Holiday Glam with PWDR Beaute

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Greetings and happy holidays from me to you!  With this time of year some of you may have multiple occasions to get all dolled-up. When I think of holiday attire, I instinctually am drawn to sequins.  The problem with sequins is that not everyone feels comfortable when it comes to accessorizing with something that is already eye-catching.  So here are just a few ways to style one of my sequin dresses.

This first look I paired with my patch faux-fur jacket to add some warm tones to the look. Many of you may think to just wear black with red , which I love but I really adore adding warmth to looks.  I also brought the warm tones down to my shoes in order to disperse the tones evenly.

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The next few looks will now be tied in with black textures. Here, I am wearing my black faux-fur vest and then my black booties.  I love the drama black brings to this look and how cozy it feels when wearing it.  This is a good accessory to keep you warm especially with a one-sleeved dress like this.

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Now, if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know I can never resist pairing a faux-leather jacket with just about ANYTHING.  I also love hats and pairing the two looks together to create a fun look.

IMG_0764Not a hat person?  That’s okay because this look still remains fashionable without a hat.

I have the privilege of knowing some really talented make-up artists because of my friends at the Hot Tomato Studio.  For this post I partnered with Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute who is a fellow Hot Tomato gal herself.  She and I went over what type of look we felt was appropriate and slightly different than what I usually do.  I let her take the reigns on this since she’s the expert.  My typical look is a cat-eye with a red lip so she switched up a few things to make it a little different yet staying true to myself.  I loved the outcome and found it to be perfect for a fancy shmancy party. A little glitter never hurt anyone 😉  Make sure and check out her page on instagram and facebook @PWDRBeaute if you’re looking for a make-up artist.

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A huge thank you to Abigail Gedon for utilizing her make-up craft and also The Betsy Mills Club for allowing me to use their beautiful, historic parlor for this shoot.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Make-up Artist Etiquette

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If you’re like me I am clueless when it comes to knowing what is and is not acceptable questions to ask a professional. Today I am going to cover the makeup profession. If you are looking to hire a make-up artist (MUA) here are a few things I have discovered by asking some of my favorite professionals in this field.

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First things first, when you are searching for a MUA look up some of their work and see if you like their end product or ask around.  Once you’ve found one give them all the information you have about your event:

*How many clients should he/she expect to have on that day.

*Where the venue is and what time they need to be there. It’s very important to plan out the timing. Something you should ask them is the average time it takes to complete one person when working multiples.

*Do they require a contract and if so what all does that entail?

*What their fee is and what all that includes (such as a trial, travel or tip).

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Now that you’ve figured out which MUA you are going with, now it’s time to set-up a date to do your trial. This is something that all MUA’s suggest doing. It makes sense, right? You wouldn’t get married without trying on your dress first because you might not like it. This gives the artist an idea of what you feel comfortable with and like or dislike.

This leads me to another controversial topic. What you shouldn’t expect or say during your consultation.

*Why are you so expensive? That’s insulting to ask anyone in their profession. Always remember you get what you pay for. MUA’s that are good have had lots of experience and training as well as great product that they have invested in for their clients. So keep that question out of your interaction with them.

*Can you use my makeup? This can vary between artists but usually they prefer using their product because they know how it applies. However, if you are sensitive to certain makeup or have allergies that should be discussed ahead of time so arrangements can be made. Or if there is a certain reason you’re wanting to use something of your own explain why.

*Remember that applying makeup to someone is an art and a work in progress so any questioning you have about what they’re doing should be saved for the end. In other words don’t judge the work until it is complete.

Lastly, here are a few things to remember and keep in mind:

1. When you’re searching through Pinterest or any other social media to find inspiration for your look, keep in mind some of these photos are edited and you might not get the same results. Especially if you have a different skin tone or facial structure. Especially eyes…everyone’s eye shapes vary.

2. If you don’t like something they’ve done make sure and communicate that to them, especially during the trial. They can’t read your mind and they want you to love your face so be honest with them.

3. Expect to pay for your trial and make sure to book plenty in advance for both the trial and your event (at least 4-6 weeks is a good time frame to book for your event).

4. Tipping is appreciated. Just like when you get your hair done by a professional and tip them, you should do the same for your MUA.

