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Bridal Beauty Inspiration with MAKE UP FOR EVER

We all want to look flawless on the Big Day.  That’s easy.  But finding the right makeup to achieve that stunning face you’ve always dreamt of?  That part’s a little trickier.  Enter MAKE UP FOR EVER, your one-stop shop for seriously amazing products that will take your look from every day fabulous to wedding day ready in an instant.  Bridal beauty inspiration in one, two, three?  Yes, please.

Created in Paris in 1984 by artist (+ genius) Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER has spent the last 30+ years making you look beautiful with superior products that are known for both their staying power AND their exceptional color range.  Think Ultra HD Invisible Cover Liquid FoundationUltra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation and the fabulous Step 1 Skin Equalizer, which all help create a naturally flawless complexion that will leave all of your guests talking.  And with the liquid foundation available in a gorgeous range of 40 shades and the stick foundation available in 15 shades, you can bet that MAKE UP FOR EVER has a foundation shade that is perfect for your skin tone.

So how do you create that light, subtle look that naturally evokes bridal shower beauty?  First, apply one of MAKE UP FOR EVER’s 10 targeted formulas of Step 1 Skin Equalizer to create a smooth canvas, perfect for longer-lasting makeup.  Then, simply add two pumps of Ultra HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation, in thin layers, with Artisan Brush 108.  Lightly tap the foundation in the areas where you need the most coverage and then brush outward to smooth and even the finish.  For even more coverage, add an additional layer of foundation. Voila! – a lightweight, second-skin feeling foundation just ready to be highlighted. Trust us, you’ll be ah-mazed at the transformation.

Want to make a serious statement on your bachelorette night out with the ladies? MAKE UP FOR EVER has you totally covered with 15 shades of Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation that are guaranteed to add the perfect amount of contouring to your already amazing base. Just choose a shade two or three times darker than your foundation and swipe along your cheeks, top of your forehead, on both sides of your nose and under your jawline.  Then blend to soften the edges and enhance your bone structure.  It’s glam like you’ve never seen before… and you’re going to love it.

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Ultra HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation doesn’t just create the natural look of your dreams, it features uniquely-coated pigments that are sooo light weight, you won’t be able to tell that you’re wearing makeup. Next, add to that crazy gorgeous base the award-winning HD Microfinish Powder (or even wear the powder on bare skin!) and the results are outrageously awesome.  Imagine a truly flawless complexion just ready for you (or your makeup artist!) to create the world’s most stunning look for your wedding.  I’m talking classic meets elegant meets long-term wear to the extreme.

For even more beauty inspiration, and to start your order of must-have products, head over to today… and don’t forget to follow MAKE UP FOR EVER on PinterestInstagram, Twitter and Facebook. #UltraHDgeneration #makeupforever

Bridal Shower Credits: Liz Banfield (Photography) + Castor & Pollux Beauty (Hair & Makeup) + Artist Plexi-Gloss in 201 Light Rose (1) + Ultra HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation (2) + HD Blush in 330 Rosy Plum (3) + Artisan Brush 108 (4)

Bachelorette Credits: Scarlet O’Neill (Photography) + Angie Di Battista (Hair & Makeup) + Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in 42 Satin Vermilion Red (1) + Ink Liner (2) + Ultra HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation (3) + Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (4) + Smoky Stretch Lengthening & Defining Mascara (5) + Artist Palette Volume 1 (6)

Wedding Day Credits: Jose Villa (Photography) + TEAM Hair And Makeup (Hair & Makeup) + Step 1 Skin Equalizer (1) + Ultra HD Invisible Cover Liquid Foundation (2) + HD Microfinish Powder (3) + Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N9 Copper Pink (4) + Smoky Extravagant Mascara (5)


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Cozy Fall Winvian Rehearsal Dinner

Fall is upon us, friends and we’re savoring up all the cozy touches the season has to offer in weddings, engagements and the surrounding events like rehearsal dinners. Layered with plaid throws, copper mugs, secret kisses by little red barns, pulled pork and adorable sheep pairings, this one planned by Bellafare and designed by Matthew Robbins is exactly why we love autumn so. See even more from Heather Waraksa in THE VAULT and stay tuned for the wedding this afternoon!

