Photo by Jen Philips Photography

Photo by Jen Philips Photography

Photo by Abby Roses

Photo by Abby Roses

Photo by Kandace Photography

Photo by Kandace Photography

PC: Julia Rose Photography

PC: Julia Rose Photography


"Samantha is a true professional with excellent make-up prowess. I live in Washington DC but recently eloped in CA. I knew I wanted to find someone truly gifted to help me with my makeup, but I wasn't sure who to choose from 3,000 miles away. Fortunately, a Google search led me to Samantha, which was a godsend. 

She was exactly the person I wanted to help me get ready for my big day--she had my trust after our first exchange and was a true joy to work with ahead of the event. Samantha communicated often and early. She asked me to send pix of myself well ahead of the event, as well as any makeup looks that interested me. I am a redhead with sensitive skin, so I loved that I was able to raise my skin concerns with her in advance and feel reassured that the makeup wouldn't break me out (it didn't!). 

When I met her in person, I felt so relaxed with her. As others have mentioned, Samantha has this great way about her that allows you to relax, sit back, and trust the transformation process. She let me watch as she applied makeup and kept checking to ensure I was okay with everything, which I really appreciated. 

Samantha made me look gorgeous for my wedding and gave me some very helpful makeup tips while she worked. I'd hire her again in a heartbeat. My new husband couldn't stop raving about my eyes and how beautiful they looked! I wish I lived closer so she could give me a tutorial on how to replicate the look. Fabulous! And, the wedding pictures? I look like a million bucks. The makeup looked beautiful!"

-Kelly, Eloped Bride

"Samantha is absolutely fantastic to work with and one of the best decisions I made for my wedding. Her makeup is stunning. All of the women in my wedding party asked for very different looks and every single one raved about how much they loved their makeup. She is capable of creating whatever look you can dream up. I felt so beautiful on my wedding day and my makeup lasted all day and night through lots of laughs and tears. Not only is she unbelievably talented, but she is extremely professional and goes above and beyond to help make your wedding day special. She responded to my emails very quickly, gave me great recommendations for other vendors, and was such a joy to work with on my wedding day. You will not be disappointed if you book Sam."

- Shannon, Bride

"Samantha was one of the best vendors of my wedding and I highly recommend her to all future brides! I was looking for a soft glam look that still looked natural and Samantha made me feel so beautiful during my engagement shoot and wedding. Two aspects really made Samantha a standout from other vendors: 1) she was very organized and responsive to my questions over email and in-person (which shouldn't be taken for granted in the wedding industry!), and took detailed notes for the big day during our trial. She really made me feel at ease and established a lot of trust that she would ensure that the makeup for the wedding day would go smoothly. 2) she does an amazing job tailoring her makeup application to different features and skin tones. Samantha did a wonderful job on not only my makeup but also my family's and bridesmaids' makeup. She took her time and never felt rushed to make sure everyone looked their best. To top it off, Samantha has the sweetest personality and it was so fun to spend time chatting with her while she did our makeup!"

- Audrey, Bride

"Samantha did an AMAZING JOB with my makeup. I felt like a princess and she made me feel the most beautiful I have ever felt. She is very professional, personal, and sweet, everything a bride needs when getting ready for her big day. I can’t thank her enough for all of the amazing details she paid attention to when she asked me what I wanted to look like, and she was totally willing to accept feedback and tweaking when we did a trial run. She even changed my lipstick last minute when I barely described what I wanted and it was MORE than perfect. I love her and will use her again for sure. Sam is the best there is, and that is a fact. She won’t just be your makeup artist, she’ll be the cherry on top of your wedding and become your next best friend."

-Halie, Bride

"I can't give Samantha enough stars - She was incredibly professional while maintaining a warm, personable relationship as she did her magic. Anytime I look back on one of our wedding photos I simply think "can Samantha just do my makeup every day?" She far exceeded my hopes and expectations and genuinely made me feel dolled up for my big day. I recommend her to any bride I know (I don't know). She's adaptable to your personal desires, look, and will not disappoint!"

