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Wedding Day Makeup Tips

Posted on November 16th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Makeup 1 Comment

Your wedding is just one day, but the pictures will last forever. Wedding Day MakeupMake sure your wedding day makeup is picture perfect by avoiding these common makeup mistakes from Shannon over at Makeup Minute.

You don’t want to look back on your wedding pictures and see bad eye shadow or too much blush. Learn how to let the beautiful you shine through. Read on for more wedding day makeup tips and other skincare tips too!

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How to Apply Perfect Wedding Makeup

Posted on November 6th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Makeup No Comments

If you are looking for ways to reduce your wedding costs, you can do your own makeup, rather than pay for a makeup artist. In this video, Daniel Sandler demonstrates how to apply perfect wedding makeup.

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Wearing Your Hair Down on Your Wedding Day

Posted on August 11th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Anything Goes, Wedding Makeup No Comments

When planning their wedding, many brides immediately think they should wear their hair in an French twist, classic bun or other elegant up-do. However, the trend has been changing in recent years and many brides, including celebrities such as Eva Longoria and Katie Holmes, are wearing their hair down on their wedding day.

Brides with short hair look great by leaving their hair down in light curls or gentle waves. Brides with longer hair will look stunning by creating long flowing or spiral curls.

Even if you choose to wear your hair down, consider pulling just part of it away from your face in a fancy hair clip. This will keep your beautiful face at the center of attention.

Whatever hairstyle you choose, be sure to try out the hairstyle with your stylist several weeks before your wedding. Bring your veil, tiara or other headpiece that you will be wearing to your wedding to the trial run. This way your stylist will be aware of exactly what they are dealing with and you will know that you are happy with the look.

Don’t create a hairstyle that requires too much maintenance. The last thing that you want to worry about on your wedding day is whether you need more hairspray, your clip is sliding out or your up-do is falling down. If you wear your hair down in a more carefree style, from the walk down the aisle to last dance at the reception, you won’t have to worry about your hair.

If you’d rather have a classic up-do than leave your hair down, watch this video for a simple style that is really beautiful:

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Wedding Lipstick: Shade of Pink or Shade of Red?

Posted on January 21st, 2008 by Courtney in Wedding Makeup 2 Comments

Red Lips BrideYou want to look absolutely perfect on your wedding day—that’s a given. But everyone’s always asking what you want: you have to pick out your dress, your hairstyle, and yes, your makeup look too.

Your wedding day doesn’t deserve just an ordinary makeup look. You need to go all out! And one of the best ways to glam it up is to pick the perfect lip color.

Don’t know where to begin? Well, lip color has a lot to do with the season, so consider these tips when considering which color you want to build your look with:

  • Winter Shades: Winter is a time of year when you don’t want to go too dark, but too bright wouldn’t be much better. You’ll want a clear, refreshing look compared to the quiet stillness the season offers, so the best colors are crisp, solid shades of red.
  • Spring Shades: Ahh—the season of color. Spring usually sees the return of beautiful blossoms and brings to mind pastel and bright floral colors. Keep in the same tone of the season by choosing a paler lipstick shade like soft pink or coral.
  • Summer Shades: Summer is probably the one season you can get away with just about anything. You’ll want to go brighter than you would in the fall, but bolder than you would in the spring. More intense shades of reds and pinks will brighten your face and bring the season’s style into your wedding look.
  • Autumn Shades: When you think of fall, you usually think of things like pumpkin and spice. Inorporating this into your lipstick color will help you play your style off the falling leaves and give you some great wedding pictures. Your best bet is to go with a lipstick that has darker tones, golden hues, or even a touch of brown.

As always, make sure to try your intended look out before the big day. The last think you want is to be late for your own wedding because you’re having a bad makeup day! Have fun and good luck!

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Skin Care Tips for Preparing for Your Wedding

Posted on January 18th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Makeup, Wedding Planning 1 Comment

Beautiful BrideHere at Truly, we are lucky enough to be able to consult with wedding and beauty experts to provide you with fabulous advice, tips and trends for planning for your wedding.

Victoria Nash, President of the newly launched skincare line Esentè was kind enough to offer tips on how to prepare your skin for the “Big Day.”

The trends emerging seems to be that pretty, soft, slightly glamorous and fresh look. A little more makeup than normal so you don’t get washed out in the photos, but always “pretty and soft”. The hair is one place that women want to change it up a bit. They seem to be more willing to experiment and do something that flatters their dress and veil.

Start thinking about your skin months in advance of your wedding. Victoria provides these prep steps to beautiful skin for brides.

