3 Photography Tips for Makeup and Hair on Your Wedding Day

We know planning a wedding can be chaotic. The want to get every detail just right from the invitations to your gown all the way down to the utensils your guests will use, the list is endless. But at the end of the day it will be your wedding photos that will bring back the memories of the happiness, beauty and excitement of your wedding day. This week, we want to share some tips on what we as Beauty Stylists think are some important things to consider when thinking about your wedding photography. We have worked with dozens of amazing photographers and have learned some really great tips we want to share with you to ensure you get photos perfectly capturing your makeup and hair, which is an investment you have made for your wedding day.

Tip #1: Set time in your wedding day to take bridal portraits.

This is the most important tip we want to share with you. Like your photos, wedding gown, shoes, your makeup and hair is something you have invested in for your wedding and we want to make sure you capture these moments where you feel like your most beautiful self to revisit and share with your children and grandchildren years down the road.

We completely understand that there are those who don’t like to be photographed, but your wedding day is one of those important milestones in life and moments in time that you’ll want to have photos of. I know I love sitting with my grandma looking at old photos of her and my grandpa’s wedding and remembering how she looked so glamorous with her red lip, vintage curls and birdcage veil. This is something that will completely enamor your offspring when in a completely different time, where the style, fashion, and makeup may be different, you’ll still look classic, beautiful and timeless on one of the happiest days of your life. Having those photos of your completed makeup and hair in your designer wedding gown and those heirloom earrings that have been passed down from your grandmother, to your mom, and now to you will have those memories and feelings of happiness and love flooding in when you’re sharing that special moment when you pass those earrings down to your daughter. We love bridal portraits and believe they are shots that every bride should include in their shoot list and wedding day.

Tip #2: Makeup loses its saturation in photos

We are definitely a fan of soft, natural, timeless makeup especially for a special day such as your wedding, but makeup needs to be slightly more intense and saturated for photos. Although it will look like more than you would ideally like, it is extremely important to add a just the right concentration of color to ensure it shows up in your photos. Did you know from a makeup standpoint, when a flash camera takes a photo, 50% of the color saturation is lost? If not applied with the right amount of intensity, it will look like there is little to no makeup on at all in photos. As a professional, your Makeup Artist should know how to apply the right amount of product where it will look natural in person, yet be saturated enough to show up as “natural” in photos. For all of our natural beauties out there, just remember when seeing the final look if it looks like slightly too much, it’s just right and will photograph beautifully.

Tip #3: Filters will affect the way makeup looks in photos.

The power of technology has created an endless list of possibilities when it comes to anything really. Photography has definitely benefitted from the advances made through technology and graphics. With that photographers can create a signature style and aesthetic with the help of filters, and lighting adjustments, and a list of other magic tricks that I have no understanding of, which evokes a specific mood and emotion. With this, makeup can sometimes be drastically altered. As we mentioned above, when a flash camera takes a photo, 50% of the color saturation is lost. Add a bright and airy filter and the makeup can look washed out. With a dark moody filter it will enhance contours and shadows. For a makeup artist, this is extremely important and it’s something we want our clients to keep in mind when choosing a photography styles and how your makeup will translate with your photographer’s style.

As Makeup Artists, it’s so important to understand lighting, filters, and photography in relation to how we do our job. Ensuring our brides are given beautiful photos with glowing, naturally enhanced photos of their makeup and hair are extremely important to us as it is something they will have forever and we want to ensure they look and feel beautiful not only on their wedding day, but also when they revisit their photos for their 10 year anniversary or when sharing them with their grandchildren. We hope these tips were helpful and you’re in love with your wedding photos and the way you looked as a bride. Do you have any other photography tips in regards to makeup? We’d love to hear them below.

Fun and Intimate Destination Wedding

We always love when we’re able to work with couples who choose our beautiful island as their wedding venue. There’s something so exciting about helping our clients and share some of the best kept secrets that only locals know. We also lucky that our couples have great taste. This couple chose Hawaii as the groom wanted to come back home to share their wedding day with his family and friends. They chose the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Oahu as it has breathtaking views and backdrops from anywhere on property.

Our laid-back bride wanted makeup that was natural, that looked like the best version of herself: glowing, perfected skin with an enhanced eye and natural lip, and soft, side-swept curls which we happily created as well as personalized looks for each member of her bridal party. The finished look was polished, glowing, and perfect for a summer Hawaii wedding.

The bride and groom hired a top-tier team of vendors, who created a beautiful oceanside wedding. We are so happy to be able to share our passion for what we do. We received the sweetest feedback from our bride and we are so happy to have been a part of making her wedding day extraordinary. She said:

“Thank you!! You laides are amazing. Everyone looked great. We got a tons of compliments on our hair and makeup. Everything held up most of the nigh thank you again for the wonderful morning!”

We hope you enjoy seeing the joy and excitement that this beautiful couple shared on their wedding day.

Beauty by Owner Christa and Mary | Venue: Four Seasons Oahu | Photography: Absolutely Loved Photography | Florals: Yvonne Designs | Gown: Made with Love Bridal

Relaxed, Classic Napa Wedding

We are so lucky to have clients who have the most beautiful and refined aesthetic when it comes to planning their wedding. This couple is no exception. After collaborating with our bride, we created a natural, refined, and timeless beauty look that was absolutely stunning. Looking at these photos, we believe she will LOVE the way she looked on her wedding day when she looks at wedding album in 10 or 20 years. The look we created for her along with her gorgeous gown was absolutely perfect for the cool fall Napa weather.

