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.


Simple Makeup Isn't Simple

by Yisell Santos


Every year when I receive bridal inquiries, I'm asked for "simple makeup".  What that usually means is that they are looking for makeup that looks natural, not over done, and doesn't look/feel cakey.  Here's a little secret...Natural makeup is NOT simple.  If it were simple, anyone would be able to do it.  In fact, doing the "no makeup, makeup" look takes about the same amount of time and work as any other makeup application. 

Creating a natural look that will last hours through kisses, hugs, dancing AND comes through in photos beautifully is no easy feat.  The makeup look below gets a lot of comments and I'm often asked to re-create this look or something like it.  Most comments consist of:

"Her skin looks so flawless"
"She looks so natural with a little pop in the eyes, I want that"
"I love that her lips are natural yet have color at the same time"

Below her photo I will share with you all the products I used to create this look.  The only things I wont share is tools and techniques but I will tell you this, her natural look took about 45 minutes to create.

Skin Prep:
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate
Urban Decay B6 Prep Spray
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance
Fortunate Face Minerals IntensifEYE eyeshadow primer
FACEatelier Lip Putty

Complexion:
FACEatelier Ultra Pro Foundation
Make Up For Ever Camo Concealer

Eyes:
Tarte Cosmetics Clay Pot Waterproof Liner
Yaby Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Eggplant
FACEatelier Eyeshadow in Metallic Taupe
Smashbox Eyeshadow in Fizz
FACEatelier Cry Baby Waterproof Mascara
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil
Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel
Ardell Strip Lash

Cheeks & Lips:
FACEatelier Ultra Blush in Peach Glaze
NARS Bronzer in Laguna
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
YSL Lipstick in Rosewood

Setting & Finishing:
FACEatelier Lip Lock
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

Not so "simple" after all, huh?  Here's a little tip when contacting a makeup artist, don't say you want simple makeup.  Perhaps try communicating that you want your makeup to look natural.  Be honest, if you wear little to no makeup, tell them.  If you're contacting someone who has been doing this for a long time and knows what they're doing, they'll know exactly what you mean, will able to work with you and do the exact look that you want.


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!


Do's And Don'ts of a Wedding Trial

by Yisell Santos


Dear Bride,
Your bridal trial is important.  Let's do it right!

DO bring inspiration photos.
When choosing inspiration photos, think about a few things.  Does this person have my same face shape?  Does this person have the same volume of hair as I do?  While it doesn't have to be perfect, showing photos with similar features as you helps to keep expectations as realistic as possible.  This avoids disappointment at the end of your trial.  Sometimes, brides can feel that the end result "doesn't look like the picture". I create a look that is tailored to you while taking your personal style into consideration. Why look like someone else when your partner chose you?  Be YOU!  YOU are beautiful.

DO keep an open mind. 
Keep in mind that makeup for weddings and photography are different than your everyday makeup look.  Some brides love makeup and are up for anything.  Some have worn little to no makeup in their whole lives so when they look in the mirror they see "a lot of makeup".  This is a formal event.  Think about the time of your wedding/reception.  Is it in the evening?  Is it in the afternoon?  If you go too "everyday", it will show in your photos and your photos are what's going to last you a lifetime once the I Do's are said and the party is over.

DO bring a friend.  DON'T bring a posse.
Most people need a second opinion so feel free to have a friend at your trial.  In fact, I encourage it.  However, don't have an entire posse of people there.  At my trials, I limit it to ONE friend/family member.  I do this because having too many people there overwhelms the bride and can even do more harm that good.  Posse's can sometimes discourage and confuse the bride when there's one too many cooks in the kitchen.

DO be vocal.
Unless you're 100% trusting me to give you a hair/makeup look that I think would be beautiful (and I think a lot of looks are beautiful), telling me what you want is ideal.  If you don't communicate, I won't know.  Once done, if there's something that needs a little tweaking, speak up.  Want your lips a little brighter? Done!