Finding the perfect wedding venue can be one of the biggest, and most fun, challenges a couple can face. Although I am a Vermont based makeup artist, and not a venue owner, I have had the privilege of traveling to some of Vermont’s finest wedding venues. Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order!) Is your venue on the list?!
1- The Barn at Boyden Farm: This venue is the of epitome of a classic Vermont wedding. Views extending over the Green Mountains, and fields of their vineyard create an elegant and luxurious backdrop for any wedding. Stepping inside the big red barn, it can really be a blank canvas for any type of decor you want to add. As a makeup artist, I personally love the “getting ready rooms” in the lower part of the barn. Having a space designed for makeup and hair artists is a win in my book! Be sure to check them out here: https://www.boydenbarn.com/
2- Lake Bomoseen Lodge: Looking for a lakeside wedding in Vermont? Look no further! Arden and the team at Lake Bomoseen Lodge will be sure to give you and your wedding guests the best experience out there! Views of Lake Bomoseen can be seen from nearly every window in the grand room. They even have an island you can boat out to for your ceremony! As a makeup artist, I can appreciate the well-lit and spacious rooms on the grounds. For more deets, check them out: https://www.lakebomoseenlodge.com/celebrate/
3- Sleepy Hollow Inn: How could I not pick a Vermont wedding venue in my town?! Sleepy Hollow Inn provides a quaint, charming, and intimate wedding experience set within the rolling mountains of Huntington, Vermont, just below Camels Hump. Their unique Round Barn provides an open area that all wedding guests can enjoy! Looking to get more outdoor feels? Enjoy the gazebo overlooking the pond, or explore the extensive trails on over 800 acres! This Vermont venue will be sure to charm all your guests. More information: http://www.vermontweddingsatsleepyhollow.com/
4- River Road Farm: Looking for that extra luxurious and extravagant Vermont wedding venue? Look no further than River Road Farm in Manchester, Vermont. Their 100 year old barn has been extensively renovated into a dream facility. Add large and dramatic drapes, and long, elegant tablescapes to the space to create your dreamy Vermont wedding. With some housing onsite, your guests can enjoy the intimacy of such a special event. I was lucky enough to get the full tour when I worked on a Styled Shoot here in 2018 with Harlow & Dahlia Events. To read more about this gem, click here: https://riverroadfarm.com/weddings
5- Jay Peak Resort: With multiple location options onsite, Jay Peak Resort offers up one classy location! With stunning mountain views, and plenty of rooms for your guests, Jay Peak is a top hitter for venues in Vermont. For a unique experience, travel up the Tram to the top of the mountain- can’t beat those pictures! Stay an extra few nights and discover the golf course, or Jay Peak water park. For more details: https://jaypeakresort.com/trip-planning/weddings
Photos by: Lindsay Raymond Jack, Gallivan Photo, Celia K Photography
Going to keep this one short and simple for you! As often as I can, I try to support cruelty free brands. With it being 2019, you’d think that EVERYTHING cosmetic related should be cruelty free. Sadly, that is still not the case. Below are some of my favorite cruelty free brands and products:
1- Kat Von D: Not only is she a bad-ass tattoo artist, she also creates a full line of cosmetics that are cruelty free! Some of my favorite products by her include: Lock It Tattoo Eyeliner, Shade and Light Contour/ Highlight Palette, and her Setting Powder. She also offers full coverage foundation, concealers, eye shadow palettes, and more!
2- Charlotte Tilbury: Quite honestly, you cannot go wrong with ANY of her products. The quality is top notch, and the colors/tones are on point. They truly look beautiful on any skin tone (just take a look at all the Victoria’s Secret Angels!) I personally love her Pillow Talk Eye shadow Palette, and lipstick shade.
3- Physicians Formula: If you’re looking for a drug store option of better quality, Physicians Formula offers a variety of products that are not only cruelty free, but some are vegan. Their Butter Bronzer and Blushes are to die for! Both are staples in my personal collection.
4- Covergirl: Another drug store option is this O.G. line! They have really stepped up their game over the past few years, and I do love their foundations! Their shade ranges have increased, and the quality is there.
5- Colourpop: An online- only option here, but an affordable one! Colourpop is best known for their liquid lippies, and glosses. Since their launch in 2014, they have increased their offerings to: brow products, sponges, foundations, and concealers! They have some of the best long lasting liquid lipstick options out there.
