Melissa, as always was professional, fun and did an amazing job. My makeup was flawless and the photos turned out so beautiful and sexy, I almost don’t recognize myself. I would recommend her highly to friends. And now I have these gorgeous photos to remind me how sassy I am.
Thank you Melissa for a beautiful day. Erin Cadd
As a professional stylist, I have worked with many different photographers across the US and Melissa is definitely top notch. I have spent time both in front of and behind the camera, and from beginning to end Melissa was supportive and made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera. She also made the time in between fun too!
Melissa was able to help bring out my true beauty on camera, which hasn’t always been the case with other photographers, who ended up over-photoshopping me, which didn’t feel like my true essence. I am so thankful to Melissa for the gorgeous photos I know have. They truly capture what I see as my TRUE beauty.
Melissa was great to work with when it came to creating the concept for the shoot, and I’ve used the photos in so many ways beyond what I originally anticipated them for. It made my investment worth way more than the cost of the shoot. Crystal Cave, Personal Stylist & Creator of Style Icon Academy. www.xocrystalcave.com
When Melissa reached out to me to do a shoot with her, my first reaction was “No thank you. I am not happy with my body right now”. But I resisted that critical voice and said yes to Melissa. The boudoir shoot surprised me. There is power in accepting yourself wholly and completely and letting yourself be seen. I let go that day and let the camera see me. I didn’t hide. I let my hair down, messy and raw. I tapped into the feminine strength of vulnerability and softness that so easily gets buried by perfectionism and fear.
When I got the photos, I cried. I saw the woman I had been striving to be- the one I want my daughter to see. I saw strength, power, trust, softness, beauty, femininity, acceptance. I saw fierce self-love. The experience reminded me to put myself first, love myself loud and clear and to be who I am. I cannot recommend Melissa and her boudoir shoots enough. Michelle Long, Founder of Bloom Retreat and The Practice.www.bloomretreat.com
I’ve worked with Melissa in two ways, one where she’s done my hair and makeup start to finish, and two where she teaches me how to do it. When I first hired Melissa to do my hair and makeup for a photo shoot for my website: SarahJenks.com I felt like it was a huge luxury, something I could’ve saved money on and do myself. But during the process I realized that the success of my shoot was dependent on how beautiful I FELT and making that extra effort to hire Melissa, have her pamper me and make me look amazing helped me really step into my best self and really glow. I also looked frickin’ amazing and didn’t think I could ever make myself look like that on my own.
Since then I’ve hired Melissa to do my makeup for special events, parties and speaking engagements, just because it helps me feel centered and my best. Guaranteed confidence and poise is totally worth the money.
THEN Melissa suggested she teach me her ways so I can look photo shoot ready all the time. To be honest, I was convinced I was doing my makeup the “right” way and Melissa was just magic. Turns out, I was doing it all wrong. Melissa helped me clean out all my make up (I was a bit of a hoarder), told me what I needed to buy and then taught me how to do my hair and makeup.
I started getting compliments on Instagram on my makeup, and whenever I left the house people asked me how I did my hair. I even pulled off a cool fishtail side bun last week! I know it can sound frivolous or vain, but the reality is that beauty comes from the inside, but it doesn’t have to stay there, and thanks to Melissa, I finally feel like a the full expression of myself.
Sarah Jenks, Founder and CEO www.sarahjenks.com and Live More Weigh Less.
I am really picky about my hair and makeup. After working in the cosmetics industry for nearly 9 years, I am rarely ever happy with the way other people do my makeup. It usually looks too caked-on, too heavy, too…not me. So when my friend Sarah Jenks suggested we hire Melissa for a photoshoot, I reluctantly braced myself for disappointment. Melissa blew my mind. My hair and makeup were not only exactly what I wanted, but done much better than I could do myself. Best of all, it still looked fresh at the end of the day, which included a 2-hour trip each way to the shoot, and a few hours of photographing out in the hot sun. I was amazed.
