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Linda-2013
I've been meaning to write a review for Cathy and I'm now getting around to writing it. Cathy knows how to do makeup and hair really well. Cathy and her sister, Vivian got me and bridesmaids all done up for my wedding last September and Cathy just did my hair and makeup for my sister's wedding this past weekend. Cathy and Vivian do a phenomenal job and they listen to everything you want and don't want. They make great suggestions and are so patient! I would highly recommend Makeup by Cathy to anyone.
Leah-2014
I was having a hard time finding someone to do my hair and makeup for my wedding day and came across Cathy and Vivian on Yelp. Unlike many others, they were quick to respond with information and set me up with a trial date. When I arrived for my trial, there was a girl before me finishing up and she had BEAUTIFUL hair and makeup, I knew I was in the right place! Cathy and Vivian are super fun, professional and friendly. Not only were they so pleasant to be around, Cathy did an AMAZING job on my hair and makeup. I was nervous for makeup because I normally don't wear a lot, but Cathy reassured me, showed me what she was doing (and used the best products!) and made my makeup natural and flawless! She knew exactly what shades to use to compliment my skin tone. I LOVED my makeup!! I equally loved my hair! Cathy did a beautiful low up do with curls and swooping bang. I got so many compliments after showing friends and family my hair. She is just naturally talented at hair and makeup and would do a great job on anyone. I have already recommended Makeup By Cathy to friends for their upcoming weddings. After such a successful trial, I am so excited for my wedding day!!
--2014
Cathy is truly talented at what she does. Not only does she take her time to make sure you look flawless, but she even takes the time to get to know her clients while they are sitting in her chair! She's really easy to work with and I love her business style; very detail oriented and organized. I have had my hair & makeup done by Cathy for many special occasions (mainly weddings) and I have never left disappointed. Highly recommended for any special occasion, whether it's for a wedding, birthday, Prom, or even a special night out; Cathy will definitely work her magic!
Jax-2014
I LOVED how Cathy did my hair and makeup for my Chinese reception!  She was very flexible and accommodating, especially considering I reached out to her only one week before the scheduled event.   I'm always a bit apprehensive getting my hair and makeup done, since I hardly wear any makeup, but Cathy knew exactly what to do and made me feel comfortable right away.  She is talented, friendly, and professional.  I would definitely recommend her to other brides or those looking to get hair and makeup done for a special occasion.
Dee-2015
Ahhhh I love Cathy! She is the sweetest person! I'm so glad I found her. I found her through Bings Design, who referred me to her since Bings Design was booked on the day of my wedding. Cathy did my hair and makeup for my wedding, and she made me look stunning! She was kind enough to still book me, even though she had another wedding on the same day. She did my makeup and hair from about 7:30am-9:30am on my wedding day, the ceremony was at 2:00pm, the reception started at 7:00pm, my husband and I went to our hotel room at around 11:00pm, and my makeup and hair was still flawless at the end of the night! My makeup and hair also looked good in photos! Wow! And of course, the most important thing is that my husband thought I looked gorgeous on our wedding day. At the end of the night, he said, "You looked reaaaaally good." Hehehee! Thank you, Cathy!
Katie-2015
Cathy was very accommodating and responsive -- answering endless insane questions from the bride. She works magic and makes it look easy.  Not only is she a genuinely nice person, she knows what she's doing, is reassuring, and solves problems.  I got many compliments for my hair & makeup that day (even by other makeup artists). On the day of the wedding - Cathy went straight to business with hair and make up, and I was speechless! Make up was exactly like what I wanted - had enough to conceal everything necessary, but had the look of natural beauty to it. And my hair was amazing! I liked it even better than the pictures I showed her. It had a classic sculpted look - very elegant! She truly made me into a lovely bride with beautiful, natural, and soft looking hair and makeup.  I'm looking forward to do a post-wedding photo shoot with Cathy in 2weeks.  Oh, Cathy, if only you could do my makeup and hair every day!
