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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

Jona reynolds - Airbrush makeup is getting famous day by day. Now, most brides prefer airbrush makeup rather the conventional makeup methods. We also providing airbrush makeup services and we are getting superb feedback.

Jonareynolds - Superb hair and makeup! I am a fan of air brush makeup.

Paige - I’ve heard airbrush makeup is so worth it. I’ve had friends get their makeup airbrushed for a wedding. Thanks for sharing your info! - Thank you for your comment, we love hearing feedback! I’m glad we could help you. Are you a bride to be?

Becky - Hi,
I will be getting married on July 30th at the grove in cedar grove. I will need hair and makeup done for me and then 4-6 bridesmaids. Could you please give me a price quote? Also, how many trials do you do and how much would they be?

Thanks so much!

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Wedding Hair & Makeup/Outdoor Rustic Wedding

The rain could not stop this beautiful couple from throwing one heck of an amazing wedding!   I must say it is one of my all time favorites and Mille B captured it all!

The Bride and the Grooms unique rustic style and taste were showcased all through out the event;  from the flowers, centerpieces, and favors all the way to the gown and not to mention the beautiful hair & makeup designed by yours truly Magda’s Designs!Magda

Makeup and Hair stylist on the scene- Magda and Netsai

Magda created our beautiful Bride’s look that day, as well all of the beautiful maids that day, and our talented stylist  Netsai perfected all of the ladies hairdos.

The Bride chose a very romantic hairstyle which was full of body and swept of to one side creating the look of a side ponytail.   Magda created this style by adding clips of human hair extensions through out the entire head, and then divided the hair into sections.  The sections were then curled by 2 different barrel sizes.  Using the different sized barrels helps the curls look more natural, setting the hair prior to styling will help create body and texture, it also helps the curls stay intact.  (the hair is also backcombed by the root).

MagdaMagdaMagdaMagdaMakeup is kept soft and neutral.  Lashes are added for some extra flair and help to create some additional focus on the eye.  The cheeks are swept with a Bobbi Brown blush in Pink Coral and then highlighted with Kevin Aucoins Candlelight powder. Lips were kept nude, Biscayne Park by Nars worked perfectly.  The color is a warm to light medium peach with a bit of pink and a creamy finish.



Photographer; By Millie B. Photography, Hair & Makeup Magda’s Designs Bridal Hair & Makeup
Hair products; Kenra


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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Winter
Winter’s harsh extremities like cold weather, rough winds, and lower humidity levels are notorious for wreaking havoc on our skin, leaving it dry, cracked, itchy, and unappealing. The reason this happens is because these extremities break down the skin’s lipid barriers, which are there to protect it from dehydration and external dangers. This isn’t to say that we have to throw our hands up and give in to the winter woes of skin, it just means we need to add a little extra TLC to our daily routines. Follow the 5 steps below to keep your skin hydrated and you happy this winter.

  1. Avoid hot showers – I know this is a tough one. All I want to do when I’m cold is take a hot shower or bath, but think of your lipid barriers here. Taking a hot shower may feel good in the moment, but having extra dry skin afterwards will not!
  2. Use a humidifier – The forced heat in your home can be extremely drying for your skin, by using a humidifier in your home, you will be adding moisture back to the air.
  3. Up your water intake – By drinking more water you are helping you skin maintain its hydration level, which in turn helps to protect the lipid line.
  4. Change your lotion – During the winter months you should not be using water-based lotions. Look for one that contains Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is great because it can retain moisture up to 1,000 times. I will take this time to also note that you should still be wearing sunscreen!
  5. Hydrate from within – Eating foods that have high water content will help keep your skin hydrated from the inside. Think avocados, celery, cucumber, etc..

“12 Tips to Keep Skin Soft and Glowing In Winter.” Dr Frank Lipman. N.p., 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.
“10 Winter Skin Care Tips: Banish Dry Skin.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2015.

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Hot off the Runway: The Fall 2016 Bridal Gowns That we Don’t Want You to Miss

Bridal week is just like fashion week, except, surprise, it’s all about wedding gowns. The hottest gowns cascade down the runway, leaving onlookers, fashion enthusiasts, and future brides swooning over the latest styles. If you missed it this year, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got the inside scoop about designer’s inspiration for their Fall 2016 collections. So what did you miss?

We spoke with Yumi Katsura Couture’s Creative Director, Paulette Cleghorn. She told us this years collection has lots of texture with less beading. If there is beading, then it’s more of a tone on tone look.

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For the Sareh Nouri line, Sareh pulled elements and inspiration from her Persian heritage. A history rich in art that is defined by detailed designs and patterns visualized in its mosaics, calligraphy, miniature paintings and intricate weaving. Sareh said, “The farics, laces and patterns that I selected and designed for this collection are reminiscent of an ancient, yet modern artistic culture.”

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We also had the opportunity to speak with Cristiano Lucci, who said this years fall’s collection will be very fashion forward, so we’ll be seeing ball gowns, tulle, and delicate lace.

