Makeup Artisty by Christy - The Blog
This past summer we had the pleasure of doing hair & makeup for Liz & David's wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA. Not only did we do hair & makeup for the bridal party, but we also did male grooming on all seven men in the groom's party! I have never seen a group of guys so excited to get in my chair & have their makeup done. They were hysterical, and we all had so much fun! And of course... they all look FLAWLESS in their photos.
Us gals at Christy & Co. are very blessed (and proud!) to be a preferred vendor for the Publick House Historic Inn here in Sturbridge. This means we have the pleasure of working A LOT of Publick House weddings, and we love it! This venue receives nothing but the highest of accolades from all of our mutual brides, regardless of the size of their wedding. Now that's the kind of venue we love to work with! (And how about them sticky buns?? Being a Sturbridge townie myself, I make frequent trips to their bakery. Those sticky buns are like crack!)
What's better than having one wedding? How about combining two into one? For our bride Julianne, that is exactly what she got to do!
Ready for a little Indian wedding gorgeousness? No matter how many South Asian weddings I have the pleasure of working, one thing remains constant - I am always amazed by the beauty of it all. The traditions, the color, the saris! The running joke between myself and the rest of my team is that we have 'Indian Envy'. I will not deny that.
I was just going through some of the most recent images my brides have sent me from their weddings this year, and it occurred to me, I have done a lot of makeup for freckled redheads lately! (And this is pretty awesome, because they are a favorite of mine to work on.)
I was just watching a preview for the new Bonnie & Clyde miniseries about to premier on television tonight and could not help but to think that this is a very appropriate time to do my blog post on one of this year's past Willowdale Estate brides, Shannon (you'll see why shortly).
As much as I love doing natural bridal makeup, it's always fun to add some va-va-voom to my bride's wedding day look too! That's what I love about the variety of bridal clients I get - everyone wants something different, and it keeps my creative juices flowing! So when gorgeous Jennifer came to the studio for her bridal trial looking for a bit more drama, I was just a bit excited.
One of my favorite things... When a bridesmaid I had the pleasure of working on at a past wedding hires me to do the makeup for their own wedding. Is that not the ultimate compliment? And so it was with this gorgeous bride.
I met Julie a couple years ago when she was a bridesmaid in a prior wedding (also named Julie! You can see blog posts of her wedding day and Trash the Dress shoot here). I was so happy when she reached out to me to hire us to do the makeup for her entire bridal party - 11 beautiful women!
Julie asked for a natural look but to play up her beautiful chocolate brown eyes. A bit of rosy blush, a soft peachy-pink lip, and a deep plummy brown shadow helped to create Julie's stunning bridal look.
Here are some of my fave photos of Julie's big day, by a fave photographer: Suzanna March Photography. Makeup by Christy, Betsy & Sarah.
When a bride chooses an amazing photographer, it can be really hard to choose a limited number of shots to post on my blog. :-) (So thanks, Suzanna, for being so awesome and making this so difficult!)
Congratulations Julie, and thank you again for letting us be a part of your simply stunning day!
Last month I had the pleasure of doing makeup for this gorgeous bride, her mom, her adorable flower girl daughter, and some of the bridal party. Maggie had her wedding at Harrington Farm, a stunning venue located on Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA. As someone who rarely wears makeup, Maggie requested a very natural look. I wanted to give her one that would make her look and feel herself, but give her a flawless finish both in person and in photos - and look great with her cowboy (cowgirl?) boots! :-)
All of these gorgeous photos are by Alvah Reida Photography.
I started off by giving Maggie flawless skin with a light application of airbrush makeup. For a bit of color I used a rose-toned blush on her cheeks.
Maggie has beautiful blue eyes, and I wanted to make them pop but still keep the look very natural. I applied a light bone-colored shade to her lids and contoured with a soft, medium brown shade - just enough to really frame her eyes.
On Maggie's lips I applied a coat of light pink gloss. I truly love L'Oreal's Infallible lip glosses - they are long-lasting and come in a range of beautiful colors. On Maggie I used "Blush".
I created a similar look on Maggie's mom, who also doesn't wear much for makeup and wanted to look natural. And wow, does someone look like their momma! How gorgeous are these two women?!
Maggie had a beautiful bridal party. And I just love the cowboy boots!
And this last picture of Maggie & her groom Travis is so prettyl! ((sigh...))
If you'd like to see some amazing video footage from Maggie's big day, click on this link: Maggie & Travis Same Day Edit Video. Epic Filmmakers did a fabulous job, as always!
Thank you Maggie, for choosing me to be a part of your truly beautiful day!
