If you are a soon to be bride you'll want to read this.
With wedding season upon us I thought I might compose a list of tips for the bride-to-be and her attendees in order to encourage a successful day of wedding prep, or beauty! First of all CONGRATULATIONS! As you may already know, hair and makeup are essential to achieving your desired wedding day look. As a makeup artist and hairstylist, it is my job to listen to your needs, but also advise you, in order to best convey the look you want to achieve on your special day.
Here are some ways to help the wedding hair and makeup prep go smoothly to ensure everyone is happy, while looking and feeling their best on the day of!
1. If you plan to change your beauty routine make sure you start a month before your wedding day to allow your skin to adjust. Having facials done a week prior can sometimes cause unexpected reactions or breakouts that can still be present a week later.
2. Wax about 3 days before the day. Give your skin a few days in case of reaction or redness.
3. Start an exfoliation routine, if you don't have one already. It is so important to remove excess build up and dead skin cells by exfoliating 1-2 times a week. This will create an ideal base for your makeup. A great, easy exfoliant is the Aloe Glyc by Lexli. Applied at night like a moisturizer, this aloe based exfoliater has a pH level near a chemical peel and sloughs off dead skin cells upon washing your face the next morning. (you can order a 2 week trial kit, that includes a cleanser, by Lexli [$25] by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org) The same goes for your lips! After all, you want them soft and kissable. Mary Kay has a great lip exfoliation and treatment kit, or if you're like me and would like to take a more natural approach you can try this tip from Makeup Artist, Ashley Karlson, "mix sugar with olive oil or coconut oil to create a sugar scrub for exfoliating and moisturizing your lips." This is especially important if you are prone to chapped dry lips.
4. Its a good idea to have your hair colored up to a week prior to your special day. Make sure, that even if you're trying to grow your hair out, that you are still keeping up with regular trims ad conditioning treatments. This way your ends are free of split ends and look smooth.
5. Arrive to your wedding prep with clean, manageable dry hair. Washing your hair the night before is best. There are certain hair textures that can get away with day 2 or 3 of not washing but ,please, if you have an oily scalp or use a lot of product wash and dry your hair the night before. Try to avoid using heavy leave-in products and oils. If you have curly hair, blow dry your hair or have a professional blow it out the day before instead of flat ironing. This will smooth out the curl without sacrificing body and movement needed for the formal styling. Hair that has been flat ironed, is weighed down by oils, or over worked may become resistant to holding a curl or style.
6. We like photos as references..however be practical in what you're choosing. If the person in the photo of the hair style you chose has long thick hair and yours is fine and shoulder length, keep in mind that the hair will not look the same. Instead try to draw inspiration or take certain things that you like from the photos in order for us to create a look suitable and unique to you!
***if you are looking for more length or fullness invest in clip-in extensions. They are great for brides because they can be installed the day of and taken out that night. Talk to your stylist for more info.
7. Wear a button down or zip-up top for your trial. Wearing a button down shirt, a robe, or zip-up sweatshirt is ideal in order to keep hair and makeup intact when changing clothes.
8. False lashes play such a huge role in helping to open up your eyes and and making them pop in pictures. They also can be scary to someone who's never worn them. If you don't like the drama or feel of a full strip they can be cut shorter and customized. The other option is to have your makeup artist use individuals. I prefer individuals or clusters because they are less obvious and can be customized to each persons liking and desired look. Whether its filling in sparse areas or just to add a flared look at the ends.
9. HYDRATION. Drink water. Keep hydrated. It is so important to your skin and body.
10. If you or anyone else having services done have ANY known allergies, please, inform your makeup artist and/or hairstylist well before your trial and day of.
***Most importantly, relax. Breathe. Enjoy your day and try not to stress about little things. It goes by so fast so its important to take in the day with positivity.
This is based on personal experience as a bride, hair stylist and makeup artist. My opinions and experiences may differ from others. There are no rules written in stone. These are friendly helpful suggestions. Feel free to add any other tips in the comments.
