bridal makeup artist

Lindsey's Temecula Winery Wedding

I am always so excited when I get to see the professional photos of my brides! Lindsey was a GORGEOUS sweet heart of a bride, which made my job all the more rewarding.

Lindsey and Jason. How cute are these two??

Lindsey and Jason. How cute are these two??

Bridal Makeup & Hair

For Lindsey's makeup, we went with a warm smokey eye paired with a neutral brown lip. The foundation was airbrushed on with Temptu S/B makeup. I loove how natural and yet flawless this foundation looked on her skin!! For her highlight and contour, I used my beloved Viseart palette. 

 

My Viseart palette when it was brand new. On Lindsey I used the top two highlight and top two contour shades.

My Viseart palette when it was brand new. On Lindsey I used the top two highlight and top two contour shades.

For her hair, I created a low updo with loose textured curls and a dutch braid to one side.

Some more pictures from her wedding...

Country Bride | Giracci Vineyards and Farms | Orange County Makeup Artist

I am so lucky to have the most amazing brides as clients! Lisa was a sweetheart the first day I met her at her trial. She was also taking her engagement photos that day. Using your engagement photos as a bridal trial is a great way to test how the makeup photographs. After the trial, we discussed subtle changes to enhance her look to stand out more on camera, while still looking natural. 

Photo by Eli Murray. Hair and Makeup by Veronica Fensel

 

On the wedding day, I airbrushed her foundation, bronzer, and contour with Kett Hydro airbrush makeup. Lisa told me that it held up even after her crying most of the ceremony! For her hair, we added extensions and created a half up style with curls. I am in love with how everything turned out! She was such a beautiful bride, and I'm so grateful for my part in her wedding. 

Photos were taken by Eli Murray at the Giracci Vineyards and Farms.

San Diego Wedding Makeup Artist

I am so excited to share these photos from Phoenicia's wedding in San Diego! 

I first met Phoenicia when I did her makeup for her boudoir photos. This gave me a chance to learn what works best on her skin and for her face shape. She wanted BOLD makeup that would pop in photos. I loved her vision, and I'm so pleased with how it turned out!

For the wedding day, I used Kett Cosmetics Fixx Creme foundation and corrector to conceal, highlight, and contour her face. This formula is waterproof and long lasting.  I also used this makeup on her mother, who wanted natural skin but defined eyes. 

Photos are by Ima Foto

Makeovers at Beauty & Bellini's - Newport Beach, CA

Beauty & Bellini's

What an amazing day I had at the Southern California Blogger event hosted by Facialworks in Newport Beach!! Makeup, Hair styling, Massages, Spray Tans, Facials, and Bellini's - does it get any better?? 

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For those in Orange County, the Facialworks facial bar is the perfect way to give your skin a quick pick me up! Sit down at the facial bar and hang out with your friends while you get the refreshing oxygen treatment. Trust me, you will never want to leave!

For the complete pampered experience, I was on site giving makeovers to the ladies after their facials. They were all SO sweet, which made the experience all the more rewarding for me!! 

Spray Tans by SunlessRaeTan

Catering by Mendocino Farms

Hair Styling by Blown Away

Massages by ET Chiropractic

Glam Bridal Makeup & Hair in Torrance, CA | Los Angeles Makeup Artist & Hairstylist

Bridal Spotlight

I am in love with this makeup and hair look I created with my beautiful bride, Rosemary! I say with, because it is a collaborative process with my brides to make them look exactly the way they want! She was such a sweetie; I really enjoyed getting to know her the months leading up to her wedding.

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When Rosemary and I met for her bridal trial, she knew exactly the type of look she was going for: voluminous curls, and brown smokey eye with nude lips. To get a flawless finish to her skin, I used waterproof creme makeup with a thin layer of airbrush foundation on top.

An essential part of every trial is to take photos of the completed look! This is so important because it allows both the bride and me to see how the makeup photographs, and it gives me  the opportunity to really study the photos to make any improvements for the wedding day. We made a few adjustments for her wedding day, including adding some flowers to one side of her hair. 

I can't get over how glamorous and GORGEOUS Rosie looked with her completed look in her wedding dress. I got this message from her the next day:

I love how my makeup looked so natural and so beautiful thank you so much!!

