Recommended by 99%
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Pamela Laforteza · Married on 09/21/2019
Karen and her team were great!
I did my trial with Karen and thought it was sufficient enough for the wedding day. But come wedding day, it was that much better. There were 11 people to get through and I actually never worried about timing or whatnot, which I've seen often enough as a bridesmaid. However, Karen and her team worked efficiently without sacrificing the quality so I was very impressed. I received so many compliments about my hair and makeup all throughout the wedding, too!Sent on 10/07/2019
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
Anita · Married on 08/25/2018
Talented and professional
My makeup stayed on perfectly through all the happy tears and wedding events! I got so many compliments on how the makeup looked. Karen is great and I’ve been recommending her to all of my friends getting married soon.Sent on 12/07/2018
Natasha Miu · Married on 08/18/2018
I already knew Karen would be my MUA even before I got engaged!
I had the pleasure of seeing Karen's work first-hand when she was my best friend's MUA. Prior to this, my best friend's SIL had used her services and my best friend had loved her work. I had already recommended her to a friend prior to my wedding. She is quick and efficient and was able to work with what look I wanted on the spot. I love that she is able to accept different types of payment, which made is very easy for me to put my deposit down and submit payment. As I did not use her touch-up services, Karen provided a sachet with plenty of bobby pins, extra lip colour, and cotton swabs to use which came in handy! I would recommend her to any of my friends who are getting married or even for an event and you're not familiar with makeup application!Sent on 02/01/2019
Ashley · Married on 08/11/2018
I adore Karen! She is so good at what she does and was a pleasure to work with. Karen did an amazing job with hair and makeup and made me feel and look beautiful. She was so accommodating and flexible with my makeup trial, engagement photos, and with my entire bridal party on my wedding day. From the beginning was great to work with - professional and truly the best. Thank you Karen!Sent on 10/02/2018
Tuyet Tran · Married on 07/21/2018
Karen was recommended by my friend. She made me look and feel so gorgeous, as well as all of my bridesmaids and my mothe in law. Even before I met her, through all my email exchanges with her, she was so professional and so nice! I highly recommend using Karen, you will be so happy that you did! Thank you again for wonderful service.Sent on 12/08/2018
Joan Rule · Married on 07/07/2018
I recommend to all my friends that are getting married.
I had my wedding last summer in July. Karen and her team are talented and professional. It was an early start that day for my wedding. But they were on-time and prepared. Karen and her team did makeup and hair for my 3 bridesmaids, my 10-year-old daughter, 2 mothers and myself. That day was the hottest day of the year in Pasadena. It was 106 degrees!!! My bridal party and I make up and hair all held up through the heat and sweat all day. I did a minimal touch-up. Karen and her team delivery the look we all wanted for each one of us.Sent on 02/06/2019
Also, she worked with our schedule and gave us a perfect timeline that made it super easy for me.
Great price and personality to work with as well. I recommend her to anybody that needs professional hair and makeup done.
Also, another note great makeup chooses she uses. Usually, when it comes to foundations and makeup it I would break out the next day. But I didn't - so I'm very pleased. Thank you so much Karen !!!
Melissa · Married on 06/24/2018
Karen was great. She was professional, understanding, reliable, and punctual. Thank you Karen!Sent on 07/27/2018
Cara · Married on 06/23/2018
Karen and her team did my hair & makeup for my wedding and my bridal party/parents! They were on-time, prepared and ready to work with whatever style and photos we showed them. They were so nice, accommodating, and easy to work with. Karen is also very quick & responsive over email, which is something I really appreciated since wedding planning is stressful as it already! Would definitely recommend her :)Sent on 07/27/2018
Owen · Married on 05/12/2018
Karen and her team were a pleasure to work with. They were very prompt and professional. Couldn’t have asked for any other team to help on such an exciting day.Sent on 07/27/2018
Sarah · Married on 11/18/2017
I was referred to Karen by a friend and I am SO glad I chose her to do my hair and makeup for my engagement pictures and wedding. First, I loved how easy it was to get in touch with her and how fast she responded. As a bride-to-be, you’re filled with questions and super anxious about everything so it was nice having a vendor respond ASAP. Second, I loved how she was so on top of it with timing. My bridesmaids and I talked about how we have never been in a wedding where we finished before the time the makeup & hair artist said we would finish at. I also really appreciated her and her team showing up 15 minutes before to set up so we can start exactly on time. Lastly, I loved how she just wants you to look amazing. She’ll give her honest opinions about the makeup and hairstyle you pick and she’ll also ask if we’re 100% satisfied and loving the styles when she is done. I love that she is willing to change anything if we are not instead of saying something like ‘it looks fine!’ Overall, I loved Karen and will definitely refer her, and I will definitely ask her to doll me up again if needed in the future.Sent on 12/22/2017
Pamela · Married on 10/28/2017
Karen did my hair and makeup for both two different occasions- my Chinese wedding in May and my American wedding in October 2017.Sent on 12/06/2017
For the Chinese, I was looking for an up-do with no veil look and for the American I was looking for a more whimsical braided look with veil and flowers. She was spot on with both of the looks that I presented her through a picture and replicated it exactly as I imagined. The makeup was consistent for both occasions-not overly smokey and very natural each of the times, as I requested. I received so many compliments about both my hair and makeup. I was glowing throughout the entire day and didn't need to do much or any touching up at all by the end of the night.