Thank you for reading and happy wedding planning to all! Xo
The end. Zombies have invaded the earth. Do you hide out as long as you can or do you band together, build a team of the roughest, toughest (and creative) bad-asses this side of Boston has ever seen?
This photo shoot, at Broadway Studios, was a collaborative of the creative. We had Photographers Sarah Wilson, Sean Hayes, Ichi Foto and JZ Zurawski. Models Julia, Shannon, Rick, Rich, Tiamarie & Emma D. The amazing Amanda Ortiz rocking hair! Wardrobe was set on "FIAH" by the very talented Jenny French. Jewlery designed & hand crafted by the incredible Jacqueline Ortega. Makeup provided by yours truly.
Jenny & Jacqueline are so extremely talented. Their looks set the stage for hair and makeup. Everything came together with the results being a team of some pretty intimidatingly fierce guys and gals. If only the members of the walking dead had #jennyfrench and #ortegadesigns....
Who would you want on your side?
Quality Ingredients. Thats what.
I was introduced to Pure Colors makeup about a week ago. After one day of using it I was hooked and immediately wanted to invest in this brand. I couldn't wait to learn all about it and share it with you. It is an exclusive product only available for sale by professionals in the industry, salons, spas and boutiques.
To the person who may be unfamiliar with the world of makeup, even the idea of purchasing makeup can be a very intimidating thing. A lot of people just know they want high quality products that have good ingredients but don't know where to start. One can sometimes only rely on what a product is advertising. So we tend to gravitate towards products with the words "mineral", "for sensitive skin" or even "natural". Look closely at those labels, for one can easily be deceived buy these words. Read the ingredient list and you may find that in fact there are natural or mineral ingredients in these particular products, but hidden among all those good ingredients are the synthetics, chemicals, fillers, oils and even talcs. It took a bad reaction to makeup wipes, for me to realize the importance of knowing ingredients. Find out what they do and why they are there. After all your skin is precious. I was always told to never skimp when it comes to what you're putting on your skin (and hair, of course.)
Pure Colors is 100% Mineral makeup.
It is made of 100% quality mineral ingredients, i.e., it contains NO fillers, chemicals, talcs or oils. A common filler (used to bulk up the product) is bismuth oxychloride. This synthetic ingredient is considered a heavy metal resembling arsenic and shares similar properties to lead and tin. Bismuth oxychloride is a skin irritant giving a reddish inflammation or rash and can cause the skin to itch. If you have rosacea or cystic acne, avoid products with this ingredient. It is important to note that Pure Colors does not contain bismuth oxychloride. In fact Pure Colors is safe for your skin. Its main ingredient, Titanium Dioxide, provides natural SPF, anti inflammatory properties and actually soothes the skin. It has no expiration date and does not support the growth of bacteria. Pure Colors makeup is suitable for all skin types, ages and ethnicities.
Not only is it extremely versatile but this makeup line offers a long lasting, build-able coverage. Pure Colors has a full range of products and color choices for face, eyes, cheeks, lips and even nails! Guys, don't fret! Pure colors is for you too. PureMan offers a line of pressed powders just for you. :) The opportunities are endless with this line. Whether you are a person who wants an everyday, quick 5 minute makeup application or someone who loves to play and experiment. Maybe you're a professional makeup artist, like myself, looking to expand your kit with a product you can retail.** Whatever your desire may be, Pure colors has something to suit your needs.
**Professional Makeup artists, students and Licensed Cosmetologists can sign up for a yearly membership ($17.50 or $35/year) and receive a 30-40% discount on all Pure Colors products based on above credentials. This is a great opportunity to build a kit or stock up on product that, yes, you can retail to your clients! Contact me if you are interested in a membership, more information, purchasing products or if you have any questions about Pure Colors.
