FEATURE - Southern Weddings Magazine - V7!

SWV7 Feature Last spring, I had the incredible honor to provide hair and makeup styling for Southern Weddings Magazine!  When the gals emailed me with their inspiration, I knew I had to be a part.  The Dogwood-inspired shoot, "A New Beginning," was everything we hoped it would be - sunny, breezy, whimsical, and surrounded by dogwood trees in full, southern bloom.  We tried to emanate elegance, simplicity, and whimsy that is so evocative of spring in the south. The full-length bridesmaids gowns from BHLDN were a flowy spectrum of light mint and blue, so we kept the makeup very fresh in peachy pinks and browns. We styled the bridesmaids hair mostly down, loose, and lightly curled, and featured a braided, loose updo on the stunning bride (who is seen in this Monique Lhuillier gown - so gorgeous).  We even got to do a little hair and makeup primping on the three adorable flower girls!

See the full posts here and here on the Southern Weddings website, and of course, the full feature is in Southern Weddings Magazine!  Volume 7 of Southern Weddings is available now at major newsstands and bookstores around the country!

We had to wait a bit to share, but like most of the best things in life, it was worth the wait!

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Life Stage Films was also a part of the day, and captured the beautiful moments of preparation and shooting in film.  We make a few cameos throughout!  So beautiful!

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And here are a few behind-the-scene shots from this fun day in sunny NC!

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Thank you, Southern Weddings, for this delightful opportunity to do what I love with you!

And thank you, Landon and Jordan of Landon Jacob Photography, for capturing these beautiful images!

Spring Styled Series - Look Three

LULA Hair & Makeup Spring Style

Good morning ladies!  Grab a cup of coffee or tea, get comfy, and enjoy our third look in the Spring Styled Series!  (Click here for Look One & Look Two!)  I love this subtle, soft, & undoubtedly gorgeous look for spring.  The fact that the curls are super-voluminous but un-coiffed, paired with the light smokey eye and nude-pink lip, make this look super versatile.  It could compliment a beautiful dress for a special event, or played down with jeans and simple tee for a trip to the farmer's market.  It all hints at a sweet sexiness without being overtly va-va-voom.

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Quick tips for Bombshell curls

  • Bigger is better!  These are a lot like the "fussless" curls from Look One.  You will want to curl your hair with a bit of a thicker barreled curling iron (3/4"-1").  Pull up your top layers of hair and curl one layer at a time from the bottom up, in 1-2" sections of hair.  Bigger barrel + bigger sections of hair = bigger curls.  Just like the fussless curls, we will clip up the curls to your head with clips or roller pins, and leave them to set for 15 minutes (or more!)
  • Don't pick sides while setting the top. Once you get to the top-most layer of hair, which should be the crown and top of your head, you will curl right down the middle section of hair, regardless of your part.  Tease those curls lightly with a basic rat-tail comb (or regular comb) at the scalp, and pin them away to set.
  • Curl away from the face.  Especially on those sections of hair on the sides of your head, closer to your face (just underneath the topmost layer of hair).  This really flatters the face and gives the curls a natural look.
  • Comb out with your fingers.  After you take your curls out, set with a light spray (we love Rusk W8less, which you can find at Target) and wait for 5 minutes.  Then comb through your hair with your fingers for that natural, tousled look!

Quick tips for a springtime smokey eye

  • Use earthy neutrals instead of blacks, bold colors, or grays.  Smokey eyes don't have to be night-eyes. So, we're thinking golds, champagnes, pinks, lavenders, and shades of brown.  These tones are a bit softer and more appropriate for springtime.  You can find warmer or cooler shades of each that can go well with your particular skin tone.  The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette has great shades for this look!
  • Darker in the crease, lighter on the lid.   Take the lighter of the shades, like white, cream or champagne, and sweep all over your lid, crease, brow bone, underneath the lower lash line, and into the inner corner of the eye (where things tend to get shadowy.)  Take the middle shade and sweep all over the lid.  Save the darkest color for your crease, and wing a little bit up onto the hood of your eye (mostly towards the outer corner) and outward from there ever-so-gently.
  • Take the color onto the hood and underneath your lower lash.  This is the icing on the cake that really makes it happen.  Take some of that mid or dark shade, and sweep it lightly into and beneath your lower lash line, connecting it into the outer wing of color.  Then extend that same color lightly onto the hood of your eye (that part that is above your crease but not quite your brow bone.)
  • Assess your progress by making your normal face in the mirror - not your "I'm-putting-on-mascara-and-my-eyebrows-are-REALLY-far-up" face.  We all need that face for getting the color in there nicely, but you will want to assess your normal face every so often, and how that changes the shape of your smokey eye.  You are probably not walking around making your mascara-face at people, so make the smokey eye something that will stand true as you are walking about, chatting with friends.

Quick tips for the subtle pink lip

  • Don't be afraid to pick a lipstick shade slightly lighter than your lip tone.  Your natural lip tone is still going to show through, so the mix turns out to be really nice and natural looking.  This is also true for a light nude color.
  • Contrast with concealer.  Take concealer and very lightly outline your mouth (particularly the corners) with it, mixing it in with the tip of your ring finger.  This will help make the light pink still pop.
  • Glossy glossy!  If you go with a lipstick as the base, top it off with a light pink or peach gloss, or use the gloss alone.  We love Mac Tinted LIPGLASS in Razzledazzler

Any tips you want to know more about?  Questions about your particular hair type or skin type in achieving parts of this look?  Let us know!

