MYD Loves Diane’s Classic Bridal Look

Diane and Rob had such an incredible wedding. Makeup for Your Day’s Beth and Dee gave Diane her beautiful and classic bridal look. Her hair was pulled low and to the side and her makeup was left fresh and clean. We think that her hair and makeup worked so beautifully to showcase Diane’s features. 
Photos courtesy of Dara Blakeley Photography

We really enjoyed being a part of Diane and Rob’s special day. Dianne was such a stunning bride! It was such a pleasure working with the newlyweds and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors!  For more photos of their wedding, and others that we’ve had the pleasure of being a part of, check out our Facebook page

3 Ponytails that you should Try this Season!

Warmer weather provides a great opportunity to experiment with a variety of cute updos. Why not go back to the basics with a ponytail? There are so many great ways to dress up, dress down and make a ponytail unique. 
We love the teased pony. This is a very feminine, yet sexy take on the ponytail. It can be chic and adds a little oomph to a standard ponytail. This is a great polished look for work or a night out with the girls. 

The wrap around ponytail can be done in a variety of ways. It can be twisted, braided or just wrapped normally. This is a great way to take a ponytail to the next level without doing a whole lot. Ponytails can be viewed as a “lazy” hairstyle. We don’t think so – especially if you try a wrap around!

We love the laid-back look of the loose, undone side ponytail. They can be worn tighter and neater, but for a weekend look, we love the piecey, loose, textured look. This is also a great look for the beach, picnics or any other summery outdoor activities. 

What are your go-to summer hairstyles – we would love to know!

Today is the last day to submit questions for our Reader Request Series that starts next week! We have got some great questions and we can’t wait to share the answers with you. It isn’t too late to submit your hair, makeup, styling or how-to question. Just leave it in the comments box below!

MYD Featured Wedding: Neera + Dave at The Biltmore Estate

Neera and Dave had the most incredible, colorful and cultural wedding at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Artist and stylist Jen B. was there to give Neera her beautiful bridal look. Knowing that the wedding, and Neera’s outfit, was going to include so many rich and beautiful colors – Jen left the makeup more natural-looking. 

We love Neera’s matte brown smokey eyes and how the liner makes them look defined, but not overdone. She also has a flawless face and a beautiful natural lip. This look is really amazing on Neera and keeps the focus on her beautifully detailed attire.

We absolutely love the beautiful henna!

This is such a stunning photo of Neera. 

Neera and Dave had the most gorgeous ceremony. Neera was absolutely breathtaking! We really enjoyed being apart of their very special day.

To see photos of other weddings that we have done, check out our Facebook page.

And don’t forget to leave your beauty questions for our Reader Requests Series in the comments box below! 

MYD presents Home Remedies to the Rescue

We love when we find common household items that can provide quick-fixes, or intermittent and ongoing remedies for a variety of beauty issues. We wanted to share some of our favorite home remedies with you in a series of posts that we will put up at the beginning of each month. Here are some of our April favorites!

For pimples a great home remedy is toothpaste. If you find Benzoyl Peroxide to be hard and drying on breakouts, or if you are using that too frequently as an overnight remedy, try toothpaste one night instead. Toothpaste helps absorb the oil and will shrink the pimple over night.

In the morning, wash your face and dab some Visine on your pimple. Visine reduces redness in eyes by shrinking blood vessels, and the same will apply to your pimple. Although it won’t last all day, dabbing some Visine on your pimple will help reduce redness for a few hours.

It seems like common knowledge that tea bags in cold water can help with puffy eyes. If you use caffeinated tea, the caffeine will shrink blood vessels which will help reduce swelling and redness. The cold temperature with also soothe and de-puff eyes. Tip: Avoid using Earl Grey tea. The oil of bergamot in this tea may cause an irritation for people with sensitive skin.

To get rid of product build up in your hair, rinse it with apple cider vinegar. ACV will also give you soft and shiny hair by sealing the hair cuticle (this is why you should not use shampoo or conditioner afterwards, instead just rinse the ACV out with cold water). And added bonus is that ACV is a natural dandruff remedy!

For dry and cracked cuticles try soaking your fingertips in warm water. Then massage olive oil on them. This will help seal in moisture, plus prevent your cuticles from becoming dry because of cold weather, hand washing and just everyday wear and tear.

