Recommended by 98%
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Hayley · Married on 12/01/2017
This review is for bridal makeup trial:Sent on 11/15/2017
I contacted Alina with an extremely short timeline after an unsuccessful trial with another company. Alina answered my email straight away and we worked out a trial time. Before Alina showed up I lost hope in looking good on my wedding day: all the beautiful bridal pictures online? they're natural beauties, and I can never look like that.
Alina showed up on our trial day and we immediately started working together. She took in my preferences for make up: keeping everything natural and fresh, and did a wonderful wonderful job. She used all top quality products, and did not cause any irritation to my super sensitive skin. I am Asian, with hooded eyelids. Alina is the first make up artist I have ever had who customized make up to my facial structure. The eye cream she applied even brought my super puffy allergy eyes down! what more can i say?
And hair, I have extremely short hair. Before the trial I even thought about just keeping them as it is. I showed Alina a couple pictures, but not exactly sure whether or not they could be done on my hair. However she went above and beyond. I could not believe that was my own head.
Both my make up and hair held up extremely well, and I received tons of compliments. Thank you, Alina, for helping me regaining hope for my wedding day. I cannot wait for my big day :)
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Hayley, thank you for your great review, before the wedding! I'm happy we were able to find the style for you that you liked, and look forward to see you soon on your wedding day! Thank you for posting this photo from the trial, I love it!
Somer Conley · Married on 08/10/2019
Beautiful wedding hair & makeup
After lots of searching and recommendations I decided to go with Alina's team for my wedding hair and makeup, and I'm thrilled I did! Alina is extremely responsive, attentive and flexible. There are so many vendors to deal with, all with their own timelines, not to mention we were getting married about two hours away from DC, and Alina made this process so easy and found a perfect team for my big day. I think I finally found a person who is more organized than I am :) Zhanna came by my house in DC for the trial, and then made the journey over for the wedding. My hair and makeup were perfect! It was natural but still a little bit of elegance. Absolutely loved working with you guys. I also had a diverse group of girls with various skin tones and hair colors/styles and everyone looked beautiful. You took awesome care of my bridesmaids and flower girls. Thanks for making my big day great!!Sent on 08/15/2019
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Somer, thank you for such a great review, we were happy working with you, thank you for a compliment about being organized, this is a very important part of our work!
Alexandra Drucker · Married on 03/01/2019
100% positive experience
It was a pleasure working with Alina. I loved both my hair and makeup. My appointment was at noon and everything looked fresh through sleet, rain, high winds and an overheated restaurant. Other than a little lipstick, no touch ups were required for 10+ hours! I highly recommend Alina!Sent on 03/05/2019
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Alexi, it was a pleasure working with you and great start to open weddings 2019 season! Thank you for your kind review!
Margee · Married on 09/29/2018
I used one of Alina's master stylists (Rita) for my bridal hair and make up. Rita did an excellent job in putting my hair up the way I had requested. I don't typically wear much make up, and she did a great job with a natural look that still translated well to pictures. Alina was super responsive in scheduling the trial and the wedding, and she followed up throughout the process. I would highly recommend their work.Sent on 10/07/2018
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Margee, thank you for a great review! I'm glad we were able to work with you and make you even more beautiful on such an important day!
Amanda · Married on 09/22/2018
Alina sent Rita who was so great, on time, very professional and easy to work with. Very happy bride here!Sent on 09/23/2018
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Amanda, I'm happy you liked the work of our team! It was a pleasure to work with you!
Mary · Married on 09/01/2018
Alina was very easy to work with. I called her very last minute and she was able to organize a makeup artist to come and do the trial. Zhanna was our makeup artist, and she was professional, kind and attentive to preferences. Thank you Alina, highly recommend!Sent on 09/12/2018
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:It was great working with you, I'm glad we were able to help you!
Ruby · Married on 05/25/2018
Alina is just super great to work with. I made a lot of changes because I'm just so indecisive lol. But she was always super flexible as well as patient during our communication.Sent on 06/15/2018
One of her stylist did my bridal makeup and hair and I LOVED it! Just so natural like I wanted. The stylist was very nice, miticulous, and professional.
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Ruby, it was an absolute pleasure working with you, thank you for your kind words!
Ann · Married on 11/04/2017
I would highly recommend Alina Karaman for any of your hair and makeup needs! My daughter and I had our makeup and hair done by her for my daughters wedding. We both had pictures of what we wanted, and she did that, exactly. She is professional, friendly, on time and is excellent at what she does. She is extremely talented and anyone should be pleased with her services! Also, we had an evening wedding, I slept in my makeup and lashes and it still looked good the next day!Sent on 11/07/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Ann, thank you for a great review, I was happy to be a part of your daughter's day, looking forward to see photos of this amazing event!
