Makeup for Christmas Wedding | Publick House Historic Inn | Sturbridge, MA

Since it’s just after the holiday, and there’s a forecast for snow in the next couple days, I figured today would be a perfect time to share images from Lindsay’s beautiful Christmas wedding, held at the Publick House Historic Inn here in Sturbridge, MA. We’ve had the pleasure of working numerous weddings for this group of ladies. Years ago one was a bridesmaid in a wedding I did, and then one of them was getting married… and then more got married… and we were honored to be the ones to provide bridal beauty services for all of their events! (How much do I love that?!)

For her own wedding, Lindsay opted for a natural bridal makeup look, which looked gorgeous on her. I added a hint of shimmer to her eyes and cheekbones to give off a bit of glow and reflect the lights used as decor around her reception. The whole thing looked magical!

Here are some photos from Lindsay’s wedding, taken by Binaryflips Photography.

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Bridal photos in the snow?! Oh yes! What every Christmas bride dreams of!

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Look at that glow to her skin! That’s what every bride should have. Beautiful!

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

This wedding reminds me of the elegant Christmas affairs held at the White House. So much character, and the styling is top notch. The Publick House never disappoints!

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

In contrast to Lindsay’s natural bridal look, her sister and Maid of Honor, Beth, opted for a much more dramatic look. The photo above shows off her pretty silver and black eye shadow – not a look I normally recommend for weddings, but it was perfect for this sparkly glam holiday affair! (And proves that there is nothing wrong with the bridal party wearing more dramatic makeup than the bride. It truly does not take away from the bride’s beauty!)

Bridal makeup for Lindsay's Christmas wedding at Publick House Historic Inn

Such a beautiful wedding! Of course I’m a bit partial to Christmas weddings, since I had one myself!

Hopefully there are more of you to get married, because we look forward to working with all of you awesome ladies again in the future! Congratulations Lindsay!

Photos by: Binaryflips Photography

Venue: Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, MA

Floral Design: Kaleidoscope Florals

Makeup: Christy & Betsy of Christy & Co.

How to Choose a Bridal Makeup Artist for Your Wedding Day

Bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee for Christy & Co.
Photo by Rachel Kate Photography

One of the things I hear from brides when they are first looking around for a wedding makeup artist is “I’ve never done this before, so I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to do.” This is true! The majority of brides have never planned a wedding, and many have never hired a professional makeup artist. It can be confusing and overwhelming! I’m writing this blog post as an insider in the industry, to help walk all of you inquiring brides-to-be through the process and to make it as easy and stress-free as possible.

“How do I find makeup artists in my area?”

The first step is to find the artists who service your area and make a list of ones you’d like to look into. Referrals from your venue, wedding planner or photographer are worth their weight in GOLD. They do weddings all the time, have worked with hundreds of other vendors, and know who is good. Most venues and planners have a “Recommended Vendor List” that they are happy to hand out to their booked brides. Photographers are always happy to make recommendations for reputable, talented makeup artists because the great ones make their jobs easier! (Less Photoshop and time spent editing? Oh yes!) Friends who have recently been married can also be a good source of referrals. Ask them who they used and if they’d use them again. And of course, the internet has made this a much easier task than in years past, and a simple internet search of “makeup artists in (insert town here)” should bring up a list of them. So now you have some potential artists chosen….

“How do I choose the right makeup artist for me?”

There are 5 key things to look for when making this decision.

  1. Their website and portfolio – Reputable bridal makeup artists will have a professional-looking website that showcases images of their work. Beware of websites that use stock images or overly edited photos. Also, keep in mind that a tacky looking website is often a sign of tacky taste – and most likely poor taste in makeup. Online portfolios should show a range of different looks, from barely-there natural makeup, to more dramatic evening looks. If only one makeup look is featured on their website, chances are pretty good it’s the only look they know how to do, and it’s the look you and everyone in your bridal party is going to get.

    Bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee for Christy & Co.
    Photo by Nicole Chan Photography
  2. Style – Does the makeup represented on the makeup artist’s website represent the style of makeup you are looking for? If you are into romantic makeup looks paired with dewy skin, you’ll want to stay away from the artists who prefer the heavy contour, Instagram-type looks. And vice versa – if you like the heavier Kim Kardashian makeup look, then the artists who showcase more natural makeup looks aren’t going to be the right choice for you.
  3. Reviews – There are so many places online for consumers to leave and find reviews. Use them! For wedding vendors, sites like The Knot, WeddingWire and Yelp are fantastic resources. Check out the reviews for each makeup artist you are considering, but keep some things in mind. First, it’s become increasingly easier for businesses to set up fake reviews for themselves. If you are scrolling through their reviews and see dozens of 5-star ones all within a few days, that business probably paid people to leave those reviews for them. This is usually done to counteract previous negative reviews, as it boosts up their overall rating. I recommend searching through a businesses reviews by “lowest rating” whenever possible. Second, it’s normal for a business to have one or two less than 5-star reviews. Everybody is different and people appreciate different things. 3-stars under value could mean that client didn’t value their amazing $100 makeup application as much as they valued their $2000 pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. Also sometimes bad reviews can be left in retaliation if a client was unhappy about not getting their way about something.  I wouldn’t fret about one or two less than perfect reviews, but if you see a significant number of them, that should be cause for concern.
  4. Personality and Connection – Something that a lot of people don’t put much weight on is the personality of a makeup artist and the personal connection you have with them. Their makeup skills are amazing? Fantastic! Their personality not so golden? It’s more important than you think. You’ll be spending hours with this artist on one of the most
    Bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee for Christy & Co.
    Photo by Alvah Reida Photography

    important days of your life. You should like them, and want to have them around. Whether it be through email, over the phone, or in person, make sure this makeup artist makes you feel good! Past reviews can be great for this. Look for key phrases like “I felt like I’ve known her forever!” or “she was so soothing and calming during such a stressful time”. Some people are just naturally “people” people. Those are the ones you’ll want to hire.

  5. Price – Price is something I have to mention, because it can be such an important deciding factor for so many brides. You’ll need to choose a makeup artist who fits into your wedding budget, but keep in mind that in this aspect, you truly do get what you pay for. Makeup artists at the higher end of the price scale are there for a reason: they use high-end quality products, they’ve paid for special training, they practice proper sanitation (all those disposables and sanitizing products can get expensive!), and they have skills and experience that lesser priced artists usually can’t match. For that perfect bridal look you’ve envisioned, and flawless wedding photos to boot, choose an artist at the top of your price range.

    Bridal makeup by Christy Lavallee for Christy & Co.
    Photo by Alvah Reida Photography

“I know who I want to book, now what?”

The first step, if you haven’t already done so, is to confirm availability with the makeup artist of your choice. The best artists book up to a year and a half in advance. That doesn’t mean your top choice in artist won’t have your date available if it’s closer than that, but it’s best to reach out as soon as possible. (Those wedding timelines that state to book hair and makeup two months prior to your wedding? So wrong!)

Once availability is confirmed, you’ll need to determine if you want to book your artist immediately to reserve your date with them, or schedule a trial run prior to booking. Be aware that scheduling a trial run with your artist prior to booking will not guarantee your date will still be available. Most brides book their dates first and schedule a trial run closer to their wedding – and the early bird gets the worm. Of course, if any part of you is unsure about your decision to hire a particular makeup artist, then a trial run prior to booking is advisable. In this situation I recommend doing one as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of your date being booked by another bride. For all others, book that date!! If they’ve passed all 5 of the above qualifiers, that’s the magic combination.

We’ve been Awarded 2016 Boston’s Best of Weddings from The Knot!

We are so happy and proud to once again announce that Christy & Co. has been awarded The Knot’s Best of Weddings Award in the Bridal Beauty category for the Boston area. This is our 6th consecutive win, and follows up our induction last year into The Knot’s Hall of Fame.

2016 Best of The Knot Boston Wedding Makeup

Thank you to all of our brides over the past year. It’s because of your praise that we’ve won! xoxo

Bridal Hair and Makeup for Berkshires Wedding | Cranwell Resort | Lenox, MA

Even though it doesn’t feel like it lately here in Massachusetts, fall is coming to an end and winter is just around the corner! Autumn weddings are very popular in the Berkshires due to the gorgeous foliage and the near perfect weather New England offers. This beautiful wedding held at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox, MA, with images by Brad Ross Photography, just happens to be one of those.

Our makeup artist Betsy and hair designer Renee met with bride Rebekah for her bridal beauty prep in the bridal suite of this spectacular resort.

Bridal hair and makeup at Cranwell Resort in the Berkshires Bridal hair and makeup at Cranwell Resort in the Berkshires Bridal hair and makeup at Cranwell Resort in the Berkshires

Betsy created our signature “bridal smoky eye” on Rebekah, paired with a pretty pink gloss and sculpted cheeks, while Renee smoothed out her curls for a sleek chin-length bob. As you can see in the image above on the right, Rebekah has natural tight curls in her hair, which have been completely smoothed out in the image on the left.

