Carl Ray Makeup Artist, LLC is a Washington D.C. based beauty service provider, specializing in professional makeup and beauty services for brides.
Carl Ray will take the time to understand your vision during your consultation, ensuring he can bring it to life on your special day. His goal is to enhance your natural beauty using the highest quality products.
Carl Ray has been providing professional beauty services for over 20 years. Carl has been named Top Bridal Makeup Artist by Bride and Groom / Washingtonian Weddings Magazine 19 years consecutively.
Carl Ray truly is a Bridal Makeup Guru!
His clientele consists of many notable individuals, including the First Lady Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Diane Von Furstengburg, Anna Wintour and Natalie Portman. Carl’s work has been featured on covers and in spreads for Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Allure, Essence and Ebony magazines.
Carl Ray Makeup Artist, LLC creates a polished and clean look for his brides.
His makeup packages include various beauty services, as well as a consultation and trial run. The types of makeup services brides can choose:
- Natural Beauty
- Soft Glam / High Glam
- Engagement photos
- Wedding party makeup
- On-site makeup
- False lashes
- Touch ups
Recommended by 100% of couples
Caroline · Married on 05/29/2016
I cannot imagine a better makeup artist than Carl! I must confess that I was nervous before meeting him -- I thought to myself (perhaps a bit crazily), "He has done Michelle Obama's makeup, and I am a nobody, so why would he care about me and my makeup?" But as soon as I met him, I was put at ease -- he is such a kind and warm person, and my face and my wedding seemed to be all that mattered to him both during my trial and on my wedding day. It was such a pleasure to spend those ~2 hours with him; he is lovely to talk to. And his makeup is perfection. I don't wear makeup often, and when I do, I prefer a lighter touch. I was able to communicate that to Carl, and although I am sure that he used a lot of makeup on me, it didn't seem that way -- it seemed light and natural and in no way over-the-top. Yet I felt more beautiful than I have ever felt in my life. (And I know that for those who prefer a heavier touch and more dramatic makeup, Carl is completely capable of that as well, and those results are also stunning.) He is so talented and he has such a gift. He is a dream makeup artist for any bride, and I can't recommend him highly enough!Sent on 05/29/2017
Hana Haile-Mariam · Married on 11/03/2018
Carl is fabulous at what he does. I think people skimp out the most on make-up because the cost of a wedding can really add up and brides think they can fix it up themselves (big mistake!), but in all honesty, you get what you pay for - and Carl is worth every single penny.Sent on 11/12/2018
Carl requires you to do a bridal trial which is really nice because then on the day of the wedding everything runs seamlessly. Carl did my bridal make-up as well as 5 other people in my wedding party and everyone looked amazing. He is so calm and easy to work with - he fit right in with the crowd and even put a little eyeshadow on my niece and flower girl who was watching him with adoration (so sweet, it made her day !)
I don't wear a lot of make-up, so natural glam was really what I was looking for and he hit the nail right on the head. I was so happy to have him on my wedding weekend and I couldn't recommend him more - he has the magic touch !
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Guisela · Married on 10/27/2018
He's the BEST!
Love Carl from the minute my daughter and I met him! Carl did my daughter's make-up for her Bridal Shower and both of us for her Wedding day. He is truly talented and we were lucky that he was available for this very special day. The make-up was impeccable beauty! He has a very calming energy and wonderful person, We loved working with him and hope to work with him again! Thank you Carl!!Sent on 01/09/2019
Carl is simply one of the best in the DC area - we highly recommend him!!!
If you want the best, get Carl! Professional, an specializes in making your makeup enhance your personal beauty. We highly recommend Carl!
Working with Carl Ray is always a pleasure! He has such a wonderful, happy personality and his makeup is flawless!!! I would highly recommend Carl to anyone!