When you meet someone as creative and passionate as you are, something magical happens. Ideas are exchanged, schedules are coordinated and then BOOM-it happens in the blink of an eye.
Photographer Hannah Cohen has an eye for pure raw beauty (thanks to her background in photojournalism). Back in the winter she reached out to meet up and exchange ideas/collaborate. We met for coffee and I left with two pages in my notebook full of ideas. With the bridal season coming up, we wanted to first collaborate on a stylized shoot featuring beautiful gowns and flower crowns. The Arnold Arboretum in the Boston area was a perfect spot to hold the shoot, especially because it has its own whimsical and natural beauty that would enhance the bohemian natural look we were going for.
Models Marlen Tjosvoll (who has an amazing singing voice, by the way) and Isabelle Sydney were perfect for the shoot, bringing phenomenal talent and natural beauty. Hannah worked her magic and reached out to Flair Boston for the beautiful lace gowns and asked Maple Loft Studios (and their drone..a drone with a camera on it…super cool) to join in on the fun.
Despite the brief bouts of rain, the shot went on flawlessly and the results are nothing but breathtaking.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!