Intimate, Sophisticated Destination Wedding

This fun, fashionable couple travelled from Colorado with a small group of close friends and family. We were lucky enough to work with the bride and create two beautiful, timeless makeup and hair looks for both her ceremony and reception. For the couple’s intimate wedding reception, they travelled out to a sandbar where they joined in marriage with their closest family.  We went for a beachy, bronzy eye and natural, glowing skin to go with her two piece wedding dress. After the bride and groom tied the knot on this beautiful, warm day, they decided to jump in the water, which for every bride is the ultimate test of the Makeup Artist’s work and as expected for us, but to the bride’s surprise, her makeup was fully in tact.

After their intimate ceremony, we went back to the hotel to create her second look of the day for her reception, which was a soft classic eye, and soft natural makeup to subtly enhance her beautiful evening dress as they were wisked away to their reception venue.

We love a trendy, sophisticated couple who has impeccable style and they were just that. We are so thankful for our clients who put their trust in us to deliver an extraordinary experience on their wedding day.                         

Makeup and Hair: Alex and Mary
Photos: Crystal Chanel Photo
Venue: Four Seasons Ko Olina, Kualoa Ranch





One Thing You Need to Include in Your Wedding Beauty Budget

From venue, to food, to flowers, the list of items you need to budget for your wedding seem endless. If you’re like us and put makeup and hair at the top of your priorities, we have one thing you absolutely need to be including into your wedding budget: and that is skin care.

We know, why is skin care so important? As beauty experts, we cannot stress enough how important it is not only for the way your makeup wears on your wedding day, but it also keeps it looking, soft, youthful and glowing. We’re going to give you all the information you need to know on skincare and tips on how to get your skin wedding day ready.

Facials

Getting a facial every month is the most underrated and undervalued service when it comes wedding preparation because although having a daily skin care routine is vital to skin health, facials can completely change the overall look and feel of your skin.

Dermatologists and estheticians are professionals with expert skin care knowledge and can customize a facial to suit your skin type and concerns. Not only is a facial a relaxing treatment, but skin care professionals also use specific tools and technology to give skin that extra help that the normal consumer usually cannot at home.

We have had many clients who have invested in monthly facials leading up to their wedding and their skin was soft, supple, and hydrating resulting in smooth, flawless makeup on the wedding day.

We highly recommend working with your Dermatologist or Esthetician at least 6 months before the wedding.  

Skin Care

A daily skin care routine for both morning and night is crucial not just preparing for your wedding, but all the time. Taking care of your skin on a daily basis is so important as your largest organ our bodies, it needs the right nutrients to stay healthy.

Along with properly hydrating daily, providing our skin with a protective barrier is extremely important to the skin’s safety from sun damage, free radicals, pollution and aging. A positive of including a facial regimen is that your Dermatologist or Esthetician will recommend a skin care routine that is custom tailored to suit your skin care needs.

A personalized skin care routine is the necessary maintenance your skin needs between facials, but will also give the skin the nutrients, protection, and hydration it needs on a daily basis.

Skin care plays such a vital role in makeup and needs to be incorporated into your daily routine weeks (ideally months) before your wedding day in order to be effective. We use the highest quality, professional and luxury grade products, but if the skin is dry and dehydrated, even the best most expensive products won’t wear smoothly. Not only is your wedding day important, but we only have one skin and there’s no way to replace or fix it once the damage is done so we always encourage prevention rather than repair. We’ll be doing more posts on skin care throughout the next few months to further educate you so you look and feel like your most beautiful self not only on your wedding day, but everyday.  



DOUBLE FEATURE: The Wedding Chicks & Vintage Chic Brides-Minimalistic, Modern Wedding

2018 has been a great year for us in terms of having our brides weddings featured. It was also a record year for us in terms of having weddings be double featured. This beautiful minimalistic blue and yellow toned wedding was featured In The Wedding Chicks as well as Chic Vintage Brides. We had an amazing team of vendors create a beautiful fine art styled wedding inspired by the clean, mainstream mid century modern style.

