The Makeup behind the Magic

Now that you’ve seen all the looks from our styled shoot at Hotel Viking, it’s time for the makeup secrets. Makeup artist Lyndsay Simon created the looks and gave us the deets in a behind the scenes interview.

Leila

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For Leila’s look I wanted to give her really fresh radiant skin, with a soft contoured eye. This look goes perfectly with her girly and fun dresses. I massaged Embryollisse Lait Creme and Anti-Age Re-Densifying Serum into her skin and followed with Makeup For Ever Ultra HD foundation to ever her complexion. I popped on NARS Orgasm cream blush with my fingers to the apples of her cheeks, and illuminated the high points of her face with MAC Soft and Gentle highlighter. Her eye look is softly contoured with the Viseart Matte Neutral palette and a champagne Inglot loose pigment. To finish her look, I applied my favorite bridal lip color, Inglot #63 lip paint, a gorgeous combination of a lipstick and a gloss, for a creamy pop of pink to match her cheeks. For her second look, her dress was more simplistic, so I went with a rose-toned lipstick to warm up her look.

Joanna

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Joanna’s first dress has a very bohemian feel, and I wanted to bring that relaxed essence into her makeup while still bringing fourth the glamour aspect that she loves. Her skin is more on the matte side with some light contouring to bring out her gorgeous cheekbones. I always use a cream foundation one to two shades darker and cooler than the skin to mimic the shade of natural shadows on the face. I rimmed Joanna’s eyes with Inglot #77 black gel liner to define her eyes and smoked it out with some matte brown shades with a pop of bronze pigment on her lid. I love the sex appeal the smokey eye gave to the look, and so did she! We finished the look off with a rosy matte lip and cheek to pull the whole look together.

Sarah

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Sarah’s first dress had a vintage-feel to it. I gave her a very sleek winged liner to bring the retro glamour into her makeup. I placed a cream colored eyeliner into her lower water-line to brighten her eyes up, which is one of my favorite tricks to make the eyes look bigger. To add more definition to her eyebrows, I carefully drew individual hairs into her brow with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is Medium Brown for a very natural way to add fullness to the arches. With her first dress, I lined and filled her lips in with Cherry lipliner from MAC and powdered over a tissue to keep from smudging or kissing off. For her second dress, a very detailed pink and cream gown, I applied a glossy, cool-toned pink Lip Paint from Ingot. It isn’t a typical bridal color, but the dress had so much character, I had to add a little more sass into her makeup look.

For more makeup inspiration, check our Pinterest Board, Wedding Hair and Makeup.

Photos: Sweet Alice Photography | Makeup: Lyndsay Simon Beauty | Location: Hotel Viking | Styling: The Newport Bride | Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique | Hair: Julianna Oates | Model: Leila

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3 Tips for Better Bridal Makeup

You’ve probably seen some of the pictures from our styled shoot at few weekends ago at  Hotel Viking. If you haven’t, go check out the first three looks Low Backed Beauty, Boho & Beautiful, and The Ballerina Bride. For the shoot we had makeup artist Lyndsay Simon work her magic. Lyndsay has been doing professional makeup for years and now runs her own business, Lyndsay Simon Beauty and during the shoot we did a mini interview asking her for some tips and tricks!

Tips to Having the Best Wedding Day Makeup:

  1. Finding the Right Makeup Artist for You – Research artists in your area that have a portfolio filled with images that fit your beauty style. Does that artist produce a range of looks on a variety of faces? Do these makeups translate flawlessly on camera without obvious photo editing? Once you narrow your search down to a few artists, read through reviews past brides have posted. Hopefully, reviews give a good idea of the personality of your artist. Lastly, research your artists rates. If they are much lower than other artists in the area, that may be a warning sign that they use lower quality products. An experienced bridal makeup professional should also provide you with an agreement which guarantees their presence on your big day.
  1. Choosing Your Look – After booking your makeup artist, the next step is preparing for your makeup design appointment or makeup trial. Create a mood board with a collection of images and looks you feel are timeless and will be beautiful for years to come. I always tell my brides to save the trendy looks for their bachelorette party or boudoir photos, and keep their wedding day look romantic and soft. When describing your vision to your artist, bring in photos of your dress, hairstyle, venue and color scheme to help pull inspiration for your look. Pull inspiration from colors, textures, and intensities. Pictures go so much further than words when describing your desired look. Show your artist what you mean by a “smokey eye” or “nude lip”. Most times, your definition of these terms will differ from your artists. Being clear with your artist will make locking down a look easy and enjoyable.
  1. Skin Is Always In – Taking care of your skin leading up to your wedding day is so important for your makeup to look its best. Removing any unwanted facial hair (I’m obsessed with threading!), getting regular facials, moisturizing, and exfoliating every few days will make a noticeable difference in the way that makeup sits on your skin. Water will be your most important beauty ritual. It plumps the skin, flushes out toxins, and gives your skin an overall healthy glow.