She, also, did some of my bridemaid's hair and makeup, whom all were happy with everything they got done. We were all glowing all day.
She is very attentive and responsive to emails/text. She is patient and shows up on time. She gets straight into it, which is very important where no time should be wasted. From beginning until end, everything went as planned and couldn't have gone any more smoothly.
Robin · Married on 10/14/2017
Karen is amazing. She and her assistants did a fabulous job on hair and makeup for me, my bridal party of seven ladies, and MOB and MOG. I do not wear makeup on a regular basis, so wanted to find someone who could make me look wedding fabulous while still looking like myself. Karen struck the perfect balance with my makeup and hair. I could not have been happier. I was also blown away by how uniformly great my bridesmaids' makeup and hair were (particularly since I had an ethnically diverse group) and how well the makeup held throughout the day. We finished hair and makeup around 2 pm and everyone still looking amazing at the end of the night. Even the MOG and MOB (both of whom were a bit apprehensive about having their makeup done) were extremely pleased.Sent on 12/18/2017
Terri · Married on 09/30/2017
Loved working with Karen, she was amazing.Sent on 12/07/2017
Ellen · Married on 08/20/2017
Karen was great-- she was really understanding of the fact that I wasn't familiar with makeup. She was great with my mom and my sisters make up as well and everything turned out great.Sent on 12/09/2017
Gabrielle · Married on 08/18/2017
I had a fantastic experience with Karen! I first had her do my hair/makeup for my engagement shoot, which was the first time I had ever had my hair or makeup professionally done. I had brought some example photos of what I was looking for, and Karen made the end result better than I had hoped for. As someone who doesn't know much about hair/makeup, I appreciated how helpful Karen was in guiding me through the whole process. I then went back to her for the wedding trial; we tried one hairstyle up and one down. I had always thought I would do my hair down, because that's what I tend to be most comfortable with, but I was so delightfully surprised with the loose updo that Karen did for me, that I ended up choosing that for the actual wedding day. On that day, Karen and Pennie arrived at my apartment right on time to do my hair/makeup as well as that for six other ladies. They were friendly yet focused, and they finished right on time. My hair and makeup stayed in place for the entire day, and I got so many compliments on the hairstyle in particular. Karen's prices were so much better than many of the vendors I had initially read about, and yet her quality is top-notch. I would absolutely recommend her to others!Sent on 10/01/2017
Michael · Married on 06/10/2017
Karen was great! She was on time, ready, and did beautiful work. As a bride, she kept me calm and made me (and my family) look beautiful!Sent on 12/07/2017
Mike · Married on 06/08/2017
Great person to work with, extremely professional, and delivers excellent flower arrangements on the wedding day. I highly recommend them!!Sent on 12/26/2016
Jeanne · Married on 05/28/2017
Working with Karen was such a wonderful experience. She was so accommodating and flexible even with last minute date changes. She also did amazing work. Highly recommend!Sent on 12/07/2017
Sheena · Married on 05/06/2017
Karen and her team were awesome. If you are looking for an artist who can make you look beautiful and natural, you don’t have to look any further.. My hair and makeup on my wedding day was perfect.Sent on 12/22/2017
Poy · Married on 04/15/2017
Karen is so flexible with our 10 AM wedding. Karen and her team arrived at 4:50 AM and ready to roll. My hair and makeup lasted the whole day. Karen is also great with Mother of the bride (my mom is so picky). All 5 of us looked absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much Karen!Sent on 05/19/2017
Tom · Married on 09/04/2016
Karen is an amazing makeup artist who did a fantastic job on my wife's hair and makeup. Of course I was not there to witness my wife getting her hair and makeup done, but I heard only great things from both my wife and her bridesmaids. Karen was punctual, professional, and personable, keeping the jitters at bay. When I saw my wife walking down the aisle, I was speechless. Karen did not make my wife unrecognizable. Instead, she enhanced her natural beauty, while being cognizant of how the make-up will photograph. Karen comes highly recommended and I recommend her to anyone in search of a makeup artist.Sent on 10/18/2016
Kitty · Married on 08/28/2016
Since I was planning the wedding from out of town, one of the hardest decisions was choosing a makeup artist. I was so glad that I found Karen. She was prompt in responding and flexible with scheduling my trial. On the day of the wedding, Karen and her assistant Lyly did the hair and makeup for myself, two bridesmaids, my mother, the groom and the flower girl. Everyone loved the end results - one of my bridesmaids raved that she had never looked so pretty. My makeup and hair held up beautifully throughout the day. I would highly recommend choosing Karen for your wedding!Sent on 09/04/2016
Joy · Married on 07/23/2016
Karen is amazing! She really listens and was flexible (especially since I didn't exactly know what I wanted), but was patient and game to experiment a little with hair and make up. I had so many compliments on both hair and make-up and felt really beautiful on the day it mattered.Sent on 10/21/2016