Destination Weddings: Jasmine and Cliff’s Romantic Beachside Ceremony

We are super excited to be in Mexico this week doing a photo shoot, as well as the hair and makeup for panel members at the ISS Experience Conference.  It has been great to hear a variety of speakers and occasionally slip to the beach for a break!

That’s why we were inspired to write a post about destination weddings. We recently had the opportunity to travel to Montego Bay for Jasmine and Cliff’s beachside wedding at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort.

Our talented artist and stylist Jennifer B was there to ensure Jasmine looked her best. The photos (courtesy of Fancy this Photography) looked amazing and so did Jasmine’s makeup throughout the heat of the day. 

Are you considering a destination wedding? There are a numbers of reasons to choose a destination wedding over a stay-at-home wedding. Perhaps it’s the weather, the scenery, the romance – no matter what may draw you away to an exotic locale, don’t forget to bring some vendors with you.

Many vendors are open to traveling for weddings. On a day when it is so important to look and feel amazing, you don’t want to have to worry if your makeup is sweat-proof or if you will look shiny in photos.

You should still be able to relax and take in the romance and scenery. It’s the reason you had a destination wedding in the first place!

To see other brides that we have had the pleasure of working with in North Carolina, out-of-state and abroad – check out our Facebook page. There will be more to come about our trip to Mexico soon!

Hot Holiday Hairstyle: Braids

Kate and Garrett were recently married at Fearrington Village. Makeup for Your Day makeup artist and stylist Danielle had Kate looking stunning for her wedding day. After her beautiful bridal portraits (courtesy of Krystal Kast Photography), Kate was confident that her hair and makeup would be perfect for the big day.

We have been inspired by Kate’s braided hairstyle and foreseeing it as a hot holiday hairstyle. This trendy style can be worn in a number of ways that work well on a variety of hair textures and lengths.

If you have long enough hair, doing a wrap-around braid looks amazing. You can wrap the braid into a low bun or a higher updo. It’s feminine but chic and can be both formal and casual. This is an absolutely stunning bridal hairstyle. It can be worn alone or with some great bridal accessories perfect for any type of wedding.

The classic side-braid has made a triumphant return. This look is usually less formal than a wrap-around braid that is worked into an updo or low bun. It is a more undone look that is casual. Take a page from Blake Lively’s hair stylist by pulling your hair into a sleek high-pony and then braid your hair. We love the contrast of the sleek pony and the teased braid so it looks elegant, but not completely polished. It makes the look more youthful. 

Will you being trying this hot hairstyle this holiday season? If you are looking for inspiration for other sorts of hairstyles to debut at holiday parties check out our Facebook page. We are always inspired by our brides!
Congrats to Kate and Garrett, the newlyweds, we had an amazing time working with you on your wedding day. 

Bold Lips: Inspired by Janelle’s Bridal Makeup

Janelle and Jabari were married at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel with F8 Photo Studios there to capture the special moments. We had a great time with Janelle, as artist and stylist Jennifer H was there to create Janelle’s bold bridal look. 
Bold lips can be high-maintenance and a scary thing to consider on a day where there will be so many pictures taken, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try it. In a previous post we explained the important of a hair and makeup trial. If you are considering a bolder lip, try it out and see if you like the way it looks in pictures and if you still like how it looks hours later. 
For any event that you might have your makeup done, you can count on the makeup artist to know how to make your bold lips look flawless and last. If you are looking to try it on your own, here are some Pro Tips for pulling off bold lips! 
– Exfoliate your lips and moisturize them about an hour prior to the lipstick application. It is not necessary, but it helps the color go on smoothly. 
–  Use lip liner. This will keep the color from feathering out onto the skin around your lips. Keeps it neat, which is extra important with a bold lip because mistakes and smudges are much more noticeable.
– After you have put the color onto your lips, blot with a tissue and then reapply the color. This will help prolong the wear of whatever fabulous shade you have chosen.

Thank you to Janelle and Jabari who let us be a part of their special day! To see makeup looks from other brides we have had the pleasure of working with, check out our Facebook page. 
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Gift Yourself some Lash Extensions this Holiday Season

The holiday season is coming up quickly, and soon it will be in full swing with Thanksgiving, company Christmas parties and family get-togethers. Why not give yourself an early gift with lash extensions?
Lash extensions are a semi-permanent procedure that applies false lashes to your existing ones. They are single-strand synthetic lashes that are tapered at the tip with a thick base and a curl to replicate natural lashes. If you like the idea but don’t want it to be obvious, you can choose to do fewer lashes to enhance your look, but still have it look natural. If you would like it to be more noticeable, you can choose to put on more lashes for a more dense and dramatic look.
If you are considering getting lash extensions, check what training, certifications and qualifications your stylist has. Many people practice this without formal training or certifications. This can lead to serious mistakes such as gluing your eye shut for up to 3 days!
At Make Up For Your Day, our team of artists and stylists are certified through NovaLash and XtremeLashes. These are the top 2 lash extension companies in the country. In 2011 XtremeLashes won the Professional Choice Award for Best Lash Extensions and NovaLash uses a medical-grade lash extension adhesive and has the reputation of being the “healthiest” lash extensions. Both are the leading comapies in the industry with high-quality products.

