Makeup Tip Monday: The Right Foundation Shade for You

With SO many different shades and tones of foundation out there in the world...how are you supposed to find the one that's the right match for you?!

Here are some great things to keep in mind; some advice from Rachel: "To choose the perfect shade of foundation you should test it on your neck because your face and neck are the same color (the arm is generally darker than the face or neck area so it generally isn't the best place to test what will match your face.)"

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Lip Exfoliator

Fabulous #makeuptipmonday from Sara! "Dry and flakey lips a problem? To help your lipstick apply more smoothly, you need to exfoliate. The best part is, you can use some common household products to do so. Grab some brown sugar and coconut oil to create a scrub. Mix together and use a toothbrush to lightly exfoliate the lips. Rinse and add some Vaseline to hydrate. The next morning, your lipstick will glide right on!"

Image by Justin Johnson Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Airbrush vs. Traditional Application

Today's #makeuptipmonday is more of an educational piece for when you have your Makeup professionally done. One of the questions we ask our brides during our first phone call, is their preference/experience when it comes to Airbrush or Traditional Application of foundation.

This isn't because there's a large difference in the finished look. Quite the opposite! Achieving a flawless complexion that will last alllllll day can be done with either and both methods. The difference, is simply the form of application. The WAY the makeup is applied. You can use "airbrush foundation" on a beauty blender, and apply it by hand!

So why do we ask, then? Because comfort of our clients matters. And sometimes, if someone has had a positive, or negative experience in the past with one form or the other, that's what they're drawn to...or. away from.

In a phone call with a #jolbride, Murrey, (who is getting married very soon!) she had the clarity to articulate essentially, "I've had airbrush makeup before, and it's not that I didn't like the airbrush, I just didn't care for the way my makeup looked as a whole." BINGO. But our negative experiences can often influence the way we feel about something altogether. The same concept goes for False Lashes! There are hundreds and hundreds of different kinds. Lengths. Density's. Just because you hated them once, doesn't mean you hate all False Lashes! And just because you liked them once, doesn't mean you like them all either!!

This is one of the reasons Trial Runs are essential. After getting a feel for the past experiences, and overall personality of our brides, we get to play around with various looks and methods to land with the one that makes each #jolbride feel THE MOST comfortable. Looking beautiful is a must. Feeling comfortable is equally as essential.

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: The Dewey Look

We hear a lot of bridal parties interested in a dewey finish to their foundation- especially if they tend to have dry skin. (Typically we find that ladies with more oily skin prefer a matte finish.)

Rachel has a great trick for the dewey look! "In order for you to obtain a dewey look but without actually being oily I like to highlight the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, the Cupid's bow (right above the upper lip) and the highest point of the chin. 

Photo by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Touch Up Service and Re-style

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Listening to our bride's needs is something we take extremely seriously. So a few years ago, after receiving requests for Stylists to stay on site for touch ups and/or complete Bridal Hair + Makeup re-styles...we added it to a Collection we offer.

Whether you're changing into a surprise dress, or want your hair down for the ceremony but up for the reception...or, maybe you're thinking a neutral palette is best for daytime, but you want a bolder makeup look for the evening...we've got you covered! Have one of our Team Members stay on site-- available for touch ups in between photos and available to completely change your look to surprise everyone if you want!

I also can't help but include this totally embarrassing picture of myself because it is just THAT hysterical- I am sure it'll make you laugh! This is from a workshop in France with Lauren Fair and Julie Paisley in August. Our beautiful model, Julie, had something in her eye and I was trying to help find it. But oh my goodness...the squat, the hand on the hip, the squint, the pregnant belly...its just absolutely hysterical!! I burst out laughing the first time I saw it!

