Makeup Artisty by Christy - The Blog
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.
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.