Laylah + David Wedding @ Prospect Park Boathouse

I had the pleasure of working with the lovely bride Laylah a while back. Catch me at 00:23 - 00:24 doing her make up for the wedding! ♥♥♥

photo + video: danfredo photos + films | floral design: the arrangement | catering: moveable feast | hair + makeup: amy klewitz | cake: whole foods market | dj: 74 events | music: the music bed

7 Things to Know Before You Book a Makeup Artist for Your Wedding

This is the most important day of your life! Well, maybe not the most important, but your wedding is definitely up there. You've likely invested a ton of time and money—and if you're shelling out your hard-earned cash for a killer photographer and photo album, you'll probably want to look your best in those pictures as well as IRL. So a professional makeup artist is a godsend, since they'll be able to nail a cat eye or make your skin look flawless. But the process of getting there can be tricky. How can you be sure they know what you're looking for—especially if you're not quite sure yourself? Read on to learn how.

Bridal Beauty Must-Do #1: Find a Makeup Artist Earlier Than You Think Sure, booking your makeup artist as soon as you find a venue might seem a little intense. But leaving yourself enough time to have a consultation—and maybe even makeup trials, if you want them—ensures you won’t turn into a beauty bridezilla a few weeks before your wedding. “Finding an artist that you mesh well with and that can bring your vision to life is a lot more important than brides think,” says Rocio Matos, makeup artist and education director at makeup studio Blushington. It takes time and research to find a good match. And on that note... Bridal Beauty Must-Do #2: Do Your Research Even if you've curated a Pinterest board of your dream makeup looks, there's no guarantee that any of them will look as good on your own face. And, in the same vein, if you google "best wedding makeup artist," it doesn't mean that you'll get the best makeup artist for what you really need. Look for one whose work you consistently like—particularly on actual brides. Sometimes, the work they show is on models and the photos may have been retouched, says NYC makeup artist Sally Duvall. “You want your photos to look great—but you also have to greet guests in person and still look like yourself,” she explains. “Your makeup has to straddle that fence.” With the wrong makeup artist, that's tough to pull off. Bridal Beauty Must-Do #3: Spring for the Makeup Consultation Between the dress, the flowers, and that open bar (duh), it’s ridiculously easy for your budget to spiral out of control when you’re planning a wedding. So you might be tempted to skip the pricey consultation and save yourself $200. But in the long run, it’s not worth it. “It’s akin to only trying on one wedding dress,” says Duvall. “It minimizes any surprises the day of—and if you ask for multiple looks, you can get a sense of what you like and don’t like.”

Bridal Beauty Must-Do #1: Find a Makeup Artist Earlier Than You Think

Sure, booking your makeup artist as soon as you find a venue might seem a little intense. But leaving yourself enough time to have a consultation—and maybe even makeup trials, if you want them—ensures you won’t turn into a beauty bridezilla a few weeks before your wedding. “Finding an artist that you mesh well with and that can bring your vision to life is a lot more important than brides think,” says Rocio Matos, makeup artist and education director at makeup studio Blushington. It takes time and research to find a good match. And on that note...

Bridal Beauty Must-Do #2: Do Your Research

Even if you've curated a Pinterest board of your dream makeup looks, there's no guarantee that any of them will look as good on your own face. And, in the same vein, if you google "best wedding makeup artist," it doesn't mean that you'll get the best makeup artist for what you really need. Look for one whose work you consistently like—particularly on actual brides. Sometimes, the work they show is on models and the photos may have been retouched, says NYC makeup artist Sally Duvall. “You want your photos to look great—but you also have to greet guests in person and still look like yourself,” she explains. “Your makeup has to straddle that fence.” With the wrong makeup artist, that's tough to pull off.

