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4 Important Makeup Tips for Your Wedding

First and foremost, makeup lays best on soft, clear skin. I know we mention this often, but it’s that important!  Facials will help with your overall complexion; acne, aging, and oily skin.

If you don’t already have a trusted esthetician, call Magda. She has over 15 years of experience and will help you lay out a facial regimen, depending on the needs of your skin. She also offers onsite facials for most  locations.

Once your skin is in good hands, we can talk wedding day makeup. We recommend scheduling a trial 6 months prior to your special day. Whether it’s with us or someone else, slots fill up fast, and we don’t want you to miss out on the artist your heart was set on.

Your makeup artist will be your beauty guru and will be there to help you every step of the way, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared with an idea of how you’d like to look. With that being said, we’ve come up with a list of 4 important things to keep in mind.

  1. Remember, you want to look like a better version of yourself for the wedding. This isn’t the time to try any crazy, over-the-top, makeup, it’s about looking timeless.
  2. You’ll want to accentuate your makeup more than an average day for a couple of reasons. First, you’ll be wearing all white, so you don’t want to appear bland. Second, the camera will blow you out and tone down your makeup. For your trial, wear a t-shirt that’s closest to the color of your dress. This gives you a chance to see how your makeup stands against the pale color. It’ll also help to take plenty of pictures, in natural light, if you can, to get an idea of how you’ll look in the photos.
  3. Talk to your makeup artist about your moisturizer. Some lotions may be too thick and cause you to have an oily appearance.
  4. Make sure your makeup compliments itself. If you’re wearing a bright red lipstick, keep your eyes more neutral and vice versa. One shouldn’t take away from the other, and you don’t want to appear overdone.

If you’re planning on doing your own makeup, remember these 4 important points…

  1. Don’t skimp. Professional products stay looking fresh longer. You have a long day ahead of you, you’ll want your makeup to make it to the end.
  2. Waterproof! Need I say more?
  3. Use a primer, it will help your foundation go on smoother and last longer. Same goes for your eyes. Using a primer on your eyelids will help keep your makeup from smudging.
  4. Practice, practice, practice.




“Bridal Make-Up Tips: The 10 Dos And Don’ts You NEED To Pay Attention To.” Marie Claire. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.
“20 Best Wedding Makeup Tips.” Cosmopolitan. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.
“13 Steps to Perfect Wedding Make-up, by Sarah Brock.” Wedding Make up Artist Expert Advice ( UK). N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2015.


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New York Apple Lips

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Amongst the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city, Elissa pulled up to Leo’s Grandevous. Her New York Apple lips stood out amongst her porcelain skin. To achieve this retro look we began by using Face Atelier’s foundations shades #2 and #3. Her eyes were kept neutral. On the lid, into the crease, we used Soba. Under the brow, we used Bobbi Brown’s Vanilla. Both shadows were blended together, which kept her look natural. To line the eyes, we used Black Track liner and added single lashes that we colored with black mascara.

Her hair was kept soft. After it was set, we brushed the curls to loosen them up. Then we created a 3/4 part and swept the bang over to one side. After pinning everything into place, we added the veil. The veil was sheer, with flowers stitched sporadically throughout. It draped across Elissa’s shoulders and cascaded down her back. She was breathtaking.

Elissa stepped out of the car, and when she did, time seemed to pause.

Photography done by Marie Papp

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A Wedding Under the Stars


Mindy’s wedding day look was designed with Face Atelier foundation, Mac shadows, gloss, and liner, a Makeup For Ever liner, and waterproof mascara by Cover Girl. The palette was chosen for depth creation and to draw out the mint green color of Mindy’s eyes.

Lid: Soba was spread across the entire lid and lined with Backtrack gel liner.
Outer Lid: Greensmoke
Crease: Greensmoke blended into the crease where it combined with Sketch, a deep plum shadow.
Under Eye: Makeup For Ever black, pencil liner was smudged and blended into the bottom lash line.
Lashes: Single lashes were added and colored with a black waterproof mascara by Cover Girl.
Lips: Viva Glam V by Mac

The inspiration for her hair was pulled from a Jessica Alba look. To match the style, we added volume to the crown, curled her hair, and pulled the tousles off her face. The hair was kept low, and a vintage style comb was added to where the hair was tied. She was breathtaking.

