Photo: Teresa K Photography
Photo: Damion Hamilton Photography
Carrie is EVERYTHING you would want in a makeup artist for your special day. During our first phone call, she asked me so many questions about what I was looking for and the vibe I wanted. She had me make a private Pinterest for hair and make up inspiration so that we were both on the same page and she was so reassuring and a calming force through all the stress of planning a wedding. During the trial, Carrie took the time to discuss what she was doing and it was such wonderful way to get to know each other. She made sure to ask what I thought about everything and made changes when needed so that at the end of the trial I felt like everything was absolutely perfect. She was extremely knowledgable about skin, makeup, and hair and she was able to share with me so many tips. I wanted to make sure I did not look "cakey" and she made me look dewey, fresh, and natural in the most amazing way. The day of the wedding Carrie showed up just as excited as I was to be able to share the day with me. She kept the energy high and fun but was also there to calm me and make sure I was taking in every moment. Everything went perfectly as planned and she even followed me to the venue for last minute touch ups. Carrie seriously made me feel so special
and went above and beyond throughout the whole process. She was one of the best decisions I made when planning my wedding and I am so grateful to have found her!
Courtney, bride Aug 2019
image courtesy of Ken Viale Photography
"Carrie was the most special addition to our wedding weekend. I will be eternally grateful for the memories we made together as she created the most amazing looks for my rehearsal dinner and wedding day. I highly recommend Carrie and her outstanding services, it will be the best getting ready experience you could dream of and you’ll have a wonderful friend afterward! Happy wedding planning."
Katie, bride Jul 2019
images courtesy of The Edges Wed
"Carrie!!! Thank you SO much for everything!!! You made the start of our day calm, relaxing and everyone felt beautiful. All the girls and moms kept raving about it. And how good they felt. THANK YOU!! It was the best day of our lives. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!"
Kavana, bride Nov 2018
image courtesy of Larissa Cleveland
"I cannot say enough nice things about Carrie Aldous and her talent! I have always struggled with the way that I look when my hair and make up is professionally done and I did not want to feel that way on my wedding. After looking at Galleries of ALL the talent in the Valley, Carrie really stood out to me. I scheduled an appointment with her during one of my wedding planning trips to Napa- I highly recommend doing this with any artist! We did a trial hair and make up session & I absolutely loved it! I did not think I could look so good & still feel authentic but she knows how to find that balance.... between knowledge of top products, her talent and ability to really understand what her clients want, she is the best! Between my trial and my wedding, I had new ideas and Carrie took notes, tweaking the looks for my wedding & for the event on the night before my wedding. Even having done the trial, the way I looked on Friday and on my wedding exceeded all of my expectations! My wedding day could not have gone as perfectly as it did if I had not worked with Carrie. Not only did she give me a beautiful look that helped build my confidence, but she worked so well with all of the other vendors and helped in so many ways beyond just
make up. Carrie is very fun to talk to, has great energy and excellent taste- she is the perfect person to be around as you're preparing for such an important day! To this day, I am still in touch with Carrie and continue to use tools and products that she shared with me. I highly recommend using her for any event!"
Amanda, bride Sep 2017
images courtesy of Alexander Rubin
"Thank you and your team, for providing an amazing service to me and my family - everyones hair and makeup looked flawless. More importantly, thank you for your calmness, humor, and attention to detail throughout the day - your good energy was exactly what I needed to survive the day! All my best."
Carina, bride September 2017
"Carrie, You are a hair and makeup saint! I will send you our photo gallery and video under seperate email cover but I wanted to first thank you for your incredible work. You captured everything I wanted for my engagement photos, my rehearsal dinner, and my wedding day. You were such a soothing presence; I never once had to worry about how I was going to look as long as you were there. The girls (and I!) cannot stop raving about how talented and wonderful you were. Thank you for the endless patience as we peppered you with questions. Thank you for the many (needed) touch-ups and last minute fixes. And thank you for being so organized. The weekened was PERFECT because of you. I will cherish the photos, video, and memories forever."
