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 that provides on-location makeup services and my vision is to create the look you have always dreamed of for the day of your wedding. I strive to design a look personalized for each and every bride whether it is natural or more dramatic. Bridal makeup artistry services include both airbrush and traditional makeup along with hair services if needed. All makeup services include a complimentary false eyelash application and flower girls are always free of charge! Be sure to check out the virtual bridal look book, stellar reviews, and call TODAY to reserve your wedding date!

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Wedding Categories

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

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Contact Info

Bridgewater, Wayne, Red Bank - All over NJ, NY, & PA (908) 240-7920
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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 4/03/2018 Jackie B

Meli is amazing! My biggest concern for make up was not looking like myself as a bride- I wanted a natural look with a little glam for our wedding, and Meli nailed it! She really listened to what I wanted and also what I didn't want. I have natural freckles and was afraid they... Read More would be covered, but Meli was able to provide an amazing look, without covering them up! She really cares about how you feel and is there to suggest ideas that you may not have thought of. She is honest and beyond creative and won't leave you disappointed!

2018-04-08T14:47:45 Response from the vendor

Hi Jackie, thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review! I'm happy that we first met at Chanel and that I got the opportunity to do your makeup on your big day!! It's also great to know that I captured... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 3/03/2018 Kristin W

JUST BOOK HER NOW!! I am so glad that I chose Meli to do my makeup for my wedding day! She is an absolutely wonderful person to work with. From the initial over-the-phone discussion about what I wanted, to the first trial, to the big day, Meli was so personable and easy-going,... Read More knowledgeable and willing to work with me no matter how many times I changed my mind! Meli gave me everything I asked for and I can honestly say I have never felt or looked so beautiful in my life. I chose to go with a “natural looking” traditional makeup application and I had no trouble with it wearing off or fading whatsoever. My mom and mother-in-law got the traditional application as well, and were thrilled with the results! The morning went by so smoothly with Meli there and she made us all feel very comfortable, encouraged us to ask questions and listened to every thought and concern throughout the entire process. Your wedding day will be the most important and most beautiful day of your life, and you should begin it with Meli as your makeup artist! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

2018-03-04T21:54:22 Response from the vendor

Hi Kristin, thank you so much for your thoughtful review and I am happy to hear you had such an amazing experience since our first correspondence leading up to your wedding day! Thank you so much for everything including the lovely photos and thank you... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 1/30/2018 Annie L

Meli is awesome! From the initial conversation she was responsive and attentive. I felt completely comfortable having her do and mine and my daughter's makeup. She asked questions to try to get an idea of our vision and checked in, showing us her progress every step of the... Read More way. She even gave us some helpful hints for the future! She was a joy to work with. I would recommend her to any one! Looking forward to using her for my daughter's Sweet 16!


Reviewed on 1/02/2018 Jessica S

Melissa did an absolutely fabulous job on my bridal makeup! I called Melissa on the Wednesday before my wedding, and she just happened to be available. I was SO excited to have my makeup professionally done at home to help alleviate stress during the day of the wedding. Melissa... Read More not only was professional, charismatic, and made me, my mom and my aunt feel beautiful, but our makeup lasted ALL night long! My mom, aunt, and I all did airbrushed makeup and it looked and felt amazing. I tend to only use MAC myself, and when Melissa pulled out mostly MAC products, I knew I had picked the right artist for me! I did not have time for a makeup trial, but Melissa captured my natural look while making me feel more glamorous and gorgeous than I have ever felt in my life. Melissa is THE BEST and I could not recommend her or thank her enough!!

2018-01-02T22:02:16 Response from the vendor

Jess, thank you so much for taking the time to submit an amazing review! It was such a great experience from start to finish and I'm thrilled everyone loved their makeup!! Thank you so much for everything, I'm thankful to have been a part of... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 12/11/2017 Andi C

I've known Melissa for awhile now and I have nothing but nice things to say about her. Not only is she a great person, but she is a very talented makeup artist. She did my sister's wedding a few years ago and I knew that I had to use her for mine too. She not only did my makeup,... Read More but my 11 bridesmaids, my mom , and mother in law as well. They all looked beautiful and flawless. My makeup was absolutely perfect - I loved it! I highly recommend Melissa - she's the best!!

2017-12-13T18:39:24 Response from the vendor

Hi Andi, thanks so much for your lovely review! I'm thankful we have known each other all these years and that I got the opportunity to do your sister's bridal makeup along with yours this past November! It was a wonderful experience from start to... Read Less Read More


Reviewed on 11/19/2017 Christina M

Meli is wonderful! I get extremely nervous getting my makeup done because in the past with other make up artists because even if I ask for natural makeup, I look in the mirror and don't feel like myself. However, Meli is extremely respectful and patient will actually do light... Read More and natural looking makeup when you ask for it. She did an AMAZING job on me, my mom and all of the bridesmaids. My mom has never gotten her make up done before and I was really worried for her! I stayed pretty calm all day but the first time I burst into tears was when I saw how beautiful and happy my mom looked after her makeup was done. I'll never forget that- thank you Meli!

2017-11-19T20:33:24 Response from the vendor

Hi Christina, I'm so happy to have been a part of your wedding day and been able to create the natural look you were looking for! I'm also happy to hear how much your mom loved the makeup since it was her first time getting... 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 C

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


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Meet The Owner

Meli

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, 2016,2017, and 2018 award for best bridal makeup artistry in the Central and Northern New Jersey region.