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    Toni · Married on 05/13/2018

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    We went to Lorna for a trial run (mother of bride and bride) and Lorna listened and translated what we wanted into a makeup application. On the day of the wedding she came to our venue and we had a great time getting made up. Again she listened carefully, and gave us what we wanted. We looked great but not overly made up. It was very natural and she's lots of fun as well. It was a great experience, especially for two people who don't wear much make up. We felt terrific.

    Sent on 05/16/2018

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Toni, Thank you so much for the kind words and again for the honor of assisting you and your daughter on such a big day for your family. It was a true pleasure! Lorna :)
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    Amy · Married on 02/13/2018

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    Lorna did an outstanding job at my wedding with her makeup expertise. We had our destination wedding in Mexico. She did my trial the day prior to the wedding day which was my rehearsal dinner but changed the look up a bit so it wasn't given away! She gave me a beautiful glow and enhanced my facial features with a natural airbrush look. I felt so GLAM. She also helped complete my look with suggesting flowers in my hair! She knows how to complete a look. Thank you Lorna for being apart of our special day and making everyone look and feel their best!

    Sent on 05/19/2018

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Amy, Thank you for your kind words and they mean so much coming from you! It was such a privilege to be there with your family and have a small role in such a beautiful few days! So many times weddings are defined by: its about the wedding or its about the marriage...this was without a doubt about the marriage. The attention to detail that you had and your ideas allowed a great collaboration for me to design a few looks that I'm so happy you were so pleased with! Congrats again to you and Derek and hope to see you both again soon!! Hugs!
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    Kate · Married on 02/10/2018

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    Lorna was a true pleasure to work with on my wedding day. I did many trials and couldn't seem to find the right look or person, until Lorna. I was first impressed during my trial with the amount of time Lorna spent talking about the wedding, personality, tone before we even started doing makeup. I felt like she totally understood me and what I was trying to achieve for my wedding day. On the day of, Lorna was so professional, fun, and had great advice! She made my family members and bridal party look beautiful and elegant without the "over done" look. I was so happy with my makeup application, the products, and the attention to detail Lorna clearly puts in with everyone sitting in front of her. Lorna's makeup looked effortless and glowy with a touch of glamour. Everyone in our group of 9 looked wonderful from the afternoon through the evening. Thank you Lorna!

    Sent on 04/11/2018

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Kate....it was such a true pleasure having the opportunity to meet with you in between your traveling for your trial and then with your beautiful family on the wedding day. Thank you so much for your kind words but most importantly for the privilege of being able to assist you on your wedding day! Best wishes always from across the miles... :)
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    Melissa · Married on 06/17/2017

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    A guaranteed winner. I was my "best self" on the most important day of my life. Thank you, Lorna.

    Sent on 07/16/2017

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Thank you so much Melissa...it was truly MY honor to play a small role on your beautiful wedding day!! I'm so happy you were so pleased!! Congratulations again, hope to see you soon and best wishes always!!!!
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    Lauri · Married on 06/09/2017

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    I do not wear makeup. Sometimes, a little lipstick... never anything heavier. So, I was nervous looking for a makeup artist for my 10 June 2017 wedding. I came across Lorna and chose her because, on her website, she said "I will make you look like the best you possible." I wanted to look like me, not some person who could be made up to look like me.

    Lorna did an unbelievable job giving me a natural look with a hint of glam. She made my mom look years younger. She gave my MOH a soft, romantic look that we are all still talking about.

    Lorna is a professional. She did my trial about a month out and took extensive notes on what I wanted and what she used. I knew that on my wedding day, my makeup would be perfect. And, I wasn't disappointed.

    Lorna also does makeup lessons. I am considering coming back to her to learn how I can get a little bit of that magic on my own!

    My highest recommendation!

    Sent on 06/14/2017

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Dear Lauri, Thank you so much for allowing me to be a small part on such a lovely day for you and your family. It was a true pleasure to work with you all and I'm SO happy you were pleased with the results!! I can't wait to see the photos!! I look forward to seeing you again soon...and Lets Go CAPS! :)
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    Joanne · Married on 11/05/2016

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    My daughter and I consider ourselves minimalists when it comes to makeup. However, we knew a daytime wedding and a nighttime reception would require something special. Of course, we decided this less than a month prior to my son's wedding date. Lorna went above and beyond for us. In our initial conversation, she told me she had a possible conflict with the day I requested. She asked me to give her a few days to see what she could work out. She actually tried to find another makeup artist who could do our makeup but unable to do so, she rearranged her schedule to allow us to come to her. It goes without saying - we are grateful she fit us in and were extremely pleased with the results. Our makeup lasted the day and well into the night with only a need for a touchup on our lipstick (which she supplied for us). She is a professional, an artist, and easy to work with. I highly recommend Lorna!