Jenny, bride August 2017
image courtesy of The Edges Wed
"I wanted to thank you again for all your many contributions to our wedding day - I think I told you, but I had never had my hair and makeup 'done' before, and it was an absolute TREAT! I felt like a model - you are *magic* girl! I so appreicate your time, your expertise, and your kindness... I will never forget it! Thank you again, you rock!"
Terri, bride November 2016
image courtesy of Kopol Bonick
"Thank you so much for everything this weekend! I loved all the looks but am even more grateful for your awesome attitude in spite of our insanity! You helped keep me calm and sane and added such a special element to our weekend."
Neha, bride September 2016
image courtesy of ElleJae
"You are the best! Thank you for making all of the ladies look and feel so BEAUTIFUL! Words cannot describe how pretty and special you made me feel! You are seriously miracle-workers. My day would not have been as great without your magic. I will be raving about you for the rest of my life! Love you."
Bree, bride August 2016
image courtesy of Michele Beckwith
"Thank you so much for doing such a fabulous job on myself and my bridal party! Looking at photos, it's indisputable that we all seriously looked our best! You and the two other makeup/hair artists are bonafide miracle workers. On top of being so talented you were such a calming and fun presence to be around throughout the beautifying process. You are the very best at what you do and anytime I have a special occasion there is only one choice as far as I"m concerned! Again, thank you for everything."
Sophie, bride July 2016
Makeup by Carrie Aldous
images courtesy of Jose Villa
"Thank you so very much for making this special occasion an extra wonderful experience for me. I also can't thank you enough for solving my wine barrel issue by going above + beyond!! So glad we could work together!"
Jori, bride July 2016
image courtesy of Chloe Jackson
"Carrie & Erica did my (bridal) and bridal party make-up for my wedding last December and did a beautiful job! Carrie was professional from start to finish. She was always clear about her services and offered helpful tips from preparation to the day-of with skincare tips & suggestions. Both Carrie & Erica arrived on the dot and set-up a professional studio in a snap! Carrie's rates will seem much higher compared to others, but she is 100% worth it. Nothing hidden, and you will only get high quality products applied on your skin & hair by highly skilled artists. Carrie was always calm and even allowed me little breaks during the styling session. She also stayed for an hour to help style my bridal shots, helping make everything picture-perfect. She was flexible enough to tweak my hair when I decided to have it pinned instead of all down. It was a joy to have worked with her. Highly recommended!"
Cleodia, bride December 2015
video courtesy of Samantha Carpio Wedding Cinematography
"I just wanted to say thank you so much for your services. You are incredibly talented, and you honestly made me the most beautiful I have every looked and felt. Lina, my bridesmaid, is still talking about you! I would be honored to provide a recommendation for anyone inquiring about your services."
Sara, bride October 2015
Video courtesy of EdgeFog Films
"I cannot express how wonderful you were and appreciative I am for your help during the wedding, and before! We both loved your professionalism, personality, and overall attention to detail. You were my rock! Thank you!!"
Nicole, bride October 2015
image courtesy of Lilyrose Photography
"Carrie is a TRUE artist! I cannot recommend her enough. I am personally really into hair and makeup, so I was picky when it came to choosing who would be in charge of my wedding look. Not only is Carrie incredibly talented and uses really high-quality products (you will learn from her!), but she also has amazing taste/style and really listens to what you want. We collaborated on the look on a shared Pinterest board months in advance. This was great because I was planning a Sonoma wedding from NYC.
We had a great trial session where I felt totally confident and excited for the big day with Carrie. But on the day of, she totally blew me away with how amazing she made me feel inside and out. Carrie was so sweet, calm, and SO attentive with me,
my mom and my 9 bridesmaids. Everyone looked so beautiful and was so happy with their hair and makeup (an unreal feat with so many women). When she says she only hires amazing people, trust her - because our group was so big, she brought along 3 additional artists and they were all awesome. Most importantly, Carrie NAILED IT with my hair and makeup. I wanted a look that was natural and relaxed, but with just a touch of glam. That's exactly what she gave me, and then it lasted through an outdoor vineyard wedding on a hot summer day AND our raucous afterparty for a total of 12+ hours.
I felt so at ease having Carrie by my side as I got ready, during our first look, pictures, and after the ceremony for switching up my hair for the reception. She struck this incredible balance of being out of my way yet always right there when I needed her to be helpful. When it was time to say bye to her, I honestly felt a little pang of panic and sadness - I didn't want her to leave! She's a wonderful person.
