Here in central Massachusetts, rustic barn venues are kind of our thing. Therefore, hair and makeup for rustic barn venues is really OUR thing. Loose waves. Relaxed chignons. Soft, pretty makeup. Rosy cheeks. Flirty lashes. It’s something we specialize in. Here are some photos from Lisa’s September wedding held in the barn at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, MA.
Our company tends to attract a certain type of bride. Beautiful. Smart. Sweet. Dream brides, honestly. And this beauty fits the bill perfectly! Jill was referred to us by one of our favorite photographers (and one who also helped photograph this wedding), Lynn Quinlivan. Right away Lynn told me something along the lines of “You are going to love Jill. She’s the sweetest person you’ll ever meet. And she’s beautiful.” And she was absolutely right.
I used a palette of nude eye shadows on Jill’s eyes, paired with black liner and a lush set of false lashes to accent them. Lips and blush were a soft blush pink shade, which coordinated beautifully with her bridesmaids dresses and flowers. The overall look was soft, fresh, and romantic!
Here are some images from Jill’s gorgeous wedding at the Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA. I had to include a few shots of things that are completely unrelated to makeup just because everything was so pretty! I had a hard time narrowing down the photos as well. Just too much beauty! Stunning photos by Christina Corneau Photography.
We did the makeup for all 10 of these gorgeous women!
Hello gorgeous! Someone is glowing….
This year’s bridal season has been absolutely wonderful and of course, incredibly busy! This means I haven’t had much time to keep up on blogging lately, so I’m trying to play catch up now that the season is starting to slow down a bit. I wanted to share some photos from Shelli’s New Year’s Eve wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA. Hey, better late than never, right? 😉
I gave Shelli my signature eye look – what I like to call the “bridal smokey eye”. It’s not a true smokey eye at all, but more of a contoured eye with a subtle smokiness to it. It looks gorgeous in person, and photographs beautifully and naturally, which is key to being able to look back on your photos decades from now and not feel that your makeup has “dated” them. This was paired with a soft nude pink lip and a pop of peach blush on her cheeks
I always recommend my bridal parties brush their teeth BEFORE I do their makeup, but clearly it makes for cute photos once I’ve left.
I loved the color of Shelli’s bridesmaid dresses. A beautiful pop of color to brighten up a chilly day!
See how natural the makeup photographs? This is just pure classic beauty. She can look back at these photos 30 years from now and not think “I never should have done that smokey eye”. Because that’s EXACTLY what brides who do smokey eyes are going to think 30 years from now. What is it they say? Oh yeah… Keep calm and trust your professional makeup artist.
Such a beautiful bride! Congratulations Shelli! It was a pleasure working with you on such an important day.
Photos by Meghan Hume Photography
Venue: Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA
Makeup by Christy & Alexandra of Christy & Co.
Gabrielle and Trish had a beautiful sunny day for their wedding at Colonial Hall in Salem, MA last month, and I had the pleasure of doing makeup for both of these ladies.
Gabrielle wanted a strong eye, but wasn’t comfortable with heavy eye shadow, so I sculpted her eyes lightly and did a prominent upwards winged liner paired with a rosy blush and lip. How gorgeous is she?!
Trish, who never wears makeup, wanted the equivalent of grooming services for herself, so I did some airbrushing to even out her skin tone and hide imperfections, a bit of bronzer for color, and a light bit of coloring on her brows and lashes to deepen them for photos. She looked totally natural but flawless!
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 Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre)
This is our first official blog post on our new website! I’m so excited to share some of the beautiful weddings and events we’ve been working on so far this year. We think our stunning bride Alison is the perfect way to start!
We had the pleasure of working with Alison for her wedding at the Harding Allen Estate in Barre this past May. This woman is the whole damn package – beautiful, smart, successful, and super sweet! It was an absolute privilege to be able to work with her and her family on this very special day.
I opted for a romantic, almost angelic look for Alison’s makeup. I kept her eyes moderately soft, with emphasis on a full set of lashes, paired with a soft pink cheek and lip. Renee styled her hair with a wrap around French braid that opened up into a full side of beautiful curls, swept back slightly to keep her face visible.
Here are some of the beyond pretty images from her wedding day, by Rachel Kate Photography.
We at Christy & Co. are very happy to share with you our new website! We hope you love it as much as we do. New blog posts coming soon…