Why I Chose A Second Wedding Dress

It’s been quite the journey shopping for a wedding dress!  I wanted to share a little bit of my wedding planning experience and a bit of this journey with you because I felt is was SO important to get a different perspective and take on it all. Being on the other side of the wedding business, has certainly been a huge eye opener and I hope this brings some clarity to perhaps another bride who is on the fence about her wedding dress or just taking the plunge into investing into the entire wedding experience!

My fiancee’ and I were so close to eloping, but I am so glad that we ended up having the traditional wedding pulling out all the bells and whistles and experiencing every last detail of the planning process. I knew going into it first hand that my dress was going to be a big deal because I am super picky to how things fit me. I have a true hourglass shape and most clothing always has to be altered or taken in at the waist.

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With a mutual decision on a comfortable budget, I ventured out to find the perfect dress the week I got engaged- BIG MISTAKE. Well, I found a dress. It was gorgeous!!! I had a little teary-eyed moment and thought it was the ONE. It fit me perfectly and had a stunning corset back which cinched my waist perfectly and I truly felt beautiful and perfect. The best thing that I was excited about was the dress fell within my budget and I even got $100 off for mentioning them on facebook.

Fast forward several a month later, after choosing our venue, I realized the dress just didnt match or go and was missing some intimate details and after re-looking at more wedding dresses out there, I realized my dress was NOT THE ONE and my vision had totally changed. It was a gorgeous dress, but didnt feel the mood and light and could not imagine me in the dress in the venue with the flowers, etc. that we had chosen.

My mom thought perhaps when I had the dress altered, I would have a change of tune, but after getting it hemmed and busseled, I still felt something was missing, so I began to search for a second dress thinking how CRAZY I must be!

In March, my mom, fiancee and I flew up to Chicago to look at our venue, meet with our florist and a few other vendors. Killing some time, my mom and I walked into the bridal shop and low and behold- I found MY DRESS! My mom and I had our moment and it felt SO RIGHT! Mira Couture was probably the best bridal experience in wedding dress shopping and TRUST ME, I went to many in Vegas and back home in Louisville and none gave as great customer service than Mira Couture. in Chicago. They were able to alter it right then and there for me-  all but the front hem because I did not have my shoes with me.

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Wedding Dress by Pronovias. Photo provided by Mira Couture. (not my dress)

The moral of this story, is wait until you choose your venue and flowers before going dress shopping and DO NOT SKIMP AND GO CHEAP when it comes to the way you look. Take your time. For the amount of money that I have spent on both dresses and alterations, I could have had a wow dress. Trust me my new dress is beautiful, but just DO IT! You wont regret feeling extra beautiful and confident on the most important day of your life! I try my new dress on just about every week and get so excited! I never felt I could feel so beautiful in one wedding dress! The confidence that I feel in this dress, I know will show through in our photos and it will be picture perfect!

It was crazy to think that it took me 7 months to find a dress and I got my dress 4 months before my wedding day, but when it feels right it just happens. Kind of like love.

Hope this helps someone with a decision they are making when it comes to the way they look and feel! Did anyone have a similar experience? How long did it take you to find a wedding dress?

Wedding Makeup Artist Pro Tips

Prepping for your wedding day can feel overwhelming! Here are some wedding makeup artist pro tips in making sure your look is perfect on the big day!

Treat Your Skin

Your wedding makeup will only look as well as you take care of your skin. Therefore being on a regular skincare routine, at least 4-6 weeks before the wedding is necessary in having beautiful smooth skin. I, personally, like to provide a custom tailored skin care routine to all my clients based on the current condition of their skin. You should at least be cleansing, exfoliating, using a serum, eye cream and moisturizer. Exfoliators, Serums and Eye Creams should NOT be purchased from your local drugstore as the ingredients have too many harsh chemical agents that tend to do more harm than good.