Bottom line: Book Carrie now. I am still counting my lucky stars that she was part of my wedding day team!"
Angie, bride September 2015
video courtesy of Paperweight Films
"Everyone's makeup was perfect, not an eyelash out of place for the entire day & night! My hair withstood some serious dancing and I was still getting compliments at the end of the night! I can't thank you enough for making my friends, family and I look so beautiful on my wedding day! Thanks for everything!"
Phenix, bride August 2015
image courtesy of Damion Hamilton Photography
"I just wanted to say thank you so much to you and your team for your incredible work this weekend. It was an absolute pleasure working with you. You were incredibly helpful and calm. AND you nailed the look!!! I loved it so much. I cannot thank you enough for everything. The B-maids all loved their looks. Everyone truly looked gorgeous.
My mom and sisters say thank you too - they also had nothing but wonderful things to say about you and were very appreciative of everything you did from hair and makeup at the hotel to touch ups, running around, and assisting at the venue.
Thanks again for all of it."
Kate, bride June 2015
image courtesy of Weddings by Sasha
"I wanted to follow up with you for making me feel and look like a princess!! Thank you again so much, my whole bridal party looked perfect as well!! You are so sweet. Thanks again:)))!!!! Xoxox "
Ali, bride January 2015
video courtesy of Spencer Sarson Visuals
"Carrie has a magic about her - she is the perfect calm every bride needs on their wedding day. She truly listened to what I wanted and and gave me the best version of it. Not only is she a lovely person, but an incredibly talented hair and make-up artist. She was also very flexible, which made the process even easier. I highly recommend her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!."
Kathleen, bride November 2014
image courtesy of Vicens Forns
"I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks. You were so helpful yesterday & went above and beyond to make sure I remembered everything & stayed on track. I'm so glad that I found you to help me prepare for the day. My hair was spot on & just worked so well with the day. My make up was unbelievable & looked glamorous throughout the whole evening. You are an amazing artist & person. I never expected to love my vendors & feel that level of friendship & support. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
Lacey, bride September 2014
image courtesy of Viera Photographics
"I could not have asked for a better person to help make me the most beautiful and confident bride. From the very beginning, Carrie was extremely efficient, prompt and professional.
I didn't know exactly what I wanted, but Carrie was able to translate my thoughts into the picture I had in my head. Her attention to detail and calming personality helped our day run perfectly!
She went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy and confident.
Suzanne, bride August 2014
image courtesy of Trevor Dayley
"I wanted to thank you so much again for everything! I could't have asked for a better experience. I really loved both my hair and makeup on both my wedding day and on the day before. Everyone who has seen pictures of me from my wedding say that my hair and make-up looked fabulous! Again you did a WONDERFUL job and I really enjoyed working with you!! You are truly amazing at what you do, and I am so happy you were apart of my special day! Thank you so much again."
Stacey, bride August 2014
image courtesy of Michelle Walker
"Thank you to you and your assistant for doing such a wonderful job with the makeup for all the girls in my bridal party. You definitely knew exactly what I wanted and I felt great. All the pictures prove what an awesome job you have done."
Alex, bride June 2013
Makeup by Carrie Aldous
image courtesy of Sylvain Gentile
"Thank you so much for beautifying us on our wedding day! I can't imagine working with anyone else that would have been as awesome as you. All the best to you and your family."
Kyla, bride June 2013
Makeup by Carrie Aldous
image courtesy of Andi Hatch Photography
"It was such a pleasure to have you as part of my special wedding day. My makeup was absolutely perfect and exactly what I had in mind. My family all loved their makeup as well. You were so calming and helped ease my nerves. Your work is so impressive and you are so knowledgeable with skin types. I can't thank you enough for making my day that much more special."
