Thursday, March 5, 2020

Boston Bridal Makeup : White Friday Wedding

Meet Courtney, the fabulous bride who traveled from California to get married in Boston in November 29, 2019 - a perfect Autumn day.

Courtney got ready at a hotel in Cambridge, and got married at city hall following a very small and intimate ceremony.  This was an unusual wedding for me, as it took place on black Friday - so it was fun experiencing something new!

It's always a pleasure when you just click with the bride you're working with, it makes for such a good vibe on the special day - Courtney and I had really good chemistry, and everything ran smoothly for her.  She looked stunning in person, but in pictures, she looked even better. Leah of Leah Haydock Photography did a fantastic job at capturing this wedding.

Courtney was a low key type of girl who, like most brides in Massachusetts, wanted to a soft look with a bit of spunk.  I don’t often come across brides who wear cages, but Courtney certainly rocked this look! It added her a unique and special touch to her ensemble, and when the cage was lifted to reveal her eyes, it was breathtaking.

Here, have a look for yourself!

What do you think of Courtney's look?  I just love the fur coat, drop earrings, white dress, and cage combination! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Natural Beauty :: Soft Summer Weddings in Massachusetts

I love when a bride asks for a natural look.  It's fun applying makeup while also making sure not to lose touch of the natural features of the bride.  Ali was a bridal client who was referred to me by another bride I worked with a couple of years back.  (FYI - I love referrals! Word of mouth is an excellent resource for building your business, and it's great for brides to have someone they trust!) Ali and her bridal party all opted for a minimal, soft and natural look.  Their easygoing personalities made it so enjoyable to achieve the look they all wanted.

The wedding day started out raining, but when it stopped, it turned out to be beautifully picturesque, giving the perfect light and canvas for photos.

Wedding: August 4, 2018
Location: Wellesley College Club
Photographer: Michael Orzell Photography

I feel so lucky for the opportunity to work with such great people.  Another bride I had the pleasure of working with was Annmarie (along with her bridal party!)  We went for a very soft and natural look as well, per the request of the bride.  I loved working with these ladies as they were so pleasant.  Annmarie's sister and mother were a joy!  It's always fun working with such sweet bridal parties, and their sweetness certainly shows in these photos!

Wedding: June 16, 2018
Location: Le Meridien Cambridge MIT
Photographer: Benita Patel

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Brushing Up on Your Airbrush Knowledge...

A bride's wedding day is unquestionably one of the most important days in her lifetime. So, it's no wonder why she will choose a makeup approach to help her look and feel her absolute best, while having confidence that her makeup will last all night long. This is why many brides are opting for one of hottest trends in mainstream bridal beauty, the popular airbrush makeup technique.

What is airbrush makeup?

Airbrush makeup is a strategy where artists fill a specially diluted pigment into a very small spray gun that gently and evenly distributes lightweight foundation particles over your skin, creating an even, fresh, flawless finish.

What is the difference between traditional and airbrush makeup?

A traditional makeup application will consist of basic liquid or powder foundation, using your typical foundation sponge or brush. Most traditional foundations will need to be touched up and may appear thicker and heavier on the skin.

Airbrush makeup is a specifically formulated lightweight foundation, and it is applied through a misting action providing impeccable results. 

What are the benefits of airbrush makeup?  

Most brides decide to use this popular makeup trend because of the long lasting effects and the ability to cover all imperfections. Airbrush makeup will not smudge or rub off once it's set, so touch ups are unnecessary. Worried about wedding tears or sweating? Have no fear. Airbrush makeup is water, heat, and sweat resistant! 

Now some women may need to visualize their thoughts, so have a look at these before and after photos to confirm why airbrush makeup is definitely the way to go!

Do you think airbrush makeup is the best choice? 
Do you know anyone who has had airbrush makeup applied? Leave a comment & let me know!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

New England Bridal Makeup :: Q&A with one of my Brides

Meet Amy, a strong, sweet, and lovely bride who I had the honor of working with recently.  

Being a makeup artist totally has its perks! Not only do I get to make people feel and look beautiful, but I get to meet some great people along the way.  It's always fun meeting and getting to know new brides and their bridal party.  I love when everyone gathers together in a room for hair and makeup applications - the love, laughter, and energy flooding the room at a time like this is so exciting.  A lot of times while I'm applying makeup on the bridal party, we will all chat about the big day ahead, making sure everyone knows what to do and where do be.  Sometimes, we are doing so much talking about the day that we lose sight of what's actually happening in that moment. It's human nature to get caught up in something and not take the time to stop and appreciate the beauty all around you. So, with that being said, I thought I would approach this blog in a different way.  I decided to ask Amy some questions about her wedding day so that all of you, Amy, and I can relive it together!