Book A Trial

Even if you are a destination bride, you should ALWAYS book a trial, for your wedding makeup, even if its the day before. Trials should consist of a full regular hair and makeup session and should at least be 2 hours for a successful trial with optimal results. Sometimes, even more time is needed. I would hesitate with any wedding makeup artist saying their trial is less than that time frame because you need to be able to spend time with the artist and get to know your wants, desires and best suitable option for wedding makeup. Its like saying “Yes to the Dress” but saying “Yes to the Makeup!”

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Consider Your Dress

Your wedding makeup should match your dress. Not literally, of course, but the formality of it. If you dress is more light and boho, then the makeup should reflect that a bit so it all goes together for one beautiful shot. If your dress is super dramatic with lots of bling, the makeup, or course can be a more dramatic look.

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Have More Than One Wedding Makeup Look

By having more than one option for your wedding makeup will give you more to work with. Sometimes, what you imagined for your look, doesn’t always translate well on you! Thats where we come in to help make subtle changes so the look translates well on you! By choosing a professional wedding makeup artist, the artist should be able to look at your inspiration photos and help determine what you like about each photo to customize and translate it well  for your personal face shape and needs. That is why its always important to go with someone who is experienced.

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Consider Your Florals

Your floral colors can sometimes set the makeup look for the big day! You want the colors of your look to compliment the floral arrangements, as well as, your wedding bouquet. It all has a trickle effect, in creating the perfect look. My advice is choose the makeup inspiration photos after you have determined your wedding colors. Your wedding makeup artist will help you in customizing the perfect look. This will help everything flow together nicely for the perfect wedding day!

Have a great wedding makeup tip to share from your experience??? Share below!

 

Bridal Makeup Tips for Fair Skin

Bridal makeup for fair skin can be tricky especially if your not wanting to look too pasty on your wedding day. Here are a few bridal makeup tips that will keep you from not looking pasty, and makeup recommendations match that porcelain skin allowing you to embrace your fair beauty.

Scuplting Powders

For those who don’t know what sculpting powder is, it is a powder that allows you to contour and shade your face. It is different from a bronzer in the sense that sculpting powders have a grey undertone. The grey undertone helps you to be able to shade the face in a subtle way without looking discolored. I prefer the MAC sculpting powders available online only or in the pro-store in Sculpt or Bone Beige. Just make sure you have the compact or insert, as they come in pan size only.

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MAC SCULPTING POWDER IN “SCULPT”

 

Eyeshadows

Especially with bridal makeup, the more fair the better when choosing eyeshadow colors for your wedding day. When choosing colors for more fair skin, the lighter the better. Think light, matte, soft, and airy. I like to go with matte latte shades, soft pinks and light pale peaches, with a light champagne shimmer.

Lip Shades

Opt for nudes or pale pinky nudes. It will look pretty nude in the tube, but remember this has to blend in with your lips natural lip color, so if your lips naturally have a lot of color to them already, remember for bridal makeup, stick with the lightest hue. Lipsense shade, Praline Rose, is a perfect bridal makeup lip color that looks great on fair skin. Lipsense is a 16 hour weear kiss proof color that does not dry out the lips.

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Foundations

Here is my biggest question in regards to bridal makeup! Whats the best foundations for fair, pale skin. There are several brands that offer a larger range of hues. I prefer Make Up For Ever HD liquid foundation, Dior Forever foundation in 10, or Temptu #1 shade is great for airbrushing options.

At the end of the day, its always best to leave your bridal makeup to a professional and allow them to find your perfect color match. However, hopefully these few bridal makeup tips will help you in choosing some shades on your own for everyday wear.

Interested in purchasing Praline Rose lipsense shade? Head over to the private facebook group Wedding Tales and Cocktails here and message me or take a peek at the entire color collection!

What Is Primer and Why Is It Important

What is primer?….. it’s a question I get asked ALL the time and the truth is you shouldn’t even be wearing a makeup foundation unless you are using a primer! Yep! I said it! Don’t waste your time! Its like walking out of the house without wearing underwear- but worse…and that is why most people hate foundation because they aren’t using a primer to correct the skin, in the first place or they arent on a proper skin care routine- its NEVER the foundation.

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There are SO MANY primers out there- mostly due to marketing gimmicks, but today I am going to help you understand what is primer so that you can see for yourself primer is AMAZING and it’s a total game changer when perfecting your makeup look.

