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Atelier Bridal Makeup Makes Every Bride Feel Like a Celebrity

By Pamela Sosnowski

As a young girl Deborah Liza's favorite activity was to peruse fashion magazines and daydream about being a hair and makeup artist. Today she's living her dream as the owner of her New York-based business Atelier Bridal Makeup, providing makeup services to clientele that includes brides, models, and celebrities. Deborah believes in making every woman about to walk down the aisle feel as beautiful as her well-known clients.

"A makeup artist is essential on one of your most important days of your life," she said. "The bride is focusing on so many other details and remembering so much the last thing she wants to stress about is looking beautiful on her wedding day. Also, it makes you feel special to have a professional come in and pamper you."

When brides hire Deborah they receive peace of mind along with the right look. For starters, hiring a makeup artist eliminates some nervousness as there are no shaky hands applying eyeliner. Deborah also describes her vibe as "super cool and relaxed" which helps eliminate any butterflies in the stomach. She meets with every client before the big day to get to know them as a person first and experiment with a few different looks. Piling on makeup is a no-no; for her, less is more and nothing beats a natural look.

Photo by Amanda Burns

"I like breathable glowing skin with certain features that need to pop on camera," she said. "I like to start light and build on the application. Then stand back look at it from afar and add or pull back where needed. I'm inspired by color and femininity."

Deborah's work has appeared in Vogue, In Style, Brides Magazine, and countless other publications, and she has also worked behind the scenes on television shows such as Project Runway. She has studied with the world's top makeup artists and stays up-to-date with the latest trends and products in the makeup industry.

"I have dedicated most of my life to being a makeup artist," she said. "I have worked with many of the top makeup artists in the world and have been lucky to have them as my mentors."

Photo by Della Bass

Although she is based in the New York area, Deborah has worked on many destination weddings including those taking place in New England, Belize, and the Dominican Republic. Past clients note that Deborah has a talent for looking at their overall look to make sure the makeup fits perfectly with their gown and style of dress.

As a connoisseur of makeup herself, Deborah's inspiration that she brings to her clients often begins with her own reflection in the mirror.

"I'm beaming with energy when I know I look and feel good," she said. "That's the place where I want my brides to be when I finish with them. That energy is what I like to infuse with the power of beautiful makeup!"

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