2016 in Review & 2017 Goal Setting

At C. Johnson Makeup our goal is to consistently improve our skills, services, packages, & overall customer service in order to stay at the peak of our industry. At the end of each year we evaluate our strengths & weaknesses in order to take steps to improve & grow for the following year. To reach our goals for 2017 we have made the following additions & improvements. OUR NEW STAFF MEMBER

We have learned through client feedback & reviews that the biggest area of opportunity for C. Johnson Makeup in 2016 had been our communication & responsiveness via email & telephone. To remedy this, we hired office manager Krissy Bencomo in September. Krissy is professional, upbeat, & and loves to help. She has over 10 years of experience in customer services, events, & marketing. Since adding her to the team we have reached our goal of responding to client inquiries within 24 hours (or sooner) 100% of the time! Now, when you book with C. Johnson Makeup, you can not only count on Christy to provide an excellent beauty experience, you can rest assured that Krissy has your back for all your inquiries, booking, & scheduling needs.

TOUCH UP SERVICES NOW INCLUDED IN EVERY BRIDAL  MAKEUP & HAIR PACKAGE

One of our strongest assets has always been our attention to detail when it comes to schedule & timing. We take our client's time very seriously & we hold a very high standard for punctuality & efficiency. To keep on top of our game in this regard, we experimented with wedding day getting ready timing & have decided to include extra time for touch-up services. Now, every bridal makeup schedule includes an additional 15 minutes at the end of the process, for final makeup & hair touch ups for the entire party. We have seen that this small adjustment adds a huge boost of confidence & reassurance that your entire group's makeup & hair will be on point as you walk down the aisle.

STRESS-RELIEVING, AROMATHERAPY, HAND MASSAGE, OR SHOULDER MASSAGE

We now carry Aveda's stress relief aromatherapy oil blend to use for aromatherapy, hand massage, or shoulder massage as part of our new Elite Bridal Experience Package.

NEW C. JOHNSON MAKEUP DRESS CODE FOR ALL STYLISTS & ASSISTANTS

In 2016, we also implemented a new dress code. Stylists and artists now arrive in matching attire & custom name badges for every appointment, making our team easily recognizable & more professional in appearance. We know you’ll be dressed to the nines on your wedding day; we should be too!

IMPROVEMENTS TO BRIDAL TOUCH UP KITS

We now offer a bigger range of full size makeup products as options to be added to the Bridal Touch Up Kits. Previously, we only carried full size lipsticks & lip liners; we now have full size waterproof mascara, concealer, & oil blotting powder (in addition to all the mini's we've always offered).

THE LARGE GROUP PACKAGE IS NOW LARGER

Throughout 2016, we noticed that a majority of our brides who booked the large group package were still adding one additional makeup & hair style as an a la carte service. To streamline the booking process & make things easier for our clients we have added one hair & makeup service to this package.

THIS YEAR'S PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS

As benchmarks of our success, we love to look back on all the amazing projects we were able to be a part of & the accolades , media, & awards we received from those projects.

This year we were once again honored as winner of The Couple's Choice Award by WeddingWire clients. Our work was featured on television, blogs, & print throughout 2016. Some of the more notable publications are; Femme Rebelle Magazine (print & online)an alternative fashion magazine based in the UK. We also made it in to print in magazines such as the New Mexico Wedding & Event Planner Magazine, Albuquerque the Magazine, The Perfect Wedding Guide, The Knot, & Rocky Mountain Bride, among others.

 

Our Gorgeous New Studio!

We have wonderful, exciting news! We now have a physical location where we are able to host our bridal preview sessions, group makeup lessons, beauty classes, & makeup parties for special events.  Panorama Our space is well-lit & spacious, with plenty of natural light, which we all know is essential to a superb makeup application. I also purchased studio lighting, similar to what you might find in a photographer's set up, for those cloudy days when we'll need the supplemental light.

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We also have a beverage station (yay, Keurig!) because, let's face it... coffee is a necessity.

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Our walls are adorned with canvases from some of our favorite photo shoots that we've done (these canvases are from Blue Rose Photography).

