Spotlight on Ciaté’s Unique Nail Products

Ciaté is a company that was started by UK-based nail artist Charlotte Knight. The company has seen great success with the invention of many unique, never-been-done-before nail product breakthroughs.

The company’s polishes, texture kits and treatments create the most interesting manicures and pedicures giving women the ability to have statement nails without going to a salon.  Some of their trend-setting products include:

Ciaté’s Paint Pots Nail Polish 

These nail polishes come in a variety of highly pigmented colors and look stunning on hands and feet. Their polishes are known to be ahead of the trends when it comes to releasing new colors and are inspired by beauty, fashion and design to create new colors. 

Ciaté’s Chalkboard Manicure Set

Start by applying the black matte polish to your nails and let it dry. Then use the chalk pens to doodle fun designs on your nails! The chalk will come off in water, but once you find the design you like, seal it in with the clear top coat and you are good-to-go!
Ciaté’s Very Colourfoil Manicure Set

This is an extremely fun manicure kit that allows for a creative, and incredibly cool, look for the nails. This look creates a raw foil finish, but includes a top coat that is so shiny that it will be unlike any other metallic manicure out there!

 Ciaté’s Velvet Manicure

This kit to the beauty community by storm when it was released. This kit contains and two-step process that will leave your nails with a velvet finish! This kit was inspired by the idea of layering textures that was seen on the runways. After brushing the crushed velvet onto your nails, you will know why this kit claims to be “luxury” at your fingertips!
Ciaté’s Sequinned Manicure

Don’t want the party to stop? This kit allows you to apply sequins to your nails which creates a fun and textured look like no other. Unlike other nail polish that tries to achieve this sparkly, multi-dimensional look, by brushing sequins onto the nail directly, it allows easy application to achieve this unique look.
Ciaté’s Caviar Manicure Set

Just when you thought it couldn’t get more crazy, the caviar nail kit comes out. Following the idea of luxury and texture for the nails, this kit includes pearlescent beads for a 3D effect that will turn heads. Although it is not real caviar, this look emulates the classy food and gives the impression of high-class opulence for your hands and feet. 
*All products are available at Sephora. 
What is your favorite Ciaté kit? Would you like to try any of these? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or the comments box below!

Reader Request: How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs

It’s beach season and we have recently received a few requests to do a post on how to prevent ingrown hairs.

1. First you will want to prep your skin. The best way to do this is to exfoliate the area. You can use any exfoliating scrub or a stiff brush and buff the skin in circular motions.

2. Don’t skip the shaving cream! You will want to make sure the area is well lubricated to avoid razor burn and ingrowns. Don’t want to buy shaving cream? There are some interesting alternatives that you may already have at home – such as hair conditioner, body cream, baby oil and even peanut butter!

Pro Tip: One of the best ways to prevent ingrown hairs is to use a product with salicylic acid. You may have heard of it in face washes as it is a key active ingredient to help clear breakouts. Salicylic acid exfoliates, moisturizes and helps clear pores to help prevent infection.

Try something like Neutrogena Men Skin Clearing Shave Cream. Although it is a men’s shaving cream for the face, it contains salicylic acid to minimize breakouts and will help prevent ingrown hairs.

3. After you shave you will want to rinse the area in cool water to tighten up the pores. People who shave in the hot shower can be more susceptible to ingrown hairs if the pores remain open from the heat after the shower.

4. Finally, apply a soothing product with disinfecting properties. We love witch hazel because it is cost-effective and natural. It helps reduce swelling and irritation and contains antibacterial properties.

Don’t forget, you can ask us your questions at any time via our comments box, Facebook or Twitter!

MYD loves Summer Hat Hair!

Whether you are at the beach, by the pool, at a BBQ or just on the go – a great way to look good, keep cool and protect your face is with a fashionable summer hat. We prefer this look when it isn’t polished. We love the hair textured, loose and undone.
No matter your hair length or the type of hat, it’s great how versatile this accessory can be. Hats can be dressed up, dressed down and can make bed head look so fashionable.  

