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Bridal Hair & Makeup | The Crane Estate Wedding | Ipswich, MA | Glenn Livermore Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 04/03/14

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!


Colleen and I grew up in the same town, so I've known her..  well... for what seems like forever. She's younger than me, and we hung out with different crowds, but she's one of those people whose personality and talent make them a memorable figure from childhood (Colleen is an AMAZING dancer!). I was so very happy when she contacted me for hair and makeup for her wedding!  She had a large party - we provided makeup for 13 people and hair for 12 (the bride's hair was done by a friend of hers) - so our whole team took part in beautifying this bridal party.

Here are some of the photos from her beautiful day at The Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA. Photos by Glenn Livermore Photography.

Wedding hair and makeup for The Crane Estate - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Colleen has the most amazing freckles! It's very important when doing makeup on freckled skin that the foundation be a certain "middle ground" shade - you don't want to match their base skin color, because then they will feel pale, and you don't want to match the colors of their freckles either (obviously!). I always choose a foundation a few shades darker than their base color, usually one with a pink undertone. When applied sparingly, this will even out their skin, hiding any imperfections, but will still allow the beauty of their freckles to show through. 

Bridal hair and makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

A bevy of beauties!

Bridal hair and makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

And I love this picture of Colleen's mom, who we also did makeup for.

Mother of the bride makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Doesn't Sue resemble Julia Roberts? (I went to school with her, too, as well as some of the other girls in the bridal party.) And the bridesmaids' beautiful necklaces and earrings, and the bride's bracelet, were custom-made by a mutual friend of both mine and Colleen's, Joann LaRochelle. (Seriously, what an amazing bridal party gift! Jewelry made to your specifications, to match your wedding, that the girls can wear over and over again!)

Bridal hair and makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

These shots are just so beautiful!

Bridal hair and makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for The Crane Estate wedding - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

And here's a link to their amazing Same Day Edit video that Epic Filmmakers created and played at their wedding reception: Aaron & Colleen Same Day Edit.

Your day was simply gorgeous, Colleen! Thank you for asking me to be a part of it. I wish you and Aaron many years of love and happiness (and will look longingly at all the photos you post of your world-wide travels). Cheers!  :-)

Venue: The Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA
Videography: Epic Filmmakers
Custom-made Jewelry: Handmade Jewelry by Joann
Makeup and Hair:  Christy & Betsy (makeup) and Sarah & Renee (hair) of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.


Bridal Hair & Makeup | Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding | Spencer, MA | Solare Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 02/24/14

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.


Liz wanted a vintage makeup look - winged liner paired with a deep lip.  And she rocked it so well!  Here are some photos from their fabulous day, courtesy of Nora of Solare Wedding Photography.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding male grooming by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Brudal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup and hair by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Congratulations Liz and Dave!  Thank you SO MUCH for a fun, laugh-filled day!

Hair and Makeup: Sarah & Christy of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.



Bridal Hair & Makeup | Publick House Wedding | Sturbridge, MA | Heather Fuller Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 02/13/14

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!)


Last year Betsy & Renee had the opportunity to do hair & makeup for Erin, one of our beautiful Publick House brides. Both the bride and groom are medieval reenactors, so the theme of their wedding was A Midsummer Night's Dream. How cool is that?! Here are a few images from that day, by Heather Fuller Photography.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

(Ugh... this beautiful green-ness is making me long for spring!! The grounds at the Publick House are beautiful, and so well-maintained!)

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for Publick House wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

I loved their table linens!  Very 'medieval meets modern' vibe. And how about the fairy cake topper?

Publick House in Sturbridge, MA wedding

And finally, what would a wedding be without a giant medieval horn to drink from?

Publick House wedding

This wedding certainly did look like a ton of fun (I'm sad I wasn't part of it myself)! Thanks again Erin, for choosing our team to provide your bridal beauty services!

Hair and Makeup: Renee & Betsy of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.


Julianne's American/Hindu Fusion Wedding - Tower Hill Botanic Garden - Boylston, MA

by Christy Lavallee on 02/11/14

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!


