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!




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

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

Friday, February 3, 2017

African American Wedding: Holiday Glow

Happy February, everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying 2017 so far!

I wanted to talk a little bit about a recent wedding.  I had the pleasure of working with Porsha for her wedding day on New Years Day.  How special to celebrate getting married on such a big day!  I was particularly excited to work with her since I had not done a Holiday wedding a few years.  Porsha was easy going; she pretty much left the makeup look and color choices up to me (so fun!)  She wasn't the most knowledgeable about makeup, so she trusted me to give her the perfect look.  


Turns out, Porsha was very happy with the colors and look I had selected for her on the day of her trial, and on the day of the event, everything was easy breezy!  When make up application goes smoothly, it takes away a certain amount of stress that brides just don't need on their big day!  Again, this is why makeup trials are so important.  It gives you the opportunity to try different techniques and really talk with your makeup artist and test different styles to get the look you desire.  When your wedding day comes, you will already know that you are going to love your look.  I'm so happy everything turned out so beautifully.  Congratulations again, Porsha!





Wednesday, November 16, 2016

African American Weddings : Fall Weddings

Happy Fall, everyone! 

I recently had the pleasure to work with a bride named Kristin along her bridal party on a beautiful Autumn day.  On the morning of November 5, Kristin and her bridesmaids got ready at a hotel in Waltham, MA.  The "getting ready" event is always an such an exciting time for the bridal party as everyone prepares to walk down the aisle and pose for lots of photos.



After their makeup application was finished, I jumped in to help Kristin put on her hair accessory as there was no hairstylist in the room.  


Kristin’s makeup look was very simple consisting of a soft look with a pop of pink, and of course false eyelashes to help her eyes stand out.  She was already naturally pretty, and with all the other details, she looked stunning!



I was so glad that the weather turned out favorable for Kristin as she was able to capture some great photos outdoors.  Photos like these are especially breathtaking in the Fall months.  I begged the photographer for her some pictures of Kristin, and voila!  Five days later, they were in the inbox!  

A big thank you to Suzanne from Artifact images for these photos.



  

Friday, June 17, 2016

New England Asian Weddings : Sheena’s Wedding

I was very excited to apply Sheena’s wedding makeup during the Sunday of the Memorial Day Weekend in Maine.  It was my first wedding in Maine, and in this particular venue.  

In spite of the fact that the event took place in the woods, the venue was unique in its elegance.  The lodge that we used as a prep room looked very cozy and had modern amenities with a touch of romantic style, which I thought was very cool.  




Since Sheena was very pleasant and easygoing on the day of her trial, I knew working with her on the day of the wedding was going to be fun.  This also helped make the preparation process so smooth.  For Sheena's makeup, we chose a soft natural style, which was very appropriate for the relaxed yet elegant occasion. 







Hair credit: Jenn Macek

www.jenmconway.com (603) 534-5935

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Black and White Wedding Photography

Black and white photography is timeless. It is classic, elegant, and simple.  This is likely hwy black-and-white photography is preferred for documenting expressive moments.  People can focus right on the heart of your photo, the love in your eyes, without being distracted by lots of colors. The less colors your eyes have to process, the crisper an image is to grip.  This is why a lot of engagement and bridal photos are done in a flawless black and white scheme. I love the look of timeless black and white photography, especially when it comes to wedding photos. But keep in mind, your makeup should be done by a professional artist who knows how to give you lots contrast while maintain natural look.

If you choose to go with black and white photography for your wedding, some tips your makeup artist might consider are:
-Using light around eyes and on cheek bones to enhance or highlight your features.
-Contouring under cheek bones and jawlines for definition and contrast.
-Using plenty of powder to reduce excessive shine in the photos.
-Avoiding dark red lipstick in black and white photos. It can sometimes show up black if the shade is too dark.
-Lining your eyes to make sure they stand out.
-Darkening and shaping eyebrows so they don’t disappear in the photos..




Black-and-white wedding photography brings the subject of the photo into focus. It can capture the most innocent and real, raw moments such as kisses, the innocence in children’s eyes, and the way the bride and groom look at each other during the exchanging of rings.  Oftentimes, photographers will zoom in on what they want to focus on, and blur out the background in a soft black and white way, focusing directly on the bride, groom, or whatever the subject of the photo may be.
Black-and-white photos can also play a part in masking small imperfections and blemishes, as the tones cannot pick up on the red, blotchy tones the skin may have.  This isn’t to say you should never use color photos, because color photography is perfect for capturing the hues of the flowers, the deep tones on your lips, the shimmering of the dresses.  It’s a good idea to have your wedding photographer play with different types of color schemes.

