A former Montreal makeup artist, Danielle Grasley, now lives and freelances in Halifax. I met this amazing lady just as she was making the move from Quebec to Nova Scotia. Somehow I convinced her to grant me an interview even though she was leaving. The fact that she said yes, despite setting up shop in a new province is a testament to her sweet and caring nature. Her interview is full of insider tips and tricks to help discerning brides pick the perfect makeup artist for their wedding day. Even though she’s no longer in Montreal, these tips obviously apply to brides everywhere! And you never know, she may just come back to Montreal someday. Now for the interview:

How long have you been a makeup artist?
I received my diploma for makeup artistry in 2013, and have been freelancing ever since.

At what age did you become obsessed with makeup?

For as long as I can remember! I recall being about 5 years old and sneaking into my mom’s makeup bag and swatching all of the products.

How would you describe your signature look?
I personally prefer a light, natural look with glowing skin and a healthy amount of mascara.

What is the most important beauty advice you can give to brides?
Consult with a skincare specialist before your big day and find a routine that is tailored to your skin. It is so much better to resolve any issues prior to your big day, rather than needing extra coverage with makeup.

What are common mistakes brides make when it comes to their makeup?
I think a bride should stay true to herself – if she doesn’t typically wear much makeup, she shouldn’t feel the need to wear a full, glamour makeup on her big day.

What sets you apart from other makeup artists?
I think bridal experience and education in artistry are extremely important, and I will go above and beyond for my bridal clients. Bridal artistry isn’t just about application, but adding to the amazing experience of a bride’s special day.

What inspires your style?
My style is always evolving and inspiration comes from everywhere – the season, new makeup products and trends, art, nature, etc.

How should brides pick their makeup look for their wedding?

I always suggest a classic look, keeping with a neutral colour family. I like to hear all of the bride’s wishes and make suggestions based on my experience.

What would you do if a bride wasn’t happy with her trial look? With her wedding look?
I like to communicate thoroughly with my brides to avoid any issues, however if a bride wasn’t happy with her final look I would certainly make all necessary adjustments until she felt perfect.

Halifax/Montreal makeup artist Danielle Grasley interviewed by Cass Poblah

How can a bride minimize her risk of getting a look that she doesn’t like?
A trial and consultation prior to the wedding is critical. It is also important to have a clearidea of how you’d like to look on your special day.

What steps should a bride take to find the perfect makeup artist for her?
I would suggest to find a local artist within your budget, who’s work you admire. Most artists should have their bridal portfolio and pricing listed on their website. Ask friends or family members who’ve hired an artist about their experiences, read reviews on social media, etc. There are many websites that list bridal vendors as well, but keep in mind some of those vendors are paying to be number one, and that doesn’t necessarily reflect their services. Prepare to invest in your makeup artist – they come to your location and supply professional products and services, creating a look to last the entire day and night that will be seen forever in your photographs. If there is anything you’re unsure of, inquire. I like to personally email/consult with my bridal clients, and I always encourage them to ask questions.

Can you describe the makeup trial process?
I think it’s important to prepare for your trial. Communication beforehand is key. During your trial makeup application, your artist will make minor changes/adjustments to your liking. Don’t be afraid to speak up and say what you like and what you don’t like!

What kind of preparations (skin, etc.) should brides get before their trial? Before their wedding?
Consult with your makeup artist beforehand and let them know your ideas, needs and concerns. A good artist will offer suggestions and tips concerning your skin care routine (depending on skin type, texture, etc) and anything else you’ll need to know before your big day. Some general steps for makeup preparation are to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your skin directly before application.

How do you ensure a bride’s makeup lasts through the night?
High quality,professional products and application techniques ensure your look will last. I prepare and prime every client’s skin accordingly before application, and finish with a setting spray for maximum longevity. I always suggest purchasing a lipstick for touchups, as its near impossible to ensure your lipstick won’t budge through eating and drinking.

What’s your favorite beauty quote?
“Next time you think about beautiful things, don’t forget to count yourself in.” —Author Unknown

Damn, that’s deep Danielle!

To check out more of Danielle’s work, click here.

xo, Cass

Interview by Cassandre Poblah
Photography by Kevin Martin

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