In addition, the most amazing team of vendors created a perfectly put tougher affair that was relaxed, bespoke, and intimate. Can we all agree that the bride and groom should be professional models because every single photo looked like it could be in a luxury wedding or lifestyle magazine.

We are so blessed and love each and every moment we are afforded to share wth our clients on their wedding day. These photos are the perfect example of the reason we love what we do. Not only was our bride glowing on her big day, but she will cherish those memories for years to come.

Beauty by Owner Christa and Stylist Rachel | Coordination: Bravo Events | Photos: My One Love Photography | Venue: Meritage Napa | Gown: Hayley Paige

Skin Care 101: Know Your Skin Type

We’ve previously shared with you one important thing you should include in your wedding budget: skin care. This week we’re diving into skincare and giving you a basic foundation on what you need to know to make know and understand your skin skin type. With the endless sea of skin care products, and videos, we know this can be an extremely overwhelming topic, so we’re breaking it down with first learning and understanding what your skin type is. This will play a huge role in creating your skin care routine to ensure your skin is in it’s best condition come your wedding day.

Your skin is THE largest system of the body and although it’s extremely important to take care of it all the time, a day as big as your wedding day surely is important enough to invest in a thorough and customized routine for soft, smooth, hydrated skin on the day of. We’re going to go through all of the skin types so you can find what your skin type is, some basic skin care guidelines, and some tips on how your skin type reacts with makeup.

Pro Tip:  Always consult with a Dermatologist or licensed skin professional for the most accurate skin analysis and personalized skin care routine.

Skin Types

Although we are all unique and have specific concerns, skin types are labeled into five categories: normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. Each skin type requires a specific kind of care and maintenance in order to keep your skin healthy. Let’s get into each skin type and what type of care is required.

Normal skin has balanced levels of water and oil within the layers of the skin, yet can become slightly more oily and dry at any point. The appearance is void of large pores, visible shine, and blemishes and is fairly smooth. Daily care for normal skin requires general care and maintenance. Normal skin has more flexibility of using a wider range of skin care products and less on correcting skin to achieve balance.  

Makeup on normal skin will normally hold up very well throughout the day and is fairly simple to apply. Normal skin also allows the luxury of using a variety of finishes for foundations to achieve different looks (dewy skin, matte skin, natural matte skin.)

Oily skin is the excess of sebum or oils produced by the oil glands. Pores are enlarged and the skin appears “shiny.” Oily skin also is the skin type that is more acneic due to clogged and congested pores.  In most instances, enlarged pores are usually on the inner part of the face in the t-zone area and for extremely oily skin can have enlarged pores all over the face.

Oily skin needs cleansing and removal of sebum and thus requires an oil free, gel based products as well as regular exfoliation to unclog pores of oil and dead skin (gross we know.)

We know oily skin sounds like its a bit of a pain to have BUT the good thing about oily skin is the natural moisture in the skin slows the aging process.

Improper care and preparation of oily skin before makeup can cause makeup to look shiny over time, sometimes within hours, or the skin can completely absorb the product leaving the skin looking splotchy, or like there is no makeup on at all.

MYTH: Remove as much oil as possible and don’t use moisturizer to eliminate oil on the face.

When the oil is stripped from the skin, the skin’s reaction is to produce more oil. Most of the time overstripping the skin of naturally produced oil and not replacing it will cause the skin to become even more oily. The use of a moisturizer that is right for your skin type actually reduces oil production over time and you will not look and feel oily or shiny.  

Dry skin naturally lacks oil and the production of oil is usually insufficient. This leaves the skin feeling tight and sometimes stings after washing. Skin will become flaky when in dry weather or when not moisturized, and the pores are very small and minimal. Dry skin is also prone to aging at a much quicker rate than all other skin types due to the lack of natural emolliency.

Skin care for dry skin requires very emollient, rich products to add moisture back into the skin. Products like cream cleansers, face oils, hydrating serums and moisturizers are extremely important for keeping dry skin soft, hydrated, and healthy.

Makeup on dry skin that has not been properly prepped tends to look patchy, flaky, and dry. Without a sufficient amount of moisture, makeup can settle into fine lines and show any flawed skin texture.

Combination skin can comprise of both normal, dry, and oily areas at the same time. The t-zone, which includes areas of the center of the forehead, nose, inner cheeks, and chin can be oily, while the outer areas like cheeks, jawline, and hairline can be dry and flaky or even normal.

Unfortunately, the ideal care for combination skin is to address both the oily and dry areas with the appropriate products, which can require more time, money, and product though regular cleansing and exfoliation will properly address all types. It’s extremely important for combination skin to find balance.

Sensitive skin is skin that is usually characterized by redness and highly irritable by products, or exposure to environmental elements. Sensitive skin must be very careful of products used and exposure to sun, cold, and other weather elements.

Skin care for sensitive skin needs to be carefully curated, and most likely needs to be fragrance-free, paraben-free, and consist of as little ingredients as possible. Every product needs to be extremely gentle and mild both chemical and physical to avoid any irritation or reactions.

Makeup on sensitive skin can cause redness and itching throughout the day if skin does not agree with the product. Like all other skin types, the ideal state of the skin should be soft, supple, and moisturized.

Knowing your skin type is extremely important not only because your Makeup Artists want to properly assess and prep your skin so your makeup is suited to your skin and is long-lasting, but also because using the wrong products can be detrimental to your skin’s overall health. Using a cleanser for oily skin on dry skin will make it dry, inflamed and flaky so it really important to understand your skin and it’s needs.

Do you know what your skin type is? If so, what products do you use? We’d love to hear any product suggestions or throughts.



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!