2015 Beauty Must-Haves

2015 Beauty Must-HavesIt’s back!! We bring to you our second series of our beauty must-haves. As 2015 comes to a close, we would like to thank all of our wonderful clients we have met and the relationships we continue to build with our beautiful brides! The Beauty with Julie gals have many new and exciting adventures coming up in our 2016 Wedding Glam Season. But first, we must reflect back to 2015, and what better way then sharing our favorite beauty products and must-haves of the year?! These products are based upon our experience, as well as the top picks of our 2015 brides! We would also love to hear your feedback from these tried and true beauty favorites or any others we do not have listed here! Thank you again for your support, see you next year beauties! Xo

  • Dermablend Liquid Camo Foundation $35 at your local ULTA Beauty– A medium to full coverage foundation that has a 16 hour staying power. This blendable formula evens skin tone, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and instantly camouflages imperfections. Ideal for all skin types.
  • LA Girl HD ProConceal $2.99 – Comparable to MAC’s pro longwear concealer, this High Definition concealer is crease-resistant and has opaque coverage in a creamy yet lightweight texture. The long-wearing formula camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness and skin imperfections. One of the staples in our makeup kit!
  • Temptu Concealer Wheel $26 – Weightless yet full coverage concealer wheel lets you mix and match to your perfect shade.
  • Temptu  Airbrush Systems $170-305– Our preferred airbrush system, Flawless customizable coverage = a must have for our brides and bridal parties!
  • Morphe Brushes Black Gel Liner $8.99– Water-resistant, creamy, dark black liner to define eyes. One of the best on the market!
  • Morphe Brushes 35N Matte Eyeshadow Palette $40– Our go-to palette for our bridal parties due its it’s purely matte finish and variety of colors perfect for both evening and day wear. These eye shadows are highly pigmented and a little goes a long way. Super soft and easy to blend.
  • Laura Mercier Radiance Primer $20-34– Creates a soft focus effect for a healthy, bridal glow.
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal $38– A creamy golden opal pearl powder highlighter that absorbs and reflects light for the ultimate natural glow.
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Give Me Sun $32– Baked natural bronzer with a satin dimensional finish. Another one of our staples!
  • Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush in Mocha $27– Formulated with minerals and antioxidants, mocha gives you a lit from within natural flush of color.
  • MAC Powder Blush in Gingerly $22Beautiful capri bronze blush that provides fantastic colour with ease and consistency.
  • Colourpop Lippie Stix $5 These are our go-to lipsticks because they’re creamy, long lasting, affordable, and come in a variety of colors and finishes. Grab yours today, we promise you will be hooked!
  • Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream $62– A medium-weight moisturizer to balance combo-dry skin,  Skin Smoothing Cream smooths fine lines and promotes elasticity, shields against dehydration and pollution, and contains antioxidants to help fight skin-aging free radicals. Great for prepping skin before your special day!
  • Dermalogica Precleanse $38 A cleansing oil to rid your skin of makeup and pollutants before you cleanse with your regular cleanser. We don’t go a day without it!
  • Elf Cosmetics Makeup Brushes $1-6– Great quality for their affordability, soft, durable brushes. Buff, sculpt, and set with Elf Cosmetics brushes designed for precise pick up, strategic application, and flawless coverage.
  • Wet n Wild MegaLast Lipsticks $1.99 Creamy, long lasting, pigmented lipsticks. Glides on easily with rich velvety color, made with hydrating skincare ingredients, and offers cushion like feel and texture. And the price is unbeatable!

With Love,
Beauty with Julie Xo

A Look Inside…Ardell Individual Eyelashes

Here’s an inside look on what the Beauty with Julie gals have in their makeup kits at all times!

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Individual eyelashes are a must for your wedding day! Do you want eyelashes that are darker, longer, more voluminous, and look great in pictures? The Beauty with Julie girls have just what you need! Our individual short lashes provide more volume, while the medium and long lashes are perfect for length. Most of our clients look great in black lashes, but for our fairer clients who have a lighter shade of lashes we recommend using brown eyelashes to avoid any harshness.

It only takes us an additional 5-10 minutes to apply these lashes during your make-up application so it is totally worth it! We use a mild adhesive to glue them onto the lashline one cluster at a time. This is usually done before mascara and foundation. The last step is a light coat of mascara to blend your natural lashes into your new falsies. They can be removed by soaking a warm washcloth on your eye and gently wiping them off, or using an eye makeup remover, baby oil, or makeup wipe. Individual lashes do not attach to your actual eyelashes so don’t worry about loosing your real ones! The best part? Many of our clients individual eyelashes last up to 1 week with the proper care. We recommend not letting any water run on them and avoid touching/rubbing your eyes. Honeymooning after your special day? Who wouldn’t want their lashes to stay on for days after their wedding?!

