The Importance of Professional Hair & Makeup for Your Wedding Day

What girl doesn't like to be pampered?!  More importantly, what girl doesn't like to be pampered and looking her best on her wedding day?  If you ask us, every bride not only wants to look and feel her best, but she deserves it too.  Some of our favorite moments with our brides (and even in photos from past clients) are when you can see them flirting with themselves in the mirror.  To us, it is a sign of a job wel done.  This feeling doesn't just apply to bride either.  The female members of the wedding party, including moms and grandmothers, all deserve to look and feel their best.

Many of our clients tell us that their attendants don't want to pay for professional hair and makeup services because they can either do it themselves, or they cannot afford to pay for it.  We understand that being in a wedding is a huge commitment, both time-wise and financially.  We often tell brides that providing professional hair and makeup services for the girls is one of the single-most important things they can do.   Our best advice for brides is to tell your bridesmaids to put a few dollars a week away in the months leading up to the wedding, and by the time the wedding rolls around, they will have enough money to splurge on professional hair and makeup for your big day.  Many brides also pay (either in-full or a certain dollar amount) towards the hair and makeup to make it more affordable for their girls.  Although we are a little biased on the subject, we truly believe that this small expense makes a big difference, both on the day of the wedding (less stress on everyone), as well as for years to come (photos last a lifetime).

After doing hair and makeup professionally for over 15 years, we can tell you that having your hair and makeup professionally makes a HUGE difference.  Every professional photographer will attest to this.  Below are a few reasons why you should hire a professional hair and makeup artist for your big day.

  • A hairstylist will make your hairstyle look good from EVERY angle the camera captures.  It's easy to do your own hair and make it look good from the front or the back, but there is no telling what angles the photographer will capture.  A professional will know how to make your hairstyle look balanced, full and flattering from the front, back, sides, top, whatever angle the camera captures.

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  • -A makeup artist knows how to bring out your best features.  Highlighting and contouring in the wrong places can accentuate the wrong things, while highlighting and contouring in the right places will make you look your best
  • A hairstylist knows how to make the most of your hair type.  A lot of brides come to us saying "I don't know what you can do with this fine, thin hair" or "I don't know what you can do with this massive mane I have".  You would be amazed what a hairstylist can do with your hair!  Having experience with so many hair types, they will make your fine hair look full and your thick hair look proportionate.  It's not uncommon to have a bride leave saying "I didn't know my hair could do that!"Image
  • A makeup artist knows how to style for photographs.  Every day makeup looks great in person (see previous post), but there are a lot of different techniques when it comes to photos.ImageImage
  • Professional hairstylists and makeup artists use the right products and techniques to make your hair and makeup last ALL day.  It's one thing to look great when you leave your house that morning, it's another thing to still look great when you make your grand exit that night.  Professional makeup, hair tools and experience will all help you to look picture perfect all day long.ImageWe hope that that these few reasons help you realize the importance of professional hair and makeup for your big day, for not only yourself, but for your wedding party as well.  For more information or to schedule your wedding day beauty services, give us a call or email and we will be happy to create your perfect look.Until next time, remember to Live Beautifully!xoxo~The Glam Squad

How Much Make-Up is Too Much Make-Up?

This may sound like a crazy question, but we guarantee that almost every lady out there has asked themselves this question before.  We decided to use our Thursday Beauty Tip  to tackle this very question.  Luckily for us, we run into this topic more often than not. Have you ever been invited to an event and at the bottom of the invitation it says "Semi-Formal Attire Requested"? If you are like most people, you probably struggle with the definition of different attire styles: formal, semi-formal, business casual, evening casual...the list goes on and on!  Well, believe it or not, the same can be said of make-up (and hair) styles.From photo shoots that require a more natural look to weddings and formal events that need a more glamorous, dramatic look to even some of our favorite guys, who need, dare we say, a more over-the-top look; the list goes on and on for us as well! Believe us when we say, EVERYONE has a different definition!  We decided to break down the language of make-up styles and give you some ideas of what is natural, everyday, glamorous and over-the-top make-up is (to us anyway).

