Beija-flor Events had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful make-up artist Grace Moschetto, from Grace Professional Cosmetics. We asked her about all those tips and tricks that you should know when preparing for your wedding day!
She has styled for celebrities and her work has been featured on TLC, the Merrimack Valley Magazine, and Sports Illustrated On-line
She has been highly rated on the Knot and the Wedding Wire for several years and has received the Brides Choice Award.
Grace knows that the key to a great look is to enhance each bride’s own beauty. As she likes to say: “If it comes from your heart you will wear it well!”
Hello Grace, what a treat to talk to you again!
Let’s share with your readers a little bit about your background. What was your inspiration to become involved in the beauty business and how did you start?
I love art and I have always been attracted to color! When I was 13, I was allowed to start wearing make-up and at that time my mother was selling Mary Kay. I remember she hosted a make-up lesson at our house, so all the teenage girls could learn how to apply make-up properly. That event kind of got me started on trying make-up and playing with it.
I also danced: tap, ballet, and jazz… and did theater and was always drawn to the hair and make-up part of the productions. I loved that!
At some point, I was living in San Diego working in a theatric production where we would run a show for 6 weeks from August until mid-September. I was doing a lot of make-up on men, stage and set make-up. As soon as our show stopped running, we would rent our costumes for Halloween and a lot of Drag Queens would come by to take the gowns.
In 2003, I got my formal education as a Professional Make-up Artist and I started working at weddings. Later, I branched out to other work like runway shows, hair shows and even ballroom dance competitions.
What are your top beauty tips for brides? Are there any skin care ‘don’ts’ that a Bride should be aware of when she’s planning her pre-wedding skin care schedule?
I usually advise anybody who is attending an event, and more specifically brides, to follow their normal routines.
In other words, don’t get a facial a couple of days before the wedding, but keep your skin care routine pretty even.
When you do a facial, toxins come out of the body, and if a bride isn’t very used to drinking lots of water before and after the treatment to flush all those toxins, it will only make matters worse – her face can become a blemish central on the wedding day!
I usually recommend that facials should be done at least 30 days prior to the wedding.
The best advice for skin prep, is what doctors will tell you: eat right, drink lots of water and sleep, sleep, sleep! And keep your stress levels down the best you can.
I suggest that brides drink plenty of water and add lemon, lime or tangerine squirts to it. It is a really quick way to absorb vitamin C. Lemons are also natural preservatives. Skin care starts on the inside, and if you put good things in your body, good things will be seen on the outside: in your hair, your skin and your nails!
Let’s talk about the make-up trial. What lessons are learned from the trial for both the bride and the make-up artist?
Well, for the make-up artist it’s always about listening to what the bride wants.
Every bride is different, every face is different and as the artist going into the trial, you want to hear the bride’s opinions, take the information that is given and then translate that into technical terms. How is that look going to appear on the wedding day and how will it photograph?
We have to craft it so while we are giving a bride what she asks for, we are also aware that this particular look is going to work with the camera – we have to speak technical and speak “bride” correctly!
What the brides normally learn from the trial is that they are wearing a little more make-up than they normally do. That is ok, because we are applying make-up for a specific event. On the wedding day, the energy is completely different, their hair is done, they have their dress and jewelry on and it becomes more like a costume, if you will. It is a huge transformation! Plus, light sucks color from us, and we need to compensate for that.
From the trial the bride might look at her face and see all face, but keeping an open mind and relying a little bit more on the professional, will be beneficial.
It is very important to have open communication – we want to give the bride what she wants and put a big smile on her face!
What’s trending for brides with hair and makeup looks, right now?
I like to create personal trends for each bride I work with. But in terms of what is trending in the industry, I would say red lip is always a favorite and vintage – the recycling of the decades, anything from the 20s on – is big right now. Also, Gatsby – we are definitely still riding that cycle.
The other thing is that there are sub-trends within the trends and we cannot forget about the offbeat brides, the pin-up brides and brides with a ton of piercing or tattoos.
Also, weddings of same sex couples are definitely increasing.
But, for me, every person I see, I feel like they are the ones setting the trend. Bringing out their personal style is what I love to do!
How long should brides allow in their day-of schedule for make-up application?
It is usually better when a bride has a trial prior to the wedding, as we can plan how long it takes to apply the make-up with more accuracy. That being said, many times people just book us and we come in without ever having met them.
For the most part, however, we determine when the photographer is going to arrive and space the time out so that the members of the bridal party have a solid 30 minutes and the bride has from 45 min to 1 hour for make-up.
But, it can sometimes take less time. It depends on skin situations: if we have to do a lot of corrective, if we have to cover scars or tattoos… although, I am finding that people don’t really cover tattoos as much anymore. They are either showing them or getting them in strategic places where they won’t be seen as easily.