In one sentence, Primer is a foundation product to wear under your foundation to correct or enhance the skin, thus allowing foundation to be long lasting, smooth, radiant, matte or whatever look your trying to achieve.

With marketing as aggressive as it is out there, we have primers for rosacea, primers for dull skin, oily skin, primer to help reduce pores.  It’s overwhelming, but the most important question you have to do is ask yourself….what am I trying to achieve with a primer? What do I want to correct in my skin?

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Here is my SECRET LIST of primers that I use on all my clients based on their skin condition and concern. Tried and True Products!

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer- Oily Skin, or the other ones for Radiant and Smoothing

Hourglass Veil Primer- Radiant Skin

Smashbox Primer- All Skin types to Create Smoothness

Pore Professional- To Rid of Large Pores

Dior Primer- For more mature skin (women over 50) In addition to creating smoothness, Dior’s primer contains additional anti aging skin care ingredients.

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But wait!!!! What about the green, yellow and purple and orange primers I see out there? Those are more corrective primers that correct the skin’s actual discoloring and should only be used to change the skin’s coloring and should be advised from a professional makeup artist if this is your particular challenge.

Again, primers are a game changer in polishing and perfecting your makeup look! It’s important to always think about adding this type of foundation element to any makeup routine for best and optimal results!

Tips To Find Your Bridal Makeup Look For Wedding Day

Not sure how to find the right bridal makeup look for you? With so many styles and looks out there, how do you decide on just one look for the most important day of your life! Here are some helpful tips and tools to help you in finding that perfect look for you that will make heads turn!

Start With The Dress

Yep! Its nearly impossible to create a custom bridal makeup look without knowing what your dress will look like. Your wedding dress sets the tone and the mood for your overall look and feel. Ask yourself…..is my dress elegant, bohemian, more sophisticated… This will help determine the look, mood and feel that will help set the tone.

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Start A Pinterest Board

I always recommend to my brides to start a pinterest board and pinning different bridal makeup looks that you like. This is so helpful for your makeup artist. Once you pin a good few, we can start to see a pattern of what you like and it helps to start forming a look for you!

Think About Your Colors

Colors play a huge factor in designing and creating a bridal makeup look for you! If theres a certain pink shade, in your wedding bouquet, we like to match and pair it up with particular pink lip color. Or, perhaps bring our some additional wedding shades in the eye look. Make sure you communicate your wedding colors and bridesmaids dress colors to your artist so he or she can create something that will compliment these shades.

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Share A Selfie

I always require a selfie and inspiration images, being sent to me before signing of contract, so that I can evaluate my brides face shape and be able to communicate to her my thoughts and ideas on the look and how that will translate on her with her facial features before evening stepping into the trial session or day of. Sometimes, we think a certain look would look great on us but if we have smaller or inset eyes, perhaps, another look could be more complimentary.

Overall, it is so important to hire the right makeup artist that can address all your concerns, as well as help you discover your dream look. A experienced makeup artist in bridal specifically can help you determine and discover all of this during the trial session or even before so your day of runs perfectly smooth and stress free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Bridal Makeup Looks of 2017

I cant even count the number of bridal makeup looks we did this year, so I compiled a list of my top  favorite looks of ours personally, as well as, some popular inspiration images shot by real photographers that hit the charts for 2017. The most popular bridal makeup trend we saw was more eye makeup and more lashes. I think instagram is seriously becoming an influence on how we value and want our bridal makeup to be for our special day. All eyes were on point!

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REAL BRIDE: With more done on the eyes were also seeing more lash. These are our custom mink lashes that give a nice open eye, and doll eyed effect! Loved this bridal makeup look on our bride Rachelle and we’ve been getting requests for this look ever since her October wedding!

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REAL BRIDE AND INSPIRATION IMAGE: This stunner done by @jadeywadey180 hands down is for the bride who wants a bit of glamour on her wedding day. This bridal look is best with a lash extension application, followed by an extra strip on top for the extra lash length.