5. Expect it to take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours for your makeup to be done.

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I hope these tips helped when it comes to knowing what to expect or how to interact with your MUA. A huge thank you to the above MUA’s that allowed me to interview them and ask them questions. I personally learned a lot and have a new appreciation for what they do.

Pictured left to right are the MUA and their instagrams. You can also search their names on Facebook:

Abigail Gedon: @pwdrbeaute

Tonya Winebrenner: @tonyawinemakeup

Jessica Kufel: @jessikufel

I trust these ladies and absolutely adore them. They are super professional and supply a beautiful finished look. Did I mention they’re also Hot Tomatos? If you aren’t familiar with Hot Tomato Studio then you need to message me and ask about what they do 🙂 In the meantime, check out this link.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

 

PWDR Beaute: A Tropical Getaway

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This past Saturday I had the luxury of being able to feature a recent client of mine, Abigail Gedon of PWDR Beaute.  For those of you that are not familiar with her work, you should be!  She has started a YouTube channel where she shares “motd” and make-up reviews.  She’s also one of the make-up artists for Hot Tomato Portrait Studio. That means I get to work alongside her during some of the shoots that I style.  You can also find her on facebook and instagram @pwdrbeaute.

So what does a styling session look like with me?  Abigail is going on a vacation to Mexico for a beach wedding and wanted to make sure she packed stylish, yet practical clothing as well as an appropriate dress to wear on a beach for the wedding.

I started out by going to her house so I could see what clothing she already had and then suggested what pieces she should invest in.  The only pieces I saw her missing were if she wanted to have an extra casual dress.  I recommended doing a light off-the-shoulder dress.  I then recommended another pair of sandals.

As you see in the above image of Abigail, she is wearing a mustard colored flowy maxi skirt with a printed crop top.  I loved pairing these two things together because of the brightness of the skirt and then tying in some brighter neutrals.  I also looked through her jewelry and found the perfect statement necklace that tied in the mustard skirt and provided more color to this look.  Some people are leary to mix in a busy necklace with a printed top, but this works perfectly!  This might not work with just any look, so you’ll have to reign in on what is too busy to you.  But because of how the colors stand out against this print, it works great.

We also went with a simple, yet colorful bracelet to help bring accent colors down closer to the skirt.  The look was then finished off with a pair of cognac colored sandals.

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For another look, I paired this black crop top with her button-up striped skirt along with cognac colored sandals. A lot of people still follow these “fashion rules” that don’t exist anymore; mixing black and brown being one of them.  I LOVE the warmth the cognac brings to this outfit.

I also completed the look with a tortoise shell statement necklace to tie in the black and cognac.  Plus, think of all the handbags you see where they mix black and brown together and it looks simply fantastic!  We then stuck with a simple, yet slightly detailed bracelet.

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This look was one that I didn’t put together entirely; just gave tips with what shoes to wear.  As I mentioned above I recommended her finding a light-weight off-the-shoulder dress and she picked out the PERFECT one!  Check out how beautiful that color is on her?!  She accessorized with a simple drop necklace and we added in the handbag to finish off this simple, yet chic outfit!

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Lastly, this is the dress we chose to have her wear for the beach wedding.  Since it is going to be on the sand, we knew she had to have a practical show so we went with a metallic gold gladiator sandal.  Clearly, purple is Abigail’s color!  Look how fabulous she looks in it.  And her make-up compliments with it so nicely.

This dress still had the tags on it because she ordered it online and didn’t realize how high the slit was.  I must say I am all about being daring, especially on vacation with a beach setting but this slit was absolutely too high.  I am a “fixer” by nature so I couldn’t let it go because I hated for her to not wear it because of the slit.  I stitched it up just enough so she felt comfortable and it worked out great!  She’s wearing the same drop necklace as the previous look.  Which brings me to another point; don’t be afraid to recycle jewelry when on vacation, it saves room and tangled messes!

If you’re needing help with any styling tips, or packing for a getaway I would love to assist.  We can go shopping together or I can use what clothing you already have!  Heck, we can mix the two together.  Message me for any questions.  Don’t forget to check out her social media and you can visit Hot Tomato’s site for a session and we can assist with your dream shoot!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney