WED :: Mila’s wedding day beauty with Feather & Twine Photography at Piazza in the Village

17 Jan

Sweet Mila came to me wanting understated glamour and an elegant bridal look but most importantly, she wanted to look like herself. We kept her makeup really clean and fresh, adding a pop of color (purple!) on her eyes. We swept her dark silky hair up into a sleek chignon and sent her down the aisle to marry her prince charming. She treated her maid-of-honor to a day of beauty too! Enjoy!

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My favorite thing about this image? Mila came to me for an appointment around 8:30AM on her wedding day … and here she is, cake cutting, late night and all, still looking just as flawless as when she left my chair early that morning!

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Photography by the lovely Feather & Twine; venue Piazza in the Village, Colleyville.

Lauren’s classic glamour Bridal Portraits | Brandi Burkett Photography

12 Dec

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Stop. First, can I please just point out this bride’s perfectly porcelain skin, gorgeous black hair and the most ladylike red lip I’ve ever seen a bride pull off? Lauren is the epitome of classic glam and grace. Not to mention these photos were taken by the ever-lovely, dream-to-work-with, wildly-talented Brandi Burkett of Brandi Burkett Photography. It all reminds me of a modern approach to Gone with the Wind, no? That unmistakeable southern charm it just too pretty. Enjoy!

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I’ve known this gorgeous gal since we were much younger …. Lauren’s the little sister of one of my very best friends, the mayor’s daughter and the sweetest gem you’ll ever meet. We even grew up on the same street together, (I’ve spent more time of the Dean family back porch than I can account for!) so I was beyond thrilled when she asked me to do her wedding! (insert shameless plug here  —–> I also planned her wedding too, through my sister company Life is Pretty, LLC).

WED: Marissa’s big day at Omni Fort Worth with Tucker Images :: Haute Hair

13 Nov

For Marissa & Yosi’s gorgeous wedding at the Omni Fort Worth, Beauty & the Blush was booked for a full day of haute hairstyles for the bride and her maids, which made me super excited because usually I’m busy doing makeup the whole time that I don’t get any of the super-fun and creative hair action on weddings days (which is fine because I usually leave that to my curling, poufing, pinning extraordinaire assistant Linda, who totally rocks).

IMG_1699(pp_w920_h667)I absolutely love Marissa’s undone braid-into-side-ponytail goodness that totally balanced her beautiful, feminine, delicate lace gown. Her bridesmaids varied from chignons to ballerina buns and braids all around.

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Special thanks to my sweet friend and wildly talented friend Britney of Tucker Images for capturing these great, swoon-worthy detail shots for me!

{makeup by Lip Service Professional Makeup Artistry}

Wed :: Claire’s vintage-chic Big Day with Loft Photographie in Kaufman, TX

11 Nov

Claire’s wedding details were so perfectly enchanted and charming, it is one of my favorite weddings to date.

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Little white church with a steeple on the corner of Mulberry Street (in Kaufman, TX) for the ceremony, old town square bank building converted into a venue space for the reception, an antique french crown on her head, and a party that ended with dancing in the streets – clearly you can see why I love this vintage-chic wedding so much! Enjoy this adorable wedding and all the bridal beauty below!

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{Claire’s look :: soft taupe-greige eyes, peachy cheeks and pretty pink lips with a soft, romantic updo}

{gorgeous floral by R Love Floral Designs}

{all photos courtesy of Loft Photographie}

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Pretty Party :: Smokey Eye 101

5 Nov

Pizza. Wine. Makeup. In my world, there isn’t really anything more perfect than this combo. Which is why my Pretty Party was such a fun success last Friday night in Longview!

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My host asked each of our guests to bring their own their own makeup kit and a bottle of wine while she provided dinner …. we mixed, mingled and gabbed then got seated for the pretty lesson to begin! She set up 8-foot tables and had extension cords so everyone could plug in a mirror at their “station.” One of my bff’s Miki was my demo model and for two hours we talked technique, tools and how-to’s for the perfect smokey eye! We wrapped the session with a lesson in contouring and how to apply falsies! I got tons of great feedback – everyone told me how much they learned – and that’s the point! The girls asked amazing questions, took notes on their face charts and really got hands-on for the whole event! Here’s a few iPhone pictures we snapped along the way! Ten adults and two kiddos (who agreed they would totally do their makeup this way when they got older) was a great size group!

