book her for your big day. She is awesome to work with and is truly a professional makeup artist.

2015-10-28T14:55:49 Response from the vendor

Hi Patricia, it has been such a pleasure to work with you every step of the way leading up to your wedding day! Thank you so much for your wonderful review and giving me the opportunity to do the makeup for you and everyone on... 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 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 11/30/2016 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

Reviewed on 10/13/2016 Jennifer Z

I cannot say enough about Meli and how amazing she is! From the first trial, I just knew she'd be perfect. She is so sweet, knowledgeable, and makes sure that you are 100% happy with your look. She even knows you along the way to make sure it's just what you want! On the day of... Read More my wedding, she arrived promptly (even with terrible rain, wind and traffic) and was so calming and personable. My bridesmaids looked absolutely gorgeous and couldn't stop talking about how much they loved Meli and their makeup! Not only did my makeup stay on well into the next day, but she also was kind enough to find a matching lip gloss to my lip stain and the cutest little mirror with a note to pack in my bridal clutch for touch ups if needed! I give Meli my absolute highest recommendation to all future brides, as I could not have been happier with my bridal look! Thank you so much for everything! You're the best! Xo!

2016-10-16T21:34:50 Response from the vendor

Hi Jennifer, thank you so so much for your beautiful review, it is reviews like these that really make me incredibly thankful to be doing what I do and getting the opportunity to work with such lovely brides like yourself!! :) It was also a... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/13/2016 Ellie H

Meli was great! She was very prompt, pleasant, and easy to work with! I was a little nervous about having my makeup done because I don't normally wear foundation and I really wanted to feel like myself. I was so pleased with the air brushed foundation results!

2016-10-13T21:02:12 Response from the vendor

Hi Ellie, thank you for your review and I'm happy you were thrilled with the airbrush makeup for your wedding day! I hope to do your makeup again anytime in the future, it's also great you live so close! :) Thanks also for sharing the... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 10/04/2016 Sarah H

Meli is truly a gem, and an amazing professional in the art of makeup. My first meeting with Meli I felt so comfortable and knew I wanted to book with her right away. She is such a wonderful makeup artist; she did my wedding makeup along with all my bridesmaids and the mothers... Read More as well. She made everyone look fantastic, and everyone kept commenting on how amazing everyone looked all night long! She has great communication, and really tries to understand what you are looking for on your day. She was also very flexible with me as I changed my mind with some colors that I wanted and she took notes, pictures, and confirmed everything again. Everything came out perfectly on the day of the wedding. She’s amazing, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to anyone. Thank you so much for everything!!!

2016-10-04T14:57:07 Response from the vendor

Hi Sarah, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and detailed review! It was wonderful to be a part of your special day and I'm thrilled to hear everyone loved their makeup! I also felt an immediate connection upon... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/13/2016 victoria m

Meli was an absolute pleasure to work with. She did exactly what we asked for and our makeup looked beautiful throughout the evening regardless of the heatwave we were in the middle of. She does excellent work but also has a wonderful way about her that only added to very... Read More positive experience.

2016-09-13T21:45:52 Response from the vendor

Hi Vicki, thank you so much for having me do the makeup for you along with your mom and sister for your son's wedding! It has truly been a pleasure ever since we spoke on the phone leading up to the big day! I really... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 9/06/2016 Harmony D

Meli did a beautiful job on my airbrush makeup on the day of my wedding. She also completed a second airbrush and traditional makeup application on two of my bridesmaids and applied eyeshadow and eyelashes to other bridesmaids who requested it for a reduced cost. It is apparent... Read More that Meli takes her job seriously and gives full attention to her client when she is working with them. She was happy to discuss with me and alter makeup application as we went during my trial and even listened to my feedback and feedback from my bridesmaids on the day of for -very- minor tweaks. As a result, my photographs turned out beautiful, my makeup did not run (even though it was in the high 80s during photos) and I felt gorgeous. I was also happy to see how pleased my bridesmaids were with their makeup even though they did not complete a trial run beforehand like I did. I owe a big thank you to Meli for doing such a wonderful job on my makeup, focusing on my eyes like I asked and giving me the soft pink cheeks I'd hoped for which all made my visions for my wedding day and wedding photos become a reality. I am happy to recommend her to anyone I know in search of a makeup artist as the price is well worth the result.