Natural Make-Up

The idea of a natural look is to appear as though you are not wearing any make-up, i.e. naturally beautiful.  Even the most natural looking celebrities and models have a lot of make-up on when you see them; however, it is possible to achieve the natural look without caking on the foundation and eyeshadow in order to appear as though you have nothing on.  Sometimes, giving the appearance of a "natural look" require applying more make-up then you may usually wear.  We have a lot of brides who request a "natural look", and while it is important for the bride to feel comfortable on their big day, it is also important to understand that the natural look does not show up in photos.  For this reason, we always suggest going for a more everyday look (see the next section for details) with a bit more emphasis on their best features (play up blue eyes with lashes or make your luscious lips the star with a beautiful color and gloss).  Below are some examples of a natural look.

The Lovely Ladies of We've Got The Keys (L to R)~Allison, Jen & Nadene

Everyday Make-Up

This is exactly what is says...the make-up look you wear everyday.  Think of your normal beauty routine and that is what you can expect here.  Many times, we encourage our clients to accentuate their best features, while still adhering to their normal beauty routine.

Nothing is more important than the eyebrows.  Be sure to fill in your brows if they are sparse because they are the framework of your face.  Trying using a powder and not a pencil for a more natural look.  Remember that the eyes are the one of the most important areas on your face, so why not play up your baby blues with a little mascara or accentuate your big brown eyes with a subtle, purple shadow.  Don't go overboard...a little goes a long way!  The best thing to remember is not overdue your everyday look.  You don't have to try every beauty trend each season; must pick one or two that will compliment your style and make it work for you. If don't ever wear lipstick, mixing red lips into your everyday look may be a little too much.  Save it for a special occasion when it requires you have a more glamorous look (next section).  You will see from the photos below that Natural and Everyday Make-Up are similar, and for you, it may be one in the same.  Check out some of our favorite everyday make-up looks.

Glamourous/Dramatic Make-Up

This look is more for special occasions (i.e. weddings, pageants, special events) and should be used to make you feel special, like the beauty queen you are!  Every lady should have the opportunity to have a more glamourous or dramatic look at least once.  Think more lashes, a little bit more eyeliner, shimmering shadow, a bold lip, all accentuated by a more formal hairstyle and a great dress!  When we do hair and make-up trials for our brides, we always tell them to try and wear something in a similar shape to their gown (especially neckline) so they can get an idea of what the final product will look like.  It is hard to get an idea of what your hair and especially your make-up will look like on your big day when you are wearing a tank top and sweatpants.  With that being said, this make-up look is not something that you will wear everyday.  Check out these photos of some beauty queens we recently had the chance to make-over for a special event. They definitely are glamourous and are bringing the drama with their make-up (and hair and dresses and their hair candy).

Special thanks to Key West Bridal for their fabulous (and colorful dress) that Kristin is wearing.  Hair candy is designed by Gypsy Petals.

Maja

Jennifer

Toni Michelle

Victoria

Kristin

Dress Courtesy of Key West Bridal

Over-The-Top Make-Up

We think this speaks for itself, but just in case there is any question, there are only a few occasions when someone can be this over-the-top and we think that the fabulous drag queens of Key West have it covered!  So, unless you are planning on being part of a performance, we think you should save this look for them, because they do it so flawlessly.  Stay fabulous ladies!

 

We hope that these descriptions help you the next time you are pondering which look you should go for.  When all else fails, give us a call or email and we will be happy to create your perfect look.

Until next week, remember to Live Beautifully!

xoxo

~The Glam Squad

 

Girls Night Out~Key West Motives Party

Last month, we had the opportunity to team up with the staff at Key West Harbour to host a Girls Night Out event for some of their members.  The Glam Squad packed up and hit the road to beautify the lovely ladies complete with mini hair and makeup style makeovers.  We were thrilled to be able to set-up in such a beautiful location complete with delicious wine and appetizers, compliments of Key West Harbour.

