Photo Credit: Focca Photography

Today’s wedding vendor interview is with Bridal Makeup Artist Daniela Polla, of Face Time with Daniela based in Toronto, ON! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Face Time with Daniela is a makeup artistry company that focuses on natural and modern beauty. We offer hair and makeup packages for brides to be who are looking for natural as well as more glamorous looks. We also offer makeup and hair services for special events, as well as easy to follow makeup lessons for beginners, teens and more advanced participants.

Read the full interview after the cut!

Photo Credit: Blackbird Photography

How did you get into the business?

It was actually by accident. I went with a friend to tour a makeup school she was looking to enroll into, and at the end of the tour I was hooked. I had always been creative, painting as a young person, so makeup was a natural fit for me.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

Seeing the transformation right before my eyes, and getting to know different people. You realize that we all have a story and we want to tell it; and as a makeup artist you are intimate with your client right away, as you are literally in their face, so you develop a rapport quite quickly.

Photo Credit: KNE Studio Photography

If you could pick one unique product or service offering, which would be your favorite, and why?

Makeup lessons are one of my favourite things about what I do. I really enjoy imparting my knowledge or a certain technique onto my participant, I feel that makeup is something everyone can use and have fun with, but many women I meet with are intimidated by makeup. Lifting that intimidation is a great feeling.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to others just getting started in your field?

A career in makeup doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a long time to develop your skill; equally with makeup artistry and with people. Working with people is a skill that needs constant attention, so keep working at it everyday. Also, going the extra mile is never the wrong move, and doesn’t go unnoticed, even if it feels that way sometimes.

Photo Credits: Kate Simandl Photography

What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

Being in the gym is important to me, it helps me de-stress and feel productive.

Any great stories from working with a client?

It is quite recent, actually. I received a very thoughtful review from a bride that really meant a lot to me. It was near the end of the summer and I had done  lot of weddings. She outlined our entire journey together, from the consultation to the trial and our correspondence up to the big day. I felt like I was truly a special part of her day, and that is something very special to me.

What makes you different from others in your field?

I think it is making that personal connection. I like meeting brides to be in person for the initial consultation. It is complimentary, but I think it is really important. I like to go over all the questions and get all the details about the wedding; and also what their day to day makeup is like etc. I think getting to know each bride’s style is important in determining the makeup look for the big day.

Photo Credits: Tara McMullen Photography

Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I see a lot of Pinterest pictures, and I find liquid liner or cat eyes featured in a lot of the looks. I have nothing against the flick of the eye liner or the liner itself, but I find it is not always the most flattering. I find soft, blown out makeup much more flattering, especially around the eyes. Harsh lines on the face do not look natural.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?

I think being strategic about your budget is more important than trying to save on everything. Focus on what’s important to you, and let go of the extras. Same goes for DIY, don’t try to DIY on the big stuff- drop it in here and there, it becomes seamless that way. Also, be careful when hiring friends or family to do important jobs; for example a friend may be better suited to an MC role than as your photographer.  There is only one opportunity to get it right, the wedding day, that’s it, hire a professional.

Thanks, Daniela! For more information about Face Time with Daniela, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.

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