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Sep
09

Wedding Hair and Makeup:  The side ponytail with a smokey eye

Today’s blog post is our latest installation, part 2 of a 3 part Bridal Hair and Makeup series, from Hair and Makeup Artist, Sharron Maguire of Vanity and Mascara.

Their are many different variations of The Side Ponytail aka The Side Pony.  Sometimes a bride seeks a very sleek look.  Others prefer a very loose pony.  Side Ponytails can be straight, braided or curly.  All are fun and represent each bride in a unique way.  On this particular occasion, the bride and I chose a curled pony with a side part.  When doing a curled pony, regardless of whether you want a loose or tight curl, you must set the hair first in order for the curl to stay all day.  This is especially the case if you are working with very thick, silky hair like this bride.

Bridal Hair:  Factors to consider

The weight of the hair, weather conditions, duration of the day and many other factors all contribute to the curl relaxing and in some cases, completely going straight.  This is why not setting the hair, at least and hour before styling, is a huge no no!  I prefer a curling iron set to a roller set. In this case, I took one inch sections, curled each piece and then clipped the curl into place. By leaving the curl clipped into place, it allowed the hair to cool down on its own and lock it into place.

Wedding Hairstyles and Bridal Hair - The Side Ponytail

Bridal Makeup:  The Natural Smokey Eye

While her hair was setting I continued with her makeup. This bride wanted a slightly smokey eye.  She wanted her eyes to pop without going super smokey or dark.  Her foundation, eyes, and cheeks were all airbrushed.  If you want your makeup to last all day, then it is wise to make sure your your makeup artist does airbrushing on your eyes and cheeks as well as your face.  It truly is the best solution for all day wear!

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When airbrushing makeup, I always incorporate powder to blend. For the smokey eye, I put a shimmer on the entire lid and concentrated on the smokey aspect in the outer corners.  I used a matte grey shadow under the eye along with black pencil liner on the bottom and a cream black liner on top.To add a bit more drama I used false lashes.

To maintain a clean fresh look on her skin I applied a little bronzer and a a shimmery pink on her cheeks followed by a baby pink lip. I find a pink or peachy lip softens a sophisticated look with a hint of flirty-ness.

Bridal Makeup / Wedding Makeup:  The Smoky Eye.   Hair and Makeup by Vanity and Mascara, Sharron Maguire

After about 2 hours, I took her hair down and was able to mold the hair into the desired style with the curls staying intact. You always want to start off with a slightly tighter curl because even when setting the curl it will relax a small amount.  The majority of her hair was pulled to the side with an protective elastic (always use 2-3 in case one snaps). Her remaining hair I gradually pinned to the hair that was already in the pony to give a more natural symmetry to the style.  Lastly, I swooped her remaining hair into the rest, concentrating on securing all of it in tightly but avoiding a too severe look.

Bridal Hair and Makeup:  The side ponytail and smokey eye.  Hair and Makeup by Vanity and Mascara.  Photo by Images by Berit.

Bridal Hair / Wedding Hair: The Side Ponytail. Hair and Makeup by Vanity and Mascara, Sharron Maguire

Bridal Hair / Wedding Hair: The Side Ponytail. Hair and Makeup by Vanity and Mascara, Sharron Maguire

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Sharron Maguire, owner of Vanity and Mascara, has been specializing in bridal hair and makeup for well over 15 years.

Her work, along with the work of her special team of hair and makeup artists, has been featured in many of the top bridal magazines including In Style Weddings, Inside Weddings, The Knot, Manhattan Bride, and Modern Bride.

If you are looking for wedding hair and makeup help Vanity & Mascara services all of New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Connecticut.

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Bride: Danielle Rossy, Summer 2014
Wedding Hair & Makeup: Vanity and Mascara
Wedding Photography: Images by Berit

Aug
12

We are excited to kick off a three part Wedding Hair and Makeup series to help brides gain inspiration for how they want to look on their wedding day.  Beyond the dress, hair and makeup are essential parts in helping a bride feel her best on the big day!

We’ve been fortunate enough to be paired up with a number of fantastic Wedding Hair and Makeup Artists over the years.  One of these amazing artists is Sharron Maguire of Vanity and Mascara located in New Jersey.  Sharron has been specializing in bridal hair and makeup for well over 15 years.  Her work, along with the work of her special team of hair and makeup artists, has been featured in many of the top bridal magazines including In Style Weddings, Inside Weddings, The Knot, Manhattan Bride, and Modern Bride.