It's WEDDING SEASON! Which means we here at Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. are crazy busy doing what we love! I realize it's been a while since I've made a blog post, and seeing as how I just came across some amazing photos from a wedding I worked on last year, I figured now is a great time to share them with all of you! All of these gorgeous photos are by Nicole Chan Photography.
I met this Indian bride, Siddhi, a couple years ago when I did the makeup for her sister's wedding. She's a natural beauty, and I was thrilled when she contacted me to do the makeup for her own wedding this past September at The Westin Waltham Boston. As with most South Asian weddings, the day consisted of multiple wardrobe changes, with hair & makeup to match.
The morning ceremony look was a gold & burgundy eye paired with a sheer burgundy lip. Here's a shot of me putting the finishing touches on Siddhi's eye makeup.
Maricruz of Maricruz Hairstyles did a beautiful job on Siddhi's hair. Here she is pinning in Siddhi's dupatta. I love how the eye makeup looks when paired with Siddhi's green, red & gold sari.
And a couple shots of the bride all done up, ready for the ceremony.
LOVE this shot of Siddhi & her sister (our previous bride), Prachi!
A stunning shot of the Indian bride & her Cambodian groom...
Siddhi changed her outfit in between the ceremony & reception. How gorgeous is this?
For Siddhi's evening reception look, she donned a fantastic purple & turquoise sari - with eye makeup to match! The yellow undertones in Indian skin mean purple & green-blue hues look AMAZING on them.
Here's a combo shot that Nicole put together showing both the morning and evening makeup looks (Nicole, this image is a makeup artist's dream... thank you!).
Everything was so gorgeous! I have a major case of Indian envy right now. If you'd like to see Nicole's full blog post about this wedding, and all the amazing details and events that go on at an Indian wedding, check this link out right here: Boston Indian Cambodian Wedding. But I'm warning you, you'll most certainly develop a case of Indian envy yourself. ;-)
Thank you Siddhi, for choosing me to be a part of your amazing day!
So I'll be the first to admit, I'm really not a fan of most of Sephora's own line of products, so when I started hearing buzz about their Cream Lip Stains, I didn't pay much attention. About a month ago a friend of mine told me just how amazing they were, so I decided to buy myself one to test it out. The result? LOVE. A lipstain that goes on soft and creamy, doesn't crack, fade or bleed, and lasts for hours?! SOLD!
As a bridal makeup artist, I am always in search of a long-lasting, non-transferable, non-drying lipcolor. No groom wants to be sporting lipstick after his first happily married kiss with his wife, and most brides don't want to have to worry about touching up their lip color several times throughout the night. These amazing stains solve both of these problems.
Sephora currently has a range of 10 different shades. I am now the proud owner of 7 of them, pictured below.
From left to right:
01 Always Red - matte bold classic red
02 Classic Beige - matte pinkish deep beige
03 Strawberry Kissed - matte bright pinky red
05 Infinite Rose - satin golden peach
08 Cute Pink - shimmering bright pink
09 Endless Pink - bold satin fuschia berry
10 Everlasting Burgundy - deep shimmering mauve
All of the colors photographed true to shade with the exceptions of 03 and 09. For some reason both of those shades photographed more red than pink, and in reality, they have much more of a pink hue to them.
These lip stains are super pigmented, so if it's just a wash of color you are looking for, these will probably not be for you. The color payoff on them is wonderful, and they go on true to the color of the tube. Another plus is that they can be easily layered to custom blend shades. My suggestion when using these stains is to apply a good lip balm an hour or so in advance, to really smooth out & moisturize your lips prior to application. While these stains are not at all drying, they are not moisturizing either, so you want your lips to be soft and supple before applying color.
For those of us who love to wear a bright lip without worrying about bleeding, fading or transferring (think teeth & coffee cups), these are definitely worth their weight in gold.
We are starting off 2013 the right way!
A couple weeks ago we had the pleasure of doing makeup for the stunning Mckenzie and all 7 of her leading ladies. Let's just say that Mckenzie has GREAT taste in everything wedding, so I have been anxiously stalking her photographer's Facebook page in the hope of catching a sneak peek or two of her big day at The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA (one of my fave wedding venues). Well, Megan Dandeles Photography did not disappoint! Several days later, these beauties appeared. I couldn't wait any longer to share them!
So aside from me wanting to share just how beautiful these shots (and Mckenzie) are, I wanted to show you another non-professional photo that was taken while Mckenzie was getting ready. Have you ever heard professional makeup artists say you should wear your makeup a bit more dramatic than usual on your wedding day, for photos? Well, it's true, and this is why...
