Before and After Fun Meagan

Hi Lovlies,

It’s no wonder that I am makeup artist because I find faces to be so interesting. I see stories and history the structure of in facial features and makeup artistry is one of the ways that I connect and learn about people. So before I turn this new post into something more cerebral than needed I will just say that I really dig what I do and I love the process of changing someone’s perception about themselves through the use of color and of course my sparkling personality : ) This installment of Before and After Fun is with my new friend Meagan. I actually met her when I was doing makeup for a wonderful bride Alexis.

Meagan was one of the bridesmaids and I didn’t do her makeup but just liked her freckles and her natural beauty. I asked her she would mind if I tried some looks on her and to my surprise Meagan said yes and so after a couple of months the makeover fun ensued!!

I wanted to show Meagan looks that she would be comfortable wearing outside since she keeps her makeup look fairly natural all the time. She loved the looks and has some new tricks to try in the day and on the town.

Before – no makeup

Before – no makeup

1st look – I kept her look very natural. I just used cream and taupe shades on her eyes. I  used Stlla’s waterproof Smudge Stick in Lionfish along her lash-line. I then smudged the line for a softer look.  I used Stilla’s Convertible Color in Lilium which is a light peachy/ pink color that resembles the natural flush on the cheeks and lips. I also used brown mascara to enhance Meagan’s lashes.

1st look – I kept her look very natural. I just used cream and taupe shades on her eyes. I  used Stlla’s waterproof Smudge Stick in Lionfish along her lash-line. I then smudged the line for a softer look.  I used Stilla’s Convertible Color in Lilium which is a light peachy/ pink color that resembles the natural flush on the cheeks and lips. I also used brown mascara to enhance Meagan’s lashes.

2nd look- English Rose To change her look I added Shell Pink from Trish McEvoy to her lids and used a burgundy shade of blush to contour her eyes. I also added a rose tone of powder blush on the apples of her cheeks. To and some extra evening pop to her eyes I softly lined her the top and bottom of her eyes with Makeup For Ever’s Aqua Eye liner gel in #2 . I used also used a very natural length strip of false lashes, curled and coated her lashes with black mascara. I also applied a rosy/shimmery pink lipstick to Meagan’s lip.

2nd look- English Rose To change her look I added Shell Pink from Trish McEvoy to her lids and used a burgundy shade of blush to contour her eyes. I also added a rose tone of powder blush on the apples of her cheeks. To and some extra evening pop to her eyes I softly lined her the top and bottom of her eyes with Makeup For Ever’s Aqua Eye liner gel in #2 . I used also used a very natural length strip of false lashes, curled and coated her lashes with black mascara. I also applied a rosy/shimmery pink lipstick to Meagan’s lip.

 Closed Eye detail of this look. 

 Closed Eye detail of this look. 

3rd look- Siren on the town I knew I wanted use Lady Danger from Mac on her but of course I had to tone her eyes down. However, I decided that no red lip is good without a good pair lashes so I double stacked another pair of lashes to bring the drama.

3rd look- Siren on the town
I knew I wanted use Lady Danger from Mac on her but of course I had to tone her eyes down. However, I decided that no red lip is good without a good pair lashes so I double stacked another pair of lashes to bring the drama.

4th look – Smokin hot I used a shimmery forest green shade of eye liner and smudged it on her eyelids and lined her the bottom lash line as well. I also made sure to smudge this line as well to add softer more natural effect.

4th look – Smokin hot
I used a shimmery forest green shade of eye liner and smudged it on her eyelids and lined her the bottom lash line as well. I also made sure to smudge this line as well to add softer more natural effect.

Closed Eye detail of this look.

Closed Eye detail of this look.

Keeping The Summer Alive

Hi Lovlies,

Labor Day is upon us and that always means the eventual end of summer. This is the time to stretch the good vibes and great looks of summer beyond September by keeping­ that fresh glow. I'm laying out my pro picks on the best products and methods that will keep you streak free and glowy well in to fall.

