Makeup Artisty by Christy - The Blog
Planning on doing your own makeup for your big day? Get gorgeous and avoid wedding-day disaster with these 10 amazing makeup and beauty tips by local award-winning makeup artist Christy Lavallee of Christy & Co.
1) Treat early - Facials and peels can do wonderful things for your skin, but they often result in redness and breakouts after treatment. Make sure you do these treatments at least two weeks in advance to give your skin time to heal and get back to its beautiful self.
2) Moisturize, inside and out - The key to gorgeous, glowing skin is to properly prepare the canvas in advance. Applying a good facial moisturizer and eye cream will help to give your skin that dewy glow while eliminating dry, flaky skin that makeup can magnify. (Her faves - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, and Kiehl's Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment) And while you're at it, you should also moisturize from the inside out - drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your wedding. A well-hydrated body results in well-hydrated skin, enhancing your skin's natural glow and giving you a more flawless complexion.
3) Prime your canvas - To ensure that your foundation lasts the whole day, using a primer is essential. It prepares the skin for makeup by creating a protective base that foundation can grab on to, causing it to go on smoother and last a lot longer. There are several formulas available, including ones with tint and skin-brightening properties. (Her faves - Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer or Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer)
4) Match that foundation - Using the incorrect foundation color will result in a less-than-perfect makeup application, and is glaringly obvious in wedding photos. Many brides skin colors change before their wedding - either through various tanning methods (sun, tanning beds, or tan-enhancing creams) or from the loss of a tan (especially for fall weddings after the summer sun season has ended). The same foundation you used even a month before may not be the correct color for you now, so it's very important to get matched to the correct foundation color just before your big day. Swipe the foundation along your jawline in natural daylight. If you can't see it, you've got the right match. (Her faves - Face Atelier Ultra Foundation (liquid), Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (cream), or Fortunate Face Minerals Foundation (powder))
5) Keep the shimmer in check - Most brides will want to apply some shimmer for their wedding day. When applied just the right way, it adds to the beautiful natural glow you already have. However, when too much shimmer is used, it can make your face look sweaty or oily - especially in wedding photographs. To keep it natural looking, apply the shimmer to only one place, preferably the cheekbones or brow bones. Also, just give it a light dust to avoid the 'sweaty' look! (Her faves - Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Backed Powder in Highlight 01 or Nars The Multiple in Copacabana)
6) Don't overdo it! - While a formal event most certainly calls for a more glamorous look, too many brides seem to think that more is better when it comes to makeup for their wedding day. Use the rule that states to focus on one feature - pale lips with smoky eyes, or a bold lip with less shadow. While a slightly heavier makeup application is certainly called for - after all, your face is competing with a white gown, camera flashes and possibly even direct sunlight - the key is to still look like you, just better!
7) Go for Classic Beauty, rather than Trendsetter - Your wedding day photos and videos will be with you for the rest of your life. As beautiful and stylish as trendy makeup can be, it's probably not something you're going to want to look back on years from now. We don't want to cringe while looking at our wedding photos the way people do when reflecting back on their 80's prom pictures. Stick with classic and timeless. (Her faves - The Romantic: a slightly smoky, defined eye with rosy lips and cheeks, or Old Hollywood: nude eyes, winged liner and a bold, red lip)
8) Racoons are not invited - One of the biggest mistakes brides-to-be make is wearing mascara and eyeliner that isn't waterproof. Chances are you will get teary-eyed as you and your honey share those special wedding moments. Nothing is more unsightly than mascara streaks running down your face, captured for eternity in your wedding photos. Cosmetic companies have created waterproof mascaras and eyeliners for this purpose. Make sure to use waterproof makeup that will stay put - even through your tears of joy! (Her faves - L'Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Carbon Black, and Femme Couture Ultra Smooth Gel Liner in Black)
9) The brows have it- Your brows are a central and important feature on your face, more so than many people realize. When they're well groomed, they can enhance your eyes and your entire look. If yours are out of control, it's worth the money to let a professional groom them. Just make sure to have any tweezing and grooming done at least a few days before your wedding rather than the day of - these often result in redness, and the wax residue left behind can leave areas where makeup has difficulty blending. For the day of, choose a powder shadow two shades lighter than your natural brow color, and lightly fill them in to give your brows more shape and definition. (Her faves - Ardell Brow Defining Palette or Anastasia Brow Powder Duo)
10) Lipstick longevity - To give your creamy lipstick some added staying power, work in this order: powder your lips with translucent powder, line and fill in your lips with a liner that closely matches your natural lip tone, apply lipstick, blot, apply another light dusting of translucent powder, apply a second coat of lipstick. If you like the look of gloss, apply just a dab in the middle of the lower lip. (Her faves - Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color or Laura Mercier Lip Stain) If your lips are naturally dry, be sure to apply a balm at least half an hour in advance to plump and alleviate dry, cracking lips (Her faves - Lucas' Papaw Ointment or Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15) If your lips are not dry, and a long-lasting lipcolor is your preference, there are some out there with great longevity that do not overly dry out lips. (Her faves - Sephora Creamy Lip Stain or Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge)
New Year's Eve is a very popular wedding date, and this past years' was no exception! Last year we had the pleasure of working with 3 brides for their NYE weddings, and our beautiful bride Liz was one of them. Because we were fully booked up in the afternoon when Liz first reached out to us, we scheduled her makeup services for 11am. So in these photos below, this makeup was on her face from 11am until past midnight. 13 hours later and her makeup still looked flawless! (Reason #1 why hiring a professional artist is so important!)
