The Knot Best of Weddings - 2021 Pick

Tag Archive: Natural

A Wedding Inside The Bungalow

11.6.11  A ceremony and celebration with Randi and Silas. 

I received these pictures from Emily Snitzer Photography ( this week, and thought I would share.  Beautiful pictures to capture a great day. 

I loved working with Randi.  She communicated what she was looking for, any changes she had, and thoughts about her day.  When it came to doing her makeup on the wedding day,  we were on the same page and ready to go.  

Thank you Randi for letting me be a part of your big day. 

Starting the hair process.  Makeup done.

Starting bridesmaid makeup. 

I love a great black and white picture.  This is what I do.

Beautiful bridal makeup.  Clean and classic.  My favorite type of makeup to do. 

The beautiful flowers.  The natural background makes the colors pop. 

Sealed with a kiss.  I DO!

The happy couple. 


A wedding.  Inside The Bungalow.


“Stephanie did a wonderful job on my mom’s, MOH’s and my make-up. Her prices are reasonable, she came to us and she is very nice and sweet. I’ve recommended her to brides for several other weddings and they were all very impressed and pleased with her as well.” 

Thank you so much Randi!

Makeup Trends

I was asked to give some insight  to an intern at a bridal magazine on what the trends are in bridal makeup for fall and winter 2011.  And since I was feverishly typing,  I thought I would make it my blog update (since its been ages….) as well.        Here. It. Goes. 

The looks for brides have always been a reflection of the bride herself.  But I like to do what I call (and have been told I should trademark-hmmmm), and many brides agree, “kicked up natural” makeup.  A look where the BRIDE enters the room before her MAKEUP does.  Enough for pictures and brings out the features of the bride, but is not too heavy or dramatic. 

 I have noticed a trend for period makeup.  The classic winged out liner, subtle cheek and red rich lip has been a request.  This is a great look for any season wedding.  I love this look because looking back on pictures in two, five or 10 years, the look will not be as dated (i.e. blue eye shadow and bold lip of the 80’s).

 Going into the fall and winter, the soft browns and burgundy family of colors becomes a popular palette I work from.  Plums as well.  A subtle smokey eye with a pop of color makes a beautiful fall wedding look.  Although the smokey eye in the brown, grey or plum family is always a staple look for brides, I tend to do more when the temperatures cool down.  I have had few requests as of recent for the deep, grey/black, smokey eye.  Whether that is because it is dating the era or more brides are going for a more natural look, the trend seems to be toned down. 

 Many brides are also doing false lashes.  Added to the eye, they make the eyes stand out in addition to the eye shadows.  The brides that do not chose them are usually ones that are worried they will not look natural or they wear minimal makeup and feel it would be too much.  There are so many lash choices that there is one for everyone- from the minimalist to the deep smokiest of eye looks.

Check out my website for bridal look ideas

Follow me on Twitter to keep up to date with my makeup happenings:  StephanieN7

Wedding Season Makeup

It’s that time of year again. Wedding season.  I love wedding season.  I have said it many times before, but I really enjoy doing wedding makeup.  It’s a great time to play up the brides features and create a “kicked up natural” look.  I’ve coined that phrase and I stand by it.  I truly feel a bride should look like herself, but with enough makeup that she shows up in pictures.  Looking back at pictures in five or ten years, I want the brides I do makeup for to say that they felt beautiful but still looked like themselves. 

Airbrushing makeup is a great technique to help with the natural look.  It evens out skin tones, and covers any blemishes.   Blush color and contours look beautiful over the airbrushed skin.   Photographs look great and usually need little post editing.

Anyone who has worked with me, or has seen my makeup kit, knows I work primarily with MAC Cosmetics.  I am very knowledgeable with the products and see the longevity the look has on the skin.  I often get asked, what lip color is the best for my wedding day?  Depending on the client and her preference, my answer is usually VIVA GLAM V from MAC.  A pinky, neutral color that can be changed by adding different lip liners and gloss.  And it supports a great cause- MAC AIDS FUND- which has donated millions of dollars to adults and children living with HIV and AIDS.  Great lip color and supporting our world?  The best.   Take a look at the link to learn more

In addition to a necessary lip color for touch ups, there is one other thing that is a must for wedding day touch ups.  BLOT POWDER.  A translucent powder that takes away shine, but doesn’t add a caked-on feel of other powders.  There are varying shades that will match any skin tone.  

As far as other wedding day necessities, check out this detailed link about must-haves on your big day.

As far as when to book your makeup artist, that depends on the bride.  I have brides booked a year or more in advance, with a trial done closer to their date.  And others that book a month or so before their day.  I recommend contacting your perspective makeup artist six months or so before the date.  Availability is usually better, and it gives the opportunity to get to know who you are working with.   Trials that can be done, if at all possible, at the time of the hair trial show a better idea of the wedding day look.  It is easier to envision with both aspects coming together.

Looking to have a custom dress created?  This local designer will make sure it is the perfect fit.  I have worked with Jennyvi Dizon many times and her dresses always look beautiful.  Look into her work 

Happy planning!

Miss America 2011, and other thoughts….

The Miss America pageant was this weekend in Las Vegas.  This is a great article  via CNN about the 2nd youngest winner in the pageants run.  17 year old Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska.  Follow all the updates and news at .

On the surface Miss America is about gorgeous dresses, hair and makeup.  But it is the encouraging of young women, and women alike, to take care of themselves as well.  In all areas of their lives.  Finalists are chosen not only because of how they are put together, but of aspirations, community service and platforms.  Bettering themselves and the world they live in. 

I am all for strong, confident, self-driven women that don’t take no for an answer.   Making a name for themselves.  That is why I love what I do.  Makeup can give that extra boost of encouragement, even ever so slight.  Playing up the already natural features and confidences of a woman.   It’s something so simple, that can be something so great. 

I love hearing how everyone gets started in the makeup industry.  Learning their stories.  For me, I was always doing makeup.  My own.  Never really focused on using the skills I acquired, through trial and error, on anyone else.  I made my fair share of makeup mistakes when I started wearing it.  I think everyone has.  Trends are great, but they don’t work for everyone.  I learned that quick.   

I worked for Stila cosmetics, and then MAC cosmetics.  Great experiences.  I learned a lot about color, theories, and application techniques.  Although both companies had a different foundation which they built their brand, having the diversity helped me realize what worked best for me and my work.  Continuing to learn and create new looks is part of evolving in the industry. 

I am grateful for all the skills I have acquired and all the experiences I have been a part of.

Makeup Portfolio Updates

Here are a couple headshots and portfolio images for a model I did work on from LA. 

Natural headshot

 I love the natural look in this shot.  Seeing the models features before seeing the makeup.  Classic beauty.  

Just for fun

 An action shot with a more dramatic eye.  Going from the natural look to the smokey eye.