Happy Bride

Recently on Sat., Sept. 28th, I worked my biggest wedding to date with a total of 11 people plus the Bride for makeup services! Thank goodness I had my Assistant to help! I did makeup for 7 while my Assistant took care of the other 5.  Needless to say, it was a long day.  And even though the schedule that had already been revised 4 times was thrown out at the last minute when the Bride decided to move some people around, everything actually turned out fabulous! Here’s a pic of the happy Bride & Groom…

ImageWhen I later asked the Bride how her wedding was and if everyone was happy with their makeup, this was her response:

“Everything was amazing!  It was such a great day.  Everyone absolutely loved their makeup and we all got so many compliments on it.  I can’t tell you how many people said my makeup was ‘flawless.’  You were fabulous!  My whole family has already said how excited they are to call you for future events.”

That’s what I want to hear!!! And as if her wonderful email wasn’t enough, she also wrote a fantastic 5-star Yelp review for me (yay!):

“Briana did my makeup for both my engagement photos and my wedding and she was absolutely fantastic!  I cannot say enough wonderful things about her!  Not only is she unbelievably professional (courteous, prompt and extremely organized), but she is also unbelievably talented.  She really listened to what I wanted and made it happen, and she did the same for each of my bridesmaids.  I truly have never had so many people tell me how flawless my makeup looked.  I cannot wait to have Briana do my makeup again for many more events in the future!”

People think I just show up and do makeup, but there’s A LOT more involved with weddings! This Bride booked me nearly a year in advance.  Within that time, I can’t tell you how many emails we sent back and forth about the contract, schedule and details.  So much planning!

However, getting this kind of a response and review make it so worth it!!! I love what I do, but it’s not about me, it’s about my clients and what they want.  Their happiness is the entire purpose of what I do and strive for.  It’s all for them.   But at the same time, it’s definitely nice to be appreciated!

False Lashes for your Wedding – Yes or No?

As a professional Makeup Artist specializing in weddings, I am all about false lashes! I say a definite “Yes”! False lashes are great for special occasions, and what’s a more special occasion than your wedding? Lashes make a big difference by adding definition to the eyes, and they look fabulous in photos! They don’t have to be over the top.  They come in all shapes, sizes, lengths and fullness.  Check out what a difference they make…

“Before” Lashes & “After” with Lashes

Discuss with your makeup artist the look you would like to create, and I’m sure you will be able to figure something out together.  I always suggest doing a Trial run before your actual wedding-day to ensure you get the exact look you want.  It’s a great way to try on different lashes to make sure you get the right ones for your eye shape and makeup style.  Plus, you can do the Trial the same day as your Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner, or Engagement Photos, and that way, you’ll already be done up for the event!

However, if you’re going to try to attempt to do them yourself, Practice, Practice, Practice! Make sure you practice before the big day, and try several different types to see which ones you like best.  Don’t experiment on your wedding-day (it’s stressful enough as it is).  See my blog on applying false lashes for tips and instructions on how to apply them on yourself: How to Apply False Lashes.  You can also watch my video tutorial to see how to apply them: False Eyelashes Tutorial.

And when it comes time to remove them, here are some tips on how to pull them off without pulling out your own eyelashes (this is important…haha!): How to Remove False Eyelashes.

Bridal Makeup & Hair

I have a secret to share with you…

Makeup is my specialty, and Photography is my other passion.  But here’s the secret – I only do Hair because I can.  (I can’t believe I just admitted that!)

I’ve been doing hair for over 8 years now, and ever since I discovered Makeup & Photography, I put Hair on the back-burner because I’m so passionate about Makeup and Photography.  (I know, I know…shame on me!)

But I have decided to change my mindset about Hair! I have decided to look it as another form of art (as Makeup & Photography are forms of art) rather than just something that makes me more marketable as a Makeup Artist.

So last Friday, December 11th, I was booked to do Bridal Makeup & Hair at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.  Beforehand, the bride and I had discussed how we were going to do her Makeup, and she showed me a photo of how she wanted her hair done (click HERE for the photo) except she wanted to leave her side bangs out.  So with my frame of mind officially changed in regards to hair, I looked at the photo as an artistic challenge, and that’s when I became excited about it!

Here are some photos of the Bride on her wedding day after I did her Makeup & Hair (click on the thumbnail to see the full size image):

Her wedding had a Peacock theme (so fun!), so for her eye makeup, I created a smokey-eye with purple shades and a pop of teal right at the lash-line, which really complemented her hazel eyes!

And the hair turned out perfect! I actually enjoyed doing it! And my client loved it! She said her Makeup and Hair turned out exactly how she had wanted them…Yay! I really love doing Bridal Makeup & Hair!

BTW…I have a wedding coming up Saturday, December 26th in Long Beach for which I’m doing the Makeup, Hair AND Photography for! So exciting! Be on the lookout for the photos in a few weeks!

Brides – The Importance of Professional Makeup

You’re spending thousands of dollars on your wedding, so don’t skimp on your appearance! A professional makeup application makes a huge difference in the way your makeup will look, last and photograph on one of the most special and important days of your life. And don’t follow the trends because pictures last forever. Use a professional, someone like Briana, who specializes in Bridal Makeup to ensure a beautiful, timeless look for you!