Strobing - Let's start with the new makeup trend of strobing. Its great way to build a relate-able glow by placing a luminizing product only on certain to highlight certain areas to maximize your glow. To get the glow place a luminizer on the bridge of you nose, above your cheekbones, above your cupid's bow and your brow bone.  . If you are using a liquid or cream luminizer your fingers are fine. Remember a little goes a long way. Just dot a minimal amount in these areas I discussed and blend by patting on gently. You can also use a Beauty Blender as well. If you are using a powder make sure to use a small fluffy brush that can trace those small areas on your face perfectly leave the proper amount of defused shimmer on your face

Bronzer - You want to make sure to concentrate on the areas that the sun will hit the most; so the color looks naturally sun kissed. Areas like your cheeks, forehead and nose. I also dust some color down my clients jawbone as well to make sure that the tan look is distributed evenly. If you are using a powder make sure to grab a large brush so the rich tone can defused evenly on these large areas. Who wants to look streaky or muddy. If you are using a liquid bronzer it's always great to mix about 2 or 3 drops in your foundation. This will definitely make sure that you have that lit from within glow.

Here are some of my favs:

Liquids/Creams

Revlon - PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator

Bronze Light is a great choice for darker skin tones. While Peach Light is a great choice to add a bronzy peachy glow to light to medium skin tones

Bronze Light is a great choice for darker skin tones. While Peach Light is a great choice to add a bronzy peachy glow to light to medium skin tones

Love, love, love this product its a moisturizer & glow for body and face that is also transfer resistant and non-staining. It seriously doesn't move so I use it on my bridal clients and celebs on the red carpet. Also another plus is the selection of colors for every skin tone. But I always switch them up to get different results.

Love, love, love this product its a moisturizer & glow for body and face that is also transfer resistant and non-staining. It seriously doesn't move so I use it on my bridal clients and celebs on the red carpet. Also another plus is the selection of colors for every skin tone. But I always switch them up to get different results.

The result of this Bronzer produces a matte and very natural sunlit glow. So it's an amazing products for those who want the sunny look sans the shimmer. Plus factor: It contains SPF 30 for additional sun protection.

The result of this Bronzer produces a matte and very natural sunlit glow. So it's an amazing products for those who want the sunny look sans the shimmer. Plus factor: It contains SPF 30 for additional sun protection.

Another great liquid to use by itself or mixed in with foundation. Plus factor: a selection for every skin tone and desired effect. It's even great to use the darkest shade with Beauty Blender to softly contour areas on your face.

Another great liquid to use by itself or mixed in with foundation. Plus factor: a selection for every skin tone and desired effect. It's even great to use the darkest shade with Beauty Blender to softly contour areas on your face.

Luminizing Powders.

Gleam Radiant Dust

These powders are a staple in my kit and in addition to it's smooth glitter free shimmer, they are awesome as eye shadow as well.

These powders are a staple in my kit and in addition to it's smooth glitter free shimmer, they are awesome as eye shadow as well.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed

 

This product smooth not "sparkly" long lasting application gives it a leg up on the competition. Plus factor: selection of shades for every skin tone and effect.

This product smooth not "sparkly" long lasting application gives it a leg up on the competition. Plus factor: selection of shades for every skin tone and effect.

Gives a beautiful soft honey-hued luminizing effect that's amazing on light to medium skin tones

Gives a beautiful soft honey-hued luminizing effect that's amazing on light to medium skin tones

Bronzing Powders

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder

Great range of shades to pick from that will compliment light to dark skin tones. This bronzing powder is formulated with the perfect balance of red and brown tones (that exist in a true tan) to create the most natural effect.

Great range of shades to pick from that will compliment light to dark skin tones. This bronzing powder is formulated with the perfect balance of red and brown tones (that exist in a true tan) to create the most natural effect.

This is a staple in my kit and also my personal makeup bag. I love the look that it gives on my dark brown skin tone for a sun-kissed glow without the shine. I use Ebony Bronze; however there are two other shades for lighter and medium dark skin tone

This is a staple in my kit and also my personal makeup bag. I love the look that it gives on my dark brown skin tone for a sun-kissed glow without the shine. I use Ebony Bronze; however there are two other shades for lighter and medium dark skin tone

Your Perfect Shade of Red according to InStyle.com

Hey Lovlies,

Since the age of 15 I have been searching for the best shade of red. This obsession with red lipstick began mainly because I saw my favorite artist Brandy with a pretty color of Red in one of her videos. We were the same age so I begged my Mom to watch the video. After I wore my Mom down with constant begging and video proof my Mom said ok " you can wear Red as long as it doesn't look too grown"  LOL . I took all of this excitement to so many counters and I settled on a not so parent pleasing red transparent lipstick called Black Honey from Clinique which I still wear. Since this precious time in my life I have definitely rotated some core red shades in my beauty repertoire. Some of my faves are Iman's Red, MAC's Ruby Woo and Nars Dragon Fly.

