Sharing the Joy....

Many people ask me if I like being a makeup/hair artist. Normally I answer back with a quick "yes", but truthfully that doesn't really cover the half of it. I don't "like" my job, I LOVE IT! Why?...well if you were in my shoes you would know exactly what I meant.
Even though I'm a makeup/hair artist, I wear a variety of other hats in my life as a mother, daughter, sister, wife, artist, teacher, beauty expert and a business woman. All of these elements add a lot of flavor to the mix, so I just thought to myself "you've logged a lot of hours on this interesting journey of yours, so you might as well share the ride". So I am! That will be the only way for you to understand what I love about my profession and why I love living in the moment....



A few weeks ago I had a great opportunity to attend an advanced class from Sasson Academy held in Salt Lake City. As an emerging artist I'm constantly researching for education to build inspiration and develope new skills in both hair and makeup artistry. As of last week I just returned from Los Angeles where I attended some advanced Airbrush training that really takes my talent and skill to a whole new level. I love what I do and my dedication to continued education is my commitment to myself and my clients, of why I do what I do as well as I do. Pictured here with Morgan, Valene, and Traci Sakosits (regional creative director for Sasson Academy)


Alexa's makeup application is for her upcoming bridal photo session and her wedding day. What amazing transformation from beautiful ladies to stunning brides to be....

Jenny scheduled her makeup appointment for her bridals and how beautiful did she look...

Rachel's friends gave her a make over session with me for her birthday. She started with a extreme change in her hair design, then had a makeup application done for her party which happened to be a 'Black & White' theme. She rocked her new look!


How a Photographer can change a Picture.

Heidi Bruner is the talented photographer behind this session. She told me what she wanted to create with hair and makeup, I added a few of my ideas and went to work. This is one of many shots Heidi took. Since the shooting, Heidi has been playing around with enhancing her knowledge and skills and as you can see in the different pictures how far she is allowing her creativity to go.


Here is an example of a bride and groom who had me do airbrush makeup for their formals. Alexis did her own makeup for her engagment photos and of course Bryant was just his natural self. You can see the big changes in Bryant of how the airbrush makeup makes his complexion more even out and even a younger appearance. It helps soften Alexis complexion and add dimension to both their face. Yet airbrush does not give you the heavy appearance that standard makeup does. Airbrush makeup is a flawless invisible coverage. The proof is in the pictures and in the eye. Contact me if you are in need of airbrush makeup for your big event. Steve Mackley is a very talented photographer and without photo shop editing (which then leaves you looking like a mannequin) you can't get a flawless look without airbrush makeup.


Jenny's Bridal 9/8/09

Jenny was a recent client for bridal makeup. How beautiful did her entire look come together. Taiya Brown did her hair and of course the very talented Kellee Smith of MBK Photography is the talent behind the camera making Jenny's session absolutely amazing.


Client Testimonial

Carrie was an amazing contribution to our daughter’s wedding success. For an affordable price Carrie scheduled out all pre-wedding haircuts and color. Carrie did make- up and hair for engagement, bridal and wedding pictures. Carrie was with our wedding party for the entire day of the wedding. She curled the bride’s hair the night before (at 11:00 pm in the middle of a bridesmaid party) and started at 5:45 am preparing the bride, bride’s maids and groomsmen for the 10:00am wedding. Carrie did air brushing on the entire wedding party (yes even the men), and make up for the girls and hair for the bride. Carrie stayed close to the bride and her party and did touch up all day. The pictures will tell the story- we had a stellar looking wedding party. At the end of the day we have the great memory and pictures -they are both amazing. I highly recommend Carrie as part of your wedding team. It will make you life easy on the day of the wedding!
Jan Miller – Happy Mom of Derek and Ashley Miller
Photograph by MBK

I would recommend Carrie Pursers services for Make-up (including air brushing), and hair for all personal and business related pictures or functions. I had a last minute request for a recent picture for a national award my business won. Carrie was fast and efficient to fit me in her schedule for airbrush makeup and hair. She also assisted me to find an affordable photographer. Bottom line within two days I had great pictures. I was so happy with the result that I recommended her to my daughter Brooke for her maternity pictures. Carrie is truly an artist. She continually seeks advanced training on new hair styles , make up and product knowledge. She is very confident and professional and always goes the extra mile. Carrie has a gift with hair and makeup and I can trust her to act intuitively with my services. With all that – Carrie is fun to be around.
Jan Miller
Fearless Leader,
Photograph by Carrie Poulsen


Client Testimonial

I hired Carrie Purser for my wedding day and it was one of the best investments I made for my special day. I had a fairly big event planned, and I had put so much thought and effort into every detail of the wedding, except probably the most important. I didnt know how Iwas going to do my hair or makeup. I found Carrie and we talked about my plans and themes for the wedding, and she had the perfect ideas. I booked her and she helped me plan every angle of the hair and makeup for me and my wedding party. She was also extremely helpful with my engagement and bridal pictures. Carrie has a good eye for what looks good in person and in photos, which was very important to me. She gave me an outstanding look for my bridal pictures. Even my photographer commented on how unreal my makeup looked in her photos. I was also extremely picky with my hair, and she was very helpful with that. We had many planning and practicing appointments which led to me loving our final outcome. On the wedding day, Carrie was amazing. She was willing to meet me at six in the morning, and was with me all day long to do touch ups. I never once worried about how my makeup looked, even after crying, constantly hugging people, and even after having caked shoved in my face. Carrie took care of all of it. Carrie also did the mother's makeup, and also airbrushed all of the bridesmaids and even the groomsmen. And I was so thankful, everyone matched and looked in sync with each other, and the bridesmaid were even thankful because they didnt have to worry about getting ready. The groomsmen were skeptical about wearing makeup at first, but then agreed when they realized it was completly unnoticable. Carrie also went way above and beyond what she was expected to, she helped with set up, she helped with all of the safety pinning, she always made sure I had everything, and she even helped with some dramatic bridal party! Carrie Purser made my wedding day a thousand time easier and less stressful. I didnt have to worry about the little details, because she did. I would definantlyrecommend her to anyone whether its a wedding, a big event, or even just family or senior pictures. She takes all the stress from getting ready away, and makes you look flawless!

Ashley Bird Miller
Logan, Ut.

Yeala's Bridals Aug 09

Yeala looks absolutely beautiful in these bridal pictures. She is the only Bride this far who has kept to the traditional wedding rules (Groom cannot see her in her wedding dress before their big day). I am looking forward to her wedding day makeup application. Stay posted....

Kellie and Bryan Engagements

Kellie is such a beautiful girl, it will be fun to create a unique and timeless look for her on her wedding day. Keep posted bridals and wedding are just around the corner. Genuine Jackie Photography.