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

Preparing for your Happily Ever After

jen f wedding 1While planning the little details of your wedding day can be stressful, preparing for your makeup trial shouldn’t be one of them. The Beauty with Julie girls are offering our tips on how to get the most out of your wedding makeup!

Preparing for your Makeup Trial:

  1. Buy your dress! Your dress will affect the way your makeup looks, so it’s better to have a clear vision of what you’ll want to look like on your big day.
  2. Schedule your makeup trial in advance!  We suggest making your appointment at least 2 months prior to your wedding date, allowing you to purchase products you may need for touch ups and schedule another appointment if necessary.
  3. Have an idea of what kind of look you want (including inspirational pictures)  Knowing the type of look you would like for your wedding day, as well as anything you would like to avoid will help ensure your trial goes as smooth as possible. Your inspirational photos and ideas tell us where your comfort level is regarding coverage, darkness, and brightness. We suggest creating a Pinterest board dedicated to bridal makeup and hair.
  4. Bare Face! Show up to your bridal trial makeup free so we know what your concerns are.
  5. Pamper your skin! Start a good skincare regimen, which might include monthly peels or facials. If you have concerns–acne, bacne, rosacea, etc–consult with your esthetician to figure out the best treatment plan. Beautiful makeup begins with beautiful skin!
  6. Wear White  or Ivory! This will give you a good indicator of what your makeup will look like against the color of your dress. .
  7. Take lots of pictures! Snap pictures in different elements of lighting with different cameras to make sure your foundation matches and your look is  exactly what you want.
  8. Keep in contact with your makeup artist! Let us know how your makeup wore and ask any questions  or concerns you may have.

Preparing for your Wedding Day:
Here’s a handy wedding-beauty timeline that’ll help you plan out which beautifying actions to take when. 

  1. Buy any products you need! It’s a good idea to buy the lip color or powder your makeup artist uses for touch ups.
  2. Proper skin care!  Your makeup will go on much smoother with healthy, smooth skin. Remember to properly cleanse, exfoliate, tone, and moisturize the morning of your wedding. This includes your lips too!
  3. Brows Get your brows professionally shaped–you can do this as close as two days before, but avoid doing it the night before because there’s always potential for redness.
  4. Spray Tan Plan Execute your pre-tested spray-tan plan. Don’t spray tan the morning of because most involve bronzer that can rub off on your dress.
  5. Get your mani-pedi; you’re not going to be patient enough to sit and let polish properly dry on your wedding morning!
  6. One Week Before  Do a deep-conditioning treatment for softer, shinier hair, or do a salon gloss.
  7. One Week Before Get a professional teeth whitening kit. This shouldn’t be done any closer in case you experience sensitivity. We highly recommend Whitening Lightening Dial A Smile Teeth Whitening Kit

Happy Wedding Planning! Xo

Brows Uncensored

Many of our brides express to us: “We don’t know what to do with our eyebrows!!” or “we have had a bad experience in the past with filling them in.” The Beauty with Julie girls are here to save your brows! We’re giving you some expert tips uncensored on filling them in along with a couple examples of products we know and love!
Prep: Have a case of the brow blues? Start by scheduling an appointment with your favorite brow girl and work on getting your brows shaped! Having a clear brow shape makes filling them in so much easier. We recommend going to a salon to get them threaded or waxed for first-timers, and then plucking stray hairs or trimming any long hairs with small scissors to maintain their shape. Not sure how your brows should look? Lets begin by taking an angled makeup brush or a pencil and line it up with one end at the base of your nostril and the other skimming alongside your eye which is where your brow should end). Keeping the pencil at your nostril, line it up so that the end is cutting right through your pupil which is where your arch should be. Lastly, keeping the pencil at your nostril, line it straight up (this is where your brow should start). Keep in no one’s eyebrows are perfectly symmetrical. Sisters, not twins!
brow diagramMaterials:
Brow Spooley– A clean traditional mascara wand that helps to brush the hairs into place and blend products. Most of the time these can be found on the end of a mechanical brow pencil.
Angled Eyeshadow Brush: This is perfect for any brow product you choose to fill in your brows with because it is small and precise.
Brow product to fill in brows: There are many products out there for this. With so many gels, pencils, or creams to choose from, it can get a little over whelming. For a brow beginner, powders are a little more forgiving. Make sure you find a color that matches your eyebrow color as closely as possible.
Brow Setting Gel: A lightweight gel that may or may not be tinted to help hold your beautiful brows in place!

Here are Beauty with Julie’s favorite picks for beautiful brows:

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Makeup Forever Aqua Brow
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Brush brows through with spooley

Step 1: Brush brows through with spooley
Step 2: Dip angled brush in product and outline the bottom of your brow lightly to define shape
Step 3: Fill in sparse areas of brow starting at the end of the end, working towards the middle, then front. The most product should be at the end of the brow with the least being at the front of the brow. Take more time to fill in trouble areas of the brow starting with little product then adding more if needed. Less is more!
Step 4: Brush through brows with spooley to blend any harshness and lines and brush on setting gel.

Xo

Pores No More!

