Photography : Melissa and Beth
Makeup : Blush Spa
Hair : Locks by Lisa
Flowers : Beyond the Bloom Florist
Event Space: The Gallery Event Space
I am so happy to be able to finally share these beautiful photos from a shoot I had the pleasure of recently working on. If you’re new to the ABC television show The Bachelor + The Bachelorette, you may not recognize these two love birds. But for those who do follow “Bachelor Nation” and have been rooting for “Janner” since day one, this is going to be a sweet treat for you!
As soon as we started hair and makeup we started gabbing on all things about the show. Jade told us what a typical day was like and when Jade first met Tanner on the show, the season only ran for two months. Two months might seem like an amazingly short time to meet the love of your life and start a lifelong relationship with someone but being in a room around both of them together was nothing short of magical. Jade still had an intense bridal glow from looking at Tanner across the room and nothing melted my heart more than when Tanner took his own photos of Jade in her dress on his phone (as if he couldn’t wait for the final product from M&B.)
Jade and Tanner were so great to work with and much like any other regular wedding day, the groom kept his feet up for most of the morning while we took our time with Jade’s hair and makeup. Jade wanted a very natural, fresh look and loved my idea of using eye-opening false lashes to make her look a little more glamorous. I love this trick for any bride because most girls love the idea of keeping it fairly natural but still want something that sets them apart from every other day of the week.
I tried on a few different pairs of lashes and settled on Vegas Nay “Classic Charm” shown below. My best tip as a makeup artist is to take the time to really find a pair that fits YOUR eye shape well. 90% of the time lashes need to be horizontally trimmed and this makes the biggest difference in how well the lashes adhere to your eyes. Every eye shape is different, what works for one bride doesn’t always work for the next.
Another great tip that I love for brides is using a dark brown/chocolate eyeliner to rim the eyes. Using black by itself can sometimes look harsh and cold while the brown works wonders to warm up the eye color and skin. If you normally stick with black liner, try switching it out and see what you think!
The photo shoot was held at the beautiful Gallery Event Space in the Power and Light District in KCMO. This is a wonderful space to hold weddings and events and the day of the shoot there were several staff employees onsite as well as an event taking place across the hall. When it came time for Tanner to put his suit on, he had trouble remembering how to tie a proper bowtie. We searched high and low for someone who could tie it for him…finally we found a (real) young gentlemen to come in and save the day. Gentlemen take note: if you want to win a girl over, this is a superb way to charm her with your Dapper Dan skills.
Looks like he got it tied! 😉
Would you be shocked to know that Jade had previously bought this string of beads in her hair from a Michael’s store? She had seen a look similar from a photo and wanted to re-create it for this shoot. Brides take note: you don’t always have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks! Our hairstylist, Lisa, was so talented and creative and intricately looped and swooped the long string in and throughout her updo.
Another great tip for bridal makeup, find a lip color combination that you love (most likely it will need to be liner, stick and gloss all together) and wear it several days and weeks before your wedding. The right wedding day lip color will match any makeup look you go with, whether it be smokey and dark, or light and natural. In my opinion, the perfect bridal lip color isn’t too brown but isn’t too pink, and contains a little bit of a gloss overlay. The stick gives color while the gloss adds dimension. Lip liner seals the deal by framing your lips and keeps them from appearing “lost” on camera.
Last but not least, make sure you are adding a little warmth to your skin by adding a little bronzer to the high points of your face and including blush with it. You cannot have one without the other for your wedding day, no excuses whatsoever. One of my favorite tricks in the entire world is to contour with a foundation color a few shades darker than your actual skin tone. I love this for several reasons but mainly because it will yield the most natural look on the skin and doesn’t require powder application (which can easily look cakey in photos.) If you’re new to the contouring world, start with liquid products – powder can easily look dull and flat on the skin, not to mention ruddy! I can’t say enough great things about a liquid or cream contour and it’s a great way to “fake” a seamless line with your brush.
And now for a few photos of the new couple, Mr. & Mrs. Tolbert…
Cheers to the happy couple!