Bridal Makeup: Neutral Classics

Classic beauty

Jess Burbey’s fall wedding had all the makings of a romantic, classic affair. The bridesmaids wore  beautiful shade of a dusty navy and Jess’s dress had a little bit of bling, a little bit of lace, and a whole lot of style. Jess wanted her makeup to accentuate her bright blue eyes while also echoing the classic simplicity of her wedding style. I concentrated on creating depth and dimension by layering smokey grays and blacks into her crease and corner while lightening up her inner corner with soft peach hues and my favorite MAC pigment of all time: Naked. We popped on a few lashes, added a subtle winged eyeliner (per her dad’s request), and topped off the face with coral blush, contour powder, and a delightfully mauvey nude lipstick. The final look gave her the perfect mix of neutral and pop, which is just what she wanted!

I also had the joy of working with several of her bridesmaids, many whom I know from past weddings I have worked on. I love it when ladies come to me with an open mind because it allows me to stretch my creativity and create a look that is unique for each person. These lovelies were willing to try any look I suggested and walked away looking glamorous and happy!

Thanks, Jess, for making this experience such a great one from start to finish. Best of luck to you and Frank in your new adventure as a married couple!

A few of Jess's bridesmaids

A few of Jess’s bridesmaids


Bridal Makeup: Vintage Glam

KimIMG_0597 Wilson knew that her parents’ property in Western Illinois would be the location for her wedding in September of 2012.  The picturesque setting offered endless charm and a perfect backdrop for her vintage inspired event.  The venue itself was filled with little details such as hay bale pews for the ceremony, games on the lawn, and delightful wildflower arrangements at the center of each table.

Kim’s personal look echoed the vintage feel of the day.  Her stunning lace gown set the tone for a completely glamorous yet vintage bridal look.  Kim wanted dramatic eyes and a pop of color, so we focused on a smokey eye look with va-va-voom lashes. Topping it all off was the most fitting, roaring-twenties era red lipstick to complete the makeup. The red even matched the authentic Ford convertible Kim rode in to the wedding ceremony!

This bridal look is exactly why I enjoy working with clients for their wedding day: no two brides want the same thing.  Kim knew she wanted a look that fit her personality and one that tied in with the theme of the day, so it allowed my creativity to shine through.  We achieved a look that was uniquely Kim and entirely fresh, while still echoing back to the vintage beauty of the past.

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