This is a good time to curb your sugar,alcohol, and salt intake. Sugar can make your skin dull, wrinkled and saggy. The sugar molecules attach themselves to the collagen fibers causing them to become stiff and inflexible leading to wrinkles and facial sag. Alcohol in excess effects the blood flow to the skin and can cause a red and blotchy complexion.
Salt as we all know can make us retain water and cause puffy eyes as well as a bloated look.

Purge your sin of acne flare-ups rather than suppress them. No one wants acne to show up on your big day. It is good to use products that purge rather than suppress your acne. Try to start using the products two or three months ahead of time. Esente’ has a great acne kit that helps to do just that.

Exfoliate you skin. It’s a good idea to either do some at home exfoliation or perhaps do a few microdermabrasion treatments in the months leading up to your big day. Exfoliation will help to purge your skin of comedones (blackheads) minimize your pores ,and help to retexture your skin.

Don’t try to get that tan! Healthy skin is in. All brides look better with the beauty of their own natural skin tones. The effects of the sun and tanning beds will age you quickly. Tanning beds even more so as the rays penetrate deeper into the dermis aging our skin up to 40 times faster than if we don’t use them. Remember we want to look beautiful for our anniversaries as well as our wedding day.

For Victoria Nash, the creation of esenté Physioceuticals culminates a lifelong passion for advanced aesthetics and health. Her formal education includes Phoenix Medical and Kar-Ché Professional Career Center, where she received her license for facials and skin analysis. In addition, Victoria has received comprehensive training in Silhouet-Tone equipment for dermabrasion, cellulite treatment, and microcurrent and light therapies. To learn more about her Esentè skin care line, visit

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Glam Up Your Hair with Fete Accessories

Posted on December 2nd, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Fun, Wedding Makeup, Wedding Vendors 1 Comment

Fete AccessoriesIf you are looking for a very unique way to wear your hair for your wedding, I’ve come across Fete Accessories.

Instead of wearing a veil, tiara or bridal headband, you can wear one of these hair accessories to glam up your look. They are made from a variety of interesting fabrics and embellishments, including recycled suede, velvet, feathers, crystals and antique jewelry.

Many women are wearing them to holiday parties and other special events. However, some of these would also look marvelous for a wedding. Even if you don’t like them for a bride, I think that they would be great for bridesmaids.

Some of the styles (particularly the ones that are all feathers) are just TOO outrageous, but others are rather beautiful.

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Wedding Teeth Whitening: Brighten Up Your Smile

Posted on November 24th, 2007 by Courtney in Wedding Makeup 3 Comments

Bride smilingDress—check. Shoes—check. Veil or tiara—check. Jewelry—check. But what about you’re most important accessory?

You know. The one thing that you’ll be wearing all day long, even after the wedding ceremony and reception are over. That little something that no one can help but notice, and will likely make or break your overall look.

Clearly I’m talking about your smile!

Have you even begun to consider what you can do to improve those (hopefully) pearly whites? Well, if you haven’t, now is certainly a good time to start! You certainly don’t want to be walking down the aisle baring yellow-tinged teeth. Especially not in that perfect white dress!

Unfortunately, teeth whitening is often put off, or even overlooked all together because of the many other things a bride has to plan and arrange. However, the sooner you consider your teeth whitening options, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy your glowing smile!

So what exactly are your options? And what is it going to cost you? Well, the following are the three most common methods of whitening: they each have their own pros and cons, from method strength to cost. Consider all the possibilities before making the right choice for you!

In-Office Whitening by your Dentist
If you choose to have your teeth whitened by your dentist, you’ll likely be spending a fair amount of money (between $100 and $800), depending on your practitioner. However, this is one of the most effective methods of teeth whitening. The procedure takes about an hour, and you’ll see immediate results. This is probably the best option for brides with sensitive teeth, as all other methods will cause either your teeth or gums to be even more sensitive.

At-home Custom Bleaching Trays
These bleaching trays are the kind designed specifically for you by your dentist. Because they are provided by your dentist, and the trays have been molded for your mouth, this method is particularly effective. You’ll probably see the most dramatic results, but it will take a little bit longer than laser in-office whitening. Also, this method costs a little bit more: likely between $300 and $2,000 for a custom fitting depending on your dentist and location.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Methods
You know you’ve heard of these: we’re talking Rembrandt whitening gel or Crest Whitestrips, or one of the other various options at your local drugstore. While this method is definitely the cheapest (between $20 and $50), its results are typically less than desired. Also, because you must treat your teeth for several hours over a 1 to 2 week period, your gums and/or teeth are likely to become much more sensitive, at least for a time. That said, if you can’t afford to spend at least a couple of hundred dollars on a whitening treatment, this could be your best bet.

