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#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Romantic Drama

Drama isn’t always a bad thing, especially when it comes to your wedding day makeup. And, if you’re planning a glamorous, dramatic and oh-so romantic big day, you should look the part from head to toe—starting with your beauty. Enter Kathleen Tinney of A-List Makeup, who created the gorgeous look below. With her tips and product recommendations, you’ll look every bit the glamour goddess you are!

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BASE

It’s always important to begin with a well  cared for base. The skin is one of the best ways to achieve a more youthful and healthy glow, and with that, it allows for a lighter makeup application. Start with an emollient cream and allow time for the moisturizer to sink into the skin. At the same time, apply a lip moisturizer so it has time to sink into the lips for a smooth lipstick application further into the application process. 

FOUNDATION

Lightly distribute a liquid foundation over the skin using a foundation brush to buff and blend it into the skin. Top the foundation off with a light layer of powder to set it. 

EYES & BROWS

The focal point of this look was the beautiful berry lips and pink cheeks, so keep the keep the eye makeup very neutral. Begin with an eyeshadow primer to ensure then makeup will last. Then, define the eyebrows, the pillars for the face. One of the most natural ways to fill in the eyebrows is with an eyeshadow powder. With a thin angled brush, begin at the tail end of the eyebrow, and work your way towards the center, while keeping a subtle gradient of color—darker on the tail and lightest in the center. It’s easy to get carried away when filling in eyebrows, but for the most natural look, take it slow, and remember to use a gradient from dark to light. For the most natural look, if you have darker hair always go a shade lighter, and if you have lighter hair, go a shade darker. After defining the eyebrows, sweep a natural mid-tone brown over the whole lid and then used a waterproof gel liner to line the eyes, adding a wing at the end to lift and define the eyes. Next, take a light champagne tone shimmer eyeshadow and place it very lightly on the inner corner of the eyes to brighten and open them. Top of the look  with mascara, or for extra drama, apply a natural-looking, wispy set of falsies

LIPS

When doing a bold lip, apply the lipstick before the blush, so you can determine the amount of blush needed in order to add color back into the face, but to not compete with the bold lip. After all, we want to look youthful and romantic and not too over done! Use a lip pencil to line and fill in the entire lip.  Then, apply lipstick to the entire lip, using a tissue to blot any of the access moisture in the lip, and then reapply one more time. 

CHEEKS

Dab a fluffy brush into a berry toned blush and gently apply on cheeks in an outward motion. It’s always better to start very soft and continue adding until perfected. To create a cohesive lip and cheek, use similar shades for both applications. 

HIGHLIGHT

A very step, and one that really pulls everything together and adds that youthful glow, is to highlight! With a fan brush, ever-so-gently sweep it across the high point of the face: cheekbones, nose and cupids bow. The best tip in applying a highlighter is to remember that less is always more!

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Makeup Tips: Kathleen Tinney of A-List Makeup | Photography: Retrospect Images

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A total body workout for your little white dress

Up next from the Tone it Up girls is the ultimate total body workout for that little white rehearsal dinner dress! Nothing beats feeling good the day before you walk down the aisle and this workout is sure to give your whole body a good ol’ kick in the bridal butt. Once you’ve completed this intense workout, check out the Tone It Up girls’ arm workout and abs workout for even more #ShedtoWed fun.

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10 Cozy Touches to Warm Up a Winter Wedding

Canada is famous for its friendly people, killer hockey and bone-chilling cold. But don’t let the weather stop you from having a winter wedding, because trust us, Canadian winter weddings can be truly magical. Sprinkle in a few of these cozy, warm touches, and your wedding will be the perfect winter wonderland. Which is your favorite?

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Red + White Bouquets Perfect For Canada Day

Whether you’re planning a Canada Day wedding next year, or simply love the look of the l’Unifolié, a red and white bouquet is a wonderful option with which to honor your Canadian heritage, national pride, or simply add a touch of patriotism to non-holiday nuptials. Click through to see 15 of our faves!

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Romantic Outdoor Tea Party Bridal Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but I want to crawl through my screen to live in this inspiration. Because when Aamie Gillam Photography incorporates all your favorite things (I’m talking fluffy bunnies and cupcakes) it’s only a matter of time before I move in. One look at the gorgeous gallery and you’ll see just what I mean, more here!

From Aaime Gillam PhotographyA vintage inspired tea party accentuating custom décor, paper products and real floral arrangements. These were topped off with some tasty baked goods from a local bake shoppe.

This photo shoot took place in a historic building that was originally constructed in 1914 by the Marconi Telegraph Co. during World War I as the top secret H.M. Wireless Station for the British Royal Navy. This station, now the last standing of 13 around the world, was built to intercept secret German naval transmissions, track icebergs and ships in distress. Located on these grounds a beautiful display of trees and shrubs and a flowered covered archway that blossoms differently each season as it creates one amazing scene after another. A hot spot location for wedding photos however this day it was all quiet. One big private set to do as we please and create some amazing photos to display. Inspired by rustic wedding themes, this bridal collection showcased local talent and vendors servicing the wedding scene in Newfoundland.

Weather always plays a role in capturing any wedding in Newfoundland. The sudden changes in conditions outside make it tough to create the perfect outdoor wedding photo opportunities. Most of the time photographers are scrambling to find their back up indoor locations so the shoots can go on as planned. The weather wasn’t great this day, however we managed to get almost a full day behind the lens before the rain started. It was a quick tear down once the photos were captured!

The shoot consisted of three photography sets, three stunning brides and a sharp dressed groom. Two of the brides being actual Aamie Gillam Photography past brides that year.

The concept of the 3 sets were inspired by a wedding day starting with capturing the brides in their pre wedding awe.

Set 1 – Viewing themselves in the mirror, brushing their hair and making sure the dress is perfectly placed, the brides spend time in their fantasy room. This is to create the bedroom feel where a bride can collect her thoughts and feel the positive energy from her best friend in the next room that soon will become her life long shinning armour.

Set 2 – The Wedding. A beautifully constructed archway hugged with bright green ivy was the perfect scene to capture beautiful ceremony looking moments. Tastefully decorated and beautifully designed this set was a pleasure to shoot. The vines gave a perforated effect to the natural light through the archway as it delightfully caressed the curves of each bride.

Set 3 – The Tea Party Reception. This set was the key to the whole shoot. The final set would be the grand finale. The sweet display on grandmas gathered china and furry friends would make for an epic finish. One thing, a slight rain shower had started.

Time was short so we had to improvise and get everything the first time. The pressure was on but we knew we would get it done. The added vinery to the gazebo ceiling made for elegant lighting that helped us capture the moments we’d hoped for. The baked desserts that had tempted everyone on site all day were finally being photographed. We could taste the sugar through the lens. The pink and orange macaroons were the perfect backdrop for 3 engagement rings that were just as sweet.

Once the rain started that meant the day had concluded. The rush was on to pack up everything and get it safety out of the rain. A successful shoot it was, one that would show artistic interpretation and elegance. The end of an awesome day that was captured exactly how we had envisioned from the start.

The shoot couldn’t have happened without the help of some amazing people and vendors.

Photography: Aamie Gillam Photography | Event Design: Wedding Belles Decorating | Event Design: Aamie Gillam Photography | Floral Design: Clarke Floral Design | Make Up: Erica Gosse | Makeup Artist: Erica Gosse | Hair: Stacey Sullivan | Hair Stylist: Stacey Sullivan | Baked Goods: Best Kind Bakeshoppe | Paper Products: Sandor Custom Wedding Invitations | Photoshoot Location: Admiralty House Museum