Makeup & Carrie

Makeup & Carrie

Two of my FAVORITES! 

First off, Carrie's album came out today!!! In case you live in a hole and did not know this. Obviously, I made a mad dash to Target on my lunch break to get it, b/c we must have the actual cd in hand not just an iTunes download. Carrie is much more important than that!

Every song is amazing, there isn't a single one that bores me or I skip over. That is unless I'm just in the mood for a particular song. Also, her new tour was announced today... pretty sure I'm asking for tickets to either Nov 3rd in Charlotte for my birthday or December 19 in Atlanta for Christmas. {Note to Carrie: COME TO CHARLESTON PLEASSSEEE!!}

Also, I need to point out the fact that Carrie is on the cover of the June issue of Glamour Magazine... yep, picking up a copy ASAP.

Who all saw her on Good Morning America this morning?! Not me because I was at work. I would like to add that I watched Good Morning America instead of my daily Today Show viewing just to see Carrie... and of course, she was on after I had to leave for work. Go figure.

No worries... you can catch up HERE! It was amazing, but why wouldn't it be?!

Ok now onto my makeup ordeal.

I'm trying to decide what to do for my bridal portraits & wedding makeup. Do I do my own makeup and just get some new really good makeup? OR do I have someone do it for me? I'm at a loss! I know people who have done both and I feel like no matter what you are just glowing and so happy and beautiful on your wedding day. HOWEVER, I know me and I will probably screw it up because of nerves and look like a raccoon or something. 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!



  1. I considered both options when I got married. I chose to do my own makeup with my own products because I was familiar with how long they would last (think hot sweaty day LOL) before touch-ups were needed, I could practice multiple times before the actual day-of apply, and plus I'm pretty particular - so I didn't want added stress of someone else screwing it up if I knew I could do it great myself!

  2. I would definitely get a makeup artist to do it BUT only if they include a trial run and that they specialize in weddings. Your makeup has to look good in person but also photograph well so it helps to have someone who knows how to accomplish both and has experience doing so. I always get really stressed in important situations when I do my own makeup (even though I do makeup for other people's special events all the time) and you don't want to be panicking over an eyeliner or false lash crisis.

  3. I totally agree that if you're considering a makeup artist you need to do a trial run first! I ended up doing my own makeup for my wedding day; I was originally going to have a makeup artist come to the hotel to do my makeup but when I went for my trial, I found that I didn't love the way she did my makeup and I felt she wasn't listening to what I was saying. It made me feel super stressed out and I realized I am way too much of a control freak to have someone else doing my makeup for me on my wedding when you're already emotional enough! I ended up going to Sephora and the girl who worked there was awesome and helped me pick out some great products that I love and still use today! Now the hair was a different story, I'm totally clueless when it comes to that so I had no problem relinquishing control of that for my wedding! :)

  4. I've had the CD on repeat all day. obsessed. I'm having a make up artist for Saturday. The trail was today and I was really happy with it. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo


  5. I had my bridal portraits last weekend and had my makeup and hair done for the trial run (at a Salon in Charleston, actually!) by the folks who were going to do my day-of... boy am I glad I did! The hair was AWFUL and she didn't do what i asked AT ALL (so we cancelled day-of hair... can you imagine if that had actually been my wedding day??) but I had the airbrush makeup done as well, and it was lovely!! It happened to be super hot this past weekend and my portraits were outside in Beaufort and the makeup didn't BUDGE and I looked like they had edited the photos. I highly, highly recommend airbrush makeup, esp for a Charleston wedding. It was flawless, light, and perfect!

    DEFINITELY do a trial run. I'm so glad I did!

  6. I was a very budget-conscious bride, and when I saw what professional make-up/hair cost, I had a minor panic attack (I also picked one of Charlotte's BEST ... she recently did Gretchen Rossi's makeup from RHOBH).

    With that said, I am so happy that I ended up booking her for both my engagement portraits and wedding. It was well worth it to not have to stress about doing my own, and she also knew some great tricks of the trade for long-lasting wedding beautification. And I just felt so pampered -- I could have a mimosa and enjoy the time with my girls while someone else fretted over my hair and makeup.

    A year from now, you won't miss that money. Go for it!

  7. I am not that wonderful with make-up to begin with so I always knew I would have someone do it for me...but I totally recommend it! She did things with my eyes/eyebrows that were AMAZING (at least I thought so, ha!). It's definitely worth the investment I think. I hardly had to touch up at all, and our reception was OUTSIDE in JUNE in BEAUFORT! Money well spent! Can't wait to see your wedding pics, I know you'll be gorgeous!

  8. I think i saw you on idol tonight, no?

  9. Brooke - seriously, you need to book Leslie Moore from Moore Makeup in Charleston if she is available. She is the absolute best, and I'm not just saying that because she did the makeup for my wedding. She was recommended to me directly by Tara Guerard...can you get a better recommendation?! She made me and my entire bridal party look our best, and she can do any look you may want. She also listened to my concerns and things I wanted to change, which I really appreciated. Leslie recommended a hair girl to me, she has a few that she likes their work. If Leslie is not available, ask her who else she can recommend for your date.

    I say get the makeup and hair. You won't have to worry about a thing on your wedding day, and you won't regret spending a little extra for that, I promise. Plus, the professionals know what looks best both on camera AND in person. It is going to be the most photographed day of your life, and I know I probably would have had raccoon eyes if I had done my own makeup.

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