Hello beauty babes!
Today I am back on the blog (after a very busy summer doing makeup and chasing a toddler around) to share with you some images from a beautiful wedding I got to be a part of this past summer.
You may remember the Greek goddess twins Melanie and Nikki, who I had the pleasure of doing makeup for their weddings in the previous years. Nicole is their cousin, and one third of a gorgeous set of triplets. I cannot express how much fun this group of girls are. I truly enjoy our time together and am so honored to help them get ready on their special days!
Here are some getting ready shots…
I love the detail shots…and I lived for her cap-sleeved choice.
We had our hands full with these beauties! My friend Matthew helped me get them all glammed on time. We gave each girl her own version of soft glam. Almost all the ladies went with smokier eyes, false lashes and glossy natural lips.
It had rained all morning, and by the time she walked down the aisle it had become a stunning sky full of sleepy clouds, perfect for outdoor photography.
A close up of her gorgeous wedding dress… so dainty!
I think the deep teal/navy color they went with looked perfect with the weather! Those glass goblets are everything.
The cutest wedding party photo I’ve ever seen, plus temporary tattoos of the bride and groom for their guests!
Ugh, these two are gorgeous
Nicole and Chris’s wedding day is a perfect example of how amazing a rainy day can be for your special day. Thank you for sharing your photos and day with me!
Makeup Credit: Christine Redmon and Matthew Paul
Photo Credit: The Gathering Season
Hello Beauty Blog Babes!
I’m back on the blog to share stunning photos from another beautiful wedding I had the honor of doing the makeup for. Nikki Duschinsky and Matthew Berg tied the knot back in November of 2015 in a beautiful Greek Orthodox ceremony. I have known Nikki for years since my days at CBS and also got to the do the makeup for her twin sister’s wedding the year prior! At this point, I feel like I’m part of the family. Here’s a beautiful view into the most epic day of their lives:
Matty and the boys getting ready at the barber’s. Don’t you love how stress-free and simple it is for men to get ready for their wedding day? Meanwhile us girls have to be up at the crack of dawn and run around like nervous wrecks making sure everything is perfect! Ha ha.
My stunning Greek goddess.
In my 13 years of doing weddings, I have come across two kinds of brides: the “Natural” bride and the “Smoky Eye” bride. Guess which one Nikki is? We went with colors from Urban Decay’s Naked 1 palette and added some Blackberry and Shadowy Lady eye shadow from MAC for a dramatic flair. She has really lush eyebrows so I added just a bit of brown eye shadow and set them in place with clear eyebrow gel.
My favorite close-up of her
My partner Melina and I got all 10 of these beauties ready. We had so much fun getting to know these witty and chatty ladies!
Nikki with her sisters. I loved the choice of going with black for the bridesmaids dresses. It really made this November wedding feel modern and classic at the same time.
Ugh first looks always make me cry!
One of my favorite wedding shots is the obligatory aerial church photo. It really shows the architecture of these beautiful, and often times historically old, buildings. All weddings are beautiful, but there is just something about ones that take place inside a church that intensify the emotion and meaning of the day. FEELS!
Take a look at this big fat, sophisticated Greek wedding party.
Take in those clouds! Makes you think about just how small we are in this great big world… Side note, Nikki’s veil is everything!
This is one of those rare pictures that could have been taken in any decade. Is it 1960? 1975? 1988 (well, no, there aren’t any ruffly shoulder pads) or 2015? Unless you know these two, you’ll never know 😉
The crowd taking part in a traditional Greek circle dance. I love it!
Aren’t they the cutest?!
Congratulations to Nikki and Matty, may you enjoy this amazing journey called marriage together until you are old and gray. ❤
Photography Credit: Michael Anthony Photography
It’s wedding-recap time! This past June, I had the opportunity to do the makeup for seven bridesmaids and the bride herself, Mrs. Melanie Butters. Because it was such a large party, I called in my most trusted makeup artist pal to help me beautify these babes, Allyson Stagg of The Las Vegas Style Sirens.
Look at that stunning ring!
Here I am putting the finishing touches on the bride-to-be
Melanie and her girls got ready at her twin sister Nikki’s house, which had great natural lighting and lots of room for our massive kits.
Melanie wore a cathedral-style veil which made taking photos even more fun and creative.
My favorite part of weddings are always the gaggle of flowers girls! So cute.
I grew up going to Armenian Orthodox churches, which are identical to the Greek ones. So much architecture and beauty. With the bride’s Greek heritage, I’m sure St. Nicholas church felt right at home.