 I get so many questions from my clients about finding the perfect Red for them or being scared to even try the color at all.  I love how a red can make me look either classic or fierce depending on my outfit. Why not try it. So I feel like this InStyle.com article is the holy grail of research on finding a fierce red. The writer expertly reviews and recommend different shades of lipstick based off of celebs of different skin tones and pro picks from their MUA's. Another plus is that this article is inclusive to every skin tone. That's the cherry on top. Enjoy this informative article and start trying some face flattering reds.

http://www.instyle.com/beauty/go-right-red-find-your-perfect-red-lip

Find the Perfect Red Lipstick to Flatter Your Complexion

November 27, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

BY: Marianne Mychaskiw

1. Fair with Cool Undertones

Steve Granitz/WireImage, Philip Friedman, Courtesy (2)

Steve Granitz/WireImage, Philip Friedman, Courtesy (2)


A raspberry lipstick like Bite’s Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre (on Diaz and swipe at top) ($28; sephora.com) “complements and warms up the cool pink undertones found in very fair skin,” says Cameron Diaz’s makeup artist Robin Fredriksz. A creamy formula pops just enough.
Also Try:
Kevyn Aucoin Expert Lip Color in Jorjia (at bottom, $35; bergdorfgoodman.com)
Jane’s Intense Color Lip Gloss (at right, $7; janecosmetics.com)

2. Fair with Red Hair

Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic; Courtesy

Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic; Courtesy

Contrary to popular belief, redheads can rock a bold red lip. "Look for a red with orange undertones if you have Holland Roden's coloring to spice up the effect," says makeup artist Elle Leary, who mixed Stila's Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery ($22; nordstrom.com) with NYX Cosmetics' Butter Lipstick in Hot Tamale ($6; ulta.com). "I love coral-reds on redheads with fair skin because it adds a flash of color to the milky tone that wasn't there before."

3. Medium-Light

Larry Busacca/Getty Images, Philip Friedman, Courtesy (3)

Larry Busacca/Getty Images, Philip Friedman, Courtesy (3)

A pinkish red like Lipstick Queen’s Velvet Rope in Private Party (on Rossum and at bottom right) ($50; spacenk.com) is best suited to medium-light complexions, especially if you dab it on with your finger to get an imperfectly diffused finish, says Rossum’s pro Jo Baker.
Also try (from left):
Kevyn Aucoin Expert Lip Color in Carliana ($35; bergdorfgoodman.com)
Tarte’s Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16; tartecosmetics.com)
Flower Kiss Stick in Rosey Garden ($7; walmart.com)


4. Golden

Andrew Toth/FilmMagic, Courtesy (2)

Andrew Toth/FilmMagic, Courtesy (2)

A deep vivid berry like NARS’ Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg (swipe at top) ($26; narscosmetics.com) brings warmth and radiance to golden skin tones. The actress, who did her own makeup, says the shade must be fully pigmented. “Sheer reds make my face look dull.”
Also try (from center to right):
Soap amp Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer in Riot ($24; sephora.com)
Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte-207 ($32; barneys.com)

5. Medium with Yellow Undertones

Ben Gabbe/Getty Images, Philip Friedman, Courtesy (2)

Ben Gabbe/Getty Images, Philip Friedman, Courtesy (2)

Olive, have you met orange? Complexions with yellow undertones turn a glowing tan with a little help from a tangerine-tinged bullet, says Ferrera’s pro Matin Maulawizada. To score her exact shade, swipe on Iman Cosmetics Luxury Moisturizing Lipstick in Hot (at bottom right) ($9; walmart.com).
Also try:
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Blazing Red ($26; bobbibrowncosmetics.com)


Steve Granitz/WireImage, Philip Friedman, Courtesy (3)

