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Top 10 Bridal Makeup Tips by Makeup Artist Christy Lavallee

by Christy Lavallee on 07/23/15

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 Bridal Makeup | Alpheus Wight Room - Sturbridge, MA | Heather Fuller Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 04/24/15

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!)


Here are some photos from Liz's gorgeous New Year's Eve wedding, celebrated at Sturbridge's newest wedding venue, the Alpheus Wight Room at the Collection at Wight Farm. Gorgeous rustic post & beam buildings! Definitely a spot for all you newly engaged couples to check out.


Bridal makeup for Alpheus Wight Room wedding in Sturbridge by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for Alpheus Wight Room wedding in Sturbridge by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for Alpheus Wight Room wedding in Sturbridge by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

This is about 7 hours later, and her makeup still looks gorgeous!

Bridal makeup for Alpheus Wight Room wedding in Sturbridge by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for Alpheus Wight Room wedding in Sturbridge by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for Alpheus Wight Room wedding in Sturbridge by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for Alpheus Wight Room wedding in Sturbridge by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

And 13 hours later her makeup is still going strong.. and so is she! :-)

Bridal makeup for Alpheus Wight Room wedding in Sturbridge by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.


Bridal Makeup for a Mountaintop Wedding | Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA | Shawna Shenette Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 04/10/15

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!


Today I want to share some photos from this beautiful wedding up on Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA. Lindsey got married in July of last year, on an overcast day that created the most beautiful soft light, which is amazing for bridal portraits! It always shows off the makeup so wonderfully. Lindsey doesn't usually wear a lot of makeup, so I created a very soft & natural makeup look for her wedding - almost a "no makeup" look, with just a hint of focus on her beautiful eyes by adding some false lashes. 

Here are some gorgeous photos of Lindsey's day, by Shawna Shenette Photography.

Bridal makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Natural makeup can be so beautiful!!

Bridal makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal party makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

We did makeup for the whole bridal party, and the mother of the bride as well. 

Bridal makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Here's that beautiful soft light I was talking about!

Natural bridal makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal party makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding party makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding party makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal party makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

One of my favorite things about Wachusett Mountain weddings is the availability of the ski lift. It makes for such cute photos - and allows the bridal party easy access to the mountain top!

Bridal makeup for Wachusett Mountain wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

The groom, Adam, is in the Army! I love wedding shots in uniform. :-)

Ahh... young love. Thanks for having us be a part of your day Lindsey! <3

Venue: Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, MA
Makeup by Christy & Alexandra of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Boston Bridal Makeup and Hair | Boston Public Library Wedding | Armor and Martel Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 03/09/15

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!)


I was going through some photos of our past weddings and I wanted to share some gorgeous bridal party shots from Kelly's wedding at the Boston Public Library this past Fall. Kelly and her ladies got ready at the Lenox Hotel in Boston, where we did hair and makeup for 10 women that day. These are some really beautiful group shots showing off the looks we created for these pretty ladies, by Armor & Martel Photography.

Boston wedding hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal hair and makeup for Boston Public Library wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Wedding hair and makeup for Boston Public Library wedding by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

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

One of the bridesmaids (the blonde!) was a prior bride of ours as well. It was so wonderful to see her again! 

Thanks for choosing us to be a part of your day Kelly! Best wishes!

Getting ready locale: The Lenox Hotel, Boston, MA
Hair & makeup: Christy, Alexandra and Renee of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.




Top Western MA Bridal Hair and Makeup Artists

by Christy Lavallee on 01/20/15

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?


Top Western MA Hair and Makeup Artists - Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Yup. That says we have 82 reviews, 5-stars all across the board. That makes us the top bridal hair and makeup team in Western MA, according to WeddingWire! :-)

Bridal Makeup for The Log Cabin Wedding | Holyoke, MA | Michele Conde Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 01/13/15

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).


All of these gorgeous photos are by Michele Conde Photography (who I also had the pleasure of first meeting this same day!)

I met Dana at The Delaney House in Holyoke to begin her bridal beauty preparations. I did the makeup while her stylist John Allan from Salon Bocage handled the bridal hair. Dana's girls were wearing deep purple gowns, so I did a plum version of my bridal smokey eye on her, paired with black winged liner. It really made her light eyes pop!

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Pretty ladies!

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Log Cabin in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Look at those eyes! Killer. <3

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

I love how Michele creates a combination of both traditional and artistic photos. This one is beautiful!

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

(sigh...)

Bridal makeup for The Log Cabin wedding in Holyoke by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

After the wedding, Dana left me this wonderful review...

The Knot review for Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

And then, on New Year's Eve, she wrote this: "Thank you for inspiring me and teaching me things that you probably didn't even know you were. You all have such beautiful qualities that I hope you know you possess."  

(Cue the waterworks)

I love being able to make someone feel beautiful on the outside, but when I hear I affected them on the inside as well... I have no words. All I can say is THANK YOU. For choosing me to be a part of your day, for sharing your joy with others, and making ME feel amazing. You are so very special, Dana. I wish you and Ian the happiest marriage imaginable - and an amazing time on the honeymoon I know you are looking forward to in a couple weeks! <3


Venue: The Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA
Makeup: Christy Lavallee of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.


Wedding Hair and Makeup for Katie | Fruitlands Museum | Harvard, MA | Alvah Reida Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 01/08/15

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!)


We started our preparations early in the morning at the Springhill Suites Devens Common Center.

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

Such a great open space with wonderful natural light - this makes such an impact on achieving a perfect makeup application. (If only all our prep areas could be so perfect!)

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

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

Renee created a beautiful braided updo on Katie, and tucked mini white roses in her hair.

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

Doing makeup on the flower girl... she was so adorable!

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

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

I <3 all 3 of these beautiful ladies...

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

I love how Katie's makeup looks in this shot below. So natural, yet sculpted. 

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.

We then headed to the scenic grounds of the Fruitlands Museum for the ceremony.

Wedding hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Wedding hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Wedding party hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Wedding hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Great bridal party shot - and that's my Godson on the right! :-)

Bridal party hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Such beautiful grounds at Fruitlands! Lots of amazing photo ops.

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Bridal hair and makeup by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co. at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA

Katie & Luke make an amazing couple. So glad I got to share in their day in multiple ways! Congrats to you both!!

Venue: Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA
Hair and Makeup: Renee & Christy of Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Romantic Bridal Makeup | The Barn at Gibbet Hill | Groton, MA | Aubrey Greene Photography

by Christy Lavallee on 12/10/14

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


Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibett Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Lashes, lashes, lashes! Ladies, when we ask you if you would like false lashes, the correct answer is YES! They frame the eyes and add that extra touch of glamour.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

These photos are making me long for summer!

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Bridal makeup at The Barn at Gibbet Hill by Makeup Artistry by Christy & Co.

Absolutely gorgeous, right??!  Such a beautiful bride, and such a beautiful day. :-)

Venue: The Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton, MA

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.



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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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