Today’s Wedding Hair and Makeup post comes directly from Sharron Maguire as this week’s IBB guest blogger!

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The messy bun.

The messy bun is a very popular hairstyle with brides.  Its a natural look in which the hair is tousled and (for lack of a better word) on the messy side. The messy bun is great for a bride that is not used to wearing her hair up.  For someone that doesn’t want too severe of a hairstyle this is a great way to go!  The messy bun is what Stephanie Rossy chose for her wedding look and we thought it was a great fit!

To create this messy bun, I began by curling the whole head with a Marcel curling iron.  

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Even though the curls will be pulled out and eventually become very loose curl, you really want to make sure you start out with a rather tight curl.

Wedding Hair:  Messy Bun, Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Sharron Maguire of Vanity and Mascara

If the curls aren’t initially tight enough the hair will be way too messy.

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For Stephanie’s look, I opted to pull all the hair straight back with some volume on top. I teased her hair a bit so that the hair had a little height on top and wasn’t so flat.  

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Pulling the hair straight back resulted in a very flattering look for this bride.

Wedding Hair:  Messy Bun, Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Sharron Maguire of Vanity and Mascara

Stephanie’s makeup was airbrushed for a flawless finish that would last all day and well into the evening. In order to keep her makeup looking clean and fresh, I went with a bronze natural look on her skin and eyes, with more of a pinky cheek and lip. 

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By highlighting her cheek bones and brow bone with some shimmer, I was able to brighten her skin and give her a perfect amount of glow.

Wedding Makeup & Hair:  Messy Bun, Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist Sharron Maguire of Vanity and Mascara

 

We really enjoyed helping Stephanie with her bridal hair and makeup!  The goal of our team of professionals, at Vanity and Mascara, is to create a hairstyle that’s authentic to and best for each individual bride.

There are many details that play a role in choosing a style that the bride will both look and feel her best in. Up or down, straight or curly, soft, severe, or maybe somewhere in the middle. Our stylists guide you through this journey, step by step to achieve your most flattering look.

If you are looking for wedding hair and makeup help Vanity & Mascara services all of New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Connecticut. We are also available for destination weddings.  I am confident that you will find our artists professional, talented, and accommodating, as well as our prices competitive. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Good luck with your wedding planning and congratulations!

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Bride: Stephanie Rossy
Wedding Hair & Makeup: Vanity and Mascara
Wedding Photography: Images by Berit

Aug
03

Last summer I had the opportunity to photograph a Hamptons Wedding weekend.  From the amazing clam bake style rehearsal dinner to the wedding and finally the day after brunch, this Hamptons wedding was so much fun to document!

Though originally featured in Hampton’s Well Wed, only a fraction of the photographs were seen.  I happened to revisit these this week and I fell in love with this wedding all over again!  I thought I’d share these for inspiration for those couples either planning their own Hampton’s Wedding or for those seeking unique table centerpieces focused on the color green or for that rustic farm to table feel.  So here you go!

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The South Beach chic inspired rehearsal dinner was a clam bake on the beach.  Guests were welcomed to amazing food in which they casually sat on the sand to eat.

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Hamptons Wedding, Rehearsal Dinner, Photography by Images by Berit

 

Lilly and Niklas’ wedding day was held at their home in Water Mill.  It was an intimate setting with close family friends.  For the reception, they chose a clear roof tent to allow for optimal lighting to showcase their amazing decor of lush plants and vegetables.  How amazing! Vegetables, herbs, moss and orchids were used as centerpieces.  This was truly unique!

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The day following the wedding, a beautiful day-after brunch was held at the bride’s aunt’s home.  It was the perfect way to end the perfect Hamptons wedding weekend!

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Jul
31

I love engagement sessions!  It’s such an awesome way for me to get to know my clients and to begin working together.  There are several elements that make an engagement session the best it can be.  When we discuss the logistics of your session it will give us an opportunity to learn more about you and allow us to create an environment that will make you feel the most relaxed, allowing me to capture your authenticity as a couple.

Some things to think about when planning your engagement session photo shoot:

  • Day of the week:  Engagement session times are available during the week or on Sundays.
  • Time of day:  If your session is to be outdoors, the best engagement sessions begin 2-3 hours before sundown.
  • Location: #1 rule:  Chose a location with which you have an emotional connection!

