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get inspired : the bold lip …

For some reason, brides who wish to play up their lips believe that bold means red. And while everyone on the BP team loves a good knock ’em dead red, a bridal bold lip doesn’t always have to match a red carpet.

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But bold doesn’t stop at red. It doesn’t. We have plenty of brides who pair their wedding whites with eye-catching shades of fuchsia, pink, and coral.

The same makeup rules apply as with wearing red : define all you other features in natural, enhancing shades.  I often pair a bold lip with eyes shaded in champagnes, soft golds, taupes and browns; and much like the hollywood glam style, I’ll do a winged liquid line in black and plenty of false lashes. This plays up the eyes without having them compete with your lips. For blush, I tend to keep it simple in soft sheer shades of peach and pink with little to no shimmer.

A few friendly reminders about wearing a bold lip shade :

  • when choosing a bold shade, aim for matte or creme shades over frost or glossy. Glossy or vinyl finishes tend to look messy and a little tool slick on film;
  • a liner helps but I prefer using a neutral or clear liner to prime, fill in lines, and draw in your shape, this way if the bold lipstick fades a bit before you get a chance to touch-up, you don’t end up with a garish lip line;
  • highlight your cupids bow! it makes the colour pop just THAT much more; and
  • upkeep is everything – be sure to pack a lip brush, some q-tips, and of course your chosen shade!

Happy Wedding!

-s-

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get inspired : effortless buns …

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One of my favourite looks from WeddingBonanza15 of brides is this beautiful textured bun I did for a beautiful bride early in the summer. The bride and I met for a few trial runs to consider different options, but she was really feeling this effortless twisted bun look which in the end, complimented her wedding dress perfectly.

I will say, that this bride had the perfect hair for such a look : a longer length that wasn’t too thick or too thin, and deep rich colour with subtle natural highlights. It responded to curling well, and didn’t have too many layers.

To complete this look, I spritzed through some dry shampoo, curled and then wrapped her hair around large velcro rollers for the morning to induce a slight wave, volume and lift while I completed the rest of her bridal party’s hair.  When I returned to her, I released the rollers, and teased the hair around the front and crown at the root.

I then started taking sections and twisting them while bringing them back to meet in a ponytail.  I repeated this step all around and then secured the ponytail with an elastic. I then twisted the tail to form a bun and secured with bobby pins.  Then I lightly pulled and and the bun and the hairline to soften and loosen up the look.

A soft spray of extra hold hairspray to keep everything in place, but not make it look crunchy or stiff.

I think this is the perfect ‘do for the effortless bride. It looks great with dressed that have a simple bodice, but a beautiful flowing skirt.

-s-

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best of bridal beauty : a few of my favourite things …

Our Bridal Beauty Preview for Fall/Winter 2015-2016 was a smash success, and it had me thinking that I should really take a moment to share some of my favourite items for knocking out some bridal beauty.

Like any makeup artist worth her beauty blender, I have a huge kit, but a selection of products that are a must, must, must. I have products I love for creating a smokey eye, a classic twist, a vintage red lip. So keep reading … because I’m about to share.

The Red Lip …

Hands down, it’s NARS. Always NARS. My favourite product(s) is their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in either Cruella, Red Square or Pop Life. The matte finish stays put but doesn’t look dry and for an all day event like a wedding you need something more matte than glossy.  If it’s not the pencils – it’s their new Audacious lipstick colours and you can take your pick : Rita, Marlene, Geraldine, Lana  – which range from true red to a more orange based (which I think is hot for a bride!)

The Rosy Lip …

Photo by Jonathan Ponce

Rose, Plum, and anything softly pink are the other bridal favourite.  To be honest, I smushed everything down into a palette, and didn’t write the names anywhere, but I do have my favourites in a tube. They include : Plumful, Syrup, and Twig by MAC; Casablanca by Tom Ford; and pretty much anything by Bobbi Brown! And while we are here, let’s talk about nude lips, again, I’m going to throw to NARS for Belle Du Jour and Bobbi Brown for a colour I have called Uber Pink (which isn’t a bright pink at all).

The Eyeshadow …

Makeup artists have their shadows they swear by. For example, it doesn’t matter what other palette I have in my kit … I’m a slave for MAC Shroom. I will always have a pot or seven of it in my kit(s). But right now, I’m favouring Lorac Pro Palette for it’s neutral but shimmery shades however this is currently not available for Canada so you have to online shop it.  My Smashbox Double Exposure Palette is hitting the mark for more glam styles (and you can get this at Murale or Shoppers Drug Mart for those Optimum points!) and I’m am currently obsessed with TooFaced Chocolate and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Eyeshadow palettes.  Both the Smashbox and the TooFaced Palettes, I find, really stick to the eye … not a lot of shadow fallout so I really enjoy using them for shading a heavier look.

The Flawless Skin … 

Photo by Jonathan Ponce

Again, I’m very much attached to my MAC Face and Body, because it allows me to adjust and layer as needed without getting to cake face. But for concealers, I’m devoted to my Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in various shades from Ivory to Light Honey, MAC Select Cover-up in those super portable triangle containers, and also, Stila Perfecting Concealer.

