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Senior Portrait Session Hair & Makeup | Harkness Memorial State Park | Waterford, CT | Lynn Quinlivan Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 10/22/14

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!


I contacted one of my favorite local photographers, Lynn Quinlivan, to do the honors of photographing my daughter for her high school senior yearbook. She suggested we take the photos at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, CT. What an amazing location! It honestly has a little bit of everything - gardens, beach, mansion, fields, amazing sunsets. So much gorgeousness in one spot!

I think it's important for the hair & makeup in senior portraits to reflect who the subject truly is. In this case, my daughter is very natural and rarely wears makeup, so I wanted to give her a very natural look - one that would focus on her natural beauty yet accent her features. Airbrush makeup for flawless skin, a nude contoured eye paired with a set of natural false lashes (just to open up her eyes a bit), and a pale pink lip was the perfect look for her. 

Here are some of my favorite shots from the day!

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

This one below is the one we decided to submit as her yearbook photo. Like every parent, I love when she smiles a natural smile!

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by  Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Senior portrait hair and makeup by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

I really love how these came out! Choosing one to print off and hang on my wall is going to be a difficult endeavor. Any help in choosing one would be greatly appreciated! :-)

Hair & makeup (and child) by Christy Lavallee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.








Naturally Pretty Wedding Hair and Makeup | Leicester Country Club | Leicester, MA | Jacqueline Quinn Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 09/30/14

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.


Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. | Leicester Country Club wedding

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. | Leicester Country Club wedding

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. | Leicester Country Club wedding

This is such a sweet photo of Kelsey and her mom, who we also did hair and makeup for.

Wedding hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. | Leicester Country Club wedding

And two of her bridesmaids...

Bridesmaid hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. | Leicester Country Club wedding

And her gorgeous daughter...  (This girl was so sweet and polite! She handed me a rose before I left, to thank me.) I keep flower girl makeup very light and age appropriate - a soft shimmer on the eyes with a touch of mascara, rosy blush on the cheeks, and a pretty pink lip stain.

Flower girl hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. | Leicester Country Club wedding

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - Leicester Country Club wedding

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. | Leicester Country Club wedding

Thank you Kelsey, for choosing us to play a part in your day, and for sending me these photos to share. Congratulations!!

Makeup and Hair: Christy and Renee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.


Romantic Bridal Hair and Makeup | Publick House Wedding | Sturbridge, MA | Debbie Segreve Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 09/09/14

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! :-)


I'm happy to be able to share some of the photos from Kelly's big day, by Debbie Segreve Photography. Flowy curls, loose updos, and rosy cheeks & lips - the look just screamed ROMANCE. 

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

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

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

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

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

I love this shot below! Kelly just looks SO happy here! She's glowing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

End of the night shots are always some of my favorites, not only because darkness has set in and the lighting creates a romantic atmosphere - but because 8 hours have gone by and her hair and makeup looks the same! THAT is what hiring a professional bridal beauty team is all about.

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

Happy 1st Anniversary, Kelly!!  <3

Venue: The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA
Makeup and Hair: Christy, Karrie and Renee for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Rustic Farm Wedding Hair & Makeup | Harrington Farm | Princeton, MA | Erica Ewing Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 07/21/14

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!


Here are some photos from her gorgeously misty early May wedding, by the amazing Erica Ewing Photography.

Bridal hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Hello GORGEOUS! 

Wedding hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal party hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

(Sigh....) The mist! Don't ever be disappointed, ladies, if your day isn't sunny. Look how beautiful an overcast, misty day can be.

Wedding hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for rustic farm wedding. Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Such a gorgeous bride you were, Alex! Thank you for choosing us to enhance that beauty. <3

Venue: Harrington Farm in Princeton, MA
Makeup and Hair: Christy and Renee of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

(To see more photos from Alex's wedding day, check out Erica's blog post here.)

Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup | The Providence Biltmore | Providence, RI | Rebecca Arthurs Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 05/31/14

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.


Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Gatsby Glam Wedding Makeup - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

So much beautiful at that wedding!! Congrats Katie & Dan!

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!

Christy Lavallee and her dad
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Massachusetts Wedding Makeup Artist and Bridal Hair Design - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. - MA Makeup Artist Christy Lavallee Professional airbrush makeup artistry and hair design for weddings. Based in Sturbridge, Worcester County, MA - serving Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
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Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.
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!

If you'd like to reserve me for YOUR special day, you can contact me here.

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