Destinee Cushing founded Vinspire as a licensed hair and makeup artist with a passion for vintage hair styling and makeup looks. Her love for all things vintage developed when she joined a swing dancing club in college and the more involved she became in dancing, the more she fell in love with the looks of the swing music era.
She is based in Midtown, Manhattan and works as a full-time freelance hair and makeup artist. Destinee loves making dreams come true for weddings, photoshoots, video shoots, and special events. Her attention to detail and thorough consultations will ensure that you and your wedding party will have the looks you always wanted for your special day, whether it's vintage-inspired or modern.
If your wedding party is large or your time is limited, she can also reach out to her extensive network of trusted hair and makeup artists to make sure everyone gets taken care of!
8 Reviews for Vinspire
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Jessica · Married on 06/30/2018
Loved Working with Destinee and Loved My Hair!
I had a fantastic experience with Destinee and highly recommend her! My sister hired Destinee for her wedding and she did such a fabulous job, so we hired her again for my wedding a year later. I was impressed by her flexibility, professionalism, positive attitude, and ability to work within the schedule we set out.
She styled gorgeous 30's inspired finger-waves for me that kept throughout the entire night. She styled a slick 30's look for the groom's hair as well. The only direction I gave my bridal party (3 bridesmaids, mother of the bride and mother of the groom) was to wear their hair down, so let Destinee collaborate with each woman on how they wanted to style their hair on the day of. Everyone looked beautiful and was thrilled. Her positive, sweet personality helped calm my nerves on the day of and she was happy to adjust/tweak to my feedback as she was styling (but little was needed!).
For my 30s finger waves, we did a hair trial ~3 months before to see how it would look. Their hair trial was a success and I was able to ask her advice on scheduling any haircuts leading up to the wedding.Sent on 09/21/2020
Vinspire's reply:It was so wonderful getting to work with you for two different weddings in under two years! Your family is such a joy to be around, and I was obsessed with your wedding look! The combination of your 1930s vintage-inspired hairstyle and your modern jumpsuit was such a winner. Thank you so much for the sweet review and I wish you many more years of happiness with your beaux!
Lulu F. · Married on 12/07/2019
Destinee's talents were perfect for me and my bridal party. She was a very calming presence and was able to give us exactly what we wanted. Couldn't recommend her services more!Sent on 10/22/2020
Vinspire's reply:Thank you so much, Lulu! You were a wonderfully chill bride, and even though your wedding party was full of lots of friends who clearly love you, it wasn't chaotic at all getting everyone ready that morning. I hope you are doing well!
Erin · Married on 09/13/2019
An incredible experience
Destinee was the perfect person to do my hair and makeup on my wedding day. We did a trial beforehand and she immediately understood the style I was going for. I had grown my hair out for my wedding with the express interest of having vintage waves to match my deco-style dress, but as someone who normally sports a shaved head I had little practice doing my own hair so Destinee's expertise was vital. She made sure my makeup matched the style but still felt like me, which was hugely important. I felt gorgeous! She also did my mother, mother-in-law, sister, and sister-in-law's hair and makeup on the wedding day, singlehandedly. They have a range of hair lengths and textures and she was able to handle all of it! Everyone looked incredible. I sometimes feel as though people at weddings can end up looking unlike themselves when makeup artists and hair stylists choose to do everyone exactly the same without taking into account their unique features, but that was never a worry with Destinee. I don't know how she was able in such a short time to feel out everyone's individual looks and incorporate that into the style theme, but I was very impressed and happy that my family looked like a more glamorous version of themselves!
Destinee was on time, responsive to messages, and a pleasure to work with. I definitely recommend her!Sent on 09/18/2020
Vinspire's reply:It was such a pleasure doing the hair and makeup for your wedding, Erin! I loved your vintage style dress, veil, and fingerwaves especially! You looked like a vintage dream.
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Founder/Hair & Makeup Artist
My name is Destinee Cushing, and I’m a professional hairstylist, barber and makeup artist living in New York City. As a professional swing dancer, I came to love all things vintage, especially vintage hair styles. I do vintage and modern hair and makeup for weddings, bridal fashion shows, photo shoots, video shoots, and special events.
I've been helping brides achieve their hair and makeup visions for over eight years now. I'd love to do the same for you and your wedding party!