Ashley · Married on 11/04/2017
Alina did hair and makeup for me and my mom for my wedding, and she did the most AMAZING job! Before the wedding, Alina came to my home for the hair and makeup trial. After talking with her about my vision and showing her inspiration photos, she created my dream wedding look which she also replicated for my wedding day! The hair and makeup looked beautiful, was comfortable, and lasted all day. Alina also has a lot of professionalism in that she is very friendly with her clients, is on time, and completes the looks in the time allotted with ease and perfection. Thank you for making me feel so special on my wedding day, Alina!Sent on 11/09/2017
Norma · Married on 10/28/2017
I am the mother of the groom and decided to hire Alina Karaman for all the women in the wedding party for makeup and hair. Alina and her staff were prompt, efficient, and gave us all beautiful makeup and hair-doos for the wedding. The bride looked stunning with flawless airbrushed makeup, a beautiful up-doo that was breathtaking. She looked and most importantly, felt like a princess. Alina and her staff kept to the scheduled timeline and we were right on time for our pictures. I would hire her and her staff again. Thanks for a beautiful wedding doos and makeup Alina!Sent on 10/30/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Norma, thanks a lot for this wonderful review, and for this amazing photo! We loved working with your party and had a great time, thank you for letting us be a part of Kayla's very special day!
Jessica · Married on 10/14/2017
I typically do not write reviews (no, seriously, I don't!) but Alina and her team are absolutely fabulous! Alina was nothing but accommodating which took a lot of pressure off with all the other planning I had to tackle for the wedding. Our wedding was DIY so everything from explaining services, pricing, coordinating the trial and creating a color coded agenda for hair and makeup for 6 people reduced my stress level immensely! Not only was she flexible and organized, she, as well as her team, completed 6 hair and makeup services at a high quality of work. All the ladies that received hair and makeup couldn't stop talking about how fabulous they looked and felt, and the only person that received a trial was me. That says a lot about the experience and knowledge Alina and her team had to make everyone look and feel beautiful on-the-spot (and they work quickly and effeciently!). I can't say enough good things and strongly recommend Alina and her team to any bride exploring hair and makeup services for their big day!Sent on 10/22/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Jessica, thank you for kind words, we are thrilled you loved everything, I'm happy we were a good help to make your day unforgettable!
Leigh · Married on 09/23/2017
Alina and her team did the hair and makeup for my September wedding. She was extremely kind, responsive, and flexible throughout my wedding planning process. She listened to my preferences during the trial and did a great job with adapting to my tastes. I loved my hair and makeup on the day of and would recommend her to anyone looking for a hair and makeup stylist at their wedding.Sent on 10/12/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Leigh, thank you for your kind words and great review! It was a pleasure to work with you and your friends and family! We had wonderful time!
Tess · Married on 09/16/2017
My sister's wedding venue and date had to change last minute, and Alina was available and so accommodating dealing with our last minute requests! She made everyone look so beautiful and was a kind and reassuring presence to have around on the day -of the event. The entire bridal party was so happy with their hair styling. Alina could not have been more professional. She is an excellent hair stylist- I only wish we had opted to have her do our make up too :) Highly recommend Alina for weddings or any events where professional hair and make up are required.Sent on 10/10/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Tess, thank you for inviting me to be the part of your sister's day, I'm glad we were able to do everything without the trial, I had great time meeting everyone!
Sara · Married on 08/17/2017
Alina is amazing! not only she created the look I wanted, she went above and beyond helping me choose the right hair style for my day! I recommend Alina to anyone she is professional and she is well worth it! Thank youSent on 08/28/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Sara, thank you for a great review! I'm glad we met!
Annie · Married on 06/11/2017
Alina and her team is just awesome. I loved my hair and makeup on my wedding day. It was perfect , I got a lot of compliments and didn't look caked, makeup looked natural. I had a mix of south Asian and Western ceremony with no time to change makeup in the middle and it went great with both the dresses. Her girls were great too, my mother and all the girls were so happy with their hair and makeup. I highly recommend her!Sent on 07/24/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Annie, thank you for a great review, thank you for letting us be the part of your big day! Thank you for great gift bags, so cute!
Beth · Married on 06/03/2017
Alina and her team are absolutely wonderful. They were able to accommodate a very large wedding party and everyone looked BEAUTIFUL. She responded quickly and made every change I requested after my trial run. I was blown away by the final result and she's great to work with! The whole team made getting ready fun and enjoyable and I would recommend her to any bride out there. Absolute perfection!Sent on 06/19/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Beth, thank you for a wonderful review, we are happy everything went well and smoothly! I was surprised with your organization skills!
kimberly · Married on 05/06/2017
Alina was GREAT! Her look is natural and stunning. Her assistants were excellent as well! She did great work and everyone was happy with their look at the end. A few people asked for changes which were made quickly and easily with no argument. Would hire her again for any big event.Sent on 05/17/2017
I personally just love her personality and conversation. She is a great person, fun, pleasant, and strong. Flexible and honest about what will work and look good.
