Interview with Kasey Acuff | Memphis Wedding Makeup Artist
Since wedding photography is typically one of the first aspects of wedding planning that couples choose, I often have brides ask me for vendor recommendations for the other aspects of their big day. After ten years of photographing weddings in Memphis, I’ve worked with a lot of the same people and have gotten to know the reliability of their work.
Kasey Acuff is one of Memphis’s best makeup artists, and I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the bridal party dressing room with her and watching her work her magic on many of my brides.
When Kasey is in charge of the makeup artistry, I know that timeline of the day will progress on schedule because she’s very efficient and always on time no matter how many people’s makeup she does. She always helps brides feel at ease when they’re in her hands because her professionalism and the quality of her work speak for themselves. When I have a bride whose makeup is in Kasey’s hands, I always feel confident that her pictures will consistently reflect a classic and glamorous look throughout the rest of the wedding day.
Kasey was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her work!
Can you tell us the story of how you became a makeup artist and how your business evolved?
I honestly cannot remember a time when I did not like makeup! My mom has always been very glamorous (she was married to my dad for a whole year before he ever saw her without makeup!), and I went to esthetics school right after high school so I have been doing make up for a little over 12 years professionally. I have been the official makeup artist for the Memphis Grizzly Girls for going on eight seasons now, and I feel like that really got my name out there and build me a great reputation. I am very thankful for them!
What can a bride expect when she books you for bridal/engagement sessions and the wedding day?
All of my brides get my undivided attention because this is my full-time job, and I take every single bride I get very seriously. For everyone who books me, I am still truly honored to be a part of their big day. I love to customize their vision for the makeup on the wedding day.
Is there a style that you’re known for? What are some of your favorite looks for a bride?
I would say I am known for a very clean polished look, and I am a stickler for texture and like for everything to blend seamlessly. I would like to say I’m a little OCD about it. My favorite bridal look is a very clean, classic smoky eye with a good red lip. I feel like your bridal look should be timeless and should still be appealing 20 years or more from now. I always suggest for people not to do anything that is on trend because you may regret it later on.
Are there any makeup trends that we can expect to see in 2018?
Honestly, I am never one to follow makeup trends. I believe there are no rules technically when it comes to makeup, and whatever makes you feel your best, you should go for.
What’s your favorite part about working with brides and their wedding party on the big day?
My favorite part of being a part of weddings is the warm interaction between all of the bridesmaids and family. It’s a very rewarding feeling to make people feel their most beautiful, and it still gets me emotional when people say “I never thought I could look this beautiful!” It’s still surreal this is my job because it literally is a dream of mine.
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