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About Gig Harbor Makeup Artist


 Sarah Donovan has always had a love for the art of makeup design.  At the age of 19, she began volunteering as a makeup artist for a small theater company in Santa Rosa, California.  By the end of the production, she knew that makeup was the only career she would ever want. 

She went on to work as a consultant at Clinique Cosmetics while earning her Certificate in Theater Arts with an emphasis in Makeup.  She decided to further her education by going to school at the famous Make-Up Designory in Los Angeles, California.  There, she earned a certificate in the Master Program, including Beauty, Character, Special Effects and Hair Design. 

After completing her education, she returned to theater, working for Summer Repertory Theater, San Jose Repertory Theater, American Musical Theater, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.  At the age of 28, she began to focus on makeup for film, print, and high fashion, by moving to Los Angeles.  She worked for the American Film Institute, building her portfolio while still providing customer service as a freelance makeup artist with Clinique along with assisting other artists in an infomercial, runway work, and collaborating with photographers in print. 

After a year in LA, Sarah and her husband moved back to Northern California, to start a family. There, she began working as a freelance makeup artist for Laura Mercier, while also working at a spa in downtown Santa Cruz, while also broadening her business specializing wedding makeup. 

After many years of working in Santa Cruz, Sarah and her family made the big jump to move farther North, to Washington State. Now, she and her family, love living in Gig Harbor. She spends most of her time being a mom, but continues to love and feel passionate about being a makeup artist. She looks forward to enhancing beauty in everyone.


"My passion is to help every person feel their most beautiful. Let me enhance your natural beauty on your special day."

Gig Harbor Makeup Arist Testimonials


Sarah Donovan did an amazing job on my wedding day make-up. She took time on my trial to get the colors and shadowing just right so I looked very natural and also glowingly beautiful. She airbrushed my face and it felt like I was wearing no make-up the entire day which was very important to me because I normally don't wear a lot of make-up. She also did a great job on all my bridesmaids, they were very happy with the results and we all got a ton of compliments. Sarah was on time and very professional and worked well tag-teaming with hairstylists in order to get everyone ready by the time the photographer got there. I would recommend Sarah Donovan to any bride who wants someone who really has a passion for make-up and making you look your best for one of the most important days of your life!

~ Ellen F.


I've experienced Sarah's work twice now, at my own wedding, and as a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding. I could rave about many aspects, but the most important (I think) is that she makes your skin look flawless! Between the 2 weddings, I saw her work her magic on a fairly wide range of faces, from dry skin to blemished. Sarah also offers great suggestions throughout the process- such as keeping the look cohesive amongst the bridal party, or buying more natural looking brown fake eyelashes for your bridesmaid who doesn't normally wear makeup. I can't recommend her enough, she's the best!

~ Casey W.


I was referred to Sarah Donovan for my wedding makeup by a few friends in the Santa Cruz beauty circle. When I first met Sarah, I noticed she had a lovely calm energy and was a great listener- two very important qualities for a busy Bride. She took a lot of time in our trial to perfect my look and I loved it! Natural skin (not cake-y) and she's the absolute best at eyeliner- hits right at the eyelash line for a bold but natural look. All my bridesmaids and moms loved Sarah. She really calmed our nerves and moved at a perfect pace to prevent running late. A few of my friends said Sarah made them look their prettiest ever! Sarah delivers a really fresh, modern look and is consistent with every girl so we matched. I could not be happier with my decision to have Sarah do my makeup on my most special day.  :)

~ Kathryn F.


March 1st was our wedding party. Neither Brielle or myself are real make up wearers; we just do the basics. Even shopping around for a make up person seemed daunting to us. Thank goodness for our mutual friend Renate who provided your services to us as our wedding gift. She was spot on knowing that you would be perfect for us. You assessed what our needs were in such an unassuming way. Even when we couldn't really articulate exactly what we thought we wanted, you were very patient with us. In the end, even though both Brielle and I wanted a more "natural" and "understated" look, everyone of our guests on our special evening commented on how wonderful our make up was. We still looked like ourselves... but just even better!    

~ Mara Z


Sarah Donovan did my makeup for homecoming, graduation and my participation in a wedding. Sarah was professional, but also made me feel comfortable. I am not an expert in the field of makeup, that is for sure, but Sarah helped me look absolutely stunning for every event I asked her to. She knew exactly what would make me look my best. Sarah Donovan is a great makeup artist and receives my highest recommendation. 

- Carly B


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Gig Harbor Makeup Artist Services


  • All sessions take place within a 10-mile radius of 98329. Once outside the 10-mile radius of 98329, there is a $1 charge per mile. ​

  • A $100 deposit of the bride's total balance is required to reserve the wedding date. Due to the nature of the business, the wedding date will not be reserved until a deposit is paid and a signed contract is received. 

  • There are no extra fees for cancellations.

  • Deposit and payments are non-refundable.

  • There is a $200 minimum day rate.

  • If there is a change in location during the makeup appointment, there is an additional $50 charge.

  • Tolls and parking fees must be reimbursed.

  • If the client requests an Assistant Makeup Artist for groups smaller than six, there will be a $100 hiring charge. For groups of six or more, Sarah Donovan may hire an Assistant Makeup Artist at no additional cost. 

  • If scheduled makeup application on the wedding day, exceeds application time because of one client's delays, there will be an additional $50 charge. 

  • Multiple makeup applications made on the same client, on the same day, are an additional $100 each.

  • All prices subject to change, unless a contract has been signed. 

  • Cash, Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, or Square (Credit card fee of $2 per transaction when using PayPal or Square).

  • Gratuity is highly appreciated.



2 + hour each 

A  makeup trial consists of discussing your anticipated vision and overall theme of the wedding. Each session includes one bridal application and a (possible) photo for documentation. Lashes and airbrushing (face only) are included at no extra cost. 

All trial sessions are optional


Starting at $200



1 + hour each 

A makeup trial consists of discussing the bride's design and overall theme of the wedding. Each session includes on application and a (possible) photo for documentation. Lashes and airbrushing (face only) are included at no extra cost. 

All trial sessions are optional



Starting at $100 



1 + hour each 


Makeup is applied according to the bride's trial session or plan. Changes may be made at the bride's discretion at any time. Lashes and airbrushing (face only) are included at no extra cost.



Starting at $200



 1 + hour each 


Makeup is applied according to the bride's trial session or plan. Changes may be made at the bride's discretion at any time. Lashes and airbrushing (face only) are included at no extra cost.


For flower girls and little ladies, 13 & under, a mini makeup application is $25 per child.



Starting at $100



10+ minutes per body area

Using professional Temptu airbrushing techniques, a customized body makeup application is applied to arms, legs, and chest to create a glowing, even appearance. 



Starting at $25




1 + hour each 

Avoid the beauty counters and make an experience all your own!



1 young lady $200

2 young lady $125 each

3 or more ladies $100 each



1 + hour 


Whether you are going on a romantic date, or your're getting head shots for a future job, I can apply the makeup that fits any occastion.



Starting at $200



*Please remove all makeup before your session and have a clean, fresh face ready to start your session.



Gig Harbor, WA

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