DOUBLE FEATURED: Elegant Vineyard Wedding on Martha Stewart Weddings & Style Me Pretty

You know your clients have impeccable taste when their wedding is featured in not one but two of the top wedding blogs. Our bride and groom are stylish couple who own a boutique wine shop in New York and have a love and passion for wine, so of course Napa Valley was the perfect location for them to tie the knot. Cristina along with her superstar Coordinator Callista, crafted the most sophisticated details from her gown, to her party’s cute pajamas, to the guest welcome bags.

Cristina wanted a makeup look that was authentic, barely there, yet accentuated her beautiful features. She wanted a classic chignon updo that was easy, yet beautiful and also allowed for her sophisticated wedding gown to be the star of the show. Our Stylists created soft, naturally enhanced makeup and hair looks for her bridesmaids and family members.

Cristina and Chris wanted to celebrate their wedding with their closest family and friends and did just that at their elegant soiree. Her team of top vendors perfectly executed her sophisticated fete. We loved working with Cristina and know her photos will help her to reminisce on their special day 10 years down the road.

See the full feature on Martha Stewart Weddings here and Style Me Pretty here.

Beauty by Owner Christa and Stylists Amy and Sophia | Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Coordination: Callista & Company | Florals: Lambert Floral Studio | Venue: Calistoga Ranch | Gown: Lela Rose | Dress Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier | Pajamas: Sleepy Jones | Stationary: Tina Smith Design | Earrings: Meadowlark |

How to Look Like the Best Version of Yourself on Your Wedding Day

Your big day is fast approaching and all of the details are starting to fall into place. You’ve chosen your gown, found the perfect pair of Jimmy Choos, and now you just need to nail down your makeup and hair look and although it’s one of the biggest days of your life, you don’t want anything crazy or dramatic, but rather just a polished, enhanced version of yourself. In this blog post today, we’re going to share some tips on how to look like the best, most beautiful version of yourself on your wedding day.

Skin Prep

Believe it or not, proper skin care is crucial for creating a flawless, natural makeup look. If the skin is dry, dehydrated, and patchy, any makeup put on top of it will show this as well. Any good Makeup Artist will know how important it is to properly prepare the skin before applying any type of makeup.

It’s important to have a mini facial before your Makeup Artist puts any makeup on to hydrate, plump up the skin. Not only will your skin look beautiful, but you’ll also love how it feels. Your skin will feel smooth like baby skin, which makes for a perfect canvas.

Not only will a mini facial make your skin feel amazing, but it’s just the thing needed to help you feel completely relaxed and at ease. A quick 10-15 minutes can make all the difference and who doesn’t love to be pampered on their wedding day?

Without this important step, dry or dehydrated skin will suck up all of the moisture in the makeup and leave skin looking patchy, and dry.

As a Bridal Beauty Stylist, this is a step that is a part of your experience before makeup application. Not only will your skin look and feel beautiful, but you will love the pampering.

Lighting

Slater Robinson Photography

You will want to wear more makeup on your wedding day than you are used to. With flash photography, post-event editing, and changes in light throughout the day, it’s extremely important to get ready in the right lighting.

Lighting is an element that is hugely overlooked when doing makeup. Getting ready in the right lighting makes all the difference in how your makeup will turn out. Lighting that is too warm (yellow) or too cool (blue) can result in some major “yikes” moments as soon as you walk outside.

White or natural light is the best lighting to do makeup in. If you get ready in white light, you will look good in any light.

Not only will makeup applied in bad lighting look different in natural light, but it may also read differently on camera as well.

A good professional Makeup Artist will always carry The Makeup Light, a very specific light made just for makeup that is white light, making color matching and application simple and accurate.

Foundation

We all know aside from false lashes and mascara, foundation is a gamechanger. It evens out the complexion and when done right the end result is smooth, flawless coverage that still looks natural. Airbrush makeup is ideal for bridal makeup as the coverage can be sheer to full and have a beautiful blurring effect. Most airbrush foundations are also long-wearing which is great for the long day ahead.

