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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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Classic Santa Barbara Wedding with a Modern Twist

Any celebration bathed in California sunshine is bound to be incredible, but add in the unparalleled beauty of Bacara Resort & Spa and a team of talented vendors? Well, the outcome is simply beyond! With creatives like Saralee Franchi Of XOXO Bride and Michael Of Michael + Anna Costa Photography behind the day it’s beauty that breaks boundaries and it’s all in the gallery!

 

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From The Couple…I knew I wanted to marry Ursula during our first date. After almost a year of dating and traveling, I asked her father and mother for their blessing to propose. I wanted the proposal to be a memory we would never forget for the rest of our lives, so I decided to surprise her with a trip to Paris.

We stayed in a small boutique hotel off the Champs-Elysees. As we were leaving to dinner, I suggested we stop in the hotel’s outdoor garden for a drink. Little did she know I had reserved it just for us. As we walked in, there was a bottle of Champagne and a dozen roses on a table with romantic music playing in the background.

We sat in the garden and drank Champagne while I told her how much I loved her and how much she meant to me. That’s when I got down on my knee and asked her to marry me. I was overjoyed when she said yes!

We then headed to the Eiffel Tower for a romantic dinner at Le Jules Verne to celebrate. As we sat, soaking in the 360 degree views of Paris from the top of the tower, we marveled at our surroundings and at our day. It was a magical experience and one we will never forget. 

Santa Barbara is our favorite weekend getaway destination. Our favorite place to stay is the Bacara resort. Its gorgeous Spanish architecture and sweeping views of the ocean are awe inspiring. We both love the Spanish guitar and chose to have live music for our ceremony and cocktail hour. The Spanish guitarist really added to the romantic ambience of our ceremony which was held on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

We love mixing traditional and modern elements in our home and office and we wanted to do the same with our wedding. Everything, from our attire to the décor, was classic with a modern twist. I wore a classic lace wedding gown, but it was completely backless. The expression on my husband’s face when he saw me for the first time was priceless! Most of our décor was white with silver accents. We chose dark wood feasting tables and mirrored runners topped with mercury glass votives, vases and white pillar candles. We had lush floral arrangements of varying heights that consisted of white orchids, hydrangeas, tulips, roses and pops of peach Juliet roses. The sunset, combined with the candle light reflection off the glass mirrored runners and mercury glass, created the most beautiful glow over our outdoor dinner venue.

We are both of Latino heritage and love family, food and dancing and wanted to make these important aspects of our wedding. I wanted a way to honor my parents so I decided to have both my mother and father walked me down the aisle. We also incorporated a tribute to loved ones who are no longer with us by displaying their photos during our cocktail reception. Great food and wine was a focal point of our wedding. Dinner included a double entrée, sliders and truffle fries were served after hours of dancing, and huge chocolate chip cookies were served to guests when they left. We made sure no one went home hungry! Our talented DJ, Gavin Roy, kept everyone dancing all night!

Enjoy your wedding together. Usually, when we host parties, we barely see each other throughout the night because we are socializing and attending to our guests. On our wedding day, we made sure to stay together the entire time and it was so much more fun!

Take a few moments throughout your special day to step back and take everything in. Everyone we know warned us that the day was going to fly by in a blur. Taking those moments together to stop and appreciate everything around us made the whole day so much more unforgettable.

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Cinematography: DP Weddings | Coordination: Saralee Franchi Of XOXO Bride | Floral Design: Tenley Erin Young | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Cakes: Christine Dahl Pastries | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Ursula Of Honor Beauty | Hair: Jesse Rae | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | D.J.: Gavin Roy Of Gavin Roy Presents | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Reverend Miriam Lindbeck | Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa | Desserts: Christine Dahl Pastries

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Glamorous + Romantic Wedding Inspiration at The Villa Sevillano

Friend to friend, I feel I can let you in on a little secret… I struggle on Tuesdays. Week after week without fail, I suffer from the terrible Tuesday blues but today is special; I’ve come upon the ultimate solution and it goes by the name Sally Pinera. One glance at this glam shoot and I guarantee you’ll agree; she’s absolute magic behind the lens. Crafted by Poppy Design Co., these pics have put a permanent smile on my face and for that, I’m forever grateful. Make your Tuesday shine so much brighter right this way!

