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 (, 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!


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Asian Makeup: Rosy Pink

Last May, I had the pleasure of working with Joann Kim and her bridal party, and of course it was a delight to work with her. Like most brides, she wanted a soft natural look. This look can be easily achieved with the right amount of makeup yet still maintaining a natural appearance.

I decided to give her eyes a neutral look with rosy pink lips and it was a perfect combination. She recently sent me these photos.  It always makes me happy when I get feedback from brides who look back and love their photos!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Make Up for Mature Women :: Massachusetts' Best!

In my years of doing makeup, I’ve come across a lot of older women who are very skeptical about wearing a full face of makeup.

Some women are timid because they think that all makeup, including the application is "cakey", like it was many years ago.  Of course makeup has evolved drastically over the years, so it is possible these days to make a big difference with little makeup.  It's exciting to show how a little makeup can surely go a long way!

Some women have never worn any makeup, so it’s very difficult to imagine themselves any different than they have been all their lives. This is completely understandable, but it can be so fun to show them how I can enhance their look for an elegant event such as a wedding.

In order to build some trust when I have to work with older women, I sometimes have to spend a little time convincing them that makeup can be a very important detail for their children’s wedding, especially since they will be photographed so much!

With a little explanation, and of course a makeup trial, I always make sure to build the trust that women need to feel confident and beautiful on the big day!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

New England's Best African American Makeup!

I was excited to be part of Nicole’s special day last Fall...

When she came in for her makeup trial, she told me that she was leaving everything up to me, and that she was open to trying a bright lip color. This was very exciting for me to create a special look for Nicole.

Her wedding was in the late afternoon/early evening, so I decided to give her a red lip, which can be very flattering on brown beauties.

While most brides still opt for the natural look, a bold color is always an option that can be very flattering.   

I just love how Nicole’s photos looked in color, as well as in black and white.


Photographer Credit: Erica Ferrone

I was also part of Patrice’s wedding on August 15, 2015.  She was a conservative bride who also gave me the freedom to create a look for her, but she wanted to do a natural look. I love having the ability to create a look expressly unique to each bride. Both Patrice and her mom looked stunning!

Such beautiful days for a beautiful weddings!

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Bridal Party :: Why Their Appearance is Important

When you’re chosen to be part of a bridal party, it’s unquestionably an honor. This means that the bride wants you standing next to her on quite possibly the biggest day of her life – and while she wants to feel like the most beautiful woman on earth, she wants the women at her side to feel and look just as beautiful. 

Some bridesmaids can get a little worried by this when it comes to their own appearance. They want to look exceptional, but they don’t want to outshine the maid of honor – who doesn’t want to outshine the bride. This is understandable, but on a wedding day, no one can really take away from the gorgeous glow of the wife-to-be! It’s essential for everyone in the bridal party to look elegant and feel their best, so that everyone can enjoy this special day together.

This is why I always stress the importance of a makeup consult with your makeup artist before the wedding. During a consult, everyone involved can get a feel for how they will look on the day of the wedding. If the bride feels like she wants an extra touch of something special to stand out from the bridesmaids, then she can let the artist know beforehand to reduce any last minute stress. When everyone is working together, things run smoother and everyone is stress-free. This alone can help create healthier, more radiant skin for the whole bridal party!

As you can see from the photos, the bride and her bridal party can all have their own individual makeup look while not taking the shine away from anyone. I was lucky to give all of these gorgeous girls their own unique look!