Be sure your foundation matches your skin tone. Always test your foundation on your jawline and bring down to your neck as this is usually where the tone differs. If there is a major difference, mix colors to find a match that will be seamless from the face all through the neck and chest.

Blush

Choosing the right blush can bring the entire look together. Blush is used to add a natural flush to the skin, to show the rosiness and almost bring a liveliness to the face. In our opinion, it is a necessary product to create a natural, soft makeup look. Blush also adds a youthfulness to the face and who doesn’t want to look youthful?

This youthful glow will be what you will look back on in 30 years and cherish and will add that color brides need against the starkness of a white gown.

Hues of pinks, corals, reds, and some oranges are ideal colors for that naturally beautiful flush in the cheeks.  

Blush is also much needed as photographers may use flash, which reduces the color saturation by 30%-50% sometimes leaving photos of a flatter, less dimensional appearance.

The way some photos are edited and filtered can also wash out the makeup, leaving brides looking either very muddy and shadowy (usually the result of dark, moody filters) or washed out (light, blown out filters).

Although you may not be a huge fan of blush adding some on your wedding day will ensure you look natural and youthful on your wedding day.

Bronzer

Like blush, bronzer is one of those things that are needed to create a natural makeup look. Bronzer brings back warmth and dimension to the skin and should do exactly what it says; bronze the skin. Bronzer should be strategically placed on the high points of the face where the sun naturally hits.

Although there are many finishes for bronzer, it’s highly recommended to NOT use bronzer with shimmer or glitter. This can cause the skin to look muddy and unnatural.

Eyeshadow/Eyeliner

The great thing about eyeshadow is that the possibilities are endless. Although the selection of colors, finishes, tones seem to go on and on, we highly recommend sticking to a warm neutral palette as warmer tones are much more flattering and timeless.

For a natural eye look that is still dimensional, it’s important to use a mix of matte, satin, and shimmer finishes properly placed to enhance your eye shape. A shimmery, champagne tone similar to your skin tone is a great option to add brightness and sparkle to the lid while still being the anchor for a natural eye look.

To ensure a long lasting eye makeup, eyeshadow primer should be laid on the eye first.

Eye liner can be applied in many different ways, apply at your discretion as this can be the one of the biggest details that can alter the look. If you usually wear a thin line, go with a thin line, same if you wear a winged liner or smudged out, diffused liner.

Lashes

Lashes are like the little black dress of makeup, they will transform and take your look to the next level.

There are a large variety of lashes available from very natural to very dramatic as well as strip lashes, demis, and individuals.

Strip lashes are good for all eye types and create specific styles and shapes to the eye, while individual lashes are perfect for a customized look, are great for watery, teary eyes, are very comfortable to wear, and blend in seamlessly with your natural lashes.

If you have eyelash extensions, if you love the way they look, get them refilled a few days before your wedding day. If you’d like to use mascara, there are specific mascaras for extensions as traditional mascara will ruin them.

If you’d like a little extra volume, individual lashes can be added to extensions without ruining them. Strip lashes are not encouraged.

When choosing the right lashes for you, it’s dependent on your style and personality.

Lipstick

Lipstick is the final touch and brings the look together. Like eyeshadow, there are many colors, tones, and finishes available to create the look you want.

The right lip color will not only look naturally perfect, but will also show off those pearly whites and perfectly coordinate with your wedding gown.

For a natural lip, a creamy finish mimics the look of hydrated lips, in a tone that is close to your lip color. Always look for the undertone in your lips (pink, brown, red are common undertones) as this will be the deciding factor between which color is perfect for you.

For a quick makeup change between ceremony and reception, change your lip color to a brighter, more bold hue to take the look from day to night.  

