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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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A Wedding at the Nassau Inn


NATALIE-JOHN-0160-X2NATALIE-JOHN-0456-X3During the early days of spring, Natalie returned to Princeton, N.J., the place she fell in love. The grounds were snow-covered, and there was a chill in the air, leaving a romantic backdrop to say “I do.”

We set Natalie’s hair, and as we took it down, gave height to the crown. It was pulled back to the nape of her neck, where each piece was pinned into place. We used Kenra’s extra volume mousse #17 and their volume spay #9. Once the hair was finished, we pinned in the hand-made headpiece made by her aunt.


Eyes: Make Up For Ever Palette

  • Lid: taupe
  • Inner Lid/ Inner Crease: champagne
  • Crease: brown
  • Liner: Aqua Liner Make Up Forever
  • Brows: Smashbox Full Exposure M7
  • Under Brow: Full Exposure S4
  • Lashes: water proof mascara by Maybelline

Lips: Sex Machine by Nars and Nougat by Bobbi Brown


Photography by Minnow Park |

Location: Nassau Inn in Princeton NJ

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Makeup Trends Brides Won’t Regret

mac-ruffian-red-lipstick-reviewCosmetics companies consistently put out new products, so each season is equipped with a new shade of lipstick and a new application method. Over the years, the changing popularity of colors and styles has kept things interesting, but looking back, we realize it hasn’t all worked so well. This is why trends for wedding makeup have remained consistent with subtle changes. Below is a list of trends 2015 brides won’t regret.

Contouring: The reason contouring has become so popular is because it defines the face and highlights your best assets. If it’s done right, it should be subtle.

Soft Eyes: Your wedding day is about you, so you should look like the best version of you that you can be. Going easy on the eyes creates a look of effortless beauty.
shadows to work with: corals, nudes, taupes, browns

Bold Lips: Think 1940’s, Elizabeth Taylor. Red lips are chic, stylish and back in. Not to mention, bold lips are an excellent contrast to neutral eyes.

Don’t forget to book your makeup trial sooner, rather than later. We recommend 3-6 months in advance.


Picardi, Phillip. “So: What Is Contouring and Why Should You Care?” Teen Vogue. Phillip Picardi, n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.
“Wedding Makeup Trends for 2015.” Wedding Bridal Makeup. N.p., n.d. Web.

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Retro Inspired Curls

10641160_1009781719047166_5795123715430145488_n[1]11188245_1009781652380506_825782114108604070_n[1]11071142_1009781809047157_1411493957732792576_n11206001_1009781882380483_4420485223972326413_n[1]If you’d like to achieve Amanda’s retro inspired look, the set is extremely important. Start by sectioning off hair at the nape of the neck. Using a one-inch barrel iron, begin to set the hair. Each curl in this section should be facing the same direction and pinned in the same direction. The section above your first should be facing the opposite direction and pinned in the opposite direction. Continue in the same fashion as you move up to the crown. When you reach the crown, curl and pin the curls towards the face. Allow the hair to cool, so the curls can really take shape. As you take the set down, use a paddle brush to loosen the curl. Use your fingers to manipulate shape.

For Amanda, we added a full head of Remy natural hair clip-ins for extra length and added fullness. The extensions blended perfectly with Amanda’s hair and made a tremendous difference on her overall look.


Location: Mcloone’s in Long Branch NJ

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Newsletter: May’s Big Announcement

Magda’s Designs is now offering on location spa treatments and parties for you, corporate events, bridal parties, and relaxing days with your best guys and gals.

We understand your lives get packed with obligations. You lose time, gain stress, and become overwhelmed with exhaustion. Just remember, you can only be as productive as your mind and body will allow, so don’t forget to pamper and take care of yourself every once in a while. Let Magda’s Designs work around your time and come to you.

All you’ll provide is the location. We’ll bring the snacks, champagne, and a list of spa treatments that will leave you looking and feeling your best.

Spa Treatments:

Facials: Your skin will be in excellent hands with Magda’s Designs. Magda has over 15 years of experience as an esthetician and knows the ins and outs of skin care. For your facial, she’ll be using Dr. Grandel products. These products are gentle on their skin and provide a thorough yet mild cleansing.

  • Hydrating
  • Anti-Aging
  • Clarifying

Add on’s if applies to clients skin:

  • Dermaplane
  • Glycolic Peel
  • Salisylic Peel


  • Swedish
  • Deep Tissue
  • Aromathherapy
  • Reflexology


  • Basic Mani
  • Spa Mani
  • Pedicure
  • Spa Pedi
  • Aromatherapy Pedi


  • Body Exfoliation
  • Buffing ( very popular among brides)
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4 Favorite Wedding Dress Trends For Spring 2016

Our most anticipated moment of a wedding is seeing the gown for the first time. We’re excited for the marriage and everything too, but we’re really excited to see the dress. And in spring 2016, we have a lot to look forward to. Below we listed 4 of the trends we’re most eager to see.

1. 3D Florals

This is a style that has become increasingly popular over the seasons and was all over the runway during the 2016 bridal shows. The 3D florals add depth and texture to the dress and look absolutely amazing. This is a Pronovias gown.


2. Feathers

Feathers seem to add an airy softness that we love. This feather dress was designed by Lela Rose.

Lela Rose

3. Plunging Neckline

There is something extremely classy about this look that, to us, screams Hollywood glam. This is a Reem Acra dress.


4. Illusion Bodices

Illusion bodices are stunning and create mystique. When you see this walking down the aisle, there is no looking away. This illusion bodice dress was also designed by Reem Acra.



“POPSUGAR Celebrity.” RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 May 2015.
“The Top Wedding Dress Trends From Spring 2016 Bridal Fashion Week.” N.p., n.d. Web. 05 May 2015.
Borresen, Kelsey. “8 Wedding Dress Trends Hot Off The Spring/Summer 2016 Bridal Runways.” The Huffington Post., n.d. Web. 05 May 2015.

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