Star Vendor: Hannah Conard Beauty Collective
I happened to meet Hannah while working on one of my favorite styled shoots, and was so struck that day by not just her mastery of hair and makeup, but by her positive attitude, professionalism, and the warmth with which she treats everyone who meets her. You've probably seen her name around by now; she is responsible for the hair and makeup on the models on this site, and has made herself pretty well-known among Pittsburgh wedding vendors since starting her business in 2014.
Hannah and her team at Hannah Conard Beauty Collective specialize in on location, customized, professional hair styling and makeup artistry. If you're seeking wedding day hair and makeup artists that will make you feel amazing and help you shine your brightest, look no further! Read on to learn more from Hannah...
When did you enter the wedding industry? What made you want to do so?
I have been doing makeup for weddings and special events since I was 15 but it wasn't until two years ago that I decided to start my company. I was working in a salon for years and my clients always asked what I loved doing the most; my answer was always weddings. I finally had an epiphany: if this is my true passion, I need to make it my sole focus.
What was your most glittering moment in your business?
Probably opening my studio this year. My business has been growing and expanding in different ways and I'm so excited for what the future holds?
What's your grit? What sets you apart?
Mostly three things: my aesthetic, my approach, and my team. My aesthetic isn't traditional bridal; I like a little more grit. I like beauty that is perfectly imperfect, balanced; not even, movement; not structure, enhanced; not covered. My approach is that how you make people feel matters just as much as how you make them look. I not only want you to look beautiful when you leave the chair; I want you to feel confident, excited, and refreshed! My team is incredible. I'm really excited to be working with such talented and passionate women. because we do both hair and makeup, and because it's a larger team, we are truly able to take on anything. No matter how many services or what time of day, we can handle almost anything.
What is your favorite part of what you do?
The most fulfilling part of what I do is when I hear a client say, "I have never felt this beautiful!" No matter how many times I hear it, it never gets old; how a visual transformation gives way to a visceral reaction to the way they look and feel. It makes my heart sing.
Please share a most memorable moment in your adventures in the industry.
It was a styled shoot I got to be a part of with Veronica Varos, Mt Lebanon Floral, Bliss Events and you! It was featured in BRIDES, Inside Weddings and the cover of WHIRL! It was the very start of my business... I had just quit my job the week before, and I was so struck and overwhelmed by all the talent, creativity and expertise that surrounded me. I couldn't believe I was in league with such extraordinary women.
Please describe your ideal client; i.e., who will love you?
I truly feel that a Glitter & Grit bride is my ideal client!
ESTABLISHED: In 2014
PRICE RANGE: Individual services start at $85
LOCATION/TRAVEL BOUNDARIES: We travel anywhere!