Conclusion

We hope you found this guide helpful and now have an idea of your vision for your wedding day. As a Bridal Beauty Stylists with a combined decades of experience, our Stylists can help you in creating a makeup and hair look that you will love that is timeless, natural, and the best, most beautiful version of you.


Have questions or would you like a more personalized recommendations for your wedding day? We’d love to hear from you.

Schedule a 15 minute call with us now.   




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





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. Sometimes, makeup and hair are one of the last vendors to get booked, but we believe we should be right up there with the dress and flowers. Why? On your wedding day, you will be the center of attention and your face will be one of the most photographed things of the day. In this article, 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.

Reviews

Chelsea Abril Photography

Chelsea Abril Photography

There’s nothing more telling and reassuring than testimony from past clients. Reading about past clients’ experiences with the Makeup and Hair Stylist can be just the thing you need to solidify your decision. Brides who’ve worked directly with Stylists can give a great idea of what they went through and some of the things you may be wondering as a client. Ask the Stylists you are interested to direct you to any review links to read first hand accounts of what it’s like to work with the Stylist, it can be the most beneficial tool to narrowing down your decision.

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 a diverse range of skin tones, ages, eye shapes, and clients and most importantly photos of clients that look similar to you. Although we all know doing makeup on ourselves is a skill in itself, portfolios full of selfies should be a red flag. As a Makeup Artist who has worked on hundreds of faces, doing makeup on ourselves is an entirely different skill set as working on others’ faces. No two faces are alike, yet a good Makeup Artist knows how to work on any and every face and feature. At the same time, it is important 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 you make your decision.  

Aesthetic

Alice Ahn Photography

Alice Ahn Photography

With a service like makeup and hair, finding someone with the right aesthetic and style is extremely important. When looking through a Stylist’s photos ask yourself if that is what you would want to look like on your wedding day. Are you comfortable with the amount of shadow or foundation you see the Artist’s clients with or is the hair soft and romantic or slicked back and classic? 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 and soft style. This will save you a lot of time and effort if you choose an Artist who not only creates a style that you like, but also wants to talk and collaborate to ensure they understand what your vision is for your wedding day.

Professional Business Practices

In the era of social media, everything from makeup artists to photographers are a dime a dozen. People can now pick up a makeup brush or camera and slap professional “enter profession here” on an Instagram. It’s very easy to create a page with just pretty, filtered 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 at least 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 in fact a real, professional business.
Like every other vendor, Makeup and Hair stylists should offer all clients a legal contract, the proper licensing if required, and liability insurance upon securing them to work with you. 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. A professional Makeup Artist should always work before the wedding with your other vendors to coordinate the proper timing to ensure they are completing their work on time for your to move into the next part of your day. A good Makeup and Hair Stylist should help you to start your wedding day off so you feel relaxed and refreshed for the day ahead. Always ask any vendor you are considering if these practices are implemented as it could save a lot of trouble and headache and allow you to focus on what’s important; enjoying your wedding day.

My One Love Photography

My One Love Photography

Sanitary and Professional Products/kit

A professional Makeup and Hair Stylist should understands just how the importance of sanitation. Aside from artistry, having a sanitary, clean kit is crucial to determining whether you are working with a true professional. Makeup and hair Stylists should have 95% professional grade products in their kit as well as a large kit of disposable mascara, spatulas, and lip wands to avoid directly dipping into product. A big tip to be aware of is if you see artists double dipping into mascara, lip products and applying them, do not be afraid to say something as this can unsanitary practice can lead to infections and the spread of bacteria.
Also be weary of “Instagram” brands which go unregulated as their manufacturers are in China. Although these are currently popular brands, it may made from cheap materials and ingredients. Always ask your Makeup and Hair stylist what kind of products they use on their clients before booking.

We hope this list is helpful in your search for your Wedding Makeup and Hair Artist. We understand there are an endless number 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.

Book a Compliementary 15 Minute Phone Call with us to see if we are the right Stylists for you on your wedding day.

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

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