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Beauty & Health in Washington, District Of Columbia,
(202) 842-9113
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  • 138 Reviews


    Erin R.

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  • Carl Ray is top notch - look no further, ladies! When Covid made wedding planning difficult, the one element of my wedding I knew I could count on was my makeup. Carl Ray was so sweet and lovely and made me look and feel prettier than I ever have felt before. I still looked like myself, but like Vogue cover worthy! Also have to say that my makeup held up perfectly despite countless mask on/mask off moves, and my lashes even lasted overnight with my sleep mask! Carl is so amazing and sweet and super responsive and there is just no one better!

    Kj

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  • Carl Ray is a phenomenally talented artist whom I am sincerely fortunate enough to have had grace my life. One year after completing surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation for breast cancer, in addition to facial surgery for skin cancer, Mr. Ray transformed me into the beautiful bride of my dreams. This precise and exacting gentleman expertly tailored his products to my skin’s needs and personality. The trial run ensured he familiarized himself and his craft with my location, expectations and desired result prior to the big day. The consummate professional, he confirmed appointments, answered texts or e-mails promptly, arrived on time, left my house cleaner than when he arrived, and took every CDC recommended Covid precaution, and then some. Carl is also exceptionally kind and gracious. He generously took the time to touch up my 85 year old Mother’s make-up as well as that of my two sisters. His affable demeanor was a pleasure to be around, and somehow even managed to keep my ... Read more

    Isla M.

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  • Carl was wonderful! I’m so glad I hired him for my wedding day makeup. With COVID we have had many changes with the date and where we are getting married and decreasing the number in the bridal party and Carl was so flexible and understanding. We started early and Carl made sure I knew he was on his way and he arrived on time. He was efficient and helped us stay to our timeline. Truly a lovely human and talented makeup artist. Would definitely recommend!

    Ar1227

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  • I contacted Carl just two weeks prior to my tiny, last-minute backyard wedding. He was so enthusiastic and accommodating, despite the eleventh-hour request. He perfectly executed my vision of a glowy, natural bridal look. Moreover, he was so much fun to work with. I felt so beautiful on my wedding day and truly could not recommend Carl more!

    Danielle S.

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  • Carl was amazing to work with. I showed him a picture of the look I wanted and he knocked it out of the park. My now husband, isn’t big on a lot of face makeup, so wanted to be glam, but subtle. Besides me, my poor mom who’s 81, fell in the mall the week before my wedding and broke her nose and some ribs and was hospitalized. We sent Carl some pictures a few days before of what he was going to have to work with and let me tell you ... she didn’t take her makeup off for 2 days after the wedding because you couldn’t see a single bruise from her broken nose. I mean, it was a bad fall!! She cried everyday up to the big day saying she wasn’t going to take pictures because she looked so ugly. Man, couldn’t tell a thing. For that I’m even more grateful. I’m no spring chicken and she waited so long for this day and he made her look beautiful. I would highly recommend Carl and get him on the books early !!! I’m using him again for next years post Covid, round two, fingers cr... Read more

    Danielle J.

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  • There are not enough words to describe how amazing Carl is at what he does. He did my makeup for my COVID-19 micro-wedding and it could not have turned out more perfectly. I’ve had my makeup done by other professionals but Carl blew them all out of the water. He asked questions to understand my day-to-day makeup routine and then made me look (and feel) like the best possible version of myself. His personality made the day so much fun and the whole experience was unbelievably relaxing. Working with him was an absolute blast and made an already special day even more special. I felt extremely safe with the COVID precautions he took and can’t wait for him to my makeup for the bigger wedding celebration we’re planning for next year. Will never use any one other than Carl!

    Julie

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  • Our family has asked Carl to do all of our family's weddings for the past 14 years. He is professional, kind, fun and a perfectionist in making you look and feel your best on your special day!

    Audrey

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  • Carl performed makeup services for myself and five of my bridesmaids. If you're like me, you've pored over local wedding blogs and social media, and know that Carl is a big deal in the industry. In person though, he's amazingly down-to-earth, humble, and a good conversationalist for the hour plus you spend together while he's applying makeup. In terms of the experience, magic may sound exaggerated, but it's really not. I'm stationed overseas in a country with lots of pollution and spent seven months of my thirteenth month engagement wedding planning overseas. That, plus the stress of moving to a new environment and starting a new job = a wrecked complexion. Coming back to DC a mere week before the wedding, I was gravely worried the blemishes and imperfections of my face would be immortalized forever on photos and video. A facial right when I landed helped; Carl did the rest. Though there was enough makeup to smooth out my complexion, my look still appeared natural and no... Read more

    Rita

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  • I think Carl is the type of vendor who you should just trust 100%. He knows what his clients are looking for a give them exactly that, but more radiating. He is an amazing person inside and out and that is the type of energy you want on your wedding day. He is great. 10/10!

    Marissa

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  • Carl is such a professional and worth every penny! He made me and my family look and feel our very best on my wedding day. Not only is he a talented artist, he is also SO calming and efficient. One of our favorite wedding vendors we hired and hope to use him again in the future!

    Chelsea E.

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  • I ended up hiring Carl and his team after being a bridesmaid in another wedding where he was the makeup artist. Carl was punctual at both weddings, very fun and nice and he made everyone look absolutely amazing! I couldn't have been happier!

    Lisa

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  • Loved working with Carl. Would recommend him to anyone! He is an amazing makeup artist ( SO HAPPY w how I look in all my photos ) but it was his kindness & down-to-earth demeanor that made my experience with him outstanding. Highly recommend. Worth. Every. Penny. Thank you Carl !!

    Dnr

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  • There is no question, Carl knows what he is doing. He gets it. He excels at his job. He's a natural. He may be more expensive than others, but he is 100% worth it. I did trials with a few different people for my wedding day makeup and Carl was hands down the best.

    Hana H.

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  • Carl is fabulous at what he does. I think people skimp out the most on make-up because the cost of a wedding can really add up and brides think they can fix it up themselves (big mistake!), but in all honesty, you get what you pay for - and Carl is worth every single penny. Carl requires you to do a bridal trial which is really nice because then on the day of the wedding everything runs seamlessly. Carl did my bridal make-up as well as 5 other people in my wedding party and everyone looked amazing. He is so calm and easy to work with - he fit right in with the crowd and even put a little eyeshadow on my niece and flower girl who was watching him with adoration (so sweet, it made her day !) I don't wear a lot of make-up, so natural glam was really what I was looking for and he hit the nail right on the head. I was so happy to have him on my wedding weekend and I couldn't recommend him more - he has the magic touch !

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    Hi Hana! Thank you so much. You and and your bridal party were a dream to work with❣️ Stay in touch!!

    Jennifer

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  • Carl is truly incredible! I cannot say enough good things about him and his team. They were professional, timely, kind, patient, detail oriented and just unbelievably talented. Best decision i made!
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