Blonde Ambition: Fresh Color for Your Wedding Day

When planning a wedding, everything revolves around a timeline. Meetings, fittings, tastings… there is a barrage of appointments up until the wedding day, including your pre-wedding cut and color.

Claire and Matthew had a gorgeous wedding at The Carolina Inn. This blonde bride had freshly colored hair for her wedding to ensure that there were no roots showing in photos. Book your hair cut and color 1-2 weeks before your wedding. Two weeks give that little extra time in case you need to go back and correct the color – this is especially important for blondes!

Photographer Cyn Kain was at The Carolina Inn taking these beautiful photos for Claire and Matthew while Makeup For Your Day‘s stylist Elizabeth and artist Thuy took care of the hair and makeup to ensure that everyone was looking and feeling beautiful.

Claire and Matthew were an amazing couple to work with. Claire was a stunning bride! Thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding day. We want to wish you all the best!

Have any questions about what to for your hair or skin to prep for your wedding day? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!

MYD is featured in The Knot – North Carolina!

We are so excited to be featured in the print edition of The Knot, North Carolina! The Knot is such a great resource for brides once they are engaged. You can locate venues, start a countdown until your wedding and even search wedding decor by color! There are great planning tools, tips, advice, tons of photos and of course vendors by location. 
The accumulation of these resources and tools online, along with the incredible content in their print magazines has made them a very successful with a large and diverse viewership. 
This is why we are especially happy to be featured in this magazine. We love that it is in the North Carolina edition so that brides in State can see what we’re up to!

Lindsay and Dryw’s bold and bright wedding was so fun to be a part of. What do you think of when you think of yellow? Bright, cheery, fun, vibrant, full-of-life? Well that’s exactly what Lindsay was like and we were so happy to make her look and feel beautiful on her wedding day. 
Hair stylist Regan and makeup artist Kerri did such an amazing job with the hair and makeup for this wedding. Lindsay looks breathtaking!

Thank you to Lindsay and Dryw for choosing us to help you get ready for your wedding. And thank you to The Knot for featuring this wedding and putting it in your print magazine. We are so thrilled!
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Chic Wedding Details – Hillary + Michael’s Wedding

We loved being a part of Hillary and Michael’s beautiful wedding day. Southern Bride and Groom magazine is featuring their wedding in their Chic Details section out this month. This wedding had ice sculptures, performers, fireworks – the whole nine yards! It was truly incredible to be a part of this special day.  Hillary is an absolutely stunning bride and our hair stylist, Kristin and makeup artist, Jen B. enjoyed working with her to add an elegant, chic look to her bridal party.

Of course, it takes a team of people to make a wedding as chic and beautiful as this. Vendors included Dara Blakeley Photography, Southern Video Design, Fresh Affairs and Elegant Ensembles. (See full list below). 

A wedding takes many different elements coming together to make one event fantastic. Here is a list of some things that are guaranteed to make a wedding chic and unique. 

Pops of Color.

Fantastic Florals.
Sweet Place Settings. 

A Cool Cake.
A Lovely Luxe Palette.
Incredible Invitations. 
A Sweet Setup. 
It was a pleasure working on this wedding and we are thrilled that it is being featured in Southern Bride and Groom! Thank you to all of the amazing vendors that helped make the day spectacular, and congratulations to the newlyweds. 
To see what else we love, check out our Pinterest page. To get updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter!

Bride’s Choice Award 2013!

Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Award is given away annually. They recognize local wedding vendors that provide quality services and excel in going above-and-beyond to please clients. What makes this award different is that instead of a company or organization picking who the winner is, the clients do! The winner is chosen based of off the quality, quantity and consistency of client reviews. The awards are awarded in a number of categories including  Catering, DJ, Wedding Planners and Invitations.

We are so blessed to have the brides that we have that leave us reviews like this!

Thank you to all of our wonderful brides that give us the opportunity to do what we love and be such a big part of your wedding day. Thank you for all of the love and positive reviews that has won us this award for the fourth year in a row! We are so grateful to you.

