Prom 2017

I had the pleasure of assisting Nisa Nicole this weekend for prom! We had a blast getting 11 girls ready for a fun-filled night. Here are a couple of my favorite looks with a product breakdown. Both were taken on an iphone 6 with no edits/no filters.

Anna was all about the drama! She wanted to match her black dress with sparkly silver detailing, so we went all in and did a silver glitter eye and red lip. When using glitter (or any eyeshadow that has a lot of fallout) it is so important to do the eyes before the rest of the face. That way you are able to clean up any glitter falldown without ruining your foundation/concealer. I used the Viseart 01 Neutral Palette to smoke out the outer corner with Makeup Forever's N2 silver glitter on the lid. For that spicy-hot red lip, I combined MAC Red & Lady Danger. 

Hannah wanted a bit more of a natural, boho-chic look. We wanted everything to be soft and natural, however once she showed me her dark crimson dress, we decided to do a matching lip - and we both LOVED it. I used Face Atelier for luminous skin, warm brown and golden tones (from MAC) on the eyes, and a combination of Kim, Jean & Christina from the Smashbox 'Be Legendary' lip palette for the crimson lip. 

I'm so lucky I got to help these hilarious, smart, gorgeous ladies get ready for such a special night. It was a blast!

Claire's Wedding

Claire's wedding was last night, and I'm still buzzing with post-wedding giddiness. I have been looking forward to this wedding since Claire and Phil got engaged a little over a year ago. In the 2-3 years I've known Claire, I've realized what great tastes she has (whether it's clothes, food, or decor) and how she also has a keen eye for detail. I knew her wedding was going to blow me away, and she didn't let me down!

 

I just wanted to share a few photos (ok maybe more than a few, they're all so incredible) from her bridal portraits a couple weeks ago. Her eclectic wedding vision made this session so unique and fun.

How gorgeous is her dress? She looks like a little magical woodland fairy. 

How gorgeous is her dress? She looks like a little magical woodland fairy. 

Two donkeys in a lavender field (their name's are John Wayne and Annie Oakley). 

Two donkeys in a lavender field (their name's are John Wayne and Annie Oakley). 

John Wayne trying to steal the show. 

John Wayne trying to steal the show. 

Coming up with Claire's bridal makeup was so laid back and effortless. She knew she wanted something very natural; glowy skin, golden eyeshadow, but we also had a lot of fun experimenting with the boho dots. 

Coming up with Claire's bridal makeup was so laid back and effortless. She knew she wanted something very natural; glowy skin, golden eyeshadow, but we also had a lot of fun experimenting with the boho dots. 

I'm so grateful that I got to help Claire feel beautiful on her special day. And thank you to Lindsey from The Life You Love Photography, your pictures are phenomenally beautiful!

Southern Gothic Style Shoot

I had the pleasure of doing hair and makeup for a style shoot with my sweet friend, Paula, a few weeks ago and had a BLAST. She brought together some of the most incredible vendors in the Austin area to lend to her Southern Gothic wedding vision and the results are stunning. 

For Cheyenne, I knew I wanted to do an autumnal smoky eye and rich wine lip to tie into the southern gothic theme.  

We went with a bun for Tommy which lent to the 'unkempt yet polished' feel. 

It also helps when your models are adorable together & effortlessly chic. 

Special thanks to our vendors:

Photographer: Carli w/ Inkedfingers

Designer/Planner/Stylist: Paula w/ Beau Tied Events 

Venue: WildFlower Center 

Birch & Brass Vintage Rentals - Trays, goblets, candle holders & silverware

Cake/Desserts: Jessica w/ Green Lilly Bakery 

Calligraphy/Stationary: Jessica Crowell Illustrations

Loot Vintage Rentals: Furniture (Table, chairs, rug, couch)

Premiere Rentals: Runner/Napkins

Gown/ Jewelry : Blush Bridal Lounge 

Menswear: Dandy's Suit

Vintage Dresses: Charm School Vintage 

Day- of Wardrobe Stylist: Shelley Riley

Models: Cheyenne Jannise & Tommy Dugan  

Hair & Makeup: Rachel Hill Makeup ATX 

Summer Night Out

Applying makeup in the summer Texas heat can be a difficult thing to combat. It's important to apply thin layers on the skin while blending it out seamlessly to avoid the dreaded "cake-face". I asked my good friend; Christine, if I could do a fun summer night-out look on her to demonstrate how to glam-up without having to worry about your foundation melting off. 

I wanted the focus to be bronzed, glowy skin with a pop of gold on the lid. When you want to keep the coverage light, but still flawless, it is essential to properly prep the skin. I first cleansed the skin with Bioderma cleansing water to remove any prior makeup and oils. Then I moisturized with Embryolisse emulsion hyrda-mat, and primed the skin with Cover FX mattifying primer. Since Christine has normal skin, but tends to get shiny throughout the day, I wanted to use as many mattifying products as possible to combat shine, as well as not over-powder to allow her beautiful skin to still show through. After that, we used a light layer of foundation and a light-weight concealer and blended out with both a brush and sponge to give a flawless finish. A light sweep of powder was used only on areas of the face that tend to get shiny as the day goes on. Layering products, taking the time to blend, and not over-powdering aids in the longevity of your makeup, discourages it from 'caking-up', and avoids settling into fine lines and wrinkles. 

Day to Night Makeup Look

For today's blog, I'll be exploring a day-to-night makeup look on my friend, Caitlin. Caitlin usually keeps her makeup pretty simple; clean skin, no lipstick, and focuses on the eyes with just a little gray eyeshadow, liner, and mascara. 

For her day makeup, I just amped up what she usually does by adding a light coverage foundation, warm brown shadow instead of her usual grays, and a bit of bronzer. 

For night, we added some drama to her look up by applying more smoky brown shadows, wing liner, lashes, and a nude lip!

Winged linger and lashes are a great way to add the extra "oomph!" for a special occasion or a night out. 

By tying in some of her everyday makeup characteristics (such as smoky shadow, liner on the waterline, and clean skin) Caitlin still felt like herself - just a more glammed-up version!