Congrats again to Rosemary and Sal!!

Photos by Leslie Gitchell Photography.

Vueset Palette Review

Vueset Tahiti Palette - Makeup Artist Tools!

I don't know about you, but I LOVE looking at other artist's kits and especially how they organize said kits ;)

I just recently purchased the Vueset Tahiti Palette from Camera Ready Cosmetics. Vueset offers several different options of empty acrylic palettes that are designed for makeup artists and hair stylists. These little containers are stack-able and perfect for condensing your makeup kit! As a professional whose makeup kit sees a lot of travel and wear, I am always looking for the best way to simplify and lighten my load. 

I'd seen Vueset containers for some time now, and since my Makeup Forever Palette that was storing my Kett foundations has finally given way, I decided to make the switch to Vueset. 

I just bought the Tahiti palette as a test for now, but I am loving it so much I am going to go back and buy some more! Looking at the palette it doesn't seem like it would hold that much - but surprisingly each well holds a full 7 grams of product! That's more than enough room for your average lipstick, and perfect for my Kett Fixx creme refill pans.

You can see that the Tahiti palette has spaces for 24 different colors. The palette is very sturdy and snaps tightly closed. I know some artists have successfully use these palettes to store their loose pigments and even cream shadows/liners, so you know its got to be air-tight!

My Rating: 5/5! 

Vueset Tahiti Palette Review
Vueset Tahiti Palette

Vueset Tahiti Palette

Waterproof Makeup - Rania's Bridal Makeup

I am loving these pictures from Rania's wedding! She is such a beautiful and sweet person, I am so glad to have been her makeup artist. Rania and I had spent quite a bit of time at her trial trying on several different eye looks and took pictures of each look so she could decide which one suited her best.

Rania's Wedding Makeup:

We settled on a look that highlighted her lid with a soft sparkling white color. I smoked out the crease and lower lash line with muted purple tones to further emphasize her eye shape. For extra drama, I lined her eyes with black waterproof gel liner and stacked two false lashes on top of her own. 

For her foundation, I airbrushed waterproof makeup, Kett Hydro Proof.  I used different airbrush colors to highlight and contour her face. For blush, I used Kett's waterproof creme blush - I am in love with their creme blushes! I used MAC's soft & gentle to add some glow to her cheeks, and on the lips I filled in the lip entirely with Rimmel's thousand kisses lip liner (long lasting) and put some MAC lipstick in creme cup on the center to add a little highlight.

I stayed the majority of the wedding to be on hand for hair and makeup touchups (hair originally styled by Abby Kawaja). It was a beautiful wedding that took place in an elegant wedding venue that went perfectly with Rania's hair, makeup, and dress! 

Beauty Photography

One of my personal projects I have been working has been to learn and practice beauty and head shot photography. I have picked up a lot from working with photographers and even getting some one on one help with the post production of an image. Aside from that, there is so much information available online to learn just about anything. 

I thought I would make a post sharing some of my favorites from my recent mini photo shoot sessions. All makeup, hair, photos, editing was done by me. I love the entire process that results in the final image, and I find that improving one of these skills helps give me insight about another. As always, I will continue to learn and grow and maybe my next post like this will show marked improvements. For now, enjoy these photos!

Model credit (in order): Sunny Yoon, Sarah Calle, Nicole Poyraz, Brittany Binder

Bridal Party Makeup

Wedding makeup for Mother of the Groom and family.

Here are some photos from my last wedding I worked on in Texas, right before leaving for California! I did the makeup for all of the ladies in the photos, and hair was done by Erica Marni Edwards (based out of Houston). 

Some of them chose to have their makeup airbrushed, while others did not. I love working with both traditional and airbrush makeup and can achieve similar results with both. Some people don't like the experience of feeling air blowing on their face, while others find it refreshing.  If you are a bride wondering which way to go, a bridal trial is a good way to test both out. 

Enjoy the rest of the photos! Photos taken by Amanda Freeman Photography. 


Host a Makeup Workshop for you and your friends!

3 hour hands on makeup workshops throughout Southern California! 

Below are some photos from my recent workshop in Houston. I had a great time teaching my Houston clients all of my tips and tricks I use as a makeup artist. I was lucky enough to have Luxe MedSpa provide the space for me. Photos were taken by Digital Icon Photography.