Rentals Gussy Up Decor | Cakes & Catering Batter Up Cakery | Calligraphy & Invitation Suite Paper Love Calligraphy | Coordinators & Stylists Party Crush Studio | Flowers Bellevue Floral Co | Hair, Makeup & Beauty Blush Beauty Styling | Photographers Radostina Photography | Venue Cornerstone Sonoma

5 Things to Look for in a Wedding Makeup & Hair Stylist

So he did it, he pulled off the perfect proposal. Now comes the fun part; planning the wedding. From the venue to flowers, to photographer, the list of things you need to get done is endless. Typically, makeup and hair are one of the last vendors to get booked, but we believe we should be right up there with you dress and flowers. Why? On your wedding day, you’ll be the center of attention and your face will be one of the most photographed things of your wedding day and we want to make sure that in your search for a wedding beauty team, you know exactly what to look for.

We’ve created a list of five things you should be looking for in a Wedding Makeup and Hair Artist and how to tell you are hiring not only a professional, but also the right professional for you.

Website

In today’s social media era, everything from makeup artists to photographers are a dime a dozen. People can now pick up a makeup brush or camera and slap the label professional “enter profession here” on an instagram. It’s very easy to create a page with just pretty photos of work, but how do you really get to know the business and if they are true professionals, what kind of services they offer or if they’re even a good fit? Every legitimate business should have a website with a portfolio, services, and a short description about their business. A website will ensure the person or business you’re interested in has taken the time and effort to show that they are a real, professional business.

Aesthetic

With a service like makeup and hair finding someone with the right aesthetic is extremely important. It’s crucial to find a Makeup and Hair Stylist that specializes in the same style that you’re envisioning. If you’re a working professional who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup and prefers a more natural look, find a makeup artist whose work reflects a more natural style. This will save a ton of time and effort on all parties if you look for someone who not only creates a style that you like, but also talking with them to ensure they understand what your vision is for your wedding day.

Alice Ahn Photography

Alice Ahn Photography

Portfolio

This is one requirement that will distinguish who is a real professional: the portfolio. When looking for Makeup and hair stylists, their portfolio to should have several things: little to no selfies, diverse skin tones, ages, eye shapes, and clients that look similar to you. We understand no face is alike, yet a good makeup artist knows how to work on any and every face and feature. At the same time, it is good to see clients that have similar features like eye shape (i.e. monolids, deep set eyes) and skin tones (golden, olive, pink undertones) to put you at ease before making a commitment with them.  

My One Love Photography

My One Love Photography

Contract/Insurance

Like every other vendor, Makeup and Hair stylists should have a legal contract and liability insurance. This may be one of the most important things as you will rest assure you are working with a professional who takes their job with the utmost seriousness. Not only do these things protect the Stylist, but they also protect you the Client from any injury, damage that is the fault of the Stylist. Always ask any vendor you are considering if they have these two items as it could save a lot of trouble if issues unexpectedly arise.

Professional Products/kit

A professional Makeup and Hair Stylist understands the importance of quality and should have 95% professional grade products in their kit. Be weary of “Instagram” brands which go unregulated as their manufacturers are in China. Although this is currently a popular brand, it is made from cheap materials and ingredients. Always ask your Makeup and Hair stylist what kind of products they use on their clients before booking.

Chelsea Abril Photography

Chelsea Abril Photography

We hope this list is helpful in your search for your Wedding Makeup and Hair Artist. We understand there are a sea of choices out there and we want to help guide you through to refine your choices to find the right Stylist for you. Is there something we missed? What other factors do you think go into finding the right Makeup and Hair Artist? We want to hear your thoughts.







Classic and Traditional Napa Wedding

When we first met with Nicole, we knew her wedding was going to be the epitome of a classically beautiful event with little touches of tradition, and personality. This pediatrician was one of the sweetest, down to earth brides we’ve ever met and just knew that her overall look was going to take her groom’s breath away. A vintage-inspired Hollywood wave and glowing, enhanced makeup would perfectly pull her entire look together and once we saw the complete look, we were not disappointed.