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Hair and Makeup for Lindsay’s Spring Floral Wedding | The Collection at Wight Farm | Sturbridge, MA

We love making people look pretty for their weddings, and we especially love when we get to work with the same people again and again! One of the biggest compliments we could ever receive is to have a bridesmaid from a prior wedding hire us to do the hair and makeup for their own wedding. Is there any better way to say “Hey, I LOVED what you did, I want you to do it for me again!” That is exactly the case for our beautiful bride, Lindsay! We did hair and makeup for Lindsay’s sister’s wedding a few years ago, as well as one of her best friends last year, so I was SO happy when she contacted us for her own wedding earlier this year. Lindsay has an amazing sense of fashion (she has a design background and owns her own hat company, French Knot), so I was excited to see the details from her wedding at The Collection at Wight Farm here in Sturbridge.

Here’s a little peek! Photos by Fidelio Photography.

Hair and makeup for Lindsay's floral wedding at Wight Farm

Those flowers! And that dress!

Hair and makeup for Lindsay's floral wedding at Wight Farm

Lindsay’s wedding had a very fun, casual, outdoorsy feel to it. She opted to wear her hair in a side-swept ponytail, while keeping her makeup pretty natural with a pop of color on her lips. She looked gorgeous!

Hair and makeup for Lindsay's floral wedding at Wight Farm Hair and makeup for Lindsay's wedding at Wight Farm Hair and makeup for Lindsay's wedding at Wight Farm Hair and makeup for Lindsay's wedding at Wight Farm Hair and makeup for Lindsay's wedding at Wight Farm

Photos: Fidelio Photography

Venue: The Collection at Wight Farm, Table 3, in Sturbridge, MA

Florals: Busy Bee Florist

Airbrush Makeup: Betsy of Christy & Co.

Bridal Hair Design: Renee of Christy & Co.

 

Hair and Makeup for Rustic Barn Wedding | Salem Cross Inn | West Brookfield, MA

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.

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Romantic Wedding Makeup | Willowdale Estate | Topsfield, 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.

Willowdale Estate wedding

Bridal makeup for Willowdale Estate wedding

We did the makeup for all 10 of these gorgeous women!

Blush pink flowers and makeup

Bridal makeup for Willowdale Estate wedding

Hello gorgeous! Someone is glowing….

Bridal makeup for Willowdale Estate wedding

Bridal makeup for Willowdale Estate wedding

Bridal makeup for Willowdale Estate wedding

Bridal makeup for Willowdale Estate wedding

Bridal makeup for Willowdale Estate wedding

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Makeup for NYE Wedding | Zukas Hilltop Barn | Spencer, MA

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

Bridal makeup for Shelli at Zukas Hilltop Barn

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.

Bridal makeup for Shelli at Zukas Hilltop Barn

Bridal makeup for Shelli at Zukas Hilltop Barn  Bridal makeup for Shelli at Zukas Hilltop Barn

I loved the color of Shelli’s bridesmaid dresses. A beautiful pop of color to brighten up a chilly day!

Bridal makeup for Shelli at Zukas Hilltop Barn

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. :-)

Bridal makeup for Shelli at Zukas Hilltop Barn  Bridal makeup for Shelli at Zukas Hilltop Barn

Such a beautiful bride! Congratulations Shelli! It was a pleasure working with you on such an important day.

Bridal makeup for Shelli at Zukas Hilltop Barn

Photos by Meghan Hume Photography

Venue: Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA

Makeup by Christy & Alexandra of Christy & Co.

Bridal Makeup Sneak Peek | Carisa’s Wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn | Spencer, MA

Here’s some sneak peek photos from our bride Carisa’s wedding last summer at Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA. She looked stunning!  Thanks for sending us some photos. <3

Bridal makeup for Zukas Hilltop Barn wedding

Wedding makeup for bride at Zukas Hilltop Barn

Makeup for bride Carissa's wedding at Zukas Hilltop Barn

Airbrush wedding makeup for Zukas Hilltop Barn wedding

Photos: Yaritza Colon Photography

Venue: Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA

Makeup: Christy & Karrie for Christy & Co.

Hair Design and Airbrush Makeup for Gabrielle & Trish’s Wedding in Salem, MA

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?!

Bridal hair and makeup for Gabrielle

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!

Grooming makeup for bride Trish

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