6- Ecotools: Now that you have a few makeup options, you’ll need some cruelty free brushes! Ecotools can be found in the drug store, or online at Ulta/ Walmart. These are affordable and durable. I personally love the fluffy powder brush they offer.
If you’re out shopping around and you’re not sure if something is cruelty free, a great phone app to check out is ‘Cruelty- Free’. You can simply scan a bar-code on an item, and it will automatically pull up if it is or not. Pretty cool! Another thing to be aware of is that some larger companies and corporations who are NOT cruelty free, own brands that claim to be cruelty free. Some examples of that include: NYX claims to be cruelty free, but they are owned by L’Oreal which is not cruelty free. Becca and Smashbox Cosmetics claim to be cruelty free, but are owned by Estee Lauder, which again, is not cruelty free. Lastly, Tarte is actually owned by Kose, which is not cruelty free.
Website Links: www.katvondbeauty.com/ colourpop.com/ www.charlottetilbury.com
The question has been popped, and you and your partner start planning out venues and details for your big day. Each and every vendor decision you make along the way is an investment. Often times, bigger items such as venue, photography, and catering are the first to be budgeted for. Remember that each and every vendor you pick will play a very important role. Here are some reasons wedding makeup can be an excellent investment!
1- You should feel stunning: After all, it is one of the biggest days of your life! All eyes will be on you as you walk down the aisle to your love. Whether your day-to-day makeup is just some mascara, or full glam, your wedding day makeup should accentuate your features and make you feel confident!
2- Uniformity: Having your bridal party looking and feeling their best will make everyone happier! Maybe champagne and wine were consumed the night before, and some under eye bags are needing to be covered up; your artist can help! Plus, having an artist who can recognize face shapes, skin tone, etc., will help to create a uniformity in your parties look.
3- Style: Your artist should be able to compliment the whole feel of your wedding. Asking the right questions and having the right discussions will lead to a very successful result. If you have an elegant theme with whites and greenery, your makeup look should reflect that. Investing in an artist who can create this with you will be worth it.
4- You get what you pay for: In a market where there are SO many options for every aspect of your wedding, knowing and realizing that you get what you pay for applies in makeup as well. Investing in an artist who can supply a fully stocked, high quality kit, with proper disposables for sanitation will be worth it. You're also paying for knowledge. An experienced artist will have schooling and courses under their belt. This is all so they can provide the most excellent services to you.
5- Pictures are forever: You're investing lots of money into your photographer to capture those stunning and amazing moments- so why wouldn't you want to look your absolute best? Investing in a makeup artist who can use HD products, and can ensure you'll look great from all angles and in all lighting is key. If you're good at doing your "day to day" makeup, just know that the products you use might not work in extremely bright outdoor lighting, or very deep indoor lights. Invest in someone who knows the industry and can ensure a flawless application.
This will be aimed for brides-to-be, but the skin care regimens remain the same even if you’re just looking to up your nightly skincare treatment game. So listen up! The bottom of the Blog has some of my favorite recommendations.
1- Timing: Good skin doesn’t happen in a week. It’s something that takes some trial and error, and some time. I’m going to preface by saying, I am not an esthetician. I am knowledgeable on skin care and products, but always recommend visiting with an actual esthetician, particularly if you have very sensitive or problematic skin. You can never start too early- so get going!
2- Know your Skin: What kind of skin do you have? Do you find yourself looking like an oil slick by the end of the day, or do you find little dry flakes coming off on a washcloth? Knowing if you have normal, dry, oily, or combination skin is a good place to start. Once you’ve locked that down, now you can shop for products catered to you.
3- Cleansing/ Washing: I know we’ve all been guilty at some point of not removing makeup at bed time. It happens. If you can, be sure to remove ALL makeup at the end of each day. Even if you don’t wear any makeup, oils and excess junk can build up throughout the day. I recommend using a makeup wipe or face wipe to remove the majority of product, then follow that up with a facial cleansing foam/ soap with warm water. This will get you squeaky clean! PS- do this in the AM, too! Pillows have a crap load of crap on them (Technical term!)
