First lets talk about your skin!
It can be complicated figuring out what skin type you have plus it can change depending on seasons of the year, life stages and hormones. Everyone needs moisture of some kind. Even if you have oily skin and especially if your skin is combination or dry.
Basic ingredients you need for hydration include ceramides (plumps skin and helps retain moisture), hyaluronic acid/sodium hyaluronate (attracts water to your skin, replenishes moisture and gives you a youthful glow) and glycerin (humectant that prevents moisture loss). PLEASE STOP USING COCONUT OIL (or any other oil) ALONE AND THINKING ITS ALL YOU NEED. You are missing some serious hydration. Your skin will thank you.
Think you just need a good face scrub? Not exactly. You have to hydrate your skin to help the dead skin cells release. If you skin is not well moisturized when you use a face scrub then you're only irritating your skin. Great ingredients for exfoliating include alpha hydroxy, lactic acid and fruit acids. These give your skin a beautiful glow and are more beneficial than using a scratchy paste that can be irritating and cause tiny cuts in your skin.
Lastly, a lot of people have acne and it can occur at any age and within any skin type. We'll only focus on that a little with the products as acne can be caused by so many different things. Generally a great night cream with retinol is very helpful for someone dealing with acne. You definitely have to be careful not to over-dry the skin as many acne products do. We'll expand this topic in a future post but you are always welcome to contact us with any questions!
Hope this post helps you get your glow on for the holiday season! If you have anything to add about your favorite products or skincare questions let us know by commenting or contacting us and we will get back with you shortly!
It has recently come to my attention that many of my clients and everyday friends and family that wear makeup strictly as a mandatory ritual to leave the house, do not know how to wash their makeup brushes. As a matter of FACT, I was told recently that some of you didn’t know you needed to!!! Is this true makeup wearers of today? No judgement. I'm not here to judge. So please excuse my motherly tone when I say YES, makeup wearers, you must MUST wash your makeup brushes regularly (at least once a month) even if you are the only one using them. Why you ask? Here is why:
As we apply makeup, our brushes are not only depositing the makeup we dipped them into but are also picking up the oils from our face along with that high end anti aging moisturizer we paid so much for. Repeated use eventually coats up our powder products and gunks up the brush. The overall results get muddier and our product harder to use because of the layers of moisture on it.
Ever notice your powder products getting hard surfaces on them? Yep! That's weeks of bacteria filled moisture just marinating there ready to be put back on your skin by the oily bacteria filled brush. Gross you out enough? GOOD!! Ok, here's what to do:
1) Get yourself a bottle of inexpensive hair shampoo and a good brush cleaner ( I like Cinema Secrets and MAC the best).
* Toni Tip: For stubborn to clean brushes that have dried cream or gel in them use dish soap. Dish Soap can dry out natural hair brushes so best to use on synthetic and only when needed. Many foundation brushes are made with synthetic fibers.
2) Place each in a separate bowl and mix with a little water. (Don’t have to mix with water at all but I like to make it spread a little further)
3) Lay a towel next to the sink
4) Get your brushes wet first and then dip into each solution swirling the brush under clean running warm water until brush is clean.
* Toni Tip: Be mindful of the shape of your brush. cleaning against the natural shape or smashing your brush can misshapen it over time
5) Squeeze all the water out of the brush shaping it in it natural shape laying flat on the towel to dry overnight.
* Toni Tip: Dont place wet brushes in a cup upright and don’t soak upside down in a cup. The water will get into the base of the hair loosening the glue overtime.
Congratulations! You now have clean brushes!
Below you will find some of my favorite brush cleaning products
This was one of those weddings that took our breath away! Every detail was perfection. Jessica's vision for her wedding day was awe inspiring and everyone involved did an outstanding job! We are so excited that we got to design the makeup looks for Jessica's special day at Southwind Hills!
All images shown are from The Tarnos Photography www.thetarnos.com
Floral Designs by Southwind Hills Florist
Makeup Design by MarloHaus Artist Krystal McKinley
Hair Design by Salon Zen Artist Brittainy Campbell
Southwind Hills is by far the BEST catering and venue experience I have had in a while. Super top notch professional staff and I even got talked into taking a couple minutes to sample their brunch menu. Let me tell you it was divine. I can't wait to come back to Southwind Hills again! - Krystal
Visit The Tarnos Blog to view Jessica's entire bridal gallery!
We were so lucky to have such a wonderful bride and bridal party this last weekend! Now don't get us wrong we love doing weddings at Gaillardia BUT the bridal/locker room has terrible lighting. I mean terrible! Luckily Toni recently purchased two makeup lights so we could see in full brilliance just what we were doing. By the way for any pro artists reading The Makeup Light (TML Brand) is incredible.
Never before have we had such perfect lighting to create the perfect look for all of our beautiful bridal party members! Our clients can now rest easy knowing that wherever we go they will be made into their most beautiful selves while basking in the glow of perfect lighting!! Ok, slightly dramatic but completely warranted. Please take a minute to check out our work from Patricia's special day and thank you for following our blog!
We also planned out our day with multiple artists to give each person a fully customized look without being rushed.
We couldn’t have said it better that stylist KRISSI FARRIMOND who had these words about the anniversary shoot: “From the obvious love and playfulness of our real couple, to the stunning hanging floral, to the five-tier cake with sugar flowers as big as your face, to the light pouring in from the expansive open window, and that gown! Everything felt as if spring was sprinkling each detail with pixie dust.” Yep! That pretty much sums it up and we know your going to love the way GREY COLLECTIVE photographer Sheradee Hurst captured all the details on film! - Published on Grey Likes Weddings Blog (click for additional images of all the details!)
