"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
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 she uses Face Atelier, Temptu, Becca, Hourglass, Tarte, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Natasha Denona, to name a few. 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 brides 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 girl in all the magazine photos, and not the girl in all the inspiration photos. You.
They've seen you first thing in the morning, bedhead and all, and that's the face they want to wake up to every morning. That's the face they want to see walking down the aisle.
We agree that inspiration photos create an easy method of visual communication between the artist and bride, and ask all brides to bring photos. However, we implore brides to keep themselves in mind. Look at photos with your skin tone, your hair color and length, your face 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 bridal 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 a bridesmaid and after having paid however much for the dress, 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 reasonable for the bride and party.
/ 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 you rather than hide you and refuse to teach it any other way.
/ 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.