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Wedding at Congress Hall

Wedding hair & makeup @ Congress Hall- Cape May, NJ

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Wedding hair & makeup Congress Hall - Cape May, NJ

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Margaret and her husband exchanged vows in Cape May at the, iconic, Congress Hall. In the background, waves crashed upon the shoreline, and the warm summer sun kissed the skin of all those in attendance. The day was nothing short of elegant and Margaret’s look followed suit.

Her hair was styled to showcase her bone structure and keep shadows off her face. To accomplish the look, Margaret’s hair was pulled back, completely off her face, and styled low. We wound her hair in curlers and as each section fell, the pieces were pinned into place. The crown was textured and back combed just in the roots for lift and softness. We used Kenra sprays #9, #13, and #25.

To set the canvas for her makeup, we used foundations #4 and #5 from the Face Atelier collection. For extra color, we used a Bobbi Brown bronzer, and got rid of any shine by using Krylong Professional Translucent Powder.

For Margaret’s eyes, we used softer tones from a mac palette. To begin, the entire lid was covered in Vanilla. Starting on the inside and blending into the inner crease was Honesty. The color was used to illuminate the look and open the eyes. On the outer lid and crease, we used Soba. Soba is a soft brown, so to darken the outer crease we added Cork. To blend the colors, Saddle was swept across the the length of the eye, just above the crease. The warm, orangey brown melted into the other colors, allowing one to gracefully flow in to the next. For the liner, we used Blacktrack gel liner. Under the eye, Soba was blended with the liner to create a smokey look. To define Margaret’s eyebrows, we used Cork. To highlight them, Shroom was dusted underneath. Single lashes were then added and colored with a black water-proof mascara by Cover Girl. For the finishing touches, we painted her lips with Viva Glam V gloss.

A smile crept across Margaret’s face as she looked in the mirror one last time. She was ready.

Photographer: Andy Graham Todes Photography 

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Fall Wedding at Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, NJ

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Amy and John’s wedding was held on a beautiful autumn day. Crisp leaves, the color of red, orange, and amber, painted the backdrop and symbolized the beautiful change these two were about to embark upon.

To get Amy ready for her walk down the aisle, we clipped in human hair extensions for added volume. Her hair was styled half up, half down, with 3/4 of it combed back around the crown. The curls were pinned in such a way that allowed them to elegantly cascade down her back.

On her face, Pro Ultra’s, Face Atelier, shade #6, was used as a base. Atop that, we dusted HD powder by Makeup Forever, which laid the foundation for a flawless look. For added definition, a highlight powder was used both above and below the brow, as well as, above the cheeks.

To bring out the color in Amy’s eyes, we used the Rich Chocolate eye palette by Bobbi Brown. To start off with a clean slate, we applied, Bone, an off-white to the lid. For the outer lid, we used Stone, which was swept into the crease, combining with Rich Chocolate. Just above the crease we used a nude color, Frappe, for blending purposes. To open up the eyes, we applied Champagne Truffle on her inner lid. The color was also added under the brow to lift and brighten Amy’s look. Single lashes were then added and coated with two layers of waterproof mascara in order to avoid any makeup mishaps.

Amy was just about ready. She puckered her lips to be glossed with, Mac’s, Viva Glam V, and for the finishing touches, we dabbed Orgasm, by Nars, across her cheeks. She looked impeccable.

It was such a pleasure to work with Amy, who’s smile is as big as her heart, and we wish her nothing but success on her new journey.

Photography: Michael Simon Photography


The 5 Best Wedding Venues in New Jersey » Best Blog for Wedding Hair & Wedding Makeup NY NJ - […] The 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. […]

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How to Avoid a Wedding Hair Don’t

There are multiple factors that go into finding the perfect ‘do for the I do’s. To avoid the cringe-worthy, “What was I thinking?” we’ve compiled a list to narrow down the styles that will work best for you.

Face shape

A good hairstyle is meant to accentuate your positive attributes and minimize your not-so-positive ones. Because of this, the same look can appear completely different on two contrasting people. To know what will work best for you, you first need to determine the shape of your face: oval, round, square, heart, triangular, diamond, or oblong.

For example, if you have a round face, your hair should have more volume at the crown of your head. This will add length to the face, especially if you have shorter hair.

If you have an oblong look, you’ll want to add width. Shorter looks compliment an oblong face, however, if you like a longer style, adding curls or layers will give width to your cheekbones.