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Photographer: @kir2ben
Models: @juliannaleemurphy and @shane.m.murphy
Gown: @clairelafaye
Florals and styling: @oleandercurated
Hair and makeup: @jol_stylist
Ribbon: @honeysilksco
Paper goods and invite: @prettyininkshop
Tie: @neckandtieco
Shot at @laurenfair and @juliepaisleyphotography Provence, France Workshop. #LandJworkshopabroad

Makeup Tip Monday: Make Your Skin Glow

This is such a great #makeuptipmonday brought to you by Sara: "Are you in love with dewy glowing skin? If so this tip is for you! Grab yourself a liquid illuminator and add a drop into your foundation. Mix together and apply. You will have dewy, glowing skin! My personal favorite illuminator is the NYX Born to Glow Illuminator."

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Bronzed Goddess Look

Today's #makeuptipmonday is for those who really don't care for any light (or deep) pink or peach tones in their cheeks...but also want to add some definition to their cheek bones. Try a bronzer on your cheekbone as your blush-- it gives a Bronzed Goddess look! Our #jolbride Janine pulls it off fabulously!

Image by the fabulous Sarah McKay Photography

The Knot Fall Issue!

We are so thrilled and honored to be featured in print for the first time alongside such phenomenal vendors! Keep an eye out for these gorgeous pics from Jessica Cooper Photography in the Fall issue of The Knot! We absolutely LOVED working with Lindsey and her ladies. Lindsey has an eye for detail, and a vision for beauty like no other. Mulling over her Wedding Vision was breathtaking at every.single.point. Her wedding day was thought through so meticulously, and with such care. It was a tremendous privilege to work with her!!

Vendor team:

Ceremony & Reception site: Smithville Inn, Historic Smithville NJ
Videography: Martin's Accent Wedding Videos
Planner: Kyle Michelle Weddings
Flowers: Vault & Vine
Gown: Sweet Caroline
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Wedding Rings: Harry Merrill & Son Jewelry, Inc.
Engagement Rings: DeSumma and Wexler Fine Jewelry
Hair & Makeup: Janelle on Location
Stationery: Pippa & Fig
Cakes&Pies: Queen Bee Pastry
Favors: Ever Laser

Makeup Tip Monday: Open, Awake Eyes

We alllll have days where our eyes are tired and we need to look more awake than we might actually feel.

Rachel has a great tip for us! "To make your eyes look more open and awake I love to focus mascara on the lower middle lashes and upper middle lashes."

Isn't that great?! Just some strategically placed mascara (and maybe a cup of coffee!) and we're on our way!

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Soft, Hydrated, Kissable Lips

A little #makeuptipmonday for you about your Lips!

It is common for Brides and their ladies, on the day of the wedding, to have dry, chapped lips. Sometimes it's from Rehearsal Partying the night before, and not being well-hydrated, other times it's sun exposure, or a lack of humidity in the air. Whatever the reason, there's little that's worse than cracked lips with lipstick on them- it feels awful!

We often offer a Lip Mask and Balm prior to the (very hydrating) lip color we use. This helps exfoliate, remove dry skin, and leaves your lips soft and kissable all day long!

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Traveling with Makeup Brushes

Our lovely Lead Stylist, Sara, has a fabulous #makeuptipmonday for you! "Are you about to go on your honeymoon or vacation and don't know how to carry your makeup brushes? Grab yourself a traveling toothbrush holder. They will not get crushed or broken and will not be rolling around your suitcase!"

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Smudgy Eyeliner

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This is such a great #makeuptipmonday: Using an angled eye shadow brush (yes, it will take practice if you're used to a pencil or liquid liner...but just hold it like a pencil!) run the brush under water and dip it in eye shadow to have a little bit of a smudgier liner if you're not looking for a really crisp, defined eyeliner look. It's a great way to make liner more subtle, and immediately expands the colors and shades you already have in your Makeup Bag! Shout out to the beautiful #jolbride Katie pictured here! Photo by Christy Nicole Photography. This wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!

Investing in Our Relationship + Process

As everyone knows, relationships go both ways. It takes two to Tango.

It's important to us that each #jolbride be on the same page with us about the importance of our communication, dialogue, and process. The REASON that's important, is because without it, we can't offer the best service. And we refuse to offer bride's anything less!

