10 Questions with Abby Prather

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and highly sought-after wedding hair & makeup artists in Indiana, Abby of Abby Prather. Indianapolis based Abby is the founder and owner of Abby Prather.

Abby Prather, Make-Up Artist

Hair & Makeup Artist - Abby Prather

10 Questions with Abby Prather

1. Introduction: What's your story?

From celebrity clients such as Ferrari, The Dr Phil Show and David Letterman, creative firms across the country, corporate and commercial work, brides, boudior shoots and high school seniors, every client is important to make-up artist, Abby Prather.

"My favorite part of being a make-up artist, is learning that people are people. Whether it's celebrity clients, or a young model at their first gig, an accountant updating a headshot or a young mother going through chemo, everyone has a story, and everyone is beautiful. I never know who will be in my chair, but I have the privilege of sharing an intimate space with people creating a connection. I get to listen to their story. I get to share in their journey. I get to make them feel beautiful." - Abby

Abby's background may surprise you. She attended Purdue University and graduated with honors in Animal Science, Biology and Chemistry before attending cosmetology school and earning her aesthetics license.

"I was planning on going to vet school to be a veterinarian. My own battle with cancer put those plans on hold. My surgeon introduced me to his aesthetician. I had never even heard of aesthetics, but it became something very positive for me during a scary time. The science behind skin and the chemistry of the ingredients in medical grade products really intrigued me. I LOVE product! I decided to get my aesthetics license with the intent of doing medical aesthetics. But, when I was in school, I found myself collecting tears from magazines and re-creating these looks on my peers. I became, "the make-up girl." Make-up was beautiful and creative and messy and I LOVED it! I started studying artists like Kevyn Aucoin and Val Garland and just could not get enough. I ended up getting a job with MAC Cosmetics and was so privileged to get to travel around the country and learn and be inspired by their senior artist and training teams. After a few years, my free-lance work was busy enough to go out on my own."

Based out of Indianapolis, Abby spends her free time in her barn cultivating her other passion, horses.

Abby would be honored to be trusted to play a small role in your big day. You can contact Abby through her website, abbyprather.com You can also view many before and afters of Abby's work on her instagram, instagram.com/abbylynnprather

2. What's your experience as a bridal hair & makeup artist? How many brides are in there in your portfolio?

Abby has over 18 years of experience as a professional make-up artist. At this point in her career, she has served countless brides all over the country, even a few out of the country, on their wedding day.

Abby would be honored to be included as your artist on your wedding day.

3. What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?

Abby comes to you for make-up services. She travels to you for your run-through, which you work together to design the look and feel of your wedding day make-up, as well as the day of your wedding. Abby also provides on-site make-up services for your bridal party, as well as mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom. . .a particular favorite for her.

4. Do you have a team of assistants or will you be the only artist that day? What will happen if you're sick or have an emergency on the wedding day?

Abby is an independent artist.

5. Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?

Abby charges a one time travel fee that covers travel to your run though and for your wedding day. Contact Abby for further details depending on your location.

6. Can the bride book a wedding makeup trial appointment and will you also do a trial before the wedding?

A make-up run through of your wedding look is an important part of the experienced and will serve to put your mind at ease that make-up is one thing you won't need to stress about for your wedding day.
During this appointment, we will go over any inspirations you may have been collecting. We will talk about the look and feel you are wanting to create for your wedding day. We will go over skin care routines, how to have your skin looking and feeling it's best for your wedding day photos, as well as what will be most flattering for your bone structure.

7. What beauty products do you use and would you be open to the bride using her own make-up?

Abby provides all make-up for the bride and her wedding party. She is an airbrush artist and provides lashes. After 18 years of working as a pro-artist, Abby carries a variety of professional brands that will serve you best on your wedding day

8. How can you make the bride's wedding makeup last and look good in photos?

Professional products, proper skin prep, and 18 years of experience will ensure your make-up will last and look optimal in photos

9. How long will makeup take on the day and how long will you be staying for on the day?

Abby budgets and hour of time for bridal make-up. The remainder of the schedule will vary depending on your wedding party and this will be discussed during your run-though. Abby is happy to stay for touch-ups if this is a service that you would like to add on. Otherwise, your artist will depart after the last face is complete.

10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?

Brides are required to pay a modest non-refundable retainer to hold their wedding date. Payments are due at the time of service

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WeddingRule Editor’s Choice 2020WeddingRule Editor’s Choice 2021