Makeup by Karen Lee works out of San Gabriel Valley and Orange County, California. Karen has always had an interest in beauty and pursued that passion by attending Make Up Designory in Burbank, California. She is well versed in a variety of styles and will work with you to create a show stopping look.
Whether you are looking for bridal makeup and hair or makeovers for your whole bridal party — Makeup by Karen Lee is ready! In fact, she offers group discounts to make sure everyone feels their best on such a big day. All makeup is available for a trial run to make sure you and your bridal party find styles that enhance your natural beauty. The popular beauty services offered include:
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Dela · Married on 10/25/2014
Karen was recommended to me by a friend who got married last year - and I'm so glad she did! Karen was very professional and responsive in her communications, and was flexible in trying to work with my schedule when I booked my trial session with her. Since I was planning my Southern California wedding from NY, I especially appreciated when vendors were flexible with scheduling in-person meetings with me for the couple of times I was in town before the wedding. I also researched and considered other makeup and hair artists, but I liked that Karen understood the "natural, but enhanced" look I was going for during my trial, so I decided to book her for my wedding day. Karen's prices are also competitive with other makeup and hair artists in the area, and she even offered a little bit of a discount for booking my and my bridal party's hair and makeup with her.Sent on 11/03/2014
On my wedding day, Karen and her assistant Lyly showed up on-time and were very professional and friendly as they did our hair and make-up. I barely slept the night before and also had a bit of a cold, so I was a little worried about looking very tired. But Karen did a phenomenal job in transforming me from tired to gorgeous for my wedding day! Karen and Lyly also did the makeup and hair for my three bridesmaids and my mom - and they all looked GREAT as well! My groom also loved my hair and makeup. He typically doesn't like it when I look like I'm wearing a lot of makeup, but Karen did such a great job that I didn't look like I was wearing a ton of makeup at all, but I still looked good in pictures. Karen gave me a touch-up kit before she left, which was useful for that time between the ceremony and reception when I wanted to freshen up a bit (though, Karen did such a great job that I didn't really need much touching up). My makeup and hair lasted for the entire day (about 12-13 hours) - and my makeup was still flawless at the end of the evening. Absolutely one of my favorite vendors for my big day!
Marnie V · Married on 07/27/2019
Karen is the only hair and makeup artist I will ever work with!
Karen is hands-down the best hair and makeup artist you could ever ask for, especially for Asian hair and makeup. She has nailed the art of soft, smoky, yet natural glam that makes you look like the absolute best version of yourself. I had been following her for years on social media after seeing many of my acquaintances use her services for weddings and special events. I hired her for both my engagement shoot and wedding day and it was the best decision I ever made. She answered all my questions before each appointment, and is quick, cheerful, and very helpful. At the appointments, she glanced at hair and makeup styles that I had saved on my phone and replicated them in a way that best suited my facial structure. On the morning of my wedding, Karen and her assistant, Dani, arrived bright and early despite traveling all the way down to San Diego, where my wedding was located. Her rates are so reasonable (on par with most artists’ friends and family discounted price) that the nominal travel fee was worth it. My bridal party was somewhat large (bride, five bridesmaids, two mothers) and each person had her own preferred hair and makeup style. Karen and Dani flawlessly executed each look, from natural makeup to intense glam, with updos, braids, curls, textured hair, extensions, etc. Despite all the different requests, Karen and Dani were extremely efficient and finished right on time. My mother, who almost never wears makeup, refused to wear false lashes until Karen showed her how easy and painless they could be. Two of my bridesmaids are hair and makeup artists who do wedding hair/makeup and are extremely particular about getting their own hair and makeup done. Both of them were beyond impressed with Karen and her team, and I have heard nothing but gushing compliments from all of the bridesmaids and mothers since the wedding. Our wedding pictures just came back and everyone still looked flawless by the end of the night, despite the 18-hour day, sticky humidity, and nonstop dancing. I will not hesitate to hire Karen again for any special event and highly recommend her to everyone!Sent on 08/12/2019
Shirley · Married on 10/06/2018
Karen is easy to work with, and attentive to what you want to look like. She, and her team/associates are professional, and on time to the appointment. I absolutely loved both my hair, and make up for my wedding! I truly felt like a bride :D. Her make up application felt very light, but her artistry really brought out my features in photos. I have really long hair (down to my waist), and she made it work. Best of all, the hair and make up lasted all night!! I would definitely keep her in my contacts for future hair and make up needs!Sent on 12/06/2018
Karen Lee and her team (she brought along Penny, Angela & Cathy on the day of the wedding) was the wedding hair & make up team that did my sister's wedding last April. She was by far the best hair & make up artist person that I have worked with in my experience. Before my sister's wedding in April, my sister, mom and I all went to Karen to get our hair & make up done for our holiday family photo shoot. Karen really manages to make you feel and look beautiful. Her kindness, easy going personality, ability to put you at ease, make you feel comfortable, promptness, quick response time, reliability and efforts to please you and make sure to achieve what you want speaks volumes of her professionalism. She was always open to suggestions and explained to everyone everything she was using to achieve the look we wanted. She was extremely patient with us and so was the rest of her team that she brought along for the day. Her skills are just flawless all the way around. She was just so amazing with what she did and was a great person to have around. She was also very professional in answering all my questions. Being a professional in the wedding industry, I know how important it is to have a trusted vendor to handle your hair and make up. The hair & make up simply completes the look of the bride that then sets the tone of the day. I will continue to refer my brides to see Karen Lee for their hair & make up needs. Thank you Karen Lee!!
Karen did a wonderful job and was a joy to work with!
I met Karen at another wedding we DJ'd. She did the make-up for the bride to be on her special day. Karen does exceptional make-up and I would highly recommend her for anyone needing her services. I was also fortunate to provide our DJ/MC service for her wedding.