2014 into 2015 Bridal Beauty

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Hello my beautiful friends and Happy New Year! As I gear up for the 2015 Bridal season and projects in the pipeline, I just wanted to thank you all for your support and love in 2014. It was yet another very successful year and relocating to the Boston area has been quite an experience. I have made quite a few new connections/friends and have collaborated on a variety of projects- I cannot wait to collaborate with these artists again in 2015!

I just wanted to share a few highlights from 2014- some fun trends, great products and great experiences from 2014!

Dramatic Looks

Drama was the most frequented description of looks in 2014- dramatic eyes, lashes, lips- looks! I had several brides, such as Courtney and Jamie, ask for dramatic looks for the late-day weddings.

Photographer: Ryan Brenizer

Photographer: Ryan Brenizer

Courtney, an October 2014 bride, wanted bold lips and winged liner for her Gatsby Themed wedding. She fell in love with this wine colored lipstick from MAC Cosmetics. She purchased (and chose!) the color & liner for touch-ups throughout the night, which ensured her look was flawless. We also ensured that,along with her bold lips, we added a winged liner to accentuate her classic look with several layers of lashes and a professional quality makeup setting spray. I also provided her a touch-up kit which included oil blotting papers, several sponges with powder for quick and easy touch-ups.

PRODUCTS USED:
Foundation- Face Atelier custom blend
Cheeks- Stila Convertible Color in Rose
Eyes-  Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette – Mind
Liner #1- Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liner
Liner #2- NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner
Lashes- Ardell Individuals
Brows- Senna Brow Book (get your own specific color at Gloss48)

Photographer: Tim Kendrick Photography

Photographer: Tim Kendrick Photography

Jamie also went with a more dramatic look for her early evening backyard wedding. I love when brides come with an open mind and just say “I WANT DRAMA!”, which is exactly what Jamie wanted. To keep with the clean colors of her wedding, we opted to go dramatic with the brows and eyes, but keep the lips simple. Jamie personally loved Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Nude, which gave her just the right amount of color on her lips.

PRODUCTS USED:
Foundation- Face Atelier custom blend
Cheeks- NARS Blush in Oasis
Eyes-  Stila In the Light Palette  & In the Know Palette
Lashes- Ardell Individuals
Brows- Senna Brow Book (get your own specific color at Gloss48)

 

Soft Looks

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE dramatic looks, but I am also a huge fan of bringing out one’s natural beauty with a softer look. My cousin, Romar, opted for a softer look for her outdoor wedding in New Hampshire. Romar has amazing skin (she got the good genes), which we wanted to glow,so we primed with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance  and highlighted with Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer  on her cheekbones and nose, just to give a bit more shimmer. Cheeks were kept simple using NARS Blush in Orgasm (I feel weird writing that out, haha!). Of course, we added quite a few lashes to bring out her eyes.

1796764_10203637515171513_3104928197403719188_oPRODUCTS USED:
Foundation- Face Atelier custom blend
Cheeks- NARS Blush in Orgasm
Eyes-  Stila In the Light Palette  & MAC Cosmetics Embark in the crease
Lashes- Ardell Individuals
Brows- Senna Brow Book (get your own specific color at Gloss48)

 

 

 

Chelsea also opted for a softer look for her Fall daytime wedding. We went with more browns to bring out Chelsea’s eyes, which she wanted to accentuate. We also layered on those lashes for a little bit more glamour, and finished off with a soft pink lip, such as Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Lip Color in Pink Rose. Her touch up kit included a sample of the lip color and a brush applicator for touch-ups throughout the night.

Photographer: Zolla Photography

Photographer: Zolla Photography


PRODUCTS USED:
Foundation- Face Atelier custom blend
Cheeks- Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Eyes- LORAC Pro Palette
Lashes- Ardell Individuals
Brows- Senna Brow Book (get your own specific color at Gloss48)

 

Want to see more looks from this year/other projects I worked on? Head over to my Portfolio page! While I gear up for another bridal season, I am eager to discover new products and stock up my kit. I look forward to the 2015 Wedding Season and cannot wait to work with more brides!