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Overall, sexy sophistication seemed to be the theme of this season. We saw nude underlays, and plunging back lines, although, more toned down than last year. There was also a lot of lace—yay. And it seems ball gowns are making a comeback with a sophisticated, yet classic flair.


Designers: Yumi Katsura Couture | Victor Harper Couture | Sareh Nouri  | Cristiano Lucci

Locations that carry these designers:

Bridal Reflections– Victor Harper

Designer Loft– Cristiano Lucci

Kleinfeld– Sarah Nouri– all

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The 5 Best Wedding Venues in New Jersey

When it comes to wedding planning, choosing your venue comes second to getting engaged. The look and feel of the day  will revolve around your venue.  The venue can influence your gown, hair & makeup, flowers, invites, décor, and much more.   Your entire experience, from start to finish, begins with the venue and ends with the execution of the staff you have helping you. The location you choose will become a place that will forever stay in your heart and your memory, so make sure it’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

Since Magda’s Designs Inc.,  provides on-location hair and makeup services, we’ve had the pleasure of working at some of the greatest wedding venues in NJ.  We would like to share our top 5 choices.

1. Nassau Inn

The Nassau Inn Wedding Venue

Located, centrally in the heart of downtown Princeton is the Nassau Inn. This quaint venue is surrounded by little shops, theaters, and is a quick walk from Princeton University. In fact, our last Nassau Inn wedding was for two Princeton University alumni, who were arranging their wedding from out of the country. This just goes to show that when it comes to planning, the Nassau Inn has it down. From start to finish they’ll provide their clients with someone who will work with them to bring their visions to life.

Aside from their amazing staff, the Inn can accommodate weddings with up to 200 people. They have a beautiful outdoor space that can be used for either a ceremony or cocktail hour, and they provide overnight room accommodations. Take a look at our Nassau Inn bride HERE.

2. The Ryland Inn

ryland-inn-country-wedding-venue-njThe photo speaks for itself, The Ryland Inn is absolutely stunning, and it gets better. Their Grand Ballroom has 30 foot ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, 6 chandeliers, and hardwood floors. They can accommodate up to 225 guests for a seated affair and are known for their award-winning farm to table menu. They also have a private outdoor patio that’s great for cocktail parties and outdoor ceremonies. Take a look at our Ryland Inn brides HERE and HERE.

3. Pleasantdale Chateau

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The Pleasantdale Chateau is surrounded by 40 acres of woodlands, meadows, wonderful gardens, and ponds, making it the picture perfect place for a wedding…seriously, it’s a jaw dropping kind of elegant. Not to mention, they have an amazing staff who are completely dedicated to making your wedding perfect. They are willing to help with everything including your invitations, and flowers. Take a look at our Pleasantdale Chateau brides HERE & HERE.

4. The Castle at Skylands Manor

A wedding at The Castle at Skylands Manor

If you’re looking for a fairytale wedding, this is your place. The Castle at Skylands Manor is exceptionally beautiful, both inside and out. At this venue you will find the New Jersey Botanical Gardens, 1,000 acres of natural woodlands, Shepherd Lake, and a private chapel where you can exchange your vows.

This fairytale location provides overnight accommodations, and can host up to 600 guests in the formal gardens, 220 in their ballroom, and 300 at the exclusive castle. Take a look at our Skylands Manor bride HERE.

5. Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club 

A Wedding at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club

Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, is a great place for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Their outdoor weddings overlook the rolling greens of their river course and Lamington River. They also provide an outdoor patio that’s great for a cocktail hour. Their Somerset Ballroom can seat up to 300 guests, or if you’re looking for a more intimate wedding, they have other rooms available. Take a look at our Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club Bride HERE and HERE.

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This Unique Form of Exfoliation Will Leave You Wanting More

Skincare is important, you know it, I know it, that’s that. When it comes to planning a course of action for the issue, whether it be fine lines, dry skin, etc. there are many procedures and treatments that your medical aesthetician can advise. My favorite, and the favorite of my clientele is Dermaplaning.

If you have not heard of Dermaplaning, it is done with a sterilized surgical blade. The blade is used to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin. The procedure is not long and has no down time. The only aftermath you may experience is a pinkish tone to your skin on the day of and possibly the following day (meaning you should definitely be wearing sunscreen).

The procedure helps remove the dry, hard layer of skin that does not shed off on its own. It will help in the exfoliation process, it also helps refine fine lines, even out sun damaged skin, and stimulate blood circulation. Dermaplaning also helps with the removal of fine Vellus hair (peach fuzz). The only time this procedure is not advised it for active acne, however, it is great for helping with the aftermath; acne scars.

Since Dermaplaning gets rid of your dead skin cells, anything you do to your skin afterwards (i.e. anti-aging facial, chemical peel, etc.) will add a little extra oomph to the procedure. Even the products you use at home will be better absorbed by your skin.

My clients love this procedure because it helps them with everything I’ve listed above, as well as oily skin, hyper-pigmentation and because it leaves their skin looking nourished and radiant. It’s great for all skin types, and is a must for brides and anyone looking to reduce signs of aging. As an added bonus, after the procedure, your makeup will look much smoother and last longer.

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