With sunshine & lipgloss,

Samantha

Spring Styled Series - Look Two

LULA Styled Series

Another March Monday has rolled around, and we are so excited to share our second look of the Spring Styled Series with you!  We hope you enjoy this soft, romantic look on Courtney!

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This look is feminine, fresh, and versatile for an array springtime soirees.  Whisk the curls up into a messy updo, like the one shown, and enjoy attending that outdoor wedding.  Or, leave the curls down and meet some friends for Saturday brunch.  Use this look to inspire you to try something new, and maybe you will find a look you love on you!

Quick Tips to achieve Whimsical Curls:

  • Thinner curling iron = tighter curls.  Use a curling iron with a 1" width or less.  If you have longer hair, use a 1" barrel - if you have shorter hair, go for a 3/4" or 1/2" barrel.  Starting from the bottom of your hair and working up in layers (pin the top hair as you are styling the underneath layers), curl 1" sections or less of hair and set with a styling cream before working on the next layer of hair.  Once set, pull apart the curls to create 2 or 3 thinner, whispy-er curls from there, and set your final look with a light spray.  You can leave these curls down or whisk them into a messy updo.
  • Wrap the hair around the barrel.  For this type of curl, we love to wrap the hair around the barrel instead of clamping it into the iron (such as with a traditional curl).  To do this, take a 1" section of hair, and start wrapping the top of the shaft of hair with the bottom of the barrel (near the handle), and wrap-wrap-wrap the whole strand to the top of the barrel.  It helps if you point the iron downwards.  It does take a little practice to get the muscle memory down if you have never tried wrapping before, but is so worth it for everyday curl styling.  Wands are great for this curl, but a traditional iron works just as good and produces an even softer curl!
  • Use a styling cream.  When you are creating the curls, we recommend using a styling cream (such as Rusk "Wired") to set the curls before curling the next layer of hair.  Use a pea-size amount, rub it with your fingertips, and style the curls from there.  This gives a bit of a softer look than spray.
  • Choose the right pin for your hair.  Courtney has naturally fine, wavy hair, so it was easy to get those messy curls swept up using simple "U" pins and a few small bobbies.  If you have longer or thicker hair, and want to sweep some of those romantic curls up, we recommend using a mix of large Roller Pins and small bobbies.

Quick Tips to work soft, romantic pinks:

  • Embrace the pink.  Many women shy away from pink-pink blushes and lip colors, though they tend to love the look on others.  They may fear that it is too feminine for them, or unnatural for their coloring.  Can we just say, pinks are universally flattering on women of all shapes and colorings!  Go for it!  It gives a beautiful flush, and does not have to be too overpowering.  If you are concerned about matching your coloring, take a friend with you to Sephora and try some shades out, or ask a consultant at a makeup counter.  That's what they're there for!
  • Use a cream blush.  We love NARS Matte Multiples (specifically in "Laos"), but you don't have to break the bank either for a great cream blush.  Maybelline Dream Bouncy works wonderfully ("Pink Plum" is super flattering) and is available at drug stores.  Using the tip of your ring finger, dip into the color and spread gently into the apple of your cheek, moving up-and-out toward your temple, using your cheekbone as a guide.  You can build on to make the color pop more, or keep it nice and simple.  Creams give a natural flush look and have a bit more staying power in warmer weather.
  • Don't limit to cheeks.  Dab a bit of that pink onto the very center of your eyelid, use a light pink gloss, or both, for an instant romantic look.

Quick Tips for Billowing lashes:

  • Go natural!  Ok - who doesn't love long, soft lashes, especially for spring?  Mascara is magic on any day for any woman.  It's the one thing I put on when I'm dashing out the door and have zero time for anything else.  We love when lashes take center-stage on eyes, and there are a few ways to pump them up without getting spidery.  Pick a mascara with a thinner wand.  This will allow you to get every-single-last-lash.  Brush 3 times towards the inner corner of your eye, then 3 times back towards the outer corner.  Then, take the tip of the wand and brush up individual lashes to make sure they are covered.  And this is our game-changer: get really into the outer-corner lashes (where the top and bottom lashes meet) - try to get all those little whispies in there, whether they are top or bottom lashes!  We also like to brush the top side of the top lashes.  Gently twist the wand to curl those top lashes up and out even more.
  •  (and add a few individual falsies if you are up for it!)  We love individual lashes for giving a little extra somethin-somethin on the outer corner of the eyes, as shown on Courtney.  So soft and billowy without being overtly "fake" looking.  You can find these at most drug stores or beauty supply stores, along with the glue (which is different than strip-lash glue!)  We recommend using tweezers to pick up the lash, dip the teensy bottom into a tiny dot of glue (you can put the glue on the back of your non-dominant hand), and stick right in the lash line near the outer edge of the eye.  Use 3-4 sets of individuals, and blend into the natural lashes with mascara.
  • Let them take center stage. Go for a simple, soft black line and understated shadows.  For a soft black line, use a basic black pencil and work into the top lash line using short "dashes," and, if you'd like, top off with a powder-line with an angled brush from there.  For understated shadows, think creams, pinks, champagnes, and grays.  Use that champagne color to highlight the brow bone, the inner corner of the eye, and tap a tiny bit right into the center of the eyelid.

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How do y'all like it?  Are there any parts you would like to try?  Let us know!  If you have questions along the way, we are here to answer!!

With joy and a cup of coffee,

Samantha