Empowder, aka Amola Surya, is an on-site wedding makeup artist and hair stylist for couple’s weddings in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Ms. Surya is a bridal specialist with advanced makeup and hair styling techniques for American and South Asian brides. She is an expert with multicultural brides and bridal parties. Ms. Surya's is a versatile artist who can give brides a anything from soft and romantic look to a glitz and glam look, which is very rare for artists in the DC, MD, VA area.
Empowder provides brides with makeup and hair trials prior to their big day, and on-site wedding makeup. Ms. Surya can even work with brides to provide tattoo coverage for the wedding day. Services include options for the entire wedding party as well as below:
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Carmen · Married on 10/19/2018
Amola of Empowder is awesome, amazing and affordable! Like most brides, one of the major factors in searching for a makeup artist was pricing and Amola is very competitively priced for the DMV area. The other major factor during my search was skill and style. I loved that she has worked with brides and clients of many different cultura backgrounds. As someone who is mixed and had a somewhat diverse bridal party, I wanted to book a makeup artist who has experience working with different skin tones, and doesn’t just give with one kind of look. I had my makeup trial with her for my engagement photos, and was simply blown away with how different I looked, but in a very good way! I usually wear makeup here and there, but working with Amola helped make me feel glam for my engagement session, and especially for my wedding! After my engagement session, which was a year before the big day, I booked her right away because I really wanted her to help beautify my girls and I. On the day of the wedding, she was ready to go before we arrived, and all of my girls not only loved Amola’s sweet, down to earth personality, but how their makeup looked on them and how long it lasted! We didn’t need a touch up the entire wedding day and night, even after dancing! She is super efficient because she alone was able to do makeup for 6 bridesmaids, my mom and myself in record time. If you are in the DMV area, definitely hire Amola/Empowder! You won’t regret it!Sent on 11/16/2018
Janki Patel · Married on 05/24/2019
Talented and professional
Amola did my hair and makeup for my pre-wedding photoshoot and she did an amazing job! She was quick to respond when I inquired about her availability and very professional from the beginning. She is very talented and I would highly recommend her to anyone!Sent on 06/11/2019
Sandhya Devaraj · Married on 05/01/2019
Beautiful work complimented by a comforting demeanor!
What an awesome experience! I started looking for a hair and makeup artist two months before my wedding; I had no prior experience with makeup/hair artists, nor do I wear makeup regularly. I was pretty nervous about picking a "look" and a hairstyle so Amola's calm reassurance leading up to the wedding was very helpful. She was very prompt about responding to questions and concerns and I appreciated this, especially as the wedding coincided with other major life events. She arrived several minutes early the morning of the wedding so she was ready to go at our chosen start-time, 6:45am. She gave me realistic expectations about hiccups and obstacles I may face during my preparation so there were no surprises.Sent on 05/28/2019
My ceremony was Hindu but the evening reception was western/American and I was very impressed with the makeup and hair transition. I cannot recommend her more highly, she really captured my own unformed ideas about my appearance and the final products for both the wedding and the reception were exceptional.
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