 

 

 

Each of our attendees were welcomed with a goody bag, as well as tickets for our amazing drawings throughout the night, which featured appointments with members of the Glam Squad for facials, spray tans, hair cuts, etc.

 

After grabbing a snack and a glass of wine, the mini makeovers began.  At this event, we were featuring the newest cosmetic products on the market, Motives.

 

Our Glam Squad members showed each lady how they can simplify their makeup routine in just a few easy steps.  Many of the attendees admitted that they had not changed their beauty routine in years and were so happy about trying the new products!

 

 

After a quick visit to the makeup chair, it was on to the hair chair.  From curls with straightening irons to volume from hair product, we showed the ladies how to get the most out of their hair.

 

 

 

When the event was over, most of the ladies continued the party at the Harbour Restaurant and showed off their new looks to their family and friends.

The Glam Squad is looking forward to our next Girls Night Out event at Key West Harbour.  Until then, remember to live beautifully!

Top 10 Wedding Beauty Tips-Part 2 of 2

It's Thursday, which means it is time for another beauty tip!  This week, we continuing our Top 10 Wedding Beauty Tips series we started last week.

6. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. This is easier said then done, but, trust us, it works. It keeps your complextion refreshed, vibrant, & healthy looking. If you just despise water, throw a little lemon or lime in it or for a crisper taste, toss in cucumber slices. It is also really important to not drink too much alcohol the night before. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! 7. Schedule your spray tan 2 days prior to your wedding.   Ladies, it’s SO important that you schedule your spray tan 2 days before your big day so that you have time for the tan to settle into your skin.  It is also very important to exfoliate your entire body prior to getting your spray tan.  You will end up with better overall results.  Spray tanning is also a good way to cover-up unwanted blemishes, and in some cases, pesky tattoos. 8. Makeup Setting Spray- Setting your makeup is so important, that we had to mention it twice!  A Florida bride must! Urban Decay All Nighter & Model in a Bottle are go-to’s.  A light mist of hairspray also works well...we know it sounds crazy, but it works.  After attending an event this past weekend where everyone was sweating and their makeup was running, we kept getting compliments on how flawless our makeup looked! 9. Faux eyelashes...opt out for strip lashes- If you want false eyelashes, individuals or clusters look more  natural.  We recently triple-lashed a bride with individual lashes and it added some much drama to her overall look.  Individual lashes look more natural too. 10. Lip exfoliant before applying lip color! Jane Iredale Sugar Butter Lip Exfoliant is a  favorite.. and it’s edible!  We also prefer to use a lip liner and a gloss instead of a lipstick to prevent the lip from flaking or drying out.

 That's it!  If you follow these simple beauty tips, you will be sure to look flawless on your wedding day and beyond!

Check back next Thursday when we feature our top fall beauty trends.

Have a great weekend!

Second September Promotion

Since September is one of our favorites months, we figured that instead of offering just one promotion this month, that we would offer two!  In preparation for wedding season (and Homecoming, Fantasy Fest, the Navy Ball, Holiday parties and all of the other upcoming events in Key West), we are offering a great package for hair and makeup services.

Starting today, any new client that books a package for hair and makeup services for 3 or more people (bridesmaids, mothers, friends, sisters, etc.), will receive $30 off each package.  This brings the package down to $175 each, which is an amazing deal for professional, on-site hair and makeup application. 

To take advantage of this promotion, you must book services and pay in full no later than September 30, 2011.  Appointments can be made in advance for dates after September 2011, as long as the packages are paid in full by September 30, 2011.  For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards (a small processing fee applies), as well as checks and money orders.  To schedule your  beauty appointments or for more information, please email Kelly (beautyboutique@comcast.net)

Be sure to check out our wonderful September Spa Promotion for information on how you can get a manicure, pedicure and spray tan for FREE.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Kim's Favorite Products

 

Our head beauty planner and all around beauty guru, Kim Arencibia, is revealing what's in her beauty bag by sharing a few of  her favorite beauty products.