We are looking forward to another successful year in 2013!

Lauren + Chase’s Winter Wedding

With the holidays over and a few weeks into the new year, it is time to cozy up until the warmer weather returns. One of the best ways to cozy up is with someone you love – and that is exactly what Lauren and Chase did!

The wedding was planned by Southern Soiree and photographed by Brian Mullins Photography. Beth and Marcie from Makeup For Your Day were there to make sure that Lauren and her bridal party were all looking beautiful for the big day.

Lauren had an amazing, classic look. Her curled, low hairstyle looked great with her veil. And her makeup made her look flawless and fresh-faced. She was such a stunning winter bride and they are such a beautiful couple.

Are you engaged? Are you planning a winter wedding? Here are some of our favorite fashionable coverups for the colder weather!

Thank you to Lauren and Chase for letting us be a part of your big day! To see photos of other weddings that we have been a part of, check out our Facebook page. To stay up-to-date about when new blogs are posted, follow us on Twitter!

Skin and Hair Resolutions for 2013!

It’s 2013! A new year means new goals and resolutions. Here are some resolutions that we have for our skincare and haircare routine this year. 
Apply Sunscreen Everyday.

Sunscreen, year round, inside or out should become a habit in your skincare routine. Be sure that you include broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Wearing sunscreen helps the overall appearance of skin, prevents dark spots, dryness and premature aging in the form of wrinkles.

Exfoliate (at least) Once a Week.

We are putting our best faces forward this year by not neglecting this task in our skincare regiment. Exfoliating gets rid of the dead cells on the skin’s surface and helps prevent pores from becoming clogged. It always helps skin look and feel great.

Remove all Makeup Before Bed.

Everyone does it. Late nights happen and going to bed immediately seems better than going through your evening skincare routine. No matter how tired you are, wash your face and remove your makeup. When makeup sits on your skin all night it can clog your pores and cause breakouts.

Wash Your Makeup Brushes Regularly. 

Breakouts can be really frustrating. People will change their diet and switch up their skincare routine, but that may not be the problem. Makeup brushes house all kind of bacteria, and if you don’t clean them, then you are spreading this bacteria from the brush, to the makeup, to your skin. If you can, try to clean your makeup brushes weekly.

Use a heat protectant before styling. 

Every time you reach for the blow dryer, hair straightener or curling iron, use a heat protectant first. Consistently heating hair follicles can cause breakage and split ends. Luckily there are no shortage of products on the market that can help protect your hair from suffering extensive heat damage.

Sleep More.

This seems like an easy resolution to make and keep, but with the work demands and social engagements, sometimes the sleep gets neglected to keep up with how busy life can get. Sleep allows the body, and your skin, to restore and repair itself. Lack of sleep reduces the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Lack of sleep also raises the stress hormone in the body which can lead to breakouts and accelerated aging.

 Drink More Water. 

This is a great resolution and it isn’t just for better skin. Drinking more water does help flush toxins and improves the skin’s appearance while minimizing breakouts, but drinking water is also linked to many other health benefits. Benefits such as improved cognitive performance, better digestion and the prevention of many diseases is linked to hydration as well – so drink up!

Throw out old makeup. 

Makeup collections tend to grow, but they don’t shrink unless one product is completely used up. Makeup products are susceptible to all sorts of bacteria, so it is important to keep track of how long you have had your products. A good rule of thumb would be to go through your makeup twice a year, if you haven’t used up your liquid or gel-based product (especially mascara and liquid foundation) in that time, then get rid of it.

What are your 2013 skin and haircare resolutions? We would love to know! Let us know via Twitter or the comments box below.

MYD’s Head-to-Toe Inspiration for New Years

Happy New Years!

Here are some party looks that you can try tonight to bring in the new year. Whether you are going out or staying in, bring in the new year with a bang!