From BellafareInspired by a family trip to Jack’s Camp in Botswana. We incorporated layered kilum rugs, white director’s chairs, copper lanterns, and red draping to emulate the unique African feel from the camp they loved so much. Guests dined on family style dishes including braised kale, locally grown vegetables, bbq pulled pork, and flank steak under a red glow throughout the evening. The tablescape was craftfully designed to include copper containers with natural greens, brown apothecary jars with hand painted table numbers, vibrant red chargers, and wooden flatware at each place setting. The Winvian is known for their farm-to-table cuisine, so we thought it was only fitting to incorporate little touches of the farm, like the hand painted gold pigs with kraft paper tags placed on each charger. Immediately following the dinner, guests were invited to join the bonfire, where the party continued over s’mores and mulled wine.

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Photography: Heather Waraksa | Event Design: Matthew Robbins | Event Planning: Bellafare | Stationery: I DO INVITATIONS By Sue Coe Designs | Catering: Winvian | Lighting: Eventlights | Band: Deadly Venoms | Venue: Winvian | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Stationery And Calligraphy: Sue Coe Designs | Tent Rentals: Sperry Tents

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Ethereal Lavender Field Wedding Inspiration

This styled shoot couple? They’re actually a real life duo, and that “groom” had a ring hiding in his pocket the entire time Julie Paisley was snapping behind the camera. He ultimately decided to seal the deal a few days later, but that just made these captures of sweet anticipation all the better. The Vault is your go-to for more images and pinning that vintage Gossamer dress to your heart’s content.

From Julie Paisley… Not every wedding has to be cookie cutter. And, it’s ok to wear color. I’m obsessed with lavender and when I found out that I would be traveling to Oregon and the fields would be in bloom, I KNEW I had to set up a shoot.

I pulled my inspiration from the lavender itself. The vintage dress from Gossamer, the subtile colors in the tie, the florals, it was all just perfect. Of course, having our real life couple, who I found out later that he had an engagement ring in his pocket but was to nervous to propose and waited until a few days later, just added to the shoot. A beautiful location, love and light…sometimes that’s all we need.

Photography: Julie Paisley | Floral Design: Stemm Floral | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Hair And Makeup: Styled By Chrystal | Venue: Mountainside Lavender Farm


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Montenegro Bay of Kotor Wedding

Friends, I’ve officially been bitten by the travel bug in a serious way. Because not only is this wedding stop-in-your-tracks pretty, but those Bay of Kotor views are straight from a postcard. To top it all off, this wedding photographer turned bride did all the event design herself (you read right!) and that stunning bouquet below? Just a little something she whipped up the morning of. Watch the day unfold with photos by Joseba Sandoval in THE VAULT.


From The Bride… We met each other when studied in the same university, it was such a long time ago so it seems like we were together all our lives! Last August, when we celebrated our 10th anniversary in Paris, Nikita proposed. It was absolutely unexpected and unforgettable! 

We’ve felt like a family for a long time already so our wedding was just a beautiful celebration of our love; an opportunity to gather our closest people together. As I’m a wedding photographer, I knew all about wedding planning and decor and we decided to make everything ourselves. We live in Montenegro currently so there wasn’t a question where to celebrate. We are very happy to live in such a beautiful place, and to be able to enjoy fantastic views of the bay and mountains every day. So, I couldn’t resist to use it as an illustration for our invitations. We also found a cozy little villa on the seaside with the same beautiful view to host our event.

All our guests helped make that day wonderful! On the night before our wedding, girls were helping with flowers, and the boys were helping with the lights. It added a special warm mood to our celebration and we are so grateful for all their help and support! I can’t imagine what we would do without the huge floral help of our friend, Karina.

To be honest, I was a little bit of a crazy bride. I wanted to control everything! And we were really nervous about the weather forecast, but on the wedding morning I was able to relax. I just started that day making my bouquet and although it was raining, but I didn’t care. After a couple of hours it gave way to sunshine and the weather stayed lovely the rest of the day.

It was very interesting to be on the other side of the camera, and I really liked it! Thank you so much to our dream team – Joseba and Mar Sandoval- for helping us to relax and feel so comfortable! They captured these important moments in such beautiful way! 

Photography: Joseba Sandoval | Event Design: Sonya Khegay | Wedding Dress: Rhea Acosta | Stationery: Sonya Khegay | Bride's Shoes: Aerin | Rings: Tiffany | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Kotor Bay | Earrings: Ri Jewel