Do you have a beauty question? You have the opportunity to ask whatever you want and we will ask our talented team of artists and stylists. They will answer your questions in our Reader Request series – read more about that here! And don’t forget to submit your answers in the comments box below, or via Twitter or Facebook.

MYD Detangles the Pros and Cons of Hair Brushes

At Makeup for Your Day we love hair as much as we love makeup! One question we come across a lot is about accomplishing a smooth, frizz-free hairstyle. We always say that it is a combination of hair spray, know-how and the right tools! Thanks to The Beauty Department, we have this awesome info graphic to share! 
#1 Is a standard paddle brush. This brush is great for detangling, scalp massaging and for a quick blow dry. If your paddle brush features rounded nylon pin-bristles with an air cushion, then it won’t cause static. A paddle brush is a definite must-have! – Featured Above: The Denman Paddle Brush
#2 The boar bristles on the wooden round brushes like this Ibiza Round Brush are perfect to create bounce and shine in any hairstyle. The bristles are coarse and dense which make it efficient in any hair type or texture.
#3 Metal round brushes are one of the most commonly used brushes for people styling their hair at home. This kind of brush acts as a curling iron when used with a blow dryer. The hollow brush allows hair to flow through the barrel which speeds up drying time. – Featured Above: Cricket Metal Round Brush
#4 This combo brush is the perfect combination of brush #2 and brush #3. Since this brush features boar bristles and nylon bristles, it allows more control than you would have with a regular metal core brush. The boar bristles provide some tension so you can really work with the hair to create a smooth, straight style, or hair with lots of body. – Featured Above: WarrenTricomi Metal Core Brush
#5 If you have ever had bangs, you will know that they tend to have a mind of their own. This Spornette G36 brush is an excellent tool that will help you style your fringe the way that you want . The size, as well as the combination of bristles makes it the perfect adversary for those misbehaving bangs!  
#6 The Mason Pearson Brush is the Queen of all brushes. This brush consistently gets amazing reviews and is featured on must-have lists. This brush carries a hefty price tag, but if you are serious about taming those fly aways then this is a must-have!
#7 For people who would rather not splurge $150 on a hair brush, the Denman Large Boar Bristle Brush is comparable. Although this brush doesn’t work as well, it can still get the job done. Along with taming the frizzies, this brush is great for soft teasing. 
We want to know what your favorite hair products and tools are! What are your must-haves and tips to tame your fly aways? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or the comments box below! 

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 Partakes in a Beautiful Farm and Factory Styled Shoot

At Makeup for Your Day we absolutely love being a part of photo shoots. It is fun to have the opportunity to collaborate on the looks and the styling and to create something new and original. With this shoot we wanted to have 40’s-inspired hair and makeup. Artist and stylist Jen B and Nikki were there to create the beautiful updos and soft makeup looks that the models had for the shoot.

Everything was inspired by the television show Little House on the Prairie characters Laura Ingalls Wilder and her husband Almanzo Wilder. This is what helped form the theme, and ultimately all of the elements of the shoot so that everything came together cohesively. 


A special thanks goes out to all of the incredible vendors that helped make this photo shoot such a success! This was such an amazing photo shoot and team to be a part of!

Hair and Makeup – Makeup for Your Day
Venue – The Front Room at The Cookery
Photographer – Sarah Der Photography
Catering – Donovan’s Dish
Paper – Shed Letterpress
Calligraphy – Write Hand Calligraphy
Rentals – Party Reflections
DecDécor – Farm & Filigree

Flowers – Tre Bella Florist
Lighting – Get Lit Special Event Lighting
Cake – Details Cake Design
Favors – Big Spoon Roasters
Dresses – Tre Bella Bridal
Menswear – Bernard’s Formalwear
Model – Bride Evolution Modelling & Talent
Model – Bridesmaid Louise Rose
Model – Groom Mike Shannon
Styling & Design – Gather Together

To see photos of other photo shoots that we have been a part of, check out our Facebook page!

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Makeup Artist for your Wedding:

When planning your wedding, you may not have budgeted a professional hair and makeup artist yet. Hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding day could be the best decision you make in your planning process.

Photography: Most people can do their own makeup well from the practice of doing it everyday, but very few people actually know how makeup is going to transfer to photography – this is why you need an expert. You want to look and feel your best the day of your wedding, and love the photos afterwards. Professionals will ensure that this happens for you through extensive knowledge of beauty photography as well as using different types of makeup to achieve your wedding look (such as airbrush makeup, various blushes, contouring and highlighting techniques, etc.).

