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Vancity Vendor:
Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair

March 27th, 2015 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Butter Studios It seemed that Margaret Lai was destined to be in the beauty industry. Her mother was a sales representative for a Korean cosmetics line and as a child, Margaret would always be found playing with her mom’s makeup kit. Margaret grew up to become a music teacher but she felt that something was still missing. She decided to enroll in the full time makeup diploma program at Blanche MacDonald Institute of Design. Fifteen years later, she has become one of the prominent stylists in the Vancouver wedding industry. Margaret’s makeup brushes have touched hundreds of brides over the years, plus their entourages… and including my own. As a blogger, I don’t often get to experience all my vendors services but I was privileged to be styled by Margaret for my new headshots and well, I’ll let those photos speak for themselves :)

Margaret Lai - photo by Butter Studios

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Lucida Photography Inside Margaret’s makeup kit, you will find MAC’s professional line, as well as TEMPTU for airbrushing and her favourite items from Laura Mercier, Urban Decay, Tarte, and Shu Uemura. The products she use are designed for customizing and long wear, fit for any bride, any event. Bridal hair or makeup styling rates are $130, bridesmaid rates starting at $90, and her most popular package is the Bridal Hair and Makeup package for $250 (includes travel within Metro Vancouver). Check out her rates here. During a consultation with Margaret, she loves to discuss details and ideas step by step. She listens to the brides ideas and puts in her two cents often, as her clients have trust in her many years of experience. She’ll take notes and save photos but if you’re still unsure, you can always book a trial for a fee. If you love her work and want to find out more about her, visit her social media links below… you can even drop me a line and ask what I thought about my experience with her if that helps :) She posts a lot of before and after photos so be sure to follow her!

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Contrast Studio

A Few Words With Margaret…

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Butter Studios What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“I offer competitive pricing for many years of professional and reliable experience. I have a special rate for Bridesmaids hair and makeup $150 (reg. $180).”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“A wedding is one of the most planned events in a lifetime. Most of my clients thank me for fulfilling their beauty needs, in an organized, professional and stress-free manner. I achieve this by making sure that my kit is completely hygienic, schedules are met and a mini touch-up kit is provided.  My client feels confident that every detail is going according to plan.  I pride myself on being dependable, trustworthy, and creating the optimal experience for makeup and hair.”

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Butter Studios

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Butter Studios How do you determine what look is best for each person?
“First we look at the whole vision for the wedding.  The dress is a great start, to get a feel for what hair and makeup style would work and be most complimentary to the bride as a complete look. After reviewing pins and favorite pictures at the consultation, we try to extract what elements are most appealing and commence our customized design to suit her level of comfort, skin tone and to most importantly, accentuate her best features.”

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?
“After many years of experience, I have come to understand that everyone has their own interpretation of beauty and comfort level. If the bride is set on having a certain look, let it be! I will do my best to execute the look flawlessly.”

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Sakura Photography

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Yaletown Photography What is your favourite bridal look and why?
“That is a tough question!!  I love makeup and hair that is flattering and timeless. I want the bride to look back ten or twenty years from now and not be distracted by a trend or think, What was I thinking back then? Therefore, my favorite look is a classic, clean and fresh neutral makeup with a pink or red lip.  I love making the eyes look huge in pictures with a defined eye line and false lashes. Moreover, I am a big fan of themed weddings. I enjoy designing bridal looks based on Gatsby and other vintage eras.”

Do you offer any promotions from time to time?  How do people find out about it?
“A few times a year, I will donate my services to a favorite non-profit/charitable cause. Sometimes, I will post about it on my FB fan page, and usually there is a deal to be had!  Otherwise, to maintain consistency and quality for my clients, I offer my best rates all of the time.”

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Blush Wedding Photography

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Butter Studios What do you enjoy most about your job?
“Bridal work is so joyful and beautiful. My favorite part is meeting and getting to know amazing brides, their family and friends. I love being a part of the process. I love the transformation into someone looking their best, and the anticipation of an epic event in their lives. I look forward to every wedding day. The energy is exciting, and I often get to witness precious moments between family and friends with the bridal party. There is always so much love, and I feel honored to be a part of that.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Enjoy the process of planning the wedding and entrust your day to vendors who are reputable and experienced.  They will have thought about details you may never have thought about and will be better equipped to handle unexpected situations.”

Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair - photo by Butter Studios

All photos provided by Margaret Lai Makeup and Hair

Photographer credits: Butter Studios (feature photo, headshot + more), Lucida Photography, Contrast Studio, Sakura Photography, Yaletown Photography, Blush Wedding Photography

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