Recommended by 98%
Brigit · Married on 10/08/2017
Karen was amazing! She listened to my concerns and desires. She was able to find the perfect look for me, that was comfortable and wore well throughout the entire day. Couldn't be happier with her services!
Caitlyn · Married on 11/11/2016
Karen and Anna did hair and makeup for our 11/11/16 wedding at Diamond Mills. They were both an absolute pleasure to work with and made getting ready very easy. They did myself, my mom and all 4 of my bridesmaids. We all looked stunning! I have never felt more beautiful and confident before and having that on my Wedding day was just priceless!
Brittany · Married on 10/29/2016
I just had my hair and make up trial for my wedding. Karen and her hairstylist Anna were amazing. I usually feel tense speaking with vendors about what I want, but they both made me feel so comfortable. My hair and make up came out GORGEOUS. When I had the final reveal, I had butterflies and teared up a little...which NEVER happens. I can't wait for my wedding day and for my FH to see me...his jaw is going to drop. Thank you Karen and Anna!
Kerrie · Married on 08/20/2016
Let me start off by saying Karen is AMAZING!!!!!! She did my sister and her bridal party a few years back and it was truly stunning! So of course I had her do my wedding as well. I can't say enough amazing things about Karen and her makeup skills because I 100% do not believe anyone can compare. Absolutely hands down fantastic!! Thank you Karen for making me and all my girls flawless on my special day!!
Adriana · Married on 10/24/2015
Karen is an exceptional artist, and her products are fantastic. I felt so confident after leaving my trial that she was absolutely the right person to hire for my wedding day. She listened carefully to my concerns and ideas, and I felt that I could trust her completely. I have only had my make-up done professionally one other time, so I was a little nervous (moreso about the hair with my natural curls, but Anna was also terrific!). Karen's skill, professionalism and graciousness are second to none. On the day of the wedding, she was so thoughtful and even brought water, little pink straws for our drinks. She did a gorgeous romantic look for me and my sister. I purchased a touch-up kit and will definitely be a return customer. If you are having a Hudson Valley wedding, hire her! You will not be disappointed.
Theresa · Married on 04/27/2014
There are so many wonderful things I can say about Karen and Anna. I will start with this, she is an artist. Anna is amazing with hair. They transform you. I looked amazing on my wedding day as did my girls. During my trial she suggested different options and we discussed lighting, photography and hair color everything that you wouldn't think about but they knew first hand.
We had to switch locations in mid "updo" due to my destination, it wasn't a problem. They didn't flinch. We had the best time while my 6 bridesmaids, 2 mothers and me (the bride) all got hair and makeup done. I know she probably thought we were all a little crazy, especially one of my bridesmaids but we really had the best time with lots of laughs. It felt like one of your best friends was hanging out and doing your hair and makeup. They both did a flawless job and I could not have been happier with the results. I felt like a bride that day because of how they made me feel and look.
Thanks again to both of you!
User3222714 · 2+ years ago
I planned my wedding from 600 miles away and Karen was so friendly and helpful to me. She answered all my questions and was very flexible since I lived so far away. Karen and her team did an excellent job on the hair and makeup for me and my mom and my bridal party. They worked quickly and efficiently and did a fabulous job. Everyone looked gorgeous!
User3160006 · 2+ years ago
I first met Karen when she did makeup for my best friend's wedding. I thought she did a great job so I decided to hire her for my big day. She didn't disappoint. Due to a pre-wedding snafu, we were almost two hours behind schedule. Not only did she finish everyone's makeup (six girls plus the bride) on time, she also made everyone look fabulous, My mom and I liked her so much, we bought her makeup products and are planning on taking makeup lessons from her.