4- Exfoliating/ Toning: After you’re squeaky clean, it’s time to exfoliate or tone your face. Exfoliating is removing the dead pieces of skin on the top layer, revealing a natural glow. Toning is great for those with oily/ acne prone skin. It really helps get that extra oil and grime out of your pores and under control. Note that exfoliating shouldn’t be done more than 2-3 times per week. Over exfoliating can cause irritation and inflammation of your skin.
5- Moisturizer: A big myth I hear a lot is that people with oily skin shouldn’t moisturize because it will make them more oily. False! Moisturizer can actually HELP balance the oils in your face and skin. This is a key step in knowing your skin type. You want to get a moisturizer that will help combat dryness or excessive oils. Moisturizing in the morning and at night are extremely beneficial. It can go on under your makeup (or without!) and can go on at night. Proper moisturizing can decrease blemishes, improve skin hydration, and some can help with anti-aging. Speaking of hydrating, DRINK WATER! That’s right, good ole’ H2O can drastically help your skin! So get those 8 ounces in.
6- Serums/ oils: Lastly, oils and serums are beneficial to lock everything you just did into your skin. Since oil is so thick, it should be applied last. I have a few oils I love to rotate through: Vitamin E, Rose-hip, and Vitamin C. All have their own perks! Since it’s so thick, I personally don’t use every night, but usually 3-4 times a week. More in the winter, less in the summer (for my skin type).
Product Favorites: Face wipes/ Makeup Remover: Neutrogena Facial wipes, Burt’s Bees Facial wipes. Cleansers: Cetaphil Facial Cleanser, La Mer the Cleansing Foam, and CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. Exfoliates: Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub, St. Ives Fresh Skin Facial Scrub, and Crepe Erase Refining Facial Scrub. Toners: Clinique Clarifying Lotion, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, and The Ordinary Glycolic Acid. Moisturizers: Origins Ginzing Boosting Gel, Clinique Moisture Surge, and Olay Complete Cream Moisturizer. Serums/ Oils: TruSkin Vitamin C Oil, Kate Blanc Vitamin E Oil, and Kate Blanc Rose-hip and Seed Oil.
When planning your dream wedding, you think of every little detail down to the color of the silverware. As time passes, you book your venue, florist, caterer, and other vendors. Throughout booking and planning, you should be creating an overall theme and style to your big day that should carry out with each vendor. Your makeup should be no different! Here are some things to consider:
1- Define a Theme: As mentioned above, you should think about what your whole wedding style and theme are. If you’re unsure of this, take a step back and work with a planner or designer to help! Once you have this set, think about what makeup looks might work. Are you having a Halloween themed wedding? Maybe country chic? Or perhaps a Tuscany themed one? Those looks can all differ quite a bit. What colors and looks will work with what you’re conveying? Your makeup should complement the event and your style. This is also something to discuss with your makeup artist during your trial run. I always ask questions like this to help narrow down an appropriate look.
2- Picture Searching: Pinterest has been perhaps one of the best inventions of all time (let’s be real). Use it to your advantage, and use it wisely. Sure, you can just search “wedding makeup” and tons of photos will come up. Take it one step further and search “brunette wedding makeup” or “soft/ romantic wedding makeup”. This searching tool will help narrow your results down to better fit your style and appearance. P.S.- always bring these photos to your trial run so your makeup artist can see them! P.P.S.- remember that Pinterest is great for getting overall ideas, but the majority of the photos you’ll see are heavily re-touched or done on a model with perfect baby-smooth skin; don’t expect to look exactly like a picture
3- Consult your Artist: Once you’ve secured your makeup artist, schedule at least one trial run before your big day. Not only is it a great chance to get to know them, but they will be able to offer advice of what colors/ textures will work well with your particular face. Often enough, I will have a blonde/ blue eyed bride show me a picture of Kim K with bold, heavy makeup on, and they say, “I want to look just like this”. Remember, you should look like YOU and FEEL like you. Plus, if you are a pale blonde, that makeup is going to look drastically different on you versus Kim K.
4- Pictures are Forever: Lastly, remember that pictures are forever! You spend a lot of money on a professional photographer in order to capture those memories; be sure to look your best! Makeup trends come and go all the time in the beauty world. Before deciding on a glitter cut-crease with huge winged eyeliner, think to yourself, “will this still look good fifteen years from now?”. If that seems questionable, perhaps think of toning it down to a more classic bridal look. Buy hey, if you like bold- go for it! As an artist, I’m here to give you what you want, but also to consult and guide you to your dream look.