Love your lashes Xo

A Look Inside Beauty with Julie’s Must Have’s

Here’s our top 3 products that the Beauty with Julie girls have in their makeup kits!

A concealer wheel/palette: We are always reaching for these from our kits because they’re so versatile. We use this to cover andownloady late-night circles or acne scars. They have a variety of shades that can be combined so every skin tone is covered! The TEMPTU Concealer Wheel produces high coverage, but can also be sheered out!

Black Gel Eyeliner:
We exclusively use waterproof eyeliner–we know there will be many tearful moments on your specdownload (1)ial day! We prefer a gel consistency because it is the easiest to work with and very black. We will use this to define the eye and make the lash line appear fuller. The NYX Gel Liner & Smudger is super creamy and lasts all through the night!

Highlighter: The Beauty with Julie gals love a good highlight on the top of the cheekbones! Our brides yearn for a blusimageshing bridal glow, which a highlighter can give you that glow that will look great in photos. Becca Cosmetics Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector is a creamy powder luminizer that absorbs and reflects light for a superb natural glow! *Tip and Trick: For fuller-looking lips, follow lip gloss or lipstick with a dab of Shimmering Skin Perfector to the center of your lower lip.

 

Stay Waterproof on your Wedding Day!

Worried you’ll ruin your makeup from all the teary-eyed moments on your wedding day? The Beauty with Julie girls have put together some products for staying smudge-proof on your special day!

Makeup Forever has its own Aqua line which features an array of waterproof products:

  • Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow– With an eyeshadow primer underneath, use this for your base with another eyeshadow on top and your eye makeup is completely cry-proof!
  • Aqua Creamliner Waterproof Cream Eyeliner– We prefer cream or gel liners because they’re easier to work with. Available in many different shades so maybe you’ll dare to wear turquoise eyeliner knowing it wont move!
  • Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil– Perfect your pout by lining the lips and filling them in. Kiss your hubby all night assured your lip color will stay put!
  • Aqua Smokey Extravagant Waterproof Mascara– This is a must have! Lashes stay full yet defined and won’t run down your face when you say your I’Dos!

Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer– Yes, we know it is appropriate to wear waterproof eye makeup for our special day, but what do we use for the under eye area? This creamy, color correcting concealer will banish those dark circles and stay crease free all night long!

Revlon Colorstay Foundation– Although it is not advertised as a waterproof foundation, we’ve worn this in a pool and it didn’t budge! Just be sure to apply it in thin layers since it is a thicker, more pigmented formula. There are an array of shades for every skin tone and it even caters to normal/dry and combo/oily skins types.

Hope this helps you gorgeous ladies stay streak free on your wedding day! Xo

Time for a Touch Up

As wedding season has hit full speed our brides often ask us, “what should I have with me on my wedding day for touch ups?” Well, Beauty with Julie is here to save the day! We offer our brides an exclusive bridal touch-up kit included in your bridal party package. We understand there will be those precious tearful moments, lots of smooches, and possible cake face smashing where you will want to take a minute or two to freshen up your beautiful face. Cameras will be flashing throughout the night, so you’ll want to look and feel your best right up until the moment you and your groom make your exit. And remember to put one of your girls in charge of keeping it handy throughout the day! Atlas, here is a look inside the Beauty with Julie Bridal Make-up Touch Up Kit…Xo
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Blotting Papers : Blot away excess shine without disturbing your beautiful make-up
Tissues & Q-tips : Tissues are for tears and lipstick on your teeth. Stay flawless by cleaning around the eye area – blending eye liner/eye shadow
Make-up Wedge : Use this to blend, or apply powder foundation
Covergirl Ready, Set Gorgeous Powder Foundation: Use Cover Girl’s Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation which provides a flawless, natural look that lasts all day. Shine free, oil free & won’t clog pores
Maybelline Baby Lip’s Lip Balm : Kiss your groom with baby soft lips, pucker up!

Mother-Daughter Styled Shoot with YTK Photography

Awhile back I had approached the fabulous Katherine Wright of YTK Photography  about doing a styled mother/daughter winter photo shoot. This is something my mother and I have always wanted to do! Not to mention it is always a wonderful time collaborating with Miss Katherine! She is beyond amazing at what she does, and her authentic ideas never cease to amaze me! You will notice a lot of my work on here is done by this talented vixen. I highly recommend YTK Photography to all of my brides to be!


