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Heather is a high school math teacher who was easily one of my most laid-back, easygoing clients of all time. Not a regular makeup wearer, she wanted to look good for photos but keep things very natural looking and not “makeuppy.” A touch of smoky eyeliner, mascara, and soft rosy lips & cheeks were all that was needed in terms of color; the rest was just subtle skin work that would be virtually undetectable to the naked eye.
Here is a before & after from our trial session where you can see the VERY subtle, but effective, difference the airbrush makeup made to her already beautiful face:
(I love sharing photos like this because so many of my brides are afraid of looking made up, and if you don’t want to, you don’t have to! It’s all about invoking the style that you’re comfortable with so that you feel like yourself on your big day, but are still camera-ready.)
Here are some wedding day photos that Heather was kind enough to share (I love the classic beauty of her dress combined with the pop of color of her shoes!)
Chelsey & Joe have been inseparable since attending high school together, and it was such a pleasure to be a small part of their wedding day! The wedding took place at Chelsey’s parents’ home in Holyoke, which had plenty of room for the tent & dancefloor. Chelsey opted for a natural look with soft peachy tones – here’s the before & after from our trial, which took place right before her engagement session:
I did makeup for Chelsey, her mom, her sister, and her bridesmaids. And I just loved all the Autumnal details!
Now you see it, now you don’t! (Unless you’re REALLY looking for it.)
This was an inner arm tattoo on yesterday’s bride’s sister, color-corrected and covered with Temptu Dura (an alcohol-based formula). I always take test photos to see if any areas are more “reflective” and need some bronzer or powder to adjust.
Everyone was really happy with the results, except the sister, who loves her tattoos and vowed revenge (“When I get married, I’m going to hire you to airbrush tattoos ON to the whole bridal party!” LOL!)
Here’s the even bigger tattoo on her calf – after I scrutinized the after photo, I added bronzer to blend in with the tan on her leg:
For tattoo coverage, I have the subject shave the entire area (body hair gets in the way of the makeup) and I start by using alcohol to thoroughly remove any oils from the skin’s surface. Then I use the principles of color theory to soften any colors in the tattoo and also to mute the black outlines, which are the most difficult to conceal against fair skin. Once the colors are subdued, it’s time for layer after layer of coverage. Temptu Dura, the alcohol based airbrush formula that I favor, does an amazing job at achieving long-lasting, transfer-resistant, and relatively realistic looking coverage (the covered area doesn’t reflect light exactly the same as natural skin as is visible above, but it’s usually pretty close and you can further adjust with powder).
The only thing that removes it is alcohol, so I always warn the subject not to drink too much since we excrete alcohol through the pores in our skin and that will absolutely break down the coverage! To remove (WITHOUT drinking yourself into a stupor), just soak cotton pads in rubbing alcohol (99% gets the fastest results) and swipe the surface until the product breaks down. Then wash and moisturize the area thoroughly.
It takes time and a lot of product to cover tattoos this big, but it’s worth it if the tattoo doesn’t fit with the wardrobe or would stand out too much in a photo. The same techniques apply for covering large bruises, birthmarks, tan lines, etc. – I have yet to find something Dura can’t cover!
Bride-to-be Chelsey wisely scheduled her makeup trial run to take place immediately before her May 2012 engagement photo session with talented photographer Heidi Vail in Ipswitch, MA – I love the soft, romantic results!
Here is Chelsey’s before & after photo, to show how subtle but effective the airbrush makeup transformation was (click to view full size):
And here are some of my favorites (you can also view the full set on Heidi’s blog):
Jessica sought me out to to emphasize her gorgeous blue eyes with a little smokiness and added lashes, and also to control shine (she described her skin as oily) and cover some redness. I think the before & after photos from our trial run speak for themselves:
Because of her skin type, I made sure to do a little extra skin prep to delay and minimize oil production. Airbrush makeup goes the distance, and indeed, she reported that the look lasted all day – and all she needed to do to control shine was use a little blot powder. That’s what I like to hear!
Check out some pictures from her big day (I especially loved the reception entrance outfits!)
Photography: TAB Photographic
Just a quick teaser from a recent bridal editorial project – lots more to come!
And check out the difference airbrush makeup made for our beautiful model’s skin (these shots are unretouched & straight out of my iPhone):
Here’s a glimpse of Jenny, one of my 2011 brides! I arrived at the Ivy Creek B&B in Hadley on October 8th to do makeup for her and her sister, with hairstylist Jen along for the ride. We had so much fun – Jenny has a fun, bubbly personality and loads of creativity – and she was very excited about the prospect of pro beautification for her big day. (Leigh-Anne, in classic butch fashion, politely declined makeup – gotta respect the natural look!)
And then, after the ceremony, Jenny came to my apartment for a brand new eye makeup look for her reception – going from natural neutrals to smoky purples! I love a bride with a sense of adventure about makeup. Here are some captures from the day:
Photography: Yosra El-Essawy and family/artist candids
Kerry-Beth is someone I’m honored to call both a client and a friend, and I was so pleased when she shared her wedding photos with me – I love the Celtic traditions that were featured throughout the ceremony! She married her partner Fran in October last year, and hired me to do makeup just for her. We had a wonderfully relaxing morning getting ready at the Hotel Northampton.
Kerry-Beth has had alopecia (hair loss) since her teens, and wanted natural-looking makeup with eyelashes and eyebrows to match her gorgeously styled wig. She encouraged me to share her photos so that other people with hair loss can see their options. Here is a before & after from our makeup trial:
I used a combination of matte eyeshadow (for the shape) and pencil (for individually drawn-on hairs) to create eyebrows that looked 3-dimensional. We experimented with both individual false lashes and a strip lash, ultimately opting for a natural-length strip because it held its shape better. (Tip: If you have few natural lashes to lend support for and disguise the falsies, be sure to select lightweight lashes with a clear base or knot-free individual clusters, and use eyeliner to define the shape of your lashline.)
But enough words… enjoy a selection of Kerry-Beth’s wedding photos. Sláinte!
Photography: Christina Sheppard, Luxe Photographics
Ceremony venue: Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence
Reception venue: The Garden House at Look Park
Dress: David’s Bridal
Hairstyling: Barbara Ween, Visage Salon
Bagpipes: Frank Toscanini
Flowers: Red Fire Farm
Band: Last Night’s Fun
Anna’s prom was Saturday at Chez Josef, and I was delighted when her mom (who also happens to be my next-door neighbor) hired me to do her daughter’s prom makeup.
Anna is a local vocational high school student focusing on cosmetology, and in addition to being naturally gorgeous (and having beautiful skin), this girl knows her color theory! When I asked what she liked for makeup, she told me “warm colors, not cool” (which made a prettier, more natural complement to her skin tone). She had a subtle but fabulous French manicure with gold tips for the event, so I added matching shimmer to her eyes which gave the natural makeup look a little added “bling” when she blinked, and loads of natural-length individual lash clusters to bring out her eyes. Peach blush and lip gloss completed the look.
The makeup looked wonderful paired with her red prom dress, and I was lucky enough to get photos of the completed look. First, a before & after:
And here’s the finished look, along with her handsome date!