Since then, Melissa is absolutely the only person I’ll let touch my face. We worked together again for a branding photoshoot, and again, she knocked it out of the park. She’s a master at her craft and I’m so grateful to have found her!
Nisha Moodley, Women’s Leadership Coach and Creator of Fierce, Fabulous, Free, the Freedom Mastermind, and The Virtual Sisterhood. www.nishamoodley.com.
I ADORE the look Melissa put together for me for both of my brand photo shoots. I had a clear picture of what I wanted and she delivered! I’m so proud to “show off” those shots!I loved how she listened to what I wanted and made it happen. I’ve worked with so many hair/MUA in my career as an actress and also for business and I always felt like they would make my hair poker straight and use really unflattering colors on my face, never listening to the “look” I wanted. Melissa took my idea and made it applicable to me and I love it! I wish I could hire her to wake up with me every morning and make me beautiful, like Rachel Zoe does.
I’m so proud of my photos that look like me at my best!
Would I recommend her to friends and other entrepreneurs? ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY 🙂 I am definitely going to hire her for a hair/makeup tutorial sometime soon and she is the only hair/makeup guru I will ever hire! So, when my HBO pilot gets picked up, I hope she plans for a move to Detroit for a few months (hehe).
Melissa Cassera, CEO Cassera Communications, www.casseracommunications.
I had first received amazing referrals from two ladies that had nothing but praise about working with Melissa for my branding photo shoot. It was a done deal before we even connected 🙂 She made me feel completely comfortable….like we had been friends forever. I felt completely confident during my photo shoot because I felt amazing and looked amazing and it shows in the final images that were produced…the photo shoot wasn’t a waste of money because I didn’t feel the need to knit pick my appearance.Actually, if I could, I’d have Melissa fly with me everywhere I could go so she could be all mine. But that would be selfish, right? I just loved and appreciated Melissa’s presence, professional but personal.
Alicia Caine, CEO & Founder, Alicia Caine International, www.aliciacaine.com.
Usually makeup artists can be very heavy handed and the makeup can be caked on – but Melissa wasn’t like that at all! It looked so natural and beautiful, and very fresh and clean. I’ve noticed that since I worked with Melissa I have been more motivated to work on my makeup! I realized a little goes a long way. Melissa was very easy to work with! She was responsive to what my desires were and didn’t try to push other ideas on me.I looked amazing in all my photos! I always send my friends her way when they need hair and makeup done.
Melissa was an epic delight to work with. She made us feel so comfortable and relaxed, and any worries we had quickly disappeared. She really took the time to listen to us and hear how we desired to look in the shoot. And the results were ah-mazing! She is a true talent and anyone who works with her is blessed.
Jordana Jaffe and Genavieve Shingle Jaffe, Business and Legal Coaches, and Founders of The Magical Business Academy. www.magicalbusinessacademy.com.
So, I’m pretty picky when it comes to hair and makeup. I really don’t like to look too “done,” and nearly every time I’ve had professional primping, I ended up looking just… not like me. I’m usually tempted to just do it myself, but this shoot was special. I knew I could trust Melissa. I’m not kidding when I say I partially chose the location of my shoot because I knew I could work with her!
From the moment I hired her, Melissa went above and beyond. The questionnaire she sent me before (and the Pinterest board she assembled!) made me feel so loved and tended to. The looks she came up with were exactly what I was hoping for, so I felt immediately at ease about the day itself. At the shoot, Melissa’s presence is at once completely confident, soft and warm. She is responsive and attentive. She notices every detail. She offers skilled opinions but defers to your desires. Her work is very intuitive — she knows how to call forth the facet of your range that is needed for the moment. She conjures your shininess, without making you feel inauthentic or plastic. Basically, she is a beauty shaman.
I love the pictures that were taken with Melissa’s support more than any others that have ever been taken of me. Including my wedding photos. Hands down. I’m so spoiled now, I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to work with another hair & makeup person again. Book her!
Ginny Muir, Body & Soul Guide www.ginnymuir.com.