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We'd love to have some visitors & our space is open by appointment only. Contact us today to set up an appointment - we'd love to see you!

Real Wedding: Historic Santa Fe Hotel

Last month, C. Johnson Makeup provided makeup & hair at a gorgeous wedding in Santa Fe, NM at the Historic Hotel La Fonda on the Plaza.  Emily Joanne Photography provided these incredible images to capture how exquisite the bride looked in this gorgeous setting.

The September weather couldn't have been more perfect - from prep to final touches on hair & makeup this was one of our most memorable weddings & we're so excited to share these images.

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A gorgeous capture of our makeup on this stunning bride.

 

We love our real weddings & are happy to travel across New Mexico & beyond to serve our clients on their loveliest days. Please call or email for your upcoming event. (505)715-9490 or christy@cjohnsonmakeup.com. Please visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/cjohnsonmakeup or online at www.cjohnsonmakeup.com

C. Johnson Makeup has been Featured on EvokingYou.com

We have wonderful news! Christy from C. Johnson Makeup was recently featured on EvokingYou as a guest writer.

Check out our article Professional Makeup Tips for Photography to learn the best techniques for highlighting your natural beauty for a photograph.

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Here's a before & after sneak peek image from the article:

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Click here to read the full article.

Thank you to the wonderfully talented Stephanie of S. Strine Photography for the accompanying photos.

Makeup  & hairstyling by Christy of C. Johnson Makeup.

Updated Head Shots

In the upcoming months I'll be presenting at a handful of different Bridal Shows & Expos & needed some updated head shots for marketing materials, handouts, business cards etc... I wanted to make sure everything was polished, pretty, & up-to-date so I sought out after some awesome new photos! The amazing Alicia Lucia Photography met me for a mini photo session. I am not usually the one in front of the camera so this was a fun new experience for me. Alicia has a great way of making the photo taking process easy & comfortable. Here are some of my favorite images from the session: alicialuciaphotography-18alicialuciaphotography-36 alicialuciaphotography-39

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For more info on this photographer, please visit www.AliciaLucia.com

To book C. Johnson Makeup for hair & makeup services for your next event please visit www.CJohnsonmakeup.com

My Makeup Philosophy

I often skim images of 'makeup' on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc & have noticed a trend toward bold, colorful, thick, & heavy makeup, similar to what is often worn behind the counters of the MAC makeup store. While I can appreciate the technical skill that goes into a look like this, I just don't believe that it is the most attractive & beautiful style of makeup application. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that every girl who works at MAC is overdoing it, or that this look doesn't work on some people in certain situations. I'm just saying that this style doesn't align with my personal makeup philosophy. I believe that makeup should highlight YOUR own unique, natural beauty. Gorgeous cheekbones? Let's highlight those suckers. Beautiful eyes, let's frame them with well-defined eyebrows. Beautiful lips, beautiful bold lipstick. While there are some universal makeup tricks that work well on everyone there are a lot more makeup styles & applications that aren't great for everyone. Let's face it, granny probably wont look great in Kim K's smoked out eye.

Now that I've highlighted what I think doesn't work how about I tell you what I think does work. I believe that every. single. person. is absolutely gorgeous in his or her own way. Even if you have concerns about the condition of your skin, or maybe the fine lines around your eyes there is something about you that is beautiful & attractive. Obviously we all have insecurities & makeup is a wonderful tool to minimize those issues, but I feel it's an even better tool to highlight the things we love about ourselves. That's why I always chat with my clients to determine what she likes/dislikes & how I can formulate the perfect makeup look for her. I always custom blend foundation color to ensure a perfect skin match. I always adjust makeup to suit the client & I work really hard to listen carefully to exactly what she is asking for. I do commonly find myself making suggestions, of course, & often recommend something my client had never tried or considered & turns out to absolutely love. That's when I pat myself on the back & say 'job well done, Christy'. My goal is to make each client happy while appreciating & elevating her natural beauty, without applying every product & every makeup trick in my bag.

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