Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Featured in Wedding Chicks- Green and Silver 1920's Wedding

Ok, so how GORGEOUS are the images in this shoot?!  We did this one last year, but it was published in the awesome "all things wedding" blog extraordinaire Wedding Chicks yesterday! There are so many elements that made this shoot fabulous, I'm not even sure where to start.....

The whole thing was orchestrated by the fabulous Marian Timmer, of Minted Artistry...this chica had a VISION, and I was beyond impressed at her attention to detail!  Everything was spot on historically accurate for the time period and stunningly perfect.  For the beauty and makeup perspective, I wanted to create a smoky eye that was elegant and mysterious....a bride that looked too current would totally ruin the mood of this shoot, so getting it right was crucial!  Check out these "behind the scenes" shots....

Christina - "Before"
Creating a Roaring 20's Smoky Eye.....

Makeup Test Shot while Model gets hair done

Our goal was to transform model Christina from a modern day pretty blonde to a roaring 20s glamorous bride.  I created an intense smoky eye with layers and layers of blended shadows in shades of carbon, taupe, coffee and emerald green, plus major lashes for that film noir look.  Unlike a modern day smoky eye, a 20s/30s version was more rounded in shape, and had more depth and shading than it's modern cousin.  I finished the look with plenty of liner, defined brows, flawless skin and a 20's-30's era deep burgundy lip, and then our fab hairstylist, Renn Traylor, got to work on the perfect updo to compliment the makeup, and amazing hair accessories.  And here's the finished look!

So stunning!!!  I love the full out glamour that characterized that era, don't you?  I can almost hear the soft jazz music and imagine the movie star handsome groom that's waiting for this beauty to walk down the aisle.  Want to see the ENTIRE shoot?  Click here for the full gallery of images on the Wedding Chicks feature...the florals, furniture, linens, paper goods...all of it will make you swoon!!!  One of my my favorite shoots ever, and I loved working with this fabulous vendor team....

Concept & Styling: Minted Artistry
Photography: Peyronet Photography
Venue: T &P Station Fort Worth
Prop/Furniture Rentals: Gold Dust Vintage May I Serve You
Stationery: The Three
Gown & Accessories: Bridal Boutique of Lewisville
Pastries: Tart Bakery

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rainy Day Makeup Tips (Daily Makeover Feature)

As I look out the window at this dreary day, I realized the perfect timing of my most recent blog feature in Daily Makeover....Rainy Day Makeup Tips!  Might really come in handy, it's due to rain all day tomorrow and Saturday as well....

So, when it's rainy and wet outdoors, what can you do to keep your makeup intact? 

Waterproof your Lashes -   The most obvious tip?  Use waterproof mascara, and coat lashes well. But you might not know that you should only use waterproof formulas occasionally, it's too drying for everyday use!    

Choose a Liner that Won't Budge - Choose a waterproof gel formula... once it's set, it won't move!
There are formulas at every price point, I like Inglot AMC-77 for a black as night, budge proof line, and Maybelline's Master Drama Gel liner works well too and is super affordable.  Liquid liner is the worst choice, it tends to run the minute water hits it!  Bonus to using a waterproof gel liner?  You can paint on your waterline (use a small eyeliner brush) for long-lasting impact that doesn't fade like pencil does.

Perfect a Rain Proof Pout -  Skip gloss and use lipstick instead.  Try this technique...tap on lipstick with your finger instead of applying straight from the
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tube...this will infuse color into your lips in a way that won't wash off, or melt down in the rain.  Gloss is too sticky, it can run, and it's a disaster if it's windy!

Go For Creams instead of Liquids -  On rainy days, you'll have better luck with cream foundation, blush and even shadow...set them with a micro-fine setting powder for all day wear.  Not all creams are created equally....look for cream/gel combos with good pigmentation in formulas that aren't too slippery for best results.  Butter London Cream Blush is a current fave!

Don't Touch!  - Most important tip is to not touch your face.  Why? What really ruins your makeup isn't water (especially in small amounts), it's the combo of water and pressure from wiping your face and eyes.  If your face gets wet...whether it's rain, tears, or sweat...do not wipe, period.
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Blot off excess water carefully with a tissue or even a paper towel and your makeup (yes, even mascara) should stay intact!

So there you have it, a few quick and easy tips that will help you stay beautiful no matter how ugly the weather gets!

Oh, and be sure to click here to see the article on Daily Makeover, and while you're there, check out all the other fun tips on makeup, hair and all things girlie!  I especially love their use of my fave classic red lips in their logo...love it.  


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ali and Brent's Fort Worth Wedding Featured in Brides of North Texas

As much as we all like seeing imaginative styled shoots and wedding "inspiration", I think it's just as awesome to see real weddings in magazines and blogs!  The connection, the intimacy, the uniquely personal elements chosen by that particular couple.....what could be more inspiring than that?  Since I do makeup well before the ceremony starts, I especially love to see all the images of how the entire event comes together...as in Ali and Brent's wedding in August!  A beautiful bride, handsome groom, stunning dress and venue.....all perfect.  Know what's my favorite thing?  These two have known each other since grade school....yep, childhood sweethearts!  They have a deep loving bond that's really evident when they're together.....now THAT'S what makes for the perfect wedding.  Add to that a rockstar vendor team teeming with talent, a super sweet bride and bridal party....it's an understatement to say that I was so happy to have a small part in it, and to see it featured in Brides of North Texas in their "Vows that Wow" Series!

Brides of North Texas - "Vows that Wow" - Ali and Brent

Vendor Team