Bridal Beauty Must-Do #3: Spring for the Makeup Consultation

Between the dress, the flowers, and that open bar (duh), it’s ridiculously easy for your budget to spiral out of control when you’re planning a wedding. So you might be tempted to skip the pricey consultation and save yourself $200. But in the long run, it’s not worth it. “It’s akin to only trying on one wedding dress,” says Duvall. “It minimizes any surprises the day of—and if you ask for multiple looks, you can get a sense of what you like and don’t like.”

Bridal Beauty Must-Do #4: Test Run Anything New-for-You Before Your Wedding Day Some brides are down with a full face of makeup, while others just want to look like themselves. A good way to bridge this gap is to try out false lashes. “They make a difference in pictures and make your eyes pop if you won’t be wearing much makeup on your face,” explains Matos. She recommends asking your makeup artist about individual lashes, which feel lighter on your eyes and also look more natural than full-lash sets. Take them for a test-drive first too, to make sure they feel comfortable and that you even like how they look. Bridal Beauty Must-Do #5: Be Smart When You Spray Tan For many, sun-kissed color is kind of a no-brainer before a wedding. However, it’s best to schedule it accordingly. “If you spray tan, give yourself a good amount of time beforehand so the tan sets in and you don't reek of it,” says Kira Nasrat, makeup artist and brand ambassador for L.A.'s Violet Grey. And even if you’ve planned a destination wedding in Tulum, resist the urge to get a tiny bit of color by laying out on the beach. Tanning leads to burning leads to peeling, and if you do suffer a sunburn, there’s no going back. Just load up on sunscreen and opt for a faux glow. Bridal Beauty Must-Do #6: Step Up Your Skin Care Routine Every single makeup artist we spoke with emphasized the importance of taking care of your skin in the months leading up to your wedding. "I always suggest targeting any underlying skin health issues, getting regular facials leading up to the big day, and cleaning up your diet," says Duvall. But let's be real, we get that's not just not happening for everyone, so at the very least Nasrat says to drink a ton of water in the weeks before the big day. Blushington also offers Dr. Neal Schultz's 40-percent glycolic-acid peel at each location; it provides heavy-duty exfoliation with zero redness or downtime. Bridal Beauty Must-Do #7: Pack an Emergency Makeup Kit In a perfect world, you’d have an entire glam squad following you around and blotting the sweat off your face while between photos. But if you’re not (a.) Mariah Carey or (b.) rolling in dough, having a personal touch-up team might not happen. Almost as good: Bring a small makeup kit with you. “Stash a makeup setting spray to revive your makeup, oil-blotting papers, and the lip color you used,” suggests Matos. Might as well get the most out of your gorgeous makeup. SOURCE: Deanna Pai / www.glamour.com

Bridal Beauty Must-Do #4: Test Run Anything New-for-You Before Your Wedding Day

Some brides are down with a full face of makeup, while others just want to look like themselves. A good way to bridge this gap is to try out false lashes. “They make a difference in pictures and make your eyes pop if you won’t be wearing much makeup on your face,” explains Matos. She recommends asking your makeup artist about individual lashes, which feel lighter on your eyes and also look more natural than full-lash sets. Take them for a test-drive first too, to make sure they feel comfortable and that you even like how they look.

Bridal Beauty Must-Do #5: Be Smart When You Spray Tan

For many, sun-kissed color is kind of a no-brainer before a wedding. However, it’s best to schedule it accordingly. “If you spray tan, give yourself a good amount of time beforehand so the tan sets in and you don't reek of it,” says Kira Nasrat, makeup artist and brand ambassador for L.A.'s Violet Grey. And even if you’ve planned a destination wedding in Tulum, resist the urge to get a tiny bit of color by laying out on the beach. Tanning leads to burning leads to peeling, and if you do suffer a sunburn, there’s no going back. Just load up on sunscreen and opt for a faux glow.