We had the honor of working with Julianne this past July, providing hair and makeup for her stunningly beautiful American/Hindu fusion wedding at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, located in Boylston, MA. 

Check out some of the images from her wedding, photographed by Matt Wood Photography.  (And the gorgeous details put together by the event planners at Something Borrowed Something New Events!)

Bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Preparations began at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, MA.

Bridal hair design by Renee of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

I love this photo!  It shows off the beautiful hair design Renee created to be paired with Julianne's American wedding gown.

Bridal hair design by Renee of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Mother of the Bride makeup by Christy Lavallee of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal party hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Hindu American bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

We changed up Julianne's hair a bit for the Hindu ceremony, to give it more height, and better support the dupatta she was wearing on her head - which can get very heavy due to all the beading!

Hindu American bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Hindu American bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Hindu American bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

The Hindu ceremony...

Hindu American bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Hair and makeup for Tower Hill Botanic Garden wedding

Hair and makeup for Tower Hill Botanic Garden wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Hindu American bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

And then back in her American gown for the American ceremony.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for Tower Hill Botanic Garden wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

And this shot in front of the Orangerie just makes me sigh....  So beautiful!  

Bridal hair and makeup for Tower Hill Botanic Garden wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Julianne truly had the best of both worlds with her wedding.  We were so honored to be chosen to play a part in it!

Photographer: Matt Wood Photography
Venue: Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
Hair & Makeup: Christy and Renee of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Indian Wedding Makeup for Pooja - The Crane Estate - Ipswich, MA

by Christy Lavallee on 01/18/14

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.


Pooja's wedding was held at a stunning venue known as The Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA, a castle-like mansion overlooking the ocean.  It is certainly one of the most breath-taking venues here in New England.

Pooja wore a very colorful sari for her ceremony - pink, gold, green, red & purple. Her changeover outfit for her reception was primarily gold with accents of pink. Since we weren't going to do a makeup changeover on her (which is common for many South Asian weddings), we decided to go with shades of pink and gold for Pooja's makeup, that would beautifully accompany both of her outfits.

Here are a few images from Pooja's perfect day. (Photos by the very talented Prudente Photography.  Her wedding is currently being featured on their web site, so head over there if you'd like to see even more photos from her spectacular Indian wedding!)

Pink and gold makeup for Indian wedding

Indian wedding makeup at The Crane Estate

The Crane Estate

Indian wedding makeup at The Crane Estate

Indian wedding makeup at The Crane Estate

Pink and gold Indian wedding makeup

Pink and gold makeup for Indian wedding

Indian wedding makeup at The Crane Estate

Pink and gold Indian wedding makeup

Indian wedding at The Crane Estate

Makeup for Indian wedding

Indian wedding makeup at The Crane Estate

Indian wedding makeup at The Crane Estate

Are you feeling it?  The Indian Envy?  (sigh...)  So beautiful!!  

Thank you so much Pooja, for choosing us to provide the makeup for your wedding! 

Venue: The Crane Estate, Ispwich, MA
Makeup: Christy & Betsy for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.


Redheads, Freckles, and Makeup

by Christy Lavallee on 12/14/13

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.)


One of the biggest concerns I hear from redheads is that most people don't know the proper way of applying makeup to them - so much so that they tend to shy away from having it done professionally, and sometimes even avoid applying it to themselves. And for those with heavily freckled skin, it's even more difficult!  Natural redheads are almost always fair-skinned, and when their faces are covered with much darker freckles, it can be quite difficult to figure out which foundation shade they should be applying.  (Tip - For all you heavily freckled beauties out there, I usually choose a foundation shade with a pink undertone that is a few shades darker than the lighter color of your skin. This will usually blend very nicely with all the colors in your skin without looking like you are trying to fade out your freckles... or look like an Oompa Loompa.)

The trick to mastering redhead makeup is to realize that a little goes a very long way. Most redheads have very fair features - along with light skin, they often will also have barely there brows & lashes - so even the tiniest bit of makeup can seem very dramatic to them.  