User2833665 · 2+ years ago
Karen does amazing work, she makes you look fresh and beautiful. She came to my house and made the whole process so easy. My wedding was on Nov. 16th. I love her from the start and she has her own wonderful makeup that you can buy too. Simply amazing. Book her!Sent on 12/04/2012
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User2754280 · 2+ years ago
Karen of LaV Beauty was wonderful to work with! I'd met her at a Bridal Expo about a year before my wedding day and knew from the very first moment that I was going to hire her. Her portfolio was amazing and just what I was looking for, the brides were beautiful without being "made-up". And that is just how I felt on my wedding day. I felt like I was myself, but a prettier version than the every day life. I was more than happy with my wedding day look, but what I loved even more was how beautiful my mom looked. I had never seen my mom wear the slightest touch of make up my whole life. When Karen turned her chair around and I saw how gorgeous she looked I nearly cried. All day long we got compliments on how beautiful our make up looked. Karen was a pleasure to work with, and I look forward to working with her again in the future. I will utilize her services for a private consultation to perfect my day to day look. I've already recommended her services to friends who are getting married in 2013.Sent on 11/05/2012
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Jennifer · Married on 07/21/2012
Karen and her team did an AMAZING job with myself and my bridesmaids. They were so accommodating, and she had no problem with my large bridal party! We communicated by phone and email, and she was always prompt with her responses. I got so many compliments on my hair and makeup that day and I couldn't have asked for a better team to take care of myself and all my friends! Thanks again Karen:)Sent on 07/23/2012
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christina · Married on 06/09/2012
Karen & her team did a great job with hair and makeup for myself and my bridesmaids! They are so sweet and nice and kept everyone at ease while we were all getting ready the morning of the wedding; it was as if we had known them forever! They all took the time to listen to each of the girls and make sure they each felt their absolute best that day. I'm super picky about my hair and makeup, but Karen and her team were very receptive to my specific wants/needs and I'm so grateful for that! Karen was also super easy to work with throughout the planning process; anytime I sent her an email she always responded within the next day or two, which is so helpful! I definitely recommend LaV!Sent on 06/25/2012
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Kara · Married on 06/09/2012
Eileen from LaV Beauty did beautiful makeup for me and my bridesmaids at my wedding. Eileen really tailored each girls makeup to what they wanted and everyone came out looking great. They are versatile. I wanted to look really natural and what she did was perfect. Eileen was really friendly and funny and we all had a good time getting ready. Highly recommend!
allison · Married on 11/11/2011
I loved, loved, loved my make up and my girls' make up. She did an outstanding job.Sent on 11/14/2011
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nicole · Married on 10/14/2011
Picking someone to do my makeup for myself and my bridal party was a very big deal. From the day I met Karen I knew she would be perfect!! Not only is she one of the nicest women I know, she is an expert at what she does. I felt very comfortable with her doing my makeup and figuring out what works best with my (and my bridesmaids) skin tones. Karen did such a great job that my sister-n-law used her at her wedding this year and my best friend will be using her next year at her wedding!Sent on 10/17/2012
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Sara · Married on 09/24/2011
I'll talk first about the talent of Karen and Shoshanna (the hair person). My make-up and hair WAS EXACTLY what I wanted. My aunt who has 3 daughters all of which are married, said I was the most beautiful bride she has ever seen! My husband even commented on how natural and beautiful the make-up was. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful hairstyle. Shoshanna recreated the picture I gave her and did so right there on-site. I am so happy with the results, I plan to book Karen for a "Girls Night" and ask her to do make-up lessons for us!
Okay, as for the responsiveness, professionalism, flexibility and value:
Karen is so approachable, and will contact you with a response within 48 hours. She is professional, organized and confident. As a bride these traits are priceless. Karen and Shoshanna eased all anxiety I had. I knew they would show up and do an amazing job. I trusted them. They did what they said they would and I looked amazing! To further speak of Karen's professionalism, there was a bit of confusion regarding the balanced owed and when i approached her with my confusion, it was handled in an incredibly professional manner.
Value: Admittedly, I shopped around. I do not have a great hairstylist that I go to religiously. I am so glad that I went with a non-salon affiliated person. I felt like the treatment I received was so personal and worth every penny!
Flexibility: Karen & Shoshanna were willing to do whatever I requested!
They both contributed so much to the best day of my life!
