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
132 Reviews for Carl Ray Makeup Artist
Recommended by 100% of couples
Danielle Johnson · Married on 07/11/2020
Could not ask for better!
There are not enough words to describe how amazing Carl is at what he does. He did my makeup for my COVID-19 micro-wedding and it could not have turned out more perfectly. I’ve had my makeup done by other professionals but Carl blew them all out of the water. He asked questions to understand my day-to-day makeup routine and then made me look (and feel) like the best possible version of myself. His personality made the day so much fun and the whole experience was unbelievably relaxing. Working with him was an absolute blast and made an already special day even more special. I felt extremely safe with the COVID precautions he took and can’t wait for him to my makeup for the bigger wedding celebration we’re planning for next year. Will never use any one other than Carl!Sent on 07/23/2020
Audrey · Married on 02/15/2020
Carl performed makeup services for myself and five of my bridesmaids. If you're like me, you've pored over local wedding blogs and social media, and know that Carl is a big deal in the industry. In person though, he's amazingly down-to-earth, humble, and a good conversationalist for the hour plus you spend together while he's applying makeup.Sent on 03/17/2020
In terms of the experience, magic may sound exaggerated, but it's really not. I'm stationed overseas in a country with lots of pollution and spent seven months of my thirteenth month engagement wedding planning overseas. That, plus the stress of moving to a new environment and starting a new job = a wrecked complexion. Coming back to DC a mere week before the wedding, I was gravely worried the blemishes and imperfections of my face would be immortalized forever on photos and video. A facial right when I landed helped; Carl did the rest. Though there was enough makeup to smooth out my complexion, my look still appeared natural and not over-done. When I brought amateur photos of the wedding back overseas to my colleagues, they all remarked that I looked both beautiful as well as "myself". A really high compliment, I think. If you want to see for yourself, my before/after is on his IG where he used my example as a primer for "smooth out skin tone with makeup" (thanks for being gentle!).
Lastly, for brides and wedding parties with people of color - Carl is absolutely your person. My wedding party had Asian and African-American complexions and he had the perfect shades for all our colors.
I'd work with him again in a heartbeat. Thanks Carl.
Rita · Married on 10/12/2019
Trust him 100%
I think Carl is the type of vendor who you should just trust 100%. He knows what his clients are looking for a give them exactly that, but more radiating. He is an amazing person inside and out and that is the type of energy you want on your wedding day. He is great. 10/10!Sent on 11/22/2019
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!