Our certified staff members have gone through extensive training to become certified and have performed this treatment on a number of clients.  

For Brides – We suggest that you get the lash extensions at least a month before the big day. The first time you put lashes on, they tend to fall out faster as you learn to accommodate certain parts of your routine, like washing and drying your face, in such a way that doesn’t cause them to fall out. Two weeks before, you will get your lashes filled again, and these will last for 4-5weeks. This means that after an amazing wedding, you can enjoy them on your honeymoon as well. It doesn’t matter if it’s a beach retreat or a backpacking adventure, there is no need for mascara and there is the added perk of looking great in photos!

For Moms – Whether you have smaller children and are sleeping less during the night, or older children that you are driving all over the place, we know that your life and your schedule can be a little hectic. Lash extensions are great because there is no need for mascara, it’s a get-up-and-go sort of look if you have no time. With kids, sometimes you don’t have time to think about yourself, but this is a small thing that you can do for yourself to look and feel great.

For Everyone – Lash extensions are for anyone who wants them. If you just want to perk up your natural lashes, or experiment with red carpet-worthy lashes, this service can take the fuss out of your morning routine and give you that little boost during the sluggish winter months.

Interested? Contact us to schedule your appointment!

Bridal Hairstyles: Bangs

Choosing a hairstyle is a big decision for any bride. It needs to be something that will look good in pictures and will work well with your hair texture and hair accessories. Our beautiful bride Alicia had straight bangs and they looked great in all the pictures (courtesy of the talented Dara Blakeley Photography) and with her veil. 

Are you still contemplating what hairstyle you might choose? Here are some pictures with different styles and how they can be worn formally. 
Jennifer Love-Hewitt has neatly side-parted bangs with her hair worn down in an elegant side ponytail. The styling of her bangs would work well with a variety of other hairstyles, including a classic updo, and would look great with a veil or any other bridal accessory. 

A recently married Jessica Biel has a middle part with face-framing bangs. The layers fall in a way that flatters her features and they don’t look heavy or overbearing. This hairstyle looks great paired with statement earrings.

Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has her hair styled with lots of volume. Another great look for a straight fringe is to have them really heavy and blow dried with a round brush so they don’t lay flat. Pairing this with a volumized crown and pulled into a neat low bun finishes off this very polished look. 

Melissa George has her hair pulled back into a chignon with a thick side-bang that is curled. This is a vintage-inspired look that will work well for the ladies that have longer hair. 
Be sure to book a hair appointment 1-4 weeks before the wedding so your hair is healthy, the ends are fresh and everything is the right length for your chosen hairstyle. 
To see photos of previous brides that our talented team of stylists and artists have had the pleasure of working with, check out our Facebook page!

Classic Hair and Makeup: Bridget’s Wedding Look

Bridget looked stunning on her wedding day in Raleigh, North Carolina. Stylist and artist Kerri did an amazing job on her hair and makeup. We love that she paired her beautiful hair and makeup with a pearl necklace and earrings. This is a completely classic bridal look and Bridget looks incredible!

We would love to see this same look dress up a more laid back outfit, or to compliment a dressier one. It can add sophistication and style when dressing for everyday, and it can also be the finishing touch on a more elegant evening look.

TIP: To take this look seamlessly from day to night, add a punch of color to the lips. Try one of these bold colors that Rooney Mara pulls off effortlessly. 
Congratulations Bridget, and thank you for for letting Make Up For Your Day be a part of your big day. 
To see more work done by our talented team of hair and makeup artists and stylists check out our Facebook page!

Carolyn + Madji

Undoubtedly two of the most attractive people we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, Carolyn and Madji were stunning on their wedding day October 16th at the Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC.  Carolyn was such a joy to work with, not to mention made our job super easy with how gorgeous she is naturally!  Check out these beautiful photos by Paul Johnson Photography that showcase their awesome day.  Congrats to you both and thank you for letting us be part of your special day!  We enjoyed you and your family/friends!


For a New Year’s Goal of mine I enacted a monthly Mani/Pedi day for me and the girls (you know who you are chicas!) to get our relaxation on and catch up on each others drama/gossip/lives, etc. It’s great and I highly recommend it to everyone out there! We do ours every 3rd Tuesday of the month and so far it’s working out well so that most can make it work with their schedules. It’s just another way of ensuring that we touch base in this super busy world.

We went to an awesome spot in Brier Creek called Mani Pedi Nail Spa in February and it rocked! The staff was very pleasant, the facility was super clean and very reasonably priced. Plus, you get complimentary drinks while you’re there…great service!

So in getting back with the mani/pedi program…especially since Spring/Summer is approaching (gotta get those toes back in shape for cute sandals and the pool) it has me questioning some of the new “trends” in manicures. For example, I just saw this picture on a Sephora email and was unsure how I feel about it. What do you think? Most think of me as fashion forward…but I think I’m going to have to mark this as a fashion don’t. How about you? 🙂

The makeup looks great, though! 🙂

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