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From Sally Pinera… For this gorgeous, luxe and sultry shoot we chose The Villa Sevillano in Santa Barbara as our backdrop. The Villa featured gorgeous architecture and gardens filled with lush greens. Poppy Design Co. designed the tablescape with beautiful dark plums, muddy purples, concords, greens, and creams to create drama. Elegant pieces from The Ark was used to lavish our tabletop. Our model, Breann wore the amazing Galia Lahav gown for the ultimate elegance. This would surely be an amazing inspiration for the bold and daring bride!

Photography: Sally Pinera | Event Design: Poppy Design Co. | Floral Design: Poppy Design Co. | Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav | Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Calligraphy: Post Calligraphy | Venue: Villa Sevillano | Female Model: Breann Schram | Linens: Restoration Hardware | Makeup & Hair: Meagan Brown | Male Model: Denis Koltsov | Tabletop Rentals: Flowerwild

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Romantic Fairytale Santa Barbara Wedding Inspiration

Darlings, what you’re about to feast your eyes on is the fusion of uber stunning fashion, florals and wildly beautiful imagery from our friend Jose Villa. That fusion translates into a fairytale-like style of inspiration that we’d love to see one of you turn into a real weddingKelly Kaufman‘s florals are pulling at my heartstrings, while each gorgeous dress from AriaDress keeps me coming back for more. See it all in the full gallery.

From Jose Villa PhotographyInspired by a romantic, fairytale, Santa Barbara estate wedding, this shoot features three gorgeous dresses from AriaDress, including the Virginia – strapless, sweetheart gown with glass beaded lace bodice, featuring draped sleeves and silk chiffon skirt, the Jennifer – off-the-shoulder corded lace gown with illusion back and multi-layered tulle skirt and the Carole – sweetheart, backless, mermaid gown in beaded lace.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Kelly Kaufman | Wedding Dress: AriaDress | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Venue: Estate | Stylist: Joy Proctor Design | Veils: GirlwithaSeriousDream

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Rustic + Elegant Santa Barbara Summer Wedding

While I may have noticed these gentlemen’s dapper style at first glance (those classy blue suits and blush neckwear) but the overwhelming emotion that then took over was pure love. You sense it in every image and if these pics by Michael + Anna Costa are any indication, this was one amazing celebration. Alegria By Design took wedding dreams and turned them into a romantic reality with the help of La Tavola and Ambient Event Design. Happy Monday m’dears; we’ve got a goodie right here.

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From Armando Martinez, Alegria By Design… Groom Tyler had carried the vision for his wedding day in his heart since boyhood. A small family dinner illuminated by candlelight following an intimate church wedding. After finding his perfect match, Michael, it was finally time to give life to his dream and plan “Ce Grand Jour.” Deciding the American Riviera was the perfect location was step one. Next, dinner in a lush garden and the sounds of gypsy jazz filling the night air. Oh and of course margaritas, Texan style, honoring Tyler’s home state and Southern Hummingbird cake honoring Michael’s deep Southern roots.

Orders in hand I set off planning a weekend perfectly balancing gracious Southern entertaining paired with all the charm eternally romantic Santa Barbara has to offer. What an amazing honor to be trusted to design the most important day in any young couple’s life but particularly so when the couple is two brilliantly talented and well sought after interior designers/gallery owners. No pressure. I thank them both for their wonderful faith and trust!

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography | Videography: Riviera Productions | Floral Design: Anna Le Pley Taylor | Cake: Deux Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Villa Verano | Catering: DUO | Transportation: Signature Parking | Classic Car: Tours A La Carte | Event Design + Planning: Alegria By Design (Armando Martinez) | Linens: Ambient Event Design | Linens: La Tavola | Music & Band: AMS Entertainment | Rentals: Town And Country Rentals | Truffles: Jessica Foster Confections

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