Do you work with all skin color and tone?
Yes. I have worked with all skin colors and tones. Check out my diverse portfolio.
Do you work with Asian Eyes?
Yes, indeed. Some of my best reviews are from ethnic brides.
What specific product lines do you use?
I don't use one line specifically. I offer top-of-the-line professional grade makeup and clean salon grade hair products.
My team and I are constantly trying and then adding new clean, safe and high preforming products into our kits.
What if I am allergic to most makeup?
Not to worry, I will use what you have, or find products that will work for your skin-type.
Will the makeup and hair last all day and night?
I use H.D. quality makeup that is water, cry and sweat-proof.
Applying makeup in generous layers is key to a perfect makeup application.
Prepping the face with skin treatments and primer, setting the makeup with powder or spray and providing touch ups will keep your look fresh for 12+ hours.
Hair is best kept in place with pins, clips and hairspray. If you want a down-style with curls, but you have naturally straight hair you might want to consider semi permanent options like waving. We style your hair to stay in tact through photos, kissing or lots of dancing!
What is a preview, how does it work, and will I
have the same artist?
A preview is essentially a trial where you get to experience the same luxurious pampering as
you'll receive on your event or wedding day, so you know exactly what you'll feel and look like.
After we secure your date with a retainer, I personally set up your preview if it's with me or
with one of our artists - making sure we are available for your date, as you'll always
have the same artist for both.
Then you will receive an email with a beauty prep timeline to get your skin, body and hair ready.
I then travel to your location with all of the equipment we will use on your big day.
During the preview we get to hang out and get to know each other, customizing the look that we both think looks perfect for you.
I assess your skin color, undertone, face shape, skin type and features, then choose the best lashes and beauty treatments that are right for your skin and hair. I record all of the products into my database so we both know exactly what we used, what we like and what we want to avoid. Above all, I make sure you are confident and beautiful!
* It is perfectly normal to meet on more than one occasion, especially if you having multiple photoshoots or events leading up to the wedding. (ie; bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, bachelorette)
How far in advance do you recommend a preview, if any?
As soon as you get engaged, you should call me to hold your date.
If I am booked, I will recommend one of my top artists that will fit your specific needs.
Although not a requirement, a preview is highly recommended for a number of reasons, and important to have long before you walk down the aisle.
Most of my brides book a preview during their engagement session, so they can see how the makeup and hair will look on camera, as more makeup is applied than normal to achieve H.D. specs.
The consultation prior to your'e wedding date can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours or more depending on our initial sit down discussion, the makeup style and number of looks you want to try.
Often times you won't be sure what look will suit you best, and it's my job to steer you in the right direction.
Bridal makeup application by itself generally takes about 1.2 hours.
Normal makeup application takes around 45 min., but because the luxury package includes massage, skin prep and much more makeup detailing, the timing for bridal trials and day-of could be longer depending on the package you choose.
Your preview and wedding day beauty should never be rushed.
Hairstyling and H.D. makeup on your wedding day will vary depending on the style you choose, that's why holding a preview is so important. While you may think you want loose waves, you may decide to have an elaborate up-do with extensions because your hair didn't hold curl the way we anticipated. These details are crucial for us to discuss and try at your preview so you know how you'll look 5 or 10 hours later.
At the end of your preview, I put together a structured time-line to coordinate with your planner for you and your bridal party, leaving plenty of time to relax, take photos, meditate, and enjoy your special day before the ceremony!
We take care of all the details for you and send you a beauty timeline beforehand so you feel confident and ready to meet with me.
I always recommend gathering some inspirational images of hair and makeup styles that you love on Pinterest, to advise you on what it takes to get there.
I explain why you were drawn to those images and how we can re-create the look to reflect your personal style.
If you would like to experiment with hair accessories, veil or extensions, have them on hand the day of your preview appointment.
Should I wear false eyelashes on my wedding day?
Yes, even if you've never worn them before.
I recommend human hair eye-lashes. It's worth it to try them at your preview.
A few lashes can make the biggest difference in opening up your eyes.
Individual false lashes look so natural — no one would know they aren't your own!
A great popular alternative is lash lifting. I can outsource an artist that offers this natural service.
Another option is professional semi-permanent eyelash extensions, that last several weeks. Perfect if you are going on a tropical honeymoon.
Are you available for my destination wedding?
Dreaming of a destination wedding? Take me along with confidence in my experience in travel.
I do not charge extra travel fees for weddings in Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, or Seattle.
I have personally worked in India, The Middle East, Asia, Bali, France, Australia, Mexico, The Bahamas, New York, and Spain for VIP clients.
What is HD makeup?
High‐Definition Makeup is not a brand of makeup that we use on our face, it is actually
This technique must be learned through training, practice, and mastered to be used for HD
Just because you own a bottle of H.D. foundation, doesn't mean that you are HD‐camera
H.D. makeup does not contain Talc or sunscreen and the application is sheerer than
regular makeup, while still hiding uneven skin texture and flaws.
You can see the skin through the makeup, but the makeup creates a softer focus.
In other words, these cosmetics simultaneously camouflage imperfections, cover blemishes, and still manage to appear invisible.
The pigments and formulas are designed to blend seamlessly with your skin so you appear beautiful on camera and off.
Unfortunately, high-definition cameras and video cameras expose and enhance creases, wrinkles, and blemishes on your face and body.
Thick, unnatural "pancake" makeup is also obvious through any HD lens. (Which is almost every camera now a-days)
Fortunately for you, at Cassandra McClure we avoid the cakey texture by applying makeup in thin layers, creating an airbrush effect (H.D.) This practice is standard with T.V. and print, which is the Cassandra McClure Luxury Difference.
See some close up un-edited H.D. makeup shots here.
Whats in HD Makeup?
Mica, silicone, crystals, or quartz.
These particles sit on top of your skin to help to scatter light in subtle ways.
The reflective particles are what make your foundation really flattering.
Diffusing light creates an illusion of an even finish so you can’t detect the flaws underneath -- like airbrushing for your skin.
The powders are often milled to a fine consistency to help avoid detection by the cameras.
Mineral pigments in a micronized texture are often present as well, because they don’t settle into pores.
Some formulas may contain mattifying agents to prevent shine in oilier complexions to avoid glare, so foundations are usually oil-free.
HD makeup is often made to moisturize because makeup can settle into cracks and creases of dry skin.
How is HD makeup different than everyday makeup application?
Our makeup application process is a mix between everyday and studio quality makeup.
My clients generally want to look and feel like themselves but also look enhanced in every possible way; Brighter eyes, longer lashes, smoother, glow-y skin and lipstick close to their natural shade. This kind of makeup will also last much longer than a self-application.
Lighting and location also play a role in the makeup process, we adjust color and style to fit each client's personality and time-of-day.
If you wear heavier makeup on a daily basis, then it's best to go heavier, so you still look and feel like you in photos or at your event.
Either way, H.D. technology makeup and application is the best way to go when it comes to your event, wedding day or any occasion you'll be photographed at.
Check out some of my reviews on Yelp!