Wedding Workspaces: Makeup by Kim Porter

It's time for another Wedding Workspaces, and this month, we're sharing our third installment with another fab local wedding pro!

Through Wedding Workspaces, we are showcasing Hampton Roads-based wedding pros and where they create throughout the week when not on location for a wedding. Weddings never are one-day gigs; it typically takes months and days to be part of that special celebration... so we might as well feel cozy for the day in, day out tasks!

Today, we have makeup artist and vendor fam Kim Porter and her fun and modern makeup studio in Virginia Beach called The Makeup Lounge. Through pops of pink, black, and white colors, this workspace is clearly prepped to make you feel glamorous and camera ready before even a dab of mascara hits your lashes!

What was your inspiration for the space?

I wanted the space to feel like a fun and girly dressing room and used Pinterest to help design my space.

Give three adjectives to describe how you want your clients to feel coming into your workspace.

Beautiful, energized, and excited!

What's your favorite part of the workspace?

I love my desk. I can look out the window when I'm working, and it's the space where I teach my makeup lessons.

Do you have any interesting locally based details in your workspace?

I do! My friend Mary Anne of Tidal Bay Collections and her husband designed the custom sign behind my desk. It's a three-dimensional chandelier with repurposed crystals from an antique chandelier.

Have any personal stories of designing, building, or creating?

I am definitely a DIY person! My desk was my grandmother's dining room table that I painted and applied a dark wax on the top to give it an aged look. After taking inspiration from my Pinterest board, I took two side chairs from my living room, spray painted them white, and recovered them in a fuchsia fabric so they could be featured in the lounge area.

You can get to know Kim and her studio happenings on Facebook and fun before and after beauty captures on Instagram.

Photography: Jessica Ryan Photography