Category — Bridal Beauty
To say we, the team of Lovely NY, were excited to visit the new Blushington location at the Parker Meridian in NY is an understatement. We were giddy, thrilled, and oh-so-in-need of a little beauty refresher. For those of you who haven’t heard of Blushington this is the story. The idea behind Blushington came to Stephi (Founder & CEO) when she realized there just wasn’t a great place in LA to get her makeup done. So she decided to create one that was affordable and convenient, that also offered more natural looking makeup applied by super talented makeup artists. Having worked in the couture fashion world, with some PR and marketing experience, Stephi knew exactly what it would take to create something truly unique. She pulled together the ultimate dream team, and Blushington was on its way. With locations in West Hollywood, Newport Beach, Topanga, Dallas, and now New York it is clear that her idea was a good one! We highly recommend them for all of your beauty needs. Check out a full list of their services and pricing here. They offer classes, they will do your wedding make-up wherever you are, or even host a pretty party with you! Thanks for the wonderful evening and for making us all feel so fetch!
Set against Longue View House and Gardens in historic New Orleans, this inspiration shoot covers everything from some of our most feminine gowns, to an exquisite wedding cake, and vintage cars and umbrellas. We love the gold antique dinnerware, the dreamy flow of lace and tulle, and giant blooming peonies. With Photography by Jen Huang Photography and Marissa Lambert Photography and design by Davia Lee Events, this shoot is one you will not be likely to get out of your dreams.
Photographer: Jen Huang Photography and Marissa Lambert Photography /Designer: Davia Lee Events /Rentals: Mrs. Vintage Rentals /Florals: Kim Starr Wise Florals /Sweets: Melissa’s Fine Pastries /Accessories: My Olivia Nelson /Shoes: Emmy London /Gowns: Onyx Gown by Catherine Deane from BHLDN, Anna Campbell from Lovely Bride, Claire Pettibone from CLD PR /Hair Accessories:Emmy London, My Olivia Nelson Marlene crystal comb, My Olivia Nelson Helena crystal halo /Jewelry: L’Dezen from CLD PR /Venue: Longue View House and Gardens /Mixologist: Heirloom Cocktail /Hair: Kelly D Hopper /Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty and MeLissa Vaccaro /Umbrellas: Bella Umbrellas /Vintage Car: All Southern Livery
A few weeks ago Lovely Bride Philadelphia was the set of a super fun Bridal Beauty Lookbook shoot. Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography and Aleksandra Ambrozy of Makeup By Aleksandra wanted to create some beautiful inspirational images showcasing stunning bridal makeup and hair as well as interesting jewelry and accessories. The results wowed us. Get ready for some serious pretty!
From Carina and Aleksandra:
The first look of the day was very romantic yet elegant; it featured a bright red lip and a neutral eye. The hair was styled in loose, polished waves. The model’s skin was primed with Mineral Primer and then evened out with a light application of Liquid Mineral Foundation. I used stippling brush to apply. Kelsey had this beautiful ivory skin tone, which I wanted only to enhance a bit with a Creme Blush in Taffeta lightly applied with fingertips. Her eyes were kept very neutral. I used the Shanghai Nights Eyeshadow Quad. I applied Bamboo and Cherry Blossom all over the lid and a very, very light accent of Beige-ing in the crease. Our model had naturally stunning, long eyelashes so I only had to curl them and apply a few coats of mascara. I really wanted to create a strong brow so I filled it out with a brow pencil in taupe. The fiery lips were accented with Vixen Lipstick. All makeup used was by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.
We though that this delicate headpiece by Untamed Petals would be perfect compliment for this look.
The second look was inspired by classic Hollywood movie stars. We swept her hair to the side and secured it with this stunning hair pin by Ti Adoro. The makeup was kept pretty much the same as the first look. We added a very thin winged out liquid eyeliner to give it more of an elegant look.
The last look we created was a bit more dramatic, while still keeping it very elegant and timeless. We did a smokey eye using the Shanghai Nights Eyeshadow Quad by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, using the Cherry Blossom all over the lid, then smoking it out with the Shitake and lining the eyes with a black pencil. Lost of mascara was a must for this look! Lips were accented by Smolder Lipstick by Youngblood as well. Model is also wearing a Mineral Primer, Liquid Mineral Foundation and Ultimate Concealer, all by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.
We swept the hair in a side messy low bun, which I think complimented this look perfectly! We accented it with this stunning hair pin by Untamed Petals.
Model was wearing this incredible stunning beaded dress Grace by Nicole Miller.