Dia De Los Muertos 2.0- a new twist on a Mexican tradition

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Photographer: Jewel Photo
Photographer: Jewel Photo

Photographer: Jewel Photo

As some of you have previously read & seen, I have done Day of The Dead looks quite a few times. I absolutely love this tradition and being a first generation Mexican, I embrace the culture, including this one. Growing up, I was aware of the Holiday, which falls on November 1st, and craved the sugar skulls my grandmother brought back from Mexico. We didn’t necessarily grow up making shrines or visiting the cemetery, but we did grow up reading about the tradition and hearing stories from my mother, who moved here over 30 years ago from Mexico City. My brother and I had a blast digging through the markets for hilarious dioramas of “skull people”, which I still currently have.

In 2012, I was asked to do Day of the Dead makeup and began my research into the tradition. I found a few photos which featured the “sugar skull” makeup, but drew inspiration from actual sugar skulls and art. Two years later, sugar skull makeup is HUGE and numerous tutorials can be found on Youtube, popular makeup websites, even makeup brand websites, such as MUFE and Illamasqua. Most recently, I was asked by Julie from Jewel Photography and Amylu from Misfit-Stream & Co. to apply Sugarskull makeup for a Dia de Los Muertos photoshoot, which will be used as promotional photos for a Day of the Dead Event at The Dirt Salon in Hartford on November 1st.

Because I have had several years of practice (and now have more experience using an airbrush machine), the foundation process was easier. I am also finding that a lot of costume stores have Dia De Los Muertos kits, which are great if you’re applying makeup to yourself, because they provide enough for one person to wear.

Here are some additional tips to achieve the perfect Dia De Los Muertos look:

  1. Always start with the base. You can go all white, grey,blue, etc. or you can do 3-4 shades lighter than your skin. If you are doing that, DON’T purchase a full size foundation- ask for a sample.
  2. Cheeks! After you apply your base, feel free to add some color to the cheeks. You can apply it right on the apples or follow your cheek bone. It’s also easier to apply cream blush if you’re going with a colored base.
  3. Invest in a cheap (but good) liquid liner to draw details on the face. Do NOT use the same liquid liner you use on your eyes. First of all, its unsanitary. Second, some of the color from the base may get onto the brush.
  4. Apply rhinestones with lash glue- just dot a tiny bit, wait 30 seconds, then apply to the face. Don’t go overboard or else you will end up with a gloopy mess.
  5. Draw Inspiration- I cannot tell you how many videos are out there for this look, but use them as inspiration. Google “sugar skulls” and see what is out there. Most importantly, though, make it your own and have fun with it!

PHOTOGRAPHER:Jewel Photography
MODEL: Amylu from Misfit-Stream & Co
JEWELRY: Fern Street Designs
CORSET: MayMac Design Studio
ART: Killustrate Studio
DRESS: The Wedding Dress

Photographer: Jewel Photo

Photographer: Jewel Photo

Photographer: Jewel Photo

Photographer: Jewel Photo

Photographer: Jewel Photo

Photographer: Jewel Photo

Photographer: Jewel Photo

Photographer: Jewel Photo

Falling for Fall Beauty

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Photographer: George Rivera

Oh hello! It has been awhile! Tis the wedding season and things have been quite a whirlwind (in a good way, of course). I have recently relocated to the Boston area as of January 2014, and continue to work throughout the entire northeast (NY,CT,MA,RI,VT,NH,ME).

I have been working with some amazing photographers this past year, including George Rivera, a Boston based photographer who specializes in wedding, fashion and editorial photography. Model Jennifer Drasich reached out to me with this amazing concept, and the results are fantastic. Josefina styled this shoot with some fantastic coats and accessories.

The look we went for was more natural than anything. Inspired by J Crew but with an edge- very minimal, focusing on the natural beauty of the models. The key was to achieve flawless skin (which Jennifer luckily had) and enhance the natural features. Yes- she is wearing makeup- but very minimal. We started with her skin and then used minimal colors to bring out her eyes, cheeks, bone structure and lips. We stuck with colors that enhanced her skin tone as well- nothing out of the ordinary or too crazy. This is proof that you do not need a TON of makeup to really enhance natural beauty.