Teeth whitening might be uncomfortable, and a pain in the rear end, but hey, pain is beauty right? And since we’re already started on the clichés: misery does, of course, love company, so why not make your beau beautify his smile as well? The only thing better than a bride with perfectly pearly whites is her and her hubby-to-be both donning glowing smiles on their big day!

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Bridal Hairstyles: Half-Up, Half-Down

Posted on November 15th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Makeup 1 Comment

If you are wearing an off-the-shoulder bridal gown, one of the best wedding hairstyles is half-up, half-down.

If you are considering this look, check out this video, where hair stylist James Warner puts together this glamorous style on a beautiful bride-to-be.

I just love the tiara and the use of jeweled clips against her dark hair. I wore a tiara for my wedding too. How about you? Are you wearing a tiara? A veil? Leave your comments here and let us know.

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Expert Tips: Bridal Hairstyles

Posted on November 12th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Makeup 3 Comments

Bridal HairstyleIf you are debating whether you should wear your hair up or down, tight or loose on your wedding day, maybe you could use an expert opinion.

World-renowned stylist and salon owner Tony Promiscuo of Godiva Salon in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta frequently works with brides and bridal parties. Tony was named the Paul Mitchell International Educator of the Year. Therefore, he is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to topics associated with hair.

Here he offers us some tips concerning bridal hairstyles this season.

“The trend in bridal hairstyles this season is hair being worn down more than up. The fringe (bang area) is being worn swept across the forehead creating an almost retro 60’s feeling. A loose draping of hair is very popular.

There is still a lot of interest in the soft loopy waves that we have seen for the last couple of seasons. If you do choose to wear your hair down the finish must be perfect. The more hair you see, the more impact it will have on the overall wedding day image.

Dress style also influences your decision of wearing your hair up or down. If you are wearing a dress with a large full shape at the bottom a smaller hairstyle might be considered. With it pulled back at the very least and possible into a classic chignon.

A tighter smaller shape dress lends itself to a fuller hairstyle. If your dress is strapless hair down on the shoulders is a nice look, even if it requires extensions to make it happen.

The important thing to remember is that your wedding pictures will be with you forever. In twenty years do you want them to capture a moment in time? If so, consider the current trends. If you want your pictures to have a more timeless appearance consider something more classic.”

If you are in the Atlanta area, contact Godiva Salon to make an appointment for all your hair styling services. Godiva clients are given the ideal hair cut and color based on their facial shape, bone structure, hair type and lifestyle. The Godiva stylists also take the time to educate each client on how to reproduce the style at home.

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Wedding Day Makeup Tips

Posted on November 6th, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Makeup 2 Comments

Beautiful Bridal MakeupYour wedding photos will last a lifetime. Therefore, it’s important to look picture perfect on your wedding day.

A big part of your wedding day look is your makeup. By following these makeup tips, you will look beautiful throughout your wedding ceremony and reception from the morning until well into the night.

Use a Pro – If it’s financially conceivable, use a professional makeup artist. Choose a makeup pro that specializes in bridal makeup. Set up a consultation well in advance of your wedding and bring photos or magazines to show the makeup artist what looks interest you. It’s a good idea to wear your hair to the consultation as you’ll be wearing it on your wedding day. Bring swatches of fabric from your wedding gown to help match your makeup colors perfectly.

Keep It Simple – For wedding day makeup, simplicity is the key. Don’t wear heavy eyeliner, which tends to make your eyes look smaller in pictures. Avoid shimmer shadows, as they show up too light in photos. If you choose to wear false eyelashes, use half strips rather than full lashes, which will look overdone. If your wedding is in the evening, consider a slightly smoky eye, which looks beautiful and a bit dramatic. Wear true red lipsticks or those with blue undertones. Brick red, orange-red or brown-red lipsticks tend to make your teeth look yellow in photographs.

Don’t Forget – Wear waterproof mascara – everyone cries at weddings. Have an emergency makeup kit containing mini versions of your wedding day makeup products, in case you need to touch-up your makeup right before the ceremony or at the reception. Get a facial at least two weeks before your wedding day. The redness and irritation caused by some facial treatments will have plenty of time to subside. Avoid the sun in the weeks leading up to your wedding date as you don’t want a sunburn or dry skin on your wedding day. If you need a little color, you can use bronzing powder or slightly darker foundation.

Makeup artist Amy B gives a fabulous wedding day makeup tutorial in this video. Watch it to learn about all kinds of wedding day makeup tips and tricks.

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