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Like I said, we asked everyone to bring their own makeup bag. The point in a pretty party isn’t to make you feel totally inadequate and like you have to run out the next day and buy tons of new products and tools – the point is to teach you how to properly (and prettily) use what you already have! I make suggestions along the way for items that would be a great addition to your personal kit, especially in the tools/brushes department, but the goal is to learn how to apply the lesson to what you already own!

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Interested in booking a Pretty Party of your own? Email me {beautyandtheblush@yahoo.com} for more details! They are great for girls night out, birthday parties, youth lessons, bachelorette parties and just because, every once and a while, a girl just needs to get with her girlfriends and catch up on the latest updates in her beauty bag!

Engagement Session : MihnTu’s Old Hollywood-inspired Hair + Makeup

22 Oct

This sweet little bride has flawless skin, gorgeous eyes and hair that just doesn’t stop … which made her old Hollywood inspired hair and makeup look for her engagement session with fiancé Mark seem effortless! Ruby red lips, a mini-cat eye and big sleek curls with a deep side part – AMAZING!

Take a look at these gorgeous photos by Sarah Kate Photography and enjoy!

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Beauty & the Blush BRAID LOUNGE at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend

27 Sep

SO much crazy fun last night at the CUSP fall event at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend. Yours Truly here set up shop at the Beauty & the Blush Braid Lounge and gave party-goers mid-fete, braided updates to their ‘do’s! For three hours straight we did side braids, tiny braids, big braids, buns with braids, rocker chic braids, boho braids … you name it, it got braided last night! There was a rad live band, fashion show presented by Courtney Kerr, and lots of sassy new fall frocks to shop. We had the best time …. can’t wait to do it again!

Here’s a look at some of the action (taken with my iPhone!)

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Wed: Nicole’s Big Day at the Dallas Arboretum and Stoneleigh Hotel

20 Sep

You may remember Nicole, my fun-loving, adventure-seeking bride, from her fierce underwater bridal portrait session featured here a few months ago! Today she’s showing off her soft, romantic makeup and pretty updo from her gorgeous wedding ceremony at the Arboretum and reception at the Stoneleigh!

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Special thanks to Amy Karp for these lovely images!

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after her ceremony we ran back to the hotel suite to do a hair flip …. down, curled and elegant for the reception!

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Love Never Fails :: Beth & Brody featured on Southern Weddings

22 Aug

Shortly after being married, beautiful Beth was diagnosed with Leukemia … sending her and her new husband into a tailspin of emotions. A handful of us are so lucky to have met this amazing couple during their six-month anniversary photo shoot! I mean seriously, look at those gorgeous sparkling eyes!

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Here’s a few of my favorite shots …. but you can see the full feature on Southern Weddings HERE

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Photographer: Jeremy & Kristin / Event Designer: Jen Rios Design / Flowers & Decor: Rlove Designs / Venue: Hickory Street Annex / Bride’s Dress: Alvina Valenta / Makeup Artist: Beauty&theBlush Makeup Artistry / Bride’s Jewelry: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge

Kevin Murphy & Pura Vida Salon Photo Shoot {high-fashion hair & makeup}

30 Jul

Back in March, I had the pleasure of doing makeup for an awesome shoot for Pura Vida Salon during one of their Kevin Murphy technique and product training workshops. Makeup by yours truly, hair styling the talented team of Kevin Murphy pros and Pura Vida Salon.

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{mod pop :: shades of aqua, teal and turquoise on her eyes, peachy-sherbet orange lip and contoured cheeks}

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{androgynous-glam :: muted gold all over, seriously structured/contoured cheeks and a nude lip; actual product used on the eyes and cheek bones was the Kevin Murphy Shimmer Bug for hair {recently featured as an editor’s pick in Allure magazine!}

{images courtesy of Photography by Bruno}

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