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Wedding Hair & Airbrush Makeup for NY & NJ Tri-State Area

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With over 15 years specializing in creating elegant wedding hairstyles & flawless all day wear wedding makeup, Magda Designs provides an expert level of service and travels to your location on your wedding day.  As a licensed skin care, makeup & hair specialist, Magda & her team of  professional & highly trained artists offer airbrush makeup  as well as natural makeup applications. Our service area includes: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut & destination weddings. Contact us now to book your wedding hair  makeup trial: (908) 447-6910.

Press & Awards:  Our work has been featured in Town & Country, Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Chicks, Junebug Weddings, Ruffled, Manhattan Bride,, 201 Bride, The Knot, New Jersey Bride, Elle (China), Bridal Musings, and  other wedding blogs & magazines. We are also the proud recipient of Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Award.

Photo & Styling Credits:  (Photos 1 -6)  by millie B Photography / (Photo 7) by Laura Gordon Photography / Bridal Gowns by Sareh Nouri / Wedding Hair Accessories by Liv Hart for Enchanted Atelier

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Michelle and Jeff’s Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate

Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate 1Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate 2Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate 5Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate 3Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate 6Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate 4Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate 7Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate 8Makeup begins with the foundation. Foundation helps to diminish blemishes, evens skin tone, and leaves the makeup artist with a fresh canvas to paint. For Michelle’s, we used Temptu’s airbrush #’s 2 and 3.

The eyes are meant to draw you in; the look is made with color and depth. To accentuate Michelle’s natural beauty, we used neutral tones by Mac. The palette consisted of Soba, Brun, Saddle, and Shroom.

Soba- used on the lid and blended into the crease

Brun- used in the crease to deepen the contour of the eye

Saddle- used to blend the colors from a dark to light contrast

Shroom- used to accentuate the brow bone

To finish off the eyes, we used Mac’s blacktrax liner, added single lashes, and applied black, waterproof mascara.

Michelle’s hair is long, thick and wavy, which made it extremely easy to work with. To give her the vintage style she was looking for, we set and styled her hair off to one side. The curls were given structure, but kept soft as to not look like over-sprayed, tight curls. We then looped the curls and weaved them in to place.

Once the hair was sprayed with Kenra #9, #13, and #25, Michelle put on her vintage, Jenny Packham gown. We dusted Orgasm blush onto the apples of her cheeks for extra pop and finished her lips with Mac’s Viva Glam V gloss. When Michelle looked in the mirror she took a deep breath, and exhaled with a smile.

It was truly a pleasure to be a part of Michelle’s magical day at the Holly Hedge Estate in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I wish her and Jeff all the happiness love can bring.


Photographer: Noa Green Photography
Florist: Mark Bryan Designs


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Keep Problem Skin from Becoming a Wedding Problem

No one understands the fear of acne flare-ups more than those with problem skin. If you fall into this category, stop hoping your skin could just look good for once. Take control of the problem for once and for all.

Go for a facial – A professional facial works wonders on the skin and is your best bet for fast results. Most problems, however, can’t be resolved with just one facial. It takes maintenance to get your skin in a, consistently, good place. Your esthetician will help you come up with a routine and game plan after examining your skin.

Pay attention to what you’re eating – What you put into your body is everything. Try cutting down on your dairy intake, as dairy can be very clogging. Increase your intake of vegetables and be sure to drink a lot of water.

Keep track of your bathroom habits – This may sound strange, but bowel movements are one of the ways our bodies get rid of toxins. If you are not ridding of these toxins in the bathroom, they will come out in other ways, and it could be one of the reasons your skin isn’t looking its best.

If you are not experiencing regular bowel movements, try increasing your fiber intake.

Years from now you shouldn’t be looking at your wedding photos only to remember the surprise pimple that popped up for the occasion. Everyone should experience the feeling of relief that clear skin can bring. Take control of your life today.

To set up a facial call Magda, slots fill up quickly, so don’t put off making your appointment.

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A Wedding at Temple Emanu-El in Closter, NJ

amy 2amy 3amy 4amy1It was January and the first snowfall of the season. Outside, everything was fading into a blanket of white, a sign of another year past. Inside, Amy was getting ready for her future, the moment she’d been dreaming of since she was a little girl.

Amy’s hair was set for soft curls. The dark brown color, a perfect contrast to her white, Maggie Sottero gown. She was given a 3/4 part with a side sweep, as well as, added body to the crown. We pulled back part of Amy’s hair and pinned it loosely.

