What brands do you use in your makeup kit?
As a former General Manager and Senior Education Consultant for Sephora, I have extensive training and hands-on experience with some of the top luxury skincare and makeup brands offered worldwide! My kit is stocked with professional grade products that are specifically formulated for high pigmentation, extended wear, smooth application and to be compatible with high definition cameras and flash photography. I offer both traditional and airbrush makeup, as well as options for those with special needs or preferences, including: vegan certified, cruelty free, paraben free, gluten free, oil free, anti-aging and more! Brands in my kit include: Smashbox, Urban Decay, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Murad, Dior, Benefit, Temptu, RCMA, Chella Beauty, Tarte, Skin Script, Stila, Cinema Secrets, Becca, Camera Ready Cosmetics and NARS, among others. I take pride in stocking the highest rated pro products in both skincare and makeup to ensure my clients look amazing all day long, both in person and on-camera!
What are the advantages of airbrush makeup?
At Erin Ford Makeup + Skincare we are proud to offer clients the choice of traditional or airbrush makeup! Many clients love airbrush makeup due to it's ability to minimize pores and make the skin look velvety smooth, as well as offering an oil-free, fragrance free, comfortable finish that lasts 18+ hours! It also stands up to hot and humid weather beautifully, so it's great for outdoor events such as weddings. Airbrush makeup provides light to medium coverage. Those who prefer fuller coverage or who have extensive redness, discolorations or acne are better off opting for traditional makeup.
I never wear makeup and am looking for something very natural for an upcoming event. Can you help me?
Definitely! Some of my favorite makeup looks are those that are clean and natural! It is my intention to make my clients feel like a polished version of themselves. I focus on providing balance to the face, so that the client photographs well and looks natural in person. Flash photography can often wash out features and accentuate signs of aging, so I concentrate on minimizing any areas of concern such as redness, dark circles, enlarged pores, acne, scars or discoloration. I then work on showcasing the best features of the client's face, using appropriate colors and finishes to ensure a beautiful, classic look... never overdone and just right!
I am interested in learning more about makeup. Do you offer classes?
I do offer private and group lessons for those looking to expand their knowledge of makeup artistry. I teach classes for all levels, from beginner to pro. I enjoy education as much as I do artistry. It is so fulfilling to watch my clients develop new skills that will stay with them for a lifetime! My private sessions are completely customizable to what a client wishes to learn. Popular topics include: smokey eyes, contouring, brows, skincare, selecting brushes and the best products for your desired look and coloring. You can rest assured you will get unbiased, professional recommendations for products as I do not represent any cosmetic or direct sales companies. Lessons are offered in one or two hour sessions. Each client takes home a face chart showing the look(s) demonstrated and the products used and recommended. Makeup lessons are the perfect idea for a "girls night in" or as a present for a special woman in your life!
What do you include in your bridal packages?
It is such an incredible honor to work with women on one of the biggest days of their lives! Every Signature Bridal Package includes a one hour consultation and preview session, false eyelash application and your choice of traditional or airbrush makeup. We also offer optional services such as tattoo coverage and by-the-hour makeup servicing if you wish for the artist to stay throughout the reception for touch-ups and/ or changes.
How far in advance should I book my wedding with you?
All wedding dates are first come, first serve. The dates during peak wedding season (May through November) fill up fast, so please plan accordingly. Most brides reserve their dates 6 months to 1 year or more in advance.
Do you also offer hair styling services?
We strictly focus on providing makeup, skincare and waxing services to our clients. However, we do work with a wide network of talented hair stylists through our various events and photo shoots. We would be happy to provide you with recommendations of our trusted colleagues upon request.
I am looking to come in to see how you can help my skin. How much do you charge for a consultation?
As a service to our clients, we offer complimentary skincare consultations. We customize all facial services and treatments to each individual client, based on their skin type, concerns and medical history. We invite you to join us for a consultation at the studio, where you can meet with Erin, receive a skin analysis and learn about the many options we offer to help you achieve beautiful, healthy skin!
What brand skincare products do you use at the studio?
Here at Erin Ford Makeup + Skincare, we proudly use Skin Script products for our all of our facial treatments and for retail! Skin Script is a professional, clinical skincare line that is naturally based, paraben free and never tested on animals. All products are made in the USA. Skin Script's line features impressive active ingredients such as retinols, glycolics, lactics, salicylics and natural lighteners / brighteners, which allows complete customization to treat our clients' needs. Skin Script is available exclusively through licensed Physicians and Estheticians.
What is microdermabrasion? What are the advantages to the skin?
Microdermabrasion is a facial procedure that uses manual exfoliation to remove the outer layer of skin. We use a diamond tipped wand to abrade the surface of your skin. Microdermabrasion will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, remove acne scars, clear up blackheads, minimize the size of the pores, reduce sun damage, and even out the skin tone. It also helps to boost collagen production to provide firming and toning to the complexion. Microdermabrasion is a safe and gentle procedure with no downtime. Clients will need to protect their skin with sunblock after the treatment and may experience mild redness and flaking / peeling. However, the client can return to work immediately, which is why many clients prefer to have microdermabrasion treatments on their lunch breaks since there is no downtime. Microdermabrasions will yield best results when done in a series of 6 or more.
I suffer from acne and am desperate for help! Do you have specific treatments for acne?
Acne can be devastating to one's confidence, making you feel uncomfortable in every day situations. We understand how frustrating acne can be and we offer a variety of solutions to help treat it. We invite you to come in for a complimentary consultation so we can give you more information on the range services we provide. In-studio services include: acne facials, chemical peels, high frequency, diamond microdermabrasion, LED light therapy and more! We offer complete home care plans utilizing Skin Script's product line to maximize your results!
What services do you offer for pregnant / lactating clients?
Mothers and mothers-to-be definitely deserve some pampering! Services that are safe to enjoy during this special time include: our signature facial, enzyme, LED light therapy or diamond microdermabrasion. We also have a complete lineup of products specifically for those clients who are pregnant or are lactating. Chemical peels and high frequency treatments cannot be performed on clients who are pregnant.