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
Makenna M Hardy · Married on 08/17/2019
Amola made me feel fantastic on my wedding day! I don’t normally wear a ton of makeup and she was able to give me the natural, but glamorous look I was going for. She was patient and professional every step of the way and I would definitely recommend her to any bride to be!Sent on 08/22/2019
Samantha · Married on 06/29/2019
Amola works magic with hair and make-up. You give her an idea, a style, or a picture and she makes it fit you. Amola did make-up for my 5 bridesmaids, my mom, my mother-law, and me, as well as my hair on my wedding day. Each girl’s makeup was beautiful and customized to their unique features. She’s gentle on your skin, ensures she uses proper hygiene, and uses the best products masterfully. Plus, her prices were extreme competitive for the DMV market.Sent on 08/19/2019
At my trial, Amola worked with me to select the best colors and styles. She took one look at my face and selected the best products and colors. She was extremely open to feedback, as I decided to change my lip color, and worked with me to find the best option. On my wedding day, I felt gorgeous. However, even more important, I felt comfortable. The makeup was light but long lasting. My hair stayed perfect through sweat, humidity, and dancing.
Not only is Amola an artist, she’s also the sweetest professional. I felt comfortable with her from the moment I met her at my trial. The two hours past quickly because I had such an enjoyable time talking with her as she did my make-up/hair. Then, on my wedding day, Amola talked with me the entire time to calm my nerves and made sure I had time to eat lunch. It was such a joy to work with her and every bridesmaid raved about their experience with her!
Overall, I would recommend Amola to anyone who needs hair or makeup for a special event.
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