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#BridalBeautyBreakdown—Pretty In (Hot) Pink

One of the best things about makeup is that you’re allowed to take risks. If a soft, romantic look doesn’t feel quite like you, go for a bridal beauty look that seriously wows: gold eyeliner to make your eyes glimmer and a hot pink lip that’s oh-so-kissable! Jackie Schneider, the artistic genius behind the Clean Plate Pictures photo below, breaks down step-by-step exactly how to achieve this flirty, fun look.


PREP | Clean, soft skin is essential to a natural look. Start with a nourishing cream that will make the skin supple and ready to act as a canvas for the makeup. Try Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, which actually has three uses: cream cleanser, moisturizer, and primer—talk about a triple threat.

FOUNDATION | Though many people gravitate toward silicone foundations for their dewy quality, water-based foundations are ideal for weddings. Silicone eventually rises to the surface of the makeup, and it doesn’t take long to go from dewy to shiny. I used Make Up For Ever HD foundation on this model, which has a semi-matte finish. It’s oil free and comes in 26 shades, making it easy to accurately match to skin tone. It works well on people with sensitive skin because it’s such a breathable, medium-coverage base. Buff it in with a rounded foundation brush and blend well with a damp sponge. Because the finish of this product is so smooth, you only need to set it with a light dusting of loose powder. 

EYES | Instead of an eye primer, try MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre—a matte yellow-beige, highly-pigmented but blendable cream shadow—as my base. Use the warmth and oils from your finger to blend it across the entire lid then brush over the base with a beige powder shadow. To create definition in the crease, apply a matte light brown shadow with a pencil brush in back-and-forth motions, focusing on the outer corners of each eye. Choosing the right liquid or gel liner for your wedding is essential, as the product will likely be put to the test with sweat and tears! Try LORAC Front of the Line Pro—it’s applicator is actually a synthetic-haired brush, rather than a felt tip, so it glides along the skin easily. Then trace along the edge of the black liner with Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Eldorado, a glittery gold hue to give your eyes that ‘Wow Factor.’

BROWS | For the brows, I used taupe brow powder, tapping in the product with an angled synthetic brush and then blended with both a spoolie brush and a boar bristle brow brush before setting them with a semi-translucent taupe brow gel.

CONCEALER | After the eyes are complete, clean up any fallout the has made its way beneath the eyes—blend a full coverage creamy concealer, like Keromask’s, onto your palette and add in a bit of the original foundation to make it less intense. Using a flat concealer brush, apply a bit into the hollows of the inner eye socket, pulling the product along the under-eye areas, making sure to cover any dark circles. Then tap a little product onto any blemishes with your fingers. Blend everything first with my fingers, then with a beauty sponge. To make sure everything is completely blended, go over your face one last time with a clean, small fluffy brush dipped in NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. 

CHEEKS | So as not to compete with the bold lip and eyes, go for a subtle blush. To add just a hint of color, apply a rosy cream-to-powder blush by patting it into the apples of your cheeks. Then, blend it up towards the temples with the foundation buffer brush I’d previously used. To seal the color, swipe on a powder blush using an oval shaped brush with a pointed tip that will give you precision of placement and great blending capabilities.

LIPS | The key to creating this hot-pink lip is to start with MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Anticipation and blend it with a pointed lip brush. Then, alternate between applying and blotting the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Fuchsia Tourbillon. To complete the look, take a small concealer brush dipped in the original foundation, and trace the outer edges of the lips to make the pink more crisp and precise. Finally, blend the foundation outline with a fine-tipped damp sponge and voilà, bright bold lips waiting to be kissed. 

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Hair and Makeup Tips: Jackie Schneider Beauty | Photography: Clean Plate Pictures

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Bouquet Breakdown: Blush Pink Black Tie Bouquet

Happy weekend, loves! For this week’s Bouquet Breakdown, we chose this gorgeous blush pink bouquet from last week’s Southern Black Tie Wedding at Goodstone Inn that was the top shared bouquet of the week on our Facebook page! We got the scoop from Katie McDonough Kutil of Petal And Print on what went in to this wildly romantic and lush bouquet, so read on to find out!


  • Juliet Garden Roses
  • Milky Way Roses
  • Cream Peonies
  • Cafe Au Lait Dahlias
  • Blush Pink Astilbe
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From Katie McDonough KutilThis bouquet was one of my favorites! Lush, textured, romantic, and seasonal. I prefer to work in a generally loos and organic style, mixing colors, textures and scents to balance each other or contrast completely, depending on the specific needs and tastes of each Bride. I love to work with herbs and foliage almost as much as I like to work with flowers, and if you asked me this week I would tell you my favorite flower is Mock Orange.

I have loved flowers from the time I was little, and I am humbled and honored every time I get to be a part of such a personal and special event as a couple’s wedding. For this occasion, I worked with Julie at Strawberry Milk Events to execute Kristen’s vision for her flowers, and as with everything Julie does, all the details of this beautiful event were spot on.

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Wedding Invitation Mailing Tips

Speaking as a someone who just sent out her wedding invitations, there is nothing more exciting (and relieving) than handing over a pile of pretty pink envelopes to your courier. Because after weeks of calligraphy cramps, pretty postage stamps and stuffing envelopes, the hard work has commenced and it’s time to celebrate. Which is why we asked Regas Studio to share their top tips on what it takes to make mailing your wedding suite a piece of cake!

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Timing is everything

Choose a “reply by” date that gives guests plenty of time to respond. This is typically three or four weeks from the date the cards are received (plan on one week for mailing time). We also recommend lightly numbering the back of each reply card in case a guest accidentally mails back the cards without a name. (This happens far more frequently than one would expect!) Keep a corresponding numbered guest list so you can solve any mystery replies.

Weigh in

Before buying your postage, take a field trip to your local post office with a complete set of your invitations in hand. A USPS representative will weigh the set and provide the amount needed for the outer envelope. Keep in mind that extra large or square shapes and extra-thick paper can add to the cost. Thick, luxurious papers can incur an extra fee called a “rigid charge,” so be sure to ask if it applies! If you have any international guests, ask what the total will be for destination. We’ve found that you may get differing weights from different representatives, so it’s best to add an additional $.40 beyond the quote you get just to be on the safe side. And don’t forget to get postage so you can pre-stamp your reply cards as well! It’s a classy courtesy (and also increases the chances of prompt replies!)

Stamp in style

Choosing stamps that coordinate with the style and color palette of your invitations is a thoughtful detail that adds cohesiveness or a peek into the couple’s personality. One of our brides was able to find stamps from her home state, the groom’s home state and a stamp that showed a common interest of theirs. has some gorgeous new stamps at the moment, and we also like to combine new stamps with vintage ones; just be sure your postage adds up to the full amount you need!

Always hand cancel!

Hand canceling means your postage is manually validated with a stamp. If you don’t hand cancel, your invitations will be processed through machines which add not-so-pretty barcodes and are very unforgiving to the contents of your invitations! It’s such a shame to receive a beautifully calligraphed invitation or colorful envelope with scuffs, marks, or even tears. Not all postal branches technically offer this service, so turn on the charm when you’re asking! The first 50 hand cancellations are free, but after that you’ll need to pay 5 cents per envelope.

Order extras

Just in case! Plan for a few invitations to be lost in the mail or addressed incorrectly, and remember that you might have last minute guest additions. We recommend ordering at least 15 to 20 extra invitation sets.


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