Also, don’t forget that black and white photos tend to last longer than color.  They don’t seem to fade as quickly, preserving your special moments for lots of years to come.  This ensures you can pass your moments on and share these photos as your family grows.
Don’t forget to book a consultation with your makeup artist before your big day, and make sure you let her know if you are choosing to go with black and white photography.  You can work together to create a beautiful and elegant look that will create stunning and timeless photos like the ones above, captured from brides I have had the honor of working with.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Keeping it Real: Be Prepared on the Day of the Wedding!

As a makeup artist, I have witnessed many brides and their last minute "to-do" list.  It has certainly given me a lot of knowledge and information that I am able to pass on to brides as they prepare for their big day.  So, here's my list of tips... I hope it helps!

Eyebrows and extra hair
Make sure your eyebrows are professionally cleaned before the big day! If you have sensitive skin, make sure it’s done a few days before the wedding, in case you have any post redness or irritations.  It’s important to give your skin some recovery time in case you get any post irritation.  Remember, eyebrows frame the face!



Don’t forget to get rid of chin hair, mustache hairs, and peach fuzz.  You want to avoid your makeup sitting on top of small hairs because it tends to show on HD photography.

Keep it smooth! Get rid of the excess dead skin

Let’s face it, some of us do a better job than others at taking care of our skin, and some are just blessed with great skin.  Nevertheless, you should do some prepping before the big day.
Please make sure that you exfoliate your skin so your face feels and looks smooth, and the makeup doesn’t sit on top of those extra unnecessary layers.  Spend a little extra time exfoliating the corners of your nose, since dead skin tends to accumulate in that area.  You might have to do this a few times a week during a period four to six weeks because it takes time to see the difference on your skin.  

Nowadays, they sell some great drugstore exfoliators, or if you have a little extra money, they now have some electric ones.  My favorite is the Sonicare Mia!



With all the commotions of the wedding, the hot weather, and the dancing, you’ll probably sweat.  

When you sweat:

Do not rub the sweat from your face.  Blot, blot, blot girl!  Blotting will avoid your makeup from disappearing or shifting.

Buy some blotting paper, and use it absorb excess oil throughout the duration of the wedding if you find yourself shining or sweating.  Tissue would be just fine to blot the sweat from your face after dancing.

Lip touch ups
Unless you hired a makeup artist who will stay with you for hours, you will probably need to give yourself a few lip touch ups throughout the duration of your wedding.  After the ceremony, the cameras are still rolling, and you can’t afford to forget to make sure your lip color is still there.   Don’t forget to carry a lipstick, or at least a lip gloss, and apply it once in a while so your lips are never bare.  When you look back at your pictures ten, twenty, thirty years later, you look fabulous in all of them.



Getting the Prep room ready

Weather you’re getting ready at a hotel, the venue, or someone’s home, it is very important that you keep the following factors into consideration before getting ready.

Lighting   It is extremely important-  The room with lots of windows is ideal for makeup, so if it’s possible, please make sure the makeup is being done close to the windows even if there isn’t a lot of sunlight.



Temperature control
With curling irons and blow dryers going in the same place as makeup, the room can get warm really fast.   It is highly recommended that the bridal party gets ready in a room where the temperature can be controlled.

At home:

It is of extreme importance that during the hot summer months that the prep room is air conditioned.  It’s can be unpleasant to sweat while you’re getting ready.  Your curls may drop, and your makeup may disappear a little faster.  Moreover, it can be very uncomfortable for your makeup artist and hairstylist to work under those conditions.  

I hope all of these tips help to make your special day as smooth and exciting as possible!

photos: via google image

Friday, October 23, 2015

African American Makeup : A Garden Wedding

Meet Lorlette… a beautiful bride who selected her own makeup look. After discussing options with her at her makeup trial, Lorlette decided to go with her own unique ideas, and it turned out to be an impeccable look for her big day. 




One thing Lorlette was certain of was that she wanted her lips to stand out. Since her lips are one of her best features, we chose one of Lorlette’s most favored red lipsticks, by a brand that she really likes, “Tom Ford.”  Her lips added just the right finishing touch causing heads to turn all day.



Not only was the bride striking, the location and atmosphere of this garden wedding was breathtaking. A view mixed with sunflowers, mountain tops, a dancefloor full of love and cheer, topped with the right weather, made a perfect recipe for gorgeous photos and memories to be made.

As you can read on the photographer’s blog (breamcdonald.com), Lorlette’s Jamaican traditions were intertwined into her wedding day, with a display of rum punch and wedding cake favors. It was a very nice touch to add some of Lorlett’s own unique heritage into her special day as two families became one.

It was such a pleasure working with both Lorlette and her bridal party --what a special celebration it was!



Credits:

Hair Stylist:
Caroline Hill
Sauni388@gmail.com
phone:(617) 947-3688

Photography
Brea McDonald
brea@breamcdonald.com
phone: (207) 361-4806