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Vancity Vendor:
Carmen Tse Hair and Makeup

August 10th, 2012 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Carmen Tse Hair & Makeup

Carmen Tse found her true calling while doing a bridal class at Blanche MacDonald. She found it gratifying to transform already gorgeous ladies into fabulous looking brides. 6 years and more than 50 weddings later, Carmen’s business is still going strong and shows even more promise in the future.

Carmen Tse Hair and Makeup provides mobile hair and makeup services for all members of the wedding party and everyone else in Metro Vancouver. She’s got some special rates for Vancity Bride readers:

  • Bridal Hair/Makeup only with consultation and trial – $120 (reg. $150)
  • Bridal Hair and Makeup with consultation, lashes and trial – $220 (reg. $280)
  • Bridesmaids/Maid of Honour Hair/Makeup only – $65 (reg. $75)
  • Bridesmaids/Maid of Honour Hair and Makeup – $100 (reg. $120, lashes $10 extra, $5 application fee if bringing own lashes)
  • Personal Makeup and/or hair stylist for 8 hours including look changes, touch-ups, and touch-up kit – $550 (reg. $650)
  • Return for look change (makeup only) – $60 (reg. $80)
  • Return for look change (hair only) – $50 (reg. $70)
  • Return for look change (hair and makeup) – $100 (reg. $135)

Travel fees are $25 depending on distance but is waived off when 3 or more bridal party members are booked.

Mention Vancity Bride and get an additional 10% off these special rates!

Carmen believes that the relationship between a bride and her makeup artist is very important. She says that she makes the most of the consultation process by finding out everything that the bride likes and doesn’t like to get a better feel for her personality and style. She likes to keep consultations light and fun, like you’re just hanging out with an old friend sharing stories and having a laugh. To stay updated with what Carmen’s been up to and to see her latest work, be sure to like her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter.

A Few Words With Carmen…

What brands of products do you like to use? Why did you choose them?
“I use a lot of different brands of products, Some of my favourites include Makeup Forever, Nars, MAC, Smashbox, CHANEL and Armani. They all provide amazing quality (long lasting), good pigment and colours.  For a bride who needs her makeup to last all day 12+ hours I choose brands that keep up to their word and won’t let me down.”

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“I offer a hair and makeup service which tailors to their budget.  I know there are brides who are on a budget who are not able to spend a lot of money on their wedding, what I do is take their budget and arrange an affordable makeup and hair package which still gives them an amazing beauty experience from me.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“I have traveled much of the world and lived in Asia for a while. Experiencing different cultures and lifestyles has opened up my eyes on different makeup techniques that may differ from North American makeup styles. I take cultural preference and their personal experience into consideration.”

How do you determine what look is best for each person?
“All clients are different. They have different face shapes, skin tones, and of course personal preference.  During the initial consultation or at the trial, I ask them to bring reference pictures of what they desire and what looks they do not want. With their ideas of hair and makeup  and my expertise I create a look that they want and what also will look great on the wedding date.”

If a client wants a certain style but you can tell it doesn’t make them look great, how would you deal with that situation?
“I would try the look at the trial and let them see what it looks like, however I would also give them another option or 2 to think about. I would also give them my opinion but overall it is their decision.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I love being able to watch a transformation that happens to clients from the moment they sit in my makeup chair, it is very rewarding as their day completely changes.  I have had clients email me after trials saying I did not want to take my makeup off, It was amazing! It’s these little things that make my job very rewarding.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“My advice would be relax, enjoy your time and try not to stress too much! (I know that one is hard), but this day happens only once (knock on wood). Just enjoy everything that is going to happen to you on this gorgeous day!”

To contact Carmen, visit her website.
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All photos provided by Carmen Tse.
Photographer credits: White Frame Photography (Feature photo), Shandra Stephenson Photography, Mandy Jill Photography, Lucida Photography, Soda Pop Photography, & Spark Photography

Vendor prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are accurate to the date published.

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  • August 12th, 2012 at 7:28 pm
    Laureen says:

    very nice hair and make up. It really fits on the different occasions. It made them more prettier. thanks for this.


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