-Annie, Bride

"Sam is an amazing makeup artist and I’m so glad that she was able to do my makeup for my wedding along with my bridesmaids! From my first initial contact with Sam, she was professional, personable and easy to work with. I had my makeup trial with Sam a few months before the wedding, and she spent a lot of time getting to know me as well as understanding what kind of natural style I wanted for the day of the wedding. She provided excellent recommendations on what worked well for my face and was always asking for feedback of what I liked most. After the makeup trial, I knew I had made the right choice of choosing Sam! On the day of the wedding, she showed up early to the hotel with a lot of positive energy and ready to beautify me and my bridesmaids! She was super talented and made everyone in the room feel comfortable and at ease. Throughout the wedding and until the end of the day, my makeup stayed perfect (it was also a heat wave of 102 degrees on the day of). Sam is talented and amazing at what she does – I would highly recommend her!"

- Jody, Bride

"In a word: Samantha is amazing. And, not only that, but she is probably one of the most genuine and kind people I've ever met. She did my makeup, my mom's makeup and the makeup for my maids of honor at my wedding and we could not have been happier with the results! She is patient, meticulous, and ridiculously talented. I had my initial trial in November, but didn't get married until May. When May rolled around, she had detailed and thorough notes from my trial and remembered all of the little changes that I'd wanted to make, even though it had been almost half a year! The end result was absolutely perfect for my wedding. As an Asian bride with single eyelids, I'd experienced many makeup artists in the past who didn't know how to fully enhance my features -- I usually end up not looking like myself. That was not my experience with Samantha at all -- she absolutely nailed it in terms of the smoky, but natural, look that I wanted, and made me feel like a more beautiful version of myself. Don't hesitate to give her a call!"

- Lena, Bride

"I highly recommend Samantha for your wedding makeup! She was so amazing to work with and made me feel completely relaxed and beautiful on my wedding day! She's very professional and on top of things with discussing your look for your wedding day. She also makes a point of meeting with brides ahead of time to test your makeup so you know what you'll look like the day of! I can't say enough good things about Sam!! She's done my makeup for two weddings now (bridesmaid and just recently bride) and I was very happy both times! Thanks Sam!"

- Erica, Bridesmaid & returning client as a Bride

"Sam was such a wonderful host! I felt so at ease and comfortable. I have never felt so beautiful in my whole life! God has definitely blessed this woman with a gift to put make-up on and make you feel like a queen. I know that if I ever need to feel pampered or am in need of someone to do my make-up, there is no doubt in my mind who will do the best job. Ladies, for a Mother's Day Gift, a gift to yourself, if you have a wedding party or for any and all occasions, call Samantha! I give her twenty one stars!!!!!!!!"

-Jessica, Graduation Ceremony

"Wow! I just had my maternity shoot.  I had a fantastic photographer, a horrible florist and an amazing makeup and hair artist! Sam is truly a gem.  She takes her time and doesn't rush.  She is fun, sweet and a great communicator.  She captured my vision perfectly and incorporated my suggestions easily.  I've never felt more beautiful and my pictures turned out fabulous because of it.  I felt like a starlet. She also did a beautiful job on my hair which isn't even her specialty! I feel lucky to have met her!"

-DM, Maternity Photoshoot

"Samantha is a wonderful make-up artist. She is sweet, understanding and very patient. I do not wear make-up on a daily basis, I was nervous about looking unnatural but Samantha listened. She made sure that I was happy with each step of the process. The make make-up she did for me came out flawless, natural, and gorgeous. I felt confident, beautiful and happy on my wedding day. I would highly recommend her to anyone!"

-Aurora, Bride

"I am so honored to be able to write a review for Samantha Keefauver and share about how beautiful she made me feel as a bride on my wedding day! Samantha was so kind over email when arranging details, was timely and organized on the wedding day, and was so mindful to check in on how I was doing and to confirm that I approved of her work. I especially appreciated that Samantha stayed calm when my hairstylist was running late as it meant Samantha had to do my makeup while my hair was being done simultaneously which is NOT easy to do! Try putting on eye liner when someone's head is moving! But she did not get flustered or upset and kept me calm. Samantha also has a beautiful makeup studio in her home and makes you feel very comfortable during the trial. It is evident that Samantha wants each bride to feel gorgeous on their special day and she studied the photos I had sent her as examples to make sure she captured the exact look I wanted. I give my full recommendation to Samantha and would highly recommended her to anyone looking for a great makeup artist for any occasion!"

