So the saying goes, “It’s bad luck to see your bride before the ceremony.” But couples these days are proving this myth wrong. A pre-executed first look before the ceremony allows for the bride and groom to have an allotted amount of private time together and take a few intimate photos. Whereas, during a traditional walk down the aisle, all eyes are on the bride, and your guests have their phones out ready to upload photos to a social media platform. What your guests don’t realize is that they are missing the groom’s spontaneous emotion as he sees his bride for the first time. It’s the best part! (Remember, you could have an unplugged wedding.) So, will the first time your groom sees you be before the wedding or as you walk down the aisle? Let us know in the poll below.
Every bride-to-be wants to be sure their makeup stays in one place on her wedding day. Between heat, tears, rain, and lots of hugging, it’s easy for your makeup to smear and smudge and be gone before you even say “I DO”. To help prepare you for the big day we have asked Alexa, of The Glam Fairy, to provide her top 10 tips for making sure your makeup lasts, and is photo-ready.
My Top Ten Makeup Tricks for your wedding day are as follows:
1. You want a great primer with a silicone base. Silicone fills in fine lines, wrinkles, pock marks, and blocks the sebaceous glands from producing oil so using that as an anchor underneath all the makeup makes sure it stays put all day.
2. Foundation: The biggest mistake that brides make on their special day is using a foundation that is not light responsive, meaning it is not absorbing and deflecting light in a way that makes you look great for photos. You need a foundation that mimics the way light bounces on your regular skin so you always want to make sure your makeup artist or you do a test shot to make sure your foundation doesn’t drop any lighter than your normal skin shade.
3. Neutral shades for eyeshadow. No bright colors because you want your look to be timeless and elegant… so no matter how natural or dramatic you go keep it neutral!
4. Use water resistant mascara paired with fake lashes. Lashes come in all different cuts and styles so don’t think its automatic drag-queen if you wear lashes!
5.Use a little bit more bronzer and blush than you would normally think, because it wears off throughout the day!
6. Make sure your eyeliner is waterproof. I like M·A·C’s Powerpoint Pencil, it’s amazing! You have about 60 seconds of playtime until it sets and then it’s virtually waterproof and budgeproof.
7. Radiant glow… the skin should always have a nice fresh glow. Products like M·A·C Strobe Fluid and M·A·C Mineralize Skin Finish, placed directly on the cheekbone give off a great cheek highlight
8. Prep the skin with a great moisturizer. I like La Mer. Keeping the skin in tip top condition is key.
9. De-puff and cover dark circles. Fast Response Eye Cream from M·A·C is a great product to use the entire morning of your wedding. It is pure caffeine so it immediately de-puffs and has a pigment that deflects light from dark circles so its my personal favorite.
10. Seal it. Get a sealing spray to set everything and make it stay all day long. I love Motives 10 Years Younger Spray, Model in a Bottle, Makeup Forever Mist and Fix, and M·A·C Fix Plus spray. It basically sets all your work and keeps everything from moving.
See more tips from Alexa from this NBC Clip, where she performs a full makeup demo.
Alexa Prisco is the owner of “The Glam Fairy”, an on location bridal glamour service specializing in makeup and hair for brides. Her business and personality have been nationally recognized with her new hit show “Jerseylicious” on the Style Network.
Are “they” forecasting rain for your wedding day? Don’t worry, you can use it to your advantage! Your photographer will be able to get great photos of the day and use the rain as a beautiful backdrop! Just look at this adorable wedding we recently saw at Green Wedding Shoes. Mindy and Jonathan were married at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, VT on a rainy Fall day. Take a look at the photos below from Susan Stripling and be sure to visit Riverside Farm’s storefront on WeddingWire for more information on this great wedding venue!
It looks like they had a great time, even with the rain – maybe, especially with the rain! Congratulations Mindy and Jonathan!
We had the pleasure of working with so many amazing vendors during our I Do Redo promotion in Los Angeles. We were so lucky to include Nathan Prince of Prince Weddings to our team as our videographer! Check out this trailer to Jayanne and Perry’s wedding video from Prince Weddings:
Here is Part II of Perfumer Neil Morris’ guest post: Finding your individual fragrance
Coco Chanel called fragrance “the ultimate fashion accessory.” Choosing the right fragrance is a quest to find a scent that brings you joy and reflects the inner you. Everyone is unique: we have our own look, our own style and own life experiences that influence what scents we embrace. Choosing your own scent can be difficult, especially if you are unsure of what stimulates your senses. Even in a department store, it’s difficult to determine which fragrance smells good with the whiff of so many brands blending in the air. Most consumers also don’t provide enough time to allow the heart and base notes to develop beyond a first impression.
When purchasing a fragrance off the shelf here are some tips:
1. Do not smell the bottle sprayer. Spray the fragrance on smelling strip and if you like it, spray it on your skin. How many times have you smelled a fragrance on someone else and loved it, but when you tried it, the fragrance smelled completely different. That’s because our body chemistry affects the way the fragrance reacts on our skin.
2. Wear the fragrance for a while to see how it changes on your skin. Fragrances have three phases: the top notes are the introduction that usually lasts for a minute or more. Then comes the middle or heart notes. This is the main theme of the perfume and lasts a half hour or more. Finally there are the base notes or dry down, which supports the composition and can last anywhere from and hour to several hours.
Some people appreciate having a fragrance that is exclusively their own. As a custom perfumer, I create custom fragrances for individual clients that connect people to their positive memories. Many of my clients are brides that desire something special for their wedding day or during their engagement period. Some of the questions I ask during an interview are: “What is your favorite season? What is your happiest childhood memory?” With brides I will add, “What scents do you associate with your fiancé? Where and how did your fiancé propose?” These questions provide me a “scent direction” for building a fragrance from my library of 700 essential and fragrance oils. A perfume for a wedding can do more too. It can be given to bridesmaids or given as favors. More information can be found at (www.neilmorrisfragrances.com).
Another way to wear perfume is to honor someone. On your wedding day, in addition to wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and blue, how about a fragrance that reminds you of someone important in your life? To do that, simply visit a store that sells the fragrance and ask for a sample of a perfume that your loved one wore. Spritz a little fragrance on a handkerchief and keep it with you, that way you can bring them to your event.