I’ve done two Personal Branding Shoots with Melissa and Wendy Yalom. After my shoot, I could see myself differently, and my confidence increased. Melissa made me feel super comfortable and supported the whole day. My first shoot was pretty nerve wracking and I had no idea what to expect. I loved my hair and make-up, I actually looked in the mirror and said ‘wow’, which is not something I’m used to saying! Having her there the whole day to do touch-ups, change my hairstyle and lip color was amazing, I’ve never felt so taken care of! I was done-up, but my make-up didn’t feel (or look) heavy or cakey. Thanks so much for making both of my shoots really fun days and making me look beautiful and feel confident!
Joanna Turner, Business & Success Coach; www.missionforbalance.com.
When I first signed up for my virtual Signature Makeover session, I wasn’t quite sure how much I could learn over Skype. But since our Skype lesson I feel more confident putting on makeup. I loved that Melissa had looks picked out for me and created my own board on Pinterest, and they were spot-on. She was able to work with the makeup I already had, so I didn’t need to buy anything new – I loved creating new looks from stuff I already owned. Everyone tells me how pretty I look when I do my makeup now. I can’t believe how much I was able to learn about putting on makeup over a Skype session . It’s incredibly valuable – increases your confidence and makes you feel more beautiful. I will definitely be recommending Melissa to my friends.
Martine Holston, Life Coach, www.martineholston.com, .
I feel so much better about myself now that I have some basic, quick makeup tips. The Beauty Brand lesson was so so helpful! Melissa is great at explaining things in a way that makes sense. She also, helped me learn how to mix my current products with new stuff which was great!!! I’ve definitely benefited from our session together. As a new mom I want to feel good about my appearance but I don’t always have the time. Melissa’s tips helped me immensely!! I love that Melissa knows how to make natural makeup look like perfection. I’ve been recommending her to all my friends and clients when they need their hair and makeup done or want to learn how to do it like she does.
Melanie Kluger, Personal Stylist, www.headoverheelswithmelanie.com,
Working with Melissa and learning from her was a great experience. She used what I already had to help me perfect my look and I didn’t need to spend a ton of money. Learning how to use the eyelash curler was huge, and the order in which to put on my makeup. It was a game changer for me! Melissa was friendly, helpful and straightforward. She didn’t just put makeup on me, she showed me, step by step, how to do it. I would absolutely recommend her services!
Alexis Schlamberg, Co-Founder, www.elevategeny.com.
I was getting really tired of my eye makeup routine- it was the same one I’d been using for years. So I booked a virtual lesson with Melissa. There were a few new things I wanted to try, and she understood exactly what I was talking about. She sent me a list of a few things to buy, and during the lesson showed me how to use each one. She also showed me how to combine the new products with what I already had in my makeup kit.
She explained everything clearly and showed me what I had been doing wrong that was making me now like what I was doing before. In a little over an hour, I had 4 new eye looks. Since our lesson, I’ve easily executed the new looks several times. I finally feel confident doing my makeup- and excited about the fresh, new options I have. As an Image Consultant and Personal Stylist, I have very high standards for who I work with in this industry. I cannot recommend Melissa enough and would use her without hesitation both for myself and clients.
Julie Rath, Founder and CEO, www.RathAndCo.com.
My biggest hesitation about signing up for a Signature Makeover was not being able to re-create anything I learned and that wearing makeup would irritate my skin as it has done in the past. After my lesson, I LOVE taking the time to put make up on. I remember what I learned and can easily use the make-up brushes to help me put it on in a few short minutes. I feel like it looks like I had my make up done by a makeup artist. I actually had a woman at the gym ask me if I was a make up artist. It felt so awesome and I left the locker room with a bounce in my step!
The best thing I liked about the Signature Makeover is being able to learn how to do an everyday look and then build on it with an evening look. I even found the feature of my face I like to highlight and it’s my eyes. Doing my hair and makeup has now become a morning routine for me. I feel so beautiful when I leave the house and just a bit more alive. I no longer leave the gym with my hair up in a ponytail and no make-up on. I have style and a bounce in my step, and I feel feminine and beautifully confident. I would highly recommend doing a Beauty Brand lesson to any woman.