A sweet moment between Melanie and Andrew before the big party started.
Let’s face it. This is hands-down the best bridal party photo ever taken. These girls were so much fun to get ready in the morning and as you can see their carried on with their mischief right through the day!
Congratulations to the bride and groom! I look forward to beautifying these ladies next year when Nikki, Melanie’s twin sister gets married in November 2015!
Photography: Michael Anthony Photography
Hi Beauty Babes,
Here is one of the many beautiful brides I got to work on this summer. Mr. and Mrs. Aldrete wed on the Fourth of July at The Castaway. I had my own wedding reception at this amazing venue just last year so I was super excited to hear they would be having their ceremony and reception there!
Sandy wanted a dramatic smoky eye (I LOVE when brides go smoky!) so I started off with her eyes first to avoid eyeshadow fall out.
Check out this amazing shot of their wedding rings on the heel of her Louboutin! #sexy
Castaway has a stunning gazebo that served as the center of the ceremony.
…and they literally had fireworks on their wedding day. Congratulations Oscar and Sandy! You two make a beautiful couple. Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day 🙂
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DS PHOTOGRAPHY
VENUE: THE CASTAWAY BURBANK
Happy Wedding Wednesday, beauties! This past week, I perused the internet looking for famous brides to pin to my Pinterest board, and wanted to share some of my favorites with you. Whether you are newly engaged or daydreaming for the future, here are some bridal beauty looks you can consider.
THE FRESH-FACED BRIDE
This is the only “color” photo of Grace Kelly that I could find, but even through the grainy, vintage camera lens and her veil, you can see her flawless porcelain skin and berry-stained lips. Her makeup is minimal and her brows are natural and full. This is a gorgeous look to balance out an over-the-top royal style wedding gown. Complete your look with a lip stain like Hourglass’s Aura Sheer Lip Stain.
THE NATURALLY-GLOWING BRIDE
For those of you wanting a little more than the Fresh-Faced look, Naturally-Glowing is your next step.The makeup is all kept in neutral tones ranging from peach to brown with a soft, almost clear, glossy pout. Another signature for this look is the highlight on the tops of the cheekbones. Ivanka Trump went with a high-sheen liquid shimmer like Benefit’s High Beam, most likely applied heavily using a brush.
Bella Swan (Kristin Stewart’s Twilight character) has the same ethereal glow but kept it softer-focused by using a pressed shimmer powder like Candlelight by Too Faced.
THE SMOKY EYES BRIDE
This is the look I chose for my own big day. Smoky eyes are a great choice for evening and/or formal weddings. They stand up to photo lighting and give your face extra dimension. Carrie Underwood chose do to a smoky eye with purples, which really popped against her hazel-green eyes. Topped with black liner and lashes, this is the look for a bride with personality.
Tia Mowry also went smoky, but wisely chose to do gray instead of black. The grey really accentuates her beautiful dark eyes. Take note that both Carrie and Tia kept their lips a nude-pink to balance out their dramatic eye shadows.
THE RED LIPS BRIDE
This is for the bold, modern bride who wants an edgy, yet timeless look. Here are two very different examples. Elizabeth Taylor wore red lips on (one of?) her big days decades ago. If you take away the hair and dress, her makeup stands the test of time. The classic red lip never goes out of style!
Just ask Gwen Stefani. She doesn’t go out the front door without her signature red pout, now that’s commitment! If you do choose to go with the red lips for your big day, you must go with a waterproof, kiss-proof, non-smudgable product like Lime Crime’s Velvetine or Makeup For Ever’s Aqua Rouge.
Which one of these Celebrity Bride categories do you fall under?
Hello pretty ladies!
This past weekend I hosted a booth for the first time at the ever-upscale I Do! Bridal Event given by Fancy That Events at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, Calif. It was such a cool experience! With my trusty PR guru and dear friend Jennifer Castaneda by my side, we met bubbly glowing brides and their friends and family members.
Being a recent bride myself, I was “tricked” many times by booth giveaways that were actually ploys. I’d get phone calls saying that I won a giveaway, and to claim my prize I’d have to sit through a sales pitch, or I’d have to pay for a service first. It just felt so insincere and was such a waste of my time. Brides have enough going on planning their weddings, they don’t have time to be harassed! That’s why for the brides at this event, I decided to create a giveaway that had no strings attached. It was very simple: people put their names and contact info in the box. I had Jen pick out a name. I called them. They won. I sent them the prizes. Done.