In the JOL experience and journey, we want to discover (together) THE PERFECT Bridal Look for each of our individual Bride's style, taste, preferences, comfort level, wedding vision, and personality. Feedback is essential. Storytelling about horrible Prom experiences, or the makeup you loved from your brother's wedding last summer...the more information, the better.

While we have countless examples of this, #jolbride Stephanie is a shining example. What a joy and privilege to journey with her together as a Team!

Stephanie was faithful and committed to processing with us. Open to dialogue, trying new ideas, exploring various options, keeping us posted on head piece changes and adjustments, and so importantly...trusting the process.

While many Hair + Makeup artists can feel threatened by any kind of request for "tweaking or adjusting" after they've completed their work...we are the complete opposite.

Not only is it welcome, it's INVITED. "How can we make you love it MORE" is the theme and song, and until the sentiment is, "Nothing, it's perfect! I couldn't possibly love it more!" we don't consider our work done ;)

Stephanie and Ryan tied the knot in June and I am dying to see what M2 Photography captured for their day! I am swooning over the amazing Engagement Session they did together that our Team had the privilege of doing Hair + Makeup for. (All photos in this post are from that incredible Session!)

The joy and love in their faces, demeanor, and Stephanie's obvious comfortability in feeling "herself" is everything to us. THIS is what we strive for! Completely YOU. At your very best.

Stephanie, you have been an utter delight. Thank you for the honor and privilege it is and was to adventure along with you in these months leading up to your wedding. We can't wait to see how your vision came to life! We know M2 is phenomenal at capturing raw, candid emotion and I am on the edge of my seat to see the beauty that unfolded! Thank you for diving in, head first, to our relationship-- it made it even more of a joy to serve you! CONGRATULATIONS!!

Makeup Tip Monday: Bigger + Brighter Eyes

Who doesn't want to draw attention to their eyes everyday...and ESPECIALLY on important days or special occasions?!

Here's a great trick from Lead Stylist, Rachel: "If you want your eyes to appear brighter and bigger, I love to put a pale shadow (light gold, champagne, off white, etc...) in the inner corner of eyes."

Image from Kristen Kiraly Films

Timeless Beauty and Naturally Elegant Engagement Session with Emily Wren

One of the things we like to encourage immediately post-Trial Run, is having something to do or go to. Brides always feel like a million bucks with their Hair + Makeup done, and we love it when they feel like they can get "use" out of it.

Whether its a Bridal Shower, a date with your fiance...or better yet, something that will be professionally photographed like an Engagement Session! Our wonderful #jolbride getting married in August, Lauren, decided to maximize her time with us, AND her time with Emily Wren, her wonderful photographer.

Classic, timeless romance with a flair of elegance defines Lauren's style perfectly. She has seriously the sweetest relationship with her mom, and just WAIT til you see her unbelievable wedding dress-- its to die for! (You'll have to wait til August! No spoilers here!)

Speaking of dresses, does anyone else want to purchase this incredible navy lace dress Lauren is wearing IMMEDIATELY after seeing it on her?! I absolutely do. Maybe because blue is my favorite color. Maybe because I'm obsessed with lace. Maybe because it fits her like a glove. Whatever the reason...get this dress in my closet!

We think Lauren's soft, seemingly "accidental" waves and enhancing makeup really make her natural beauty "pop" in these awesome photos from Emily. And isn't "looking like yourself" the WHOLE GOAL of photos anyways? Yourself at your best, of course.

We are so excited to celebrate with Lauren and Alan on their Wedding Day! 

Makeup Tip Monday: Mascaras. What's the difference?

A #makeuptipmonday for you from the lovely Sara: "Do you know all Mascaras basically work the same? All mascaras will give you longer and darker lashes, the secret is in the wand! Some are plastic, some are cloth. My go-to Mascara is L'Oréal Volumious Mascara in Carbon Black."

Beautiful Bridal Romper by Tessa Kim, and stunning photo by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: Our Most Popular Lip Color

A little #makeuptipmonday for you from yours truly! Just thought you ladies might like to know that Urban Decay's Vice line has a lip color called "Ex-girlfriend." It is THE MOST popular color among our brides and bridesmaids hands down (and the irony of the name for Bride's to wear on their wedding day is not lost on us!) It looks like a natural lip color, but more pigmented. Shout out to the lovely #jolbride Ashton, who's pictured here!

