Prom Parties! | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Northern Virginia

Emma and Chandler

Make Prom even more special by starting with professional makeup for you and all of your friends.  The party starts early as we all gather at your house and I do makeup for you and your besties while you all get ready for the big day!

behind the scenes, styling with Goodhart Photography.

Depending on the number of girls in your group I can offer light hair styling as well. Consider hiring a professional makeup artist for any special event on your calendar!


Photo’s courtesy of Goodhart Photogrpahy.


Why Hire a Makeup Artist? |Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, Virginia

What a picture!  What a beauty! Maggie and her mom came over last week and I did her makeup for her senior portrait session with Angela Goodhart of Goodhart Photography. She brought a few different outfits, including a “drape” which is her official senior picture for the yearbook. Maggie is a natural beauty which makes my job easy!  In about 30 minutes or so, I applied makeup to Maggie attaining her desired look of having natural colors on her eyes, just enough to enhance her beauty but not too much to look unnatural.  Her hair is curly naturally so it beautifully framed her face.  I always put a finishing touch on my clients’ hair to make their look complete.  She headed to Angela’s, just around the corner, and they had a fantastic shoot!  They even finished up the day outside with the beautiful backdrop of wildflowers and a waterfall.  Amazing!

My goal as a makeup artist is to bring out the best in you.  I want to help you feel beautiful.Whether it’s a wedding, professional head shot, family holiday card or a girls night out, having professional makeup done as a treat to yourself puts the finishing touches on a special day. Thanks to Maggie and her mom!  I had so much fun with them!  -Meredith

How To Get Beach Hair At Home | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist | Northern Virginia

Beach hair!  Do you love it?  Are you lucky enough to get it when you are enjoying the sand and surf?  Well, if you are then I bet you also get the blues when you are back to reality and miss having that sexy wave that only the salty sea air can create. Now you can have that hair even when back home by using a salt spray when styling your hair.  I recommend Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray. Spray it on when your hair is still damp, in place of or along with your usual styling routine.  It really does give you that beachy texture and wave that you get only at the beach.   Check out their site for styling tips. Here’s hoping you have happy beach hair! -Meredith

June Bride Makeup | Meredith Ehler | Bridal Makeup Artist | Northern Virginia

Every June, women all over the country prepare to live out their dream of becoming the quintessential June bride.  You may actually be one of those women.  If you are I send you heartfelt wishes for a wonderful day. But if you are instead a bride in waiting, or a bridesmaid of one, you may be discussing about hiring someone to style makeup and hair for you and your bridal party the day of the wedding.

Having a professional makeup artist and hair stylist come to style you the day of your wedding has become just as big a part of the day as having photographer.  And with today’s high resolution cameras (still and video) being able to capture every pore on your face, hiring a professional makeup artist  it is not longer considered a luxury –  it’s a necessity!

Just last week I did a consult for a bride and her mother.  We had a fabulous time!  Consults are so important.  They help the stylist know what it is you are looking for, ensuring your wedding day to go smoothly and you to look beautiful!  The wedding day is not the day to be testing out eye shadow colors!

The bride brought her veil, headpiece, and ideas and pictures of what she had in mind for the big day to the consult.  We started with discussions about styles for her hair and headpiece and veil.  We tried a few styles and loved the way her hair looked half up and half down.  Her veil and headpiece are separate so we had to come up with a style that would not be too bulky, having to pin in all of these pieces.  And the bride was smart enough to let me know she tends to get headaches after her hair has been up for a while.  That is such helpful information for me as a stylist.  I would hate to style an elaborate hair style and end up having a bride in pain by the end of the reception.

After deciding upon the perfect hair style we tried on a variety of makeup looks, varying colors and application of her makeup.  We played with the amount of and colors of eye makeup she was comfortable with, eventually arriving on a beautiful combination of natural browns.  This bride didn’t want too much sparkle or color, as she does not wear makeup on a daily basis.  It is important for her to feel comfortable with her hair an makeup, making sure it represents who she is, just a bit more glammed up!  I styled her mom as well, discussing her makeup and what colors would compliment her beautiful wysteria dress.

Having her makeup done by a professional ensures that her pictures will be even more beautiful and timeless!  Consider hiring your makeup artist to stay and do touch-ups throughout the wedding.  Having your stylist work with the photographer throughout the night to make sure the last photo is as picture perfect as the last.

The consult ended with a plan on how the bride’s special day will go.  We discussed through prior emails and phone calls, as well as at the consult, how the day would begin, the number of girls that would require services and set up times and locations of services.  It was a very productive few hours, as well as a fun excuse to get to wear your veil!           -Meredith