"True beauty comes from within."
'Simple + Sultry was named after my artistic style, so brides know exactly what they are getting.
I believe in skin that looks like skin, just even and glowing. Simple makeup that accentuates and enhances the individual.
Soft and romantic hairstyles that never look too "done".
Sunless tans that appear as a natural glow, especially in photos.
My goal is to make you look, and more importantly, feel beautiful.'
- Talia Margaret Leister, Founder + Artist
Talia works with a network of artists she trusts to accommodate wedding parties of varying sizes.
Years of styling wedding parties have supplied the experience to create looks that last all day and night.
Professionalism, dependability, and communication are of the utmost importance to us.
All services are done on-location, meaning we come to you.
Serving Brooklyn + Manhattan
Simple + Sultry has always taken sanitation seriously. We have always followed infection control protocols taught to us in school, such as dispensing product onto a palette and never double dipping. We have always used disposables around mucous membranes and wherever else applicable. We have always washed our hands and used sanitizer frequently. We have always disinfected our products and tools between every client. We have always used Barbicide virucide to disinfect combs and hair tools. Simple + Sultry has never had an infection or even allergic complaint.
Still, we take COVID-19 and it's risk to you and your loved ones seriously. For this reason, Talia has taken the further steps to ensure everyone's safety. She completed the Barbicide basic and COVID-19 certification courses, as well as Milady's infection control course. She has always trusted Barbicide and Beauty So Clean to disinfect her brushes, and has added a portable UVC light pouch to her kit for complete sterilization of any item. She has invested in a hooded face shield for optimum protection, as well as disposable gloves and merv-16 filters for her mask. She also ensures every artist she works with holds high sanitation standards.
We will be scheduling a bit more time per service to allow for proper disinfection between clients. Schedule time will now be 45 minutes per service for wedding party members, and 1.5 hours for the betrothed's hair or makeup (2.5 hours for both). We ask that clients wear a face mask during services, as possible, and we have masks available that will not leave indentations on the skin if you need. We do not wish to take away from your wedding day experience, however we must do our best to ensure everyone's safety. We appreciate your understanding and patience with our new implementations, and look forward to a safe and happy wedding day with you!
We welcome everyone. EVERYONE. As long as you are a human being in love with another human being, we will service you. Hair, makeup and sunless tans are available to everyone, and everyone will receive the same high standard quality of service.
You don't have to worry if we stock your shade of foundation, we have you. You don't have to worry about ignorance, we respect who you are. We are honored by any opportunity to be a part of someone's wedding day, and we thank you for considering us.
Photo by The Willinghams
Being a cat-mom, Talia has stocked both her makeup and hair kits with cruelty-free products only. She has scoured through many products and found those that are critter friendly yet still offer the longevity that bridal hair and makeup demands.
For makeup + skin prep she uses Tatcha, Murad, Face Atelier, Temptu, Tarte, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Danessa Myricks, Natasha Denona, Hourglass, BITE Beauty, and Alima Pure to name a few. Her preferred brushes are by Luxie. Skin prep includes Tatcha, Murad, and Mario Badescu. Her hair kit is stocked by Not Your Mother's, Indie, Kristin Ess, AG Hair, and Sexy Hair Concepts. Hair tools by Harry Josh Pro Tools and Hot Tools.
Talia Margaret Leister
/ Founder + Artist
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Talia was certified by the Make-Up Designory of New York in 2008 for makeup, and by the NSTPA in 2018 for sunless spray tanning. Her past work includes fashion, editorial, commercial, short films, music videos, and teaching the makeup artistry course at Kingsborough College for two years. She moved to bridal work for a different pace, but fell in love with the world of love. In 2018 she founded Simple + Sultry to serve those who share her style.
"I believe everyone can be their own best make-up artist. The key to great make-up is the ability to understand the canvas you are working on, and who knows your face and what you like better than you?"
Photo by Karen Obrist Photography
/ THEY'RE MARRYING YOU
We believe in you looking like you on your wedding day. Not the women in all the magazine photos, and not the ones in all the inspiration photos. Just you.
We agree that inspiration photos create an easy method of visual communication between the artist and betrothed, and ask everyone to bring photos. However, we implore you to keep yourself in mind. Look at photos with your skin tone, your hair color and length, your face shape, eye shape, etc. But most of all, seek out looks and styles that match your vibe and who you are.
/ PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY
We will be there on time, every time. We will respond to communications efficiently. We will stand by our word and be trustworthy. We will use sanitized tools and products. We will be polite and cordial. We will be your wedding party's jukebox and selfie-station. We will give grandma a little spritz of hairspray, because that's all she really wanted. We will go above and beyond in any way we can to ensure your wedding day prep-time is stress-free and enjoyable.
Talia, the founder, is married. She understands the looming figures of wedding costs and trying to find the best vendors or solutions. She understands what it's like to be in a wedding party, and after having paid however much for the outfit, now having to shell out for make-up and hair to get the really great photos. For these reasons and more, she makes it a point to keep prices as reasonable as possible for everyone.
/ GENUINE BEAUTY
We are masters of the "no make-up" make-up look.
The make-up style we teach is natural and genuine. Does that mean we don't have fun with color and fabulous eye looks? No. What it means is that we will not teach you how to lay on a mask. We spot conceal, highlight, use light mineral foundation, start small and build up. When make-up is applied our way, your complexion will be even and glowing, but people will have to wonder if you're even wearing make-up. Yes, we can and will teach you smokey eyes and how to use color, pin-up red lips, and beautifully defined brows, but we believe make-up should add to rather than hide you.
/ EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
We believe that the most effective learning happens when you learn hands-on, and nothing drives that in like practice, practice, practice. We encourage focusing on a step or small set of steps and honing that skill through repetition before moving on to the next skill.
/ EMBRACE DIVERSITY
In our society today, conformity rules. Follow the trends. Wear what's in style. Only 120lbs or less is desirable. Majority rules. If you do not fit the mold, then you are unacceptable.
Well, we say no. We say you are acceptable, ney beautiful, not in spite of, but for your differences. Everyone is unique, and every woman should own and love her unique beauty as who she is now.