-Katie, Bride

"I cannot say it enough about how happy I was to have Sam do my makeup on my wedding day! Sam is one of the nicest people you will meet, and she is ultra-talented at enhancing natural beauty. I love Sam's natural makeup style and she made me and all my bridesmaids feel gorgeous. The other thing that makes Sam so great is her professionalism. She is a breeze to work with and got back to all my emails and texts very quickly. She will help you brainstorm your wedding style, and for someone like me who had never had their makeup done before, she made me feel so comfortable. Bottom line: Sam is wonderful. Don't even think twice, book her now!!"

-Cara, Bride

"I'm so happy I booked Sam for a makeup trial and my wedding day makeup! I was looking for someone who specialized in a natural makeup look and that is exactly what Sam does best. You can tell from her portfolio of work, she is a master at beautifying her clients and bringing out their best facial features. She also responds to messages promptly, listens to your feedback, and is a pure joy to work with. I felt so beautiful on my wedding day last month and my makeup lasted, even in 100 degree weather. Sam also did a stunning job on my mother, mother-in-law, and my Maid of Honor. My Maid of Honor loved her makeup look so much, she hired Sam for her own wedding next year! I highly recommend you contact Sam for your wedding or any special event; you'll be glad you did!"

-Krystal, Bride

"Samantha was great to work with! From my trial to our wedding day I felt so comfortable with her and supported. My make-up was AMAZING, I showed her a few pictures and she brought my dream to life. When she asked for feedback I knew I would not offend her if I wanted anything changed (which I didn't!). On our wedding day she and her assistant fit right in with my group of girls and it was a blast. I am so glad I went with Samantha, I couldn't have asked for a better experience!"

- Kelli, Bride

"Samantha is talented, her photos can tell you that..but they don't tell you that she is exactly the person you want around you when you are anxious about a big event, whether you are the bride, mother of the bride, having photos done for a special time in life...Sam is calming and an excellent listener. Her energy is very grounded and she is so, so sweet. She takes her artwork seriously and is very accommodating. I'd hire her again in a heartbeat. Oh! And she's affordable. Have you seen some of the outlandish prices that other makeup artists in the area charge?!"

-Arianna, Mom of 2

"I wholeheartedly would recommend Samantha to everyone I know needing a make-up artist! She's so talented and was an absolute doll to work with, so sweet and easy going! I loved the look that she created for me on my wedding day. She not only made me look amazing, but my attendants were beautiful as well! The make-up was excellent and lasted throughout the day and into the night! I really can't thank her enough!"

- Stephanie, Bride

"Samantha did the makeup for my wedding back in June, and I could not have been happier! I had asked for a very natural look, and she nailed it. Even day of, when I asked her for slightly less makeup than what she had done in the trial, she adjusted beautifully and made me look like the glowing bride I was! The makeup stayed put all day, despite the 100 degree heat it endured. Lastly, Samantha was a joy to work with. She was so sweet and made the whole getting-ready process enjoyable. I can't thank her enough for her amazing work!"

- Danielle, Bride

"She's brilliant and super artistic!! I've worked with Samantha twice now and have been blown away by her artistry. Samantha recently provided full makeup for a stylized shoot I helped put together. Makeup was spot on at what I was looking for. She listens and takes direction so well and of course knows how to make you look amazing!"

-Kandace, Photographer

"Samantha was an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end! Out of all of my wedding vendors, this was the easiest and quickest choice to make. Right off the bat, she was incredibly responsive and thorough with her communication - answered all of my questions, provided an organized and easy-to-understand list of services and prices, offered suggestions, and had such a genuinely warm hearted disposition. I did not realize how helpful it would be but, even in her emails, her tone of excitement and compassion was so great to have during the wedding planning process. Our trial went great, lots of fun, and after I had some time to reflect on it I had some adjustments I wanted to make and she accommodated them perfectly. I did not feel rushed, pressured, or unsatisfied with any of the experience. The morning of the wedding had me slightly stressed as we were running a little behind schedule but Samantha and her assistants kept a calm and flexible attitude and were great in cleaning their things up quickly in time for us to all leave for photos. I would highly recommend!! 5 stars all around. :) "

-Jessica, Bride

"Sam is an INCREDIBLE artist! She made me feel at ease even though I had butterflies before my wedding, and I felt beautiful and confident after I saw her work! She truly cares about her clients, and wants you to look your very best. I loved working with her and would absolutely book her again for any future events. THANK YOU SAM!!"

