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Vendor Shout-Out: Kirstie Wight MUA

You have a lot of details to figure out for your Portland wedding, but don’t forgot the importance of your make-up artist! After all, he or she will be making sure you look your best and will be playing an extremely important role in your big day. Make sure you hire a professional! Someone who is talented, understands what you want, will be reliable and on time, and that you like! They will be with you and your friends while you are getting ready and you need to be very comfortable with them. We love local make-up artist Kirstie Wight and we know you will too. Read on to learn all about her!

Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland? 

I was born and raised in Coquille, Ore. It’s very small coastal town in southern Oregon. I moved to Portland in 1993 and have lived here the majority of my adult life. I have spent a few years in Seattle and LA but I am happy to call Portland my home.

What is your favorite thing about Portland? 

How long can my answer be? Honestly, I love this city. It not too big, it’s not too small, it’s just right. People are genuinely nice, the food scene is great, the city is beautiful, it’s green, lush and full of beauty. I love the sense of community that I have living here in the Pacific Northwest.

What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland? 

Powell’s City of Books. I remember when I moved here as a teen, I would take the bus downtown and spend hours pouring over books and magazines. It’s still one of my favorite thing to do.

How long have you been working as a professional wedding makeup artist? 

Seven years as a full-time freelance bridal hair and makeup artist.

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Photo credit: Jessica Hill Photography

What people/training/experiences/opportunities led you to this career path? 

Oh, that’s a good story! I was taking a friend out for a fancy birthday dinner and we were a little early for our reservation. To kill some time, we decided to shop at the Aveda store right next to the restaurant. After asking a few the staff a few questions, I was asked if I would like to come back after dinner and have a job interview. I was a little taken aback because it was so unexpected and I was not at all prepared. The stars aligned and I got the job. Not surprisingly, I gravitated toward the makeup and then ended up being their go-to makeup artist and the rest is history!

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Photo credit: Sweetlife Photography

How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional makeup artist for their wedding day? 

When you hire a hair and makeup artist for your wedding day, you want to make sure that you are both on the same page. This is your appearance we’re talking about! Your look should be a collaboration between you and your artist and you want to look like the very best version of yourself. The truth is, most people that come to me have never had a professional hair and makeup experience. Make sure that the person you hire totally gets you and can execute your vision. Your wedding day is one of the most documented days of your life (if not THE most). Not only do you want your hair and makeup to last for the duration of your big day but you want to make sure it looks great in person, in photographs, and on video. All of this is not typically achieved without a professional hair and makeup artist.  

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Photo credit: Jessica Hill Photography

What is the best part of your job? 

That’s hard to narrow down, but I would have to say that when I see the look on my beautiful brides face after she is dressed in her gown and actually see’s herself as a bride. It gets me every time. 

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Photo credit: 8_FS Photography

What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general? 

Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is an ongoing challenge that I face during wedding season. On average I do about 40 weddings a year and most of them happen between May and October. I take advantage of the off-season by slowing down and focusing on my friends and family. All work and no play makes me a little crazy!

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Photo credit: Hazelwood Photography

Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team? 

I work independently and hire on professional hair and makeup artists as needed, depending on the number of hair and makeup services needed for your wedding day. On average I can do up to 6 or 7 services in one day. 

What do you attribute to your success as a wedding makeup artist? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field? 

Truthfully, I treat my job as if I were doing my own sister’s hair and makeup for her wedding day (which I did, of course!). I am invested in everyone who decides that I am the right fit for their big day. My goal is to have you to look back on your wedding day and say that: I loved my experience and I have honestly never felt more beautiful.

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Photo credit: Sweetlife Photography

At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you? 

After you have your wedding date picked, your venue booked and your gown chosen (though that isn’t a necessity). I am a boutique business and once I book a date, I am no longer available. 

Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about? 

I draw inspiration from the bride herself, the gown and the color palette. I am not really a trendy person. Classic beauty never ever goes out of style!

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Photo credit: Hazelwood Photography

What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them? 

‘Are you available for my wedding date?’.

What is your best advice for wedding clients? 

Hire a wedding coordinator! If that is not a possibility, have friends or family help you execute all the setup and other details that you need to have done on your wedding day. You think that you will have plenty of extra time on your wedding day but it goes by so much quicker than you think. If you have to focus on the wedding details, it will take away from your overall experience. People want to help out. Let them!

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Photo credit: Jenni Kupelian Photography

Anything else you’d like couples to know about you? 

I went to the Western Culinary Institute in the late ’90s and surprise, I have a culinary degree! And while it may seem like makeup artistry and hair styling and the culinary arts are miles away from each other, the experiences are quite similar. They are both art forms that are best appreciated in real time. The composition, design, collaboration and all other moving parts have to come together perfectly to create one very special experience. I love that!

Also, If you want to know where to eat in town, I’m your gal!

Phone | 503-804-5081
The featured photo for this post is by Jessica Hill Photography and is of Kirstie Wight herself.