This week’s Real Engagement will have you wanting to take your engagement photos all over again! Chelsi and Zac absolutely nailed the “we’re the fun couple” look, especially since they ended their shoot at the drive in (too cute!). Photographer Chriselda captured the miles and miles of pure beauty at White Sands Monument in New Mexico, along with a gorgeous slice of nature in Lincoln National Forest.
For more on this adorable couple take a peek at their story and proposal video, here.
Today we have the gorgeous and talented Jane Kim with her wedding makeup tips. Jane is the owner and founder of The Glamourist, and an award winning makeup artist and hair stylist based in San Francisco.
How important is a makeup trial session before the wedding day?
I think the trial session prior to the big day is pretty important and not so much because the bride can see exactly how she will look on her big day. Honestly, brides will never look exactly the same on their wedding day as they did for the trial session. That statement is not meant to scare anyone, but many times brides come to the trial session unprepared. There is a lot of prep that leads up to the big day such as skin care and treatments, hair cut, hair color, and tanning. For the artist, the trial is when they become familiar with the brides features, how their hair takes to styling and they make necessary adjustments to better deliver the finished look. More importantly, the trial session is a great opportunity to get know the artist, understand their personality and see if it’s a good fit for both parties.
On that note, a makeup artist plays vital role in the wedding day, and I’m not just saying this because I’m a makeup artist. They are with the bride for a better part of the morning and afternoon, how these moments start off will dictate how she feels for the entire day. It could be the difference from the bride feeling the most beautiful she’s ever felt to feeling unhappy and less than stellar about herself.
Do you have different makeup for different skin types?
Most of the products I use are pretty safe, but I may get a a rare case where the bride is hypersensitive to a lot of products, at which point, I’ll suggest working with her own products instead. Typically, reactions are caused with foundations, base, powders and mostly skin related products. Eye makeup and lip products are usually OK and don’t cause an allergic reaction. For those with skin sensitivities and allergies, I would highly recommend doing a trial session.
What advice do you have for brides that don’t normally wear makeup? What are the must-haves?
For everyday, my musts are concealer, highlighter, blush and lips. It’s minimal and does not require any type of precision like eyeliner or eye shadow. Since all else is pretty minimal, I like the colors to be on the brighter side. It really adds a lot of liveliness while still being very natural. The concealer is to also brighten and cover tired eyes while the highlight adds that extra oomph of radiance.
On the wedding day, makeup should be approached as fun and not something that is meant to “change” anyone. Sadly, how you look in person is not necessarily how you’ll be captured on camera so adding a tad more blush or extra eyeliner and, of course, false lashes are always recommended to add just the right amount of definition and to prevent the bride from looking washed out on photos.
Do you suggest any skin treatments before the wedding? If so, how far out before the wedding should you stop your appointments?
Some people are blessed with good genes and they can splash a little water and call it a day. However, most of us are not so lucky. A lot of brides, need just a little TLC with a good skin care regimen while others feel the need to get laser treatments and facials. I would never suggest such treatments to those that don’t need it. Treatments are on a case by case basis depending on the individual and what their needs are. Some want to treat dark spots, acne and scars etc… For those, more intense treatments, that involve lasers and peels, I suggest consulting with a dermatologists around the 6 month mark, or earlier, and maintaining treatments at least till the wedding day. You don’t want to start too close to the wedding in the event a reaction occurs and other treatments requires several sessions in order to get to their target goal.
Who in the bridal party should have their makeup done professionally?
My clients, many times, book services for the entire bridal party, plus moms. And on occasion, it will be the just the bride or even more family members.
What are your emergency makeup must-haves all brides should have in their clutch on their big day?
The key items to have on the wedding day are foundation, powder, blush and lipstick. To freshen up, I like to focus on the triangle below eyes starting from the outer to the inner corner of the eye, down to the sides of the nose then again to the outer corner of eye. This area usually wears the fastest… so the focus of the touch-up should be there and working the extra product outward. I would also touch up with foundation in these areas instead of concealer because of the lighter consistency and finishing with a dusting of pressed powder. And, always follow up with a blush and lips.
If you could only use one product what would it be?
AYE! That’s a hard one! I’ve been into bright lips for a while now so I would pick a vibrant lipstick… plus sunglasses. Somehow that combo makes you look like you put in the time to look put together, while that may not be the case.
Do you have any tips or tricks as far as contouring?
