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I was so honored to be featured in local daily newspaper, The Hampshire Gazette – you can read the article online here or in the image below (click for full size):
I can’t think of a better way to lift the grey mid-winter drear than with a gorgeous bride, her handsome partner (with a bonus identical twin!), and bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers in bright beautiful fuchsia. (And who better to capture such a colorful love-in than Sandra?)
Shonna booked me a year in advance of her wedding (a strategy that paid off, since her June wedding fell on one of the busiest weekends of the year), and the makeup look was all about creating a contrast with her bright sky-blue eyes. She and her maids were so much fun to work with!
Catering: Seth Mias
Hair: Salon 241
Flowers: Forget me not Florist
Cupcakes: Benevolent Bakery
Dress: David’s Bridal
Custom shirt for Randa: Athan Vennell
Cara, one of my September 2012 brides, came via a recommendation from 2011 bride Melissa – very much appreciated! As requested, I did soft, subtle makeup for the lovely Cara and her mom (and also helped one of her maids with lashes) at one of the private houses at the Hotel Northampton. It was a wonderfully relaxed setting and I got to see a beautiful assortment of royal purple bridesmaids’ gowns in different hues – a wedding trend I’m really loving! Thanks to photographer Corey Torpie for sharing these images – you can see the full set at his blog here.
Photographer: Corey Torpie
Event Planner: Caroline Levine, Sweet Caroline Weddings & Events
Ceremony Location: Pines Theater at Look Park
Reception: The Northampton Center for the Arts
Hair: Brooke Shippa, The Chopping Block
Florist: Nuttleman’s Florist
I’m primarily an on-location artist. But sometimes, it’s just more cost-effective for clients to come to me for smaller jobs like bridal trial runs, makeup lessons, or makeovers for special events and photoshoots. I used to host such appointments in my kitchen, but then I’d have to set up and break down, and it didn’t have the best ambiance. I knew I had to find a better spot, ideally one that could always be ready for business (and double as storage for my supplies), but since I do mostly work on location I was ambivalent about renting commercial space for that purpose.
As it turns out, all it took was a little reorganizing! I am so pleased to announce that I have created a dedicated space for client consultations and makeovers right in my apartment – I’m calling it The Beauty Nook. It used to serve as an office (but, who am I kidding, most of the time I sit on the couch with my laptop anyway). It now serves as a workspace and also houses my supplies as well as all of my makeup-related books, DVDs, etc. I cannot even tell you how happy I am to finally have this space finally set up for clients!
Let’s take a tour, shall we? I thought I’d start with a simple video overview:
And here are some photos:
I just had my first client session in the new space tonight and I just love it – it’s so nice to have everything organized and ready to go (and it’s DEFINITELY nice to have less makeup stashed in my bedroom). I wish I had done this years ago – but better late than never! I look forward to many more bridal trials, makeup lessons, prom applications, etc. in “The Nook.”
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
(I dare you to look at these photos without getting that Warrant song stuck in your head!)
When lifestyle photographer Lynne Graves told me about her vintage-kitsch stock photo shoot idea featuring bright colors and a yummy cherry pie, I was immediately on board. She found the perfect model, too – professional food and event photographer Lena Teveris who also happens to be a gorgeous redhead and a natural in front of the camera. Lynne baked the perfect cherry pie for the occasion and supplied the vintage cherry-print apron; I brought my makeup kit and a handful of bobby pins to create a loose side chignon, and I painted her nails red, too.
For the vintage-inspired makeup, I let the softer colors in the apron influence my choice for Lena’s lips. So instead of giving her a fire-engine red pout, I opted for a softer coral-red that worked beautifully with her warm complexion (I used a coral pencil by Three Custom Color and a LipSurgence tint by Tarte called “Lust”).
This shoot was so playful and fun, and definitely activated my sweet tooth! (Not that it takes much to activate my sweet tooth.) I can’t wait to see the framed prints posted in Lynne’s studio.
It was beginning to look like the once-in-a-lifetime date, 11/11/11, would go unbooked… until Lisa contacted me in the month before her wedding. Huzzah! I’d hate to miss working on a cool date like that. But I had no idea just how cool it would be until Lisa told me that her wedding falls on “National Heavy Metal Day.” (My inner high school headbanger was so pleased!)
And when Lisa said that she’s a black smoky eye, “Kim Kardashian eye makeup” kinda gal, and I saw her big beautiful eyes in person, I knew there was no way I was going to try to talk this rock n’ roll bride into a softer, traditional bridal look. The dark eyes were perfect on her.
I did makeup for Lisa, retro glam-inspired makeup for her sister, a natural plummy look for her mother, and a little touch for the flower girl (who was DETERMINED to get into my chair and fought hard for the opportunity, desperately trying to edge out everyone else – hilarious!) And according to Lisa’s review, the makeup lasted through “an emotional ceremony, sweaty Greek dancing, all of it.” It was such a pleasure to work with this fabulous family.
(Oh – and the story behind the boxing gloves? Lisa met Keegan at the gym, where he taught cardio kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Lisa has been a huge boxing fan since watching Rocky as a kid, so, as she put it, “It was kind of kismet that we would meet because of boxing!”)
Photos: Lynne Graves
It was such a pleasure to work with Denise! She opted for a subtle smoky purple eye, softly defined skin and subtle lips to complement her beautiful outdoor ceremony at Look Park in Florence, MA.
Photography: Cathy Bunnell
This wedding took place way back in May (it can take awhile to get pro wedding photos, but it’s always worth the wait!) Karen wanted a very natural look to complement her free-flowing, romantic hairstyle and gown… just perfect for an outdoor ceremony on a day that, as I recall, was threatening to rain but held off long enough for her to enjoy her ceremony at Look Park. (I frequently find myself crossing my fingers that the weather will be to my clients’ liking… and so far, it has worked!)
Here was my “before” shot of Karen from our trial a few weeks before the wedding:
Isn’t she adorable?!? I never think of before photos as “less-than;” it’s just a different side of you – and I strive to capture that everyday essence in the makeup I do for weddings while making it camera-ready and feature-flattering. I really enjoy working with brides that aren’t necessarily big makeup wearers but want to turn up their look a few notches for a long day of being the center of attention!
Speaking of, here’s Karen on her wedding day, looking lovely!
Photos by Robert Castagna.