If I happen to have a client with acne issues, I’ve been reaching a lot for me Estee Lauder Clear Difference BB Creme, which for me, lays down a nice layer of coverage without looking dry, cakey or messy. For mature skin, I find their EE Creme to be effective as well.

Also, you can get great skin without primers. For the eyes, it’s always Urban Decay eye primers, and for the skin, I’ve been using Makeup Forevers new Step 1 Primers.

The Blush, The Highlight and The Contour …

Well, this list could go on forever, huh? Ha ha. I would have to say my friends right now are Cliniques new Highlighter and Contour Chubby Pencils. Just for the ease of use alone.  But I am also loving my new Stila Shape and Shade Custom Contour Duo and NARS The Matte Multiples in Altai.  As these are creams, after I set the cream product, I’ll go back in with a powder set for intensity, so I’m often reaching for Makeup Forever’s new Pro Sculpting Duos (which are insane – j’adore!), and my Aerin (Estee Lauder) Kaleidoscope Palette especially when the bride doesn’t want too much shimmer/shine.

For blush, well, hmmmm. I always layer cream under powder and my favourites are from rms beauty in Modest, Smile and Demure.  I also favour Makeup Forever’s HD Cream Blushes and NARS The Multiple in Puerto Vallarta or Altai.

For powder blushes, it’s always a selection of pinks and peaches from MAC that I lightly dust on.

The Lashes and Brows …

Photo by Rhommel Bernardino

I currently carry all three shades of Cargo’s Brow Kit in my bag and use both the powder and the wax for perfecting brows. But I also lean on MAC Brown Pencils as well and I love these for their easy application and also the spooly on the other end.

To define the lashes, it’s always Maybelline Great Lash in various formulas ranging from brown to dark brown to black. I rarely use pencil liners, but when I do, I’m using Cargo’s Swimmables or Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils.

The Hair …

Let’s start with caring for the hair … which I normally don’t carry in my kit, but suggest to my brides. Especially after the long cold winter we are JUST getting rid of, brides need to start nourishing their hair back into shape.  I’m currently recommending the Nexxus Therappe and Humectress line of shampoo and conditioner for longer length hair that needs to be brought back to life from a dry season. I would also recommend OGX Vitamin E Shampoo and Conditioner for hair health. I suggest brides also pick up OGX’s Penetrating Oil and work it into the ends of the hair  – especially if they plan to leave the hair long and loose for the big day.

The Updo …

Well, I am sure bobby pins are a no brainer – right? I’m picking them up by the box at Sally Beauty in shades of black, brown and silver.  SalonCare is the brand available, but there is also Marianna.

To reduce  oil or add texture to the hair, it’s always Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo.  For tousled perfection, I’m really liking Tresemme’s Perfectly (un)Done Hairspray. I also like their big cans of spray and will usually carry a couple of extra hold formulas, and also climate control. To tame frizzies, or induce a sheen, I’m going back to Not Your Mothers for their Smooth Moves hair creme.

For hair prep and finishing, I’m also relying on Sally Hershberger’s Signature Line (available at Shoppers Drug Mart) mainly using the Keratin Repair Spray and also, the Galm Waves Texture Spray.

So that’s it!

My kit in one really long blog post.   Would love to know what other artists are using in their kits, but would also love to answer questions any brides or beauty bunnies out there might have about any of the above products! You know where to reach me : beautymail@blushpretty.com!

Have a great hump day all!

-stephanie-

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bridelife : denise+aldwayne, january 2015

ALDWAYNE + DENISE from Justin Borja on Vimeo.
Makeup and Hair by the BP team :
Stephanie, Karla and Candace

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8track.com : shades of pink, cocktails, and your BFFs …

blushpretty : shades of pink, cocktails, and your BFFs … from BlushPretty on 8tracks Radio.

Getting ready is probably the best part of your wedding day …
that is, aside from walking down the aisle.

We’ve been blessed with the privilege of spending many mornings with brides,
their bridal party and of course their loved ones, and one thing we can take from this experience and share with all you future brides is that :

your bridal beatlist has to be on point!

While we are not DJs, we have heard our share of wedding day prep music
– blasting from iPhones, streamed from YouTube, picked from Songzaa –
all great choices indeed but we thought we might make it easier by stringing together
a few songs we hear often and that always seem to be on point
and get the morning started off right …

We’ll be uploading them to our new profile on 8tracks.com!

Our very first playlist is called  “shades of pink, cocktails, and your BFFs ..”
A mix of modern jazz, pop and a little soft rock, its songs that are all about love, your husband(to-be), and how perfect everything will be!

Choose this playlist if …

Your wedding day mantra is :
“it’s classic, but modern …”

Your wedding colours+theme includes :
white, and various shades of pink …

Your husband-to-be is :
the boy next door all grown up, but still geeky cute …

Your bridal party consists of :
your two bffs – the one from grade school and the one from university …

Your bachelorette party was spent :
getting a manicure, and then having High Tea …

Your TV Bride Twin is :
Monica Gellar …

We hope you enjoy this playlist … stay tuned for more!

-stephanie-

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