Why Hire a Makeup Artist

Makeup. Do you really have to wear it on your wedding day? The answer is yes. Your pictures depend on it. For some brides this is a moment of excitement. The chance to have special makeup, something they already enjoy, done for their wedding is nothing but excitement. For other brides, the very thought of makeup may make them rethink this marriage thing all together.  Dreading or excited there is a makeup artist out there waiting for you.We had the opportunity to speak with an experienced and talented makeup artist. The purpose? To help you make a very important decision of hiring of a makeup artist. We had the pleasure of speaking with Victoria, a licensed esthetician and owner of 3D Looks Makeup Artistry and Skin Care in New Jersey on why you should hire a makeup artist. One look at Victoria's webpage, Instagram, or Facebook and you can see that not only is her artistry skill flawless but she is passionate about a person as a whole, not just their face. Concerned with not covering up what you have, but enhancing what you have been given and getting to see you enjoy the process of transformation. Often times boosting your self esteem and view of  the beauty you already possessed. Throughout her work, she is seen to have a natural and timeless style in her approach to doing makeup. Victoria is thoroughly committed to the use of quality products that will enhance and enrich skin.

Now that you know how awesome she is, we are so excited to share her wisdom with you!

Makeup Trial

Whether you are a bride that is excited about makeup for your wedding day or dreading it, the best place for you to start is with a trial run of the makeup with the makeup artist. With the world at our finger tips it is easy to find different looks that might be appealing to you. Gather those pictures, pin those pins, and come to your trial armed with things that you like if you have found them. The makeup artist will work with you, your photos and your skin to create a look that works just for you.

If you don't know what you want or where to look that is ok. Victoria let us know, " For the bride that does not know what she wants I will start asking her questions. The goal is to get to know the bride better so I can assess her style. I will ask about certain things so that I know where to start.  Questions like, what are your bridal colors? What does your bouquet look like? What kind of dress did you purchase? Your answers to these questions can tell me if you are a more natural/subtle look or if bolder choices will be the right ones for you".


Trend or style?

As you are looking for or perhaps come across by accident, makeup looks for your wedding day, it is easy to get overwhelmed and wander in the wrong direction. There is a difference between a makeup trend and the style of the makeup artist. In choosing a makeup artist Victoria says, "look at the makeup artists work. Is the their work consistent over the years? If it is then you can look at the pictures and confidently decide that the makeup they do is a style and not just the latest trend. Keyvn Aucion created a look many years ago that is still being used today. That was his style and it is one that is timeless and elegant.  A look that you can not go wrong with.  If a client wants to be heavily contoured and highlighted, two things that have emerged again in popularity but been around for years, I would ask them why they want this look? I would then advise them on reasons why faces are contoured and highlighted and based on the features of their face , will determined if there is a need. For some this look is a good match and for others it may not be the best approach." Victoria also kindly reminded us, on this quest to have the right look for the big day, "As with all things, when in doubt always go back to the basics".


Sensitive skin?

Are you concerned that you have sensitive skin? No one wants a major break out before the big day, cue nightmares and flashbacks of your teenage years.  Victoria is a licensed esthetician and is able to educate those in need on how and what to use on their face. with her skill extending beyond just makeup, she will help you figure out if your skin is sensitive or if  perhaps you have just been using the wrong products for your skin. Victoria walked us through some of the things she does for determining and working with sensitive skin. " I will start by asking the person how they know they have sensitive skin. If it is an allergy then finding products that work with their face is different because they are reacting to something. We will work together to figure out what they are using and what is causing it. We use only hypoallergenic products that help enrich the skin." Quality products with a minimal chance of reaction, need we say more.

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When should you do a trial?

We asked Victoria when a trial should be done. "Rule of thumb used to be that the trial should be done at 3 months before your wedding. Now everyone is doing engagement photo shoots. This can also be a good time to shop around find a good make artist and do your trial for your engagement photo session. However if the session is done a year in advance colors might change so there is can be a little bit of challenge in finding color. A professional artist should have a variety of colors on hand when you come in for your wedding makeup, just in case you color changes. If the bride is picky, 3 months is too short of a time frame to do the trial. It may take a bit of time to create just the right look for her."

We loved being able to speak with Victoria. She is a wealth of knowledge, a bundle of excitement and a very talented artist. If you are looking for an epic makeup artist, we highly recommend this beautiful soul. You don't have to take our word or hers, her pictures speak for themselves.

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*All images compliments of www.3dlooksmakeup.com *

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Wedding Guest List TIps

The Dreaded Guest List : A How to

Wedding Guest List Tips

The day is coming. The magical day that you have been dreaming about. Now, take a deep, slow breath. It is time to start....the guest list. If you are like most people,  you'll need wedding guest list tips.

Some of us have been dreaming of this since what seems like the very moment we were brought in to existence. So, we have to reign in the urge to invite virtually every person we have ever met since the beginning of time because, well, we are THAT EXCITED.

On the flip side, there may be those that never thought they would be here. You know, planning a guest list to a wedding. Searching the recesses of your memory for people. Wondering, do you even have friends? Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration. This whole people thing. Yeah. It is not what gets you excited about life. The truth is this people thing, this inviting them to what can be the happiest day in life to date, can be stressful and messy. Because, well, people are messy and that's ok. But.... It doesn't have to be. Music to our ears, right?

So. where do we start?

