Okay, okay- I’m back! It’s been a crazy month of too much stress at work, too much good food, too little vacation, too many special occasions, not enough blogging, and a lot more working out than usual. I barely know who I am these days! But anyhow, what better way to bring things back than with my first wedding of the season?
I’ve known my friend Mindy since high school, and I truly can’t tell you what joy and honor it brought to my heart when she contacted me to do her wedding makeup. I’d considered Mindy one of my favorite buddies during our senior year; I couldn’t have done AP art history or government without her! I hadn’t seen her much since our high school glory days (which looked something like fusing together Phantom of the Opera with the North American Free Trade Alliance to create a mini-musical to perform for our classmates … super glorious). There’s honestly no occasion I’d rather reconnect with an old friend over than her beautiful wedding. And it was also great to be back at the fantastic Red Horse Barn!
My day with Mindy started out in the hotel room she’d been sharing with her bridesmaids at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. All the chaos of a bunch of girls getting ready together is one of my favorite things. The twenty different curling irons out, the makeup kits spread across literally ever surface, and the music … you never know what you’ll get with a group of girls on a wedding day. It could be Backstreet Boys, the Grease soundtrack, or Jason Derulo. You really never know, but it’s always a good time.
For Mindy, I’d chosen what could basically be identified as a smokey eye, but I wanted to keep it within shades of bronze and brown to bring out her gorgeous blue eyes. The Stila Eye Shadow trio in Gold Glow (pictured in the first image) worked its magic for me. Mindy wanted to keep her look very natural, but it wasn’t hard to make her features stand out. NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna and a little NARS blush in Orgasm on her cheeks basically sealed the deal, along with a light dab of Dior’s Addict Lipstick in Tulle. She really is beautiful, isn’t she?!
I so wish I could’ve been around for the bridal portraits; I admit that I love being the stalker makeup artist that lurks around insisting on touch-ups in between every shot! It’s probably quite the nuisance for the photographers though, and Mindy clearly doesn’t need any help looking amazing.
I loved this next shot because her eyes just pop so much, and her beautiful cheekbones too. Major props to Tyler Branch Photo!
I also had the opportunity to do makeup for one of Mindy’s awesome bridesmaids named Crystal. She, too, had an incredible face and personality to match. I only managed to get a close-up shot of Crystal on my own, and I’m sure glad I did because I was so pleased with how her look turned out! I used one of my trusted Dior palettes – Earth Reflection – to create a classic look that focused on highlighting and a somewhat silvery finish. For Crystal’s lips I used NARS’ Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, a vibrant rosy pink.
Like I’ve said in times before- with gorgeous faces like these, it’s hard to make ’em look bad. The day just went so swimmingly between myself, the two girls, and the incredible team surrounding Mindy on her day. I left Mindy as she was waiting patiently for guests to be seated so she could go out and meet her groom, and I felt a rush of energy as I left the room for the last time from all the thick anticipation in the air. With a feeling like that, you know it’s been a good day. xo, MR
McKenna, I love how you are doing your thang! You’ve definitely got the makeup thing down…looks amazing!