-Cait, Bride

"Thanks to Samantha, I have successfully worn eye makeup since about 9am today, through two shifts in the nursery at church AND the quarter-mile walk to Starbucks afterward in this Sacramento heat!! NO creases, NO smudges, and NO STING-Y BURNING EYES!!! Thank you for changing my beauty game, Sam!" 

-Jamie, "Everyday Makeup"

"I can't begin to say enough! Sam is a fantastic make up artist as well as delightfully personable and makes you feel perfectly at ease!  She did my wedding make up last year and I couldn't have been more pleased with the results, I felt absolutely beautiful and the finished product was so much more then my initial ideals for my day!! She follows up with you and tries her best to make you feel like the ultimate queen! I couldn't recommend her enough!"

-Rakel, Bride

"Sam did my makeup for my wedding and was awesome! I look back at my photos and still love what she did! She listens to what you want and can natural or dramatic. Whatever you're looking for! :) She's great!"

-Katie, Bride

"As someone who experienced the horrors of stage makeup at a young age, I spent my early adult years shunning make-up know-how, settling for a few swipes of mascara and the occasional cat-eye. Sam was able to take my rookie status (read: apprehension) and love of a natural look and combine them into something that felt like me on my best day. Her energy is exactly what you need on the morning of your wedding, and I left glam, but not garish. AND it lasted all night—and we danced. A lot."

-Cassandra, Bride

"She made me feel so beautiful and so feminine! Her makeup looked just like a photo I had found, but better!!! You'd be a fool to not hire her :) "

-Halie, Photoshoot

"Samantha is an amazing makeup artist. She's done my makeup for a couple events now and I couldn't be happier with how my look came out! I'm usually very particular about how I do my makeup but Sam always listened and understood exactly what to do. I can always count on her to make me look my best!"

-Tina, Special Events, Photoshoots

"Thank you Sam! You did such a fab job in beautifying us! & thank you again for being so flexible with my sensitive skin- you're amazing!"

-Kristie, Bridesmaid

"I had Samantha do my makeup for my wedding, and I was very satisfied. She gave plenty of time for my makeup to be done exactly to my satisfaction, as well as left time in between each bridesmaid in case there were emergencies in between. I didn’t feel rushed on my wedding day, and was able to relax while she applied my makeup. During the trial, we talked about what I liked, and she wrote down each color we used so she could do it the exact same way on my wedding day. She also had me send her pictures of what I wanted prior so she had colors prepared ahead of time. I struggle with acne, and Samantha covered my blemishes flawlessly so that I could feel beautiful on my wedding day. My pictures came out great and my makeup stayed on the whole night! I even used her again for 2 more weddings where I was a bridesmaid, and she didn’t let down! Her prices are very reasonable. Thank you Samantha!"

-Aimee, Bride

"Samantha's work is absolutely beautiful! I worked with her on a styled shoot. Samantha was so easy going and a joy to work with. I've also been to two weddings where Samantha did the bride's make up, they looked totally stunning. Don't hesitate to contact her for your make up needs!"

-Erin, Florist

"Samantha is my go-to person whenever there is a huge event where I want to look my best. She has done my makeup for multiple weddings and proms, and people always compliment me on my look. She also always makes sure it's radiated through photos and videos. I definitely recommend her and you will be more than satisfied!"

-Kristen, Bridesmaid

"Thank you so much for everything you did for me on that day! Couldn't think of a more perfect person to be a part of our day. You were the perfect addition. So kind and great at connecting with everyone. The girls LOVED their make up and looked stunning."

Suzy, Bride

"Sam is amazing!!! She is punctual, sanitary, friendly, and does amazing makeup. 

She made all my bridesmaids, my mother, and myself stunning on the day of my wedding. I absolutely love her! She is such an amazing artist and so sweet, she is such a joy to be around.

I will definitely request Sam's makeup service for the future!! Maybe my one year anniversary or another photo shoot with my husband!"

- Natasha, Bride

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