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REAL BRIDE: For more of a matte, clean bridal makeup look, my clients have been sending me this gorgeous girls face for the almost the last 6 months! A Spring bride, we focused on bringing out her feminine facial features and kept her look clean and simple with our matte airbrush foundation.

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INSPIRATION IMAGE: Soft, yet sexy bridal makeup, this is for the light, dreamy and airy feeling bride. The nude almost flesh toned lip color creates a very soft and dreamy feel. Most recommended on cooler skin tines, but can be be translated to warmer skin tones, with changing out a few eyeshadow colors.

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REAL BRIDE: For her romantic, Parisian inspired wedding theme, our bride wanted a classic bridal look with LOTS of lash. Lashes have become a huge part of wedding makeup, as more and more brides want to experiment with different sets of lashes to create different looks, moods and feel.

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INSPIRATION IMAGE: This is what most would call a natural look, but theres a lot of work still that goes into this look for it to appear natural. While this look is beautiful on most all skin tones, airbrush makeup is best with this type of look with a waterproof eyeliner pencil to eye enhancement.

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REAL BRIDE: Jessica was one bride I could not forget! This bridal makeup look was personally customized to match her gorgeous wedding bouquet! While we chose to contour her eye lid, we opted for colors that helped set the stage for when she walked down the aisle. Gorgeous shot by the lovely Susie and Will Photography.

Hope some of these inspired you for your upcoming wedding! Got a favorite look? Post the look below so we can all share in on your inspiration!

Best Makeup Tips For A Natural Look

Thanks for reading! Here are my best makeup tips for a natural look. If your wanting to wear a natural makeup look, but never get it to look quite as polished as you wanted it to, keep reading.

Lets face it, most everyone wants to look au natural and that they’re not wearing much makeup, but the key to this is to NOT, not wear makeup!!!! Don’t skimp on the foundation, or the brows. The trick is good product, application and a little bit of technique.

Foundation 

The key is to have one- and a really good one! You might even need one for Winter and one for Summer for when you have a bit more color on your skin. While good product is key, the best makeup tips are in the brush and application. Apply with kabouki brush, in a “stenciling” motion, so you get good medium to full coverage for your complexion.

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Bronzer or Sculpting Powder

I like to use bronzer to dust on my cheeks and use the same color in my crease on my eyelids just to give a bit of color, so I dont look too washed out. Bronzer will look more of a glow. If you wish to shape your face a bit more and like a little more contouring, opt to use a sculpting powder instead, as sculpting powder tones are a little less orange and more of a grey undertone to shade the face. You NEVER want to accurately contour with bronzer.

Brow Powder

While there are so many brow products out there, opting for a brow powder will give your browns a more natural look, all while still looking polished and shaped. Splurge on a great, and I mean great eyebrow brush, as these are made very thin. This allows you to get exact precision, so that your brow strokes look as close to your brow hair as possible. For more defined hairs, spray your brush with a bit of setting spray and then dip in the powder for more hair definition.

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Eyeliner

I know, some of you don’t wear much eyeliner when it comes to sporting a natural look, but here is why I like it. One, it makes my lashes look more full, and two, adding a bit just on the top lid only, gives my face and eyes an instant lift- great for more ladies who are concerned with aging. Gel or cream eyeliner applied with a thin brush is best for a more precise look and long lasting wear.

Mascara

When it comes to best makeup tips, for a natural look, I get asked all the time, what my go to mascara is. Well, here it is ladies and gentleman…..If I am wearing just mascara and no falsies on my eyes, its Chanel Inimitable every time. I NEVER leave my house without mascara. I love this product because it gives me length, fullness, thickness, and is super buildible. I will also use it with the white nourishing primer as a base which gives even more lash. For application technique. Wiggle at the roots and then pull up on the wand. It never disappoints.

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Light Lip Color

Last, my go to lipsense combination is 1 coat of First Love and two coats of Bombshell followed by glossy. All which can be purchased through me! 🙂 Lipsense is our kiss proof hydrating lip color, 16 hour wear that DOES NOT COME OFF!

What are some of your go to makeup products when you sport a natural look?

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