Photography: Carina Romano at Love Me Do Photography
Makeup and Hair: Aleksandra Ambrozy
Dress and accessories: Lovely Bride
Model: Kelsey – Model Managementl Agency
A big thank you to everyone who was involved in making this shoot so gorgeous!
This week we sat down with makeup artist Kristen Therese to get the scoop on what to expect from your makeup artist for your wedding! Should you wear traditional foundation or airbrushed? False lashes or real? Kristen has the tips to make sure you look your best on the big day!
What should the bride expect at your first meeting?
Your first meeting with your makeup artist should be where you not only test to see if you like what they do for your makeup, but it is also when you get to know each other and make sure that personalities jive. Remember, this person will be responsible for how you look on your most important day. You need to be comfortable voicing your opinion but also feel as though you are in good hands.
The first meeting is usually what makeup artists call the trial. At the trial, you should get a full makeup application, just as how you would on the day of your wedding. Your trial is, after all, a “TRY ALL” so if you are thinking about trying airbrush or false lashes, try it at the trial. This meeting is supposed to be where you both discuss and create your look together. If the eyeliner needs to be a little thicker or you want to try a different lip color, this is the opportunity to try these options. A bride should not expect two complete applications though. If you ask your makeup artist to do one look then take it off completely and do another look, know that you may have to pay a bit more. Most trials are for one application, with tweaks.
Helpful Tip: If you are interested in airbrush vs. traditional foundation you can ask your makeup artist to do one side airbrush and one side traditional so you can see the difference.
What information is it helpful for the bride to provide?
Details like the colors in the wedding, what your dress looks like, what you are thinking about doing with your hair, and where the wedding is located are very helpful. Your makeup is part of the whole look and you want to make sure it goes. So if you’re having a sunset wedding on the beach and wearing a flowing Grecian gown, hopefully your makeup artist isn’t giving you and old Hollywood glam look. It just wouldn’t go.
Pictures of makeup looks are always helpful but you must understand that they are for inspiration. It is hard for a makeup artist to completely copy a makeup look because everyone’s face is different and it will of course, look different on you vs. the picture of the model you brought in.
What is the most difficult request to fill?
The most difficult question I get is “can you cover my wrinkles?” There are so many products on the market that promise budge proof this and wrinkle erasing that, making it sometimes hard to explain to a bride that unless you don’t smile or make any facial expression at all, your makeup will move with you throughout the day and if you have a wrinkle, your skin will wrinkle. The right makeup will absolutely diffuse the look of any lines you have, making your photos appear more flawless, but making wrinkles disappear completely is impossible to do.
We see so many Red Carpet images that are a good 20-30 feet away from these celebrities and we think they are completely flawless, so when you hold a mirror 2 inches from your face and still see some fine lines, you think the makeup isn’t done well, but in all reality, if you got up close to all those celebrities (the ones without Botox) you’d see all their fine lines as well. Makeup needs to move with you throughout the day and be able to still stay on throughout all your smiling and laughing, so the real test of good makeup is if you still have it on at the end of the night!
How many times should she expect to meet with you?
At least once before the Wedding but if you do your trial 5 months or more before the Wedding, you probably want to do a second trial a month before. I find that my brides that book me early (which is always best to do… by April, most bookings are set for the rest of the year) sometimes discover things during their planning and have a different idea of what they might want just before the big day. Also, I find that it is a feeling of security having another trial run closer to the Wedding. It puts a lot of brides at ease.
What is the best advice you have for her on her big day?
Don’t expect to stay completely on schedule no matter how well you plan ahead. There will most likely be at least one thing that throws your timeline off. I always work with my brides to create a timeline for hair and makeup on their wedding day and I pad the timeline because I know it will get thrown off by a late bridesmaid or a last minute craft project that needs to be completed. Even on my own Wedding day, we didn’t stick to the timeline but we all got to the ceremony on time so that’s all that matters! So just keep the end goal in mind and you’ll have a much more pleasant morning!
What do you need the bride to do the day of?
Well hopefully the bride has gotten a facial a few weeks before the Wedding or has been taking really good care of her skin so that I don’t have to use any exfoliant on her that morning. I just want my brides to have a fresh, clean face. Also, if there is any way that the bride can separate herself from her group while she is having hair and makeup done, it is best for everyone. The bride really should have some time to be pampered and if there are people all around asking questions it not only will throw you off your schedule but it also stresses the bride and makes it difficult for the hair and makeup artist to do the best job they can. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to redo the glue on lashes because it dried up as the bride jumped out of the chair to go tend to someone.