Jenn Bradshaw, Well Woman Coach and Wholistic Kinsesiologist, www.jennbradshaw.com.
Prior to meeting with Melissa, I was feeling stuck in a routine and got to the point of not even being interested in taking a few minutes to do my makeup or hair. One of the excuses I used was that I’m just “too busy” rushing out the door for work every morning. In my lesson, Melissa showed me ways to do my makeup in 5 minutes with options to add-on later for a day to evening look. What a difference! Now I actually look forward to taking a few minutes for myself in the morning to get ready. I’ve noticed it makes me FEEL happier & confident. I leave the house feeling pretty fearless now. And best of all? My friends notice the improvement too.
I also loved that I got to work with Melissa one-on-one. Her makeup application teaching session was tailored to me. She showed me the right tools to be using, application how-to’s, and also gave me color & brand recommendations specifically for me. Not just for makeup, but for hair color, too – the complete package! Loved that! Besides makeup, she also taught me how to style my hair – I finally know how to make those sexy beach wave curls ladies! Most of all, I had FUN with Melissa.
I’m SO glad I did this – it’s one of the best things I’ve done for myself. I walked away from my session with Melissa feeling so much more self-assured & knowledgeable. Now I feel excited to use the skills & tools she taught me. I have my own “tool kit” now and I actually look forward to using it every day! I’ve done sessions at Sephora and elsewhere, but spending time with her is so different because your session is exclusive & personable, and you’re working with a Pro who really knows about color & tools who will customize them for YOU.
Beth Donaldson, Office Manager for Construction Firm.
When I booked my Beauty Brand Makeover, I really wasn’t sure I needed it. I actually thought I was “ok” when it came to the hair and makeup department. Turns out I was wrong, I had A LOT to learn. And it was so fun too! After my lesson, I feel more confident in myself, my style and my make up. I also feel way more excited to experiment with different looks (hair and make up) for day, night, and special occasions. Turns out that just learning a couple quick tricks can really upgrade everything. My new husband loves it too!
I loved working with Melissa! She is so warm, and could I feel right away how passionate and talented she is at her work. She is a natural teacher with amazing patience and ability to explain things clearly and simply. She will hold your hand when you get frustrated and get excited with you when learn something new. Learning to contour my cheeks was SO exciting! And made me feel super sexy! What a difference! And I would have never thought it could be so simple. I have more fun now doing my hair and make up and I feel more creative and motivated to change it up and try new things. My lesson has helped me feel versatile in my look but still me wherever I go.
I would definitely recommend Melissa’s services to other women. Beauty starts from the inside and moves outward. When our inside beauty is represented on the outside we feel more alive, connected, and confident.
Rebecca McLoughlin – Life and Interior Coach at Beautiful Living. www.rebeccamcloughlin.com.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. For being amazing not only at what you do for a living but also as a person.
As you know I was so incredibly nervous before our shoot but your confidence, poise and kindness helped ease my nerves and made it seem totally normal to be sitting in a leather jacket and not much else in public.
You and Danielle have opposite energies but the combination is deadly. You are the calming force, the reassurance and always an encouragement. You so easily adapt from being totally in control of hair and makeup to being the support team when the camera comes out. The two of you make an amazing team!
It is easy to see that your talent comes naturally as you swiftly changed from look to look, making not only my makeup but also my unruly hair look amazing! You made me feel beautiful and confident in my own skin. I just can’t thank you enough.
I didn’t expect to walk away from that day feeling like I made two new girl friends but I most definitely did. You girls are simply amazing and your clients are beyond lucky to have you.
Kate Kittinger, Lawyer.
Melissa did a great job on my makeup! I was so happy with how I looked and felt so pretty! I received so many positive comments! She came up with some great ideas and everything looked so flawless and natural on me! She is so friendly and personable as well as professional. I highly recommend her!
Jessica Slatt, RN.