Ideas for location:  where he proposed, at your favorite restaurant, doing your favorite activity, where you first met each other, images with your pet, your favorite skyline, a downtown urban setting, an amusement park, vintage-styled, with old furniture and funky clothes, at your favorite, cute coffee shop, enjoying the sand at the beach, rustic and outdoors at a local barn, during a season that speaks to you.

One of the most frequently asked questions we get when it comes to the engagement session is “What should we wear?” . 

Our suggestion, coordinate colors and be comfortable!

When it comes to color, our suggestion doesn’t mean matchy-matchy, it just means that you wear colors that complement each other and pieces that have common shades.   Great examples are Navy, White and Coral or perhaps Tea Rose with Gold accents!  We love the combinations we’ve seen here:

What to wear to an engagement photo shoot, NYC Weddings, NJ Weddings, Wedding Photographer Images by BeritYou can be bold with color!  Yes, black is slimming but it doesn’t always come out well in photos.  Try a bright color that will stand out and make you feel the most beautiful!

Don’t be afraid of prints! Prints can be overwhelming for some, but a head to toe print can look great in photos!  Just make sure it’s one that is flattering and hits you in the right places!   Stay clear of logos and designs on shirts – you don’t want to follow a trend on these shots.  You want them to stand the test of time.  To balance the print, have your fiance wear a solid color.

Engagement Photo Session, What to wear, prints, Photography by Images by Berit, NYC Wedding Photographer, NJ Wedding Photographer, Jersey City Engagment

Choose clothes that complement your surroundings. Try and wear an outfit that matches your location. For example if you are going to be shooting in a wheat field, then wear a casual sun dress with cowboy boots. But if your shoot is more formal a cocktail dress or nice pair of slacks and sweater is the way to go.

Engagement Photo Shoot, Farm, NJ, New Jersey, Engagement Session, Photography by Images by Berit, NYC Wedding photographer, NJ Wedding Photographer

Multiple Outfits!   It’s OK to have one casual outfit and one more formal one. And if you are unsure of what to wear, bring a couple options to your shoot and we can figure out what will work best.

Don’t be afraid to accessorize!  Play up your femininity if the outfit is edgy or choose edgy jewelry to balance super feminine outfits.  If your outfit is pretty casual, try sprucing it up with a colorful scarf, pretty necklace, high heels or cute flats.

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Feel free to wear layers!  Add a cardigan, blazer or jacket to finish your look!

Engagement Photosession in Central Park, NYC.  Photography by Images by Berit, NYC Wedding Photographer

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Be authentic with your style.   The best photos are the ones where you are being yourself!  Be comfortable.  Wear your true style, don’t try to dress up and be someone you are not!

Before I leave “what to wear”, I just wanted to give a shout out to Polyvore!  I love Polyvore, it is so much fun to browse outfits and combine clothing.  The best part of course is that you can purchase the outfit you create!  We’ve begun an Images by Berit Polyvore Board for Engagement Sessions.  Check it out!

Last but not the least:  music, hair & makeup!

Your engagement session is a great time to try out your wedding make-up artist, see if you can coordinate a trial on the day of your engagement session. If not, try to wear heavier make-up than your everyday look, and definitely wear lipstick!

Music….music has meaning.   My experience is that music helps creates a relaxed environment and I try to use it in my sessions as much as possible.  Give us a playlist and we will play it!  Check out this engagement session video that we put to music!

We just absolutely love working with couples on their engagements!  Check out some of the most recent engagement photo sessions we’ve put up on Pinterest.  For more ideas, inspiration and location ideas visit our most recent Engagement Session Blog piece.

 

Jul
23

I recently had the opportunity to travel down the New Jersey Shore for Danielle and George’s wedding at One Atlantic in Atlantic City.  This location was a first for both of us and I’m thrilled that they chose it!

What an amazing backdrop for an Atlantic City wedding reception.  I’m sure you’ll agree.  When I asked Danielle why she chose Atlantic City for her wedding reception she said, “George and I would always take walks on the water in Hoboken and down the shore. We always knew that we wanted to be on the water on our wedding night. We wanted to find the perfect venue that had a chic, romantic and sophisticated atmosphere. The moment we stepped foot into One Atlantic, we both looked at each other and knew this was it. We were blown away… and that’s exactly how we wanted our guests to feel.”

If you are seeking a unique beach location for a wedding this is a fantastic place.  It’s a small beach get-a-way with an elegant and glamours feel, just a hop skip and a jump from two major Metropolitan Areas (New York City and Philadelphia).  Here is a quick preview of some of our favorite shots from the boardwalk, beach and reception!

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