Jennifer · Married on 06/04/2011
Karen at LaV Beauty is a bride's dream! On my wedding day, she and her team traveled to my venue (which was in the middle of no where) and arrived on time and fully prepared. She made my entire bridal party look like angels. Not only that, but she was such a calming presence during the anxiety of preparing to get married. I spent months trying to find the right person to do my hair and makeup on my wedding day. I know that LaV was the right choice! The makeup lasted all day long and into the night. I looked and felt beautiful and confident because of her amazing skills. Thank you Karen from the bottom of my heart!Sent on 07/28/2012
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Kelly · Married on 05/14/2011
Karen was great! I'm not from the area, so we were unable to do a trial run for hair and makeup. But it was not a problem as Karen is a whiz with make-up and her hairstylist partner was unbelievable. We had a rather large wedding party but they were able to accommodate everyone and finish right on time! I loved what Karen was able to do with my make-up, I had no idea I could look so great! All of the girls looked fabulous. I ended up even buying some of her makeup (she offers a touch-up kit) because I loved it so much, I still use the make-up every day! Her hairstylist Shoshonna was amazing, I couldn't believe the beautiful creations she did on me and my girls right on the spot. Highly recommended!
Kelly · Married on 09/25/2010
I am so glad I chose Karen for my wedding. Every bride wants to look perfect on their wedding day, and I was no exception. Karen made me look like the perfect bride. I loved my wedding day look! Her hair person was amazing too, they did my whole wedding party (hair and makeup) and everyone looked beautiful! Karen always responded to my calls and emails promptly and was so nice and fun to work with. I knew right then at my makeup trial that I made the right choice with LaV Beauty. I highly suggest working with Karen. She listens to what YOU want, is reliable, so nice and really talented.Sent on 04/25/2012
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Kelly · Married on 05/08/2010
I met laV at a bridal show and set up a consultation following. Karen and Shashana were great to work with. They came to us the morning of the Wedding and put together hair and makeup for the whole bridal party. We let them do their thing and we each had unique styles that worked great. Great conversation all morning, too :)
Jessica · Married on 02/06/2010
Karen is wonderful to work with. She is what every bride to be needs! She is very personable and professional. LaV really works with each bride to give them what they are looking for. Her makeup skills are amazing. I'm glad I finally found someone who I truly trust.
Christine · Married on 11/01/2008
Karen had quite the job with my bridal party of 12 girls PLUS me, my mother and my mother-in-law to be!! She was such a great deal of support when I needed it most- both BEFORE and ON the big day! She is worth EVERY penny and someone in my bridal party actually booked her for their wedding!!
Julie · Married on 10/25/2008
Karen was, BY FAR, my most professional vendor. She loves what she does and is good at it. Beyond that though, she made me feel understood. From scheduling to the trial day on down to the wedding day she was an absolute treat. My mother and I spent a morning with her at her house for our trial day last summer. She opened up and made us feel special and beautiful, it's a very special memory for my mother and I from the planning process. On my wedding day it was Karen who put me at ease. It was raining buckets but she kept things lighthearted and helped create a great atmosphere for us to get ready in together. In a way, she made the rain go away (even though it NEVER let up for a minute that day). She also made me feel like I was the most beautiful woman on earth, as every bride should feel on that special day. She's someone I keep in touch with and am happy to call a friend today! I STRONGLY recommend her for your big day! OH and she has her own full line of products and they are AWESOME. I use them to this day and will only wear her lipstick! (my mom too). Karen is a true artist, a professional and a girl's girl!
Susan · Married on 09/20/2008
It might seem odd that (as I write this review) Karen has received perfect marks. Seems too good to be true, or that she's only asked friends to write the reviews. I can only give my personal experience, and by that, she deserves every one of these stars. I had never met her, she was a referral from the stylist who did my hair for my wedding, and she is an absolute professional and a really great person on top of that. I barely ever wear makeup, so I was definitely not in my comfort zone, and she understood that right away and put me at ease within minutes. She has tons of experience so was able to help me understand all about why makeup needs to be done a certain way, for pictures and light and viewing, but she was also able to do the makeup in a way that up close, it still looked really natural and beautiful. My wedding pictures look fantastic as a result. Her products are also absolutely professional and comfortable and long-lasting - I barely needed any touch-ups during the whole evening.
Thank you Karen!
Jennifer · Married on 07/12/2008
It was such a pleasure meeting and working with Karen. She did a fabulous job teaching me what makeup to use and how to use it. She made me beautiful for my wedding day and the rest of the year with her wonderful makeup and many, many helpful tips.