This before & after shot of Ryann from her bridal trial is a perfect example.  The makeup I applied to Ryann is something most people would consider fairly natural, but on her, the difference is quite dramatic.

Before and after makeup for redheads

Of course this much makeup was exactly what Ryann was looking for, but even this could be too much for some! Take my beautiful freckled bride Erin for example.

I first met Erin when I did the makeup for her boudoir photo shoot in Boston.  As soon as I got home from the city that afternoon I had an email in my inbox from her, asking if I would be available to do the makeup for her upcoming wedding. Erin had never had a good experience with a professional makeup artist before, and told me numerous times how excited she was that she finally found someone who knew how to do makeup on freckled redheads!  In addition to that, Erin never wears makeup, so it was very important to her that any makeup I apply look completely natural.  She wanted to look and feel like herself on her wedding day!

Natural bridal makeup on freckled redheads

I applied a light application of silicone-based airbrush makeup to Erin's skin, just enough to even out any imperfections and give her a dewy, natural finish. A bit of blush on her cheeks, a hint of color on her lips, and some definition to her brows & eyes were the perfect touch for Erin's "no makeup" bridal look.

Natural bridal makeup for freckled redheads

She was absolutely glowing!

Natural bridal makeup for freckled redheads

Another one of my favorite redhead brides is Michelle.  Michelle's look was completely different from Erin's, more of a happy medium in terms of makeup (similar to the look I gave Ryann, but warmer colors) - I gave her matte flawless skin and played up her eyes a bit more, using warm neutral tones that played off of the copper shades in her hair.

Bridal makeup for freckled redheads - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.
(Michelle's photos are by Brianna Verdolino)

Somebody is looking flawless!  I love her eyes - look how they pop.

Natural bridal makeup for freckled redheads - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

And finally there's Colleen. For as long as I've known her, Colleen has been a dancer. And dancers are very familiar with wearing makeup - lipstick, false lashes, the works. So when Colleen came to me for her bridal beauty look, I knew I wanted to give her something a bit more dramatic than the typical redhead would wear, but something that was still natural and bridal appropriate. (My mantra is "Look like the best possible version of yourself. Nothing too dramatic and nothing that will date your photos.") So I gave Colleen the beautiful bridal smoky eye that I love so much paired with a gorgeous set of demi-wispy false lashes, and warmed up her skin with a bit of bronzer.  Radiant!

Natural bridal makeup for freckled redheads - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.
(Colleen's photos are by Glenn Livermore Photography)

Natural bridal makeup for freckled redheads - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Natural bridal makeup for freckled redheads - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

(I don't want to show too many shots from Colleen's wedding, because I still have a whole blog post to do on just that!  (sigh...) So beautiful. She even had some red-headed bridesmaids!)

So there they are...  Four stunning freckled redheads, all with very different makeup looks, but keeping to one single theme - keeping it natural!

xoxo

Vintage Bridal Makeup for Shannon M. - Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA

by Christy Lavallee on 12/08/13

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).


When I first met Shannon, everything said "vintage bride".  Her look, her venue, her headpiece...  When she added in that she wanted to wear red lipstick, I swooned.  

Here is a before & after from Shannon's bridal preview run with us back in March. Renee gave her short bob some body with loose wavy curls while I did a little vintage magic to her face with a thick winged liner & ruby lips.

Before and after of vintage hair & makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

In April on the day of her wedding, we all headed to the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA for the bridal beauty preparations. Shannon was the epitome of joy, she just could not stop smiling!  I even had to point out to her how very difficult it was to apply red lipstick to someone who can't relax her mouth.  ;-)

Vintage bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Vintage bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

It was contagious. My face hurt by the time I left.  

Bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

And when I saw the stockings she was going to wear under her gown, I almost died... One leg had a machine gun and the other had a handgun.  (See the whole correlation with Bonnie & Clyde now?  Vintage look complete with guns...  This girl was my own personal Bonnie bride.)

Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

We did the hair & makeup for Shannon's three bridesmaids as well. 

Bridal hair & makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Here's a gorgeous shot of the four of them all dressed up & ready to go.