Photography: SHERADEE HURST // Stylist: KRISSI FARRIMOND // Florals: INSPIRE EVENTS // Venue:WATERS EDGE WINERY // Decor: URBANE // Gown Designer: JLM COUTURE // Tux and Gown Boutique: JJ KELLY // Ring: TRUMPET AND HORN // Ring Box: THE MRS. BOX // Cake: AMY CAKES // Favors: THE SOAP KITCHEN // Bow Tie: BRACKISH BOW TIES // Hair: ANDREA LEMONDS // Bracelet: TWYLA DILL DESIGN // Make-Up: Krystal Engel for MARLO HAUS // Vow Book: CLAIRE MAGNOLIA // Real Married Couple: David and Amanda Foley
The age old debate. Do you buy some cheap brushes that work OK or invest in ones that last and make applying makeup easier and even FASTER. I have to say there are brushes in my kit that are at least 10 years old and they still apply makeup beautifully!
Brushes are an investment that you want to make if you're trying to create a polished look and even cut down your makeup application time. Below I have listed some of my favorites! I'll try to explain how I use each but please message me if you have any questions or would like to set up a personal lesson.
Don't forget to take care of your brushes!
One of my favorite brush cleaners is Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade & Organic Castile Liquid Soap. It comes in different scents or no scent at all. A lot of pros use it and is a well known dupe for the Beauty Blender cleanser.
Make sure to clean your personal foundation brushes at least once a week and brushes used with powders may be cleaned less often. I typically clean my eyeliner and brow brush each time because it makes applying makeup so much easier. If you are applying makeup on someone else you MUST clean your brushes. I recently scouted an artist and was shocked by the buildup that was PACKED into their brushes. It's a scary world out there people! Oh and lay your brushes flat to dry after washing. If you dry them with the bristles pointed up the water runs back into the brush and can deteriorate the adhesive. Just a little pro tip there for ya ;)
We hope you have enjoyed our brush blog and please comment or message us if you have any questions or ideas for other blog topics!! We love hearing from you!
Choosing any vendor or detail for your wedding day can be daunting. Lilac blush or rose blush, indoor or outdoor, small or big, roses or hydrangeas, whether or not to invite the cousins you met only once or people from work and so on... There are a lot of decisions to make. Some of the very most important decisions are your hair stylist, makeup artist, wedding dress and photographer. Yes all the other decisions will be photographed and seen by you and all your guests but the memories of your perfect hairstyle and breath taking beauty will be forever kept and displayed as photos.
These are the images of you and your partners new life together and are forever a symbol of your perfect wedding day. No pressure right?! Below are some tips that can hopefully make at least a couple items easier to confidently check off your list.
How do I find a makeup or hair artist?
Referrals can't be beat! Ask who your friend used for her wedding if you loved her makeup or hair. Ask your photographer or other vendors who they have worked with or who they recommend. Even ask a photographer you maybe couldn't fit into the budget who does stunning editorial shoots what artists they work with. Or if you look online and find an artist in your area who is already booked or out of your price range... Ask them if they can recommend anyone. It never hurts to ask and only helps guide you into the right direction.
Find reviews for the artists you are considering. I can not stress this enough. REVIEWS are key! Yes some artists may be greatly artistic but you want a PROFESSIONAL Artist. Someone who is consistent, reliable, 100% invested in their craft and knows their worth BUT most importantly knows how to listen to what you want and create the perfect look showcasing your personal style and beauty on your wedding day.
What do I ask?
It's hard to know what questions to ask outside of an artists availability and pricing. You want the perfect look and you might not even have any idea what that is. Artists are visual. Paint them a picture of your wedding day, your personal style, grooms likes and dislikes, wedding colors, details etc. Show them an image of yourself (with and without makeup), your dress and a couple makeup ideas. Ask them to show you some images of what they would do based on your look. This helps you know that they are on the same page. If you feel confident with the artist and trust the references or reviews BOOK ASAP. Don't let this opportunity slip away and check that item off your list. Boom! And it's on to the next one.
But maybe you are not completely confident or have some concerns. This is when you MUST make an appointment for your consultation and bridal trial. Bring images and make sure to explain what you like about each image.
For example lets say you love all the images below and want your artist to create your look from them.
An artist could come up with ANY range of colors, styles, finishes and techniques for the images above. Communication here is key. I have seen MANY groupings of images like the one above and it is the artists job to dig deeper into WHY the client likes each image. I love seeing a range of images with different elements so don't steer away from choosing multiple ones to discuss with your artist. Just make sure to communicate what you like and what you don't like about each.
Hopefully we have helped ease the stress of selecting your hair and makeup artist and given you some tools to confidently check those items off your list. Remember a great artist can help guide you toward the look you want and steer you away from elements that might not suit your look or style. This is where an artist's thousands of hours of practice, application of color theory, technical training and product knowledge really make a bride shine! Unless you want to be matte and not shine and that's ok too :)
Have to brag and share a little bridal makeup and hair love!
MarloHaus recently won the Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards for the second year in a row! We are so lucky to work with such amazing Oklahoma brides and so excited our busy bridal season has begun!
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saying about MarloHaus!
The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.
Winners of the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.
Welcome to Oklahoma's premier makeup and hair agency! Stay connected on our blog! We will be posting new techniques and trends, bridal beauties, holy grail must have products, team highlights and holiday specials.
Toni Marlo and her team are 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 recipients of the Wedding Wire Couples Awards and have worked designing makeup and hair for Emmy and Oscar award winning professionals for over a decade.