Wedding Series: Makeup

Next up– the makeup! 
My fabulous photographer Rustin Michael took some great getting ready shots of me that I’ll share below. For my own makeup, I used Dinair’s airbrush foundation, blush and highlighter. I wish I could use airbrush foundation everyday, but I’m too lazy to clean out the gun every morning (you can’t leave product in the airbrush gun because it will damage the whole machine- talk about high maintenance). Airbrush makeup is fantastic for brides because it stays on, and floats right about your skin, as opposed to sinking into your pores, giving you a smooth glow. There is a small amount of alcohol in the foundation, which helps to dry down very quickly and stay ON like nobody’s business. 
Here I’m applying a small amount of MAC’s Reflects Pearl glitter on the inner corners of my eyes, because let’s face, everyone knew I would rock glitter on my wedding day.

Here is the finished product, complete with a combination of MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadows and Ardell lashes. I kept the lips neutral so poor Dylan wouldn’t be smeared with bright lipstick all day. I’ll have a video tutorial of this look as soon as the weather cools down and my studio isn’t a hot box!

Here’s the Mother of the Bride, in all her glory. I definitely get my makeup skills from my mom. She has always been skilled with the makeup brush. I remember watching her do her makeup as a kid in the 80’s, I just couldn’t wait to grow up and do winged out blue eye liner and hot pink angled blush like she did. Mom did her own makeup that day, I helped her a little with the eyeshadow and lash application.
Yep, that’s the ring boy in the corner
Here is my bridesmaid Angelica representing all the girls’ makeup. Allyson Stagg of The Las Vegas Style Sirens (and of being my best friend) did my girls’ makeup. Knowing my love for dramatic eye makeup, she created this jaw-dropping teal and champagne smoky eye topped with MAC’s Reflects Teal glitter and whipped them up for each girl within three hours. I couldn’t believe how sexy and bold my bridesmaids looked! As if you guys don’t know already, I’m not really a fan of the “natural look.” I LIVE for jewel tones and sex-pot makeup, and that’s exactly what Allyson delivered. All of my girls looked like Playboy models, and I’m pretty sure their boyfriends/husbands didn’t mind at all. 😉

Cappy and his Godmother
I wish I had photos of all the girls, we are still in the process of editing. I’ll go back and update this blog once the photos are ready 🙂

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Wedding Series: Bridal Nails

Hi beauty lovers, 
We are finally back from getting married and going on our honeymoon 🙂 
Now that I’ve got the house in order and our lives have gone back to normal, I want to share all my beauty experiences as a bride with you. 
The first part of my wedding series will be on the nails. Here are mine below. I got these done professionally at Bellacures in Hollywood by the lovely Rebecca:
I came up with the idea and did it on my own about 8 months ago, but I knew I wanted a professional to execute it for my big day. I got the idea for the ring finger on Pinterest. It was in silver, but I wanted it done in gold so it would look like my rose gold engagement and wedding rings 🙂
This look was created with gel nail polish, and man did that stuff stay on! It lasted through the wedding, the entire honeymoon (including snorkel and swimming excursions) with a single chip or crack. I finally removed them the other day (17 days later!) simply because my nails were growing out. 
HOW TO REMOVE GEL POLISH AT HOME: I soaked cotton balls in acetone and wrapped each one against my nail, then wrapped each finger up with aluminum foil and waited 10 minutes. I was able to easily scrape the polish off without much damage to my naturals.
I asked all of my lovely bridesmaids to do some form of nail art and they delivered. All the girls chose to incorporate my wedding colors, purple and teal, into their fun nail art designs! It was just so moving (to me) to see all these fun nail art designs on all my loved ones, because they all know how much I love crazy nail looks.
…And my mother SHOCKED me by getting a peach and silver glitter reverse-French nail design for her digits. I was SO excited to see this! Go Mom!

Guest Post Part II: Five Beauty Essentials for the Bride

Hi all! Yesterday I shared my guest blog post for Los Angeles-based event coordinating company, Purple Meadows Events and today I bring you Part II: 5 Beauty Must-Haves to Prepare For Your Wedding Day

Debra Meadowsowner of PM events has a fantastic wedding blog that covers everything from decorations to the dress. Part II of my guest post goes over the best products to have with you in preparation of your big day. Check it out by clicking the link below.

Bridal Advice by Me on Purple Meadows Events

I am excited to share with all of you that I was invited to write a guest post for the Los Angeles-based event coordinating company, Purple Meadows Events

Debra Meadows, owner of PM events has a fantastic wedding blog that covers everything from decorations to the dress. My guest post gives brides beauty advice on how to prepare your skin and hair for the big day. Check it out by clicking the link below.

Wedding Bling

No, I’m not talking about rings…I’m talking about Motown-level glittery sequins dripping from every finger on a bride’s wedding day. This look is not for the average bride. 
In my own quest to find fun bridal nail art, all I could find was that tired french manicure. Pinterest, Google and Youtube all left me uninspired. For my big day, I wanted to incorporate white and big, piecy silver glitter in some creative form. I was hell bent on the nails solely being white and silver. This idea came to me, as most my ideas do, at night laying awake in bed. I really loved the way it came out. 
I blocked off the bottom half-moon part of my nails with reinforcement stickers and painted the rest of the area China Glaze’s White On White. Then I mixed a clear top coat with MAC’s 3D Silver glitter for the crescent. The only thing I’ll do different next time is use an actual silver glitter polish instead of the cosmetic-grade glitter, because the texture is a little rough to touch and left empty spots.

Bride Makeup

Attention Bride-to-be’s: this video was made especially for you! Click below to watch my all-skin-tone flattering, waterproof, HD photo-ready makeup tutorial for your big day.



As promised, here is a full list of the products I used:

Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Inner corner, top and bottom: MAC eye pencil in Gilded White (any white/cream colored eye liner will do)
Eyelid/brow bone: Virgin eye shadow from the Naked Palette
Eyelid: layered with MAC Yogurt eye shadow and Vanilla pigment on top
Crease: MAC’s lavender/pink Haux eye shadow, followed by grey Scene and dark grey Print.
Waterline: Urban Decay Perversion liner
Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Fake lashes: non-brand from Naimies, #10s from MAC are similar.
Blush: MAC Breath of Plum
Cheekbones: MAC’s Trophy Bounce shadow with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (any) on top
Lips: MAC’s Highstrung and Creme Cup lipsticks with MAC Plum liner and NYX Naked liner