Venu: PNC Bank Arts Center
Photographer: George Street Photography


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Latest Wedding Shoe Trends

You may be accustomed to seeing a simple, white shoe strutting down matrimony aisle, but get ready for that to change. Recently, brides have been foregoing the conventional shoe and have opened the vault to funkier fashion.

Instead of matching shoe to dress, brides are using the pump as their statement piece. Latest trends include glitz and glam, fabric varieties, and heel alternatives.

Glitz and Glam:
Get ready to see shoes with flowers, oversized bows, and shoes adorned in glitter or crystals.

Fabric Varieties:
You’ll be seeing metallic shoes of silver and gold, shoes with lace, and shoes splashed with color.

Heel Alternatives:
Some brides are going flat for comfort, or foregoing the shoe altogether. For beach weddings, bridal anklets are excellent accessories. They allow brides to sink their toes into the warm terrain and prevent them from kicking sand up with every step.

Below, we’ve complied a list of the hottest shoes.  Splurge vs Steal


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What and When Wedding Timeline


It’s the moment you’ve been dreaming of. The man you’re in love with has asked to spend the rest of his life with you. Now your thoughts are intermingled with flowers, dresses and all the planning that goes into making your wedding the fairytale you’ve always visualized. With the perfect wedding, comes the perfect look: the hair, the makeup, the flawless skin.

Magda’s Designs has over 15 years specializing in creating elegant wedding hairstyles and flawless, all day, wedding makeup. Magda and her team of professional and highly trained artists offer airbrush makeup, as well as, natural makeup application. You’ve already got the hard part, let Magda and her team take care of the rest.


Looking at old pictures can illicit some cringe-worthy responses. You find yourself questioning why you permed your hair for prom or why you bleached it so blonde it looked white. It may be funny to laugh now, but thats because those moments are long gone. You’re not going to find it funny if you’re in a similar situation on the day of your wedding. To avoid bad hair, take the time to plan out your look.

When it comes to choosing a stylist, give yourself a 6 month window. Scheduling in advance gives you time to shop for someone you love and you’ll be at less risk of finding out your, first choice, stylist has been booked. Slots fill up quickly, so reduce the stress and be ahead of the curve.

Keep in mind, not all stylists travel. Find someone who’s services mesh best with the needs of your day. You’ll want someone who’s able to give you the right feedback. A lot goes into the perfect ‘do: your dress, face shape, hair length and texture. Every detail should tie together gracefully. With that being said, getting your hair’s health in tip top shape will be, hugely, beneficial in the appearance of your overall look.

It’s not as easy as it sounds, but avoid washing your hair daily. Constant shampooing strips away the natural oils and sebum needed to nourish and moisturize your hair. You can offset excess oil by using a dry shampoo on in-between days. The more you’re washing your hair, the more likely you’re using a hair dryer, curling iron, straightener, and the like. The direct heat can cause breakage and will burn your hair; it’s not a good look. By reducing one, you’re minimizing the damage from the other; it’s a win, win.

The hair at your ends has been around longer than those at the roots, meaning, of course, the bottom of your hair has incurred more damage; its drier and weaker. Any split ends that are left for too long will get worse and could leave you playing catch up. That breakage will work its way up the hair shaft, giving off a frayed and brittle look. Getting regular cuts will help with both the appearance and strength of the hair.

Finally, decide what color you want your hair to be for the wedding and start making the switch. If you’re used to playing around with colors, you already know what the transition process can be like. Sometimes it takes more than one treatment to reach the ideal color, and you’ll want to avoid dying your hair back to back last minute.


On the days leading up to your wedding, you’ll be running around, finalizing last-minute details. Hopefully you wont be stressing too much, but if you are, you don’t want it to be over your skin. Just by scheduling a few facials in the months preceding your big day, you’ll be making a tremendous difference on your overall look.