We want to know what you think of this trendy summer accessory. Will you be sporting this laid-back style this summer? Let us know in the comments box below!

MYD Shares some Pinterest Faves!

Today’s post is dedicated to some of our favorite hair pins on Pinterest. Pinterest is a great place to explore and find different hairstyles for your wedding. Here are some of our favorite pins.  
A very popular trend in wedding hairstyles is a twisted and pinned updo. These updos look incredible with embellished hair accessories. 

If you want a more laid-back look, we love these loose waves and this ombre hairstyle! This would look so stunning with an embellished hairpiece. 

Loose waves will always be a great option for a wedding hairstyle. To take it to the next level, consider pulling some pieces back into a twisted or braided crown. This gives your hair formal look while still maintaining the laid back look of wearing your hair in loose waves. 

We absolutely love this hairstyle. It is so unique and beautiful. This would be such an incredible wedding hairstyle. 

If you have straight bangs, this is a beautiful hairstyle. It is a great alternative to an updo, and looks so great with her veil and her earrings. 

We love braids. They give a unique look and texture to a loose hairstyle worn down, and they also look great in an updo.

We love this loose, undone look with the viel. It is such a feminine and romantic look. If you are drawn to this sort of hairstyle, be sure to talk to your stylist about staying power, you want to ensure that your hair looks fabulous the whole night. 

The word updo means that your hair is pulled up away from your face and your neck, but we also love when hair is pulled low on the back of the neck. 

If you don’t yet follow us, or if you would like to see more of our pins, see our Pinterest boards here.

Do you have any questions about what products or tools to use to style your hair? How to keep it healthy? Let us know in the comments box below to be featured in our Reader Request Series.

MYD Beautifies the Tre Bella Styled Shoot

We are so excited to share these beautiful photos {courtesy of Robin Lin Photography} that Tre Bella used as their advertisements in Weddings Unveiled Magazine and Southern Bride and Groom Magazine. Our talented artist and stylist Jen B did airbrush makeup on both of the models and gave them both beautiful bridal hairstyles.

This is such a stunning bridal look. The model features clean, matte skin with subtle pink cheeks and natural lips. Jen B did such an amazing job with her hair as well, this is such a beautiful bridal hairstyle. If you like what you see, don’t forget to PIN it!
 The models looked incredible in dresses from Tre Bella Bridal with flowers by Tre Bella Florist
We love any opportunity to be a part of a photo shoot, it is such a fun and creative experience, so thank you for inviting us to be a part of this incredible collaboration! To see other photo shoots, weddings and events that we have had the pleasure of being a part of, check out our Facebook page. 


MYD Bride Katie Inspires with her Subtle Smokey Eye and Wedding Polished Hairstyle

At Makeup For Your Day we have such a passion for hair and makeup, but what makes what we do even more amazing is making our clients and our brides happy! This is why we use methods such as hair and makeup trials, face charts and bridal portraits to ensure that our brides are completely happy and looking amazing on their wedding day.
When Katie and Matt got married Jennifer House was on the scene to give Katie her perfect bridal look. Katie wanted a deep part with a very neat, pulled back low bun. She also had a gorgeous hair piece! For her makeup, she wanted a flawless face with a subtle smokey eye and bold lashes. The result? A beautiful bridal look!
Photos: Julie Poole Photography 
Look at how amazing those eyes look!!
They are such a cute couple, we are so happy for them!
 Katie looks completely flawless!

Thank you to Katie and Matt for letting us be a part of your special day. Katie, you were such a stunning bride and we really enjoyed working with you!

What do you think of Katie’s bridal look? Would you wear those subtle smokey eyes at your wedding? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!

MYD Team Behind-the-Scenes Prep for a Wedding Show in Wrightsville Beach

Two weekends ago there was a wedding show in Wrightsville Beach. At this event there was an incredible runway show and Makeup For Your Day had a team there doing hair and makeup for the models. A combination of vintage, modern and classic looks were used in the hair and makeup to compliment the gowns that the models were wearing.