2016-09-07T21:49:54 Response from the vendor

Hi Harmony, I'm happy to hear how much you loved the makeup on your wedding day and feel honored to have been a part of your big day! Thank you for having me and also taking the time to write such a detailed review! I... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 8/16/2016 Amy G

WOW!! JUST AMAZING! Sooo, literally 2 weeks before my wedding, I was feeling unsure and a lack of confidence about the makeup artist I had originally counted on for our wedding. Here I am, 2 weeks prior to the event Googling bridal makeup artists. Meli got back to me... Read More immediately on 4th of July weekend no less. When I spoke to Meli, I instantly knew she was perfect. When I met her, I smiled and just finally BREATHED. She listened, she knew EXACTLY what would be perfect for me. She put me not only at ease, but completely confident she'd bang out the look I wanted! And she did! She is THE most pleasant, sweet and gorgeous person inside and out! Reliable, professional and just overall amazing ! She even referred me to a hair stylist, Rose, that I loved just as much ! I went from feeling not so confident and nervous about who I had originally planned on using to feeling truly happy from the inside out! And only 2 weeks away from my wedding!!! I will refer her to anyone I can and be proud of it! She is WONDERFUL !! I felt like she became a friend in a short period of time, but at an EXTREMELY important time of my life! THANK YOU MELI!! YOUR WORK IS UNMATCHABLE!! XOXO Sincerely, Amy B

2016-08-21T11:35:27 Response from the vendor

Hi Amy, thank you so much for the glowing review! It was so nice to read and I am thrilled I was able to be your makeup artist on your special day! Even though the wedding was 2 weeks away when you reached out to... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 7/17/2016 Jillian B

Meli did my airbrush make up and it was fabulous. She did an awesome job. Thanks again for being part of my big day. :) I would definitely recommend her. :)

2016-07-17T14:18:48 Response from the vendor

Hi Jill, thank you for your review and being an absolute joy to work with! I'm happy you loved the makeup and that I could be your makeup artist for the wedding! :) xo, Meli

Reviewed on 6/27/2016 Michele S

Meli- I can't thank you enough for the excellent work you did on my wedding day. Not only did my makeup turn out to be fantastic, you were very punctual (even for my 630am appt) professional, and helped make my special day that much more pleasurable! The compliments I received... Read More were endless. I look forward to working with you in the future and I would definitely recommend your services to anyone who wants to look fabulous on their wedding day! Thank you again!

2016-07-13T20:25:32 Response from the vendor

Hi Michele, thank you so much for your review and allowing me be a part of your special day! It was such a fun morning doing the makeup! I'm thrilled to hear you loved the look I created and received endless compliments! I cannot wait... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 6/21/2016 Mary Kate L

Meli did my makeup for my wedding in May! I was living 5 hours away and she was so professional and amazing at communicating with me from day 1 about setting up the trial, schedule for day of, and making sure everyone got exactly what they wanted. She made the process so easy... Read More for me. My makeup was beautiful and exactly what she wanted. She also did a beautiful job on all my bridesmaids and the mothers. I have been in many weddings and the day of beauty process sometimes can be extremely stressful and off schedule. Meli ended up being ahead of schedule and the day ran so smoothly because of her! I highly recommend her for your next event or wedding! Thank you Meli for making me look so great and making the day be so perfect.

2016-06-23T21:26:44 Response from the vendor

Hi Mary Kate, thank you for taking the time to share your makeup experience and I'm thrilled to hear it was amazing from start to finish! It was also a joy to be a part of your wedding day along with doing the makeup for... Read Less Read More

Reviewed on 6/14/2016 Katie Y

Meli did a fantastic job, I would absolutely recommend her to any bride and bridal party. My make up looked exactly as I wanted and my bridesmaids and mothers were equally as happy and excited about the makeup. She did a great job on working on the girls of different ages, I... Read More know each of them really liked the look and felt great. Meli uses all the best products and really takes her time to perfect the look. She is very professional and a skilled makeup artist. I was very, very happy with her work and felt so beautiful on my wedding day. Everything was a complete breeze from start to finish with her !

2016-06-23T21:38:44 Response from the vendor

Hi Katie, thank you so much for your kind words and allowing me to be a part of your special day!! I also had a lot of fun with the look I created for you and cannot wait to see the professional photos! You are... 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.