I have summer on the brain... I can not wait for the warmth and sunshine! When I start feeling like this, I love to go through some of the wedding photos of our brides from past summers. Something about the combo of love, joy, prettiness, & all that green stuff in the background that makes me feel happy!
Happy March!! After a very long, cold, snowy winter, I am so glad to say that Spring is on it's way! (Along with wedding season, and many more beautiful brides of whom we get to share some of their day with!)
We've received quite a few reviews from our past brides recently, so I decided to log into our listing on WeddingWire to read some of the wonderful things they've said about us. How excited/happy/proud was I when I saw this pop up?
One of the things I love most about my job is getting to meet some pretty awesome people on a regular basis. Vendors, fellow artists, brides and their bridal party members... It's fantastic how many wonderful people I get to meet in this industry! And this gorgeous bride is one of those people. Meet Dana. A beautiful person both inside and out who, months after her wedding, is still managing to bring tears of joy to my eyes (more on that later).
This past summer I had the privilege of witnessing one of my amazing friends of many years get married to a wonderful man. There are special, kind people in this world, and Katie is one of them. I was so happy when she asked us to provide the hair and makeup for her wedding at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA this past August! (And super excited that she chose my friend Alvah Reida to be her photographer for the day!)
Now that bridal season has slowed down a bit, it's time to get caught up on sharing images of some of the stunning brides we've had the pleasure of working on this past year! First up is the blonde bombshell Kaitlyn, who had her wedding this past August at The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA. This is a favorite venue of mine which we work at quite a bit. It's rustic, romantic, and beautiful, with amazing views of rolling hills that form the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. And the extremely talented Aubrey Greene Photography did a fantastic job capturing all this beauty in these gorgeous photos below (they were all so beautiful I had a hard time narrowing them down to my usual few.. so there's a few more. Ha!). All makeup by our fab artist Betsy. <3
One of the things I love to do most is doll up my daughter, Ciana, who happens to be a high school senior this year. She's never been a girly-girl - in fact she doesn't even wear makeup (how is this child mine? ha!) - so on the rare occasion that I get to do her hair and makeup, I am thrilled!
One thing that I love about doing bridal makeup is the variety of looks I get to do on my brides. Some want glam, some want soft & romantic, and some just want to be a natural, more beautiful version of themselves. Our bride Kelsey, who was married this past summer at the Leicester Country Club, was definitely the latter. She has such a natural statuesque beauty about her that there was no need to do anything dramatic. I lightly contoured her eyes and face, added a pretty soft pink to her lips & cheeks, and gave her an all-over glow with a bit of bronzer and highlighter, while Renee gave her a half-up half-down hairstyle with loose waves. Here are some of the photos from Kelsey's big day, courtesy of Jacqueline Quinn Photography.
We are in the midst of wedding season again, and Wow! does time fly when you're having fun! It was exactly a year ago this coming weekend that we headed off to the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA to create some romantic hair and makeup looks for these 10 gorgeous ladies. I can't believe how quickly time has passed, because I swear it feels like just yesterday that we were dolling these girls up, and having a great time doing so. That's what happens when you love what you do! :-)
A couple months ago we traveled up to Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA to do bridal hair and makeup for Alexandra's early spring wedding on Wachusett Mountain. Many times when a bride has a rustic farm-style wedding they request a less formal hair style and more natural makeup. Alex wanted just the opposite, and boy, did she rock it! She wanted drama on her eyes, so I smoked them out and added some lush, flared lashes, while Renee created a gorgeous low up-do paired with a braid. Who says you can't have drama on your wedding day? The trick is to keep it classic... classy... both!
This past Fall our makeup artist Betsy had the opportunity to do makeup for a super glamorous Great Gatsby-themed wedding at The Providence Biltmore in Providence, RI. The bride, Katie, is a fellow hair & makeup artist (and gorgeous, to boot!), so we were extremely flattered and very happy to have her ask us to play a part in her day. Here are some of the photos from her stunning wedding, by Rebecca Arthurs Photography.
One of the things I love best about what I do, is getting to connect with so many different people on one of the most important days of their lives. And when that person is someone you've known for decades, it's even better!
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.