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A recent bridal client came back to get her makeup done again, this time for a boudoir session with Dani Fine Photography – what a treat for her new husband! She was kind enough to volunteer a few of the G-rated snaps that show off her sexy smoky eye makeup:
Most of us get a little blue when January rolls around – the holidays are over, the days are short, and the weather can be downright frigid. But Crystal, true to her name, knows that midwinter can also SPARKLE – and her wedding day really showcased the beauty of New England winters, from the color scheme to the birch tree décor accents to the romantic horse & carriage ride! As for her makeup, smoky was the order of the day, and being naturally glamorous, she pulled the look off beautifully.
Ceremony Venue: Helen Hills Chapel
Reception Venue: Smith College Conference Center
Photographer: Brian Hale
Event Coordinator & Ceremony Installation: Tanya Costigan, Bowties and Butterflies
Hair: Jenursa Adamites
Catering: Seth Mias
Limo: Absolute Luxury
Horse & Carriage: Equiculture
Ceremony Violinist: Ross Nelson
Cake: Greggory’s Bakery
DJ & Lighting: Chris Hamel Productions
Videography: North Quabbin Productions
Erica is so glamorous! Just look at that amazing dress. And her makeup design reflected her style perfectly: smoky eyes with a hint of plum, both strip & individual lashes, a delicate pink lip, and glowing skin. And what better place for a summer wedding than by the seaside?
Venue: Wentworth by the Sea
Photography: Mark & Marina, Boro Creative Visions
So you’ve made the most of what you already have… ready to up your batting average even further? Here’s what you need to know to apply false lashes like a pro:
1. You have a variety of styles to choose from! Check out your local drugstore or beauty supply shop to see what’s available (I like the selection at Sally Beauty, and am partial to Ardell line). To keep the look natural, look for slim, clear, flexible bands (nothing too thick or too dark, unless you plan to wear heavy eyeliner), wispy styles (the less “uniform” the lash, the more believable it looks), and realistic lengths (especially if you wear glasses). Or go all out and get your glam on!
2. If you’ve never applied a strip lash before, start with a half or “demi” length that fits easily on the outer half or third of your eye. These are much easier to apply. You can also trim a full lash to a demi length – some people even find it easier to cut lashes in half or thirds and applying piece by piece, rather than all at once. Your choice!
3. Start by gently removing the lash from its container and placing it against your eye to see how the band fits – very often, they’re too long to wear comfortably. Trim the band from outside in so it fits your eye shape properly – removing the longest lashes will keep the nicely tapered shorter fibers to blend with your natural lashes. You can always keep the piece you trimmed away and stack it on top of the lash band at the outer corner of your eye for extra flair!
4. Bend and flex the lash band to help it shape itself to your eye (I sometimes wrap them around a brush handle to achieve that nice curve) – this will help prevent the ends from lifting up.
5. Apply thin strip of glue (I swear by Duo waterproof adhesive in Clear, and black is available as well), with a little extra on the corners. You want a solid stripe of glue but not so thick that it starts seeping down and gumming up the lashes.
6. Let the glue set for 30-45 seconds before application (I usually give them a little wave in the meantime) – you want the glue to be sticky enough that you won’t be struggling to hold them in place while they dry.
7. Place the strip on top of your lashes in the center, & then adhere the corners (using tweezers if you find it helpful). Press the band as close to the natural lash line as possible; you don’t want a visible gap. I tend to sit them right on top of the natural lashes and then tuck them into place. Looking down into a mirror can help with placement.
8. Once the glue has set, “pinch” the false lash together with your natural lashes. You can also gently add a bit of mascara to marry the two sets together.
9. Touch up the strip with eyeliner as needed (sometimes the dried glue looks a bit shiny, so you can matte it down again with eyeliner if desired).
10. Peel off gently from the outside in when removing your makeup. I don’t recommend sleeping in your makeup, and that includes false lashes!
11. Never share false lashes (or mascara) with others. You may be able to get a few wears out of your own falsies if you keep them neat, but don’t mix and match with friends. Think of false eyelashes like underwear!
12. Practice, practice, practice! Don’t get too frustrated too soon, this isn’t easy the first few times you do it, but it’s rather addictive once you do!
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):
I’m so glad I had room on an already-booked day to squeeze in Karen’s wedding! (Wedding #2 wasn’t until the afternoon, and it was in a neighboring town, so I was pleased to be able to accommodate both brides.) Karen knew her personal style very well: she definitely loves stronger makeup looks, so we experimented with a Hollywood eye with red lips as well as a Rock n’ Roll-style blackout smoky eye with false lashes – she ultimately chose the latter, and it was the perfect look for this bad-ass babe. And thanks to water-resistant airbrush foundation (and my gel-liner-plus-powder-shadow layering technique for eye makeup), it survived a hot, slightly stormy summer wedding day!
Photography: Ian Pouliot, Nemesis Photo
***UPDATE: this shoot is now featured on Equally Wed!***
This shoot took my breath away. The location, the models, the photography, the details – everything was just so “me” that I couldn’t help but bounce up and down as I watched it unfold. I am delighted to share a few of my favorite photos that show off the glamorous makeup looks I created for our model brides, but for the full scoop (and all the lovely details), you’ll definitely want to visit the photographers’ blog post here.
I was so excited when Freya & Amber agreed to work with us – I’ve worked with them both many times before, both together and separately, and I knew they had great on-camera chemistry and a solid friendship which would make the shoot a lot of fun. (Freya is also about to leave for graduate study abroad, so it seemed fitting to have her “marry” her long-term shoot colleague & friend as a last hurrah!)
But would you believe that our first venue balked once we cast our models? Apparently the original venue owners felt that a shoot featuring two brides would be too niche (in Western MA?), so we were asked to replace one of them with a groom. We (politely) declined, and went to the Dream Away Lodge instead, which provided the perfect backdrop with loads of interesting details (seriously, the place is like a museum of quirk!) and a fabulously relaxed atmosphere. Bonus: they were wonderfully welcoming – they even cooked us a delicious lunch!
I personally think that inspiration can come from many different places and people, but all too often, minority or “non-traditional” couples have to guess whether or not they will be welcomed and understood if they don’t see themselves anywhere in a business’s promotional materials. Let this be a lesson in tolerance AND marketing savvy – steer too clear of the “niche” and run the risk of looking generic!
But never mind my soapbox… this shoot was anything but generic, and I’m so proud to have been a part of it.
Photography: Love + Perry
Venue: Dream Away Lodge
Event Coordinator, Details, & Prop Styling: Tanya Costigan, Bowties and Butterflies Event Planning
Wardrobe: Ryan Mainville, Pearl Bridal Boutique
Hair: Jenursa Adamites
Invitations, Menus, & Signage: Essentials
Rentals: Classical Tents & Party Goods
Models: Freya + Amber
I teamed up several times earlier this year with Binita Patel, and I’ve absolutely loved the results. This casual, playful couple’s shoot took place on a sunny day at the International Golf Club & Resort in Bolton, MA (the town where I attended high school, in fact!) Our bride & groom, Claudia & Brian, are a real-life engaged couple. Because Claudia is petite, Binita scouted out an adorable cocktail-length wedding dress from Pure Bliss, complete with pockets.
I used Claudia’s manicure as inspiration for her smoky plum eye makeup, complete with false lashes and peachy cheeks & lips to enhance her gorgeous freckled complexion. And I especially loved what the incredibly talented Maricruz did to her hair!