I’m not particularly a fan of the heavy contouring, as seen on Kim Kardashian. I think for aptly lighted photo-shoots it looks great but in real life it is way too much. I do, on a daily, highlight and contour that’s appropriately suited for every day. I take Kevyn Aucoin Bronzing Veil and shade in the outer areas of my face and on along the bottom of my cheek bone. This trick subtly slims down the face. Also, using a blending brush, I use the same bronzer and dust the color down the sides of my nose, starting from the inner brow and running along down the sides of my nose. To finish, I run Benefit’s High Beam down the center of my nose from center of the forehead down to the tip… this automatically adds a lot of height from my less than tall nose. Also, a concealer and concealer brush should be in the every makeup bag! It’s like the Magic Eraser.
This week’s Real Wedding features Mallory and Charles’ destination wedding at Sandals Resort in Whitehouse, Jamaica. You would never know by looking at their vibrant pictures that many of their photos had to be taken the next day, due to a tropical storm blowing in, immediately following their “I Do’s.” Their wedding makes us want to hit the beach, with an umbrella beverage (of course!).
Delano from Sandals captured the couple’s destination celebration. Take a look!
Today we have the beautiful and talented Casey Muller from Pink Diamond Events. Casey is the owner and lead event planner at Pink Diamond Events, helping busy couples with the demands of planning a wedding.
How did you get your start in the industry?
I started working in the industry by working with a wedding planner in Southern California when I lived out there. I started working as one of her Day-of wedding assistants. When we moved back to Colorado, I worked as the wedding coordinator for an independent catering company in Vail, working on high end weddings at private residences, ranches and other various mountain venues. From there I worked for a Fort Collins hotel in their catering department and then finally worked as the full service wedding planner for a local wedding planner in Fort Collins. Unfortunately her company went out of business and I then proceeded to open my own company in 2009.
What is your favorite perk of the job?
My favorite perk of the job is getting to go to all the conferences and learning about the new trends in events. I am so lucky to work in such a fun and exciting industry! There are some amazing conferences that expose you to new design ideas and styles. It’s really great to have the opportunity to be creative and stretch my talents to benefits my clients.
What are your favorite wedding trends right now?
I really love the gold trend that is going on right now. It’s so classic and elegant. I also love the current trend of rustic yet elegant. We are starting to see a shift away from the mason jar overload of the past few years and moving towards a more elegant style. While rustic is still a top trends, brides are mixing it will natural elements, such as wooden boxes and farm tables, to give it a more high end look but still personable and simple.
What is your go-to color palette
My go to color palette is fall colors. Since I live in Colorado, fall in the mountains is so beautiful and colorful! I love planning fall weddings and taking the beautiful colors of orange, red, yellow, copper and brown and matching it with the brides design style. It never fails that I have a few fall themed weddings each year and it’s so fun to figure out how to make them all unique and different while still using the same color palette.
Describe your own personal wedding style.
For my own personal wedding style, I prefer a more modern approach. I love the look of clean lines and contemporary design. I find that I am drawn to neutral color pallets but have a pop of color to bring some wow factor into the picture. I also love dramatic lighting and adding statement pieces to a wedding. It’s a great way to add a bit of wow without going overboard (and staying on budget!)
What is your favorite Wedding Paper Divas design?
This is a hard question because there are so many great ones! I really love the new letterpress and laser cut invitation suites. The laser cut offers such bold and unique statement that guests see when opening their envelope. It really sets the tone of a fun and non-traditional wedding. But, I love letterpress! There is something that is so classic and elegant about a thick letterpress invitation arriving in the mail. It is really timeless and shows the brides cares about quality yet loves simplicity.
What is one thing you tell all your brides-to-be?
Something that I always tell my brides is that once they have a vision and a direction, its time to stop messing around on Pinterest! There are so many options out there a bride can waste hours going back and forth about a decision she made or trying to incorporate every cute idea she has seen. Find your vision that fits your personality and style and then stop looking! It will only drive yourself crazy and you won’t make any progress actually planning your wedding!
Also make sure to hire professionals. We’ve all heard the sayings “you get what you pay for” and ‘if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Well the same thing goes for hiring your wedding vendors. This is going to be the biggest party you’ll ever host, and while it doesn’t mean that you have to break the bank for it, if you getting quotes from vendors, just realize the cheapest isn’t always the best option. I have seen it time and time again when the wedding is over, the bride wish she would have invested in a quality vendor instead of going with the cheapest one, and you are not able to ever get that back.
A surprise proposal in New York City? How romantic! Jessica and Frank are simply the cutest couple. The bride-to-be describes their walk in the park as a weekend getaway that included a photography lesson in Central Park. After strolling through the snow and taking photos, Frank got down on one knee in front of the Belvedere Castle and popped the question. Of course all of this romance was captured on film – take a peek at their impromptu engagement session.
Take a peek at their delightful photos, captured by Rebecca Yale.