A Conversation with Make-up Artist Lindsay Montgomery - District Weddings

A Conversation with Make-up Artist Lindsay Montgomery

April 27, 2009

Last week, we were all about Real Weddings.  This week, we’re welcoming D.C.’s best.  Top local wedding vendors will be stopping by to offer advice, shed insight, and give their two cents.

First up…I am so excited to welcome make-up artist Lindsay Steffens Montgomery!  Lindsay is one of the most sought-after make-up artists in the D.C. area.  In addition to make-up, Lindsay also does brow shaping and lash extensions — everything you need to look your best on your big day.  

Lindsay is so friendly, so lovely.  On your wedding day, she’ll make you feel relaxed, comfortable, and beautiful — not to mention she’ll come to your home, your hotel, or wherever you are getting ready, and she’ll bring everything she needs with her!

Okay, let’s get to it…

What is the best way to find a good make-up artist?  How far in advance should a bride book a make-up artist?

Without a doubt, the best way to find a good make-up artist is through a referral. A personal recommendation from someone you trust is ideal. So if you loved your friend’s make-up at her wedding, ask her who she used. Find out what her experience was like. It may be just what you are looking for.

If you are working with an event planner, take advantage of his/her connections. Planners usually have a list of preferred vendors in the area, and this can be a great resource.

As far as booking, most timelines recommend you select an artist 2-3 months in advance.  However, if you have your heart set on using someone in particular, I would book them as soon as possible.  Odds are you aren’t the only one who would like to use them, so contact them early to secure a spot on their calendar. Once you have selected your make-up artist, a deposit not only reserves the date it also ensures a peaceful state of mind as you continue your wedding planning journey.  

How far in advance should a bride schedule her make-up trial?  Do you recommend only 1 trial?

It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish with your trial. If you are using the trial as an “interview” of sorts, you will obviously want to do the trial as soon as possible. If, on the other hand, you are already certain you want to use a particular artist, then the trial can take place closer to the wedding date. Personally, I prefer to meet with brides for their trial 1-2 months ahead of time.  This way most of the major wedding decisions will have been made, so we can discuss the colors, setting and style of the wedding.


makeup_lindsay_montgomery1Make-up by Lindsay Montgomery; Photos by Mark Staff Photography (left); Patricia Lyons Photography (right)


What should a bride bring with her when she goes for her trial?

I recommend a bride bring any magazine or online pictures of makeup styles that appeal to her. That way, the bride has a visual aid to help demonstrate the look she wants to achieve. It is also helpful to see a picture of the wedding dress and any swatches or pictures of the bridesmaids’ dresses. All these items help to ensure the bride will look the way she has always envisioned on her special day.

Do you travel on-site for weddings?  Do you usually do an entire bridal party?  If so, does the bride usually pay for this?  How can she offer this service for her bridesmaids without paying for it herself?

Yes, almost all of my wedding work is done on-site, so my make up arsenal is fully mobile. Even the director’s chair that I bring for the women to sit in has wheels!

I love when the entire wedding party has their make-up done. The continuity just looks so great in photos, and any bride will tell you these photos help preserve the memories forever.

 However, every bride’s situation is a little different. Some brides choose to pay for make-up as a thank you to her attendants, while others may not.  Even if a bride is not paying, I recommend she offer the service to everyone, include the price, and let the individuals make their own decisions. 

makeup_lindsay_montgomery2Make-up by Lindsay Montgomery; Photos by Brett Butterstein Photography


How long have you been doing make-up for weddings?  What kind of trends are you seeing right now?

I have been doing make-up for weddings for over 10 years. Many people comment on what a fun job it must be, and I could not agree more. Every wedding is so unique, and I truly love playing such an integral role on these joyful occasions. 

As for trends in wedding make-up, the esthetician side of me says “flawless skin.” It is always important to make skin look even, healthy, and radiant. The make-up can do a lot of the work, but it is a good idea to get into the habit of good skincare, especially around an event as important as your wedding day.

Other than that, I personally try not to follow too many trends in wedding make-up. I think trendy make-up may date your photos when you look back at them 10-15 years from now. I opt for classic, natural make-up that enhances the individual’s natural beauty.

Throughout the planning, we create a look that suits her personal style. Ultimately, I want the bride to feel beautiful! Having recently been a bride myself, I find it incredibly heartwarming to be a part of her journey on this magical wedding day.


A special thanks to Lindsay for stopping in to share her insight.  If you would like to speak with Lindsay about your wedding make-up, shoot me an email and I’ll send you her contact info!


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