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Their Love, it’s Evergreen

What a way to celebrate your marriage; on the pristine green of a golf club. That’s where Erin celebrated her’s, at the Baltusrol Golf Club, none the less; and green it was… Ever elegant was the day, and with the green backdrop, Erin was highlighted: happy, in love, beautiful.


Erin’s skin is fair, so we were sure to keep her makeup soft. We used taupes and browns to define the eyes and peach tones to open them up. For the finishing touches, we dusted a blush, with peach undertones, to give her those beautiful, rosy cheeks.


Erin’s hair was set, and pulled back into a chignon at the nape of her neck. We pulled her hair back in a sleek, elegant manner, so to keep the hair from looking flat, we added body to the crown of her head and left a few curls to dangle near her face.

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Hair & Makeup Magda’s Designs Inc. | Dress St. Patrick | Store Jaehee Bridal, Englewood, N.J. | Florist Emerald Garden, Millburn NJ | Church St. Teresa’s | Venue Baltusrol Golf Club | Photography Julian Ribinik Photography 

Jordan - Absolutely stunning! Her makeup works so well with her dress – feminine and classic. - Thank you! It was a beautiful day overall. Are you getting married yourself?

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Tis the Season to Fall in Love with Fall Weddings

Fall weddings are beautiful in every sense of the word and Danielle’s was certainly no exception. She married the love of her life on the historic golf course of Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club. It was picture perfect…literally. As the couple said their vows, the sun began to set, giving the sky a golden glow.

If you read our last blog, on how light affects makeup, you’ll know why we chose the shadow colors we did. Since the fall lighting is a little more golden, we wanted to stay away from any colors that have a hint of blue in them. The neutral colors we chose have golden undertones, which accentuate the shadows. These colors were also great in making Danielle’s eyes pop.

Recreate Danielle’s makeup:
Shadows: Soba, Brun, Saddle, and Honesty by Mac
Face: Face Atelier #5 and a Bobbi Brown blush
Lips:  Trisch Mcevoy

Use Soba on the lower lid and blend into the crease. In the crease line you will use Brun, blending it with Soba and Saddle, which is used in both the crease and slightly above. On the inner lid, you’ll use Honesty. We also used Shroom, by Mac, under her brow for highlighting purposes. Use Blacktrack liner, by Mac, close to the lash line. This brings definition to the eyes without over-powering them. For Danielle’s look, we also added single lashes.


Makeup: Magdas Desings Inc. | Venue: Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club | Photography: Sean Gallery Photography

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How is the Sunlight Affecting Your Makeup?

nlight tbuHave you ever left the house feeling really good about yourself, only to get in the car, look in the mirror, and be less than thrilled with what you see? It’s not that you missed covering up a blemish or that your makeup was accidentally wiped off without notice, it has to do with the lighting. The tricky part is, natural light is ever-changing, it shifts with the hours of the day and the seasons of the year, which can cause the coloring of your makeup to change in appearance. The key is to learn how your makeup can work with the light, but in order to do this, it’s important to understand how color and light interact.

The visible light that radiates from the sun is a continuous wavelength, or frequency, of colors—ROYGBIV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). As this light travels through the atmosphere it is either transmitted, absorbed, or reflected. Only the colors that are reflected are perceived. For example, if a piece of paper absorbs OYGBIV and reflects R, the piece of paper would appear red.

Colors are associated with temperature, so when the air and atmosphere change, so does the frequency of light. This causes different colors to be transmitted, reflected, and absorbed, thus allowing us to see colors differently. Certain light colors are more flattering than others i.e. the yellow light from your bathroom, compared to the natural light from your car. If you know what type of light you’ll be working with, you can do your makeup accordingly.

White light is the easiest type of light to work with, as it is the most versatile and can be reflected by any color. This type of light is given off by the sun year round. It’s a what you see is what you get type of light. If you put on ruby red lipstick, it will look like ruby red lipstick.

Now let’s take blue light, a light you’ll see more often during the winter months. Blue light tends to be less flattering since things like red spots and under-eye circles absorb it. This causes the area to darken and bring more attention to what you want covered. To avoid appearing blotchy and tired in this light, you can use highlighters and light-reflective foundations.

Yellow light, like you’ll see during the sunset and sunrise, or in your bathroom, is the opposite. Yellow light has very little blue light in it, which means your complexion will look more even-toned and clear. However, since there is a lack of blue light, any blue tones in your makeup will be diminished.

Are you starting to see why makeup artists get paid for what they do? They have a vast understanding of how light and color work together, what colors compliment each other, and what colors they can use to compliment your positive attributes.


“Light Absorption, Reflection, and Transmission.” Light Absorption, Reflection, and Transmission. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2015.
“How Do We See Color?” Color Think Tank –. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2015.

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Blue was the color of the night for Rachel and Scott’s wedding and we are loving it! From the shoes to the bridesmaids’ dresses, this royal hue was sprinkled in the best of places and couldn’t be a better color to ring in the fall season. While we cannot get enough of the bridesmaids’ dresses, once we saw the blue shoe, wedding dress combo, our jaws dropped. Rachel was perfect in every sense of the word.

Her Makeup…
Rachel’s makeup was kept very soft and neutral, complimenting her skin tone.  Emphasis was placed on the liner which had been placed on the top lash line, helping the eye appear big and bright.  No liner was used on the bottom lash line. A few single lashes were added to the top lash line for some extra umf!

Foundation/Powder: Face Atelier #2 and #3/Makeup Up For Ever HD Powder
Shadows: Bobbi Brown’s Rich Chocolate Eye Palette: Bone, Frappe, Stone, Champagne Truffle (the palette is no longer available at Bobbi Brown, but can be purchased on Amazon)
Liner: Mac Blacktrack
Lipstick: Mac Viva Glam V
Cheeks: Bobbi Brown Washed Rose
Brows: Anastasia Brunette Brow Palette
Mascara: a black waterproof mascara

Her Hair…
Rachel’s hair is naturally curly which really helped in creating her romantic half up and half down hairstyle.  We started by blowing her hair straight and then placing it in a set. Once the hair was set the curls were loosened and a side part was created to soften the look. The front pieces were then secured at the crown and the curls were placed to create a cascading effect.
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Hair & Makeup Magda’s Designs | Venue: The Westin Governor Morris, Morristown, N.J. | Photography: Eric Brushett & Nina Wolfe | Gown was purchased from Elizabeth Johns

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