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VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Jasmine Lockett Makeup Artistry

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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:

*Complexion*

  • 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’.

*Eyes*

  • 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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Cannes 2014 – Favorite Bridal-Like Looks!

Another day, another red carpet! This year’s Cannes Film Festival is bringing us a wide variety of beautiful women and even more beautiful gowns! Some of the breakout fashion moments this week came from Bollywood’s finest – Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai & Frieda Pinto! Combining flash and bright colors, we give you our rainbow assortment of favorites!

[Our choices were determined by incorporating wedding-style elements: the desi-bridal look (Sonam Kapoor), intricate beading (Cate Blanchett), bold color risks (Alessandra Ambrosia), lace (Malika Sherewat), gorgeous jewels (Jessica Chastain) and most important of all – confidence!

We can’t to see what the rest of the week has in store for us!

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(L-R) .. Sonam Kapoor in ; Blake Lively in Chanel; Aishwarya Rai in Michael Kors

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(L-R) Frieda Pinto in Oscar de la Renta; Jane Fonda in Elie Saab; Alessandra Ambrosio in Elie Saab

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(L-R) Lea Seydoux in Prada; Malika Sherawat in Emilio Pucci; Naomi Watts in Marchesa

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(L-R) Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace; Cate Blanchett in Valentino; Hofit Golan in Gaurav Gupta

 

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Wedding Day Emergency Kit Must-Haves!

WeddingSurvivalKitThere’s no feeling worse than spending over a year of your precious time planning for the most amazing day of your life to then face small hurdles on your wedding day that can ruin the moment for you! We’re here to provide a list of what we consider some the essential wedding day kit items that can make your attitude go from drab to fab in a moment’s notice! You may have seen our previous Top 10 Emergency Kit items, but we’ve updated for all of the growing needs of the brides!

First Aid/Health Remedies

  • Aspirin/pain reliever
  • Band-Aids
  • Eye Drops
  • Bottle(s) of water – mini bottles are great!
  • Snack – something light and won’t leave marks on your teeth (ie. nuts, smoothie, fruit)
  • Mints

Dress Remedies

  • Sewing kit
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Clear nail polish – to help prevent runs on the pantyhose
  • Extra pantyhose
  • Static Cling Spray
  • Stain remover wipes
  • Crazy Glue – in case there are any technical difficulties with the wedding shoes/heels from all the walking around for pictures

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  • Extra lipstick
  • Cover-up – for any possible morning of blemishes
  • Nail polish color of the bride’s nails
  • Deodorant – use AFTER you put on the dress to avoid marks
  • Perfume
  • Tissues – for the moments when you have a good cry!
  • Extra hairpins
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Hairspray – make sure that hair stays all day long!

We hope these help you on your wedding day! Let your maid/matron of honor as well as your bridesmaids hold onto some of these times over the course of the day/evening for those last minute slip ups!

For other suggestions/recommendations, please contact us for a consultation!

PHOTO SOURCES

Here Comes The Guide

Sweet Talk On The Spot

ARTICLE SOURCES

Huffington Post | The Knot | Swatchbook Weddings 

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Airbrush Makeup on Your Wedding Day – Do’s & Dont’s

Brides on their wedding day must go the extra mile to make sure that every detail is set to perfection – from the food to floral arrangements to music and most importantly, the dress! In addition to all of these things, brides also must concern themselves with their make-up routine so that they look flawless in-person & for the photos on their wedding day.

These days, women have various options to how they want to apply their make-up for the big day. A trend that is become more commonplace is the airbrush makeup application. It’s a concept that originated from the film business to ensure that the actors faces looked flawless on-screen through all the bright lights and could withstand the long hours of the work day. There are several processes (alcohol based, water based, silicone based) that help to give different types of complexion depending on the client’s desire.

The benefits of this technique are plentiful – the process is a simple “spray” application that can last through a long day of wedding photos and activities without runs and splotches. It goes light on the face and body so it does not feel clumpy or cake-y and can quickly cover-up any beauty marks, tattoos or last minute rash or breakout (probably from all the exciting nerves!) It also does a great job of keeping a natural look so the bride still feels like herself which will show nicely in the photos!