Bridal Beauty Must-Do #6: Step Up Your Skin Care Routine

Every single makeup artist we spoke with emphasized the importance of taking care of your skin in the months leading up to your wedding. "I always suggest targeting any underlying skin health issues, getting regular facials leading up to the big day, and cleaning up your diet," says Duvall. But let's be real, we get that's not just not happening for everyone, so at the very least Nasrat says to drink a ton of water in the weeks before the big day. Blushington also offers Dr. Neal Schultz's 40-percent glycolic-acid peel at each location; it provides heavy-duty exfoliation with zero redness or downtime.

Bridal Beauty Must-Do #7: Pack an Emergency Makeup Kit

In a perfect world, you’d have an entire glam squad following you around and blotting the sweat off your face while between photos. But if you’re not (a.) Mariah Carey or (b.) rolling in dough, having a personal touch-up team might not happen. Almost as good: Bring a small makeup kit with you. “Stash a makeup setting spray to revive your makeup, oil-blotting papers, and the lip color you used,” suggests Matos. Might as well get the most out of your gorgeous makeup.

SOURCE: Deanna Pai / www.glamour.com

Vintage inspired wedding look

Had the opportunity to work with the lovely Stephanie who modeled vintage inspired waves and a red lip for a wedding photo shoot with the talented Tatiana owner of Artvesta Studios. Trick to this look is lots of teasing at the roots and setting the hair. Lip color "Raspberry Glace' by Clinique. http://artvestastudio.com/awp/

The Knot "Best of Weddings 2015" and "Wedding Wire's Couples Choice Award 2015" Winner!

Happy to announce I'm the recent winner of "The Knot Best of Weddings 2015" Hair and Makeup Vendor as well as "Wedding Wire's Couples Choice Award 2015" Best Hair and Makeup Vender! Thank you to all my clients for believing in me and my craft! And my talented team who works so hard.

Wedding Trial Tips

Here are my favorite tips for nailing your hair and makeup trial:

- Bring Photos 

It's important to bring inspirational photos of looks you're interested in. When you do research, be sure to  choose images that are close to your hair type, race, coloring, and hair color. Even bringing pictures of celebrities you look like will better inform what the style might look like on you. Also bring some photos of you looking your best. That will help me, or any artist, get a sense of your style. If you like the front of one style, or the back of another, bring photos of as many angles of them as you can--this will help us effectively incorporate elements of your favorite ideas.

- The point of a trial is to try things

It's always good to go into a trial with an open mind as well as a sense of what you want. Stylists aren't mind readers, so don't be afraid to be specific and speak up. We can always fix something that you may not like and our feelings won't be hurt. The process of creating your wedding look is a collaboration, and we want to get it how you want it! When something goes awry, it is usually because there was a communication issue. That said, please be nice about it, and be open to the idea that some styles may look different on your face than they do on the model in the photo. Tailoring the look to your face shape and style is important, and that's where we come in! Sometimes we have to adapt your look, and make recommendations for current curl and cut, to make you look your best.

-Come with clean, dry hair and face

Every stylist is different, but I prefer my clients come with clean, dry hair and face. That way, we won't spend time at your trial on blowing out your hair and removing makeup. Instead, we can start from scratch and build the look from there.

-Bring Veils and Hair Pieces

If you've already purchased a hair piece or veil, bring them with you to get the full effect of the hair style and makeup. Sometimes its better to wait to buy a hair piece, so you can be sure what the appropriate size is, in order to fit the hair style you'll have. I've seen brides buy a piece that ended up being too big for the style they decided on. So my other recommendation is to be sure you have return options if you've purchased something before your trial.

-Camera phones wash you out

Definitely take photos of your trial for reference purposes, but be aware that regular cameras and camera phones create a flat, washed-out look that will bring back the intensity of your hair and makeup by three times. Go with what your eye sees, in person, at the trial. Your photographer will have professional lighting the day of your wedding which will capture your actual look.

-Only bring one other person

If you would like to bring someone to your trial, choose a person whose opinion you trust. Bringing more than one person can become create opinion chaos--it can be too many cooks in the kitchen.

- Remember to have fun

Having your hair and makeup done should be one of the more fun aspects of planning your wedding. So enjoy the process!