Today we are featuring some photos we did with Carina Romano. Our lovely model Melissa was a perfect face for a classic red lip that complimented this cute red dress I found at Ceuntry 21. We wanted this shoot to be fresh, cute and breezy and I believe that we accomplished it pretty well!
I used KohGenDo Aqua Foundation to create a flawless canvas for the bright lip. That is my biggest tip for you if you are trying to pull of a red or any bright tone on your lips. You have to conceal all redness in your face. You will be amazed with the difference! Try it!
On the eyes I used Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Pen - really my favorite for a precise and defined liner.
This Grecian inspired collection fresh from Paris is full of rich detailing that any queen would envy and still whimsical, feminine and a bit seductive. Think chiffon, gold print, velvet and embroidered butterflies.
Makeup done by the legendary Pat McGrath was kept clean and fresh with peachy accents on eyes and lips.The skin has a glow from within quality with satin finish thats both classic and modern.
Hair styled by Gudio Palau was parted in the middle, sleeked and swept to the back; accented by custom snake headpiece by Harumi Klossowski.
And look who I spotted in the show!! Our Julia Fleming :) We just did a shoot with her this past Fall!
Photos courtesy of syle.com
Dark, moody and mysterious winter shoot featuring the most amazing black bridal gown "Black Swan" by Claire LaFaye from Lovely Bride Philadelphia.
Last year with had the pleasure of doing makeup and hair for Jenna. Her early spring wedding took place at Vie and her and the bridal party were getting ready at the Le Meridien in Philadelphia. Jenna was definitely a very glamorous bride and she had a vision of a modern yet classic look that we always love. She wanted a smooth vintage style on her hair and a very Hollywood makeup with a pop of fuchsia lip color. I think this look fit her perfectly!
Words can not express how excited I am to share the images from this portion of the shoot we did last fall with Love Me Do Photography and Lovely Bride Philadelphia! They are just gorgeous!!!!
I almost can't breathe when I look at them and I hope they take your breath away as well!
October is my absolute favorite month for weddings in Philadelphia area! The weather, light and colors are just prefect. And so was our stunning bride Alishia!
She and her bridal party were getting ready on this beautiful October morning in the lovely Hotel Monaco in Old City Philadelphia. We love doing makeup and hair in this hotel as they have just wonderful natural light coming in through their large windows.
Alisha and her friends and family were so much fun to work with! The bride was relaxed and glowing and even though there was some rain it did not stop them from getting the most gorgeous photos!!!
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
What is countering? Do we all really need this in everyday application or is it something that we should save for special events only?
Thanks to the Kardashians and Instagram’s “makeup artists” everyone now asks to be “contoured”. Many makeup brands have come up with new contouring products and palettes with step-by-step instructions on how to get a slimmer nose and higher cheekbones.
With all the overwhelming information many of our clients are left quite confused and discouraged, also many never learn the proper techniques by trying to follow tips of “wanna-be” You Tube makeup artists who can really only do one kind of makeup – on themselves in very controlled environment (their bedroom).
The fact is that contouring techniques have existed and have been used by professional makeup artists for many, many years. All the Old Hollywood movie starts and classic actresses were contoured; anchors on news channels and live stage performers. Contouring was developed to add shape to a face, correct it and to add dimension in a strong light environment and on camera.
Many of us makeup artist have also have been using this technique for our bridal and special event clients; again to shape, lift and add dimension to their faces as they are photographed. With that being said we now see more and more women who heavily contour their faces even when they just go to a grocery store….
The purpose of contouring is to create a “natural” shadow on the face which will define or shape the features.
Be careful when choosing the product to contour with - many contouring products are the wrong shade! The color should be similar to your natural shadow. Take a look at yourself in the mirror without any makeup; what is the shade you see around your eyes, under your chin? This is the shade you should use to contour. With exception of East Indian or Black skin tones with a lot of warm undertones, most of us will be looking for a shade closer to a grey tone. I find that many of the contouring palettes are extremely warm toned! I also don’t recommend using a bronzer for contouring for the same reasons. You simply want to create a natural looking shadow on your face.
Some of my favorite contouring products include
For creams: Smashbox
For Powder: Charlotte Tilbury
When using a powdered contouring product use the lightest touch possible, I love a fan brush for that.
With cream products blend, blend and once more blend. You should not be able to see any harsh lines and again less is more.
In my opinion we really don’t need all of this for everyday makeup, you can get a great result with just a touch of bronzer and blush to give your face some dimension and life and leave the contouring for special occasions.
I am always a fan of natural, glowing faces!