Large pores are a consistent skin concern for individuals of all ethnicity’s and skin types. Oily skin types and mature skin with large follicles are more prone to enlarged pores which in turn can create clogging and a build up of cells. We’re constantly hearing our brides say “My pores are huge!” So, you ask, what is the solution?! We know you will want your skin to look extra perfect for your wedding day so luckily, the Beauty with Julie girls have put together 4 pore refining primers to help minimize the look of pores.

  1. pores no moreDr. Brandt’s pores no more-pore refiner primer: An effective primer that instantly mattifies shine and minimizes pores. A cult favorite, this is Dr. Brandt’s quick fix for flawless, photo-ready skin at any age and during any season. A combination of treatment and cosmetic properties, this miracle base creates the perfect canvas for your makeup application. This velvety primer absorbs excess oil, blurs fine lines and imperfections, and is resistant to sweat and humidity.
  2. s1259068-main-hero-300Benefit’s The POREfessional: This very popular primer helps makeup stay put as well as minimizing pores. Perfect for for those “no-makeup” days because it can even be worn on its own! Its translucent/nude color easily blends onto the skin.
  3. 2268948Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser: This is a drugstore steal! At only $6.99 it helps foundation smooth right over pores, not in them. It has a silicone consistency so it’s silky to the touch. This primer is clear and can be worn on its own or under makeup
  4. s1404599-main-LheroTarte’s Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer: This waterproof, pore-perfecting primer consists of avocado oil which helps refine skin. Apply before underneath makeup for flawless bridal perfection.

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.

 

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!

You’ve Got it Glowing On Girl!

Crooked-Lake-House-Wedding-Photos18So we all want the blushing bridal glow on our wedding day, right?! Well…beautiful make-up begins with beautiful skin! I highly encourage all of my brides to be to start a regular skincare regimen at least 4-6 months before your special day. Beauty with Julie provides our brides with product recommendations which are geared towards your specific skincare concerns. The following are a few of our Pro Tips for gorgeous glowing skin!

Cleanse
Cleanse your face twice—the first cleanse removes the day and the second one actually cleans your skin. Impurities from the day can clog pores and cause breakouts. Clean skin provides the perfect surface so that night creams can be most effective. Your skin repairs itself at night. One of the reasons it is important to use skincare at night is that cleaning your skin/removing the day gives your skin a fighting chance.

♥ SPF
Protect your skin and use sunscreen! Sunscreen can be found as a lotion, spray, gel or other topical product which absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s UV radiation on the skin exposed to sunlight, thus helping protect against sunburn. Sunscreen is extremely important to incorporate into your skincare regimen, we do not want any unwanted dark spots appearing before the special day!

Exfoliate
Regular exfoliation of the skin is an important part of a good anti-aging, blemish-reducing, skin care regimen. I suggest exfoliating 1-2 times per week. By doing this, you’ll help to diminish the ability for acne-causing bacteria to thrive inside the pores, lessening blemish activity. Exfoliating is very important, especially in the winter. Often when the skin is dry, we tend to load up on heavier creams to compensate for the dryness. But dry skin means you have dry skin cell buildup. Instead, increase your exfoliation to remove the dry skin cells, and then moisturize the new skin cells, resulting in a moister skin.

♥ Moisturize
It’s a fact that rough, dry skin = dull, tired-looking skin. Healthy, glowing skin = light reflective skin. Applying moisturizer creates a barrier on your skin that keeps oils from escaping and harmful outside elements from causing dryness or irritation. Give your skin a drink and stay hydrated!

Eye Cream & Vitamin C
Getting rid of dark circles and under eye puffiness is one complaint I hear about very often from my clients. Lack of sleep, allergies, climate, stress, salty foods and genetics can be the cause for both conditions. I believe the best under eye cream to instantly brighten tired eyes is an eye cream that contains Vitamin C. In fact, Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin.

Drink Water
Our bodies use water for essential hydration. It has no fat, calories, carbs or sugar so it’s the most pure thing you can put into your body. Water helps our lymphatic system detoxify by flushing out impurities and helps with cellular regeneration. And most importantly, this simple routine of drinking water helps maintain beautiful, youthful skin!

Glow on girl…your illuminating complexion awaits!! Xo

 

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

Melissa and Matt

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Melissa and Matt tied the knot on August 29, 2014, at Orchard Creek Golf Club in Altamont, New York! I was fortunate to meet Melissa and Matt a few short months back in June of 2014, when we did her bridal make-up trial/engagement photo session make-up.  Two months latter, Beauty with Julie performed make-up services for Melissa and Matt’s Jack and Jill Bachelor & Bachelorette Party. As always, I cannot get enough of real love stories, and this pair was truly destined from the start! Here is Melissa’s look from their engagement photo session with the talented Jeff Foley Photography!

  View more of this Engagement Photo Session here!

On the morning of Melissa and Matt’s special day, Beauty with Julie glammed the bride to be, her bridal party, mother of the bride,  and mother of the groom.  Hair was done by the talented Emily Van Dervoort – Stylist & Extension Specialist. It was a fabulous morning filled with love, laughter, and of course lots of lashes! Congratulations to you both!!

View more beautiful images of Melissa and Matt’s wedding day by Jeff Foley Photography here! http://jefffoley.com/blog/?p=11978