Photograph by Sarah C Wilson Model is Kayla Caulfield
Styling by the House of Findings
Hair by Amanda Ortiz Makeup by Desire Reggiannini
Check out, the super talented photographer, Sarah C Wilson's work that made it into the January 2015 issue of Shoot Me Mag. Some of the images from the hunger games themed photo shoot are in there too! My good friend Julie Silva and I had the pleasure of doing makeup for this photo shoot that was put together by hairstylist, Amanda Ortiz.
See pages 194-197 of the magazine.
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Photograph by Iggy Barskov. Model is Monique Vacon.
Styling by Jenny French. Hair by Colleen McLaughlin.
Makeup by Desire' Reggiannini.
"In the 1920s, a new woman was born. She smoked, drank, danced, and voted. She cut her hair, wore make-up, and went to petting parties. She was giddy and took risks. She was a flapper."
On Sunday, Nov 30th, I was invited to do makeup for a Great Gatsby, roaring 20's, themed photo shoot. Taking place at Broadway Studios, consisting of a team of talented photographers, artists and models , in which i was honored to be a part of. The makeup has drama and depth. Theres great emphasis on the eyes and lips, to create an overall look that's sultry, mysterious and laced with rebellion, much like the 1920's "Flapper" Woman herself.
And the winner is.....The House of Findings!
Sunday October 26, 2014 I was invited to the SoWa open market in Boston, by Mayra Barbara Gonzalez Geurra, manager and buyer of The House of Findings, to do makeup for a halloween themed photo shoot, fashion show & costume contest. The makeup & styling for this event was inspired by the circus, or "Carnival of Curiosities". I got to divulge my creative side by creating makeup looks consisting of bold colors and geometric shapes. My good friend and fellow beauty artist, Julie Silva, rocked out some pretty funky braided hair creations. (stay tuned for pics) Mayra put together such a uniquely fascinating but equally amazing lineup up looks. The entire team was made up of so many talented artists, including Michael Rose, a Boston based photographer. From the photographers to the models, everyone came together to make for an exciting day. I was thrilled that I could contribute my artistry to the team.
The House of Findings is more than just a traveling and online boutique of amazing finds ranging from vintage to global. Search deep within the racks and you will find each piece has a story and personality all of its own. Mayra and Biorn are both inspiring and brilliant. You can visit their website or find The House of Findings on facebook!
"The House of Findings is a traveling pop-up shop and on-line boutique specializing in a mix of women's vintage clothing and accessories, emerging designers and artists, global finds including artisan and tribal goods, contemporary recycled and upcycled designs, and similarly sourced home furnishings. We like to call it a "collection of collections" because that's exactly how we break it down for you." -www.thehouseoffindings.com
On October 7, 2014 I had the pleasure of being part of the hair and makeup team for Denise Hajjar's fashion show at Club Royal for Boston Fashion Week.
I worked with Ashley Karlson Hair & Makeup as the hair stylist for this event. The evening's show was to benefit Dress For Success Boston and pay tribute to this amazing woman, Denise Hajjar, being in her 30th year as a resident designer. Dress For Success is such a wonderful program designed to help disadvantaged women, who have encountered difficulties as they enter or reenter the job market, find professional opportunities. DFS provides women with proper attire for an interview as well as a follow up with a personal shopper to build a professional wardrobe. Denise Hajjar donated a percentage of all items sold at the fashion show to DSF Boston.
A few of Boston's elite women were in attendance that evening to participate as "celebrity models " including Janet Wu, Linda Holiday, Yolanda Cellucci, Charlotte Richie, Simone Winston, and Tiziana Dearing. Heather Unruh, a local news anchor, also dedicated her time between shifts to emcee the show. I was honored to be among such powerfully inspiring women as well as to play a part in making this night a big success.
All in all the night was a whirlwind of incredible fashions and talented women. Denise put on such an amazing event for Boston Fashion weeks 20th year. Let us applaud her success and be ever inspired by her passion.
"At Dress for Success Boston, our mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women. We do this by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life." -www.dressforsuccess.org