Anything else you would like to add?
The morning of your Wedding really sets the tone for the rest of the day so make sure that you are relaxed, are surrounded by people that you know and trust (bridal party and vendors), and have a good time. Oh and make sure there is music playing!
Kristen also provided us with an amazing checklist covering almost anything you could need to prepare for the beauty portion of your day!
- RESEARCH First, do some research on the range of pricing for a makeup artist in your area so there are no big surprises. Generally, the more in demand an artist becomes, the higher the fee, however, there are still plenty of up and coming talented artists that fall into the average price range for your area. If you can’t afford the most experienced, make sure to prioritize what is important to you when speaking to your potential makeup artist.
- NUMBERS Know who is having makeup done on your wedding day. You may want decide if you will pay for your bridal party or not and have a discussion with your bridesmaids about this before your research. Knowing the number of people helps the makeup artist properly quote you and block out time for your day, plus can sometimes give you some bargaining power if you have a large group. Hello bundle pricing!
- LIST Make a list. What are you most concerned about for that day? Is it problematic skin? Do you have a limited timeframe yet have 12 bridesmaids? Writing out all of your questions and concerns ahead of time will only help the research process and will easily weed out the artists that cannot accommodate your requests. Also, collecting images for inspiration will help give you direction in your research and give you a better eye on what to look for in an artist’s portfolio.
- REFERRALS Ask for referrals from friends and vendors. A lot of this business is based on referrals. Check out these artists’ website or blog. If you cannot find a web presence, be cautious as their level of professionalism may not be on the level you are looking for. Browse their portfolios and read through their sites. Does anyone stand out to you? Sometimes the look and feel along with the tone of voice of someone’s web presence can give you a nice look into their personality. Make sure you like that person. Check for pricing and make sure they are in your range and then reach out to two to three artists.
- TRIALS Bring lots of questions to your trials. I cannot stress enough how important it is to like the person who will be responsible for how you look on your Wedding day. Ask them how they got into the business and how long have they been doing this. Ask for advice on skin prep leading up to the Wedding. Also ask for fun or crazy stories from past Weddings. I always love to tell my clients about my “black eyed bride” and the random products I used to cover itJ Throughout your trial, make sure your artist is listening to you while giving his/her opinion. You want the look to be your vision with the guidance and execution of the artist.
Note: if you bring pictures to your trial, try to have an open mind about what you will look like in comparison to the picture. Keep in mind that images we see in magazines are highly retouched. Also, if you are blonde with blue eyes, chances are the look on a brown eyed, black haired model will not look the same.
A big thanks to Kristen for sharing her knowledge!
Photos via Ashley Therese and kristentherese.com
This year’s Holiday party in NYC was one to remember! From fantastic vendors providing make-up tips to cupcakes, and DJ Matty laying down some jams on the dance floor, there was not a dull moment. The talented Sarah Seven was in attendance as well as our whole Lovely NYC crew. It was such a glitzy way to kick off the Holiday season!
HanaKyle was on hand for her gifted massages and she brought an array of fabulous scented oils to complete the experience. She specializes in wedding day massages, what an amazing gift to give your bridesmaids (or yourself) on your big day. This would also make an amazing shower activity, who needs games when you could indulge in a little pampering amidst the planning?
Beautiful wreathes and floral arrangements were from the wonderful Rebecca Shephard Foral Designs. For more of her inspired creations and for information on having her on your wedding team check out her blog.
The tastiest mini winter wonderland cupcakes from Madison Lee graced the table. Believe us when we tell you, these little guys were way too delectable and we have tasted her full on cakes which are the best! And we should know, we practically taste them for a living.
Diptyque provided the gifts, the most blissful candles in the world. They offer little scent creation classes. If you are lucky enough to be in the vicinity of one of their locations we love the idea of starting your bachelorette party here. Get your best scent on before heading to the dance floor!
DJ Matty from Jarrell Entertainment spun just the right tunes into the night. Seriously, he knew exactly what the crowd needed and kept us all dancing with his mad skills.
We must send out a huge thank you to ELAN ARTISTS who put us in touch with our DJ. They are the best when it comes to linking you with just the right artist for your event!
On the search for the coolest girl to hang out with and do your make up for your big day? Found her! Kristen Therese matched Cassandra’s lipstick to her dress perfectly!
Beautiful Images thanks to Jorge of de la Barra Photography. You can contact to him to document your day. We are in love with him! He got all of the best shots and was so fun to have around. Nothing was missed!
Thank you again to all of our vendors, and everyone who attended that made it a fabulous night!