    Sent on 11/13/2016

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Joanne, Sorry for the delay in responding but I was so happy everything worked out so we could meet and I could assist you on such a special day. I'm even more pleased you were so happy with the results. I would love to see a photo or 2 of you both if available and please feel free to reach out anytime you are back in town and I'm happy to be available again. All the very best!!!
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    Ariana · Married on 08/21/2016

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    Lorna is such a pleasure to work with and made sure I both looked and felt stunning on my wedding day! She has an incredibly gentle touch that enabled me to look like a bride but not overdone and cakey. I was nervous about getting ready so early in the morning and having it last all day but the makeup was so strong that I never even had to think about it. I learned a lot from Lorna about skincare and makeup application. Thank you Lorna for playing a key role in my special day!

    Sent on 09/26/2016

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Ariana, Thank you for your kind words and indeed it was a true pleasure to work with you and your wonderful family on such a beautiful and special day. The photos you shared with me captured the joy of the day....I'm so happy you were so pleased and hope to see you soon!
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    Sarah · Married on 01/30/2016

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    Lorna was an excellent make up artist! She was very receptive to what I wanted and was able to deliver a beautiful look that last well into the night (and the next day...oops!)

    She gave me a glowing complexion and just enough glam, without making me look like a different person. She also was able to achieve all this with a light hand - I did not feel like I was wearing a thick mask of make-up. Highly recommend!

    Sent on 01/09/2018

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Sarah, Thank you so much for the kind words...It was SUCH a pleasure to work with you and your family and friends on such an amazing day!! Blair really knows how to put a team together and I'm so happy we were able to 'see and deliver' the day as you envisioned it. All the very BEST to you and Matt!!! Lorna ;) For a stunning snapshot of Sarah's wedding see: https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/01/09/campaigned-jeb-worked-obama-playful-political-details-four-seasons-dc-wedding-winter-washington/
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    Bernadette · Married on 11/07/2015

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    Lorna is amazing! She is extremely professional and so knowledgeable of skin care and make up. She gave me great tips to clear up some minor acne before my wedding and it worked! She was extremely flexible when one of my bridesmaids who had originally chosen not to get her makeup done decided, the day of, to get her makeup done. Lorna said no problem and fit her right in! My make up was perfect! It was exactly what I wanted, very natural and romantic! I got so many compliments all night on my makeup! Lorna is the BEST! I highly recommend her!

    Sent on 11/16/2015

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Bernadette, Thank you so much for your kind words, it was a pleasure to work with you and your lovely family on such a beautiful day!
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    Debbie · Married on 08/29/2015

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    Lorna did a fabulous job for both our rehearsal dinner and wedding. She made all of us look spectacular, without being overly made up. She was professional, caring calming and flexible. She also was very responsive and helpful when I was looking for a make-up artist in New York City. I have no qualms giving Lorna the highest possible rating.

    Sent on 10/24/2015

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Debbie, What a beautiful day it was for you and your family. Thank you for asking me to play a small part in such an amazing day! It was my absolute pleasure! I look forward to seeing you again soon!
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    L · Married on 06/20/2015

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    Lorna is the best! I met Lorna at my friend's wedding and knew right away I wanted to hire her to do my own wedding day makeup. I'm so happy that I did - I felt beautiful and my bridesmaids looked gorgeous. It was super hot and humid on my wedding day and I had no idea how the makeup would stay intact but it did - Lorna is really really good at what she does. Thank you Lorna!!

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    Kinneret · Married on 03/20/2015

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    Lorna is a real make-up artist! She made me beautiful on my wedding day, and I got so many complements! She also did make-up to my 2 girls, and they were very happy with it, as well! The pictures also came out beautiful thanks to the great make-up she applied! I would definitely recommend her to my friends!

    Sent on 03/31/2015

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Thank you so much Kinneret! It was an honor to play a small part in such a beautiful day for you and your lovely family! All the best always!!!
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    Jeannette · Married on 09/22/2014

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    I was a first-time mother of the bride, who had little make-up experience. Lorna did the make up for the bride, bridesmaids, and me at our home. She loved the outdoor lighting on our porch, so we set up her "studio" there. It was a wonderful experience to have Lorna bring out the best, natural look in each of us. She is a true professional, who knows her craft and also how to engage with her clients to bring confidence and general goodwill to the process. I knew the excellent quality of her work when guest after guest said to me, "You look so beautiful! I'm sure I owe those comments to Lorna.

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    carolyn · Married on 08/31/2014

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    We had tried 3 previous make up artists and none of them could achieve the natural look we wanted for the bride, except Lorna.
    She was a delight to work with

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    Hayley · Married on 08/31/2014

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    Lorna was a true professional! Sometimes makeup artists can pressure you into wearing too much makeup, but Lorna totally listened to what each person in my bridal party wanted (including me, the bride). We all just looked like the best versions of ourselves! I would highly recommend Lorna!!!

