"Makeup is the finishing touch, the final accessory." - Marc Jacobs
We love watching our brides and their ladies transform right before our very eyes. It's probably one of the most fulfilling parts of our day. We literally see the day take shape from step one and hair and make up is definitely one of the biggest starts to the wedding day.
One of the first wedding vendors we welcomed into Cotton Hall was Maria Noel, owner of Southern Belle by MariaNoel, Bridal Makeup & Hair Team. Instantly, Maria stunned me with her quick-to-action personality. She provided me with instant feedback on our venue and ways that it can help future hair and makeup services run smoother on wedding days. It was like a lightbulb went off. Maria walks the walk and talks the talk. She asked us to join her in a styled shoot and boy am I glad that we did. The relationship we've built with Maria is priceless. We are so excited to continue working with Maria Noel and her incredibly talented team. I just knew we had to feature Southern Belle by MariaNoel as a vendor spotlight!
Q: How would you describe your hair and makeup style?
A: We are a luxury makeup and hair team. We want everyone who receives our services to feel heard, to look beautiful, and to be excited for the day and how wonderful they feel. We include airbrush, lashes, and a touch up lip color with all of our services and don't charge extra for them. Makeup and hair is one of the fun parts of the day before the beautiful chaos of a wedding begins.
Q: What makes your team unique?
A: We have artists from all over the country and the world. Combined, our team speaks 7 languages, has lived in 6 different countries, and 17 different states. This gives us an edge because our team has received training from all over the world and because of this, we even carry some international products.
Q: How many people are on your team?
A: We currently employ 8 artists but we are always looking for more amazing artists to join our team!
Q: How did you get into the industry?
A: About eight years ago my sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was across the country from her so I couldn't do much but I could help women who were going through a similar situation. So I started a charity that gave makeovers to women who had or were battling cancer. I ran that for three years and decided to turn make up and hair into my profession and started my bridal team.
Q: What's your best advice for a bride looking for a hair and makeup artist?
A: Book a trial! The point of a trial is to try out hair and makeup looks that you like before the wedding. It also helps your nerves so much. We tell all of our clients before the trial to go online and look at people who resemble them. For example, if you have mid-length brown hair then you'll look up mid-length brown hair up-do bridal styles. If you have hooded eyes then you would want to look at bridal makeup looks for hooded eyes. This really helps making your expectations something that your artist will be able to do for you.
Q: Why is it important to hire a hair and makeup artist for a wedding?
A: On your wedding day you want to be able to enjoy it and you want to be able to sit in the moment and see everything that's going on. If you have to worry about doing your own hair and your own makeup, you don't really get to pay attention to all that's going on around you. The day goes so quickly and you want to be present every second of it with your loved ones. The other main reason why you should hire a professional hair and makeup team is because you need to apply 30% to 40% more makeup than an average makeup luck and this can feel a little clownish to yourself when you're doing it. The reason behind this is because professional pictures are usually taken form a distance and they can make it appear as though you have no eyebrows if your eyes are very deep set. As a professional we work with this type of situation on a very regular basis so we know how to make you look as flattering as possible with the professional photographs.
Beyond bridal, Maria and her team also provide services for editorial and commercial shoots. Maria and her team are sure to make you and your ladies feel beautiful from the inside out. Beyond our praises, Southern Belle by MariaNoel has done 500+ weddings, received 6 major awards, and have been featured in 30+ publications. Be sure to check out her website, www.southernbellebymarianoel.com to see some of her amazing before and after photos!