Lighting: Professional makeup artists take into account a variety of lighting scenarios. A makeup artist will know what to do so that your makeup looks good in person, in photographs and in HD videos if you are in a church, in outdoor lighting, indoors or in dark venues.

Videography: Video is now shot in HD and therefore, makeup has to accommodate for this need to look seamless in high definition. This means that makeup needs to be much lighter weight so that it is undetectable to the camera. In high definition, colors show up much more vibrantly, versus in photographs or real life where color gets washed out. A professional makeup artist will know how to balance the mediums so that you will look flawless in real life and in high definition.

Longevity: is especially important on your wedding day. Your wedding day is the best day of your life, but it is also one of the longest days of your life. Professional makeup artists take into account that you will be getting ready long before your event and that your event will last for hours. Professional makeup artists have extensive knowledge on the right products to use, such as stains, setting sprays and special powders to lock in the color and make sure nothing fades throughout the day. This will ensure that you look just as fresh at the end of the reception as when you first walked down the aisle.

Comfort: Professional makeup artists will provide the option of having a trial. This is a great way to take your hair makeup for a test run. This will ensure that all of the colors look the way you want and that your hair looks exactly how you want it to.  This will save time the day of by not having to make too many adjustments on your wedding day when you are on a strict timeline. Professional makeup artists will provide you with a beautiful, wearable look that won’t transfer onto clothing, whether it be onto your white dress, or guests when you hug them.

A wedding is an extremely special occasion. Once you get your photos back you want them to be something you cherish and look upon fondly. They will be your memories and what you show to friends, family members, and those that couldn’t attend your wedding. This is why it is important to make sure you look and feel your best.

The first step to planning a wedding is to get engaged! Check out these rings from our friends at Have You Seen The Ring

MYD Shares Fave Beauty Tricks

It’s happened to all of us, the inevitable broken powder. That slow motion reel of the powder dropping to the ground and smashing everywhere. It’s probably your favorite, so you salvage as much of it as you can and continue to use the chunks. Sound familiar? Fret no more, there is a way to fix your broken powder!

To do this you will need.

– Your cracked powder in the pan.
– A clean, pointed object. (A cuticle pusher works well)
– Rubbing alcohol.
– Tissue.
– Q Tip.

First and foremost, it is important to emphasize that your eyes are really sensitive, so while doing this, be sure that your hands and your tools are clean to prevent dirt and bacteria from getting into your eyeshadow.

Take your pan of cracked powder, and with your tool start breaking up all of the pieces. You want to break down the pieces until the whole pan is filled with loose powder.

Then take a small amount of rubbing alcohol in the cap of the bottle and slowly pour it into the eyeshadow pan. If you pour too much, don’t worry – the great thing about rubbing alcohol is that it evaporates. If there is too much you will have to wait until some of it evaporates to continue, so pour slowly.

Take your tool again and spread the rubbing alcohol around, when you are finished your loose powder should be more of a paste.

Leave it to dry for a few hours.

When you come back use your fingers to gently test to see if the powder is dry. If it is, take your tissue and fold it in half and then use your fingers to gentle pat down the top of the powder. This will pack it down and flatten the top.

Use a damp Q Tip to clean the lid and the edges of your case.

We recommend that you leave it overnight before using it again to ensure that it is dry. It will look like a completely new eyeshadow when you are done!

Pro Tip: To help prevent your powder from breaking, put a cotton pad or cotton ball on top of the pressed powder before you close it. The cotton should absorb the shock of any traumatic events and leave it in tact.

MYD Featured Wedding: Lauren + Jordan at The Carolina Inn

Lauren and Jordan had the most wonderful wedding at The Carolina Inn. Jagg Photography snapped some beautiful photos of their wedding day that we are so excited to share with you. Stylist Regan and makeup artist Kate were there to ensure that Lauren looked and felt gorgeous. Wait until you see the photos… she really did!

We absoultely loved working on this wedding. Lauren is such a beautiful girl and she was such a stunning bride! She is a natural beauty and on her wedding day she was completely glowing!

Like what you see? Don’t forget to PIN IT for later! To see photos of other brides we have had the pleasure of working with, check out our Facebook page. 

Have a good weekend everyone!
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