  

[Left to Right — before/middle/final result]

But with all of these great perks, is this right for you? Before you jump into this technique, there are definitely some points to keep watch of when committing to airbrush makeup for your wedding day. We’d recommend taking the following precautions before committing to this technique:

  • Always use friends as a resource for recommendations of makeup artists with thorough experience with this technique – word of mouth is the most guaranteed form of advertising.
  • Make sure to call ahead to schedule a trial appointment for you and/or bridesmaids so you can figure out if there’s any allergies, rashes or unexpected results.
  • Discuss with the makeup artist any allergies/sensitivities to skin care so this can be factored in when making up the airbrush makeup.
  • This should be a lightweight process. If you find that the results are thick and uncomfortable, then it was probably not done at the best quality.
  • Pricing is comparable to any other makeup artist or can be more expensive for this type of occasion. Make sure this gets budgeted accordingly so you don’t have to worry about unforeseen costs.

We hope these are helpful! Check back with us for more questions/concerns and some of our other posts on wedding day makeup & skincare tips!

Sources: Aisle Dash; Wedding Bee; Beautylish

Image 1 via Our Wedding Day; Images 2-4 via Here Comes The Guide

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Wedding Weather Extremes — Tips & Solutions!

For many brides, a “worst case scenario” is when you unexpectedly struggle with severe weather changes on the day of your wedding. (This can include scorching heat & humidity and/or rain & other wet weather.) We’re here to tell you that THIS IS NOT THE WORST THING! While it can become a hiccup in the process of altering some of the arrangements for the ceremony/reception and can delay events of the day, there’s no reason why it still can’t be the best day of your life!

Here are some of tanaRi events helpful tips & tricks for these extreme weather situations during the summertime:

  • Location/venue: once you’ve commit to your spot, be sure to discuss with the venue planner(s) all options for spots on site that can accommodate for any unexpected weather conditions (especially for outdoor weddings in summer & winter seasons.)
  • Travel arrangements:  it is important to provide guests with several recommendations of transportation to & from the venue (particularly for destination weddings.) Also, it doesn’t hurt to throw an umbrella and/or poncho (rain), scarves (cool weather) and extra pair of shoes (any weather).
  • Umbrellas: keep an assortment on site should there be sudden changes in weather. 
  • Tent: putting up a tent for the reception could help with very mild weather (ie. heavy winds, snow, light drizzle, etc.) 
  • Refreshments: guests will be happy if you provide cool beverages before and/or after the ceremony (especially in hot weather)
  • Dress attire: stick to light color/material dresses (women) and thinner texture/layers (men) 
  • Food: avoid delicate creams/ingredients that can melt and/or spoil in warm weather (ie. cheese-based desserts, mayonnaise, ice cream) 
  • Hair/make-up: simple is best to avoid discomfort, unraveling & discoloration of makeup on the skin
  • Wedding gifts: this is a great opportunity to be personal & creative with DIY items that can help guests. For example, offer some fans, mini water bottles with custom wrapping or visors.

Are you planning an upcoming wedding and need more questions answered? Contact us and we’ll be happy to speak with you further!

In addition, check out this great weather.com article that provides other excellent suggestions on other topics that can be affected with weather (ie. flower arrangements, reception chairs)

Photo credits: Location/venue photoTravel arrangements photoUmbrella photo; Tent photo; Refreshment photo; Dress attire photo; Food photo; Hairstyle photo; Wedding gifts photo

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tanaRi events Make-up Guide for Brides-to-Be on Their Special Day!

When planning your wedding, there’s many things to think about – the venue, the band, flowers, place cards, food, the gown… the list continues on & on! By the time you know it, you’re at your wedding day and you have yet to figure out the perfect look to pair with all of the hard work you’ve done making your special day just right! While we all want to look flawless for the pictures and survive the day without makeup running all over our faces, there are a few integral elements to create the perfect look. Not only is it about the look for the actual day, but the preparations in the days & weeks prior to are just as, if not more vital!

After going through magazines, health & beauty websites and getting opinions on particular make-up styles & looks, we found a great Refinery 29 article that shares the best natural make-up tips for brides-to-be on their wedding day! Most of these tips are so easy that you can do them yourself!  Some highlights include:

– Facial make-up regimen: It should start with primer, then foundation and save cover-up for last. This will help keep the make-up last longer, while keeping an even complexion.

We recommend trying Stila Perfect & Correct Foundation. From personal experience, it goes on extremely smooth and will keep your face light & even for preparing the rest of your makeup.

– Use waterproof eyeliner/mascara: Expect a lot of laughter and tears at unexpected times – so the less your makeup runs, the better!

