We are so excited to feature this talented lady! And yep, this photo below is of HER…not a model. She is gorgeous inside and out. You will absolutely fall in love with Melissa and be blown away by her talents in the make up and lash department. If you are in Portland and have a wedding (or any special event coming up) you need this awesome gal on your team. She will make you look and feel your most incredible. Meet Melissa! And check her out at www.makeupbymelissapope.com!
Melissa Pope, photographed by: Sara May Photography
AOW: Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
Melissa: I am originally from Huntsville, Alabama and have lived in Portland for 4 years now.
AOW: What is your favorite thing about Portland?
Melissa: The food, the people, the constant fluorescent greenery, so much! I love this city so much.
AOW: What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
Melissa: My favorite spot in Portland is probably Washington Park, there’s just something magical about it.
Photo credit: Danielle Elizabeth
AOW: How long have you been working as a professional make up artist?
Melissa: I started working as a professional make up artist 6 years ago and an eyelash extension artist 1 year ago.
AOW: What people/training/experiences/opportunities led you to this career path?
Melissa: Make up I fell into as I was pursuing a modeling/acting career years ago in Los Angeles. I learned tips from other artists and the more I did my own, the more I started doing my friend’s and I started to see a possible career path. Then I took a bridal makeup artistry class from celeb makeup artist Jena Perry which took my skills to a new level. Training with her was a game changer.
AOW: How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional make up artist for their wedding day?
Melissa: There are so many aspects to a professional, competent makeup artist. Makeup artistry is of course key but what I find to be of equal importance is the presence they bring to the day. Weddings can be chaotic and emotional and my job is to infuse calm and make that bride feel like the most beautiful girl on the planet. Then of course showing up on time, (which means early) fully prepared and getting the job done perfectly and within the time constraints. That’s what you get when you pay a professional.
Photo credit: Sara May Photography
AOW: What is the best part of your job?
Melissa: When the bride is all done with hair and makeup and puts on her dress. I’m usually cleaning up/getting ready to leave, but I always take a moment to watch her family and friends have a meltdown over the bride.
AOW: What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
Melissa: Clients not knowing what they want can be very challenging. But that’s why I require bridal trials, we figure it all out long before the big day so we go in with a game plan.
AOW: Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
Melissa: I work solo but am hired on by other artists as needed and vice versa. I have a great community of artists and we’re all very supportive of each other.
AOW: What do you attribute to your success as a wedding make up artist? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
Melissa: In terms of artistry, my focus is always on enhancing the natural beauty. My brides still look like themselves and I’ve built up a little reputation for being more of a “natural makeup up artist”. But don’t be fooled, I can slay a smokey eye too. In terms of experience, I really take the time to get to know my brides and connect with them. Many of them become friends and I then watch them go on to have babies, it’s a beautiful thing.
Photo credit: Andrea Zajonc
AOW: At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
Melissa: I get hired on average 6-9 months before the wedding day. Portland has a somewhat limited wedding season so I recommend snagging the artist you want ASAP.
AOW: Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
Melissa: I follow a lot of artists on Instagram and of course YouTube. I’m currently a sucker for dewy skin, soft eyes and a bold lip.
AOW: What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
Melissa: I’d say it’s less about asking them questions but more about seeing their work and making sure you like their energy.
AOW: What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Melissa: Take your time to find the vendor that suits you and your needs.
AOW: Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
Melissa: I think that about covers it!
Thank you Melissa! We love your work and will promote you every chance we get! Here is her website again: www.makeupbymelissapope.com