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Brandy + Brian

November 20, 2015

Happy Friday! I got a new computer and I’m officially back in business, thank goodness.  I couldn’t wait to blog this beautiful bride…I loved Brandy from the get-go and was excited to work with her for the big day!  As always, it’s nice going to one of my favorite venues — The Maple Heights Mansion in Shadyside.  You couldn’t ask for a better set-up with space and great lighting, which is a must in my book! I arrived early that morning {which was the perfect Fall day!} at the Mansion to do Brandy’s makeup, her mom and one of her beautiful bridesmaids. I hope you enjoy these awesome pictures by Sky’s The Limit Photography…they always do a wonderful job.  Thanks again to Brandy & Brian for having me be a part of their special day!

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Lottie + Mark

October 24, 2015

I’m starting to feel right at home at Lingrow Farms — this venue is one of my favorite places to do makeup at. Beautiful scenery, perfect lighting/space for makeup and of course wonderful brides to work with!  This wedding was beautiful, Lottie has amazing taste and I loved looking through all of the wedding photos.  Meaghan Elliott Photography is so talented and I also had a chance to work with Studio E. Salon who did beautiful work on Lottie’s hair. I love seeing how everything came together for this fairy tale wedding and wish this beautiful couple the very best! ❤

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Wedding Day Makeup Tips {to my brides & others}

September 17, 2015

It’s finally here, the big day! With doing so many weddings over the years, I have found some tricks and tips that really help the flow of the morning go flawlessly [at least where the makeup is concerned].  These are just things that personally I do with my own brides but I hope you find them helpful too! If I’m lucky enough to be your makeup artist for the day, thanks so much for having me!  If I’m not, I’m sure the artist you have will have some awesome tips and tricks up their own sleeves. =)

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Spacing & Lighting: Obviously good lighting is key for makeup, but also a nice amount of space is also crucial. This can be very challenging in small hotel rooms.  If possible, have a designated space cleared off for makeup [and hair] prior to arrival so the makeup/hair can start on time.  It’s deceiving how much stuff us makeup artists can pack in a small kit, so having either a desk or bigger table available is perfect. I like to travel with a folding table and makeup light just in case though! If your artist is airbrushing, they may need access to an outlet — so keep this is mind as well. A good work space is truly every makeup artist’s dream!

The line up: For me, when there is a bigger wedding party [let’s say 5 or more]…I always ask that my brides go first, or at least second in the lineup.  I personally like to always do makeup before hair if it’s an option. This way I don’t have to work around the creation that the hair dresser did and can just do my thing! I understand brides wanting to go last so makeup stays, BUT, if you get your makeup done at the beginning this allows your makeup to SET.  Then at the end when everyone has had makeup completed, you can come back to the chair for a final touch up.  Tweaking what needs a little more coverage, more lipstick/gloss, more powder etc.  This is also great because by this time, your photographer has arrived and able to capture those pretty touch up pics every bride wants for her album.  Allowing that first application of makeup to set and then doing touch ups later assures me that it won’t budge for the day!

Any Changes to Makeup: This is for the bride who already has had a makeup trial prior…some opt out of a trial and that’s ok too. If you have any changes, even minor, mention this before the artist starts or even a quick email beforehand can be helpful. If your artist is like me {a major planner!} then it’s nice to gave a game-plan and jump right in! If you didn’t have a trial, make sure you email your artist lots of pictures and communicate well what your exceptions are and the look you want to achieve.  Without a trial, I like to go in baby steps … I can always add more but it’s not as easy to take away.  Always make sure to mention anything like a possible BM wanting a tattoo covered or a couple extra girls who may want lashes in the event your artist is planning on just was already discussed ahead of time. I really like to nail down everything prior to arrival that may potentially be asked of me just so I am 110% prepared.

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Bride Essentials Plus Odds & Ends:

  • For lips — I feel this is important for the bride to have a full size product of the lipstick/gloss handy for her bag. If you LOVE what your artist used on your at your trial, definitely don’t hesitate to ask for the shade and pick that up.  I retail a lipstick line with glosses at my studio but if it’s something I don’t have available for purchase, I let them know where to pick it up and the shade. I also always try to have a little touch up of lipstick available for my brides if needed.
  • If you get a little shiny…something like an Invisible Blotting Powder is perfect to control shine during the day and doesn’t have any color so it won’t disrupt what your artist did. Be sure to ask if there are any other little important items needed as well {blotting papers, lash touch up glue just in case, etc} in the event your artist doesn’t supply you with a touch up kit. Remember if you get a little sweaty or shiny to BLOT don’t rub =).
  • Recently I started having my brides bring their own favorite Waterproof Mascara for the day-of. For sanitary reasons we artists have to use those throw away wands, which are fine but if you have them use their own mascara it’s nice because you can use the amazing brush that most mascaras come with these days.  Just a thought!
  • I like to carry straws for after bridesmaids get their makeup done, so they don’t mess up their lips as much.  Although a quick lipstick touch-up can be given at any time too since there is often lots of eating and drinking going on! Make sure to grab the artist before they clean everything up and pack for any touch-ups so everything is available and handy!