Nicole and Brad took their wedding as the perfect opportunity to honor their families and traditions, while creating a new one for just the two of them. What was really special was Nicole’s dress was designed by her grandmother, who is a dress designer in San Francisco. The beautiful blush gown had several pieces that were detachable to reveal a new outfit for each segment of the night. Along with her bridesmaids’ wine colored dresses, it made for a perfect color palette for a autumn wedding.

We are truly so blessed to have such intelligent, sophisticated, kind clients who not only have are extremely beautiful, but they are just the nicest people I could ask to work with. Brides like Nicole are why we get up in the morning. Women like her truly inspire us to create beauty that reflects who they are and that they will look at in 20 years and reminisce on how beautiful they looked and felt. Thank you so much Nicole, we wish you all the love and best wishes on your marriage.

Beauty by Owner Christa and Rachel | Photography Love Tribe Weddings | Coordination Bravo Weddings & Events | Venue Meritage Napa | Gown Lily Samii

It’s Been Great, 2018.

I can’t believe another year has come and gone and I have so much to be grateful for. I still pinch myself sometimes when I reflect on the fact that I’m able to do what I love and get paid for my time. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of to be a Makeup Artist I’m so thankful for my team and all of the brides, planners, photographers, and venues that allow this to be possible.

The primary reason I truly love what I do is the amazing women I get to work with. These beautiful women are intelligent and powerful, yet so gentle and compassionate. One of the indicators of this was our first bride of the year in Hawaii. It was January 13 around 8 am and I was on my way to stop and grab breakfast before heading over to start our day when my phone went off with a loud alarm. Confused, I looked down and saw a text saying “Nuclear Threat Imminent, Find Shelter Immediately.” At this moment, my heart sank and my life literally flashed before my eyes (I know it sounds cliche’ but it really does happen.) After I came to terms with the fact this will probably be the last day of my life, I decided I may as well go to work and die doing what I love. I headed over to the hotel to meet the bride and I was so thankful to find my team still came despite the fact we may not be going home. When we got up to the room, the bride was calm and happy despite what is going on, which I really admired. A few minutes later, the government sent notice it was a false alarm and we continued on with our day. The rest of the time we were with the bride, she was as calm and elated about her wedding day as if we didn’t just get notified of a nuclear bomb. The day ended up being a perfect Hawaii day and they ended up having a beautiful wedding day. This will definitely be one I’ll remember, not just because of the bomb threat, but because it was also one of the most amazing group of women we worked with. They definitely knew how to keep things fun. Photography by Keoni Michael

Throughout the year we’ve been featured in Style Me Pretty twice, Pacific Weddings, and Trendy Bride for two of our beautiful brides and a bright and stylish bridal shoot we did with the most amazing vendors. Click each photo below to feature. (Photos by Indu Hyunh, Sylvie Gil, Trynh Phto)

The remainder of the year was filled with the most beautiful and kind brides of 2018. Each and every one of our brides were extremely sweet, easy-going, and were truly inspiring to work with as a makeup artist. I loved working with every single one of them on creating makeup and hair that reflected their personal style and who they are.

I can’t even begin to thank each and every person we were able to work with this year and to the Blush Stylists who create an unbelievable experience for our brides, I am so grateful and blessed to work alongside these amazing, talented women.

I know with a year like 2018, this year will be more positive, more inspiring, and our best year to date. Wishing all of you a successful and happy 2019!

FEATURED on Style Me Pretty and Pacific Weddings: Sophisticated Tropical Wedding

We’re always so humbled when our “friendors” consider us to be a part of their wedding day; they know how things work and how the chaos of weddings can be, and we are so honored when they respect our talent and expertise. It’s even more exciting when the bride is someone whose work we love and admire and we know because of her impeccable style, her wedding will be absolutely gorgeous.

