Makeup Artist Dolls Up Local Ladies
Lauren Jaber, founder of Real Doll Makeup was voted the most popular makeup artist in the Washington, D.C., metro area by local brides on theknot.com.
You may see Lauren Jaber carrying around a black tackle box, but she is certainly not going fishing.
Jaber uses the tackle box to carry around a selection of eye shadow, foundation, mascara and, of course, glitter — all staples this Montgomery County makeup artist has come to rely on.
Jaber is the founder of Real Doll Makeup, which has a studio in Bethesda; however, she spends much of her time traveling around local communities — tackle box in hand — doing makeup for high school dances, local brides and partygoers.
"I love helping people feel beautiful and good about themselves on their special day," Jaber said.
The Knot, an online resource for brides-to-be, recently named Jaber at Real Doll Makeup as the most popular makeup artist in the Washington, D.C., metro area, she said.
At 27-years-old, Jaber is considered an old hand at the art of applying makeup. She started at the M.A.C. Counter at Nordstrom's when she was 20 and has been freelancing since 2008.
Jaber said she learned the basics of makeup like many women — from their mother; however, Jaber's mother, Susan, worked as a makeup artist for 20 years. Jaber said her mother taught her how to hold a brush, touch someone's face, keep the area clean and create a look.
"My mother has supported me from the beginning," Jaber said. "She even took me to my first interview."
On New Year's Eve Jaber held a special charity event at her Bethesda studio where 50 percent of the makeover proceeds went to the International Orthodox Christian Charities. Jaber welcomed the crowded room of women anxious to start off 2011 looking good.
She was booked solid from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve.
"I have several black-tie events each year and like to have something special done — something that I can't do at home," said Akua Coppock, who had her makeup done on New Year's Eve.
The busy party atmosphere didn't slow Jaber down as she quickly sized up each client and listened intently to what they wanted to achieve with their makeup style.
During the New Year's Eve benefit, most clients requested a touch of glitter, Jaber said.
"Please glitter responsibly" is one of Jaber's mottos she offers on the studio's Facebook page. One client received glittered eyelashes and others had glitter shadow applied to the inner corners of their eyes.
Jaber takes appointments for everyday clients, but has just a few spaces for brides in 2011. She can be contacted by email at email@example.com.
Correction: In a previous version of the story, Lauren Jaber's name was misspelled. We regret the error.