Our wedding: preparing my skin, hair and soul for the big day

Anyways, we're getting off subject. Lots of bride tend to want to overdo their makeup for their big day, and lots of makeup artists actually go too far in the look they create - I am here to tell you, you really don't need to go that far!

Months ahead of the big day: bright, beautiful skin

The first thing you want to do as you're coming closer to your wedding day (meaning a few months ahead of that day) is to really and truly take good care of it. Remember, taking care of your skin includes your face, neck, back and body! 

  • Wash your face morning and night (I've been using the Milk Cleanser)

  • Moisturize in the morning (Milk Creme) and at night

  • Exfoliate your skin twice a week - face, chest and back (our Facial Resurfacer is a GAME CHANGER! Have you got blackheads? Not anymore sister, this stuff is digging deep and cleansing your face)

Facial Resurfacer Senegence - if you want true baby skin this is what you need!

Facial Resurfacer Senegence - if you want true baby skin this is what you need!

  • Use an eye creme (if you want your makeup to not look crusty, make sure you're taking care of that skin)

 

Weeks before your big day: very moisturized skin and shiny hair

That means drinking lots of water, decreasing your salt intake and all around doing everything to stay hydrated. For your hair, my trick has always been to wash my hair every 3 days, brush it thoroughly with a boar bristle brush, put oil on it each night, use Protein shampoo once a week  and sleep with a loose bun on the side of my head. I promise you, that has led to the softest, happiest hair! If you haven't ordered the oil I posted up there, please do. It is by far my most exciting find and I'm SUPER loyal to it. 

The week of: calm. 

I know. Girlfriend I know. Trust me. My family and friends were helping us alot and they were a real blessing! But I totally know, the week of your wedding is CRAZY! I was NOT a bridezilla at all, and I really wasn't stressed about the wedding but darn it my brain was being pulled in a million different directions. Between the delivery of the chairs, cleaning up the yard, trying not to break a nail and totally getting a sunburn I was kind of brain dead. Enjoy the crazy, it's actually the best part. I don't know what your big day will be like but chances are it's going to go by really fast... so enjoy each day leading up to it, it's a tiny bubble of fun memories. 

DO rest, DO go home early if you want to. But also remember to enjoy your family coming from all over, enjoy the fact that your husband to be wants to help you and doesn't know all the details (it's cute), enjoy those last moments with your best friend, say thank you to everyone helping you. So much love. 

Looking back my favorite evenings were the few we spent at my parent's rental where we all brought our own food and enjoyed something we rarely get: time together. We all live really far from each other (California, Florida, north of France and Lyon) so any time we can spend time together we really take advantage of it. I loved every minute we spent together, even the random trips to Target or beach trip madness :)

 

The day of: even more calm. 

The morning of your wedding is quite interesting. You wake up and realize you're getting married today. By tonight you won't be a Varak, you'll be a Harris. Girlfriend this is such a fun day! No one is going to care about that typo in your menu, no one will notice that one of the groomsmen broke his leg (okay maybe that's a little obvious)... Girl, enjoy marrying your HUSBAND! What a lovely and wonderful day to remember forever, don't you dare make it a stressful day, don't you dare have any regrets about your attitude or your words. Be full of love for your husband, your family and your friends. Sniff your bouquet of flowers, smile at your mom and dad, and walk down that aisle. It's a beautiful day.

Our wedding was the most stunning thing I've ever seen (I know, I'm biased). The weather was perfect, the setting was amazing (thank you Babbs!), the boys looked so handsome and the girls were beautiful. Our families were with us, they love us, and we celebrated in style. 

DOING YOUR OWN MAKEUP: 

  1. Keep it really simple and take your time. You want to have makeup that looks great on camera, as well as close to your guests. That means making sure you used enough Foundation and concealer to have perfect skin (and powder to set it), but not so much that you look cakey. For me, that was all about taking time between each step: 2 minutes after Silk Primer, 2 minutes after each layer of foundation, etc. I really took my time and was calm.

  2. Focus on our eyes: in photos that will definitely be the prettiest: practice trying on fake lashes weeks before and learn how to line your eyes lightly - nothing better than long lashes in photos! Also, learn what eye shape you have and make sure you are respecting it to make your eyes look beautiful!