The wedding dress could be the determining factor in whether hair will be up or down. Your hair should be worn in an up-do if your dress has a detailed back or a high neckline. The idea is to compliment the gown, not compete with it. Also consider your chosen wedding date and venue location. If you’re getting married during the hot summer months, or saying your vows on a beach, where wind is a factor, you may want your hair up or pinned back.

Your Hair

Consider the length and texture of your hair. With shorter hair, there will be some limitations with the style and type of accessory you choose. If you wish to keep your hair short, get it cut a few weeks prior the big day to give the edges a chance to soften. If you choose a style that requires longer hair, you may have time to let it grow, or you might consider extensions. Extensions can also be used to add volume and body to those with fine hair.


If you plan to wear a veil, tiara, or barrette, you’ll want to find a style that adorns your overall look and doesn’t over power or hide amongst it.

Before going to your trial, It helps to be prepared with a picture of your dress and some ideas as to what style you are looking for. If you are wearing an accessory in your hair, bring it with you.

To book your trial call Magda at 908-447-6910

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Why Facials are Important

Like it or not, complexion provides a first impression. Your skin may display a tired, worn look, signs of aging, or over exposure from the sun. Because the skin is a first defense against any element, pores are constantly filing with dirt, oil and bacteria . If these things are not removed they will fester and can lead to acne, fine lines and age spots. Regardless of the stressor, it can cause a spectrum of emotion and have damaging affects on self esteem. Fortunately, there are ways to combat these problems.

Skin is the largest organ of the body and in order to maintain its health, it needs to be taken care of properly. Getting facials regularly will not only aid in preventative matters, but a facial done well can reduce or rid these nuances.

Below are the top 3 reasons people get facials:

1. Acne: A deep cleanse will unclog congested pores, allowing your skin to breathe. By getting rid of this bacteria, it will keep the area from getting infected and can help to prevent scarring.

2. Aging: With the increase of age comes the decrease of collagen, leading to wrinkles and saggy skin. Facials increase cell metabolism, creating fibroblasts. Because fibroblasts are responsible for the synthesis of collagen, it will help to decrease the appearance of fine lines and keep your skin looking younger for longer. Another added bonus of a facial is that it will increase the benefits of your over the counter products. Facials relax and tone the muscles, so your products will absorb into your skin faster.

3. Oily Skin: It can be difficult to get rid of oily skin without over drying it. Getting a regular facial is going to help balance the production of oil while retaining its moisture.

 Bonus tip for the brides* Start getting regular facials before your big day. This will allow you to take control of your skin, so you won’t get any unexpected pimples on the day of your wedding. A facial will also keep your skin soft so the makeup will bind with the skin instead of having a flaky appearance. Not to mention, it’s a great way to relax.




“Importance of Receiving Regular Facials | Connie Brennan RN.” Connie Brennan RN. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.

“Nine Tips on How to Have Beautiful Skin for Your Wedding.” N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.

“Why Get a Facial?” International Orange RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014

“Why You Need a Monthly Facial 101.” Unique Skincare Boutique. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.


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A Wedding at Season’s Catering

NJ wedding hair & makeup @ Seasons

Soft low textured updoK+M_0102From the moment Katherine arrived, we clicked. Her beauty was glowing from the inside out and we wanted to give her a look to match. For the foundation, we used FACE Atelier, the blush was Orgasm by NARS, and the lips, Viva Glam V, lipstick and gloss by MAC. As for the defined, classic eye, we used a white shimmer dust by Face Stockholm and several MAC shadows: Soba, Brun, and Saddle.

To begin, Soba was swept across the lid and blended to the crease, where it met with Brun. Brun is a deep brown that was used to define the eye. Then, we used Saddle, a highly pigmented, burnt orange color. Saddle began on the inner lid and gracefully fused into the crease above Brun. To finish it off, we used a white shimmer. The shimmer was, lightly, dusted atop the brow bone, to accent the pearls draped across Katherine’s neck. She was stunning.

Katherine’s hair was, loosely, pulled back to add texture and height on the crown. It was set and kept low to the nape of her neck, so her veil could sit slightly above. Her bridesmaids matched in suit of style, yet each girl was given a unique twist or curl, allowing them to feel just as elegant on the bride’s special day.

For the finishing touches, we applied Orgasm to the apple of her cheeks and dabbed the deep red of Viva Glam V upon her lips. Katherine glanced in the mirror one last time, and was now ready to kiss the man of her dreams.

The photographer used was Timothy Martin Photography 

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