I hand-picked everything based on what a bride would need for her big day. The products I use for my makeup kit are from professional brands, but I wanted to keep things simple and user-friendly so I stuck with drug store finds. I have tried and reviewed almost every drugstore brand product on the market, and these are the ones that I found worked well, if not better, than ones from professional brands. Here’s what the giveaway included:
L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof Mascara – I actually have this in my kit and use it exclusively on brides. It’s a great waterproof mascara because it doesn’t budge. No flaking, no clumping. You do however, need makeup wipes to remove it at the end of the night: this stuff is legit!
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: Three words: I. Love. These. It goes on with a doe foot applicator, just like lip gloss, but it dries down to a creamy matte. It’s long-wearing and doesn’t dry out your lips as much as other long-wearing lip products do.
Zon Cosmedix 24 7 Oil Control Blotting Tissues These are a bride’s best friend! Nothing is worse than piling on powder throughout your reception. These little babies will remove extra oils from your skin (T-Zone neutralizer, much?) in a flash. Just throw them in your bridal clutch and touch up ONCE during the reception. Done.
Ardell Natural Lashes in Beauties Ardell is the leading false eyelash company for a reason. The lash strips are flexible so they adhere to your eye shape, and they come in a million different sizes for a good price. I can use my Ardells about 4 or 5 times before I throw them out!
Tarte Travel Size Eye & Skin Primers and Moisturizer Tarte has amazing all natural skin products. This isn’t a drug store brand, but I wanted to include this travel size trio so the bride could take it along on her honeymoon.
Maybelline Baby Lips With SPF 20 These puppies are getting rave reviews from everyone in the industry. I would consider these to be an affordable version of Fresh’s Sugar lip balms. I’d rather pay $2.97 over $22 any day! Wear these alone or under lipsticks for extra hydration.
Pond’s Makeup Wipes: You can’t see them in the photo but they are behind all the other makeup.These are the drugstore dupes for MAC’s makeup wipes. I actually used these for my own wedding and they worked just as well. Super gentle on your skin, too! My favorite way to use them is to use one wipe for both eyes, another for your face, then rinse your skin with warm water and face soap. The wipes will break down the makeup and the soap will cleanse your pores.
…and I threw in a cute pair of bridal earring studs to seal the deal.
There were almost 100 entries submitted for this giveaway during the four hour show and I just shipped it off to the lucky bride today. Would you guys like to see another bridal giveaway on my blog or Youtube channel? Let me know in the comments below.
Happy Wedding Wednesday everyone! My friend and fellow beauty blogger, Christina of Beauty Queen Blog gave me the brilliant idea of bringing you all a wedding-related post every Wednesday. This very first WW post is my own wedding makeup that I recreated for the video. SPOILER ALERT: Dylan totally makes an appearance in this vid. Since our wedding day (July 28th of this year), everyone has been asking me how I did my own makeup for my wedding. Why didn’t I hire someone else or have one of my many makeup artist friends do it? Was it stressful?
The fact is, the process of putting on makeup is therapeutic for me. I truly enjoy sitting there crouched on a stool chiseling my face into perfection! The morning of the wedding was so relaxing for me– I just sat there in my robe and played with makeup until it was time to meet Dylan at the church. I am the WORST model. If I had anyone else doing my makeup they would have thrown their brushes at my head because all I do is peek open one eye the whole time and ask them if I could see how it looks.
I have to admit though, I felt a lot of pressure for my makeup to look amaze-balls that day. I gave myself two trial runs just to be sure. I just didn’t want to let anyone down! I was really happy with the end result. The makeup was bold and bridal at the same time- it truly was ME.
This video is also cool because I show you guys how to use an airbrush gun in it! If you guys want a detailed tutorial on airbrush makeup, please let me know in the comments below and I’ll make it happen.
Dinair Airbrush Foundation in Dark Golden Beige, Blush in Peach Pink and Shimmer in Champagne
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
MAC Prep & Prime Skin Smoother
Urban Decay Eye Primer in Eden
Eyeshadows: MAC’s Yogurt, Hepcat and Carbon. Urban Decay Naked Palette’s Toasted and Creep
Youngblood’s Eye Illuminating Duo
Wet N Wild H20 Liquid Liner in black
L’oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
MAC Vanilla Pigment, MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter
Mario Badescu’s Rosewater Spray
Cinema Secrets’ Super Sealer Spray
NYX lip pencils in Plum and Natural
MAC Lipsticks in Bunny Pink and St. Germain
MAC Dazzleglass in Sugarrimmed
Urban Decay’s Perversion Eye Liner
Youngblood Creme Blush in Cashmere Pink
Duo Lash Glue in Dark