Try this with the eyes:

Try this new spin on the classic cat eyeliner. Start with a regular cat eye, then bring the liner into the crease of your eye in a reverse triangle. Tip: Be sure to use primer first to prevent the eyeliner from creasing or smudging.

Try these cheeks:

It’s nighttime, it’s colder than usual. Take advantage of this by layering your blush. You don’t want to reach clown status, but by making it a little bolder and darker than your usual daytime look. This will give your makeup the perfect glowing, fresh-faced, evening-look.

Try these lips:

Mix things up. There is no better way to bring in the new year with a bang than to wow people with tangerine lips. These colors are usually associated with the summer months, but we say – go for it. They look great regardless.

Try this face:

We love this structured and defined face that is still very soft and feminine. It looks very clean and matte – pop on some false lashes or a bold lip color and you are good to go!

Try this hairstyle:

This is a very textured and piecey updo. We love the gold star hairpiece, it is a great addition to this undone look. To accomplish this, use some texturizing spray. Bring your hair into an updo and then slowly start pulling small pieces out (tease if necessary) and spray with hairspray. It is a great New Years party hairstyle.

Try this nail art:

Nail art has exploded this year. It has been featured in magazines, it is sweeping Twitter, is rampant in the blogsphere and can be found on the fingers of many people. We love these firework fingernails! They are creative and look great, and only really acceptable tonight or the 4th of July, so we say go for it!

Try this outfit:

Black pants with a sequin silver bustier tucked in and a structured blazer is an amazing look to rock this New Years Eve. It is dressy, but also hip and fun. The sequins feel festive as new years is associated with glitter and fireworks. This outfit can be very versatile too, worn with a black skirt or different sweater/ blazer combo and it would still look great!

 Try this accessory:

This was a great year for clutches. They came in a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and patterns. It is the perfect accessory for any outfit. We love how it is practical, holding gloss, mini hairspray and anything else we might need on the go – but it still a great fashion piece!

2012 is over, 2013 is on the horizon and it is going to be a good year. We hope that you found inspiration in some of these elements. What look will you try tonight? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or in the comment box below!

Happy New Year – See you in 2013!

Golden Gift Ideas

We hope that you all had a great weekend. It may be Monday again, but it is the last week before the holidays. Time to gear up to wind down. Day 5 in our countdown is all about gift-giving ideas. We already did a post about perfect palettes, here are some stocking stuffer ideas for your mom, sister, friend, coworker or anyone else that you might want to give some goodies!
1. NARS Andy Warhol Mini Lipgloss Set
This is a perfect gift for any lipgloss-a-holic. These are good quality glosses in a variety of fun shades to experiment with! 

2. Urban Decay Eyelid Primer

MYD Artist and Stylist Jen H highly recommends this products to brides. If it is good enough for brides on their wedding day, then it will be more than good enough for everyday wear. There is definitely a lot of buzz around this product. It prevents eyeshadow from creasing, prolongs its staying power and helps the pigment come out stronger on the lid. 

3. Sephora by OPI – Betsy Johnson Mini Nail Color Set

Mini nail polishes make amazing stocking stuffers. It is a great way to try a variety of colors without committing to a whole bottle that you will never finish! Especially now that nail art is all the rage, the more colors the better! We love great sets that incorporate a range of fun colors. 
4. Illume Eternal Nomad 4-Piece Mini Body Butter Set

With cocoa butter and vitamins A, D and E. The recipient of this gift will have soft, smooth and great smelling hands no matter where they are. They can keep one in their purse, in their desk at work, next to their bed and anywhere else they might need some moisture!

