2018: A Year In Review

It was an incredible year filled with beautiful brides, celebrities and commercial/corporate shoots that earned us some awards and a spot in the Boston Wedding Group!

Maryelle Artistry - Boston Wedding Group

The Boston Wedding Group (BWG) is a vetted organization made up of Boston’s best wedding professionals and they chose us to be one of the three makeup artists in their group!

We’ve truly enjoyed getting to know the BWG members and networking with the best in Boston weddings.

Maryelle Artistry - Boston Wedding Group

In addition to joining this spectacular organization, we also won a couple of industry awards!

We received the 2018 Couples’ Choice Award from WeddingWire and were named Boston’s Best Makeup Artist by Boston Magazine!

Maryelle Artistry - Wedding Wire

We even attended the Best of Boston Weddings Award Ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston!

Maryelle Artistry - Best of Boston Weddings

The industry recognition that we’ve received this year has been unbelievable. However, we know it wouldn’t be possible without our incredible clients.

That’s why, it’s the moments we’ve shared with all of them that matter most.

Photography Credit:  Paper Antler

Photography Credit: Paper Antler

The year was full of fun shoots with incredible people like Cynthia Nyongesa

Maryelle Artistry - Makeup Artist

and Shannon Mulaire from NBC 10 Boston.

Maryelle Artistry - NBC 10 Boston

We had the pleasure of working with multiple celebrities like the casts of Super Troopers 2

Maryelle Artistry - Super Troopers 2
Maryelle Artistry - Crazy Rich Asians

We had so much fun with Susanna Fogel, the writer and director of The Spy Who Dumped Me

Maryelle Artistry - The Spy Who Dumped Me

and our dear friend, Mary Steenburgen, who recently stared in Book Club.

Maryelle Artistry - Book Club

Danielle Russell from Measure of a Man even included us in her own social media post!

Maryelle Artistry - Danielle Russell

Danielle was absolutely thrilled with how we styled her hair and said that no one’s ever made her hair look so good. THAT is what we live for!

We’re so grateful to do what we love while making others look and feel their best. We’re thrilled with all we’ve accomplished in 2018 and look forward to another wonderful year!

How Is Bridal Makeup Different From A Corporate Or Commercial Look?

Bridal makeup is fun, personal and DIFFERENT.

It’s true! Everything from the way we approach the job to the makeup itself is different when working on a wedding.

Photography Credit:  Sarah Der Photography

Photography Credit: Sarah Der Photography

THE APPROACH

When working with a bride, all that matters is what she likes/dislikes. Some brides like a dramatic look while others don’t like much makeup at all. So, we take the time to understand each bride’s personal style and vision during her trial. We also take into consideration the cut, style and color of her dress. This helps us to ensure the makeup style flows with her entire look.

As you can imagine our approach is extremely different when working with a commercial or corporate client. Instead of talking to the talent in our chair, we go straight to the company that hired us to understand the image / message they’d like us to propel.

THE MAKEUP

The makeup we use during our commercial and/or corporate photoshoots creates a more natural look and has a flat/matt finish and texture to it.

Photography Credit:  Doug Levy

Photography Credit: Doug Levy

While bridal makeup is often more colorful, playful and glamorous.

Photography Credit:  DreamLove Wedding Photography

Photography Credit: DreamLove Wedding Photography

We love working with brides and we love to give them the extra shimmer and highlight that speaks to the celebration at hand! After all, it’s one of the most important days in a bride’s life and we want to make sure she looks GREAT!

Five Steps To Wedding Day Hair + Makeup Bliss

It’s your wedding day! We want you to have the most incredible morning with your closest girls. So, follow these 5 simple steps and get ready to be pampered!

Photography Credit:  Dreamlove Wedding Photography  

Photography Credit: Dreamlove Wedding Photography 

1.     WASH YOUR HAIR

We recommend you shampoo the night before your wedding. But, if your hair gets frizzy overnight, then washing the morning of works well too!

2.     KEEP YOUR FRIZZ UNDER CONTROL

If you have curly hair and you want to keep that natural texture all day long then add in your favorite frizz control product and allow time for your hair to completely dry before your appointment.

3.     DRY YOUR HAIR

If you’re getting an updo then give your hair enough time to completely dry before your appointment. Your hair should only be damp if you've requested a blow out instead!

4.     CLEAN YOUR FACE

Wash and Gently exfoliate your face and lips, pat dry and moisturize!

5.     KICK BACK, RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR DAY

We are going to make you shine!

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Makeup That Looks Great In Photos AND In Person

There’s a fine line between making someone look good in person and making them look good on film. However, a great makeup artist will be able to balance the two!

Photography Credit: Heather Soucy

Photography Credit: Heather Soucy

It all starts with the foundation! Foundation is an important product to use when appearing on film or camera. It evens out your skin tone, smooths your over all texture and covers up any flaws or blemishes that you may have.

A full application of foundation looks great in photos and film but if you’re someone who doesn’t wear makeup often then you may think it looks a bit heavy or unnatural in person. If that’s the case, then we recommend a technique called Spotting Foundation.

Spotting Foundation means you only apply makeup to the parts of your face that are discolored or blemished. Then you blend the foundation into your natural skin tone so your face looks even. This technique will leave you feeling like yourself when you look in the mirror AND it'll make you look balanced, fresh and clean when you appear on camera.

Makeup Before and After

Once the foundation is in place we’d add some soft contouring and highlighting!

The camera loves structure and without it your face will look flat behind the lens. So, we recommend some SOFT contouring and highlighting. It won’t be very noticeable in person but it will enhance your natural bone structure and make you camera ready!

Photography Credit:  Sadie Dayton Photography

Photography Credit: Sadie Dayton Photography

Finally, it’s time for the eyes!

