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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Emily Is Married!!-BRIDEface Richmond Wedding Makeup Artists Aaron Ellerbrock and Jonye Cordova

We were thrilled to be a part of Emily and Matt's wedding in June. They are such a fun couple and I just adore Emily's style. She looked amazing and I loved that she had her hair short in a pixie cut. Often you see lots of extensions for bride's with short hair, but Emily went the natural route and looked absolutely perfect. Another of our artists, Jonye, joined us after her earlier wedding so it was like a little party. The weather could not have been more beautiful and everyone looked sensational. A big thank you to Ashley Glasco of Ashley Glasco Photography for these wonderful shots! Other mentions: Dress by Maya Couture; Flowers by Seasons of Williamsburg; Hair by Silk Salon; Venue was Matoaka Ampitheater at William & Mary.  Enjoy!!!

This is the MOG (with Jonye)!!

One last touch up.

I just adore Emily's mom. Super nice!!

With the maids in black, Emily's black sash brought everything together.

With dad.



Emily is stunning and Matt is quite handsome too!

Proud parents.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Amazing Cover FX CC Cream Product Review/BRIDEface Richmond Makeup Artist Aaron Ellerbrock

There are a couple posts on the blog talking about BB creams and CC creams. This one is going to be a bit more specific as I had the opportunity to play with the new CC cream by Cover FX. WOW!! This really is a product that does it all!! Not just color correction, but also complexion correction. So forgive me as I am going to "geek out" for a few minutes and share with you some of the benefits and ingredients in this product.

1.  Time released benefits. This cream continues to nourish the skin with it's time released formula over an 8 hour period. I love that this is something that works all day long.

2.  Anti-Ageing benefits. It offers the benefits of a retinol but without the harshness or photosensitivity. So you are fighting lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, but you don't have to worry about it being too aggressive. It has vitamins B and C to help boost collagen levels and remove toxins from the skin. It also has an ingredient called Resveratrol which has been touted for the past several years to be the most powerful antioxidant used in cosmetics. This is an amazing ingredient as we are blasted with free radicals all day that break down and age the skin (and since it is time released you get an added bonus).

3.  Fights hyperpigmentation. The licorice root extract is a natural ingredient that helps to diminish existing hyperpigmentation and help to prevent future discoloration.

4.  Oil free. Even though it is an oil free product, there are humectants present (ingredients that draw moisture into the skin) therefore keeping the skin looking soft and supple.

5.  Built-in primer. This is a bonus for those who skip the primer step as they will now get an "all-in-one" product. In my opinion, I would probably still use a separate primer for longer wear.

6.  Lots of pigment. I was surprised to see just how much coverage this product gives! If you sort of stipple it on, in areas where the skin needs more help, you can get a fuller coverage, but then you can swipe it over the rest of the face for a soft sheer coverage. The end result is a radiant natural finish.

In short...LOVE IT!!! Now of course, this is not your drugstore brand of CC cream so you will pay more for this product at $45. But as I always say, your "canvas" is where you want to spend your money (primers, foundations, concealers, powders). If you get your canvas right, you can use the less expensive color products (eye shadows, blush, lipsticks and glosses, etc.).

The Cover FX CC Cream comes in 9 shades, so you should have no trouble finding a match. You can check it out at the Cover FX website or stop in Sephora and have a look at it in person. This really is one of the good ones!!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BRIDEface Richmond Wedding Makeup Artists/Choosing the right makeup look for your wedding!

Just as you wouldn't want to meet with a florist or photographer unprepared, you probably won't want to meet your bridal makeup artist without a game plan of how you want to look for your wedding. You will want to have all of your style elements in place; your gown and wedding venue may dictate how formal your hair and makeup should be. For instance, a flowy, bohemian dress at a backyard wedding would look a little odd with a tight, structured bun and a black smoky eye/red lip combo, now wouldn't it?
Pinterest can be a good place to start, but try to go for the "big picture", rather than just overly stylized, extreme closeups of eyes. Those are great "paint by numbers" tutorials, but you need to remember that these are painstakingly lit in a certain way and may look very contrived in real life. Photos from the Red Carpet are often a much more realistic indication of how makeup will actually look in broad daylight. If there is a celebrity you admire who shares your coloring, Google images of her at awards shows to see certain looks she has done. These shots are usually not as heavily photo-shopped as magazine ads and covers and will manage expectations better.
I like to use colors from the wedding as inspiration. If your bouquet has lots of pinks, a coral lip will look "off". If your maids are in lilac, you may want to pull a bit of that into your eyes or lips. This helps everything flow.

It is a good idea to share with your artist whether you want your girls' makeups to somewhat "match". A cohesive style can really pop in your photos, IF you can get all your girls on board. You know their makeup style; if they all love darker eyes, they will feel downright naked in a minimalist look. Conversely, if they are all makeup shy, they will be miserable in bright red lips! Recently I did a wedding where the girls wore charcoal and the bride wanted their lips to be bright sheer pops of red, coral, pink. Unfortunately, not all the girls felt comfortable and asked for that to be changed, even though they looked like movie stars. That put an end to the "cohesive thread" the bride was going for. I had another wedding where all the girls did exactly the same sheer tomato red (it was a patriotic themed wedding) and it looked incredible. The girls were all thrilled that it looked great on everyone.
The more prepared you can be, and the more upfront you are with your maids, the happier everyone will be on the day of the wedding!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Whitney is Married!!!-BRIDEface Richmond Airbrush Makeup Artist Aaron Ellerbrock

Whitney and Jeff's wedding took place on June 1st of this year. It was an outdoor wedding at The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville. The Clifton Inn is such a great space for an outdoor wedding and everything was beautiful. Whitney came to us first as a bridesmaid from a wedding in 2012 and then made sure to book us for her wedding! Erica from Top Knot Studio did an amazing job on the hair and these gorgeous photos are courtesy of Serena from Love By Serena. Thanks Serena!!

I must say that Whitney is just an amazing person. When you are around her you can't help but smile and feel comfortable. And speaking of smiles, look how amazing Whitney's is in these photos!! Thanks for letting us be a part of your day!