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



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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Wedding day Hair & Makeup – Union League of Philadelphia

Bethann and I met a few years prior at a previous wedding, where myself and my team where the artist on board.  As I read through her first email I became very excited to learn that it was now her turn and that we would be working together again!  She had further explained that the wedding would be taking place in Philadelphia and in December!  I could not wait, I love Phily and absolutely love winter weddings!

We met a few months later for a trial run.  Bethann explained to me that she wanted a timeless and classic look.  I could not have agreed more!

On the day of Jessica and I arrived at The Union League of Philadelphia and fell in love!  As we were escorted up to the Bridal Suite we were in awe with the marble floors, carved wood and high ceilings.
As we began to set up the ladies starting arriving.  Jessica started on the bridesmaids makeup and I began setting all the hair.  The bridesmaids requested that there makeup be kept soft, natural, glowing and the hair be soft as well, they wanted nothing that looked to polished or prom like. The styles varied from all down to all up and low to the nape of the neck.  As for the Bride, we styled the hair with a relaxed part slightly off center and kept volume all around the root.  The hair was pinned low to the nape of the neck.  A final spray of Kenra #25 was used to keep the hair secured and smooth away any remaining flyaways. Her makeup was kept in neutral shadows which complimented her beautiful blue eyes.  Liner was placed on both the top and bottom, and to finish off the look single lashes were applied.

Wedding day hair & makeup @ the Union League of Philadelphia

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NJ Makeup/Hair Stylist – Pleasantdale Chateau

Another beautiful wedding with a gorgeous Bride at the Pleasantdale Chateau!  Lindsey’s style and clean classic look was simply amazing and complimented every detail which all flowed together wonderfully.
Lindsey decided that since she was not a huge hair and makeup lover that she wanted to keep her look natural.  We agreed that this clean and classic look would compliment not only her style but all of the fine details that she was envisioning for her big day.  Well Lindsey sure did not disappoint!  Her hair was kept very classic and low to the nape of the neck.  We decided that this not only would keep the hair looking natural and soft but also still let her feel like she had hair around her face and neck, since she wore her hair down on a daily basis.  She also did not want the hair to look over done.  I accomplished this by pinning each section as the hair naturally fell out of the set.
Lindsey has flawless skin – I used very little foundation and really blended it out to a bare minimum, highlighting herThe Pleasantdale Chateau NJ Wedding Hair & Makeupcheeks, forehead and brow area.  Her eyes were also kept naturally by just using a taupe shadow and placing it onto the lid and blending up into the crease.  Lips are neutral with and undertone of gold.
As you can see Lindsey was surely breathtaking!
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The Inn at Fernbrook Farms/NJ Wedding Makeup/Hair Stylist

When I arrived at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms I fell in love!  The grounds were amazing and I immediately knew that this was the perfect setting for this European, woodsy, vintage styled photo shoot and Lauren our model was just the right finishing touch.
My vision was a vintage hairstyle that still looked soft and touchable.  Some what effortlessly done.  I accomplished this by setting the hair and then brushing through the waves to soften the look and to add in just the right amount of texture. I then sectioned the hair into 3 sections and began to roll the back section into a soft, low and loose chignon.  Next I attached the front sections right above the existing chignon and created and upside down version.  Then I sprayed Kenra #14 to smooth out some of the flyaways.
The look for makeup is soft, I did not want to take away from Laurens beautiful big blue eyes, so I decided to use pinks and browns to really pop those beautiful blues!  Liner was kept to a minimum and lashes were a must!  The lashes added the finishing touches and gave the perfect va va voom effect I was looking for.  Cheeks were kept in a soft pink and lips neutral.
The look complimented the gown as well as the whole feel of the shoot!  Thanks Fernbrook Farms and By Millie B. Photography for an awesome shoot!

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Natural Smokey Eye Tutorial

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I love a clean and classic look.  A soft neutral smokey eye goes a long way, and can be the perfect way to enhance the eye just enough to look great in person as well as on camera, making this a great choice for your wedding day!  To keep the look as natural as possible stay away from va va voom colors, choose Earth tone combinations.  Earth tone combinations can vary from browns to greys and greens, keeping your eye color in mind find the tones that will compliment you the best.

Gianna has great eye space. Taking that into consideration along with her eye coloring I thought it would be best to work with a Brown Palette.  I created this soft natural look so that the shadows would compliment her hazel eyes while keeping the eye space bright and open.

To create this look a few things are needed;
1. Urban Decay Eye shadow Primer Potion
2. Makeup Forever HD Foundation
3. Bobbi Brown Shadow in Bone
4. Makeup Forever Shadow  in #76, #17, #306
5. Maybelline The Falsies in Very Black
6. Disposable Mascara Wands
7. Makeup sponge
8 Ardell Individuals in Black
9. Brow Brush
10. Mac Brush #224, #275

Begin by applying a thin layer of eye shadow primer to the entire lid.  This will help block oils and keep the shadows in place.  Next apply a thin layer of foundation, this will create a flawless canvas.  Now you can start with your shadows, use Bobbi Browns Bone shadow and apply to the entire lid, now place  Makeup Forever’s #17 on the lid.  Pat the shadow into place and then blend shadow.  Once shadow has been blended the next step is to create your crease, take Makeup Forever #76 with a crease brush apply shadow directly into crease by moving brush back and forth. Next use Makeup Forever #306 by placing into the inner corner and blending the shadow right above the crease, now take your bone shadow and sweep the color under the brow and blend into crease as well.  Next use #17 to create a smokey liner and add a few individual lashes to the lash line, apply a coat of black mascara, fill in brows and comb through. Final step, use #76 and sweep shadow under the lower lash line, and apply another coat of mascara to the top and bottom lash line.smkoy eye for blog 005

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NJ Makeup & Hairstylist/Ashford Estates


The Ashford Estate/NJ

I created this soft and natural makeup look for our 2014 Lookbook photo shoot with wedding gown designer Sareh Nouri and Liv Hart from Enchanted Atelier.
The idea behind this soft and romantic approach is clean, classic makeup that not only looks amazing to the naked eye but also photographs well.  It is my job as a makeup artist to capture the Bride’s natural beauty by enhancing the features with the correct choice of  tone. depth, and placement of the makeup.
I accomplished this by keeping the skin flawless with a light application of foundation.  I chose a pink coral blush that was applied to the apple of the cheek and blended into the hairline.  The peach and rose shadows complimented the coloring of the iris and were placed and blended from the lid into the crease and a natural ivory is used under the brow just for a soft highlight effect.  The application of eyeliner is very minimal and kept right at the base of the top lash line, and a sweep of a peach toned shadow was applied right under the bottom lash line, finishing with 2 coats of mascara.  To set the entire look I applied a loose finishing powder with a medium sized brush.  Brows were just groomed and kept in place with a disposable mascara want and a small application of hairspray.
I decided to finish the look with a neutral peach lip.

Product List-
Mac Brush -  190, 275, 224
Shu uemura Brush – 20H, 13G, 10DF
Bobbi Brown – Bobbi & Kate Palette
Bobbi Brown – Shimmering Blush in Pink Coral
Nars – Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park
Make Up For Ever - HD High Definition Powder


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