6. Medium with Gold Undertones

Steve Granitz/WireImage

Steve Granitz/WireImage

A medium complexion with light golden tones jibes with “a true red,” says Rita Ora’s makeup artist Kathy Jeung, who used Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Lipstick in A Kiss of Life (at top left) ($6; rimmellondon.com) on the star. “If you detect any undertones in the lipstick, they should be orange, not blue.”
Also try (from left):
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Vengeful Red ($30; sephora.com)
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Neon Red ($8; maybelline.com)

7. Medium with Neutral Undertones

Steve Granitz/WireImage

Steve Granitz/WireImage

"Sofia's skin is warm with a neutral undertone, making the blue-red hue of CoverGirl's lipstick in Garnet Flame ($7; covergirl.com for locations), a perfect shade of red for her look," says makeup artist Jen Flemming. "If you're having trouble with the undertone equation, true reds that do not lean blue or orange are always winners."
Also Try:
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Hollywood (bottom left, $27; lauramercier.com)
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Carmen (bottom right, $32; narscosmetics.com)

8. Medium with Caramel Tones

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Film Francais/WireImage, Philip Friendman, Courtesy

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Film Francais/WireImage, Philip Friendman, Courtesy

A brown-based red like L’Oreal Colour Riche in Raisin Rapture (at top center) ($9; drugstore.com ) is a pretty perfect match for caramel skin like Freida Pinto’s. Just make sure the hue has a hint of plum to contrast with your complexion, and a shimmery finish to enhance the glamour.
Also try (from left):
Cle de Peau Extra Rich Lipstick in 209 ($40; barneys.com)
By Terry Rouge Terrybly in Narcotic Sienna ($51; beauty.com)
Avon Ultra Color Bold Lipstick in Bold Bordeaux ($8; avon.com)

9. Tan with Warm Undertones

With a successful line with MAC already under her belt, Rihanna certainly knows a thing or two about finding a lipstick to flatter her complexion. "I pulled out a few colors for her to choose from to inspire her on new shades, and Rihanna picked the lipstick in So Chaud ($16; maccosmetics.com)," says her makeup artist Mylah Morales. If you have similar coloring to the star, follow in her lead by choosing an orange-based red, which will complement the warmth in your skin.
Also Try:
Tom Ford Lip Color in Wild Ginger (bottom left, $50; tomford.com)

10. Tan with Neutral Undertones

Kristy Sparow/WireImage; Courtesy

Kristy Sparow/WireImage; Courtesy

Though tan or olive skin with neutral tones like Kim Kardashian's can veer toward either side of the lipstick spectrum, a bright cherry red with a slight glossy sheen will really pop against your complexion. "It also looks great paired with golden and natural shades of makeup on the eyes," says the star's makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, who used the Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Liner in Amped ($15; bareescentuals.com) as a base, then layered Tom Ford's Lip Color Shine in Willful ($50; nordstrom.com) over the top. "It's a bright coral red with a creamy consistency. I layered it a couple of times for more coverage, as it can be a bit sheer."
Also Try:
Dolce and Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Red 620 ($33; sephora.com)
Rouge Dior Lipstick in Rouge Cannage ($35; nordstrom.com)

  • 11. Tan with Cool Undertones

Kyle Rover/startraksphoto; Courtesy

Kyle Rover/startraksphoto; Courtesy

With a deep merlot as flattering as Kerry Washington's, you can take the minimalist route on your eye makeup and allow your pout to be the focal point. To complement her complexion, the star's makeup artist Carola Gonzalez layered on the Rouge D'Armani lipstick in 609 ($35; giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com), a blue-based wine hue, then added a layer of Neutrogena's Lip Color Stick in Raisin ($8; target.com), which created a barely-there sheen.

