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Guest Post: L’Atelier De Artonit’s Sergio Escalona on Natural Wedding Day Makeup

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

We are so thrilled to have expert makeup artist Sergio Escalona of Houston’s L’Atelier De Artonit on the blog today, with his tips for wedding day (and evening-out) makeup that looks effortlessly natural. Check out his tutorial below…and then check out L’Atelier De Artonit to schedule your consultation for flawless, professional wedding day makeup for you and your bridesmaids!

Many brides-to-be are concerned about their makeup looking too overdone on their wedding day. Most brides prefer a “natural” look, but one that conceals problem areas. Here are some tips on how to get an effortlessly natural bridal look that looks as dramatic and beautiful on camera as it does in person:

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  • Make sure to get plenty of rest, adequate diet and keep yourself hydrated before your wedding day. This will help your skin to look at its best.
  • Shape your eyebrows a few days before the wedding to avoid inflammation and redness.
  • Sleep with a mask of your choice (depending on your targeted needs), and moisturize your face and under eyes right before starting your makeup application.

1. Eyes first! This will save you some time, as excess eyeshadow will fall under the eye while applying. If you have face makeup on before, you will have to clean up and reapply.

2. Choose three eyeshadow shades: A shade close to your skin tone, a medium-deep shade for contrast (not dark), and a medium shade. Make sure they do not have a metallic or pearly finish. Use semi-matte eyeshadows for a more subtle look. If you want to achieve a romantic look, use a shimmery eyeshadow.

3. Use a shadow base on the lid and proceed to apply the base color all over the eyelid. Apply the medium-deep shade on the lower lid and the medium at the crease to diffuse both colors.

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4. Apply waterproof eyeliner on the upper eye waterline close to the lash line.

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5. To open up your eyes and give them a flirtatious look, apply false eyelashes. Avoid extremely long or tapered ones. Look for faux lashes that are a hint longer than yours, and made with human hair. Make sure the lash band is invisible. Tap a little glue to your lash line and to the lash band as well. Wait a few seconds and proceed to apply. Work on one eye at a time. Dark glue will work better than a white or clear, so that when it dries it blends in with your liner.

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6. Apply eyeliner on top of the lash once it has dried and gently smudge.

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7. Time to clean up. Use a wipe and clean under eyes. Make sure to clean 45% of the outer corner to enlarge and lift the eyes.

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8. Apply a light concealer in the inner corner of the eyes and one close to your skin tone under eyes. Start dabbing and blend both colors for coverage. This gives you an overall well-rested look.

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9. Proceed to apply the foundation. Traditional makeup works best for daytime and outdoor weddings while airbrush is more likely to go under the radar at nighttime. Avoid excessive contouring if you want to look natural. Subtle strobing is a nice touch for the natural look. You can also use a bronzer to achieve a natural sculpting if you desire.

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10. Apply powder with a soft, fluffy brush to avoid caking. The use of the sponge is always helpful at the time to take off some shine around your forehead, nose and chin.

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Once you’re done, apply the lip color of your choice, add one final swipe of powder to “set” your makeup…and get ready for your close up!

Photos: Courtesy of L’Atelier De ArtOnIt

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7 Contouring and Highlighting Products You Need

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

You’re never fully dressed without a smile…and your bridal beauty look is not complete without a great highlight and contour! We dove into the depths of makeup artistry and pulled some of our favorite illuminating, concealing,and contouring products for y’all. Happy highlighting, beauty queens, xo.

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1. Guerlaind Precious Light Illuminator & Concealer: Sephora 2. Benefit High Beam Highlighter: Benefit Cosmetics 3. Lucky Cat Beauty Camofleur Concealer: Lucky Cat Beauty 4. Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlighter: Clinique 5. Model Launcher Contour Powder Duo in Afternoon Delight: Model Launcher 6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit in Medium to Tan: Sephora 7. Givenchy Beauty La Revelation Originelle Highlighting Powder: Barneys NY

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Get Your Glow On: Our Favorite Bronzers, Shimmers and Tanning Products

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Hey there, golden goddess (or pale princess ISO the perfect faux glow), we’ve got news for you: You can achieve that flawless sun-kissed color without baking in the Houston heat or risking the damage of UV rays, with the help of our favorite tan, shimmer & bronzer products. Enjoy!

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1. KAX Tanning Souffle Mousse: KAX Salon Houston 2. FakeBake Passion Fruit Exfoliating Wipes: FakeBake 3. La Mer The After Sun Enhancer: Neiman Marcus 4. L’Atelier De ArtOnIt Le Poudre De Soleil in Cassidy’s Sun: KAX Salon Houston 5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Radiant Bronze: Sephora 6. Origins Mega-Defense SPF 45 Advanced Daily UV Defender: Origins 7. Tory Burch Bronzer & Blush: Tory Burch

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Matte Lips for Brides, Bridesmaids and More

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Get ready to pucker up with this season’s hottest trend: matte lips. We turned to our brides, besties and Houston makeup artists to find out which 2016 matte lip colors were topping their kiss lists…and here are our faves of the bunch–including an AWESOME matte gloss (yes, you heard that right) from Nyoka Gregory Beauty!

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1. Model Launcher “The Heat” Matte Lipstick: Model Launcher 2. Dior Diorific “Fantastique” Matte Velvet Colour Lipstick: Saks Fifth Avenue Houston Galleria 3. Smashbox Be Legendary “Mauve Matte” Lipstick: Sephora 4. L’Atelier De ArtOnIt “Love Lucy” Le Rouge A Levres De Caractere: KAX Salon Houston 5. Nars “Bolero” Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: Sephora  6. Jane Iredale “Ann” Matte Lipstick: KAX Salon Houston 7. Nyoka Gregory Beauty “Pink Parfait” Matte Lip Color: Nyoka Gregory Beauty 8. Lucky Cat Beauty “Marilyn” Matte Luxury Lipstick: Lucky Cat Beauty

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Bridal Beauty: Eye Do

Friday, April 8th, 2016

We’re saying ‘eye do’ to fuller lashes and bold brows this wedding season for a number of reasons. Let’s be honest—brows and lashes can make or break a makeup look. They frame and define your face, and instantly bring a fresh look. When your brows are defined, you can easily rock the “no-makeup” trend! Here are seven must-have beauty products that’ll make your brows #onfleek. You can thank us later. Happy shopping, lovelies!

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1. Benefit Brow Zings Shaping Kit: Benefit Cosmetics 2. Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum: Sephora 3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade: Sephora 4. Too Faced Brow Envy Shaping & Defining Kit: Too Faced 5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Angled Cut Brush #15: Sephora 6. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara: Charlotte Tilbury 7. Clinique Instant Lift for Brows Pencil: Clinique