Before & After: Beach Updo, Part One
Chernelle is our beautiful beach bride her wedding is taking place on a beach in Barbados, so she wants something that complements her strapless gown and feels island-inspired without being too literal.
Alex mixed some moisturizer with Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer to help prime Chernelle's face and act as a glue for the makeup. "Brides who are oily or who are getting married in a warm climate should use as many oil-free products as possible," she says. "Oil-free moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer they're all essential. Also, make sure to keep those oil-blotting sheets on hand!"
Alex used soft purple eye shadow to complement Chernelle's skin tone as well as her bridal color, magenta. "We want a little bit of color so her eyes stand out, but not so much that it's overwhelming," she says. "Focus darker colors on the outside of the eyes, moving lighter and brighter as you work in, so you don't close off the eyes this keeps them looking big and bright. On Chernelle, we used Laura Mercier's Metallic Crème Eye Colour in Burnished Copper as a base to give the Matte Eye Colour in Plum Smoke something to adhere to."
"I love how beautiful I look!" Chernelle says."It's just what I was looking for."
Before & After: Chic Knot, Part One
Marisa's waterfront wedding in Connecticut calls for a glamorous and sexy makeup look.
"The ceremony's on the waterfront, the reception is in a ballroom, and my dress is a cross between a ball gown and an A-line with a big, billowy skirt," she said. "I want to feel extremely beautiful and sexy at my wedding. I envision something very much like The Great Gatsby very glamorous, very elegant."
Alex used a few of her favorite products to get this look: First off, she filled in Marisa's lash line with Laura Mercier's Caviar Liner in Midnight. "This makes your lash line look a lot thicker and really makes your eyes pop," she says. This cake liner also stays on a lot longer than traditional liners, especially pencil liners, "which tend to fade in a few hours."
Because Marisa mentioned her fear of her eye makeup sliding and running if she cries during the ceremony, Alex suggested using Benefit's She Laq, a self-proclaimed "magical makeup sealer." This clear liquid comes with four different brushes to make application super-simple. Apply it to your eyelids, eyelashes, or lips to literally seal the deal and make your makeup smudge-proof.
Alex also used Tarte's Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride and Laura Mercier's Sheer Lip Color in Baby Lips, both of which provide sheer coverage that doesn't compete with the bold eye makeup but still adds some color. To finish off Marisa's look, Alex applied some clear gloss (we recommend: NARS Lip Gloss in Triple X) on top of her lip color, "mostly in the center of the lip to make it look fuller," she says.
"I absolutely love how beautiful I look!" Marisa said. "My fiancé isn't going to believe his eyes!"
Before & After: Half-Up, Half-Down 'Do, Part One
Christine, our June bride, will be having her wedding in St. Louis, Missouri, which is notorious for its humid summers. She wanted a look that would hold up in the heat and also complement the traditional feel of her wedding, but in a modern way.
"I have a gorgeous lace dress that's very classic, yet has some modern touches," she says, "and because the wedding is going to be quite traditional, I'd like my hair and makeup to add a contemporary feel to my look."
Alex focused on giving Christine a fresh, dewy, modern look that would last from dawn to dusk. Some of her favorite products for this look are Laura Mercier's Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic, a multipurpose product you can use under brows, on cheekbones, and as a highlighter, and Laura Mercier Crème Eye Shadow. "Use the matte Satinée Crème shadow as the base we used Peach Organza, an earthy, light-pink color and the Metallic Crème Eye Colour we used Rose Gold on Christine to add some sparkle and shimmer to the outer corners of the eyes."
To ward off any midday oil that may become problematic, Alex suggested that Christine carry a few proven products to control the grease. "You'll definitely want to carry some oil-blotting sheets," she said. "I absolutely love them. They'll literally just lift up the oil while keeping your makeup intact." Another favorite product for oil control is Make Up Forever's HD Microfinish Powder, which sets foundation in place, evening out the complexion, and because it's made specifically for high-definition cameras looks great in pictures. Alex recommended applying it with a puff (a brush can appear too powdery), pressing into the face to seal it and focusing on the T-zone, "where people tend to get most shiny."
"This looks amazing," Christine said. "I love it. I feel gorgeous."