False eyelashes can help bring your everyday makeup look to the next level. Some may like to wear them everyday, others, only on special occasions! There are many variations of lashes, and choosing the right ones for your eye shape and style can be overwhelming. I will break down which ones to purchase, and how to get them on (and staying on!). Plus some fun extra tips at the end!
1- Where to Buy: The nice thing about lashes is that they are readily available at almost any drugstore, Walmart, or beauty store. I frequently buy them from CVS and Ulta. My favorite brands are Ardell and Kiss. Both of these brands offer a thin band and a variety of styles. What does that mean? It means, it's going to be more flexible, easier to apply, and more comfortable to wear.
2- Style: If you're wanting a bolder look, I recommend the Ardell Wispies. They will give a full look, without feeling too over the top. If you want something a little more subtle, shoot for the Demi Wispies, or individual lashes. There are always some options in between, too!
3- Glue: Some lash sets will come with glue in the package, but most do not. I highly recommend the Kiss Sensitive Eyes Lash Glue. It will dry clear, and does not contain Latex, which is a common allergen/ irritant. If you have that sensitivity, be sure to read labels! This comes in a white tube with a brush applicator.
4- Measuring & Cutting: Once you have purchased the lashes, now the fun part begins! Grab some small scissors, the lash glue, some lash tweezers (soft ended), and your falsies. Peel out each lash gently, starting from a corner. Next, you'll want to measure it to your eye; do this by holding the lash right above your lash line. Look to see how much excess band is on the outer corner. You'll want to take your scissors and cut that off. Depending on your shape, it's normally about 5-6 Centimeters.
5- Glue & Stick: Once you have your lashes cut to fit each eye, it's time to apply the glue. Gently brush the adhesive across the band. You'll want a thin, non-clumpy layer. I usually apply a tad bit more on the corners. Now, if you get anything from this, remember to LET THE GLUE GET TACKY! Hold the lash in the air for about 45 seconds to a minute before applying. Now you'll want to grab those soft ended tweezers and grip the lashes on the falsie. Bring that up to your upper lash line, and apply to the middle first, then stick each corner down. Try to get it as CLOSE to your natural lash line as possible. Keep pressing down across the band until it feels secure. Lastly, I like to add a small coat of mascara to really blend them in with your natural lashes.
BOOM! You just applied your falsies. Now, don't get too disgruntled if they don't quite work the first few times- that is NORMAL. The best thing to do is keep practicing. Everything I said above is also personal preference, and what works for me. You may find something that works even better!
Helpful Tips: Try applying a thin line of black or dark brown eyeliner to your upper lash line before applying the lashes. This can help them blend in with your natural ones a bit better. When you're ready to take them off, gently pull from the outer corner. You can also lightly pull the glue off, and put the lashes back in their package to re-use. *Do not do this if you're sharing lashes or glue*
Almost every makeup client I work with will ask me what my favorite products are. Now, being that I try new beauty products ALL the time, this is a hard one to answer! Below are five products I find myself continually repurchasing for not only myself, but for clients as well! Enjoy!
1) Kat Von D Shade + Light: This contour palette is one of my faves because I find it truly does work well on a variety of skin tones. It is also extremely pigmented, so a little goes a LONG way. This product can help carve out cheek bones, slim your nose, and give your fivehead (I mean, forehead) a smaller appearance. Not only does it have the contour shades, but it has highlighting shades! It has three off-white to yellow toned shades that you can set your under eye with, or carve out those cheek bones even more.
2) Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer: Have crater sized pores like me? Cool, glad I'm not the only one. I have tried literally over 50 primers trying to find something that would help cover the appearance of my pores with zero luck. I finally came across this miracle in a bottle! It has a thick consistency, so a small amount of product goes a long way. I apply this only where I want the look of my pores minimized. Once you have this applied and the rest of your makeup on, you'll be sure to notice the difference! PS- it also helps cover redness!
3) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer: This product will CHANGE your brow game. Seriously. It is extremely easy to use, and their shade range is great! I typically go with "dark brown" which is similar to the color of my hair, but just a bit darker. It also will last you a VERY long time, so the $23 price tag is well worth it. Use small, flicking motions to create the look of natural hairs on your brows. Fill in any sparce areas, and you're good to go! Brows really do shape your face, so if you're going to skip a step, don't let it be the brows!