Because Amy has fair skin, we use Face Atelier’s #2 and #3. For the eyes we used Bobbi Brown and Smashbox. The palettes we used were neutral, filled with taupes and browns. The whole look was kept light and natural. For increased depth, we used a darker brown on the outer corner of the crease. Black liner was used both on top and smudged on the bottom. For the lashes we used a black waterproof mascara.

Before we sent Amy off to enjoy the day, we dusted Bobbi Brown’s Pink Coral Blush atop the apple of her cheeks, and applied Sex Machine  to her lips.

Photographer: Natural Expressions
Floral Designer: Privet Flowers
Venue: Temple Emanu-El in Closter, NJ

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10 Questions You Have About Getting in Shape for Your Wedding

Getting wedding ready takes a lot of work. There’s finding a hair and makeup team you trust, prepping your skin with monthly facials and getting your body in tip top shape. Any needs for hair, makeup, and skin, Magda’s Designs Inc. has you covered. For fitness, we sat down with expert, Jenn Hansen. We asked and she answered the top 10 questions brides want to know about getting in shape for their wedding.

Jenn Hansen, fitness guru, does TRX, HITT, body sculpting, cardio, kickboxing, pre and post pregnancy workouts, and has worked with many brides. It’s more than just getting ready for your wedding, she points out, it’s about picking up the right habits that will stick with you throughout your life. “Be proactive rather than reactive.”

1. What’s the quickest way to slim down?
“Follow the 80%-20% rule. More like the 75% – 25%. With 75% nutrition and 25% exercise. Exercise to build a little muscle and tone.”

2. What can I do to get my arms and shoulders in good shape?
“Incorporate your workouts with other things. i.e. lunge with dumbbells, so you’re working your core as well. Do higher reps with lower weight, and constantly change tempo and speed.”

3. Any Natural Detoxes?
“I do a cleanse twice a year, before the holidays and before summer. It’s a 9 day cleanse called the Beyond Diet by Isabel De Los Rios. I follow her because you’re still eating. I don’t work out during my cleanse, I just rest as much as I can and let my body heal.”

4. What can I do to lose weight if I don’t have much time to work out?
“Always make time. When you’re at work, try getting up every hour, grab a notebook, walk around, sit on a stability ball. Even at home, they have workout shows on On Demand. Educate yourself on healthy eating. There’s always something you can do.”

5. After the final dress fitting I don’t want to lose anymore weight, how can I maintain?
“I like to use the My Fitness Pal app. It helps you keep track of your diet. So if you notice with a certain diet and workout, you’re losing weight each week, you could either increase your calorie count, or don’t work out as hard.”

6. How often should I be working out?
“At least 5 days a week, 3 days of body sculpting, the other 2 can be cardio and core.”

7. What are the best exercises for getting rid of a muffin top?
“Muffin top is mainly diet. You could do a ton of crunches and core work, but it won’t go away without a diet change.”

8. How often should I see a trainer?
“Ideally 2-3 times a week. Find a trainer that will work to fit your needs.”

9. What is the best diet for weight loss?
“Eat food that give you natural energy: avocados, chia seeds, good fats etc.. Don’t eat bad sugars that will cause you to burn out in a few hours.”

10. Do I have to switch up my workout?
“Yes, after two weeks of the same cardio routine, you won’t see a difference. If you see you’re not winded, your body got used to it and you’re not exerting as much energy. You won’t get the results you want.”

“With any ‘quick fix cures’ you’ll end up putting the weight back on,” says Jen. “The best things in life don’t come easy, you have to work at it.”

It was such a pleasure meeting with Jenn. She really knows what she’s talking about, and it’s easy to see she loves what she does. To book Jen for in home fitness training or at Platinum Fitness in Verona N.J. email her at

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Fiddler’s Elbow

600x600_1231174184453-hair_2kellysibonakelly1After posting the photo of Kelly on our Instagram, we received a lot of inquiries about her look. Her wedding was a while ago, so bare with us on the exact details.

We used Temptu’s airbrush foundation, as well as, Face Atelier for any spots that needed excess coverage. The eyes were done using a neutral palette and were lined top and bottom. Kelly’s eyebrows are amazing, so all that was needed was grooming. To lengthen her lashes, we added false ones that were colored with black, waterproof mascara. And for her lips, we used Mac’s Viva Glam V .

For Kelly’s hair, we added extensions. It was set and pinned up to the sides, leaving the curls to cascade down her back.

Kelly is absolutely stunning and was a pleasure to work with. After her wedding, we asked her to model a few different looks for us. You can find those photos on our Instagram at Magda_designs.


Location: Fiddler’s Elbow

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