LIST OF PRODUCTS USED:
MOISTURIZER
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè

PRIMER
Whip Hand Cosmetics Set the Stage Primer

FOUNDATION
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro in 2 & 3

BLUSH/FACE
Stila Cosmetics Convertible Color in Petunia

SmashBox Contour Kit

EYES
Stila Cosmetics Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette – Mind

BROWS
Senna Cosmetics Brow Palette

MASCARA
Cailyn Cosmetics Dramatic Impact Mascara in Black

LIPS
Rosebud Salve

Two Faced Cosmetics Perfect Lips Pencil in Perfect Nude

Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Raisin

Photographer- George Rivera

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Photographer- George Rivera

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Photographer: George Rivera

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Photographer- George Rivera

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

To hire or not to hire a Makeup Artist

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Jay Cavallaro Photography

Jay Cavallaro Photography

Many times I come across individuals who question why they should hire a Makeup Artist (MUA) for their wedding or not. Yes, it is another cost. Yes, it can be a bit pricey, but there are quite a few reasons as to why it is a good idea to.

I know what you’re thinking- “Um, aren’t you biased because you are a MUA?”…Even if I wasn’t an MUA, I would still encourage hiring a makeup artist for your wedding and, in fact, I would highly recommend that you include that into your budget initially when establishing one.

Here are a few reasons why my fellow MUA’s, photographer friends and vendors think you should hire one for your big day:

Photos Last Forever- If you’re investing in a photographer, you should invest in the way you look- Photographers are amazing. They are the reason why you really remember your big day. You may also invest a lot of time into meeting with multiple ones to find that match and/or investing a lot of money into one. You will want to make sure you have makeup that not only makes you look flawless, but that makes you look like YOU on your big day.

Flash can be your Best Friend- or Worst Enemy- Without the proper foundation or powder, flash can EASILY make you look washed out or ashy. Makeup artists use special HQ powders and makeup. We also know how to enhance your features i.e. eyes, lips, cheeks, etc. We also ensure that we have a variety of colors to match every skin color out there, which brings me to my next point…

Makeup Artists Invest $$$$ into their Kits- Any professional MUAs all agree- they’ve invested and are constantly investing in their kits. We are constantly looking out for the best quality makeup for our kits and attend workshops, conventions and more to learn about and buy the latest and greatest. I know for myself I have made trips to NYC just to stand in line for 2 hours to buy professional makeup- just for one brand (Make Up Forever). I am always reaching out to fellow MUA’s to find out what products they LOVE and can’t be without in their kits. Not to mention, airbrush?? It’s not cheap and you can’t buy that at the drugstore around the corner.
I’ve also heard “Oh, my friend will do it. She does her makeup really pretty so she can do mine,”- *forehead slap*- yes. There are people out there who do a fantastic job at makeup. Going out for the night? Sure. Let ‘em do it. But, please, not on your wedding day!

- Sweat Proof/Tear Proof/Kiss Proof- Professional MUA’s have products that will ensure your makeup lasts all day, all night, through the sweat, tears and kisses. It also has a lot to do with the makeup application process and understanding your skin and what works best for it.

You Want to Look Like Yourself- Sure, that super sultry smokey look with greys and blacks looks fantastic in person, but in photos? On your wedding day? Not so much. Before you sign any contracts with an MUA, make sure that you schedule a trial with them to make sure they are what you looking for/you like their work. They are here for you and to make you happy- if you tell them to make you look as natural as possible, they will. If you ask for green and orange eye shadow? Well, hopefully they’ll talk you right out of it.

- Quality v.s. Quantity- I may be repeating myself, and may be a bit contradicting, but it IS worth the investment. If your niece’s second teenage cousin agrees to do your makeup for $20 on your wedding day- then you will get a $20 look. If you invest $75+ on a Professional MUA to do your makeup, then hopefully it is worth the investment. If there is a MUA that is just starting out (we’ve all been there) charging you only $40, schedule a trial first before you book them- if they try and are serious about it/have aspirations, why not? Schedule a trial first.  Again, MUA have professional products and are trained to provide professional makeup applications.

-Last but not least- Stress-free!- The last thing you want to worry on your wedding day is makeup. It is YOUR day- have everyone do everything for you, including your makeup. MUA will have it all set up for you and ready-to-go. We’re there for you. Let us be.

So happy hunting and good luck looking for the perfect MUA for your big day!

xo V

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