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Last but not least! If you look in the mirror and have anything you want to tweak or change, don’t be afraid to ask! It’s your big day and your makeup artist wants you to be happy and feel your most beautiful.  After the fact, if you absolutely loved your makeup, tell people about it — leave a great review for your Artist on Wedding Wire.  We always appreciate the kind words and it helps other brides know a little about our work, thanks!

Congrats Julia & Jeff

July 22, 2015

I can’t say enough good things about this wedding! From the moment I met Julia {and her mom} at the bridal preview session at my studio, I was so excited to work with her and loved the whole makeup look she wanted me to create for her big day. I truly love when brides are equally excited about the makeup as me! On the morning of June 19th, I met up with Julia and her mom at the spectacular Fairmont Hotel. I also got to meet the groom, Jeff, which hardly ever happens! It was a fun morning of makeup and hair, and I was thrilled to be reunited with a past co-worker of mine, CJ Witkowski, owner of Salon Persnipity in Murrysville. When I viewed the online wedding album, I was in awe of the beautiful photos but wasn’t surprised since Michael Williams is one of the BEST Photographers I’ve ever worked with! I had so many favorites but narrowed it down to these. Best wishes to the happy and beautiful couple, Julia & Jeff ❤

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Julia loves sharks so she had one stitched into her dress =)

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Jaira & Mike

June 15, 2015

As always it’s been forever since a post – wedding season is definitely in full swing and the months just seem to fly by! I had some of my favorite vendors with me on this wedding, along with a sweetheart of a bride, so I had to post some of these gorgeous pics! I did makeup that morning for Jaira, along with her mom and girls. They were so welcoming and as always it was fun to work with one of my favorite hair stylists ever — Shari from Tease Salon.  I loved that Jaira went for getting lash extensions — they amplified her look and Allison Roth Studio did more than an amazing job as always.  As a makeup artist, I see A LOT of last extensions and here is where it really pays to go to someone who knows what they are doing. Thanks again Jaira for being such a sweet bride to work with and for sharing your beautiful pictures with me, by Love Struck Photography!

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Congratulations Courtney & Steven!

April 24, 2015

Congratulations to Courtney & Steven who were recently married on March 28th of this year! I had the pleasure of doing Courtney’s makeup and some of her bridesmaids early that Saturday morning — with the help of my lovely assistant, Haley! I knew these pictures would be amazing and I had a hard time just picking a few, awesome job by Photographer Amber Marie. Also a little shout out to my favorite hair duo at Brooke Rockwell {Brooke & Harbor}, who always do an amazing job with everyone’s hair!  Here are a few of my favs =)

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Dark Circle Rescue

April 13, 2015

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Dark Circles! I never hear the end of it.  I think it may be the #1 struggle I hear from most of my clients.  I wanted to share what I do that seems to help the most through a lot of trial and error!

First — make sure the area is hydrated.  This is the thinnest layer of skin on the face and it is very susceptible to creasing if the area isn’t properly hydrated.  I take a nice eye cream a good 10 minutes before I apply concealer.  Currently, I’m really liking like MAC Fast Response Eye Cream for this.

Second — once eye cream has soaked into the skin, draw an inverted triangle of concealer under the eye.  I use a small concealer brush.  Make sure to include the inner corner of the eye [where people hold the most darkness] and extend slightly past the outer eye as well.  Fill in this triangle with a generous amount of concealer. Some of my favorite brands of concealer include NARS, Makeup Forever, Bobbi Brown, and one from my own makeup line, which is shown above…{PM} Studio Cosmetics Concealer Trio.

Third –– Once concealer sets for a few seconds, take a Mini Beauty Blender {this is amazing} and gently stipple in the product.  When doing this, it’s important here not to rub the product off.  You’re really just making small tapping motions to lock in the product so it stays in place.

Last — it’s important to set any cream product with a powder.  I LOVE a few different finely milled powders for this.  NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder is probably my favorite though and a product I continuously purchase.  I use this product on every single client.  Take a slanted brush and just tap in a small amount of this under the eye to set.

VIOLA! Hopefully you can use these little simple tricks next time you feel like you need some help with those under eye circles and remember you’re not alone in your struggle.  Always drink lots of H2o and get plenty of rest, that helps the most!

Xx, Julie