We recommend Chanel Le Crayon Kohl eyeliner. It leaves bold color on the eyelids & is long lasting! For every day, we’d suggest Noir (black). But, if you want to spice up the color on your wedding day, try Black Jade (dark green) or Ambre (purple). For mascara, visit your closest drug store for a popular favorite – Maybelline Great Lash mascara. It’s inexpensive, clump-free and lengthens the lashes!

– Match your blush/lips/nails to colors incorporated in your wedding: If you’re daring to go bold in one aspect of the look on your wedding day, adding a bright color to your makeup will put the spotlight on you and unify the wedding ambiance! Check out great tips from Real Beauty on how to match the makeup with your wedding day! For example, purple, pink, red, orange/tangerine are a few of the many beautiful bouquet color shades that have various range and can be used in slight, but distinct ways on your makeup (eye liner, blush, lips, nail polish!)

Specifically, for nail polish ideas, we love Essie nail polish! They always find great ways to keep their colors [and polish names] bright, fresh & fun! [see to your left for the summer 2012 shades] It’s also a simple way to boost the color on your wedding day! Going for a bold red? try Essie’s Times Red Square. If you want a darker plum shade, we love Essie’s Groovy Grape!

For those who already have colorful attire with your sarees, kimonos or other beautiful wedding wear, it’s great to color-coordinate with your outfit as it will only help to showcase all of the beautiful detailing! A great recommendation for bright color dresses is to use polish with a nice gold or silver shade. We are loving the Chanel Le Vernis polish in Graphite for a sparkly silver or Essie Gold Nuggets for a shimmery gold!

While all of these products will help beautify you as you say your “I do’s”, the pre-wedding day regimen is just as important as your wedding day. It’s important to keep your skin and body healthy as you’re preparing for one of the most influential day of your life — eat your fruits & vegetables, exercise, avoid stressful situations and most importantly, be happy!

[image 1 via stilacostmetics.com]

[image 2 via chanel.com]

[image 3 via essie.com]

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Wear your bridal gown with pride with these pre-wedding exercise tips!

Congratulations! You are newly engaged — you’ve picked the date, booked the location and now beginning to eye bridal magazines looking for that perfect gown to say “I do” in. Fast forward to the last few months before the wedding at a fitting and you want the dress to be just right…

Before you start worrying about whether or not you’ll manage to squeeze into that beautiful gown on your special day, take a few minutes to realize the amount of resources that are at your fingertips for managing your weight in a healthy way during this important time in your life. The last thing you want to do is over stress about the planning, work obligations and other life events that can easily distract you from keeping your ideal weight and more importantly, removing the excitement out of the once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Photo Credit: BuffBrides.com

Shape Magazine dedicated an entire website to bridal fitness and health: (http://www.shape.com/bride) Tips they provide can be extremely helpful during wedding season as well as any time in your life!

Here are a few highlights from healthy living expert Lauren Taylor: (www.yourhealthyeverafter.com)

Identify Specific goals, rewards, and consequences:

  • Set yourself a few realistic goals per week that can be attainable. If you reach your goals, you can reward yourself by buying yourself something new or meeting friends for a nice dinner. In another line item, list out a consequence – something you want to avoid doing to help further your drive to meet your goals.

Make exercise non-negotiable:

  • Put it into your schedule like any other meeting, doctor appointment or dinner plans. For those who go to work early, try to allocate time after work (or lunch time if you’re able to get some time out of the office.) For those who arrive at work later, try to practice waking up an hour or two earlier and making your way to the gym or power walk outside on these beautiful spring mornings.

Be happy:

  • This is one of the happiest times in your life – keep the positivity by sharing your goals with friends and family. They will help you to keep on track with your bridal plans and personal goals!

Everyone has a different schedule and circumstances that work for each individual bride-to-be. What is consistent throughout the process is identifying the motivational factor (which could be fitting in the dress, setting a goal to accomplish, adding exercise to your pre-wedding routine) and finding the desire to work towards something. It will give you a feeling of success and may help influence others around you to follow your path of healthy living! Starting with baby steps (walk to work instead of taking the subway or make lunch instead of ordering in) will help continue to urge to make healthier choices for your wedding and for your future!

Here’s an inspirational article from Brides.com:  (http://www.brides.com/brides/2011/04/brides-magazine-real-brides-weight-loss#slide=1) that may help jumpstart your weight loss plan! Nothing is more powerful than hearing personal real life stories for how other women overcame their weight obstacles to reach their goals right in time to say their vows!

Photo Credit: NY Times

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