20 featured reviews
Wedding Date: 9/10/2011
Melissa is everything a bride dreams of. She is amazing, caring, professional, sweet, and talented. She is truly an artist who helps bring out the beauty in her clients. For my wedding day, she did airbrush make up on my bridal party and me. She took her time and did a range of different styles. Some of my girls were going for a more simple/natural look, and others wanted a more dramatic feel. Melissa surpassed everyones expectations and had everyone feeling like the most beautiful girl ever. Not only did her makeup make us feel and look flawless (that's the beauty of airbrush), but it lasted all night. From pictures, to dinner, and all the way through dancing the night away, our makeup still looked fresh and beautiful. I highly recommend Melissa Rae as your makeup artist for your big day because she will make you feel like the most beautiful bride. It is after all one of the biggest days of your life and you can trust that you will be the most beautiful bride with Melissa as your makeup artist!
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Wedding Date: 1/1/0001
Melissa did an amazing job making all of us so pretty on my wedding day!! She was so nice and fun to work with and made each of us beautiful! My make up looked just as good by the end of the night. It was such a hot day, yet my make up didn't smear or mess up at all. Melissa really is the best and I will use her again for every fancy event I attend. Thank You so much!!!!
Wedding Date: 6/20/2012
I was on the fence about hiring someone to do my makeup because I was not sure it was worth the money. Once I saw Melissa’s pictures I knew I wanted her to do my makeup. Melissa was very easy to work with and did an amazing job on my makeup as well as my matron and mom.
Wedding Date: 11/5/2011
Melissa is an amazing makeup artist! She came on location to my hotel suite and did airbrush makeup and false lashes for myself, the moms and bridesmaids. Everyone looked so glamorous and kept complimenting the makeup looks throughout the wedding day. I knew from meeting Melissa at our trial 9 months before the wedding that she would be wonderful. I would highly recommend Melissa Rae!!
Wedding Date: 4/19/2013
I have had spray tans before, but every time, my skin ends up orangy, and as it washes off, spoltchy and dirty looking. It's very embarrassing.
My experience with Melissa was quite the opposite! Not only is she extremely professional and easy to talk to, but the product she uses does NOT smell stinky; it looks very natural! It stays WAY longer than anything I have ever used before, and as it washes off, it looks so natural! Get airbrushed the day before your wedding and it will last for the honeymoon - perfect!!! I can't say enough how much I love, love, love it! Thank you, Melissa!! I will NEVER look orange again!!
Solana Beach, CA
Wedding Date: 7/10/2011
Melissa is Amazing!! For my wedding, not only did I want to look beautiful but I also wanted to feel comfortable with the person doing my make-up. Meeting Melissa for my trial run was such a success that I booked her on the spot! On my wedding day, Melissa was sweet, professional and calm! She enhanced my features by using colors that made my eyes pop in such a natural way. In addition to doing my makeup, she did my Maid of Honor and Mother's too! All of us were glowing and felt so confident! All of our make-up lasted the entire night!
To all Brides, Melissa is who you want in the room with your prior to walking down the aisle!
Thank you Melissa for making me feel so beautiful and relaxed on my BIG day!
Wedding Date: 9/18/2005
Melissa is a fantastic makeup artist. I've had her do my makeup on several occasions she is very professional and catered to what I wanted!!! I would recommend her to anyone !! You won't be dissapointed !!
Harbor City, CA
Wedding Date: 6/22/2008
Melissa had done my make-up when I was a bridesmaid in a friends wedding and it was absolutely AMAZING, so there was no question that I wanted her to do my make-up for my wedding. She was professional, asked what look I was going for and gave me exactly what I wanted! It was an incredible experience.
The make-up she did for me as a bridesmaid was bold and popped, while the make-up for my wedding was soft and subtle. She's incredibly diverse and I would strongly recommend her for your big day! You will definitely be pleased!
Wedding Date: 10/16/2011
My wedding was just yesterday and can't tell you how happy I was with my makeup! Melissa did an amazing job transforming me from boring everyday to a beautiful bride! I cried a lot during the ceremony/reception and the makeup never even smeared or ran! My bridesmaids and Mom also used Melissa and I heard compliments all day long about how beautiful they looked! I would not hesitate to use Melissa again for any makeup needs in the future!!!!! I give Melissa Rae 10 stars!
Wedding Date: 7/24/2010
Melissa is amazing! She has a gift of blending your natural look with your "I can be a model" look. Our wedding photos came out stunning and a big part was because melissa's make up looked so natural and felt so natural that I didn't even remember I had it on. She gave me a simple touch up kit after she did my make up, but I must confess I didn't have to reapply! I highly recommend Melissa!
Wedding Date: 11/11/2011
Melissa is EXTREMELY helpful, friendly and accommodating. Her prices are beyond reasonable and she does not charge the bride for a trial; that's unheard of! I had a previous makeup artist who was simply too busy to handle another client and Melissa was there in a pinch to quickly sweep me up and take care of me!
She is AWESOME!! I would recommend no one other than Melissa for anyone's makeup needs!
She listens to what you like/want/prefer and hits the bulls-eye the FIRST time. My first glance in the mirror and it was PERFECT - absolutely no touch-ups or changes needed.