If you’re prone to acne, it can be fixed. Magda is an esthetician with over 15 years of experience. She is available for facials or any questions you have regarding skin care. If you already have a facialist, start setting up monthly appointments. After all, makeup lays best on clear skin, and we want you to look flawless. A deep cleanse will extract congested pores, getting rid of any bacteria that may lead to infection or scarring.

Even if acne is not one of your concerns, you will benefit with softer, more even-toned skin. A facial reduces fine lines and dark marks by increasing cell metabolism and creating fibroblasts that are responsible for the synthesis of collagen.

In your photos, we want you to glow, not shine. By getting regular facials, you’ll be able to balance your oil production while retaining your skins moisture. This will help to keep your skin soft, so the makeup will blend with the skin instead of having a flaky appearance.

Beauty Timeline:

Your wedding is the day you’re going to spend an entire year planning, and you have a lot of things to prepare. Logistically, you know to book a venue, get the flowers, and send out invitations. What we don’t want you to forget, is to prepare yourself. Below is a beauty timeline that includes the what and when for getting prepared physically.

1 Year Prior:

Facial – Facials can be customized to the individual and their needs. You’ll want to get with your esthetician to come up with a skincare regimen that works best for you. If you have acne-prone skin, this is especially important. The last thing you’ll want is a surprise pimple the day of your wedding.

Exercise & nutrition – Don’t put off till tomorrow, what you can do today. You’re going to be on display and be in a lot of pictures, you’ll want to feel good about yourself. A toned body and a healthy glow will help you feel like a million bucks.

Hair: Work on getting the color and health of your hair where you want it to be for your wedding. If you’re looking to get any conditioning treatments, be sure to speak to your stylist first. Certain treatments can make the hair difficult to work with.

6 Months Prior:

Hair and Makeup Trial Scheduling a hair and makeup trial may seem like something that can be put off until you’re closer to the date, but slots fill up extremely quick. You don’t want to call a stylist you love, only to find out they’re booked the day of your wedding.

Tanning If you’re planning to get a spray tan, you’ll want to avoid looking orange. Finding a place early gives you the time to find a place you’ll like. You’ll also get to see what the process entails, which will help you avoid making any spray tan mistakes.

Getting a glow from a tanning bed is another option. Going early gives you a chance to figure out what it takes to get the tan you want; the type of bed, lotion, and the amount of time you go in for makes a difference. You don’t want to burn or peel.

Eyebrows Eyebrows have a way of defining facial features, so be sure to go to a reputable place. Whether you’re getting waxed, threaded, or tweezed, you may need to allow time for eyebrow hair to grow in. Start going to someone as soon as possible, so they can help you form your ideal shape.

3 Months Prior:

Teeth Whitening Try cutting back on drinks that will stain your teeth like coffee or tea. This can take some time. Even if you plan on getting your teeth professionally whitened, you may need more than one session.

1-2 Weeks Prior

Hair For a fresh look you should get a root touch up or a quick trim. This is not the time to be changing it up, so no drastic changes in hair length and no new colors.

Waxing It’s time to prepare for the wedding night and honeymoon. If you want any bodily hair removed, now is the time. Get waxing done before a spray tan.

Eyebrows Your eyebrows should also be done before a spray tan. Any strays that grow in can be plucked.

Tanning  A spray tan will last for about a week, naturally fading as your skin sheds. Exfoliate beforehand to get rid of any dead skin and to help the tan last longer. Make sure your skin is hydrated, the drier the skin, the worse the tan will look. Do not get sprayed too close to your wedding day, you don’t want any of the color coming off on your dress.

If you’re going tanning at a salon, the tan will last a little longer. Again, be sure to exfoliate and hydrate the skin beforehand. You don’t want your skin to peel or burn. If you’re prone to burning, a spray tan would be your best bet.

2 Days Prior

Nails A manicure and pedicure are a must. Go with a more neutral color, bright nails will attract too much attention and detract from your overall look.

Day Before

There are probably a few things you’re still running around doing, but take time to relax, rest, and stay hydrated. After all, you’re getting married tomorrow!

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