Bridal Beauty: Katie

I say all the time that I love my job-because I do! Every bride is so special to me, and it is such a privilege to spend the morning of their wedding day with them and their loved ones, helping them look and feel their best.

Katie got married in early summer–on one of the rainiest days of the year! But as you will see in these photos, she didn’t let grey skies stand in the way of celebrating! Since I was able to get so many stunning images thanks to Nicole Christine Photography, I am actually going to do a couple of posts about this wedding, because I really want to highlight a few different aspects of this gorgeous bridal party.

Let’s start by focusing on this stunning bride!

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Katie, like many of my brides, doesn’t wear a ton of makeup in her everyday life. At her trial, she expressed concern that if she wore a lot of makeup she wouldn’t feel like herself, and her fiance might not like it. THIS IS A VERY COMMON CONCERN! But I’ve learned a few things in my years of doing natural-looking bridal makeup. The first is, you can be wearing what might seem like a lot of makeup (if you don’t normally wear much) but if it is applied skillfully, it won’t LOOK or FEEL overdone once the process is complete. Secondly, your significant other doesn’t need to know how long it took you to get ready on your wedding day, it is our little secret! And lastly, I am not suggesting that you wear this amount of makeup every day. You don’t wear a wedding dress every day, do you? Of course not! This type of makeup is special occasion! It is appropriate for the setting and your outfit! Lastly, this is going to be one of the most photographed days of your life. You need makeup that will enhance your best features, make you feel confident, and photograph beautifully.

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SO back to Katie. We did her trial at her mom’s house. Katie’s mom is a lot like my mom. They are proud of us, think we are gorgeous, and they want their daughters to wear more lipstick! But having your mom at your trial is a great thing. We settled on a look that they both were happy with, and then Kay (Katie’s mom) wasn’t nervous about having me do her makeup on wedding day either. (Another common concern–moms worry they will look way overdone!)

Katie has beautiful, big, wide-set eyes. At her trial, we used a half-strip of false lashes on each eye, but after we finished on wedding day, she came back to my chair and asked for more! WOO HOO! I almost never say no to more lashes! LOOK at how gorgeous she is!

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I almost can’t handle how amazing those thick lush lashes look! (And isn’t her gown just amazing?!)

I trimmed Katie’s brows just a bit, and filled them in with Anastasia brow powder in taupe and light brown. I used Kett airbrush foundation as I do with most of my brides, and we kept her look softly bronzed and glowing.

I always love the reveal!

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For her lips, we wanted just enough color to look defined, but still natural. We went with MAC Creme Cup which is a pretty pink that she felt comfortable in and was MOB (mother-of-the-bride) approved.

I’m a total sucker for proud dad pictures. Look at the smiles on these two!

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Ok one more so you can see these gorgeous lashes!

 

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And I leave you with one more gorgeous picture of this lovely bride. I will do another post about her fun bridesmaids, and then a third about her beautiful and fun mom!

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Thanks for reading!

Check out more amazing photography by Nicole Christine at http://nicolechristinephoto.com/

Love and lipstick,

Tricia

 

 

1920’s Wedding: Fabulous Friends

I shared in my last post about one of my favorite weddings so far this year. {K}’s party in June was 1920’s themed and each of her bridesmaids wore a different flapper-style dress, along with a custom made headpiece. They all looked amazing, and even better, this group of women knew how to have fun! The morning spent doing their makeup was definitely a highlight of my summer. I truly love what I do, but when I get to do it for really lovely people, I really appreciate it!

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The bride and groom rented a sweet vintage car and EVERYONE dressed up for this wedding! Can you even imagine?

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{K} also had a friend on hand during the prep portion of the day to take some getting ready shots. I especially enjoyed doing makeup on {K}’s niece, as she is the same age I was when I started to realize I seriously loved makeup, and I just have a heart for adolescent girls. She was delightful.

 

 

 

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Side note: When did my hair get so long? Sheesh! And if you’ve noticed, I pretty much wear the same shirts when I am working, I wear this pink one from Express all the time, it’s comfy, doesn’t wrinkle, and I can move in it! For a busy mom, this is a good thing, I need easy to take care of clothes!

My other favorite part of the day was doing makeup for {K}’s mom. I truly love my bride’s moms. They are harder to win over, but once you have established trust, they are the sweetest. They’ve spent years taking care of other people, and rarely get to pamper themselves. This mother in particular was a dear. She waited to go until the very end, to make sure everyone else was taken care of, and then held her granddaughter on her lap the whole time! They were both the sweetest.

 

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Love this shot of mother and daughter, glammed up and looking fabulous!

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This really was a fun family, here is the bride with her sister, love that the sister wanted to do smoky eyes. And I love the ringlets on both of them!  I wish I could take credit for these hairstyles but it was a friend of the brides who worked that curling iron all morning!

 

 

 

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I will leave you with a color shot of the lovely bride. Thanks {K} for hiring me, your wedding was a highlight of my summer!