Bridal hair & makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Vintage bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Vintage bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

And I loved how Shannon and Jason had their dog Boo as their ring bearer.

Vintage bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

And they lived happily ever after! (Something tells me Shannon is probably STILL smiling!)

Vintage bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Shannon, I can honestly say I don't think I've laughed so much while working EVER. Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your extremely joyful day, and for sharing some of that eternal happiness with us.


Venue: Willowdale Estate, Topsfield, MA

Smoky Eyes and Lashes! - Bridal Makeup for Jennifer D. - Saphire Estate in Sharon, MA

by Christy Lavallee on 11/06/13

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.


For brides with blue eyes, I love using a plum shadow, and a smoky plum eye is just gorgeous. Paired with a plum or rose-colored lip, it gives drama while brightening up the features, as opposed to your typical dark smoky eye and nude lip, which is quite neutral.

Here is a shot from Jen's bridal trial at the studio - note the gorgeous set of lashes!  As soon as I saw her I knew she had the perfect eye shape to rock this demi-wispy style.

Dramatic bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Jen's wedding was held this past June at the Saphire Estate in Sharon, MA.  Here are some of the professional shots taken by photographer Zev Fisher.

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Photo by Zev Fisher Photography

Hair was done by the fabulous Heather Cohen of I Do.

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Photo by Zev Fisher Photography

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Photo by Zev Fisher Photography

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Photo by Zev Fisher Photography

I just love happy bride photos! :-)

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Photo by Zev Fisher Photography

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Image by Zev Fisher Photography

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Image by Zev Fisher Photography

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Photo by Zev Fisher Photography

Such a gorgeous couple!

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Photo by Zev Fisher Photography

I also did the makeup for her mom...

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Photo by Zev Fisher Photography

And some of her bridesmaids, too.

Bridal makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Photo by Zev Fisher Photography

And not long after the wedding, I received this beautiful thank you note in the mail:

Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. thank you note

Thank you so much Jen, for your thoughtful words, and for choosing me to be a part of your special day!  Wishes of much love and happiness to both you and Ryan!

Julie's Wedding at Larz Anderson Park - Brookline, MA

by Christy Lavallee on 08/22/13

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.

Airbrush makeup by Christy Lavallee - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Airbrush makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Airbrush bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Airbrush bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

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!) 

Airbrush bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Congratulations Julie, and thank you again for letting us be a part of your simply stunning day!

Natural Bridal Makeup - Maggie's Wedding at Harrington Farm - Princeton, MA

by Christy Lavallee on 07/30/13

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!

Indian Cambodian Wedding Makeup - The Westin Waltham Boston

by Christy Lavallee on 06/27/13

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!

Review : Sephora Cream Lip Stain

by Christy Lavallee on 03/14/13

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.

 

 

Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. Awarded Two More Prestigious Awards!

by Christy Lavallee on 03/01/13

We are starting off 2013 the right way! 

     

Hooray!!

 

Bridal Makeup for Mckenzie K. - The Barn at Gibbet Hill, Groton, MA

by Christy Lavallee on 03/01/13

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!

STUNNING!  <3

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.  ;-)

 

Elegant Bridal Hair & Makeup for Raquel | Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding | Spencer, MA

by Christy Lavallee on 02/01/13

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!

 

Christy Lavallee and her dad
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Hello, and welcome to my blogsite!  I'm a professional makeup artist specializing in airbrush and traditional makeup applications for weddings, proms, special occasions and photoshoots.  I work primarily throughout MA, CT and RI, but am available to travel elsewhere upon request.  I absolutely love what I do and translate this into my work each and every day.  I feel honored to be selected by so many amazing people to be a part of these special times in their lives.

I use this blog as a journal of my experiences as a makeup artist.  I feel this is a great way for my clients to get a better feel as to what I can do, as well as the type of person I am.  Additional examples of my work can be found in my portfolio and before and after sections of my website.  Please check back often and feel free to leave comments if you see something you like!

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WeddingWire 2012 Bride's Choice Award Winner
Boston A-List 2012 Winner - Best Wedding Makeup
Boston A-List 2011 Winner - Best Wedding Makeup