Congratulations Traci & Jeff

by Yisell Santos


DC weddings never fail to make me swoon.  Being a city girl myself, anytime there's a city wedding, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside because it reminds me of home (NYC).  I love seeing all the beautiful landmarks in the photos.  The Washington Monument, The Lincoln Memorial and The U.S. Capitol are my favorite.

Traci and Jeff's wedding photos have all the things I love about D.C. and more.  Seriously, how beautiful is she?  I can't express how much I loved being a part of your day. xo!

Vendors:
Photography: Holly D Photography & Design
Hair + Makeup: Yisell Santos (me)
Ceremony/Reception: The Hill Center


How To Wear A Bold Lip For Your Wedding

by Yisell Santos


Fall is in full swing here in Northern Virginia and as of late, it feels more like winter.  It's cold and my little sweater isn't cutting it anymore.  I'm already dreaming of spring and summer.  

Sigh...Spring, when the flowers bloom and all the beautiful bright colors start coming into play.  It's also one of my favorite times of the year to get married (other than Fall).  If you're getting married in the Spring, have you thought about wearing a bold lip?  Spring/Summer is the perfect time to wear a beautiful bold lip as your pop of color.  I love shades of Pink , Orange, Purple and Red for Spring.  That's right, you can absolutely rock those colors but it's all about finding the right shade for you.  Here are a few examples of how you can wear a bold lip for your wedding day.

Keep the eyes neutral with little to no color and thin liner. Add a pop of color on the lips to make a statement.  Great for a morning wedding.

Keep the eyes neutral with little to no color and thin liner. Add a pop of color on the lips to make a statement.  Great for a morning wedding.

Don't like the neutral eyes look?  Try giving your lashes some oomph or opt for shades of light gray or soft browns.  This is a wonderful look for an afternoon wedding.

Don't like the neutral eyes look?  Try giving your lashes some oomph or opt for shades of light gray or soft browns.  This is a wonderful look for an afternoon wedding.

Not afraid of color and bold makeup?  No problem!  Wearing a bold lip along side a smokey eye can be done!  Stick with dark browns, and plums on the eyes.  Stay away from black as it's too heavy when paired up with a bold lip.  Looks like these are perfect for evening weddings.

Not afraid of color and bold makeup?  No problem!  Wearing a bold lip along side a smokey eye can be done!  Stick with dark browns, and plums on the eyes.  Stay away from black as it's too heavy when paired up with a bold lip.  Looks like these are perfect for evening weddings.

With that said, don't be afraid of color and try something new.  You may just start a bold lipstick collection.


Congratulations Val + Ari!

by Yisell Santos


I've had the pleasure and honor of joining these two on their beautiful journey pretty much from the beginning.  From their Engagement Photos to the Rehearsal Dinner and their gorgeous wedding day at Rixey Manor.  These two started off as clients and wound up as amazing friends.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your big day.

Had the pleasure to do makeup for her bridesmaids as well.  These ladies (as well as the groomsmen) were so much fun!

The incredible Rixey Manor.  I love this venue so much.  I hope to see more of you next year!

Planner | Venue:  Isadora - Rixey Manor (www.rixeymanor.com)
Photographer: Sarah Houson Photography (www.shoustonphotography.com)
Flowers: Bride DIY
Catering: Taste of Elegance (www.tasteelegance.com)
DJ: Nate Clancy (www.imthedj.net)
Hair + Makeup: Me


The Importance of Hiring a Hair & Makeup Artist for Your Wedding Day

by Yisell Santos


Dear Bride,
Hire a professional beauty vendor for your wedding day.  I promise you, it’s worth it and you won’t regret it.

The day you get married is when you should feel the most confident and beautiful.  You search countless hours, days, weeks, and months for the perfect dress, shoes etc.  And rightfully so as all eyes will be on you.  It’s the most photographed day of your life.  Your face will be in every picture.  Which is why hiring a professional to do your hair & makeup for your wedding is one of the best decisions you can make, and here’s why:

THE MAKEUP
Face it, you’ve thought about it.  Why can’t I just do my own makeup?  I know how to do it, I know what I like and I’ve practically been doing my own makeup since, like, forever.  I do an awesome job!  That may be true, but keep in mind that every day makeup and special event makeup are two completely different things.  Think about how much you’ve invested in your photography.  Do you really want to skimp on your face?  Besides, everyone deserves a little pampering.

A true professional understands bridal beauty and photography.  A professional will have the tools and expertise.  A lot of the brands that I use aren’t found at your local beauty shop.  I use professional products in my kit.  You many not recognize most of the brand names I use and that's because they are professional and not consumer based.  These brands have amazing blend-ability and finish.  They are high performance and the best in longevity.

THE HAIR
I get it, you do your own hair every day or perhaps you’ve been going to the same salon for years.  The lady who does your hair is familiar with you and your hair and knows what you want every time.  I bet you didn’t know that most salon personnel aren’t trained to style hair.  They are trained mostly in cutting and coloring.  Most cosmetology schools don’t train their students in the art of styling hair for special events. I’ve experienced this first hand.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into a salon and have had an awesome cut, but the lovely lady simply can’t style my hair.  What do I do?  I go home and fix it.  Is that something you’re willing to do on an already busy day?  I think not!

At this point, you’re probably thinking that you can’t possibly afford hiring a professional beauty vendor.  Or maybe you just don’t understand why something as “simple” as getting your hair and makeup done costs so much.  News flash!  It’s a luxury service! 

What makes us a luxury service?
There’s no need to drive all around town and risking the possibility of hitting traffic.  I come to you!  An on-location artist will pamper you and create a relaxed environment.  I don’t know any bride who wants to be completely stressed on the day of her wedding.  You should be relaxed and having some good laughs with your bridal party.  Having that relaxation and pampering before the ceremony is key.

While heading out to a makeup counter may sound like a good idea, it’s really not.  When you go to a makeup counter, you have the possibility of encountering one of two people.  The person who has little to no experience or someone who is amazing.  The question is, do you really want to take that chance?  A counter “makeup artists” primary goal is to sell makeup.  They can’t take the time out for you the way a professional would.  Besides, think about the makeup testers she's going to use on you.  Testers that everyone touches and probably have not been sanitized correctly.  A professional brings their own kit which has been cleaned and sanitized after every client.

We provide the utmost customer service.  I highly doubt that your salon girl and the makeup counter employee will respond to your emails and texts as effectively (or at all) the way a beauty professional would.  I’ve received texts and emails as late at 10pm and as early as 6am.

If you're feeling a little overwhelmed in choosing your beauty vendor, not to worry!  Look at an artist who has a portfolio, good reputation and reviews.  No doubt you'll find the right one for you!