“I had no aspirations whatsoever to be a makeup artist” shares Erin of Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design, as she tells us how she got started in the bridal artistry world. Pretty surprising for such a talented artist! We never would have thought this wasn’t her original passion.
Erin is a Texas native, but grew up in Oklahoma were she became a “Boomer Sooner” as she attended the University of Oklahoma for her first three years of college. She then moved to Houston where she finished out her degree in advertising at the University of Houston. Erin teases, “I moved for a boy. No, not my husband…he came later.”
After graduating, Erin moved back to Dallas to start her marketing career. Five years later in 2004, while working as a manager and graphic artist, she became friends with an established bridal makeup artist who was getting very busy! She asked Erin if she wanted to help her out occasionally on the weekends and taught Erin a few things to get her started. “I took to makeup artistry very quickly. It really isn’t all that different from graphic design, just different tools!” says Erin
After years of working as a makeup artist on the side of her full time corporate job, and two kids later life became busy. Erin realized she needed to make a change. After some self reflection she came to the conclusion that her passion was in her artistry, working with brides, and owning her own business. She left her full time job as a manager and graphic artist and made makeup artistry a full time gig. With a smile Erin states, “Nobody was more surprised than me at the direction my career took!”
While Erin has never gone to a traditional “beauty school” she has consistently invested in her education and skills since she decided to make her bridal artistry business her full time career six years ago. Erin is proud to have received personal training from some of the best artists in the business.
Erin loves helping brides discover their most beautiful version of themselves. She even boasts that, “The products I’m selling are self-esteem and confidence! Sometimes I can visibly see their shoulders straighten and their chin lift before they’ve even seen themselves in the mirror.” The happy tears when a bride sees herself in a way she’s never seen before are the moments Erin lives for and what make her job her passion.
Her proudest moment in her bridal makeup artistry career so far has been being nominated for an AACWP award (American Association of Certified Wedding Planners) 3 years running.
When we asked Erin to describe her style this is what she had to say “See the girl, not the makeup! I like my brides to look youthful and classically beautiful, but still like themselves.” Erin’s trademark is flawlessly glowing skin and romantic, lifted eyes. She wants her bride to look their best and also timeless in their photos. That way they love the way they look for years to come.
Erin offers a bit of advice for brides when choosing their artist for their wedding day, “First and foremost, don’t just choose a makeup artist, choose a wedding beauty professional. There are a lot of other factors that go into your wedding makeup other than the actual wedding makeup. Artists with successful businesses that specialize in weddings will have a thorough understanding of how to coordinate with your planner and photographer, how to schedule your day so you get to your first look on time, and the high level of customer service needed for such an important event.”
Makeup/Hair by: Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design
Erin also suggests looking at unedited before and after photos like the one above to get a more clear idea of the artist’s aesthetic and skills. Sometimes it can be hard to get an indication of skill level from professional edited photographs. You need to make sure your artist can make you look great without digital enhancement!
“As my business grows I find myself transitioning more into an educator and mentor for both my team and other aspiring artists which is really exciting! But don’t worry; first and foremost, I’ll always be an artist.” says Erin. Currently Erin’s team consists of six fantastic makeup artists and hair stylists all whom she has personally trained. Her business is expanding and looking bright! She is spending more and more time conducting makeup lessons for her clients after their weddings and promoting her retail line of professional cosmetics.
It is always a pleasure to work with Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design! Erin and her team are organized, easy to communicate with, and timely which is a big help to keep our brides on schedule for their wedding day. Along with being efficient Erin and her team are such a joy to be around, next time you see her make sure you tell her we said hello!