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How did you get into being a makeup artist: Growing up I was always obsessed with beauty in the human form. It all began with a little purple Covergirl eyeshadow kit my classmate brought me in third grade. After proceeding to expertly apply the shadow on my face (so I thought, anyways) and parade around the classroom, I was told by my teacher to wash my face and take a letter she wrote home to my parents. Being the mini-rebel I was, I ripped open the envelope on the bus and was horrified to read the word “ridiculous” to describe my self expression. Ever since, I was determined to prove the world wrong and create looks that made individuals feel beautiful and fearless. After many years of doing makeup on thousands of faces, from special effects to clean beauty, bridal makeup has become one of my favorite mediums.

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Photos: Sweet Alice Photography | Makeup: Lyndsay Simon Beauty | Location: Hotel Viking | Styling: The Newport Bride | Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique

The Ballerina Bride | A Styled Shoot by The Newport Bride

Meet the lovely Leila. The second she saw this soft pink gown, she started squealing. The layers of pink tulle make the ballgown look soft and light as air. The train feels grand but still playful. We played up the innocent feel with a ballerina bun and some sparkling bling. As you can see in these pictures, the gown was not only beautiful to look at, but fun to wear! The whole time, the crew was just giggling. Such fun! Is this ballerina bride style your favorite look so far? If you love this dress, comment below. We know where you can get one!

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The Ballerina Bride | A Styled Shoot by The Newport Bride

Photos: Sweet Alice Photography | Makeup: Lyndsay Simon Beauty | Location: Hotel Viking | Styling: The Newport Bride | Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique | Hair: Julianna Oates | Model: Leila

The Sexy Boho Bride | A Styled Shoot by The Newport Bride

Meet the lovely Joanna. She is rocking this sexy boho lace gown. For this look we wanted something easy, slightly casual but still totally sexy. I think we nailed it. This dress works perfectly with the cathedral veil, the birdcage veil, and even the headdress. It’s magical! Everything works, everything looks good. Would you rock this lace curve hugger? Why or why not?

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 The Sexy Boho Bride | A Styled Shoot by The Newport Bride

Photography: Sweet Alice Photography | Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique | Makeup: Lyndsay Simon | Location: Kay Chapel at Hotel Viking | Model: Joanna | Styling: The Newport Bride | Hair: Julianna Oates

The Stylish Low Backed Gown | A Styled Shoot by The Newport Bride

Meet one of the most gorgeous low-backed gowns I’ve ever seen. This dress is to die for. The illusion neckline, the sweet lace, the sexy back, the strands of pearls that hang from the shoulders, the hollywood worthy train, I just can’t get over this wedding dress. It’s simply stunning on. Sarah, our beautiful model said she felt like a movie star. Can you blame her?!

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Check back later this week for the second look from our styled shoot!

Photos: Sweet Alice Photography | Makeup: Lyndsay Simon Beauty | Location: Hotel Viking | Styling: The Newport Bride | Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique | Hair: Julianna Oates | Model: Sarah

Styled Shoot Part 1: The Set Up

Last weekend we held our first styled shoot. Thank to the generous collaboration of some beautiful vendors, everything came together perfectly. What girl doesn’t want to play dress up in a gorgeous wedding dress?

We started the day with 3 models, 7 dresses, a dozen pairs of shoes, bouquets, and jewelry; the full shabang. After hours of dress changes and flying hairspray, we came away with 6 polished looks. Over the next few weeks we’re going to debut the outfits. There’s inspiration for every bride, something boho, something pink, something retro, something classic, some that are pure fun! Stay tuned and check back to see all the gorgeousness!