Britni, bride June 2013
Makeup by Carrie Aldous
image courtesy of Sylvain Gentile
"I was looking for a make-up artist for my wedding in Napa, and found Carrie through a Google search. After looking at her pictures on her website and talking to her on the phone, I felt so comfortable with her that I booked her for both my engagement photos and wedding. This was honestly the best decision I made for my entire wedding! Not only is Carrie extremely talented with make-up, but she is so sweet and genuine too. You seriously want to be her friend! The air-brush make-up was flawless for my engagement photos and wedding day. Each time I left her chair, I felt so beautiful but also really appreciated the fact that I still looked like myself. The make-up was perfect for photography, not over the top,and it lasted so well! I absolutely loved the false lashes for my wedding day! There were some neat profile pictures taken of me on my wedding day and the false lashes just look killer! In addition, since I didn't have a good lip pencil with me in Napa, Carrie even went to Ulta to buy me my own so I could do touch-up at my wedding. Talk about going above and beyond! Carrie also did the make-up for my two bridesmaids and Mom and all looked so beautiful too. I can't recommend Carrie enough! I only wished I lived in the same city so that she could do my make-up for some of my black tie events. Thank you again Carrie for everything! "
Christine, bride May 2013
image courtesty of Richard Wood Photographics
"What's so great about Carrie, is that I ended up not just done up perfectly, but also EDUCATED about how to make myself look gorgeous in lots of situations. I've worked with quite a few makeup people because I was a model and worked in theatre. Carrie is a find. She has studied with the best of the best, and she KNOWS it all. But she is not arrogant or bratty like some. She feels like a really great friend who truly wants me to LOVE my look. She doesn't push her own agenda. She made sure I got what *I* wanted. That's her mastery. She cost a bit more than the comps, and she was SO WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!"
Melissa, headshots May 2013
image courtesy of Carmen Alvarez Photography
"I can't tell you how grateful I am to have had you there on my wedding day to make my bridesmaids, moms and I feel beautiful for my special day. You were an absolute joy to work with and I can't tell you how happy I am to have called you at such late notice and you were available. You truly went above and beyond to make sure my girls and I looked and felt beautiful."
Coco, bride September 2012
image courtesy of Jen Philips Photography
"I was very happy with the practice session... Carrie was very calm, listened to what I wanted, and just had a great personality! We found something that worked during the trial and Carrie took detailed notes on what she had done. On the day of the wedding Carrie did my makeup, my Mom's, and my now Mother in-law's makeup. She had notes on what I wanted and did a FABULOUS job but was doing my Mom's makeup for the first time. We could not have been happier with what she did and her great, upbeat attitude throughout the whole day. I will say that I am very picky about makeup and I wanted it "just right" (whatever that means) for my wedding. Carrie's skill was amazing and I hands down recommend her over and over again for those getting married in the Napa area and beyond. I could not have been happier with her work!!! She made me feel like a beautiful bride...which is what I wanted and what I got!!!"
Katherine, bride September 2012
Makeup by Carrie Aldous
image courtesy of Love Is A Big Deal
"Carrie is an amazing makeup artist. Having been a wedding photographer for the last 7 years, I've photographed a lot of brides, and when I see a makeup job that elevates above the rest, I take note. Carrie is not only technically talented, with a full comprehensive knowledge of her craft, but she listens to her clients needs, and is, above all, professional. I have a lot of stories about how MUAs don't stick on timeline, or aren't communicative enough, but Carrie is certainly the opposite. That said, she's also a blast to work with!"
Sonia Savio, photgrapher for bride Dana September 2012
Makeup by Carrie Aldous
image courtesy of Sonia Savio Photography
"Carrie is simply wonderful. I hired her to do make up for corporate headshots, and she not only did a wonderful job, she made it fun. At 56, my face is not exactly a smooth canvas ; ), but she helped me look fresh and natural, and helped me feel more beautiful in the process. The session has carried over into my daily life, because I am more motivated now to look my best, and I know a good result is possible. HIRE her, she's worth every penny and more."
Tomi, headshots August 2012
image courtesy of Victor M. Samuel Photography
"I cannot say enough great things about Carrie; she is a consummate professional, prompt, caring and she listens to her client's wants while adding her own creative twist. I was so impressed with my experience. She did makeup for my wedding and gave me a timeless look that wasn't caked on. I highly recommend her, even if you live far from Napa!!"
Christina, bride May 2012
Makeup by Carrie Aldous
image courtesy of Sasha Photography