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    If you want a true professional makup artist, Lorna is it. I was very happy with my wedding day makeup, in fact, a few people told me that my face and skin looked flawless. Prior to the wedding day, we did a trial at Lorna's house so I knew what to expect and made a couple of adjustments on the day of. On the day of the wedding, Lorna came to us at our hotel. She was very efficient, and was able to fit in someone who was not even on our timeline, and we still had time to spare at the end. At first Lorna's pricing seemed high to me, but after looking around I realized that she is actually very reasonably priced if you want someone good, which is worth it since you want to look your very best on your wedding day.

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    Kate · Married on 10/27/2013

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    Lorna was highly recommended by several of my colleagues. She admits to being light handed with her application, which I really appreciated. She was able to really accentuate my and my bridesmaids' features naturally, but with a great pop of glamour. I received compliments all night, but most importantly I felt gorgeous all night long. The makeup lasted all night through all of the crazy events and late night. She is a total gem and also has incredible recommendations for other vendors. Her taste is great and I am still so happy looking at the pictures! She is a must have, book now!

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    Christine · Married on 10/26/2013

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    Lorna did my make-up and my mother's make-up for my fall wedding, and she was truly amazing. I tried several other make-up artists at local high end salons and none were as skilled as Lorna. The other trials I had resulted in my make-up being caked on. But not so with Lorna. She made me feel beautiful, but I still looked like me. She has done this so many times it is very calming to have her around on the wedding day. My mother, who can be very picky, felt the same way. If I had another event where I needed a make-up artist, Lorna would be my first call.

    Sent on 12/23/2014

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    It was such a pleasure to have been able to play a small part on your beautiful day, thank you again and continued happiness to you both!
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    Kate · Married on 02/16/2013

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    I decided at the last minute to have my make up done for my wedding and I am so glad I did. I can't say enough good things about Lorna. Not only did she do an amazing job with my make up, she was great at picking up on my make up preferences and figuring out what look would work best. I will use Lorna again whenever I have a special event and I want to have my make up done. She was awesome to work with.

    Sent on 02/21/2013

    Lorna Basse's reply:

    Thank you so much for your kind words, it really was a pleasure to have met and worked with you on such a special day! Best! Lorna
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    Lorna did a fantastic job on the make-up for my wedding day. She was extremely professional, reliable, and so easy to work with. I am uneasy wearing a lot of makeup, but Lorna definitely enhanced my look while keeping it natural so I still felt like myself. Highly recommend!

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    Lorna was fantastic. She was responsible for all of the makeup for my 11 bridesmaids and myself. Everyone looked beautiful and the makeup was very natural. She was very calm and worked very quickly. She is very responsive and gets back to you quickly. This is the third time she has done my makeup and each time it has stayed on and looked great. I highly recommend her.

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    Deirdre · Married on 09/29/2012

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    We LOVE Lorna! Professional, incredibly experienced and fun to work with I honestly can't say enough about her work. As a 47 year old bride, she made me look incredible (if I do say so myself!). She also provided skin care advice in advance of our wedding that has made a huge, lasting difference to my complexion. Lorna also provided make-up for my mother (75 years old) - she looked absolutely stunning. Clearly she has a talent for working with women of all ages. Lastly, we had a last minute schedule change - Lorna jumped through BIG hoops to shift another client appointment around to accommodate our needs. Can hardly wait to find another excuse to hire her!

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    I loved working with Lorna. She was on time, professional and of course made my sisters and me look gorgeous. I also appreciate how helpful she was explaining to us how to steam my dress and helped me adjust it when I put it on and instructed me on how to use garment tape. It was like having a lovely assistant in our dressing area.

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    Nancy · Married on 05/27/2012

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    Lorna is amazing! She listended to my thoughts of how I wanted to look on my wedding day and the results were perfect! I looked myself but "bridal"! My makeup stayed on the whole night and didn't run or shine at all. I've already seen some pictures back from the wedding and I'm so pleased how my makeup looks. She also did the makeup for some of bridesmaids and my mother. All of them were very pleased with her work. I would highly suggest you higher Lorna for your wedding; I know I plan to use her again for special events!

    Nancy- bride in DC May of 2012

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    Heba · Married on 03/31/2012

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    I'm one of those girls who know nothing about make up and I always felt that because of my "kinda baby face" make up is not for me but I was seriously blown away with Lorna ... She did an amazing job with my make up as well as my maid of honor (sister) who LOVED the outcome so very much. Lorna is very responsive, very professional and cared about what we wanted and what made us comforetable. She really had a mission to show the best of my look on my special day. The pictures came out GREAT and the make up lasted through out the night. She is very talented and quick and pleasure to work with. She is a real talent.

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