When it comes to your eyes we recommend keeping everything really close to your eyeline. We love using natural tones on the upper and lower lid while keeping the deeper tones in a tight line along the lash line. Then we smudge it out to create a look that will make your eyes pop on camera while remaining soft and subtle in person.

Maryelle Artistry @cynthiayongesa after Photo

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Hair + Makeup Trials

Wedding planning is fun but it is also filled with lots of choices and decisions that need to be made! There’s no question about that. But, when it comes to wedding hair and makeup we’ve got you covered! That’s why we’re breaking down the who, what, where, when, why and how of wedding hair and makeup trials. 

Makeup Artist

WHO should you bring?

Your hair and makeup trial is about YOU. It’s a chance to test out your vision and gain confidence in your wedding day look. That’s why we suggest you bring just one person along for the ride.

Of course, everyone wants you to look your best on your big day but multiple people bring multiple opinions and will likely drown out how you really feel. So, we recommend you bring your absolute bestie! The person who knows your style better than anyone and can help clear your mind if you start to get overwhelmed.

WHAT should you bring to the trial?

In addition to your bestie there are three more things you’ll want to bring! First on the list… PICTURES.  

“A picture is worth a thousand words” and they can help us understand your vision and personal style better than anything else. For example, a bride may say she wants her hair up high. However, “high” means something different to everyone. So, if she brings a photo showing just how high she’s talking then the message will become a whole lot clearer.

In addition to pictures, you should bring the hair accessories that you want to incorporate into your look.  Even if it’s not the exact piece that you plan to use, you should still bring something similar in shape and size.  

Wedding Hair Accessories

Finally, make sure you wear the right clothing to your trial. Choose a shirt that resembles the color and shape of your wedding dress. A top with the same neckline as your gown will help you determine the best style for your hair while the color will help you match your makeup!

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WHERE does the trial take place?

Most trials take place at a salon. We’ve partnered with Icon Salon in Newton Center and often meet our clients there. However, if a bride lives nearby, we’re willing to meet at her home as we’re constantly looking to make our clients as comfortable as possible!    

WHEN should you have your wedding trial?  

Hair and makeup stylists often require a nonrefundable deposit to hold a wedding date. Some brides prefer to have their trial before they make that deposit. If you’d like to meet with your hair and makeup artist before you secure them for your wedding then we're happy to schedule your trial right away.

However, if you feel comfortable with your stylist then book them immediately and schedule your trial closer to your wedding date. We typically recommend having your trial in the same season as your big day. For example, if you’re getting married in August then you should aim to have your trial in June. Keeping your trial in the same season as your wedding will allow you to have the same skin tone during each makeup appointment. 

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That being said, you should schedule your trial three months prior to your wedding date. Creating a three-month buffer will give you time to reschedule in case of an emergency (ie. weather or illness).

WHY are trials important?

There are a few reasons why hair and makeup trials are important. The first is it gives a chance for your stylist to learn about your personal style as well as your skin and hair type. Then the two of you can explore the options for the best makeup and hair looks that work with your personal style and your dress. You will also be able to see how well this look holds for the camera (for your photos) as well as in person (as you greet your guest).

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Finally, your trial is the perfect time to connect with your stylist on a personal level giving you the opportunity to develop that relationship before your big day. Your wedding day may be a bit stressful and seeing a familiar face behind the chair could be just what you need to help you feel relaxed and pampered.  

HOW should you prepare your hair and skin for your trial?

When it comes to your hair, make sure it’s clean. We recommend you shampoo the night before your trial. But, if your hair gets frizzy overnight, then washing the morning of works well too. 

Keeping your frizz under control is important. So, if you have curly hair and you want to keep that natural texture all day then add in your favorite frizz control product and allow time for your hair to completely dry before your appointment.

In fact, anyone who is getting an updo needs to give their hair enough time to completely dry before their appointment. Your hair should only be damp if you've requested a blow out instead of an updo style. 

Once your hair is set, just wash and gentle exfoliate your face, pat dry and moisturize then head out the door! It’s time for your wedding hair and makeup trial and it's going to be a blast! 

2017: A Year In Review

From weddings to celebrity photo shoots, 2017 was a year to remember!

Christie Strong was just one of the countless brides we dolled up before they walked down the aisle.

Photography Credit:  Pixel Perfection

Photography Credit: Pixel Perfection

We also made Katie Nolan shine at the Patriots Super Bowl Ring Ceremony back in June.

Katie Nolan

When we weren’t getting people ready for major events, we were behind the scenes at photo shoots and promotional tours.

Photography Credit:  Douglas Levy Photography

Photography Credit: Douglas Levy Photography

This gorgeous gal was part of a corporate shoot we did for Breckinridge Capital Advisors back in October. We got everyone ready so Douglas Levy Photography could capture the perfect photos.

We also worked with Doug on a commercial shoot for Yogibo’s 2017 campaign.

Photography Credit:  Douglas Levy Photography

Photography Credit: Douglas Levy Photography

The year was filled with commercial gigs, including a job with the one and only Rob Gronkowski

Photography Credit:  Michael Indresano Photography

Photography Credit: Michael Indresano Photography

Our artists have worked with multiple celebrities and high-profile clients. However, 2017 brought us the most impressive and inspirational person yet. 

Jeff Bauman & Jake Gyllenhaal

It was a pleasure to tour with Jeff Bauman and Jake Gyllenhaal while they promoted their movie, Stronger.

As we worked on Jeff’s makeup, we saw what an incredibly kind and strong person he truly is. It was an honor to make him look and feel his best.  

Jeff Bauman

In the end, THAT is our passion. We take great pride in making our clients look their best. We want everyone to feel confident in their appearance and we are grateful to continue this work throughout 2018!