Trial Bridal Makeup

On Wednesday, July 15th, I did Trial Bridal Makeup for Ely, a friend of one of my good clients, for her engagement photos.  Ely is getting married on Saturday, August 1st, 2009 (in 4 days), and has had me booked since May for her Trial and Wedding-Day Makeup.  It was great to finally get to do the trial with Ely! I have had ideas on what I wanted to do for her makeup now for months, and it was great to finally see those ideas become a reality! She loved the makeup, and she told me that everyone else who saw it loved it as well! I can’t wait to see the engagement photos! Here’s a candid “After” picture of Ely’s makeup (no hair-styling):

Ely Trial Bridal Makeup

Ely Trial Bridal Makeup

I always forget to take a “Before” picture…argh! She wanted a look that would express “Old Hollywood Glamour,” something classic, glamorous and vintage-inspired.  Therefore, I created a cat-eye effect with thick, black liquid liner, emphasizing her lashline, and paired it with a bold, deep red lip color to complement her skintone.  This look is clean and timeless! I did not apply false lashes as Ely will be getting lash extensions for her wedding day.  I will also be doing the makeup for Ely’s 5 bridesmaids who will be wearing a gunmetal-grey dress.  I plan on creating a soft, smoky charcoal eye for them with a subjective lip color, but we’ll see what happens when I get there.  And I will be staying through the ceremony to provide touch-ups for the Bridal Party before their pictures prior to the reception.  I’m really looking forward to Ely’s wedding and being a part of it!

Wedding Makeup Tips for Brides

I have a few makeup tips for brides on how to prepare before their wedding to assure the best possible makeup application for their big day. Please see below and feel free to comment or add any tips of your own.


  • Waxing Tip: If you are getting your eyebrows waxed for your wedding, do it at least 3 days before hand. Waxing removes a layer of skin along with the hair, and if it has been done too recently, makeup has a hard time adhering to the raw skin. If you’re worried about any strays showing up between your wax and your big day, ask your professional makeup artist to remove them. If it’s just a few, it shouldn’t leave you too red. And if it does leave you a little red, it’s probably nothing a little makeup can’t cover (at least the makeup will be able to adhere!).
  • Facial Tip: If you plan on getting a relaxing facial before your big day, make sure you do it at least one week prior to your wedding day and no less! The purpose of a facial (besides feeling amazing and leaving your skin glowing) is to draw impurities to the surface of the skin, so that your skin can rid itself of these pesty impurities. HOWEVER, the impurities typically show up in the form of zits, pimples or blackheads – yuck! Did the facial make you break out? Yes! But that’s the purpose of it! Plus, some facials include extractions in which the esthetician will remove any existing impurities. All this poking and prodding can leave your skin red and tender, not to mention you may have a few impurities waiting to show up any minute after the facial. This is one of those cases where things tend to get worse before they get better. That’s why I say do it at least a week prior to your big day! Give your makeup artist a little less work : )
  • Hydration Tip: Make sure you drink plenty of water and moisturize often before your wedding day! I know the days leading up to the big day can be very stressful and hectic, leaving little time to take care of yourself, let alone drink some water. But alas, it’s very important that you stay well hydrated because I know you want that dewy, fresh, glowing, blushing-bride look, and staying hydrated and moisturized is one way to help assure this!  Think of a desert that hasn’t had any rain in quite some time, the dirt begins to crack.  This is what will happen to your skin (and especially your lips) if you don’t stay hydrated and moisturized – eew! So make sure you drink lots o’ water and lacker on that moisturizing cream weeks prior to the big day!
  • Bridesmaids, Mothers, etc. Tip: If your bridesmaids, Mothers, etc. will be getting their makeup done professionally along with you, make sure you give them these tips as well.  And, most importantly, make sure they (and you) arrive with a clean, makeup-free and moisturized face! Things are going to be hectic enough that you don’t want your makeup artist to also have to worry about scraping last-night’s makeup from the bachelorette party off everyone’s face.  Keep things simple for the big day! And make sure everyone is on the same page about what time they need to arrive! Better yet, give them a schedule with these tips and instructions included to make things a little easier.
  • Trial Tip: I always suggest doing a trial run with your makeup artist before your wedding day.  A trial run will allow you to discuss your makeup needs and desires with your makeup artist prior to your big day, ensuring less stress on the day of your wedding, and it will guarantee that you’ll get the look you want.  You can also discuss makeup ideas/colors for the bridesmaids, Mothers, etc., so that your makeup artist will have something in mind prior to the big day, making sure things run smoothly and efficiently.  This is especially important if their is a large bridal party getting their makeup done.  The trial will give both you and your makeup artist an idea of what to expect on your big day as well as peace of mind.  And plus, it’s great to use for your engagement photos, bridal shower, bachelorette party or engagement party!

Those are my most important bridal tips for now.  If I think of any others, I’ll be sure to add them later.  And as I already mentioned, feel free to add some tips of your own! Check back often for new tip additions!