Talk About It Tuesdays | Jenny Sue Makeup

April 28, 2020

What are “Talk About it Tuesdays”?

Talk About it Tuesdays are conversations with my favorite wedding vendors and friends to share a little more about what they offer in the wedding industry. Each and every person I interview is a vendor I’ve worked with, know, and trust.

This series was designed for couple’s who are in the planning process! I recognize there are SO many options when it comes to assembling your perfect vendor team, so I hope these vendor interviews give you a deeper glimpse into the person and team behind each and every business you’re considering hiring for your day.

You can learn more about each vendor through our short video (~10 minute) conversations (linked below and hosted on my IGTV) or in the blog post below!

As you watch this series know I’m cheering you on as you plan your perfect event and wedding day!

P.S. – Have a specific question you want to answered? A specific vendor to be interviewed? Send me a message or leave a comment below and we’ll make it happen!

And now lets head into today’s guest….Jennifer with Jenny Sue Makeup!

Talk About It Tuesday with Jennifer, Owner of Jenny Sue Makeup

Today we have the amazing Jennifer, Owner of Jenny Sue Makeup with us! We had such a fun time chatting about her process and all the incredible things she does, I can’t wait for you to dive into today’s chat!

You can either hop on the video below and listen in to our conversation or read the blog post below! Here we go!


Tell us a little bit about you, who you are, and how Jenny Sue Makeup came to be.

I’m Jennifer Duvall, 42-year old wife and mom of three. I’ve lived here in Athens for ~ 15 years now. I initially met my husband here at UGA in 1988. I was a fashion merchandising major at UGA and thought I wanted to be a buyer for a large department store and quickly realized that that wasn’t my gift because there is a lot of math involved in that path, and I’m not great at math, but that’s the career I was aiming for.

After college I worked in cosmetics at Nordstrom because it sounded fun and at the time I didn’t know what I wanted to do. In this position I realized I loved the makeup side, but not the retail side, so I moved onto other things, but kept doing makeup on the side here and there.

And in hindsight makeup was always a part of my life. I was a ballet dancer as a young girl and makeup was a big part of the dance world. As a kid my mom never left the house without makeup on, and I loved watching her as a kid. And even when I was at UGA I did everyone’s makeup in my sorority for formals and date nights. Everyone just knew I loved doing makeup! So in hindsight makeup was always apart of my life, but I didn’t see that at the time.

So fast forward a little bit and my husband was offered the opportunity to move back to Athens for his job which was great, as we always knew we wanted to end back in Athens. We moved back here and started a family. I was a stay at home mom and after my second baby was born my husband was laid off from his job and I didn’t know what we were going to do.

At the time my husband came to me and suggested that I start my own makeup website, blog, and business. At first I thought it sounded crazy, but I thought why not, if it fails it fails, but I’ll try….and here we are! Jenny Sue Makeup was created and it’s been 11years!

In the beginning I never thought there would be a need for a makeup artist in Athens, but eventually things took off and the opportunities in Athens have been great.

What all do you do as Jenny Sue Makeup? Do you focus on brides and weddings? Personal makeup sessions? You have so much information on your blog – tell us more about all that you do!

When I first started it was really just special events – galas, proms, and weddings. But as time progressed, I learned that there are many women that just want to learn how to do their own makeup. I would even see this at the cosmetic counter, so many women just want to learn. Maybe they didn’t grow up with a mom like I did, or in the dance world, or in the cosmetic world, and they don’t know where to start.

As I’ve progressed with Jenny Sue Makeup people have asked me to teach them how to do their makeup, which is great. For the most part women come to my natural light studio in my house and I teach people how to do their makeup one on one. My teaching sessions are one of my favorite things to do.

When brides come to work with you what does that process look like? How do you prep your brides? Is there a consultation? Walk us through that process.

For weddings I encourage trial runs for sure. I remind everyone your face is the thing that everyone will notice first on your wedding day and you want to look like yourself. I also remind women that when you get photographed you might think you have a lot of makeup on, but when you look at the pictures you’ll realize you don’t.

All together, the last thing you want to be nervous about is what your face is going to look like walking down the aisle!

To prep brides I’ll bring them here to my studio and ask them to come in with no makeup. I’ll also ask to see a picture of how they normally do their makeup so I can get an idea of what their day-to-day makeup is like. Because unless they tell me they want their face totally transformed, which no one says BTW, I do want to make sure I am careful with what their partner and families are used to looking at. Of course I want them to be beautiful, but I also want them to feel like themselves.

I do ask them a lot of questions about their makeup and skincare. If they have big issues with their skin I will recommend them to a licensed aesthetician beforehand because your makeup is only going to look as good as your skin does. I can do a lot of magic with makeup but if your skin is a mess we have to take care of that first.

I also take pictures of them when they’re in the studio because I want them to see what their makeup looks like in a picture versus real life to see how their makeup will look in their wedding pictures.

Once we nail the trial run – I write everything down on a face chart just to make sure I don’t forget anything so we have everything ready to go on the day of the wedding, and I know exactly what to do for that bride.

This is great! Now where on your blog/website would you direct women to go to learn about the basics of skin care or makeup.

If you head to the search bar HERE, you can put in anything you’re looking for! If you want to see bridal makeup – type in “bridal” and those posts should pop up! If you want to see concealer tips all those posts will pop up! So just search for the keywords of what you’re interested in and what you’re looking for!

So, what things are you working on with clients during COVID-19? I heard you mention virtual sessions, what do those look like?

Yes, it’s so exciting! And it was actually my husbands idea – we were talking about how I could still virtually meet with people in their homes right now. I can’t touch their faces, but we can have a conversation and I can still get my message across. So I started these virtual makeup consult sessions ~ 3 weeks ago!

I thought no one would want to do it, but it’s going so well! For example, this Sunday I have a virtual birthday party for a 15 year old girl that can’t be with her friends, so we’re going to go through a virtual makeup session with these teen girls! It’s been fun and very interactive. I can still show people brushes, makeup, recommendations, and things through a screen.

I send people forms to fill out before they get started so I know what they have at home and normally do, this way I can make sure I address the needs of the client. It’s like doing a background check before we work together to make sure that my time with them is effective. I want to knock out what’s most important to you on your questionnaire in the time we have together and make the most efficient use of our time together.

So I’m kind of hoping that even when all this lifts, that this can be a layer of Jenny Sue Makeup that can continue and I can use to service clients.

This has all been great! Where can people best find you and connect with you?

You can find me at my website here!

I have lots of videos and tutorials you can find here!

Then you can follow along and connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter !

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