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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.

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! 

Vueset Tahiti Palette Review
Vueset Tahiti Palette

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

Newport Beach Photo Shoot with Model Ali - Summer Makeup and Hair

Ali is a local OC model that I recently worked with to take some really fun beach photos. This was my first time taking photos myself on the beach, so it was definitely a learning experience! There was a lot of climbing rocks and rolling around in the sand, which Ali graciously went along with, and by the end we were cold and covered in wet sand, but oh-so happy!

Makeup - bronze, copper, gold

These colors are universally flattering on all skin, hair, and eye colors, and I especially love them for summer! Easy to pair with a bright lip, or a soft pink/nude like we did for this shoot. 

One of my favorite palettes for these copper and gold tones is the Sleek Sunset Palette. Super affordable and AMAZING quality! I'm telling you, these perform just as well as some of the pricier brands. 

To get that gorgeous glow on her skin, I used Becca's Champagne Pop on the high points of the face. To blur pores and to even out the bronzer, blush, and highlight, I used Graftobian HD dual finish powders. I LOVE these powders for their build-able (yet not cakey) coverage and smooth application. 

For her hair, I curled it first, then pulled it up into this pony using a pull through braid technique. Once we let down her hair, the curls held just enough to create that perfectly textured beach hair. 

Keep an eye out for my next post like this coming soon!

 

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!

Before & After Makeup Transformations

Before and after makeup transformations by Veronica Fensel | Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist | Los Angeles | Orange County | San Diego County