My mother has been an inspiration of mine for the past 25 years of my life. I often model myself professionally and personally after the strong woman and mother she has become. Today, I live by the inspiring words she always said to me, “Go Dazzle the World with Your Talent!” Thank you for giving me wings, forever believing in me, and supporting my dreams! Love you a Bushel & A Peck! Xo

Visit the YTK Photography Blog to see more of their beautiful work!
Hair & Make-up by my fellow make-up artist and good friend Erica Sherman

Maigan & Nick’s State Room Wedding

Maigan and Nick celebrated their marriage on October 18, 2014, at The State Room located in the heart of downtown Albany, New York. This sweet couple met in the library of the Sage College of Albany and from this point on it was pure bliss! I was fortunate to meet Maigan from The Knot Wedding Network. It has been a pleasure working with her as we developed a flawless look for her wedding day! I just love her simplistic yet passionate outlook on life. Maigan carried this through on her big day by incorporating a very special and sentimental surprise within her gorgeous bouquet done by her maid of honor. Maigan and Nick, it means so much to have witnessed the joy of your wedding day. Congratulations to you both on finding the perfect person to share all your days with!

A huge thank you to the extremely talented Trisha Millier for capturing these wonderful moments of Maigan and Nick’s special day! You can visit more of her amazing work here.

 

Emily & Simon’s Hancock Shaker Village Wedding

DSC_1973 (2)On 10.11.14 an English Groom (Simon) married his beautiful American Bride (Emily) at the  historic Hancock Shaker Village located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. I have so enjoyed working with Emily since April of 2014. For her special day, Emily decided on a natural eye with a hint of gray smoke to bring out her striking brown eyes, airbrush make-up, and eyelashes! I also had the pleasure of glamming for her sister/maid of honor and best friend, who were also apart of Emily’s bridal party.  Hair was done by the talented ladies of Sei Bella Salon of Chatham, New York. Emily’s wedding style exudes pure rustic elegance which compliments their colorful Autumn day! Now for the images…can we say Amazing?! I am beyond impressed with the talent of Sheri Angeles of Swanky Fine Art Weddings based in Southern California! Be sure to visit their page to see a glimpse of their incredible work! Thank you Emily and Simon, I’m so thankful you chose Beauty with Julie to witness the start of something so beautiful!
DSC_1946 (2)A Note From Emily – 
“Julie did such an amazing job on my wedding day makeup. She understood exactly what I wanted. When I was hesitant to use the airbrushing from a previously bad experience, I trusted that Julie understood my skin complexion and it looked perfect! The false eyelashes I had looked very real and natural- not too over the top.  We had such a fun time getting ready with Julie and I highly recommend her to any brides and wedding party members.”

View more photos from Emily and Simon’s special day by Swanky Fine Arts Weddings here.

Meghan & Brian Goodspeed’s Happily Ever After

Beauty with Julie had the pleasure of performing bridal make-up services for the beautiful Meghan Goodspeed as she married the love of her life and best friend, Brian, of 10 years! Meghan and Brian tied the knot at The Inn at Erlowest, a magnificent stone castle located on beautiful and historic Lake George, in the heart of the majestic Adirondack Mountains. I also had the pleasure of working with Meghan’s sweet and fun family (she is one of four sisters!) who lit up the room with laughter! Meghan is a natural beauty and so easy going, its no wonder she looked flawless on her wedding day! As the morning turned to afternoon, the final touch ups began for Meghan and her bridal party. During this time, tears started to form for a very emotional “first look” reveal to Brian. From today forward, you’ll be partners in a great adventure. Here’s to wishing that you’ll grow even closer as you work together to make your dreams come true and that you’ll look back on this day as only the beginning of your beautiful happily-ever-after!

Thank you to Photography by Cool Cat who captured these gorgeous images of Meghan and Brian’s special day! Hair by the talented James Joseph of The Epiphany of Hair Design.

The Goodales – 9.12.14

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 I often say happiness is marrying your best friend & this my beauty’s is exactly what Erin and Greg Goodale are! I am quite certain you and I can both see this through these charming images of their beautiful wedding day at The Century House by Photographics Solution of Hudson, New York. I met Erin one year ago at The Albany Bridal Show at Normanside Country Club and I have had the pleasure of working with this lovely lady ever since! Beauty with Julie glammed Erin for her engagement photos as well!

View more of their engagement photo shoot by Photographics Solution here!

Erin and Greg Goodale are soulmates who make life come to life. They truly know how to light up a room with their sweet and humble personality’s. I wish you both the very best as you carry on a lifetime of happiness together! Congratulations you two! I look forward to continuing our wonderful friendship!

Hair by Amanda Conrad of Axis Salon