Styling: The Newport Bride

Photography: Sweet Alice Photography

Makeup: Makeup by Lyndsay 

Location: Hotel Viking

Dresses: Alexandra’s Boutique

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Photos: Sweet Alice Photography | Makeup: Lyndsay Simon Beauty | Location: Hotel Viking | Styling: The Newport Bride | Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique | Hair: Julianna Oates

Comfort Food for Your I Do’s

Mini food is kid-proof and grown up approved. Plus, it’s just more fun. Now, take your favorite comfort foods and make them mini… mind blown! Weddings are all about fun and having all your favorite people in one place. What if you had your favorite people and your favorite foods? It can seem unweddingish to have a cheese burger. But what about a mini cheese burger as a passed o-dourves? Suddenly it’s glamorous and fun! Don’t be afraid to serve your favorite comforts foods. Try serving them in an unconventional way or making them o’dourve sized.

Mini Chicken Pot Pies from Food Gawker

Mashed Potato Martinis from Wedding Window

Mini Cheeseburgers and Beer Steins from The Berry

Mini Mac and Cheese Cups by The Curvy Carrot

Mini Deep-Dish Pizza Cupcakes by Plan Chicken

Shrimp and Cheese Grits by Pizzazzerie

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Shots found on United With Love

Meatloaf on a Stick found on BuzzFeed

Bacon and Egg Cupcakes from Eat Good 4 Life

Mini Hot Dogs found on Jo and Sue

Tiny Chicken and Waffles found on Delish

Petite Baked Potato by The Comfort of Cooking

Lasagna Cupcakes byThe Girl Who Ate Everything

Tiny Tacos found on Brides

Spaghetti and Meatball Bites found on Delish

Mini Pancake Stacks from Offbeat Bride

Butternut Squash Soup Shot from Martha Stewart

Mini Cinnamon Rolls image found on BuzzFeed

For more comfort food ideas, visit our Pinterest board O’Dourves.

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Friday Favorite: Coordinates Collection

Coordinates Collection is a jewelry company that creates unique one-of-a-kind pieces featuring location coordinates and custom engraving. With 10 bracelets, 7 ring designs, and 14 necklace and pendants there are almost too many choices to choose from. Each beautiful piece allows for the coordinates of a specific location and a custom engraving. Perfect for a wedding location and anniversary date. Coordinates Collection pieces come in semi-precious and precious metals, and a few months ago they released a ion collection that comes in a variety of colors. These creations are are beautiful way to remember a special place and a special someone. A Coordinate Collection piece is definitely tops on my Christmas wish list.

P.S. They even have a wedding band!

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15 Reasons Brides Need Bling

Bling isn’t every girls best friend, but for the bride who loves to sparkle, the options for bridal bling are limitless. These are just a few of the glittering options. Some bridal salons have a seamstress on staff who can custom make belts, hair pieces, necklaces, etc. There’s a shop right in downtown Newport that specializes in custom bridal pieces. Check out Andria Bird Bride to see the pieces inspired by her brides. The Julianna Necklace, she designed that one for me!

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How to Decorate your Ceremony Space on a Budget

Couples often feel overwhelmed when it comes to decorating the ceremony space. It can sometimes feel like a waste of money to decorate a space you’ll only use for an hour at most. Never fear, there are plenty of beautiful ways you can decorate your ceremony space and still stay on budget. These tips show how some of our favorite ceremony tips can make a big impact for guest without making a big impact on the checkbook.

Focus on where it counts. Instead of decorating every chair, do the chairs on the aisle.

Keep it simple and let the space speak for itself. After all, guests are there to see you!

Focus on the aisle as the focal point.

Instead of costly flowers, us a cost effective bud like baby’s breath.

Try forsaking the flowers all together! Try these fun and playful

If florals and aisles aren’t your decor of choice, try something… lighter that’s sure to bloc no one’s view.

On the high fling note, try something up up and out of the way! These draping designs makes quite a statement while staying simple and elegant.

What about a monogram or sign? Simple, easy, and something you can use again!

Make the decor something you can use again whether in the reception space maybe as a centerpiece, or at home as a special decoration.

Above all, remember to have fun and enjoy being married. It’s your wedding day! 🙂

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