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Getting ready for 2019 Brides!!

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This year was my second year being listed on The Knot and my second year receiving the Knot Best of Weddings! I am so grateful to everyone who took the time to leave me a review. I know when I am shopping around for ANYTHING I go to the reviews first. This is super helpful for me as a vendor and for prospective brides wanting to get other’s opinions.

Some of my 2018 brides and bridal parties..


I love looking back at the pictures and reliving all the glam and the many sweet moments. I am so lucky to work with such beautiful and warm people. Thank you thank you!

New things in 2019

2019 is going to be a busy wedding season and I can’t wait! I will be adding some new artists to the team to prepare for the larger bridal parties. I have very high standards so I make sure to bring only the best artists to help.

I am also going to be offering hair accessories available to purchase for the wedding day. I am currently adding to my collection so there will be plenty of options!

As always, I am continuing education and practicing new styles and techniques so that I can be at the top of my game. I am constantly playing with new products too to make sure that my kit is comprised of only the best performing products.

Looking forward to the many new faces of 2019. Happy holidays everyone!

Makeup for Engagement Photos using Kett Hydro Airbrush

Hey everyone! I thought I would start going into more detail here on my blog about some of the makeovers I post on instagram.

The beautiful woman pictured below was my client for an engagement shoot. I used the Temptu Air as a compressor/gun to spray on the Kett Hydro (water based) foundation. I am in love with the Temptu Air! If you haven't heard of it, and you are someone who regularly has to travel with airbrush I highly recommend it!! (Will be posting a review on Youtube/ this blog about Temptu Air). Anyway, I love how it turned out. Product details below.

  • Kett Hydro foundation
  • Tarte creaseless concealer
  • RCMA no color powder
  • Ben Nye Banana powder
  • Tarte blush "Culture" 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow wiz Medium brown
  • NYX brow gel
  • Makeup geek "Cocoa Bear" "Corrupt"
  • ABH Modern Renaissance palette "Ochre", "Primavera"
  • Kryolan Glamour Sparks
  • Maybelline black gel liner
  • 747M lashes
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector "Champagne Pop"
  • The Balm Meet Matt(e) Liquid Lip "Committed"

That's it for makeup! For hair I used a 1.5 in barrel to create some volume then set it with Sebastian Shaper Spray! 

 

 

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.

Laguna Beach & Huntington Beach Wedding - Lillia and Will

I'm so excited to share Lillia and Will's beautiful wedding pictures by Lokitm Photography.  Their wedding was divided into two separate days with the ceremony held in the gorgeous Laguna Beach, and the reception in Huntington Beach! Lucky me, I got to get her ready twice!! 

I used Kett hydro airbrush on Lillia for even, long lasting coverage. I brought out her eyes with matte, warm brown eyeshadows and lashes for a little drama while keeping it soft. 

Also, can I just say I LOVE her tea length dress. It pairs perfectly with the shoes and the charming backdrop!

 

Thank you Lillia for choosing me as your wedding makeup and hair artist. I am so honored and happy to have met you!

 

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

Outdoor Wedding in Nestldown Los Gatos - Bay Area Makeup & Hair

Esther & Tyler 

I am SO honored to have been a part of this special and absolutely beautiful celebration of Esther and Tyler. Esther is my sister in law, and she and Tyler have been a part of our family for years. Not only was I asked to be a bridesmaid, but I was in charge of hair and makeup for the majority of our bridal party! I had an amazing day from the morning getting them ready, to the partying afterwards! 

Photos by Majesta Patterson

The wedding took place in the most romantic setting in the woods of Los Gatos, CA. The ceremony was truly magical! Music played throughout the trees as we watched Esther descend the steps to meet Tyler, her dress glittering in the light with every step. Between Esther and Tyler, and the guests who all clearly love them so much, the tears were almost non stop! WATERPROOF makeup is a must in these situations!

Wedding Makeup & Hair

For Esther's bridal makeup, I used my trusty Kett Fixx Creme foundations, correctors, and blushes to create a long lasting, waterproof finish. Esther loves neutrals and earth tones, and prefers a very natural hair and makeup look. I used my Viseart matte neutral eyeshadow palette to add subtle depth to her eyes. I then applied a thin layer of waterproof black gel eyeliner to the upper lash line and smoked it out for a softer look. For her lashes, we opted for some individual lashes, focusing mostly on the outer corners to give a subtle, cat-eye like lift. For her hairstyle, we created long lasting loose waves by setting them ahead of time. 

Once the look was complete and she put on her dress, I had to stand back in awe! She was such a stunning bride!!

 

Venue: Nestldown

Photographer: Majesta Patterson

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! 

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Vueset Tahiti Palette

Makeover and photo shoot in Orange County with model Jhoanne

Last fall I moved back to Orange County from Texas after being away for six years. The weather is so refreshing and the beautiful scenery is endless, which makes me want to be outside all the time! I met recently with model Jhoanne (also from Orange County) to do an outdoor photo shoot right in my corner of Laguna Hills. The natural setting makes for a great backdrop to the photos. 

Makeup - Earth Tones

Jhoanne is obviously gorgeous and I can't get enough of her smile!! For her eye makeup, I used some Yaby pearl paints and eyeshadows in green, gold, and warm brown colors to go along with the surrounding earth tones. I applied some extra long lashes to really lift and open the eyes. For her blush and lips I chose fairly natural colors - Rimmel nude lipliner with a little Mac creme cup lipstick in the center, and Mac Melba blush on the cheeks. To create a soft glow on the cheeks, I added Becca's highlighter in Champagne Pop

BOLD Dark Blue Eyeshadow - Makeup and Photography by Veronica

In my spare time I have been working on improving my photography skills. Here are some photos from a recent session with this lovely model Seinne. Like me, she also an OC local!