Melissa ROCKS and is hands down, without a doubt, my #1 pick for a makeup artist!
Wedding Date: 10/2/2010
Melissa is truly a one-of-a-kind make up artist! My sister (maid of honor) and I both had our make up airbrushed with Melissa. She listened to and executed what we asked for, was very quick and efficient, and was fun to talk to during the process! My make up looked very fresh and natural, even with the individual false eyelashes that were applied. I had nothing but compliments throughout the entire evening of my wedding and my make up held up through all of the laughter and tears! Melissa does an exquisite job as a make up artist and is incredibly professional. I would recommend her services any day! Thank you Melissa Rae & Co.!
Menlo Park, CA
Wedding Date: 8/28/2010
Melissa was wonderful to work with, from the initial booking to the wedding day! As an out of town bride, I had to find a makeup artist who would be reliable as well as talented, and Melissa was definitely both. She was easy to keep in touch with for the months leading up to the wedding and was very accommodating in scheduling a trial based on my busy schedule. On the day of the wedding, she arrived at the venue on time, was extremely friendly, and made me and my wedding party look flawless! The makeup stayed perfectly in tact for the entire day, and I'm still using some of the touch up products she gave me. I'd highly recommend Melissa to any bride!
Wedding Date: 9/12/2009
Melissa was very professional and did exactly what I asked. I would deffinately recommend her!! If you want your face to look amazing ALL day then Melissa is your girl! She made my wedding so much more special & easy than I can even imagine it would be!
Wedding Date: 10/2/2010
Melissa rae and co made my wedding really special. Melissa herself did my airbrushing and it came out flawless. I was a little nervous but she was so professional she made the whole experience worthwild. I also had my bridesmaids makeup done and they all said the best things. We All wished we knew about Melissa Rae and Co long before the seeing because I would of gone to her everytime I went out. Melissa really knows how to make it a wonderful experience and the makeup is awesome . It stayed all day in the sun and looked great for a long night of dancing and pictures. I have recommended her to all my friends and co workers getting married. Best ever!
Wedding Date: 7/2/2005
I've had Melissa do my makeup for special occasions over the last 6 years. I've always been nothing but pleased! She is very tuned in to understanding what I want- very creative & accommodating- formal to party makeup. I've recently tried her airbrush tanning- the color was great & lasted about 8 days. I was very comfortable with her professional demeanor during the process. I recommend her to everyone!
Wedding Date: 7/10/2010
Melissa is absolutely amazing! She is professional, fun, and sweet to work with. She will do whatever you want from a simple look to a dramatic evening look. She does airbrush make up which gives you maximum coverage yet it looks completely natural and most importantly it feels natural. You don't even feel you are wearing makeup and mine stayed on all night even when I was dancing up a storm. Not only did she do my make up she did my entire wedding party and they all looked absolutely gorgeous. And for all you brides that want to have your face glow a little extra for your big day I highly recommend her facials. My face was ok before I met Melissa, it was a little uneven in skin tone and had slight acne breakouts every now and again. I really wanted to have a better complexion for the big day so we started doing facials only a few months before the big day and oh my gosh what a difference. My skin had never looked so clear and even. I couldn't believe it! The products she uses are top of the line and what I appreciated the most is she didn't push them like so many other places obnoxiously do.
I HIGHLY recommend Melissa you will not be disappointed!!
Wedding Date: 10/11/2008
Melissa Rae did my make up for my wedding and I was more than thrilled. This is my second wedding and being a more "mature" bride this time around I looked better than I did when I was in my 20"s. She has a true gift and vision for what looks best and is able to create the exact look you are looking for. Proof is on my wedding day I changed my desires a bit and she matched exactly what I wanted. She also did make up on my 80 year old Mother which can be a challenge and most artist overdue the makeup and at that age that looks ridiculous. She brought out my Mothers natural beauty and the color of her beautiful blue eyes with just a dusting of color. I recommend her highly with complete confidence.
Wedding Date: 1/5/2008
Melissa was my make up artist for my wedding.
Prior to the wedding I had three different make up artists show me how they would do my makeup for my wedding. The only trial that I actually liked was Melissa's! She does Airbrush foundation which is really awesome - complete coverage yet very natural looking. She listened to what I wanted and worked with what I was comfortable with. SHe isn't one of those bossy girls who looks at you like you're crazy when you want something they're not used to doing.
Everyone tells me I looked amazing on my wedding day. She also did my mom and MIL's make up for the wedding and they looked amazing too! I've never seen my mom look so beautiful!
Thanks Melissa for making us look so glamorous!
Wedding Date: 10/30/2010
Melissa was so sweet and easy to work with. She did makeup for me, the bridal party, and my MIL - everyone looked gorgeous! She was exceedingly patient especially during my trial run with my crazy contacts acting up - no issues during the wedding day and the makeup photographed beautifully!
The art of airbrush makeup and tanning perfected!
Using only the finest professional products, you will look and feel absolutely stunning all night. Winner of The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame, featured on the covers of Exquisite Weddings Magazine, on Style Me Pretty and more. Experience one of San Diego's best for your special day!
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awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings Hall Of Fame
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011