Bridal Portrait Shoot

Who would have known that when I met Kelsey (Kelsey Leigh Photograpy) on one of my last days of working at Platos Closet, just a month or so later we would be collaborating on such a gorgeous shoot. Kelsey has a beautiful studio, not even 10mins away from me, with large windows and gorgeous light, that was so perfect for the mood we were going for. To add to the perfection of this shoot, Kelsey and Devyn are two of the sweetest people I have worked with! 

Fun fact. This updo on Devyn was the first updo I have created! I don't usually do hair other than curling, and some light styling, so when Kelsey mentioned an updo, I was excited to step out of my comfort zone. Considering it was my first, I wouldn't say it is perfect by any means, but I do really like how it turned out. That being said, it is difficult to go wrong when there are flowers involved! 

Glowy, natural, and enhancing are all words I would use to describe my style as a makeup artist, and the look I created for Devyn is nothing short of those words. Brows really do frame the face, and Devyn's are rather thick, so I just used a powder to fill in sparse areas. For the eyeshadow, I used some shimmery shades from one of my favorite viseart palettes. I didn't define the crease very much to keep keep the look from getting too dramatic. Her lips are already rather pigmented, so I used some clear gloss and a lipliner to create a little more definition. I am so in love with this look! 


Industrial Bridal Shoot

     Working in this industry I feel incredibly blessed by the opportunities to work with such incredible brides, models, highschool seniors, etc. Another plus of being a makeup artist is that I have the pleasure of meeting and developing friendships with the most amazing and talented vendors! Honestly, from the second this shoot started, it was clear we had assembled the dream team, from the florals, to the photographer and everyone in between! 

     I could go on and on about this team of individals, but I am saving that for a future blog post that will highlight my favorites in this industry, so be on the look out for that!

     Both Kari and Jessi are absolutely stunning, so just like always, I enhanced their features instead of covering them. For Kari, that was in the form of bringing out her stunning cheeckbones and lashes, and for Jessi, her beautiful lips and eyes! 

Enjoy the photos!

Photographer: Danielle Riley Photography | Flowers: Floral Noir | Planner: Petra Repka | Hair Stylist: Lauren Kozak | Models: Kari Rae, Andy Rodriguez, Jessi Williams, Andrew MacIntyre |

Fun Headshots With Reye & Danielle

When Reye asked me to do her makeup for her acting headshots, I jumped at the chance! It isn't every day that you get to work with clients who are as easy going, funny, and as sweet as this girl. Not to mention, Danielle Riley Aaron, our friend and photographer, is one of the best around.

Fortunately, this team is very flexible, and rather than our original plan of traveling to Tacoma from Poulsbo, we decided to find a location closer by since timing was a little tight. The new location was close enough, that after grabbing lunch at a great burger place, we had to walk about 20ft. for these pictures. Behind a T-Mobile is as good of a place as any, right? 

Because of the nature of the photos, Reye was after a rather natural look. My favorite makeup look to do is one that just "enhances" features, so I kept things simple.

I started with a soft brown in the crease, and my all time favorite highlighter Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm all over the lid. Reye already has great lashes, so after a thin line of black gel liner, I just coated her lashes with the Loreal voluminous black mascara. So simple, and so pretty!

This girl has the most gorgeous skin, so other than a light application of Face Atelier Ultra Pro foundation, and some concealer under her eyes, she didn't need much coverage! 

I used a Ben Nye pressed powder under her cheekbones that was a couple shades darker than her skin, to enhance her perfect cheekbones, and a peachy graftobian cream blush to bring in a little color. To finish off, I filled in her brows with a sigma brow powder, lightly lined her lips with my favorite NYX lipliner in the shade Peekaboo Neutral, and topped them off with some clear gloss. 

Fun day, with two awesome girls!