Do you recommend that the bride provides her own makeup?
I provide all of my own brand make-up. It is a professional stage and set make-up that was formulated specifically for the motion picture industry.
This make-up is hypoallergenic and also non-comedogenic, which means it does not support bacterial growth.
I have had a huge success with it and I like to use it. However, I do not deny anybody bringing their own make-up if they know for a fact that they have specific allergies or are hypersensitive.
But, I like to package everything with one price and it is built in the price. We are the professionals so we are bringing everything and using our expertise. The fewer stress factors we add on, the better!
What if the bride wants a look that you know does not suit her? How do you handle this situation?
Well, that goes back into the trial part. The trial is playtime and at that point I will provide the look that the bride requests so that she can see it for herself. If she is happy with it, than that is how it is going to be. If she then decides: “Oh, you know what? This really doesn’t look that great, I don’t like it!” Then I will say: “Well, let’s change it up!” That is what the trial is all about. We want to 100% achieve the look of her dreams!
If the bride decides on the wedding day that she wants to change the style, there is also no problem. I have enough skills in my bag of tools that I can pull of different looks!
What would you tell to a bride who is considering doing her make-up herself?
I offer discounts to brides on my make-up, so I would probably invite her to purchase some of my products and with that I would offer her a class or give her some tips and tricks!
I am open to the idea of brides doing their own make-up because I know that there are people out there that love to do their own make-up. Either they love make-up, or they want it done exactly a certain way, or they don’t like other people touching them. Whatever the reason is, I don’t take it personally.
I am a make up artist with a big heart and whether the bride is using my services, buying my make-up or not, I would still offer advice, absolutely!
What has been the most challenging wedding you have done?
My most challenging wedding…Well, I had one wedding that had a lot of people in the bridal party, which of course is a little challenging, but the difficult part was that they had a room with almost no space. I had to do make-up for 9 people all on my knees. That was uncomfortable!
On top of that, there were children running around with food on their hands while the curling irons were on, the lighting was also not good…it was a combination of many components that was not the greatest.
But after that wedding, I developed a list of tips that I give to all my brides, so that they can prep before hand. It is a good thing as it contributes to the safety of everyone involved.
How do you keep cool under all the pressure of a wedding day?
First of all, I have the passion to be in this industry and I feel very blessed because I get paid to be myself and do what I love. Secondly, it’s the bride’s day and her family’s day so I remove myself from that equation. I feel very privileged that they allow me to share such an important and happy occasion. It is very intimate. I am behind the scenes and I feel honored that I get to have that bird’s-eye view of what is one of the most special days of someone’s life. I really care about my brides and that feeling keeps me calm.
Also, I am naturally a grounded and peaceful person and I am also a Reiki master teacher. I can actually feel the energy in the room and I am able to sense a situation before it happens. I practice what I teach.
Lastly, experience is important. I have been in the business since 1986 and I have experienced several sides of a wedding – I was even a DJ! So, I have learned over the years how to be professional. Now, it is second nature to me.
I know you have your own make-up line. Can you tell us about the collection and what inspired you to create it?
I came across this make-up when I modeled years ago. At the time, there was no one doing our make-up. The owner of the modeling agency gave us this make-up and I instantly fell in love with it!
So, when I started my own company, I contacted the manufacturer and he told me that I was allowed to brand it, so that is what I did.
Again, it is a professional make-up line made for the movie industry, and all the products are made here in the US with the exception of the pencils, which come from Germany and Czech Republic. They are national and local products, even the labels are made locally in Lawrence, MA.
The make-up is highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way. And it is actually hydrating which is beautiful and you don’t get that heavy caked on feeling.
Using what was available from the manufacturer, I have experimented and narrowed down my selection to a core line and that is in my catalog and website for sale.
Soon, I will be developing seasonal collections, bridal collections for different types of looks and, something I am very excited about, we are also going to be providing funds for charitable causes in different collections. I don’t have to go through a committee to do it and we can customize the products and reformulate the colors a little bit – it is pretty exciting!
Tell us 3 things about yourself that are unrelated to beauty.
I once had a job serving rice balls. I was 17 years old and I worked, for part of the summer, at a little shack in Salisbury beach. I went in at 10pm and got out at 2am. This place was right down the street from all the clubs, so we had a lot of intoxicated people coming in for those midnight munchies… It was certainly a character building experience.
I also have an art background. I took classes in North Andover in 1994. And a year later, I found myself teaching fine arts at that very same studio.
And… I am looking for true love! Working with all these brides is amazing … and I am looking for something true!