I am so in love with this shoot we did in Old City few weeks ago. Our beautiful model Julia and the impeccable dresses from Lovely Bride photographed so stunningly!
We were so excited to finally receive images from out July 2015 bride Kimberly. Kim and JJ had their ceremony and reception at Front and Palmer. Photography is by Love Me Do and planning and design by Confetti & Co.
Flowers by Sullivan Owen
When the location and team of wedding professionals in so amazing, the results will be nothing short of incredible!!!
I was so much fun working with Rachel Platten today again. Rachel had an appearance and performed on the Today Show.
Later we headed to the Sony Music Headquaters and filmed several interviews. Such a fun day with this lovely lady!
It was so much fun working with Rachel Platten today again for the appearance on ABC's The View! Rachel once again amazed everyone with her performance of The Fight Song.
Makeup by Aleksandra Ambrozy
I can't believe this is already a 10th look in our series!!!
I love red hair and freckles so needless to say I was very excited when we received Maddy's portfolio as a potential model for this shoot!
With such a classic features and fiery hair Maddy doesn't need a lot of makeup or complicated updos to look amazing.
Once again we kept her look very classic and elegant with a little modern twist on her hair style.
We created this incredible look by applying a light matte shadow all over the lid, we popped in a natural looking strip lashes and accented the eye with blown gel liner. Liquid foundation by Kevyn Aucoin, peachy pink blush and a light lip.
This look once again shows us that we really don't need a lot of makeup and many different shades on our eyes to make a statement. Choose one vocal point in your makeup and stick to it, while keeping everything polished and neural.
Earrings by Ti Adoro
How perfect is this hair clip with this effortless hair style! Hair pin by Ti Adoro
I must say that this week's look might be my favorite we created so far. I just love, love, love classic makeup and hair. A 'movie star' worthy sexy smooth waves, a deep red lip and simple eye makeup. What can be better? I always tell my brides that you just can not go wrong with this look. Trends pass but an elegant timeless makeup and hair will never go out of style.
I am so in love with the incredible detail on this dress "Pemberly" by Carol Hannah. The rhinestone shoulders are modern yet so red carpet. With a dress this stunning you do not need a lot of jewelry and hair accessories- just sparkly studs by Ti Adoro.
Veil on the image below is by Erica Koesler.
This weeks look is very easygoing and relaxed but still with a touch of glam. We wanted the hair to be very soft and messy to balance off these marvelous earrings by Ti Adoro.
We created a soft smokey cat eye effect in the shades of eggplant and a used a bright glossy berry on the model's lips.
The whole look was a great compliment to this flawless 1920's inspired dress " LIndsay" by Nicole Miller.
Soft, delicate and ethereal - those words best describe our look this week.
Our model's phenomenal complexion and graceful features did not require a lot of makeup to look stunning!
We used soft peachy tones on her eyes and lips to create this monochromatic look.
Airbrush Foundation: Temptu
Eyes, lips and cheeks MUFE star powder #90953
We styled the hair in soft easy waves and added some texture and volume so it looked modern and not too polished. We secured it with this good- looking headband by Untamed Petals.
Lovely delicate dress "Everything I Am" by Ivy and Aster compliments this look perfectly!
This week's look is classy and a little sassy!
We created a cat eye by lining the eye with a black pencil and popped the lip with a cherry gloss.
With makeup this dramatic we wanted to keep the hair soft and casual so the whole look is not too overdone.
Makeup Products used:
Skin: Mineral Primer and Liquid Mineral Foundation by Youngblood.
Lips: Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Desert Plum plus a High Reflection Lipshine Gloss by Smashbox
Eyes: The Naked Palette by Urban Decay - shades Virgin and Sin and Toasted.
Cheeks: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise.
The messy udpo is still very elegant thanks to this delicate hairpiece by Ti Adoro.
The makeup and hair is perfectly complimented by this beautiful dress - Amity by Anna Cambell.
LAST WEEKEND WE DID MAKEUP AND HAIR FOR NUPUR, HER MOTHER AND MOTHER IN LAW. WE LOVE WORKING ON INDIAN WEDDINGS - THE BEAUTIFUL OUTFITS, JEWELRY AND MULTIPLE MAKEUP AND HAIR CHANGES.
TODAY WE GOT A SNEAK PEAK OF THEIR AMAZING WEDDING VIDEO BY BRANDED PRODUCTIONS AND I MUST SAY THAT THIS MIGHT BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WEDDING TRAILER I HAVE EVER SEEN!
TAKE A LOOK!
MAKEUP - ALEKSANDRA
HAIR - KIM