4) Lorac Mega Pro 3: This eye shadow palette is one of the most versatile on the market! It has 32 shades that can take your daytime look into a night out look with just a few colors! I am a neutral shadow girl to the core, so the light purples, mauve's, and various brown shades speak my name. The colors allow even beginners the ability to create a soft, elegant look. Of course, there are some fun pops of color throughout it as well for you fun- colored loving people!
5) Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Better than whaaat? Yep- this mascara is that amazing! Like the primers, I've tried numerous mascara's without much luck. I want volume and length with no messy raccoon eyes. This has been the best I've found! It glides on easily, and after just two coats, your lashes are transformed! I will say, the waterproof version of this flat out sucks, though- so stick with the pink colored tube.
One of the biggest questions I get as a makeup artist is, "how long will this makeup last?" Great question! Let me break it down into 5 steps to help explain:
1) Less is more: Some think that the more makeup, the longer it's going to stay put. Wrong! Excess product can cause excess oils on your face. Those excess oils can create a greasy look, and cause product to break up prematurely. Use proper rations of product to prevent that from happening. Plus, who wants "cake face"?! Not sure how much to use? Invest in consulting with a professional makeup artist.
2) Waterproof Options: In the world of makeup today, there are TONS of waterproof makeup options ranging from mascara, to lipstick and even foundations. While these are not necessary year round, they can come in handy on hot days, humid days, or your wedding day! With wedding clients, I always use waterproof mascara, and at times, water resistant/proof foundation. These are all determined on skin type, weather elements, etc. These are also a great option if you plan on wearing makeup to the beach.
3) Lock it Down: Set. Your. Face. Seriously! If you plan on using a liquid BB Cream or foundation, be sure to lightly set them with a setting powder. This can really come in handy if you have more oily skin. Setting is also important as it protects and sets the base for the rest of your makeup. If it's your wedding day, there will be hugging, kissing, and crying- this powder can help prevent transfer and wear of the makeup. Some of my favorite brands include: Makeup Forever HD Setting Powder, and the Laura Mercier Powder.
4) Know Your Skin Type: It sure would be a shame to buy a $50 foundation designed for dry skin if you are prone to being oily! If you're going to invest in some new makeup products to help with longevity, spend your time researching what will work best. If you're not sure of what kind of skin you have, consult with a makeup artist or Esthetician.
5) Blot/ Press: So you're now on hour 10 of a 90 degree day; sometimes not even the BEST products can hold up to that. What can you do? Carry blotting papers or a powder with you. These are small items that can fit in a purse and make touch-ups easy. If you feel/ see your skin getting "shiny" or makeup starting to breakup, take a blotting paper and gently press it over your skin. This will help absorb excess oils without ruining your makeup! Another option is to carry a powder compact and press powder over areas that are running. Tatcha Aburatorigami makes great Blotting Sheets!
Photo below: Lily on her HOT wedding day! Light application was used, with minimal product. A sweat resistant primer was also used to help lock this look down. PC: Gallivan Photo // Hair: Abbie Gordon
Summer, models, wedding vendors, and equine friends- what could be a better day? I had the privilege of hosting a Summer Styled Shoot that incorporated all of those elements. Makeup may be primary focus, but I also love to network with other Vermont wedding professionals!
This Shoot included some of the best Vermont photographers, florists, hair stylists, stationery designers, dress stores, and cake vendors around! The morning brought a bout of rain which made for a quick rush inside to protect the hair, makeup, and models. Early afternoon, the sun came out and we were able to have all 24 of us outside and shooting!
A huge thank you to all vendors: Eliza Eddy, Nick, Erin Hoefel, Aaron Rose, Lexia Gilette, Danielle Allendorf Photography, Anna Ivanova Photography, Jenna Brisson Photography, Alie Dearie Photography, Margaret Michael Photography, Maddie Good and Sugarhouse Stationery, 1804 House, Laura's Bridal, Betsy Couture, Nidel Dresses, Heather Garrow, Eve Tuttle, Stephanie Lemieux, Crystal Sorrel, Steve Mease, Chasya Mae, Jenn Adams, Jhai Sutton, and Aaron Toth!
Hillary Fay, Vermont Makeup Artist.