The kits for the class are available for purchase at Camera Ready Cosmetics, which is where I buy the majority of professional makeup for my kit. (Must be a student of mine for kit) 

 

Products featured in the demo/workshop:

La Femme Blushes - super pigmented, lots of color options, and at a great value!

Mehron Celebre Pro HD Foundation - highly pigmented cream foundation that also doubles as a concealer. Oil free and blends like a dream.

Yaby Corrector - known for their small compact size, Yaby's products are not only space efficient but super pigmented. The apricot corrector was my most used one for light to medium skin tones to correct under eye darkness.

Ben Nye Neutral Set Powder - a colorless powder that works on any skin tone to set makeup for longevity and shine free skin. 

Graftobian HiLite/Contour Palette (Also RCMA highlight/contour palette) - Both of these palettes feature perfect contouring shades (cool toned) and peach and yellow highlight colors.

Z-Palettes - these palettes are perfect for traveling or just space efficient organization of your makeup! All of the palette products magnetically adhere to palette.

 

Topics Covered in the workshop:

  • Contouring and Highlighting for your specific face shape

  • Eye makeup for your eye shape and color

  • How to make your makeup super long lasting

  • HD friendly, non cakey full coverage makeup

  • Natural to dramatic looks

  • How to apply lashes

Students who attend a workshop of mine get a special deal on the kit at Camera Ready Cosmetics.  Contact me about hosting a workshop for you and your friends! Hosts get a discounted rate for the workshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Outdoor Wedding in Victoria, TX

Makeup for Outdoor Wedding

I had the pleasure a few months back of doing makeup for Brandi and her bridal party. Everyone requested airbrush makeup. The wonderful thing about airbrush makeup is that you can achieve a super sheer to an absolutely full coverage face without ever looking or feeling like there is a thick layer of makeup sitting on your skin. The airbrush makeup I use is Kett Hydro foundation, which produces a natural matte finish to the skin. For those who prefer a dewier finish, I use an additional spray to give the skin a nice sheen. The setting for Brandi's wedding was absolutely gorgeous, and took place in Victoria, TX. Photos by Studio Eleven.

Pin up style Makeup and Hair for Engagement Photos! - Orange County Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist

Pin up Makeup & Hair

I absolutely love Brittany's idea to do the classic pin up makeup and hair look for her engagement photo session. The key features for this makeup look are a bold eyeliner, a bright red lip, bold and defined brows, and rosy cheeks! For her hair, she chose victory rolls with curls for a really bombshell look. I must say, Brittany wears pin up very well! Photos were taken by Cherry Bones Photography.

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Andie's Wedding in Hunstville, TX

Bridal Makeup - Red Lips

One of my sweetest clients, Andie, got married in Hunstville this summer. Even though I work primarily out of Houston and Spring, I will frequently travel out of town for weddings! For Andie's makeup I applied a thin layer of Kett Fix creme foundation, which is completely water proof - meaning no tear streaks! For her under eye concealer, I used MAC prolongwear concealer. I love this concealer because holds up well in heat and humidity. On her lips I used one of my favorite red lipsticks from Revlon. Bright lips bring so much color and life to the face, and look absolutely beautiful in photos!

A tip for making your bright colored lip last long, even if you aren't using a long lasting stain, is to fill in your entire lip with a similar colored lip liner then blot with a tissue. Apply the lipstick on top, and even if the lipstick eventually wears off, your lip liner will remain!

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Natural Bridal Makeup Looks

Natural Bridal Beauty

Soft warm tones in the eyes, lips, and blush are great for bohemian brides.

For those who want a softer look that is still elegant, stick to neutral colors on the eyes and lips, and add some soft feathery false lashes.

Beautiful Bride - Brittney's Wedding in Houston, TX

Here are the pictures from my bride, Brittney's, wedding in Houston, TX. Her beautiful photos were taken by Ama by Aisha.  Brittney was such a sweet bride with the most gorgeous green eyes! For her makeup, I used Kett Hydro Airbrush foundation to create a flawless base that doesn't look thick or heavy. I also used the airbrush to subtly emphasize the contours of her face.  For her eyes I did a very classic and timeless look that has just the right amount of drama to bring out the beautiful color in her eyes. Enjoy the pictures!

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