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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Jasmine Lockett Makeup Artistry


When a bride is preparing for her wedding day, one element that must be taken into important consideration is the make-up (seriously!) The wedding make-up is significant for many reasons, but at the top of the list: The make-up needs to last the entire day. For the bride, the wedding day starts as soon as she wakes up. Cameras are on her as pictures are taken through all parts of the day, which means that makeup must be weather-proof and be able to withstand the 12+ hours of celebrations!  (We all didn’t wake up flawless like Beyonce!)

Insert Jasmine Lockett. She started in the cosmetics business at Estee Lauder in Appleton, Wisconsin at age 16. After moving to Chicago, she formally began her makeup artistry career in 2005.  She has a wealth of experience, having worked on the Carolina Herrera runway fashion show, doing freelance bridal work and collaborating with businesses such as Dress for Success. Jasmine shares with us her history in makeup artistry, best tips for pre-wedding preparations & what are the must-have items in a brides’ cosmetic arsenal for her bridal day and for future use! Be sure to follow Jasmine Lockett Makeup Artistry on Facebook for more great looks and bridal inquiries!


tanaRi events (TE): Thanks for chatting with us, Jasmine! So how long have you been a makeup artist?
Jasmine Lockett (JL): I have been a makeup artist for 21 years.
TE: Let’s start from the beginning when a bride is doing her rounds before making their final choice for a make-up artist. When considering their options & costs, how many make-up trial period(s) prior to the wedding day would/should be included?
JL: Typically one is included in my rate (figured into the total cost of the bride’s makeup), but an additional makeup trial can always be purchased at an additional cost. I prefer to do trials 3-6 months out from the wedding day.
TE: What is a typical/reasonable price point for bridal makeup? What is included in this price?
JL: Prices definitely vary depending on experience, but average prices begin at $125 and go as high as $325. I always say, you get what you pay for. Those prices should include ALL makeup provided and applied on the wedding day as well as one free makeup trial. Lashes are always extra.
TE: In your experience with bridal makeup, how early should the bride make her appointment for the big day?
JL: Around 6 months prior to wedding day.
TE: What are some questions you recommend brides ask a potential makeup artist in order to decide if they’re choosing the best person for them?
JL: I think getting to know your artist is key! Make sure that she is listening to your needs, concerns and wants and that she understands your vision for your wedding. Make sure that she can commit to the date and the times discussed as well as a timeline of events.
TE: Now let’s flash forward to the wedding day. How early would you need to start the day with makeup?
JL: I have started the day as early as 5:30am before! It depends on how big her wedding party is and what time the ceremony is. A great tip (that I find that most brides do not know and is very rarely shared with them) is to make sure the makeup artist and the hairstylist meet/chat once the bride has selected them. They can coordinate their schedules with that of the timeline and flow of the wedding day.
TE: That’s a great tip as it’s a very long day and the vendors should be coordinating in order to make best use of everyone’s time! Are you open to traveling on location to do bridal make-up?
 JL: I am open to traveling in the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. I have gone as far as Indiana and Wisconsin. My travel rate depends on how far I am traveling outside of the downtown Chicago area. More than 25 miles outside of the downtown Chicago area is subject to a travel fee.
TE: How long does the make-up actually take to put on the day-of?
JL: In general, this will depend on how many individuals there are. The bridesmaids go first (usually 20-30min each), followed by the maid of honor (usually 30min because she usually has a ‘special look’), the aunts and grandmothers (30-45min each), then the mothers (30-45min each) and finally the blushing bride! (I always like to allow 90-120min in case there is extensive contouring, false lashes and heavy eye makeup that can typically take longer than a traditional application.)
TE: When going through the steps of picking and choosing the make-up you’ll use for a particular woman, what factors get considered for the make-up color choices/palette?
JL: In regards to foundation, the color should match her face and neck without any lines of demarcation. With Caucasian women, it should be yellow-toned so that it warms her complexion and covers up any redness or uneven pigmentation (such as rosacia). With African American/Middle Eastern women, it should have either red/brown or honey/yellow undertones so that her complexion does not appear ashy. Asian women typically like a brighter/pinker look to their skin so that should be considered when selecting a color.
TE: Absolutely. It’s important to distinguish that different skin shades will require different color palettes. Now, the big question we get asked often by our clients: Do you prefer regular makeup or spray make-up for wedding day? Why?
 JL: I prefer ‘regular makeup’ over spray makeup for my brides on their wedding day. I believe in an immaculate complexion that allows the natural beauty of her skin to show through the foundation so that light can bounce off her face for an amazing glow! For those brides that have acne scarring or skin conditions, I would use other products (such as heavier coverage facial concealer or spot coverage products) to give her the coverage needed without the complexion looking cake-y.
TE: As much as the wedding day is important, so is the time leading up to that day.. Are there any preparations you recommend for the face/skin prior to the wedding?
JL: Get a facial – either hydrating & firming, radiance, brightening or detoxifying at least two weeks prior to your wedding day.  That way if the skin purges itself, it also has time to recover. Also, be sure to get an eyebrow threading/waxing and shaping approximately one week before.
TE: OK; We’ve made it to the day (finally!) What make-up absolutely needs to be applied on the bride in order to last through a full day of photos/celebrations? What are your go-to products that you’ll take with you on the road for the wedding day?
JL: There’s a few key components for different parts of the face:


