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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Mattely in Love

Sometimes I catch myself thinking about how much easier it would be to be a boy, but then I remember how much fun it is to be a girl, especially when I see something like the stunning photo below. The look, photographed by Jose Villa for Aria’s wedding dress collection, is quite simply makeup perfection, and your beauty fairy godmother, Mar from TEAM Hair and Makeup and TEAM Bridal Extensions, is breaking it down step-by-step and product-by-product for you below!

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Skin

This look is all about clean skin with a matte effect! But, it’s so important to use the right right moisturizer and primer first! If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer in a lotion or cream form; if you have oily skin, use a gel moisturizer first. After moisturizing, layer with a specialty matte primer, like Perfect Matt by Kryolan. Using the right products under the makeup will make for a smoother finish in the foundation and you won’t have to use as much product either.

Concealer + Foundation

This look was created with a secret airbrush formula to create a natural, matte appearance, but don’t worry, you can get the same look at home. Start with concealer, covering up any blemishes, unevenness and dark spots. Then, apply an airbrush foundation (Temptu is widely considered the gold standard in airbrush makeup, but if you want an easier application, try Diorskin Airflash by Dior) by spraying a light layer across your face in a zig-zag motion, after vigorously shaking the bottle first. After you’ve applied a layer, take a foundation brush and blend into your skin until you’ve achieved the desired coverage. Your photos will last a lifetime, so make sure you have the right foundation for your skin color with a quick swipe of the cheek with the foundation. If the color disappears in the skin then its the right hue, but if it looks light or too dark then your entire face will too.

Cheeks + Highlighting

This gorgeous look features a combination of two blushes to create depth—Nars Orgasm with Mac Mineralize Blush in Dainty. Give your cheeks a natural-looking flush by applying the color starting at the apple and blending in a downwards motion while moving the brush up towards your temple. Then, highlight your skin with Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, which creates magic on all skin tones. Using your finger (a pro should be using a brush) dab on the ocular bone under your eye and gently tap in until blended. This will create a soft glow, which will pop in photos and look amazing in soft light or a candle-lit reception. Finally, swipe a translucent powder across the whole face to buff away any harsh lines.

Brows

Powders are your best friend when it comes to brows—they give off a more natural and soft appearance—and using an eyebrow brush keeps the brow looking full without looking like fuzzy caterpillars! The stiff bristles grab the color and adhere it to the brow when you fill in your natural shape. To keep your brows looking natural and full, always go a shade lighter than your first choice. And, apply the color lighter on the inner corner of the brow, and intensify your color as you sculpt the brow towards the tail end—this will give your brows the look of dimension and fullness.

Eyes

Swipe a touch of creme shimmer  across the eyelid that will brighten the eyes and look flawless all day. Then, apply a color like Bobbi Brown’s Rich Brown in a subtle cut crease to give the eyes a more earthy, natural feel. Finish the look with eyeliner, using an angled eyeliner brush to apply gel liner along your tightline and waterline and fill in. This technique allows for definition without the drama. Apply layers of volumizing mascara (waterproof, of course!) to make your eyes really sparkle.

Lips

Keep your lips looking pretty and totally kissable with a long-lasting lipstick like L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro Last Lip Color. Tap the color onto your lips and blend for a pouty, natural look. Finish with a little bit of gloss to ensure the color stays put.

Hair

The secret behind this model’s gorgeous, lush locks? Hair extensions! In fact, most brides and actresses you see are wearing some sort of hair extension—they allow you to have any hairstyle if you have a creative stylist and the right tools. This look features the TEAM Bridal Extensions in Felicia. Start with a simple wrap around the curling iron’s barrel going away from the face, let it cool, then added in an all-in-one hair extension. For product, less is always more! Set the hair with Big Sexy hair Whether Proof Hair spray and a little salt spray added in for texture. Tousle the hair and voilà—you’ve got beachy, romantic beautiful hair!

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Tips: Mar of TEAM Hair and Makeup and TEAM Bridal Extensions | Photography: Jose Villa | Wedding Dress: Aria

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Bouquet Breakdown: Organic + Elegant Historic Home Wedding

If you’re a hopeless romantic (and, really, aren’t we all?!), then I know you were already swooning for last week’s Organic + Elegant Historic Home Wedding — and particularly weak in the knees for the black and blush anemone, peony, and jasmine stunner, crafted by Maxine Owens of The Southern Table. Thankfully, Maxine was kind enough to share all the pretty details with us, so read on to get the scoop!

Organic + Elegant Historic Home Wedding

  • White Anemone
  • Blush Gardenia Peonies
  • Kiera Garden Roses
  • Patience Garden Roses
  • Blush Spray Roses
  • Spirea
  • Black Scabiosa
  • White Veronica
  • White Lilac
  • Blush and White Ranunuclus
  • White Astilbe
  • Snowberry
  • Cocculus
  • Camelia
  • Blush and White Sweet Pea
  • Jasmine Vine
  • Gunni Eucalyptus Foliage
  • Clematis Foliage

From Maxine Owens…. Our design process starts with really getting to know and understand the key element in the event: The Bride!  We love spending time with our brides and couples to get to know them as people, who they are, and what they want their guests to experience and feel at their wedding.  There are the basics, like colors, types of flowers they like, but we’re really interested in finding out what elements are special to them and what makes them unique as a couple.  Creating a custom design that helps them express themselves and share that with their guests is our ultimate goal.