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Kim, thanks a lot for your great review, we are very happy you were pleased with our work, and we ourselves had a great time with you while enjoying great views of the venue!
Allison · Married on 05/06/2017
Alina's team was excellent! From the start, Alina was responsive, accommodating and easy to work with. She was already booked the day of my wedding, but assured me she had a trusted team of stylists to send. She did not disappoint. Zhanna, Mandy and Rita were amazing. My six bridesmaids and I all had such a positive, enjoyable experience with these three ladies. Everyone's look was natural and beautiful.Sent on 05/29/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Allison, I'm very happy to hear that everything went smoothly, we are glad you loved the services! Thank you for your great feedback!
Lindsey · Married on 04/22/2017
Alina was AMAZING! I felt like the most beautiful bride in the world, and my bridesmaids were stunning. It rained the entire time during my wedding day, and my makeup and hair lasted through the happy tears and humidity. Cannot recommend enough!!Sent on 05/07/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Lindsey, thank you for a wonderful review, I'm very happy everything went well!
Jessica · Married on 11/19/2016
Alina is just the sweetest woman! She is so nice to work with and very calm and knows what she is doing. She did my hair, and my bridesmaids so perfectly. I loved how she made each bridesmaids hair a little different to show their individuality. My hair had no issues by the end of the night and nothing fell out of place. I was so pleased with how everything turned out! Thank you Alina!!Sent on 04/30/2017
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Jessica, thank you for your review, I am very pleased to read that you loved everything! I had great time working with you and it was a pleasure to meet your friends!
Lauren · Married on 10/15/2016
Alina Karaman and her hair stylists proved to be an amazing choice to do the hair styling for myself (the Bride), all of my bridesmaids and the mother of the bride and mother of the groom! Alina was very flexible with my in scheduling my hair trial and even after our trial, when I decided I wanted something different closer to the wedding day, she was able to do exactly what I wanted and more! We were also running a little behind the getting ready schedule, which was my fault, but Alina was calm and collected and did my hair in 40 minutes and it looked amazing!! In fact both she and the other stylist were very quick with all of the hair styling and each of my bridesmaids and both of the Moms loved their up-dos and blow-outs! They specialize in wedding hair and came to our bridal suite at the Hotel Monaco, which made our experience really fun and easy!Sent on 10/21/2016
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Thank you, Lauren, for your wonderful review! I am happy we were the part of your day, everyone looked beautiful! Loved the experience!
Alexandra · Married on 09/18/2016
Alina Karaman did a wonderful job with my hair and makeup and my bridesmaids'. I was very pleased with the hair and makeup trial I did with her. She listened to what I was looking for, and came up with a beautiful style for my hair and makeup that made my face glow.Sent on 10/30/2016
On the wedding day, my bridesmaids had general ideas of what they wanted for their hair and makeup. Alina and her terrific assistants styled them to look their best. My bridesmaids were thrilled with how they looked, and with Alina and her assistants for their service. My bridesmaids all said they had never had better or hair or makeup done, and I agree! Our hair and makeup stayed perfect throughout the ceremony and reception. We all got rather sweaty taking photographs outside before the wedding (it was in the 90s), but our hair and makeup held up perfectly.
One of my bridesmaids has allergy issues, and Alina was able to use makeup that would not trigger any allergies. Another bridesmaid doesn't wear much makeup and wanted a very natural style. Alina used minimal makeup to make her look amazing. Alina and her assistants were very efficient and finished early, which allowed me and my bridesmaids more time to relax and get ready.
Alina and her assistants were all super friendly and relaxed - perfect attitudes for a stressful wedding day. I highly recommend Alina!
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Thank you, Alexandra, for your kind words! I am very happy we were a part of your day! Everyone were wonderful!
Eleni · Married on 09/10/2016
Absolutely loved Alina; she is down-to-earth and fun to talk to, and she and her associates have a great sense of aesthetic style that showed through the hair and makeup work they did on me and my bridesmaids.Sent on 09/29/2016
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Eleni, thank you for this review, it was great to be a part of your day, I LOVE the style we did on your hair, everyone wants it! (if someone reads it, it was Hollywood Wave hair, so glam!)
Joanie · Married on 09/09/2016
Alina and her makeup team were amazing!! They did airbrush makeup and hair for myself as the bride and my 4 ladies (bridesmaids and moms) everyone looked beautiful and was beyond happy with their hair and makeup! Thank you so much Alina!!Sent on 10/12/2016
Haily · Married on 08/06/2016
If you want someone is very professional and very good at what they do! I highly recommend Alina Karaman for your wedding make up!Sent on 08/18/2016
Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman's reply:Haily, thank you for the review, it was an absolute pleasure working with you!