  • Primer is an absolute must! The reason for a makeup primer is that it prolongs the longevity of the foundation that is applied and keeps it looking fresh all day long! Under foundation, I prefer to use NARS makeup primers (3 different types available), but I also recommend Laura Mercier Foundation Primers (7 different types available), and Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primers [when color correction is necessary].
  • A great foundation is the key to a great face of makeup! Wearing foundation should look like you have nothing on at all and feel weightless. Some of my favorites are La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation (12 shades available), Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick (24 shades available), NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (20 shades available), and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (24 shades available).
  • A facial setting powder is also essential-it keeps the bride’s foundation in place and prevents it from transferring onto the dress or soaking into her pores and disappearing. My favorites are: Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder in loose Translucent Crystal or Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder.
  • And finally a makeup setting spray is also a must! It seals in everything I have done for a transfer-resistant application. I prefer a product by Urban Decay called ‘All Nighter’.


  • To make sure that her eyeshadow stays in place all day long, an eyeshadow primer is essential-it crease-proof’s the eyeshadow applied and in some cases even waterproofs it! I like Smashbox Photo Finish Shadow Primer, NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base or Laura Mercier Eye Basics (6 shades available).
  • A great concealer is also key! I like Bobbi Brown Corrector (16 shades available) and Creamy Concealer (15 shades available), Cle de Peau Concealer (4 shades available), NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (10 shades available), La Mer The Radiant Concealer (3 shades available), Laura Mercier Secret Concealer (12 shades available), and Smashbox High Definition Concealer (6 colors available). To prevent concealer from creasing or getting cakey and for an ultra-smooth application, I like to use an under eye primer before concealer. My favorite ones are Smashbox Hydrating Under Eye Primer or NARS Pro Prime Instant Line&Pore Perfector.
  • I also think that it is critical to set the under eye with a powder. I like to use Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (available in 2 shades). It gives a beautiful clean finished look to the under eye area.
TE: This is great! Our brides will be so thrilled to hear these thorough options and specific examples. After all the initial work is said and done, the beautiful bride may want to do a quick fix with lips or that small red mark on the face. For these last minute touch-ups, what should the bride have in her purse for the big event?
 JL: The only thing our beautiful bride will need is:
1. A pressed powder [I recommend Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (White, Pale Yellow or Golden Orange-depending on skintone), NARS Translucent Crystal Pressed Light Reflecting Setting Powder, Laura Mercier Pressed Translucent Powder or MAC Pressed Blot Powder (5 shades available).]
2. Whatever lip products were decided (typically a lipstick, liner and/or gloss)
TE: To prevent makeup from wear and tear from the wedding day activities, do you recommend eating/drinking/certain activities for the bride?
JL: Be sure to drink enough water and eat a little something before the ceremony-we don’t want our beauty to faint!
TE: As general rule of thumb, what are three makeup items that all girls should have at any given time?
JL: A fabulous mascara, a great eye brow pencil & a striking lip color
TE: Do you stick to one brand of makeup or open to using various brands/products?
JL: I believe that there are some truly amazing products out there! I like to use & recommend the products that I have personally tried (whether on a client or myself) and tested for their performance, wearability and versatility.

TE: Now it’s time for the speed round! We like ‘challenging’ each of our vendors with a quick round of questions to help put them on their toes. The question for you: What make-up color/tones do you recommend for a..
– Traditional/glam bride? JL: A perfect complexion, lightly contoured, striking eyes with sharp eyeliner and pink lips & cheeks
– Bohemian bride? JL: fresh/clean/bronzed skin and a neutral lip color
– Destination bride? JL: a light tinted moisturizer as foundation, bronzed skin and warm bronzed & peach tones on the eyes, lips and cheeks
– Ethnic/fusion wedding? JL: bride-false lashes, moderately smokey eyes, a bold lip and a contoured face


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TRENDING: Bridal Fashion Week – Spring 2015

Gorgeous gowns lined this past week for Spring 2015 Bridal Week. While wedding gowns truly never go out of style, we saw a few standout styles that added just the right touch to consider it a hot trend for the upcoming season. Here were some of our favorites!

Prima Ballerina: a classic and favorite for many (particularly more petite and ultra girl-y ladies). It’s truly made its comeback with thanks to Frozen and some of our other Disney princesses bringing it back in unique new ways. (Refer to next style..) We are so in love with this Reem Acra gown — the never-ending tulle layers on the skirt and that gorgeous floral belt! We’re definitely going to be seeing a lot of the floral add-ons for Spring/Summer 2015! Also seen at: Anne Barge, Pronovias.




