Vendor Highlight | Cristina Ziemer Beauty
Cristina Ziemer Beauty, a hair and makeup artists based out of Stillwater, is taking the wedding world by storm. I know that's cliche to say, but it's legit. This lady is a bad ass working mother (of two) who is CONSTANTLY beautifying the ladies of the Twin Cities. Every time I turn around, she's working on another photo shoot and making another bride look like a total babe. She's also hilarious, adorable, and very real (just watch her Instastories). Read about her in this week's interview.
Give me some background on how you got into hair and makeup.
Oh man, I’ve been obsessed since I was about 5 years old. From taking magazine covers and cosmetic ads and coloring on them with pencils and markers to add more liner/lipstick to taking my barbies and cutting their hair into chic bobs. I’ve always loved beauty. I excelled at art and color in high school and moved from Milwaukee to Minneapolis at 18 to attend the Aveda Institute. From there I moved to Colorado and worked in a salon briefly before moving back for the love of my life! (Sammy Z, Duh!) I’ve been in the beauty industry for 10 years now, and I’m just as obsessed as when I was 5 to be honest.
How would you describe the Cristina Ziemer Beauty style?
My bridal style is classic, clean, effortless and authentically YOU.
Who do you turn to for inspiration and staying up on hair and makeup trends and products?
My peers! Colleagues in the industry are the best people to discuss trends and products with. They know how they perform, how they feel, how they last! I also love awards season (Oscars, Emmy’s, etc.) Red carpet beauty is a great way to see how a “trend” can be translated into a timeless look! (and how it photographs!)
What do you love most about makeup? What do you love most about hair?
With makeup I LOVE working with color and texture! It truly is like painting! I love that face shape, skin tone, and bone structure can completely transform a look. With hair, I LOVE that it’s more like sculpture to me! Every piece is thought out and planned for! I have to think out a plan and map before I start. I’m so grateful to be able to both!
What advice do you have for brides when it comes to taking care of your skin leading up to your wedding day?
Cleanse, Exfoliate, Moisturize, Treat! See a skin care expert/esthetician on a regular basis! Invest in great skincare products and use them religiously! The health of your skin is SO important for makeup! It’s hard to make anything look amazing if the canvas isn’t taken care of properly! Drink water, and eat food that nourishes your body! I feel like diet is often overlooked when it comes to the health of skin!
What is your beauty/skin routine for the everyday makeup?
I am basic. I’m not going to lie. I don’t want to be spending 45 minutes on my makeup! I’ve got too much stuff to do and would rather focus my effort on making someone else feel amazing!
I ALWAYS wash my face, morning and night, and ALWAYS moisturize. I exfoliate 3 times a week and use a mask twice a week. I also use this awesome thing from Herbivore botanicals called a jade roller. It helps my products absorb better and takes down inflammation in my skin (I am acne-prone). It also feels amazing! Foundation, concealer, blush and brow gel are my staples for every day. Along with MAC “crème in your coffee” lipstick. I love a simple makeup look with a pop of color on the lips! Its quick, it’s easy and it’s chic in 10 minutes or less!
What can a bride expect when she chooses Cristina Ziemer Beauty for her hair and makeup for her wedding day?
I’ve had so many brides tell me that I bring a sense of calmness to their morning. Which I love to hear! It’s important to have a schedule, it’s important to have detailed notes and images from the trial, but the most important thing I can offer a bride is an hour or two of relaxation on her wedding day. It is literally the only chance all day that you get to sit, *peacefully* with minimal distractions. It is the calm before the awesome, wonderful, whirlwind of a day. And I want you to enjoy every second of it!
What should a bride know about when looking at hair and makeup inspiration for their wedding day?
Find inspiration photos that share traits that you have. (Similar hair color and eye color are big ones) Narrow it down to 2 that you love and maybe one that you really don’t like. Show me a picture of how you usually wear your hair and makeup! This helps me assess your comfort level with makeup and hairstyling. If you love your eyes, let’s show them off with beautiful lashes or shadows that compliment your eye color! Do you have a gorgeous detail on the back of your dress? Let’s try your hair up to showcase that too!
What is the most important beauty advice you can give to women?
Be authentic. Love yourself and care for those around you. Nothing is more beautiful to me than a strong, confident woman who feels for others too!
What are some common beauty mistakes that women make?
Not taking their makeup off at night and using cheap shampoo! Invest in great products, I can’t say that enough!
What else do you want people to know about Cristina Ziemer Beauty?
I have nothing else to say. Haha. It’s still weird to me that I get to do this awesome job every day. I dreamt about this as a 5-year-old me and am happy that clients and brides choose me to be such a big part of their day!
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