  3. Don't go too dark, and don't go too intense: one person came to see me after the wedding and said he really liked my makeup because I didn't look like a clown: it seems many brides do way too much! Once again, simple is the best!

  4. Do a light beige or light pink on your lips with a little shine and gloss (I did Goddess and Sassy Z)

  5. Highlight and contour: you won't regret learning how to do that and you certainly will not regret the results on camera. Contour is such a powerful thing- I used Moca Java and Natural + White Concealer.

If you're doing your own makeup, I'd love to help you through out! Tell me when your wedding is and we'll schedule a call :) 

Here's a list of the makeup I used: 

FACE:

  • Climate Control

  • Normal to Dry Moisturizer

  • Silk Primer (let it sit 2 minutes)

  • Pearlizer all over face

  • Color correcting tinted moisturizer

  • White and light concealer for highlighting

  • Crème Beige Foundation

  • Pouty Pink blush

  • pink opal shimmer to highlight

  • Candlelight under eyes

  • Sandstone Pearl over eyes

  • Natural powder and bronzer and blush to top off

EYES:

  • Moca java, mulberry, garnet, Rose gold shimmer, onyx for eyeliner, black lashsense

  • Elfcosmeticsmetics Lashes

LIPS:

  • Pink Champagne and Sassy z

SPRAY: @urbandecaycosmetics

Check out some of my favorite photos:

Getting Ready

 

First Looks

The wedding

 

 

PHOTOS: Emily Ganey

FLOWERS: Sydney Merritt and Anna Graham

MAKEUP: Me with Senegence + Morphe Brushes

VIDEOGRAPHER: Eric Beaton

FOOD: Bodega

DRINKS: Walmart bro

DRESS: crap I don't remember. 

MUSIC: Jonathan Talley

LOCATION: Tiffany and Johnny Babb

LIGHTS:  https://www.walmart.com/ip/25-Socket-Outdoor-Patio-String-Light-Set-G50-Clear-Globe-Bulbs-28-FT-Black-Cord-w-E17-Base/114150355

SPARKLERS: https://www.superiorcelebrations.com/category/confetti.html 

PITCHERS: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Arrow-Stacking-Pitcher-60-oz-1-0-CT/14938468

ICE BUCKET: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Creative-Ware-Insulated-Acrylic-Ice-Bucket-and-Tongs/21130886 

TIKI TORCHES: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F2M90J2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

PLATES: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072MQC228/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

USTENSILS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0779PJYK5/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

CUPS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GUOOHQW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

METAL BUCKETS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DB618VA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

NAPKINS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R8FQV6W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

DOWNLOAD MY WEDDING BUDGET PLAN HERE

 

The red everyone woman needs...

So, as you know, I'm French.

And as a frenchwoman, I grew up knowing that all a woman needs (seriously, needs) to feel put together is a really good red. Now, not every red is the same! And not every girl should wear the same red - which is why finding the right red means buying that red! 

Don't let that red go!

If you're walking around any city in France, you'll see lots of women young and old, wearing a bright red lipstick. She may not even have any makeup on the rest of her face: wash your face, put your hair in a bun and hydrate your skin - that's all you need!

And of course, she'll be wearing a beautiful red paint on her lips. 

That’s awesome for those french ladies, but I’m pretty sure red doesn’t look good on me...
— most women

I know, I know. No fear my lovely one, I'll help you figure out what color will look best. If anything, be inspired by the freedom french women feel when they dress - you're allowed to dress up for any occasion and be okay with looking different!

THE BOLD RED LIP || The rest of your makeup is simple and natural 

French women are all about natural beauty: we like bushy eyebrows, messy hair, glowing skin and bright lips - what more do you need? 

To accomplish this look, you'll want to choose these brighter Lipsense colors: 

These reds are beautiful, bright and bold! They'll be sure to make your lips pop and be the centre of attention... Show me how they look on you!

I'm wearing Fly Girl here!

I'm wearing Fly Girl here!

The red with a little variance...

These are the reds I wear most days: especially these top colors! 

 

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Tone...

Let me tell you how to find out what your skin tone is!

  • If you can't tell if your veins are green or blue, you may have a neutral skin tone. If you have an olive complexion, you likely fall into this category 
  • If your veins appear green, you have a warm skin tone
  • If your veins appear blue or purple, you have a cool skin tone

What color red do you want to try next? 

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