We captured some behind-the-scenes footage to share with you!

As our post last Friday explained, it is very important to understand lighting in all situations as a makeup artist and accomodate for that with the techniques that are used. Our very talented team created amazing, flawless makeup for the runway which made the models look beautiful under the lights.

We are so thankful for our extremely talented team at Makeup For Your Day. Everyone did a phenomenal job and we are incredibly proud!

To see pictures of photo shoots, runway shows and weddings that we have done, check out our Facebook page!

Turn your Fave Lipstick into Gloss: MYD Tips and Tricks

We love this fun, simple and quick way to turn any lipstick color into lipgloss. It is a great way to make new colors with what you have. All you will need is:
– A Lighter, Tea Light or Candle (You need some sort of flame)
– A Metal sSoon
– A Lipstick 
– A Toothpick
– Vaseline or Aquaphor
– A Container (A contact case works great!)
– Eye Shadow (Optional) This is to add shimmer if you would like.
1. Use the toothpick to take the top portion of your lipstick
2. Put this in your metal spoon with some Vaseline/ Aquaphor
3. Hold the spoon over the flame until it melts
4. If you use more than one lipstick color, or you added some eyeshadow pigment for sparkle, use your toothpick to stick the liquid in the spoon
5. Pour the color into the desired container
The final product should look like this when it dries. And it is the perfect, unique shade just for you!
The great thing about this is that you can create whole palettes this way. We love the versatility. You can control how sheer the color is depending on how much Vaseline/Aquaphor you add. You can mix multiple colors to create completely new shades and if you like, you can add shimmer with eyeshadow. 
What color gloss would you like to make? We would love to know. Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!

A Fresh Bridal Look Inspired by MYD Bride Stephanie and Hollywood Icon Kate Hudson

Stephanie and Ted had a beautiful fall wedding at the Oaks at Salem. Stephanie was such a stunning bride, and we really enjoyed being a part of her and Ted’s special day and making sure that she looked and felt beautiful. 

We love Stephanie’s light and airy fall look. Her look reminds us a lot of Hollywood star Kate Hudson. We think Kate Hudson is a great inspiration for beautiful, feminine hair and makeup looks that are perfect for weddings. 

Stephanie and Kate share light blond locks and Kate also tends to go for a lighter look with peachy lips just like Stephanie did for her big day. We think that this is a great look for brides. Kate Hudson has always been the down-to-earth boho starlett that can also be very classic and elegant with her own flair.  
Stephanie, you were such a beautiful bride, and we really enjoyed being a part of your wedding, thank you for including us in your special day! {Photos of Stephanie Courtesy Kevin Milz Photography, Event Planning and Design by Erin McLean Events, Hair by Beth for Makeup for Your Day and Makeup by Ashley for Makeup for Your Day}
To see photos of other weddings we have had the pleasure of being a part of, check out our Facebook page!

MYD Trials: Spotlight on our Talented Team

Happy Monday Everyone!

We are excited to share some of our recent hair and makeup trials with you. We love any opportunity to gush about our talented team of hair stylists and makeup artists and to also show off our beautiful brides!

This is one of our beautiful brides, Jessica, after her airbrush done by Jennifer B – she looks flawless!
We absolutely love what makeup artist Kerri has done with bride Kelly’s makeup!
Artist and stylist Kerri with our bride Kelly.
Kerri also did an amazing job with Kelly’s hair! She looks stunning!
Erica’s makeup was done by Makeup for Your Day‘s Brenna. Erica, you look gorgeous – all you need now is your dress!
Erica’s updo, done by Shannan, is elegant and beautiful.
Erica’s beautiful updo from the side. 
We love all of our brides so much! We also love our team of talented artists and stylists. Hair and makeup trials are really important, read why here, we love seeing our brides so excited in anticipation for the big day while being confident that they will look great!
To see other trials we have done and weddings that we have been a part of, check out our Facebook page! 
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