I wanted to try a look that was new for her, so we went with this dramatic dark blue/purple smoked out eyeshadow with a little sparkle. I placed individual lashes for a "less fake" but FULL fringe. Her skin was pretty flawless to begin with; I just helped to bring out her skin to a smooth, almost buttery finish using my favorite Kett Fixx creme correctors and foundations. The glow on her cheeks was achieved using MAC soft n gentle. To get that super shiny lip, I mixed some Mehron metallic gold powder with OCC clear lip tar.

 

 

I hope you enjoy the photos! Will be posting more from recent shoots soon!

Bridal Makeup Artist - Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles

Bridal Makeup

I love doing bridal makeup! Making the bride feel her most beautiful and confident on a day she will always remember is so important to me. I get to witness and be a part of those precious moments before the bride is about to walk down the aisle, surrounded by her family and closest friends.  

The photos below are from one of my beautiful brides, Bree.  She had done a bridal trial before her wedding, so she was able to test out the makeup look. By the time her wedding day arrived, she had decided to change the eye shadow colors slightly to include more purple tones (which brought her eye color out even more!) 

CLICK HERE to see reviews from my former brides!

GET A QUOTE for you and your bridal party!

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 Makeup - Blush Tones - Orange County Makeup Artist

Bridal Glam 

Here are the photos from one of my lovely brides, Beatriz! For Beatriz's bridal makeup, she wanted to incorporate the rose pink colors of her bouquet into her makeup.

We decided to go with soft, rose toned neutral colors on the lid, lightly smoked out so there are no harsh lines, and pair it with a rose colored lip. I added medium feathery lashes to make her eyes really stand out.

For her foundation, I used Mehron's HD celebre pro HD cream foundation. We had a bridal trial previously, so I knew what she wanted ahead of time, and there were no surprises on her wedding day!

I also did the makeup for the rest of her bridal party and family. Hair was styled by Erica Marni Edwards. Enjoy the photos!

 

Congrats again Beatriz! You were such a lovely bride, thanks so much for including me in your special day :)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elegant Bridal Makeup and Hair - Nikki's wedding in Houston

Nikki was a beautiful and kind bride I was lucky enough to work on. The wedding day prep went very smoothly due in part to us having a bridal trial previously.  For brides like Nikki who aren't used to wearing makeup, a bridal trial ahead of time allows the bride to get comfortable with the way she looks and feels wearing makeup.  Even just filling in eyebrows and covering up dark under eye circles can be a shock to someone who is not used to looking that way. It is also a good time to test out wearing false lashes, which can be a bit of an adjustment when its new. As a makeup artist, a bridal trial is helpful for a couple of reasons. It allows me time to look at the trial pictures and really evaluate what worked and what could be enhanced, adjusted, etc. I also keep a detailed list of what products and techniques were used in the trial and any changes we may decide to make so that both the bride and I can feel confident that the result will be exactly what she wants.

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For Nikki's makeup, I used Kett Hydro airbrush makeup to apply her foundation and subtle contours. This foundation is just excellent for on and off camera. It provides a natural transfer-proof finish, yet it can cover up blemishes, scars, and tattoos easily. Under her eyes I used my foolproof MAC Pro Longwear concealer. This stuff is long lasting, full coverage, and does not settle into creases. She chose to wear a pair of soft feathery lashes to bring out her eyes without being too dramatic, and I think they did just that. For her hair, she chose to keep her hair off her shoulders and paired with a birdcage veil for an elegant look that I think ties in so well with her venue and dress.

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Hugo V workshop in Houston, TX

I had a great time participating in a photography workshop held by Hugo V at our studio in Houston, TX. It was a two day event and photographers flew from across the continent to learn from Hugo himself. The event was hosted by my friend and creative partner, Rapheal from Digital Icon.  I did the makeup and hair for the models both days. Here are some of the finished results. I love seeing the different styles of the photographers!

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Hugo V Photography
Toxic Lace Photography
Toxic Lace Photography
White Moth Photography

If you would like to follow any of the models click the links below to see their pages!

Jessica Rabbit

Holly Savage

Ashley Boston

Engagement Photo Makeup and Hair - Bridal Makeup Artist Orange County

Do you need a bridal trial?

Sometimes I get asked this question, and my answer will always be, no you don't need one (I feel confident that I can make you look amazing no matter what), but I recommend one for the best possible experience. Not only is it a good way for the bride to feel confident about her makeup/hair leading up to the big day, but it allows me as the artist to analyze what worked and what could be improved. I really do take my time and thoroughly plan and prepare how to make each bride look the best she possibly can. 

When your planning every detail of your wedding, why leave the makeup out? Especially if you aren't used to wearing makeup, having a bridal trial is a great way to see what makeup you're comfortable with. My client, Ria, chose to have her engagement photo session serve as a bridal trial. She was not accustomed to wearing much makeup, but wanted some bold colors for her photos. Even though she wanted some of the colors to be different for her wedding day, we were able to establish the foundation to her look such as complexion, eyebrows, and face contours. These are all details you may not think of if you aren't a regular makeup wearer, but are essential to creating that flawless face. For her hair, we pulled it all up into a simple updo with curls.

She ended up with exactly what she wanted and I think she looked beautiful! Enjoy the pictures!

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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