Color Me Pretty: While color is no new trend to many brides, (Indian weddings thrive on bright & bold bridal colors!), we’re seeing just a hint of color on some of the typically white/off-white gowns. Thanks again to Elsa from Frozen who has inspired the wonderful bride-to-be with spring-y colors that can pair perfectly with the spring wedding decor! This Pistachio colored number by Monique L’huillier gives just the right touch of green without stepping too far out of the box. J’adore! Also seen at: Pamella Roland, Claire Pettibone.



The Ancient Goddess: Thanks to our friends at Game of Thrones, The Tudors & Downton Abbey, the long layers, draped and intricate beading look has come full circle in gorgeous gowns like this Temperely London look. Popular gowns resembling this trend may also come with layered sleeves, ropes, cape, gloves and/or head pieces (which can be seen in other looks from the runway!) Also seen at: J. Mendel, Austin Scarlett




Lace-y Neckline: any style created with lace can make a gown go from potentially drab to absolutely fab! Marchesa really pulled the stops this season by creating some gorgeous gowns that incorporate lace from the chest up, making the conservative bride feel right at home. Just the right touch of romanticism and simplicity, this look can even convert the most daring brides! Also seen at: Alberta Ferretti, Carolina Herrerra


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Outdoor Weddings – Tips & Tricks!

As a wedding planner, there are lots of details: the flowers, the caterer, managing the bride(s) & groom(s) and the entire guest list.. It truly never ends for us until the party is over and the guests have departed.
A commonly overlooked detail that for outdoor/destination weddings we can’t help but emphasize is the importance and need for alternate options and plans to an outdoor ceremony. On any day, in any city could provide extreme weather scenarios that are unanticipated and negatively impact the course of the day. Why add more stress to the day when you can prepare ahead of time. Although this may require some additional funds, this will outweigh any concerns on your wedding day so you can fully enjoy!
Here’s some of our options for tips & tricks with extreme weather..
– Fan Programs: this could be a fun way to have guests use this as their best accessory! They can fold it like origami! These can be easily found on a site like
– Parasols: get creative with this! You can use colors to complement your overall wedding theme, use a picture of the couple or provide markers where guests can write fun notes on them! Other things to consider providing your guests: sunscreen, blotting tissues, face mist, (the mini Evian face mists can be left on a table for people to pick up or in the bathroom) and insect repellant (especially for the mid-summer or outdoor ceremonies in the woods or a more rustic locale).
– Water Station: this could be providing guests with mini water bottles (and do specialized wrapping) or leave a large water jug with cups and hand towels next to it. [You can add a larger beverage station here with drinks like lemonade, iced tea or for indian weddings some mango lassi!] NOTE: you should avoid strong alcohol and drinks that can spoil in warmer weather..
– Cold snacks: let your guests snack on some cold treats like ice cream / sorbet, fruit bars or a gazpacho! Adds an extra hint of color to the day! Though, be mindful to keep stored at cool temperatures and have people hand out VS leaving out to melt.
– Tents: provide a tented area such as a cabana tent in case for extra shading. Also, considering the time of day that you’re planning the ceremony can help as well; The later the ceremony, the easier time you may have to avoid the mid-day heat.
– Umbrellas for your guests: leave them by the beginning of the ceremony aisle with big containers to put already wet umbrellas. Another fun idea is to provide rain ponchos for guests and they can have a picture of the couple or the date of the wedding.
– Tent with marquees/walk-ways: provide a place for people to stay for the chance of a surprise rain shower. We recommend avoiding using materials that people can easily slip on. Also, make sure to make signs that are legible and with materials that won’t wash away in extreme rain/snow.
– Event Insurance: in case its extreme weather and the event gets cancelled. There’s always a “what if” scenario and you’d rather be safe than sorry!
– Transportation: keep an extra eye on how the day is going. Guests may be coming from a hotel or out of town. Suggest carpooling with other guests or ask ahead of time at the hotels guests may stay to work through providing some transportation options.
– Rain cards: when sending invitations, you may have already considered a rain plan. This would be a good time to inform your guests of these plans so everyone can consider their choices for attire, transportation, etc.
– TAKE PICTURES! Rainy day weddings usually produce some of the best photos. Be creative and keep lots of color (umbrellas, rain shoes).
Depending on your location, you may require additional permits and permissions based on the grounds. Do your due diligence as well as speaking with the venue to discuss your options!
Most importantly, make sure to HAVE FUN! It is your wedding after all.. Things happen that are out of your control and making the most of the situation will be most important. Don’t get caught up in the small things and enjoy the day!
Also, thanks to Martha Stewart Weddings and Colin Cowie Weddings for also providing us some helpful tips!



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