Makeup By Merit


As a destination bride there is nothing more important than feeling confident about your makeup artist, hair stylist, and finding a venue. Seems everything else falls into place. When selecting Charleston as our destination, my first order of business was to get down there and set up makeup trials and venue inspections. I was so lucky to have found Merit at my first trial - we totally jived and she did such a beautiful job on makeup. We determined I was the "snow white bride" because I wanted dramatic, have fair skin, and was hosting a winter wedding. Once the wedding came around, she did an even better job than expected - I was having breakouts and who would have known! She also applied makeup to my 8 bridesmaids and mom. They all looked fabulous and were big fans of Merit. I strongly recommend her services for anyone who wants to enhance their beauty and have fun with the person doing it!


Merit is fantastic! She is so knowledgeable and so very nice too! I absolutely love the job she has done for me and others I have seen also. Merit will give you more than 100%. A very talented artist! I highly

recommend her.


We had the good fortune of finding Merit Sander as the make-up artist for my daughters wedding. We couldn't have been in better hands. I found myself 10 days before my daughter, Michelle's, wedding and was finally able to convince her to have her hair and make-up done professionally. I had the name of one person as an option for her make-up, Amanda, and unfortunately I found her to be unavailable for our date. She was kind enough to reach out to other make-up artists and found us a replacement. On such short notice I was surprised and so appreciative. I was particularly interested in having mineral make-up and was truly happy to find this to be a specialty of Merit. My skin is quite sensitive and my daughter rarely wears more than a bit of mascara, so looking and feeling natural was very important. And her fiancé was concerned she wouldn't look herself on their big day. Michelle assured Ben she simply wanted to look her best for the photos of the day. My daughter arrived, at the farmhouse where the wedding was to be held, about an hour or so ahead of me with her bridesmaids. When I arrived, running late, harried and stressed Merit was the first person I saw. Great large smile and warm southern hello. My daughter was already done and looked a glowing and very natural bride. Seeing her looking and feeling so amazing calmed me right away. Merit didn't "work on me" as the phrase goes, but "with" me. She told me as we went along, what she was applying and why. Taking into consideration the heat and humidity of the day as well as my individual skin tone and age. All the while chatting warmly and helping me relax. As the final bit, a custom lip color for each of us (in a fun little tote) with enough to last the week following as well as a good supply of blotting papers for the day. It was wonderful having Merit as part of Michelle and our family's special day. In the end, the day, the bride and the photos were flawless! I trust and would recommend Merit to anyone looking for professional make-up application for their special event.

Katherine P