If it were up to Emily Post and her sweet traditional methods, she would suggest that:

The bride’s mother then consults with the groom, or more likely, with his mother, as to how the house-list is to be divided between them. This never means a completely doubled list, because, if the two families live in the same city, many names are sure to be in duplicate. If the groom’s people live in another place, invitations to the house can be liberally sent, as the proportion of guests who will take a long trip seldom go beyond those of the immediate family and such close friends as would be asked to the smallest of receptions.

Usually, if Mrs. Smith tells Mrs. Smartlington that two hundred can be included at the breakfast, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Smartlington will each make a list of one hundred and fifty, certain that one hundred will be in duplicate.

Invitations to a big church wedding are always sent to the entire visiting list, and often the business acquaintances of both families, no matter how long the combined number may be, or whether they can  be present or not. Even people in deep mourning are included, as well as, those who live thousands of miles away, as the invitations not merely proffer hospitality but are messengers carrying the news of the marriage.

After a house wedding, or a private ceremony where invitations were limited to relatives and closest personal friends of the young couple, general announcements are sent out to the entire visiting list.

-As found in Etiquette in Society, Business, in Politics and at Home by Emily Post

I drop that here, just in case you are an Emily Post guru and would like to follow her advice to the ends of the earth. For most of us, this is not the case. Since, we don't live in that era, it may be best to go back to the basics and start from there. No offense to you Emily Post.

Let us start here...

  • Venue Size  The most basic thing to start with is your venue. How big is it? What is the maximum number of people that it can hold? That is your number. If your venue can hold 200 that is how many people you can invite, because well you might not want to start your journey in life together with a fire code violation under your belt. Just saying...Now that we have established that you do not want to start off the day on the wrong foot, we should probably address the budget that goes along with this venue. This glorious venue that you deem just right for your special day. Just because it can hold 200 people, does not mean that is should. Keep in mind how your venue charges and what you can afford when making that magical number of people you will be inviting.
  • Who is Paying?  It may sound like a silly question, but one that needs to be addressed none the less. If the Brides parents are paying for it then they may expect that they get to invite most of the people. If you and your significant other are paying, remember your parents love you. They want to share your special day with their friends too. This is a bigger deal than any paper or project you ever brought home and was proudly on display somewhere. Way bigger! Also remember that those who are being invited, someone is paying for them. Keep in mind how much your venue charges and what your budget is. That will also dictate how many people that you can invite. Where is the Venue?
  • Where is your wedding located?   Is it closer to the Bride's family? Groom's family? Or is it neither and your are doing a destination wedding? The answers to those questions will also make a significant impact on how you structure your guest list. If the Bride and Groom live some distance from each other the ratio of guests attending will differ. For instance, if the wedding is following old school tradition, taking place near the Bride's family and the Groom's lives at some distance. It can be expected that those that are truly close to the Groom's (family, close friends) will make the trip but others will not. This allowing the Bride to invite more people purely from a location stand point. The same goes if it is near the Groom's family the wedding is taking place and the Bride's family is at a distance.
  • VIP or Not  In your list making endeavor, do not make a master list to start with. One should start by making multiple lists:

1. Start with your VIP list. Yes this is going to feel like high school so let us journey back to the days of the “in crowd”. Who is in your “in crowd” This should be family/relatives and close friends that you feel as though you would be bereft if they were not in attendance.

2. On list two write the people the Bride's parents would like to invite.

3. List three should be to whom the Groom's parents would like to send invites.

4. List four should be people that you would like to invite.

5. List five should be people that should get a courtesy invite but aren't actually going to come. Not everyone can come. Those that get the golden ticket to your special day are those that have earned a spot in your life. Whether it be by circumstance or choice.

Take all of those lists and blend those puppies together. Start compiling your master list. Invite all parties to be part of the process taking into account peoples thoughts and feelings.

Mind your Manners  This may sound like common sense or a silly thing to remind someone. However, at one point or another we all need to hear it. Remember, that this is a special day and that everyone is experiencing everything BIG. We love BIG. We fight BIG. Little mistakes are BIG. The cake, photographer, bridesmaid dresses, grooms outfits, flowers, invitation style, decorations, well those are all BIG. If you hadn't guessed yet. Everyone is going to be passionate about something and someone, and it is going to be a BIG deal.

~Remember, you love each other. When we love each other our problem solving should be telling the truth in love.

~Remember, everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten. Seriously, the foundations of taking turns, listening and sharing, happened there. So, make sure you are taking turns, listening and sharing.

~Remember, to be polite. If you would like to invite more people remember to ask rather than demand. No one likes to be told what to do.

~Remember, that everything that happens during this time is a BIG deal. Being kind and compassionate go along way.

  • Write EVERYTHING down  It is so easy to forget things. There are so many details and each one seemingly more important than the last one. Even though that last detail, you just nailed down. Mark down your responses as you get them. You will thank yourself later as you are hashing out your seating chart, escort cards and place cards.

Try to avoid, if at all possible, last minute invitations. It will only lead to more stress. We can be honest that planning a wedding is stressful enough. Make this area as easy on yourself as possible. Other wise in all the other thoughts swirling around your brain is going to enter...Did I invite that person? Did they say they were coming? Did I really need to invite them? Was I just being kind? Did I get caught up in an excited about my wedding moment?

Choosing the people that you choose to spend your special day with is not an easy task. It often brings about a walk down memory lane of those who have played some sort of roll in your life. But, like a good play not everyone can be cast.

You can do this. It is going to be ok. We are here to help!