When it comes to your wedding, the difference is in the details. This three-part series will explore wedding photography, bridal hair and make-up, and catering services.
Megan Bingham is a talented Seattle-based entrepreness who owns a fabulous make-up and beauty company, Offwhite. She recently sat down to dish CRAVE-style, about her business and brides.
What was the inspiration behind starting your business?
I am a stay-at-home mother that needed an outlet for my creativity and previously acquired make-up and hair skills. I was also inspired by the natural beauty that a bride represents as opposed to fashion, tv, print, or theater makeup.
Who are your role models and/or mentors?
My greatest mentor is another makeup artist, Meleah who taught me everything I know. I also look up to Erin Skipley. She is one of the most talented people I have ever taken interest in. I regularly check in on the work she has done and the projects she has been a part of. She is a truly brilliant woman!
Describe your style and approach to wedding make-up.
If my style had a name it would be “sexual intelligence.” I believe in subtle enhancement—making a woman look just a bit more noticeable and a touch more seductive without people knowing that anything has really changed at all.
What is the standard cost of a wedding hair and make-up package and what does it entail?
Standard cost for the bride only is $110 for hair, $65 for makeup, and $70 for the hair and makeup trial. The price for makeup service includes airbrush foundation and false eyelash application. For any additional wedding party members the cost is $65 for hair and $45 for makeup.
Do you work internationally? What are your rates for US and destination wedding services?
Yes, I do work internationally. The cost depends on the client, the destination, and the budget they are working within. I am a very flexible person and mindful of my customers’ financial concerns.
What are your clients most apprehensive about?
Money, placing deposits, talking about pricing, leaving tips…
People would be surprised to know…
That I don’t really like wearing makeup and have never colored my hair—I am low maintenance in that regard. On the other hand, I have an enormous shoe collection and an extensive wardrobe. It’s my feminine trade off!
What is your favorite place to go with your girlfriends?
Seattle’s Vessel, for girl talk and the best cocktails in the US.