I had my hair and makeup done by Melissa V. Parry of MVP Hair and Makeup located in Cancun Mexico; I want to share my experience because I know how important (and difficult) booking to right hair and makeup artist can be for women of color!!!
Melissa is an amazing makeup artist- she made me look and feel like an empress! I booked my wedding date and events with Melissa after researching makeup artists in Cancun thoroughly. I ultimately chose Melissa because of reviews I read about her and the pictures- which speak for themselves! She was highly professional, super upbeat and very creative! Best of all... SHE IS A PERFECTIONIST!! There is nothing I admire more than someone who seeks to produce the best product they possibly can, even when working with drab material (such as myself, haha). I bought the Meagan package so Melissa also did my hair and makeup for the rehearsal dinner and she made me look stunning for it as well! I LOVED my hair both days but ESPECIALLY at the wedding!! It was waaaay better than I imagined it would be and looks amazing in all my pictures, as did my makeup!
[Even after all the dancing I was still looking flawless!!]
[This is the rehearsal dinner "look" where I told Melissa to do whatever she wanted, she wanted me to look completely different from the wedding but still flawless! You can't see it but there is a lovely braid on the other side leading into the "bun"]
You must purchase the trial so that you can get an idea of just how much she is capable of, and how amazing she will make you look and feel. I used the trial as a day to see how well Melissa worked with the clip in hair I'd brought with me in hopes of adding length and volume to my hair (which is already pretty thick and semi-long). Melissa worked very well with the pieces AND not to mention my real hair as well (which I unfortunately did not have enough time to properly straighten). She made it blend beautifully and had me flinging it around like it was all mine in no time!
[I am in the green, post my trial hair and makeup session]
I should note that I was very nervous about the whole hair and makeup aspect because I am Black and read that the hotel salons do not really have makeup or hair stylists to work with my skin tone or hair type. Since I can't do makeup and I didn't want to be worrying about doing my hair I knew the makeup artist I chose was of utmost importance. I couldn't have made a better choice
I have to also mention that Edgar (who is an essential part of the experience as well) was always highly responsive to all of my (annoying) questions preceding the big day and helped me decide what package would make the most sense for my needs! He and Melissa are a really great team and I doubt things would have gone quite as seamlessly if he hadn't been as involved as he was in the entire planning and organizing process!
My Bridesmaids also loved Melissa and lauded her skills! My sister was initially concerned because she has a really short hair style but Melissa saw her and said "I have to do her hair!" She made her look amazing (she is the one with pink hair)