First up...Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner.  "This item is a must have for anyone who wants to line and define their eyes the easy way" says Kim. " This gel formula glides on without pulling or tugging and  lasts all day.  It is the perfect eye liner for brides in the warm, Florida weather because it dries quickly, does not smudge, will not sweat off and it literally, lasts all night long!  You can even swim with it on."  It is the perfect complement to both natural and faux eyelashes.  It comes in a variety of colors (black, bronze, navy blue, midnight purple), but Kim's favorite is the Midnight Black.  The .10 oz container will cost you $22 but will last you at least 6 months, if not longer.

The next item in Kim's beauty bag is Sephora Collection's Atomic Volume Mascara.  After trying many, many, many mascaras, Kim has discovered her absolute favorite that she not only uses for her clients, but also herself. "Atomic Volume is amazing!  It gives mega-volume to even the limpest lashes.  The best part is, the longer you use it, the more conditioned and stunning your lashes will become."  The tubular brush applicator also helps to lengthen and separate your lashes for a full-sexy flutter.  The best part of this product is the price...$15 for a .5 oz tube. 

Since we are on the topic of eyes, let's talk eyebrows.  "Your eyebrows are the framework of your face and for that reason, they are an important part of your beauty regimen.  It's important to not over-pluck your brows because over time, the hair shafts are not stimulated, causing hair not to grow as fast or at all.  If you are a product of over-plucking, there is an answer.  One of my favorite products of all time is brow stencils and powder from Cristina Cosmetics.  I have been using this product for many years and I can't begin to tell you the difference it makes.  Unlike brow pencils, stencils and powders give a more natural look.  Unfortunately, I can't find the Cristina Cosmetics product anymore, but after a quick search online, I stumbled on two great products."   The first is from Anastasia Beverly Hills.  According to Kim, "Anastasia's Classic Stencils is the closest thing I have found to the ones from Cristina Cosmetics.  They are great quality and durable, so they can be used over and over again.  This stencil kit comes with 5 stencils for $20.  You can buy the brow powder separately or use one that you already have."   The other product  is Too Faced Brow Envy Brow Shaping and Defining Kit.  This kit comes with three stencils, brow powder in Blonde and Brunette, brow wax and a highlighting powder as well as brushes, tweezers and a step-by-step guide for $35.  The best thing about this kit is that it is compact enough to fit into your makeup bag. 

Kim doesn't just have favorite makeup products. She also has tons of favorite hair products as well.  Her absolute favorite hair product right now  is Osis Dust It Mattifying Powder by Schwarzkopf.  "This multipurpose product works wonders, especially on fine hair.  It is the perfect product for not only soaking up moisture (i.e. sweat, grease), but also for adding volume and texture.  Simply sprinkle on the underside of your hair, at the nape of your neck, as well as a light sprinkle at the roots (on dry hair) and then give a rough "massage" with your fingers to work product in.  This is important so that your hair doesn't appear too white. Then flip hair over and style as usual.  You can also sprinkle on your palms and rub together, then rake your hands through your hair for texture and light separation.  If you live in Florida, or anywhere where it is hot, this product is a must-have for you!"   The .35 oz. bottle is typically under $15.

We hope that you take Kim's advice and check out and invest in some, if not all, of these products.  You won't be sorry!  Look for more beauty tips and favorite products from Kim and the entire Glam Squad coming soon to The Beauty Insider.

Kim Arencibia is the owner and founder of Beauty Boutique & The Glam Squad LLC.  She has over 20 years of experience and knowledge in the beauty industry and has worked with MTV and the Teen Choice Awards as well as numerous corporate groups and seveal hundred bridal parties.  She prides herself on customer service and tailoring all of her on-site beauty and spa packages to the customer's exact needs.  For more information or to book your next appointment with Kim and The Glam Squad, please visit our website at www.beautyboutiquekw.com.