With years of experience in the beauty industry and a diverse portfolio to boot, meet Merak & Wanderlust! LGBTQ+ owned, owner Cristina has freelanced for over 18 years as an artist; now setting out on her own business venture. Her passion to make clients feel beautiful paired with her calm demeanor make her a joy to work with! We’re so glad to have Merak & Wanderlust as part of Nashville Bride Guide. Keep on reading to learn more about this fantastic Nashville hair and makeup artist.
Tell us about Merak & Wanderlust + how long you’ve been in business.
Cristina: Merak & Wanderlust was established 2022, but has been working in the beauty industry as a freelancer for 18 years.
How did you get started in weddings?
Cristina: Behind the chair, doing proms. One person told another and then I was suddenly doing a whole wedding all on my own.
What’s the philosophy behind Merak & Wanderlust?
Cristina: Truly to just make my guest feel their most authentic self. To take them to a place where they experience feeling beautiful inside and out.
What are your strengths compared to others in your category?
Cristina: Honestly I don’t really like to compare myself to others. I know for a fact that there is many talented businesses out there, that offer exceptional work and service. I can only speak for myself and my brand. My values, years of experience, sense of empathy, and responsibility have been what has gotten me to succeed in this business. What I offer is experience, reliability, passion for this art, and a sense of etiquette.
What attracts couples to your business?
Cristina: Most definitely my relaxed and patient personality. I am very even tempered even in stressful moments.
What is the most innovative new product, service, style or other aspect of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate?
Cristina: I work with all sorts of skin color and textures, my kit is equipped with luxury brands for those with sensitivities or not. I also stay up to date with trends. And I dont specialize in only one technique, but many. I can do a soft natural look to all the way to lustry boudoir. I also work behind the chair at a hair salon for those clients wanting more such as extensions or pops of color/highlights.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about Merak & Wanderlust?
Cristina: Merak & Wanderlust is LGBTQ+ owned and I welcome all genders, religion, and ethnicities. Hablo español.