Here's what Amy had to say:

Q: The location- what did you like most about the preparation process on the day of the wedding (at the hotel)

A: I loved how much natural light there was and the fact that we were all able to talk and laugh while we were all getting ready.  You were amazing at just fitting right in!  You came in and although you were ready for business you were so patient with all of our talking and moving around. 

Q: The actual ceremony-did you cry, why? Did the makeup hold up? 

A: The ceremony was very emotional for me, Chris and I had been through so much leading up to the wedding so the ceremony was just a dream come true that made everything so real, it was amazing!  One of my favorite pictures is of him waiting to see me for the first time and his face breaking into a huge smile as soon as he did.  After losing my hair during chemo I was very nervous about not looking beautiful on our wedding day but your ability to accentuate a person’s beauty with make up is absolutely amazing!  Not only did my makeup withstand the test of tears, it amazed me with it’s staying power for the reception!  Looking back at pictures I was pleasantly surprised at how great my makeup still looked after hours of hugging, kisses & lots of dancing!!!

Q: I know you're a cancer survivor.  Do you mind if I share that in my blog?  

A: I do not mind at all!

Q: Anything else that you would like to share?  

A: Just what an absolute pleasure it was working with you & to thank you for all your hard work!  You came early and managed to do a fantastic job on all 5 of us.  You were meticulous, I don’t think you took a break and you stayed after we left to make sure the hotel room was cleaned up.  One of the bests things was having my mother-in-law’s make-up done, she looked gorgeous and my father-in-law’s reaction when he saw her was priceless!  Helping people feel beautiful is a wonderful thing and you are so good at it! 

I hope you all enjoyed reading about Amy's big day, and next time you find yourself in a bridal party, or as a wedding guest, or maybe even the bride yourself, try to remember to take a minute to pause, take a breath, and relish in all the love and happiness around you.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Working on my Portfolio : A Bridal Photoshoot

            Once the bridal season began to slow down, I decided it was time to work on my portfolio. I wanted to create some new looks to add, so I organized a small photoshoot.


            My aim was to add a couple of ethnic brides to my website, since I have a so few displayed.  As a makeup artist, it’s important to showcase all different types of makeup styles since people are unique and have different skin tones and taste. 


            I went for one bold, bright lip color, and a softer look with cheek glow.  I find that “the glow” look is very popular and it works well on women who have normal to combination skin.  Glowing, healthy looking skin is important to most women, whether a bride or not! 


            The model featured here is one of the brides I had the pleasure of making up last September.

Monday, May 1, 2017

An Inspiring Session :: Working with Nicole Roberts Jones

Back in February, Nicole Roberts Jones from the Fierce Factor Lab contacted me to do her makeup for her photo session.  It was certainly a pleasure!

For starters, Nicole is quite an inspiration.  If you didn't know, Nicole Roberts Jones is an author and developer of the system called her Fierce Formula.  Nicole founded and developed her very first program at the young age of 23.  This program went on to become a national success!  Through all of this, Nicole was able to see her natural gift of helping people and turning their passions into profit! 
Nicole has decades of experience working high end corporate executes helping to develop programs & services to meet the needs of all those they serve.  Thus, her Fierce Formula has become very well known.  What a fun experience working with such a talented and lovely woman.  

I also had an opportunity to work with several members of her Fierce Factor team on a video shoot in early April.  That was also a great experience; they were all great to work with.  

Go check her out!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fun with Makeup :: A Fashion Photo Shoot

When I have the opportunity to do anything different than bridal makeup, I seize the moment.  It gives me a chance to explore a different aspect of art; I have the opportunity to create different looks using bold and vibrant colors.  

Although I love brides, most looks are with neutral colors.  It's fun to spice things up and get a little vibrant!  A few months ago, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Jasmin Sarita Photography and with a phenomenal wardrobe stylist.  Let me just say, it was an awesome experience!  I worked in different outdoor locations, under different lighting conditions, and with different models.

It was so fun getting to broaden my makeup horizon a bit! Check out these photos to see our fun creations!

Accessories/Wardrobe: Beauty Line
Hair: Heather LoFaro
Makeup: Ligia Centeno
Model: Veronica Barbosa
Photographer: Jasmin Sarita

(Black outfit ponytail model)
Accesories/Wardrobe: Beauty Line
Model: Esohe Amadin
Makeup: Ligia Centeno
Hair: Jessica Celestin
Photo: Jasmin Sarita