Also Try:
Lorac Pro Matte Lip Color in Merlot ($16; ulta.com)


12. Dark with Warm Undertones

Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images, Philip Friedman, Courtesy

Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images, Philip Friedman, Courtesy

“An opaque blue based red like MAC’s Ruby Woo (bottom left) ($16; maccosmetics.com) creates a gorgeous contrast with dark caramel complexions,” says Jennifer Hudson’s makeup whiz Yolonda Frederick-Thompson. “A matte surface makes it stand out even more.
Also try (from left):
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red ($8; drugstore.com)
Diorific Haute Couture Long Wearing Lipstick in Dolce Vita ($36; dior.com)

13. Dark with Cool Undertones

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic, Philip Friedman, Courtesy

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic, Philip Friedman, Courtesy

One word: Metallic. “A creamy ruby red lipstick like Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge in Rouge Velour (at bottom left) ($31; nordstrom.com) needs shimmer to bring dimension and luminosity to deep cocoa skin,” says Lupita Nyong’O’s makeup artist Nick Barose.
Also try:
BeautiControl Hydra Brilliance Lipstick in Garnet ($18; beauticontrol.com)
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Adora ($21; sephora.com)



14. Dark with Cool Undertones

Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Samsung; Courtesy

Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Samsung; Courtesy

If a shimmery metallic finish is too flashy for you, take a note out of Alek Wek's book and pick up a wine-hued gloss-we love Guerlain's Rouge Parade version ($30; guerlain.com). The deep berry hints play up the cool tones in your complexion, while the mirror-like finish adds extra dimension.
Also Try:
Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss in Bloodroses ($30; net-a-porter.com)
Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl Sheer in Deeper ($28; sephora.com)


A Makeup Touch- Up Session with a Fabulous n Frugal Phenom

Hello Lovlies,

I want to introduce you to an awe inspiring woman. However the Face the Day NY intro is just a little different. You know it had to involve a fierce woman, makeup and a makeover in one. Without further interruptions I would like to introduce Kara Stevensauthor, blogger, wife, financial phenom, entrepreneur and basically an all around inspiring person. You see I met Kara when I booked one of my artists for her wedding last year. Unfortunately, I was booked so we didn’t get to meet. However, we kept in touch and she informed me that she has a blog called Fabulous n Frugal . Which is a women’s personal guide to financial empowerment and self improvement. Seriously, who doesn’t need advice on these topics.

Kara honored me by interviewing me for her Dream Girls section of her blog. And now I feel that it’s only right for me to introduce this phenom Face the Day NY style, with makeup and girl talk…of course.  Kara is pretty much a no fuss kind of gal. Her hectic career complete with a full time gig and also as a blogger and freelance writer for several blogs leaves her little time for prep. So I told Kara that I would go through her makeup kit and see if anything had to be updated or thrown away.  After that I would go through two looks natural and also natural with a kick of red lips for those nights full of networking events or on the town with her hubby.  Hopefully you can grab some tips from this post as well.

Kara’s Makeup bag-  Contained the basics lip gloss, concealer, a gold eyeshadow and gel eyeliner.

Before –  My approach Makeup Artistry is really mostly about enhancement and adding to my clients self esteem. As you see Kara is a beautiful woman so I don’t want to mask her features. This Makeup Touch-up will be focusing on brightening Kara’s entire eye area with the right colors that will make her skin tone pop. Also you will see what a difference blush can make when it comes brightening and warming up a complexion. 

 Mid Makeover – She’s already looking bright and sun shiney

 Mid Makeover – She’s already looking bright and sun shiney

1st Look – Kara can wear this daytime look anywhere. I just wanted to give her a look that corresponds and fits into her professional, go getter demeanor.
  • Eyes –  Kara’s eyes are small set so I wanted to create more space and make her eyes look larger. I achieved this by placing alight colorto place all over her eyelids. Matte Peach eye shadow creates a fresh, cute and eye opening look to Kara’s brown skin tone without being over powering or looking “too made up”.
  1. Crease- To create a little more definition in her eyes I contoured her crease with several shades of brown.  On her upper crease I applied Embarkand layered Texture  (both from MAC). On the “V” area of her eyes(the outside ends of her eyes) I applied Deep Aubergine ( a very dark brown) from Trish McEvoy to add more of a dark contrast and make the bright peach on her eyelids pop a little more
  2.  Finish touches on eyes –Highlighted her brow bone (area above eye crease) with Black Opal’sstick foundation in Golden Sand
  3.  Kara’s eyes were lined for more definition and I added a couple of individual lashes in short along her lash line and two coats of mascara to open her eyes a little more and add volume to the look of her lashes..