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A special thank you to Kristin Kukla of Kukla Photography for these beautiful images!

Bridal Look: Understated Elegance

It’s kinda funny, as a bridal makeup artist, I am invited into people’s homes and welcomed to touch their faces, usually mere moments after we meet for the first time! It’s exciting but also daunting, because we’re each trying to get a feel for one another. I need the bride to be honest about what she wants to look like on her wedding day, and I am hoping I interpret that correctly! Sometimes I also have to help frame someone’s expectations, and explain what will and won’t work for them. Often at a bridal trial I can suggest that someone start using eye cream, or begin seeing a professional esthetician for brow grooming. These seem like little things, but when you are going to spend a day being photographed they make a big difference.

In Giles’ case, her bridal trial was scheduled for the night of her bachelorette party, which turned out to be really fun, as she included her bridesmaids in the action, and everyone got to get dolled up together. It also gave Giles a chance to wear her makeup all night, and see what she loved AND what she wanted to change for her wedding day look. I really value this chance to get feedback from my brides, because I want them to feel phenomenal when they walk down the aisle. I can do what I think is a flawless makeup application, but if the final look doesn’t match the bridal vision they’ve been dreaming about, they won’t feel truly confident and stunning.

After her trial, Giles emailed me and requested we tone down her blush, because she tends to flush naturally. And, although she found the strip lashes I applied to be comfortable (which is crucial!) she wanted a more subtle look. I was able to take these requests and adjust my application so that she felt like the best version of herself on her wedding day. That’s always my goal: to make my brides not only feel beautiful, but like the most beautiful version of their authentic self. Then they can really shine!

Here’s Giles on her wedding day!

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For those of you who like product details, I used Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in Light, MAC PRO Longwear Concealer and Kett Airbrush Foundation, applied with my Kett Jet.

 

I applied just a touch of a light MAC Cream blush prior to airbrushing her foundation, so  just a very soft coral would appear as a gentle flush. I contoured her using Benefit Hoola, applied with a very light hand.  I used MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium Plus to give her a bit more dimension on her cheeks without veering in pink or red territory.

I primed her eyelids with TooFaced Shadow Insurance in Lemon Drop, and used various MAC shadows on her eyes, Eye liner is Bobbi Brown gel liner in Black, and I used Cover Girl Lashblast mascara in Very Black, then applied Monda Studio Lashes #213 using Duo Glue.

Giles’ lips are lined in MAC Subculture, and topped with Creme Cup. Here are some of her posed and candid pics from the rest of her day! Look at those lashes!

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And these two bridesmaids, so fun! I loved coming up with fun eye looks to play off their purple dresses!

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Still looking good well into the night, that’s what I like to see!

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Bridal Beauty: Behind the Scenes

Gorgeous pictures from this summer’s weddings keep rolling in! Seeing my beautiful brides in their professional pictures is seriously one of my favorite things about being a makeup artist. For Giles’ wedding, I actually got a bonus.  Her photographer, the fantastic Erin Hoyt, actually took pictures of me in action, and best of all, I don’t look gross in them! Sometimes by the end of a gig, depending on how big it is, how hot the room was, and how long I was up with my teething baby the night before, I can look really ROUGH! I actually look ok in these! (We’re always our own worst critic so of course I start analyzing what I could have done differently…but enough! We should all quit obsessing sometimes.)

But enough about me! Giles’ wedding was really fun. She scheduled her trial for the night of her bachelorette party, so I got to meet her bridesmaids too! I did their makeup as well, so that everyone would be looking amazing for their night out in Chicago. The great thing about hiring your wedding makeup artist for your trial is that everyone gets to know each other a bit, and things on your wedding day go that much more smoothly. I even wrote a whole article about it for Chicago Style Weddings, which you can read here.

Shameless plug aside, in the case of Giles and her bridesmaids, it worked really well to have had trials for everyone. I walked in on wedding day feeling like we were already all friends, and we had a blast. And now, I will stop talking and show you some pictures!

If you look closely in this one, you can see the makeup spraying out of my airbrush!

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Talk about natural light! It was a pleasure getting to work in that room!

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I have to concentrate really hard on eye liner. Even pros have to work hard to get even lines! I am almost sticking my tongue out here!

 

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The big reveal. I am always nervous! Love to see the smile on her face.

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Now it all starts to come together as her mom helps her into her amazing dress. Loved the sheer detail and applique. Giles picked the perfect dress for her style and figure and looked stunning. And can I just say, I love that wine lip on her mom!

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We opted for very, very soft neutral blush as Giles said she flushes naturally and didn’t want to look too pink. We also used more subtle lashes for her wedding than we did for her bachelorette party. She really wanted the focus on her eyes, without them looking overdone. How did we do?

I hope you liked this sneak peek into what it’s like behind the scenes! Come back on Friday for this lovely brides posed pictures with her handsome groom.

Stay pretty, ladies! xo, Tricia