Client Testimonials

"Melissa possesses a talent like no other. I found her through word of mouth while seeking someone out to do my bridal makeup. First, I should say I am very selective and particular, some might even say difficult to please. That being said, Melissa exceeded my expectations for making me feel like the most beautiful bride on my special day. I don't normally wear much makeup, so I was worried about looking overdone. I scheduled a trial two days before my wedding, and she proved herself to be stellar at what she does! I was beyond pleased even just with the trial. I was so in love with her work, I did not even want to wash my face that night! She really listens to what look you want, and you can tell she loves what she does. These are all very important qualities! To top it off, you feel like she's a friend, since she's so personable. On the big day, Melissa worked with me to exceed what she did for me on the trial run. Not only did my makeup last, it photographed so exceptionally well. I literally felt like I came out of a magazine, because of how well she did my makeup. I felt like a million bucks and so beautiful, just as every bride should on her wedding day! I am normally quite self critical, but Melissa gave me nothing to criticize! I wish she was local for me, because I would love to have someone like her available to do my makeup for all of my special occasions. I will most definitely seek Melissa out again, the next time I'm in town. I don't even normally care for pictures much, but she makes you up so well, it makes you want to be photographed! :-) I highly recommend Melissa for any and all makeup not hesitate to hire her for whatever occasion you may need to look your very best. I have literally never been made up so gorgeous, as when Melissa made me up both on the trial and my wedding day!"

Sandy Wong

"I was in search for a MUA in the TCI area for my sister's destination wedding. Others were recommended to us but I was not particularly impressed with their portfolio, especially as a woman of color. We were looking for someone who had experience doing a diverse group and who was able to give us the drama we were looking for without being garish. I did research for a solid 2 weeks before I came across Melissa's name. I researched and stalked her Instagram page for another 2 weeks and was very excited because I saw she had a really good range.

I reached out to her and she was very prompt in her communications and easy to work with. On the day of, she came in early and ready to go. The final product was amazing! She had us feeling GORGEOUS. I could not take enough pictures! I HIGHLY recommend Melissa and if she were to ever come up to the NYC area (or I go down to TCI), I would most definitely use her again."

Beatrice Suffrant

"Melissa is great. I got married in Turks and Caicos and wanted to find a makeup artist that has a wide variety of clients. I was very happy to come across Melissa. she was very patient with me since I'm particular about my makeup. I didn't do a trial run but she came through beautifully on our wedding day. she did my makeup, my moms and my 4 bridesmaids. she made adjustments as needed to make sure we were happy."

Germina Suffrant

"Melissa was awesome to work with! She was professional, friendly and truly talented. My husband and I went to Turks & Caicos for our honeymoon and hired a professional photographer to take some pictures. My makeup by Melissa was flawless and I continue to receive compliments when people see the photos. She was able to come to my hotel suite and do my makeup for me there which was very convenient for me. I would give her my highest recommendation!"

Sheri Patel

“Melissa was an absolute dream! My makeup trial went flawlessly, and then my wedding day she was open to change, and such a lovely person. So professional, had everything ready and always came early. Eager to help my family, positive and grateful. Great skillmanship and so talented. Modern and knew exactly what I wanted to a T. I wish she could make me look perfect every day! I will always remember Melissa as one of the things that made my day SO perfect! Thank you MJ!”

Danielle Birkbeck

Melissa took my vision of what I wanted for my bridal look and she executed it to perfection. She was on-time and professional. She also did a great job on my bridesmaid make-up. Overall I would recommend her to everyone with any type of make up looks.


Melissa is an awesome, did you hear me??? AWESOME!!!! She made me look fabulous! She made my bridal party look fabulous! She made my mom look fabulous! OMG!!!! My wedding day was fantastic and one of the reasons??? I looked fantastic! I would could not have chosen a better MUA!


Personable, Professional & Prompt
I was referred to MJ by a make up artist who was unable to travel to New Rochelle. From the moment I reached out, I knew I had found the perfect artist for me and my bridal party. She did an amazing job at the consultation (we both asked lots of questions and then got started). I was totally blown away. I booked her immediately. She is very professional and the booking process was streamlined and simple. As the wedding approached, we both reached out to each other to confirm everything. The day of the wedding, she arrived early, set up and immediately got right to work. My bridesmaids do not usually wear makeup and they were concerned … HA!! Once MJ finished with them, they were in awe!!! We all looked and felt AMAZING!! I would recommend MJ - 100% - hands down - no question!! She is the real deal.

Gloria C.

Melissa was amazing! I was referred to Melissa by my wedding planner Danielle Regis-Roberson of Style and Flair Events. Melissa did my makeup for my bridal shower and I was immediately impressed by her professionalism and sweet personality. I knew right away that I wanted her to do my makeup on my wedding day (May 23, 2019) as well as makeup for my mother, maid of honor, and matron of honor. I felt so beautiful that day! Melissa will be my go-to makeup artist for every big event in my life moving forward!

Simone M.

MJ is Outstanding! A true professional and a gem!
I found MJ on Instagram while searching for a MUA for my wedding. From the makeup trial to the day of my wedding, MJ has always answered phone calls and text messages. She answered questions and also provided tips. On 8/3/19, the day of my wedding, MJ arrived early to set up and to allow the ladies to get use to her. Every Bridesmaid made up by MJ was in total awe over her work! All of my wedding guest kept asking and saying, Whomever did your make up, SHE DID THAT!!! For many know that I am not a woman who is into make up, but I trusted MJ not only because of her professionalism but also because she is sweet woman inside a out. A true Gem!
Will I recommend MJ to anyone? ABSOLUTELY, MOST DEFINITELY!
MJ, Thank you with my whole heart for making being apart of my special day. Your warm spirit, the outstanding work, I am blessed to have chosen you to beautify me and my ladies for my wedding. I will definitely be utilizing your services for events in my near future!!!
With Love, Mrs. Karen Hawkins- THOMAS

Karen Thomas

Amazing Makeup Artist
She was super hygienic and did an amazing job with my face! I still looked like myself but a glammed up version. I got so many compliments and will be working with her more often!

Shermande M. 

MJ Essence
Melissa did an AMAZING job on my makeup for my friend’s wedding (I was a bridesmaid). She was super sweet and punctual. I would definitely book her again for future events.


Made me a return client
Happy I found a makeup artist who does phenomenal work. MJ is friendly, professional and will have you walking away looking FAB-U-LOUS. Her makeup application was flawless, totally transformed. I love her lash line, her lashes are natural looking but still gives you that Glam look which I love. If you are looking for a makeup artist that will deliver the look you are going for and more, look no further. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cat B.

Beyond Amazing
Melissa! I don’t know where to begin. I booked Melissa for a trial which also happened to be for my engagement shoot. When I saw the end product, I was hooked. Melissa you did an amazing job. Your professionalism, patience and most importantly your work is amazing. My bridesmaids and I cannot thank you enough for making us beautiful for my big day.
Ladies if you are looking for a makeup artist, look no further. I highly recommend Melissa (MJ). I’m not a woman who wears makeup but if I need it done for a special occasion I will be using her. She’s got a new client for sure.

Eyonna O.