Compare Mckenzie's makeup in the photo above - taken indoors under flourescent lighting and without any processing - to the professional photos taken by Megan. The makeup looks completely different, does it not? This is the effect that natural light (and to some extent photo processing) has on makeup.
Now, Mckenzie specifically requested a smoky eye, so that's what I gave her - and she completely rocked it! Not every bride is going to be comfortable wearing that look, and I wouldn't be comfortable putting that on every bride. It's important that your makeup artist know this happy medium, the spot where you feel comfortable (& beautiful!) in person, yet your makeup is able to properly reflect back in photos so you don't look washed out. Because, let's face it: your wedding day will fly by, and what do you have left afterwards? YOUR PHOTOS. So you better look pretty darn amazing in them, right?!
So when you're having your makeup trial prior to your wedding, and your makeup artist tells you that you should wear your makeup a bit more dramatic than your normal routine of blush and lip gloss, listen to them. When you're looking back on your photos 10 or 20 years from now, you will not regret it. :-)
P.S. - You WILL be seeing more of Mckenzie in the future.. I am not done stalking her photographer's page... yet. ;-)
We are in the midst of the annual winter doldrums here in New England. Blah... But what better way to break them up than by going through all the photos my brides had sent me over the summer of their gorgeous weddings? And that is exactly what I have been doing today!
I am pleased to share these gorgeous photos of my bride Raquel's wedding. She was married at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA this past August. Molly Anne Photography did an amazing job on her photos and captured this bride (who is beautiful both inside & out!) and her day simply beautifully.
Raquel wanted a makeup look that was soft, natural & feminine. I used a combination of pinks and shimmery nudes on her, and lined her eyes all the way around with black (something I rarely do for brides, but Raquel had the right features to pull this off). The resulting look was a rosy bridal glow with just enough emphasis on her beautiful blue eyes.
Renee was in charge of creating the perfect hair style for Raquel. And when I say THE perfect style, I am referring to a photo that Raquel brought to her trial and wanted duplicated to a T. The style she chose was a full low bun with a wrap around braid - a gorgeous look, but difficult to do as Raquel needed more volume to pull this look off. Insert mesh hair chignon - literally! Bobby pinned into her hair, this was the perfect filler to give Raquel's bun the volume and fullness she desired.
Here are a few of the gorgeous images from Raquel's big day:
The rain trying to put a damper on her perfect day was no match against Raquel's radiant smile! And isn't Raquel's mom a beauty? It's obvious where Raquel gets her good looks from. We did her hair and makeup as well.
And her bridesmaids....
I love these shots of Raquel, they really show off the amazing hair style that Renee created for her!
And this was the shot featured on the Tejani jewelry website. They custom-made Raquel's pink and crystal chandelier earrings. They were stunning!
Raquel, you were fabulous to work with. Your wedding was gorgeous and it was a pleasure being a part of it. Thank you!
Have you ever dropped your pressed powder compact (or eyeshadow, blush or any other powdered cosmetic) and watched it break into a hundred pieces right before your eyes? I'm sure you've thought, "Oh Tiddlywinks! What am I going to do NOW?" And more often than not, most of us, in dismay, have picked up the pieces and proceeded to empty them into the trash. Well, I am going to give you a simple, quick, inexpensive way of fixing those cracked powders yourself!
This same scenario happened to me the other day on set of a photoshoot. I pulled out my highlighting powder by Smashbox (ha... such an appropriate name), and what did I see? A mess inside the compact, of course!
But not for long... :-)
Here are the two things you'll need to fix this mess: Isopropyl Alcohol (atleast 91%, or higher if you have it) and a flat toothpick.
The first thing you'll need to do is break up all the pieces with the toothpick - the smaller the better.
Then, depending on the amount of powder remaining in your compact, you want to add a little bit of the rubbing alcohol. My powder was brand new when it cracked, so I used two capfuls for this, but if your powder has been well worn, you will use much less. You want to get this to be the consistency of Elmer's glue - loose, but not completely liquid. Stir the alcohol into the powder until thoroughly combined - you do not want there to be any lumps. You can lightly tap the compact on a solid surface to remove any air bubbles and spread the liquid out evenly.
You can see in the photo above that the makeup is evenly spread throughout the compact, and a bit of the alcohol is floating on the surface. Now you'll want to set the compact aside for a few hours - the alcohol will evaporate during this time. If you have a cover or lid for your compact, make sure you leave it off so that the alcohol can evaporate properly. Once the product is completely dry, it is ready to be covered or used once again.
Voila! A completely repaired powder, good as new!
This is really such a simple fix! So the next time you smash your makeup, don't despair. Try this little trick and you'll be using that product again in no time!