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MUAH by Jessica Noujeim

October 21st, 2011 by Jeannine

 
Vancity Vendor: MakeUp And Hair (MUAH) by Jessica W. Noujeim

Jessica W. Noujeim is new to the wedding scene having only done a handful of weddings but that doesn’t mean she’s inexperienced. She’s glammed up many women in fashion shoots and her portfolio shows that she knows how to use a makeup brush. Would you believe she never had any formal training? She developed her skills through studying books, watching videos, live demos, and lots and lots of practice. That shows how committed she is to her career! She decided to start her company, MUAHjwn not too long ago. (MUAH = Make Up And Hair)

Her bridal hair and makeup packages start at $100 and includes a  complimentary consultation. For your bridesmaids, it will be $75 per person. Hair and makeup trials are also available for half of the full service price. Jessica is mobile but also accepts clients at her studio in North Vancouver. She announces promotions on her Facebook and Twitter so I would keep an eye on those :)

Here’s how Jessica handles a consultation… Once all the details such as dates, times, numbers, and locations have been discussed, Jessica will listen to all your wants for the wedding day. She wants to hear about how you imagine yourself to look and feel like on your big day, no detail spared. Bring inspiration photos to show her so she can see what you mean and she will make recommendations on how to adapt that style onto you.

If you’re looking for makeup tips and tricks, you should check out Jessica’s YouTube channel. She tries to come out with videos every couple weeks and she listens to viewer requests and comments so she may just do a tutorial that you want to see :) I asked her who her favourite YouTube makeup gurus are and she said Kandee Johnson because of her sweet & bubbly personality and professionalism, but the most talented, in her opinion, is Promise Phan for her amazing transformation videos.

A Few Words With Jessica…

What brands of products do you like to use and why?
“My makeup kit contains a wonderful mélangé of products, with brands you can find in both drugstore makeup aisles and high-end retailers like Sephora and Murale. I choose products based on their performance and quality, not necessarily on their label, and everything in my kit has been put to the test on my own skin and hair.”

What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“I offer fantastic packages for brides and their bridal party, and my rates for both makeup and hair are more affordable than just makeup alone at many salons. Although there are standards I must meet with my rates, I am more than willing to discuss your individual budget and figure out how to take financial stress off of your special day. In the end, the bride and I are always able to work out an agreement that is comfortable, fair, and meets the needs of both parties.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“My relative newness to the industry gives me a fresh, young take on the traditional, textbook bridal looks. I really focus on the client and work around them, using my own creativity coupled with the bride’s vision, rather than approaching from a step-by-step, industry-standard routine. Plus, my rates are some of the most competitive in the area, and I’d like to think my quality of service is as well!”

How do you determine what look is best for each person?
“It’s very important for me to get to know you before I do your makeup and hair. As I learn about your personality, likes, and dislikes through consultations (and even just phone conversations!) it becomes easier to create a look that enhances your best features and lets your personality shine through. I combine this with attention to your face shape, ethnicity, complexion, and natural focal points (like long lashes, or full lips). On your wedding day, you want to look like an enhanced version of you – not overdone, not unnatural – and feel 100% comfortable in your skin.”

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 always focus on the positive! Rather than shutting a client down, I will find the elements of the style that do work and suggest some adaptations that emphasize those good points. Letting a client know what does bring out their best look is always more effective than telling them what doesn’t. Often, clients appreciate and accept my suggestions – but if they really have their heart set on something, I make it happen for them exactly as they envision.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I love meeting all varieties of people through MUAHjwn, and getting to know their stories while I help make them look and feel their best. No job is ever the same, and I love that every one keeps me on my toes! At the end of the day, the big hugs and thank you emails from happy clients is the most rewarding part of doing what I do.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“As one bride once told me, “stay on the positive train.” Any number of mishaps or miscommunications could arise leading up to, and on, the big day. Just keep your minds on the big picture – the wonderful marriage that is to come – and find the positive in every little hiccup!”

To contact Jessica, visit her website.
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Feature photo courtesy Jeremy Jude Lee Photography
Other photos courtesy Deo Cruz Photography, Rebecca Amber Photography,
Dominic de Sequera
,
Aida Gradina Photography, Gary Kettleson,
J. Josue Photography, and Vasia Weddings

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All photos provided by Jessica W. Noujeim

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