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

 

Review: Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliners

Holy Cow–I have a new obsession! Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners are as good as everyone says!

Last week, my package arrived containing these little beauties:

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I keep hearing about how wonderful these gel eyeliners are. I needed something new for myself and am trying to get outside my brown pencil comfort zone, and I also needed a long wearing liner for the weddings I do. I ordered 4 of these and so far have used them on myself and clients, and they are amazing. They glide on really smoothly, which makes them perfect for women of all ages. They are ideal for precise application, so they looked stunning on my bride from this past weekend. They’re also great on more mature skin, so I used them on my mom who had a high school pom squad reunion to attend! ( I want to go ahead and say these pictures off my phone are kinda fuzzy, and I didn’t touch up my mom’s lip color before this pic and she’d been kissing my little guy!)

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I thought her eyes looked great–we did her makeup at 2 pm and the liner didn’t budge–despite happy tears at the reunion, and cocktails all night with her friends.

Here are the 4 pots I ordered:

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Colors clockwise from bottom left: Black Ink, Cobalt Ink, Caviar Ink, Black Mauve Shimmer Ink

And, here is my first ever swatch picture!

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Colors from left to right: Black Ink, Cobalt Ink, Caviar Ink, Black Mauve Shimmer Ink

One of the best things about these liners–they wear well EVEN if you don’t apply an eyelid primer or eye shadow! My normally greasy eyelids never hold any product without a primer, but this liner stayed put. VICTORY! So, they’re ideal for a super quick application on a day when you’re not planning to wear a lot of makeup but need some definition. And, the older I get, the more I find I really can’t leave the house without mascara and liner. Can I get an amen from the over-30 set?

Here’s a pic of my easy eye makeup for this snowy Chicago Monday:

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On brows, Benefit Brow Zings in Medium, Benefit High Brow pencil on brow bone.  On lids: Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer, shadows in Benefit’s Smokin’ Eyes kit, Bobbi Brown gel liner in Black Mauve Shimmer Ink. On lashes, Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara.

And I will also tell you that I am looking forward to a better camera one day, but that won’t stop me from trying to take good pictures for all of you!

If you haven’t tried these gel liners, check out the Bobbi website, they run promotions frequently and I scored these little goodies, which I am excited to try–good timing too as I am just out of my fave eye cream AND eye makeup remover. These liners are pricey, $24 each, but I was able to get 2 of them, plus a mascara and the special liner brush for $46, so watch the website for specials.

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Here is the rest of my Monday face. I am smiling despite the fact that it snowed again here. I remind myself daily that this winter will pass, and while it lasts I am enjoying quiet moments watching my little guy grow, and playing with makeup while he naps! Another phone picture, sorry!

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On skin: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, Makeup Forever HD Foundation (see review here) On cheeks: Mally Liquid Face Defender Blush in Carnation, Benefit Watt’s Up highlighter. On lips,  Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain and Color Seal Balm in Petal

Have you tried the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners? What do you think?

Stay pretty ladies!

January 2014 Favorites-Makeup

Hello ladies! Well, it’s February 8th, and high time I posted my January favorites! I’ll make this post strictly about the makeup I’ve been loving, and post tomorrow about skincare I’ve used the most.

The absolutely freezing and super snowy winter we’re having here in Chicago means I have been stuck inside with my little guy since the end of November. My complexion is looking so dull and gross! My goal for the last two months has been to give my skin a glow, and not look so washed out and lifeless. I am hoping I only have to do this for a few more weeks! I think I’ve accomplished this pretty well by focusing on strategic brighteners and highlighters. These are the products I’ve found myself reaching for on a daily basis.

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Face Basics:

I start with Benefit’s That Gal, a brightening primer. It was one of the first Benefit products I ever bought and have replaced it faithfully over the last 5 years. It is a good primer for casual everyday wear, and works on a variety of skin types. I even out my skin with my Make Up Forever High Definition Foundation. I blogged about this here, it is seriously one of the best foundations I’ve come across for regular wear. LOVE IT. Once that’s done, I perk up my under-eyes and cover any blemishes with Chanel’s Correcteur Perfection Concealer. It was too pale when I first bought it, but it matches my ultra pale skin perfectly now! The wand applicator is super convenient.

Color and Contour:

There is no shame in doubling up on blushes, you can combine formulas for extra-long wear, add a pop of color or play around with different fun combos. I apply Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint on my lips and cheeks, this is a color that looks great year round. Definitely in my top 10 fave products of all time. Looks shockingly orange but really brightens my skin. I highlight my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose with Josie Maran’s Cream Highlighter Compact. Easy to blend, and a highlighter gives me back some radiance that is sorely lacking.

To finish restoring some glow, I apply Smashbox’s Fusion Soft Lights Bronzer in Baked Starburst along my hairline, under my cheekbones, and blending onto my jawline and down to my neck. It is a great bronzer for fair-skinned girls and gives me just enough warmth without looking over done. I layer a touch of MAC’s Sheer Tone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen on the apples of my cheeks, the light-reflecting particles in it perk up my complexion and I love the look of it over the Cha Cha Tint.

In December I picked up a Shiseido lash curler at Sephora. It’s great. My trusty Cover Girl one bit the dust–I decided the Cover Girl one is a good drugstore option, but you can’t expect to get more than a few months out of it before it loses it’s power. It kinda stretched out and just stopped working as well. The Shiseido one is $20 and well worth it. I also didn’t include a mascara in this post because I have been trying a few different ones and don’t have a favorite.

For every day I don’t normally wear eyeshadow or liner. I spend about 5 minutes on my makeup if I am just staying home or running general errands, and I see bigger results by focusing on my skin (covering and concealing) and cheek color and highlighter.

What about you? What is helping you survive this never-ending winter and look cute while doing it?

Stay pretty ladies!

Make-UNDER featuring the 5 Minute Face

After watching my first tutorial, the “5 Minute Face”, (check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV6Iqr5z1Ds)  my good friend asked if I’d be willing to give her some one-on-one coaching. Would I? It’s only my favorite thing to do! So we picked up some items at her local ULTA and got to work!

The great thing about the 5 Minute Face is that your probably already have a lot of the items you need in your makeup collection. Kindra had mascara and lipgloss and bronzer, and I was able to help her find a primer, BB cream and concealer that matched her skin tone. She was ready to break out of her rut and change up her eye makeup, so we also got a new eye liner.

Kindra was a great student and loved her new look. I was grateful for the chance to film it, because it is one thing to do my own makeup for a tutorial, and another to have to walk someone else through applying their own. I hope the tips I share are helpful and get you on your way to feeling fabulous every day!

Remember, the best kind of beauty is fun and flexible and FAST! So have fun and enjoy it!

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