Melissa was an amazing artist! She was so professional, quick and on-time. I enjoyed working with her and loved that she listened and created a look I was really happy with. She’s so friendly too that I felt like I was working with an old friend!
I used her for myself and my wedding party and she did a fabulous job making us look our best. I was able to enjoy my wedding not worrying about touch-ups or how I looked. I would love to use her again for other events!
Gail Meyer Burdick
I recently got married and hired Melissa to do my hair and makeup for both our engagement photos and wedding and couldn’t be more thrilled. She is super friendly, organized and a great listener. Also, she was very prompt in returning emails, which made it easy to communicate and plan. It was such a pleasure working with her and I hope to work with her again in the future.
For our engagement shoot, I was happy to hear that Melissa would come to my house. I had a few photos picked out and we talked about what I was looking for in my “look”. Melissa did an excellent job- she had the colors and “look” perfect. We were finished about 2 hours before the actual shoot and my hair + makeup lasted well through the shoot (and beyond) and I love the way it looked in our photos. So much so that I was positive I wanted to book her for our wedding!
For our wedding, we met prior for a consultation and trial (again at my house). She asked that I have pictures of what I liked and didn’t like (which I thought was great). She took a good deal of time getting to know my skin, my daily regimen and what I was looking for in my wedding look. I loved my hair + makeup after my trial- she beautifully created the exact look I was going for. Luckily, it was my (now) husband’s birthday that night so I got to show off my look at his party and his exact quote was “you need to do your makeup like that every day”!
The day of our wedding, Melissa came to my parents house with her associate and set up early. She was very organized and had previously sent me an itinerary with my bridesmaids names and times. The morning/afternoon went very smoothly and did not feel rushed at all. There was plenty of time and we all just enjoyed some music and each other’s company. Everyone looked beautiful. After the trial, I was confident that I would be happy with my look, however I was blown away with how awesome my hair and makeup turned out. She added a little more flair to my hair; and the airbrush makeup was flawless. Melissa met us at the venue and stayed through ceremony and the after-pictures making touch-ups when necessary and changing up my hair a little bit for the reception before she took off. My hair and makeup lasted all night- through some joyful tears and plenty of dancing. My husband still talks about how beautiful I looked!
Ashley Ponce Morrison, RN
Melissa is an amazing makeup artist! Not only is she super talented, she is also on top of all details. She always responded to my emails/calls within a business day. She also took a lot of time to do a “practice run” with my makeup. She really took her time to make sure it was exactly what I wanted. On the day of my wedding, she came early and was so flexible! I was running late and my attention was drawn in a million different directions – she took it all in stride and did such an AMAZING JOB! I have never looked, nor felt, so beautiful! She really transformed me and really listened to what I wanted. I just love her and can’t recommend her enough.
Mindy Mutschelknaus, Marketing Manager
Melissa was so wonderful to work with on our wedding day! She arrived early and gave each of my bridesmaids and mom the personal attention they deserve! She is so sweet and calm that we were all at ease, which was particularly great on such an important day.
The makeup was flawless and I am now a life-long supporter of airbrush foundation. It makes such a difference in the photos and made me feel like a more confident bride! Oh and the eyeliner was to die for! So gorgeous!
I cannot recommend Melissa enough. I received so many compliments about how I was simply glowing that day and I owe that partly to Melissa and partly to my husband!
Whitney Grant, Handwriter at www.roseycalligraphy.com
Look no further – Melissa is the one for you! She did my hair and makeup for a boudoir shoot and I fell in love with her work so I hired her to do my wedding, and I have no regrets! Melissa listens to what I wanted, and was able to suggest looks when I was unsure. During the trial, I showed her a photo of the updo I wanted and not only did she do it, she put a little twist in it (literally!) and it came out better than I ever imagined! After the trial, I asked her to make a few tweaks to hair and makeup and she did so without any hesitation.
Everyone complimented me on the day of, with folks saying my hair and makeup went so well with my dress and that I looked so stunning.
Melissa is super organized, very professional, and has a wonderful attitude. You won’t go wrong with her!
Andrea Maranon Guinto
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