Upon meeting Sara, we immediately fell in love with her overall vision for her wedding.  Together with Birds of A Feather Events, we created a dreamy floral concept for a classic garden look focusing on the natural elegance of whites, creams, and greens with pops of delicate blush.  When designing, are alway inspired by our brides’ wedding venues and why they select them.  Sara is a librarian and opted for an historic mansion with large, mature trees and lush green courtyards.  The stately house features influences of English Georgian and French Renaissance styling.  We aimed to continue this aesthetic through our choices of floral in order to create a consistent and seamless design.

With her neutral color palette, we combined soft, delicate blooms such as peonies, sweet pea, and garden roses with bold dark pops of black scabiosa and black and white anemones for definition.  Since Sara loved a garden feel, we combined these blooms with different textured greenery.  Camelia, gunni eucalyptus, spirea, and clematis foliage are some of my favorite greens to use.  And we couldn’t resist a little bit of trailing vine, so we definitely needed the gorgeous blush and white jasmine as an accent.  Putting these elements together in a loose, organic composition helped create that timeless garden feel she was looking for.  We accented the bouquet with hand-dyed blush and ivory silk ribbon from Froufrou Chic as a final romantic, feminine touch.  And thank you to Apryl Ann Photography for capturing Sara and her bouquet so perfectly!

Floral Design: The Southern Table | Photography: Apryl Ann Photography

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21 Elegant & Sexy Wedding Dresses that Will Make His Jaw Drop

Every bride has a vision of how she wants to look on her wedding day—timeless, romantic, boho, modern, or even sexy. Whether you show some skin through peekaboo lace or highlight your curves in a backless stunner, a sexy wedding dress is sure to make his jaw drop—and remind him how much of a lucky man he is to be marrying a babe like you!

Elegant + Sexy Wedding Dresses
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#SMPWedding101 – Wedding Cake Tips

While there are many aspects of my wedding day I’d do anything to relive, there’s one part I’m especially craving a do-over – the cake consideration. We went with an alternative dessert that, while fabulous, left me kicking myself for not indulging in my sweet tooth with a proper cake tasting. And with Mayflour Confection’s tips, I could’ve avoided all trouble and found the perfect match for the Mr. and I. Take note below and for even more drool worthy desserts, head over to our Vault right this way!

Tip #1 | DON’T WAIT

Especially if you have dietary restrictions, don’t put off thinking about your cake. While it is often one of the last details considered in planning your wedding, bakers can book up as quickly as other vendors. If you know you are looking for something specific like gluten free or vegan, it may take a little longer to find the right vendor, so start reaching out to bakers early on, even if you wait to book tastings or make your final decision.

Tip #2 | KNOW YOUR BUDGET

Wedding cakes are almost always priced per person, but additional costs such as delivery, cutting fees, and cake stand rentals will vary from one vendor to the next, so make sure you are upfront about your budget and ask about all additional fees. Also consider whether you’ll be saving the top tier, as this will add to the cost. A good vendor should be able to give you a clear estimate, as well as suggest flavors, designs, or even cake alternatives that will work for you.

Tip #3 | LEARN ABOUT DESIGN + TECHNIQUE

Understanding the differences between fondant, buttercream, and gumpaste will help you to know what aesthetic can be created with each ingredient, and how they affect flavor. Some bakers work with all mediums, while others specialize in just one. Learning about different techniques will also help you to know what your priorities for your wedding cake are, and in turn, help you to find a like minded vendor.

Tip #4 | CONSIDER THE SEASON + YOUR MENU

I always ask clients what food they’re planning to serve, as I think it’s important for the whole meal to feel cohesive. Additionally, I want to be using the best ingredients with the most flavor, which usually means working with what’s in season. For example, if you’re getting married in the fall, don’t have your heart set on a cake with fresh strawberries; using out of season fruit just isn’t worth it. Instead, think about poached pears, fresh figs, berry preserves, or something richer like caramel, or chocolate ganache.

Tip #5 | KNOW THE VENUE SPACE

Have a sense of where the cake will be displayed before meeting with your baker. Knowing if the cake will be indoors or out, in the shade or sun, and if there is air conditioning will be helpful for your baker in planning delivery and set up, especially for warm weather celebrations.

Tip #6 | PICK WHAT YOU LOVE

When deciding on the flavor of your cake, don’t spend too much time worrying about what is going to appeal to all of your guests, or you’ll end up with something basic and uninspired. Instead, go with what you love; if you think it’s absolutely delicious, I promise your guests will too!

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