Becky-2015
Cathy did my hair and make-up for my wedding on 9/27/15. She has an amazing personality and was very easy to work with! As most brides are very anxious leading up to the wedding day, Cathy assured me that she'd take care of everything and make sure I look my best. She accommodated with all my requests and readjusted immediately when I gave her my input on my trial make-up & hair. I felt confident to trust her expertise. She was early on the day of my wedding and came prepared with all the head pieces/tiaras for me to choose. During the entire session, Cathy kept the conversation flowing with myself and my bridesmaids. I loved how she made the whole experience so relaxing and fun! It feels like we've already become good friends with the 3 times we've met each other! I can tell Cathy is very passionate about what she does because she's always giving me advice/tips and giving extensive explanations on what she's doing. I'd highly recommend her for any hair & make-up occasions! Thank you, Cathy!!
Chau –2015
This review is long overdue!  I was referred to Cathy and her team by my friend and I am so happy that I did!  From the first moment of emailing Cathy, she was responsive, friendly and super helpful.  Cathy was very professional in sketching out the day-of timeline.  She worked with me to fit all the hair and makeup into my crazy morning schedule and was flexible in adjusting the timeline at the last minute.   Cathy did the hair and makeup for me, the moms and my bridal party and did an absolutely amazing job. The best I can describe her work is that she makes you look like the best version of yourself. Everyone looked beautiful and special in a way that just enhanced who they were. I had a special request of braids hairstyle for my bridal party and she made each style uniquely their own and it was gorgeous.   The trial that we did before the wedding was really helpful! Cathy knew what worked well for my face and the outcome on the wedding day was absolutely wonderful.  I showed her a few pictures of the desire hairstyles and she adjusted a few things based on what would work for me best and I couldn't be more happy w/ the end result. And on the day-of, she was fun and bubbly to be around, helped keep the mood light and calm. Couldn't have asked for more!!!   I couldn't have asked for a better hair & makeup artist for the most memorable day of my life, I would recommend Cathy to anyone!!!
Rose-2016
Sunday, I got my hair and makeup trial done by Cathy. I can't even use words to describe how fabulous she was during my visit. My appointment was at 11 o'clock and she was well prepared and ready to start on time. She gave me tips how to position my hair and face for the pictures (even though that was not part of her job). She recommended me to get hair extensions since I have thin hair.  Cathy even provided me instructions on how to take care of the hair extensions! She made me feel so comfortable and taken care of throughout the duration of my session.This was my first time paying someone to do my hair and makeup. I believe it was worth every penny! She was definitely someone worth going to and I would recommend anyone I know to her.
Annie--2017
Cathy you are truly an artist! I booked Cathy for my wedding day (Jan.7th) and she was there on time and got right to it when she walked through the doors. I also had 3 of my bridesmaid done make up and hair by her and her team mate-Tammy. Both were very accommodating and worked through the tight schedule. We made it in time for the photo shoot and I booked her for touch up later that evening at the restaurant since it was storming that day. As always, she was on time and got straight to work. Cathy was so sweet and awesome, she also dolled up my mommy, my mother-in-law, and sister in-law! I can never thank you enough Cathy for making me look my best on that special day.Definitely booking you for future events and parties! I highly recommend her! I'll update with pictures once I get them DL.
2017
Cathy is the best. She did an excellent job. She's so detailed and patience. When she said she need 2 hours to do the hair and make up, she really need 2 hours to do the perfect make up and hair. She did my hair according to my face shape and what suits me the best. It was wonderful working with her. She made me feel like a princess. 🙂 She's really really nice and professional. Thanks Cathy for making me beautiful
Uyen-2017
Cathy and her team did an amazing job on mine and my bridal party's hair and makeup.  To top it off, they were so sweet and patient during the whole process.  We did my trial, but I ended up changing how I wanted my hair and makeup and she was still able to execute what I wanted on my wedding day. My makeup was perfect.  I don't wear much makeup so I did not want it to look heavy in person, but still show through on the pictures and she did just that!  She made sure to leave me small samples of lipstick and powder to reapply throughout the day.  The curls on my updo were beautifully done and held up all night without looking like it had a ton of hairspray in it. They did a great job on my bridal party and all my BMs looked beautiful.  Sometimes the bridal party is not given enough attention to and can look very plain, but I was very happy with how they turned out and did not over shadow me 🙂 I would definitely recommend Cathy and her team.  They are professional, sweet, and will work with your vision even if you don't know what it is :).
