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Vendor Spotlight: Pittsburgh Makeup

For those of you who know me, I am not one to wear a ton of makeup. It was never something I played around with when I was little. I played with Tonka trucks, not makeup. So it is no surprise that I didn’t want a makeup-caked face on the day of my wedding. Since I am definitely not a pro at makeup application, I knew I needed help on my big day. I enlisted the help of Julie Marckisotto, owner of Pittsburgh Makeup. To say I was pleased would be an understatement. In fact, I am even planning on going back for a makeup lesson, so I can learn to recreate that look on my own. I will be sure to post photos when I do it!!

Now, of course, I love Julie. But since you may not have had the pleasure, I had the chance to ask a few questions.

NA: Tell me about you and Pittsburgh Makeup! How long have you been in the biz? How did you get started? How long have you owned Pittsburgh Makeup? 

JM: It’s going on 20 years actually that I’ve been in the industry. I got my license in 1992 for Cosmetology. I knew it was something I wanted to do at a very young age, so went to Cosmetology school right when I graduated high-school. I worked for various cosmetic lines and spas before having my own business which I started in 2008. I always did weddings on the weekends for a number of years and knew that was the direction I wanted my business to go initially.

NA: What are some of your favorite products? 

JM: I love primers and products that create a long lasting makeup look. Since a large portion of my clients are brides, they need their makeup to last all day.  Urban Decay Primer potion is my favorite primer for the eyes.  I also love Loreal’s Studio Effects Makeup Primer which is only $13 and is amazing.  I love Model in a Bottle to waterproof the look, but lately I’ve been using Kat Von D’s (Lock N’ Load) setting spray which is great!

NA: How far in advance should brides book with you? 

JM: I’m booking up 12-18 months in advance right now.  It’s just me and typically I only do one wedding a day so it’s never too early to book the day!

NA: What should brides bring with them when they come in for a trial run? 

JM: Any pictures that they stumble upon for makeup helps, although I do have bridal makeup books they can look through during their consultation if they don’t have a picture.  Also, I love to see pictures of the dress, and also how they will be wearing their hair…to get the big picture.  Other than that, just a clean face!

NA: If you were renewing your vows, how would you want your makeup to look? 

JM: Great question…I often think about how I would love to renew my vows because things are so different now than they were 15 years ago.  Not just with makeup but everything. For makeup, I’d do a simple neutral eye and probably a little more pop on my lip and definitely LASHES! Oh, and I’d airbrush my foundation since it lasts for 18 hours.

NA: I might know a place if you do decide to renew the vows :) Say a bride comes in and says “I don’t have anything in mind for my look. Just do what you think would look best on me.” How do you go about that?

JM: This happens probably at least 50% of the time. If they are coming to me it’s mostly because they are trusting that this is what I do, so I actually LOVE hearing that. I take all things into consideration…for example if they never wear makeup…I wouldn’t go into a smokey eye with lashes, they would be in shock!

NA: What else do you want brides to know? 

JM: I would say don’t go too trendy with your makeup since you’ll be looking at those pictures for years to come.  Also, if all the bridesmaids are having their makeup done professionally, it’s good to have the makeup look consistent.  It’s just my opinion, but one bridesmaid that goes really smokey and dark may look odd if everyone else is soft and natural.  Always go a little more than you think for pictures, which is the golden rule…but you want to feel like yourself in person too so there’s a place you can meet in the middle with that.

So that is that! I promise to document my attempts to learn to apply makeup when I go for my lesson. It should be interesting!

If you want to contact Julie about her availability on your wedding day, you can check out her website at, email her at or call her at 724.468.8317.

As always, feel free to email me at or call at 412.427.2877 with any questions!

Until next time,



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