Before I moved to the Bay Area, I did some thorough research of who’s who in the wedding market and Jenny’s work wooed me immediately. Her soft, romantic style of photography is what brides’ dreams are made of when they envision their wedding photos, so you can imagine how giddy I was that she had our team be a part of her wedding day.

Jenny is a perfect reflection of a Blush bride and when the photos by the amazing Trynh Photo came back I was blown away, yet expected how beautiful they were at the same time. We did a soft natural look for Jenny and a loosely swept chignon, which we adore and know she will still love when she looks at her photos in 20 years. Her classic bridal beauty paired with her sophisticated tropical style perfectly paired for a stunning destination wedding. So much so, Pacific Weddings, the authority in luxury destination weddings featured Jenny’s wedding on their blog. With a top tier team of vendors, we knew her wedding would be featured on a luxury destination blog at some point.

As always, the Hawaii team did a beautiful job with Lead Stylists Alex and Mary creating Jenny’s signature style. You can see more on the Style Me Pretty blog and Pacific Weddings blog

Photographer Trynh Photography | Planner Natalie Ly | Venue Hale Koa Phineas Estate | Invitation Acetate La Boîte by Andree-Anne Dionne | Calligraphy Dawn Naomi | Music Island Kings Band | Catering Kenui Kitchen | Florist Design by Hemingway | Cake A Cake Life | Dress boutique Kinsley James | Assistant photographer Lucy Munoz | Bridesmaid dresses Jenny Yoo | Dress designer Idan Cohen

FEATURED on Style Me Pretty: Classic, Vineyard Napa Wedding

We're thrilled to have C+B's gorgeously elegant wedding featured on Style Me Pretty. This was our first official wedding in California and we were so honored to have been a part of this beautiful affair. This classically stylist couple had their wedding at the bride's family winery, which boasted a wine cave, wine library, and dining room in the cave for family events. The home was nestled up against the foothills of the mountain and looked out to the family vineyards and all of Napa valley. 

The bride was the epitome of a classic, elegant bride with soft, natural makeup and a simple, ponytail.Her overall beauty look paired with her beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown was the perfect reflection of her sophisticatedly understated style. 

One product that we love to use for our clients is airbrush makeup. From sheer to full coverage, airbrush foundation allows us to customize the coverage to suit our clients' preference while offering a lightweight feel, skin like finish, and long-wearing durability, which is needed for a long day of like a wedding. For these reasons, this amenity is included in our Bridal Experience. 

The team of vendors for this wedding was a star studded one, which included some of Napa's top luxury wedding vendors. We were so grateful to be a part of this beautiful and elegant affair. Head over to Style Me Pretty to see the feature and leave us some love. 

Coordination: A Savvy Event
Photography: Sylvie Gil
Flowers: Loop Flowers
Gown: Oscar de la Renta
 

Sophisticated, Stylish, Modern, Four Seasons Wedding

As a makeup and hair stylists, we work to create a signature style that the modern bride will love, one that is fresh and enhances their natural beauty, but also is classic and will look beautiful in 10 or 20 years. While we create a style for them according to their preference and style, one thing we know is that our brides are incredibly sophisticated and stylish. Our bride Lindsey is a fun, stylish bride who we absolutely loved working with. Not only because she was gorgeous and extremely sweet, but also because she has an impeccable sense of style. 

Lindsey had us create two different styles for her wedding; her first look for her beach elopement, and the second for their mountainside reception. One thing that worries every bride is whether their makeup and hair will hold throughout the day. Lindsey put our work to the test as she and her groom cooled off and jumped in the water and her makeup was 100% in tact. We created a bronzy, beauty look for Lindsey for her beach elopement. It was soft and relaxed; perfect for a day at the sandbar.   

For her second look, we created a more refined makeup and hair look with a loose, romantic low chignon and a soft smokier eye focused makeup. Paired with her dress and bouquet the overall look was stylish, modern, elegant yet perfect for a mountainside reception,  

Beauty by Hawaii Stylists Mary & Alex
Photography by Crystal Chanel Photography.