2017
Cathy did an amazing job with my hair and makeup for my wedding this past weekend. She was easy to work with and made me feel very comfortable since I don't usually wear makeup. Cathy was professional and flexible. Everyone loved my makeup and hair! I had a blast working with her and I would highly recommend her! Thank you, Cathy for making my special day that much more special with your awesome work!
2018
I've had the pleasure of getting glammed by Cathy and also working alongside Cathy multiple times. And what can I say, Cathy is simply the best! She is, as many know, an extraordinary human being but a big bonus is that she is an amazing artist who does both make up and hair using the best technique, precision and care for all of her clients. She takes her time and certainly makes everyone feel comfortable and beautiful in the end. Trust me, she will go above and beyond for you and to top it off, make you feel beautiful and fabulous! 5+ stars for Cathy!
Kim-2018
Cathy has the best sense of style and is extremely skilled at hair and makeup. I feel lucky to have found such a gem for my upcoming wedding. The trial totally surpassed my expectations and made me feel so beautiful. It made me wonder why I don't do my makeup more often...oh yeah because it doesn't look even close to this when I do it! 🙂 ha. I will post some pictures...
Helen -2018
Cathy is amazing. She was able to capture my hair vision and make up for my big day with ease. I normally don't wear a full face of make up but she explained to me what she was doing and showed me make up colors that I could work with. She was so professional and gave me advice to eat and drink before I had no time to do it later and she would then quickly fix my make up so I could take photos. She genuinely cared about me and wanted to make sure everything was perfect. I booked Cathy about 8 months in advance and she was great at contacting me and communicating everything I wanted for me and my bridesmaids. Her make up squad is amazing too. All of my bridesmaids looked amazing. I'm so happy I went with Cathy and highly recommend her.
Julie –2018
Service: Bridal hair and makeup As I patiently wait for my wedding photos from my photographer (I did not take any with my phone) I delay this review more and more... so the few photos of my hair and makeup (from others) will suffice to post for this review. Cathy is the sweetest hair and makeup artist out there! She really does look out for you as a person, not just a client. With that said, Cathy will take your wants and needs as well as provide professional opinions and come up with something wonderful! I also come to Cathy for eyelash extensions (obsessed) and did my lash extension specifically for the wedding. It was voluminous and the perfect length. It made my whole overall makeup look softer (but not too natural) and the eyes accentuated, which is exactly what I wanted. It shows in her work that she has been in this business for a long time. Hopefully my pictures do her work justice. For her personality, I want to give her an extra star but five is the max - as good as it gets!
Minh—2018
If I could give Cathy a hundred stars, I would!!! I'm forever grateful for what she did on my wedding day (Dec. 23rd, 2018). Not only Cathy did great, she went above and beyond my expectation! I got so many compliments on how gorgeous I looked from Tea Ceremony early in the morning until our wedding reception at night. Cathy's work made me feel like the most beautiful bride I can be. It was almost surreal to me! I love how I looked and I was the happiest bride ever because of her! She is not only super friendly, understanding but also very dedicated and passionate about what she does. She will make you feel at ease and everything will be great! Cathy is all about making you the most beautiful, gorgeous, elegant bride that everyone has to stop and stare 😉 . If you're looking for a great Hair & Makeup artist, don't wait! Book Cathy! You will not regret! You will love her and the work she does instead! Thank you, Cathy for your phenomenal work!

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Congratulations on your engagement and welcome to wedding planning! This is an exciting moment in you life and it can be a little stressful — I understand! It wasn’t until recently that I too got married and realized how hard it was for me to find good and trustworthy vendors since I never collectively save their information in the past years of experience. Recently, I spent some time finding those I have came to work with and have compelled a list of vendors, photographers, and service providers that I trust over the course of over 10 years experience. Although I have had positive personal experience with these companies, please be advised that they do not work for me and therefore I cannot be held accountable for your personal experience with them. Please take your time to find the right portfolio and speak with them directly & extensively before making your final decision. Just remember, even if some things go wrong – it’s ok. Make the best of it and advise your friends not to make the same mistakes. Wishing you a happy wedding planning process!

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