When I sat down to write out my personal and business goals for this year, I knew there would be challenges. There always are, but THIS? Never would I ever have predicted this! I always try to take the good out of everything and this time has provided insight. I will never take for granted the chance to hug my family, being in good health, spending time with my friends, traveling to new places or getting to do the job I love to do. In light of everything everyone has been through, talk of makeup seems frivolous. What is not frivolous is beauty. In all forms, art, poetry, blue skies, music, where ever you find it, I think it is mandatory right now.
One of the benefits of being out of wedding season is to have a little fun in the studio and just get to play with some makeup! It honestly feels like I'm 10 years old again and stole my mom's makeup bag and did all my friends makeup! On a cold winter day beautiful Emi came in the studio and Jen Fariello and I worked our magic!
Really loving the Makeup Forever Reboot Foundation on Emi in Y315
Other products used
Dior Backstage Contour Palette
Nars Radiant Conceal in Custard
Charlotte Tilbury The Icon Pallette
Buxom Liner in Ring My Bell
NYX Lipliner in Beige
YSL Rouge Volupte in 44 Nude Lavalliere
Many times potential clients reach out who are clearly price comparing, and that’s ok. A professional makeup artist’s fee can cause sticker shock if you have never hired an artist before and someone will always charge less than I do charge. Always. This is not some thing that keeps me awake at night. I provide my clients with high end luxury products. I spend thousands of dollars every year replenishing my kit. I have beautiful studio to work with my clients privately, flooded with natural light. I have spent over twenty years working in my profession and continuing my education. My work has been published in editorials, a magazine cover, national ad campaigns, and a documentary film. As an artist I know my worth and give my all for every client, every single time.
In the current beauty space there are so many new launches and it seems a new palette is been launched every five minutes. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t see something new and think, awe man, I gotta have that!! So, I think it is interesting that the more I buy and add to the kit there are some things that are so tried and true that I keep replenishing. If I have ever done your makeup, chances are you have seen the magic that is Shisedio Ultimate Eye. I love products that are multitaskers and this serum does it all. Puffiness, fine lines, wrinkle plus the benefit of 24 hour hydration so concealer stays perfectly smooth. It honestly is a dream and you can immediately see a difference when it is applied. You know it’s good one there is one in my kit and one on my vanity.
So many couples struggle with the idea of doing the first look. I think for some they feel they sacrifice that romantic moment of seeing each other when the bride walks down the aisle for the convince of getting portrait photos out of the way. However, I will say this in favor of the first look, the first look gives the bride and groom the opportunity to have a special private moment with each other before the whirlwind of the wedding day. For many of my brides nerves seem to disappear after having an opportunity to see their groom before the ceremony.
Is there anyone these days that is not lash obsessed, including me?! Lashes are amazing and make a huge difference in any look, but like most things in the beauty space, when done wrong it can be so wrong. But when done right, it's nothing short of magical! When it come to bridal makeup I almost always use individual lashes. They look the most natural, are the most comfortable to wear and you can really vary the look. Individual lashes can be more dramatic or subtle. Also if you lose one or two they will still look fabulous. When it comes to the most beautiful, natural looking, wearable lashes on your wedding day, individual lashes will not disappoint!
At almost every wedding I do, there is someone who sits in my chairs and starts to run down the list of preferences and things she does not want me to do.
“I don’t like a lot of makeup”
“I wear very minimal makeup”
“I don’t like to feel like I’m wearing a lot”
“I don’t want a lot of pink, I wear more bronzes”
I always know why there is apprehension. At one point they sat in a makeup artist chair and didn’t voice what they wanted and ended up with a look that was completely not their style. I’ve heard all the horror stories. Bridesmaids washing their faces in the bathroom after the makeup artist left, orange airbrushed foundation, monstrous fake lashes and the list goes on and on.
Of course, after an experience like that, one will be gun shy. It’s hard to trust after a really bad experience and its OK. It’s all OK. Be clear about what you like and don’t like. It helps a makeup artist to know you feel naked without eyeliner or you hate pink blush. However, after you make your preference known, try and relax and trust your artist to create for you. If you trust, you might just be pleasantly surprised.
Whenever I’m working, there is a lot of curiosity about what is in my kit. My kit is constantly evolving as I find products I love. There are always some favorites, of course, so I thought it would be fun helpful to share what I’m using that are top performers. So, I decided to start a series of posts sharing what is in my kit.
I'll start with my favorite mascara. Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For
This little gem has been in my kit from the beginning. It covers beautifully, does not clump, is not waterproof, but wears better than one and honestly is the most underrated mascara out there! If they ever discontinue it, I'm gonna cry.
From Peter Thomas Roth website
Quick-drying, smudge-proof, long-lasting, water-resistant mascara delivers soft lashes with clump-free volume, even separation, dramatic length, enhanced curl and buildable drama.
It has a 5 star reviews on their website, so I'm not alone in my admiration
I know I'm a little late to the party with this post. I did post some praise on Instagram the morning of wedding, but I wanted to share why I am so grateful to Meghan Markle’s Makeup Artist Daniel
On the morning of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, I was doing what else??? A Wedding! I was at a private residence in Afton getting a really a fun group of ladies ready for a wedding at King Family Vineyard. Everyone was watching and it was kind of like we were pregaming for our own bride’s wedding.
Of course, there were many opinions and thoughts on everything Megan was wearing, from her gown to the crown and of course, her MAKEUP. One of the ladies in the group suggested she should have worn a red lipstick. I totally understood why she said that, and it would have looked beautiful on her. However, as she entered the church, that red lipstick would be the only thing you would have seen.
I personally loved everything. I know, I know, even my best friend Facebook messaged me from Iceland, yes Iceland, to say how disappointed she was in the dress. I still think she looked regal and yet stayed true to her own personal style.
As a makeup artist I always feel compelled to help brides understand the need to look timeless on their wedding day. Makeup trends are just that, TRENDS, and are not the look you want to wear on your wedding day. Think dark brown lip liner and beige lipstick, super heavy contour, heavy lashes that hide the eyes. All are trends that have been very popular and will look very dated in a wedding photo. Anyone remember the mullet? I rest my case.
Daniel Martin defended his look he did for Meghan. She had been an actress and had walked many a red carpet and on her wedding day, wanted to feel and look like herself. I’m grateful for Daniel for showing brides its ok to look fresh and lovely and notice the woman and not the makeup.
Bravo Daniel, Bravo!
My own bride Mallory on May 19th 2018 Photo Eric Kelley
In almost all my consultations, brides usually say, “I want to look NATURAL” The word natural is over used often and not just in the beauty world. Let’s be honest, a full face of makeup, winged eyeliner and false lashes would not really be considered “natural”, so I usually dig a little deeper. When I do dig a little deeper what I find is that natural typically means one or all the following
“I want to look like me.”
“I want to be the prettiest version of myself.”
“I want people to see me and not a lot of makeup.”
“I don’t want the makeup to look cakey.”
“I want to look flawless but want the makeup to look like its skin.”
“I’m afraid you’re going to do some crazy heavy makeup and if I tell you natural, you’ll use a lighter hand.”
Which are all valid concerns, wants and desires. Brides should be heard, even if the are they tend to generalize. Natural is a word that can encompass many different looks. Instead of asking how you want to look on your wedding day, I now ask my brides how the want to FEEL on their wedding day. I find I get to the real look brides desire by understanding how they want to feel on their wedding day. So, brides, tell your artist how you want to feel. After all, your wedding day should be all about the “feels”