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Professional Makeup… Yes or No?

Many of my senior clients opt to go for professional hair and makeup, and some are totally unsure if it’s for them, so let’s unpack that. Some common questions I hear are:

What does that entail?

I work with professional hair and makeup artists who excel at making you feel your best in front of the lens. Typically you travel to their gorgeous studio for a fun glam session before your shoot and I will meet you at our location after that. Clients should arrive with clean and dry face and hair, and they will take it from there.

How much does it cost?

Total cost varies, depending on the artist, but the artists I work with most often charge $120 per face and $80 for hair, for a total cost of $200, plus gratuity. On site HMUA can be available on request, at an additional cost . 

Will I still look like ME?

Of course! I had a client once describe it as feeling like, “Me, but an elevated version of me.” I thought that was a great way to describe it. Communication with your HMUA is key, and it’s really important for you to to tell anyone working on your face what you are comfortable with, listen to their suggestions, and come to agreement before they start. Are there lashes? Yes! They look gorgeous in photos, but they don’t need to be crazy. Camera make-up is different than prom makeup or day to day makeup. The point is for you to feel confident and camera-ready, not fake. 

Do I have to do it?

You do not. I encourage it because it typically makes my clients feel comfortable, polished, and pampered during their session. However, I would never tell anyone they have to wear makeup to be beautiful. Absolutely not. If this is not your jam, we will talk about skin prep to avoid shine and make you glow!  


Kind Words from a Senior Client about her experience with Jax Studio:

Jax and her team are incredible and made me feel like the best version of myself! Going in, they listened to my preferences and then worked their hair and makeup magic. The whole experience was so fun and I felt so special and pampered. The girls are so kind and lovely, so it makes it such an enjoyable experience. I left with beautiful hair and makeup that I could have never accomplished on myself, and I felt confident going into my shoot with Jen, knowing that I was displaying the best version of myself! ~ Caelyn Caivano, Class of 2019


 Jax Roberson, Owner: Jax Studio
Jax Roberson, Owner: Jax Studio

Bio:  Jacqueline “Jax” Roberson began her career as a professional makeup artist over 20 years ago. Jax worked along the sides of Laura Mercier and Ross Burton for several years before traveling across the country and then abroad for the Laura Mercier Cosmetic House. After the birth of her son she left the corporate artistry world and struck out on her own. Since she has worked on four season finales for Project Runway at NYC Fashion Week, 2 Elimination Episodes of Project Runway, a celebrity wedding, several domestic and international publications, music videos, nation wide commercials and opened her own San Antonio storefront.

Clients include: Blue October, President of Neiman Marcus, Karen Katz, Janet Gurwitch founder of Laura Mercier Cosmetics, Jose Eber, Vision Works, Anne Fulenwider Editor in Chief of Marie Claire Magazine, Ben Affleck for Celeb Fest, Miss United States Alayah Benavides, Danny Green for Burger Fi, Whataburger, BeauteNotions, Stone Oak Jewelers, J. Green Jewelers, Gurinsky’s Jewelry, Stellan & Wylde and SAS Shoes.

Awards: 2017 Best of City Artist from San Antonio Magazine, 2016 San Antonio Fashion Awards Makeup Innovator of the Year, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Best of Weddings for The Knot Texas, 2016 & 2017 Bride Favorite for San Antonio Weddings, 2017 Gold and Silver Award for Makeup and Hair from Borrowed and Blue.

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