Image by the fabulous Lauren Fair Photography

What to Expect at a JOL Trial Run

Our Team's perspective of Trial Runs is that they're meant to be exhaustive. That doesn't mean we want you to feel exhausted by the time we're done ;) We just want to explore all of your Hair + Makeup options so that you are confident you're not settling for anything less than what's absolutely best for your Bridal Style. 

Your Wedding Day is likely THE MOST photographed day of your life. And as obvious as it might sound...what you look like...is in all of the photos. And, as you look back at the photos, you will also remember exactly how you felt about what you looked like. And isn't the point of framing pictures that they evoke happy, good emotions and memories when we look at them?!

So! That is why, we get to know our brides really well even PRIOR to the Trial Run. We are weeding out Style options that aren't "them." It matters. It helps us be efficient with our time, and also offer the most helpful suggestions and tips as we guide you through the process.

Having already perused through your Wedding Vision and talked on the phone about your favorite Hair + Makeup inspiration photos, as well as learning about what makeup you wear everyday (if any) and what your hair typically looks like (so, what feels "you") we take all of that into account as we're working towards the best look for you. While of course brainstorming together as a Team and taking TONS of notes-- because we completely believe that two heads are better than one.

After your Lead Stylist reviews the information we have for you about your Style, Wedding Vision, and the "plan" for your Trial, we get started. It's most common to start with "down" styles first, and then "work our way up"-- whether that's half up, all up, or both options. 

We always recommend brides wear a white or light colored top or dress with a similar neckline to their wedding gown. The color helps best picture Wedding Day Makeup, and the cut of top enables you to better envision the Hairstyle with your dress.

In one sense, we're not easily pleased ;) Our Stylists will be regularly asking how we can make everything and anything better. We feel the "weight" of these decisions with you, and want to make sure we've done everything in our power to make sure the direction you choose to go makes you feel absolutely gorgeous while also feeling completely yourself. You can't afford to sacrifice either one!

We continue enjoying getting to know you, take notes on every little detail we've landed on together for your Style Direction, and even follow up later to see if you've had any updated thoughts on adjusting/tweaking anything. (Most brides do!) By the end (if not sooner) you feel like a close friend and we are absolutely GIDDY about your Wedding Day!!

Because we are so committed to the Brides who book with us in our attention, priority, and schedules, we organize Trial Run appointments after the Wedding Date has been reserved with us.

We know that can sound scary because of HOW MANY Hairstylists and Makeup Artists in the world do not share our personalized philosophy, spend NEARLY as much time emailing or chatting with brides prior to, during, and after the Trial Run, nor offer the patient, team-like manner in which our Trial Runs take place.

Yet, because we spend extensive time getting to know our brides vision and personal style,  when we do a Trial Run...we are there adjusting and tweaking until we get it perfect with a clear direction for the Wedding Day! And we love every single second of our process!!

Makeup Tip Monday: "Face Lift" with Makeup!

A fabulous #makeuptipmonday for all the Mothers and Grandmothers of Brides and Grooms who joke with us about needing a "face lift" from their makeup. Rachel's got a great trick to make that happen!

"I really like giving the face a 'lift' by using slightly lighter than their skin-tone concealer on either side of the mouth, both sides of the nose, both sides of the eyes, and right above the eyebrows."

Image by Alison Dunn Photography

Makeup Tip Monday: No Dark Under Eye!

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Today's #makeuptipmonday comes to you from Nicole: "I personally prefer to do eye makeup (brows, lids and liner) before the rest of the face. Even though your under eyes may look free from shadow fallout, there is always some that escapes. After eye application, I take a qtip and makeup remover and gently wipe under the eye. You would be surprised at how much fallout is unnoticed by the naked eye! I prefer this technique as i am personally self conscious of my dark under eyes. This ensures a clean canvas and less work touching up with concealer."

Photo by Alison Dunn Photography