5. Benefit Lip & Cheek Kit (available in a variety of colors)

This is the perfect gift to give to a gal you know that hits up the gym in the morning before work. It comes in a number of different shades that will flatter different skin tones. This is compact to throw into any bag when you are on the go. It has gloss, blush and a great highlighter. 
6. Bobbi Brown Makeup 
MYD Artist and Stylist Maria has hot rollers and any Bobbi Brown makeup on her wish list for the holidays. Bobbi Brown products are so high quality (we LOVE their concealer). Any serious makeup lover in your life would be so happy to get any Bobbi Brown products. The above picture is from their CandleLight Long-Wear Eye Shadow Set. This set gives the lucky recipient a chance to try their cream shadow, gel liner and mascara. 
We hope you enjoyed some great gift ideas for your friends, family members and coworkers. Or maybe you found some ideas for yourself? Check back tomorrow – day 4 in our Holiday Countdown features tips for how to wake up looking more beautiful! 

Hair Play: Inspiration for the Holidays

The holidays can get busy, and sometimes it is hard to think about a great hairstyle that you can try out at a party or a get together. Here is some hair inspiration for the holidays!
Kate Beckinsale looks gorgeous with her curly ponytail. First, curl the ends of your hair and spray it with hairspray. Then, tease your hair at your crown and pull it back and secure it with bobby pins. Then take the rest of your hair and put it into a high ponytail. Add some great earrings and you are good to go!

We love this low-key, but unique look that Thandie Newton is wearing. It is a great way to make a plain side-braid really fun. With the holidays, there is no shortage of festive ribbon laying around. Why not make use of it in your next hairstyle? Festive ribbon would also look great in any hairstyle that requires a hair elastic  such as a high or low ponytail  even a bun. First secure the hair with a regular elastic, then add the ribbon!

Emily Blunt looks absolutely stunning here. She turned a regular low bun into a statement hairstyle by adding a feathery embellishment. This works well with her deep part and looks amazing with her hair color and eye color. Why not make a statement with your hairstyle? There are plenty pieces available for purchase in stores, such as a beaded headband, glittery hairpins or gemstone clips. 
If you have short hair, or just short bangs and would like to pin them back, take a note from Kiera Knightley. Her short hair has been taken in small section and twisted and then pinned back. The burgundy textured headband looks great with this messy, undone look. This is a really great holiday hairstyle. 
To pull off a great hairstyle you need great products. Here are some recommendations from talented members of our team!

One of our stylists, Kristin, absolutely loves 12 Benefits Blow Dry Spray. She explains, “it has 12 benefits! But my favorite things about it is that it repairs damaged hair, it’s a heat protectant and it speeds up blow dry time by 50 percent.”

Hair Designer, ElizaBeth, says she never leaves her house without Big Sexy Hair hairspray and Kathy, a stylist and cosmetologist on our team, names it as one of the big three products that she is thankful for. 

Is the thought of the holidays giving you some stress? Tune in tomorrow as day 7 in our countdown will give you some at-home stress busters. 

MYD on the scene at a Southern-Inspired Photoshoot

This past Thursday, Southern Weddings had their V5 launch party. Their new issue, now on newsstands, looks incredible! We are so excited to have been a part of a beautiful photo shoot that is featured in their new issue.

It is always great to collaborate on photo shoots. We love the team at Southern Weddings and other industry professionals that come together the day-of. This shoot included Eric Kelley Photography, Lora Elaine styling, dresses from Bella Bridesmaid and it was located at the beautiful Fearrington House.

This Southern-Inspired shoot pulled their inspiration from family traditions and home-grown food, which in this case was the heirloom tomato. They set out to incorporate their inspiration in all elements of the shoot. They accomplished this by bringing to life the colors and the family atmosphere that they envisioned.

Makeup for Your Day had a talented team of artists and stylists there to do the hair and makeup for the shoot. Kristin, Regan, Kerri, Jennifer B, N’Zinga and Kathy all worked so hard and everyone looked incredible! With so many people to do hair and makeup for, there was a great variety of face shapes, skin tones and hair textures which is always a fun and creative challenge!

We absolutely loved being a part of this amazing shoot. Be sure to check out the full thing by picking up a copy on newsstands! 

*Watch the behind-the-scenes footage of this beautiful Southern photo shoot here!*
For more updates of photos of weddings and photo shoots that we have worked on, check out our Facebook Page!