 Face

  • Foundation – I usedEve pearl’s Salmon Concealer in Deep to conceal and neutralize the darkness under her eyes and create a bright outlook. After this I used airbrush makeup to create a smoother finish
  •  Blush- I used a combination of La Femme colors Orange and Russet to create a natural warm glow on her cheeks .
  •  LipsMAC – Cork Liner along with Revlon Just Bitten in Honey Dulce and MAC’s Entice over to add a hint of peach.

2nd Look – When I was done I decided that I wanted to play around  with Kara’s look.  Why not try Red for a total power look. She can make all of her power moves throughout the day looking fierce with this red. I used Afterglow’s Organic Infused Lip Love Lipstick in Courage. 

Ok I swear this is my final look LOL. I took off the red lipstick because I wanted to see how Kara would look with a natural smokey eye.  So mixed Black Tied with Embark ( Both from MAC) on placed them on her lower lids just to add some depth to her look.  With her lips I repeated the colors from earlier and there you have it. See there is nothing wrong with a little smoke in the day time : )

To find out more information about Kara Stevens and get her very detailed advice about financial freedom for women click on her site : www.thefrugalfeminista.com.

5 Tips To Getting Ready The Morning-Of Your Wedding

Hi Lovlies,

I was saw this article on The Knot and couldn’t refuse the opportunity to pass this info onto my fellow Face the Day Divas. If you are getting married soon this list is a must see for any bride who wants to avoid running late and being ill-prepared. These are tips that you should consider while making your plans for that big day. I hope you can learn and enjoy this information : )

http://blog.theknot.com/2012/09/04/getting-ready-for-wedding-tips/

By: Samantha Roberts

 

Recently Heather Hall and I went on location right here in NYC to shadow planner extraordinaire Eyal Tessler from In Any Event. The gorgeous couple got ready for the wedding at the W Hotel in Union Square. There’s so much going on the day of the wedding (hence the reason a wedding planner can be so key). As we watched the couple get ready for their day we learned first hand that there are several details that really shouldn’t be overlooked. Here they are…

Tip #1: Timelines are key — especially if you don’t have a wedding planner.

Some brides cut costs by hiring one hair stylist and one makeup artist. If you do this, you need to plan accordingly time-wise. If you try to cram it all in using only one person, you can really throw off your schedule. And, if you do start to run behind it really helps to have a wedding coordinator. When you go to put your day-of timeline together, keep these guidelines in mind:

Makeup: 30 – 45 minutes per bridesmaid and mother of bride
60 – 90 minutes for the bride
Hair: 30 – 45 minutes a bridesmaid, mother of bride
60 – 90 minutes for the bride

 

Tip #2: The bridal gown needs time to breathe (and a large space to hang).

The dress shouldn’t stay in the bag all morning. It’s kind of like a bottle of wine in that it needs time to breathe — especially if there’s a train on it — to allow for the fabric to settle and any small wrinkles to work themselves out. Hang your dress in a pretty spot (away from the mimosas and makeup), and it’ll give your photographer a chance to snap a few photos for the album.

 

Tip #3: Your getting-ready space needs lots of room and natural light.

The best rooms to get ready in are large enough for all your bridesmaids, hair and makeup artists, family members, photographers, and anyone else who might decide to drop by. And don’t overlook the importance of a room with great natural light. Your photographer and makeup artist will thank you.

 

Tip #4: Pack an emergency kit!

Have an emergency kit at the ready to solve any potential problems. This bride’s day-of bag included scissors, tweezers, mints, Listerine, tape, a pair of sandals (the same height as her bridal Jimmy Choo’s), and Advil.

 

Tip #5: Don’t worry about what your groom is doing (he’s doing absolutely nothing).

While the bride and her entourage were getting ready, we hopped on the elevator three floors down to see what the guys were up to. They were just hanging out watching TV (shocker!). If the wedding happens to fall during football season, there’s a good chance that the guys will be watching football while they wait for the wedding day festivities to start. Seriously though, they have a lot less going on than the ladies do. Focus on getting ready and enjoying the morning with your girlfriends.

 

There you have it. After all the hair and makeup and prep — the couple did their first look photo session and then they were off to the fabulous Gustavino’s for their ceremony and reception!

And our favorite quote of the day was from Eyal to the bride:

“You can do whatever you want. It’s your day.”

It might sound cliche, but it’s true! Plan ahead and give yourself enough time for everything so you can enjoy and savor every second. Happy planning!