How to Take a Wedding Social…With Style!

Part 3: Social Media Limitations at the Ceremony
You can read Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE

Some couples go all-in on social media for their big day by hiring companies to live tweet and take streaming video of the wedding ceremony and reception. Other couples stick to the traditional route of hiring a professional photographer and posting pictures on social sites post-honeymoon. Even if a couple hires a professional to live stream the wedding, some aspects of the wedding day should remain private. Social savvy couples should spend moments that aren’t captured just for the sake of social media channels.
Post a few wedding day selfies or snapshots of getting ready. However, before posting any
professional photos, make sure the photographer signs off. Professional photographers own the copyrights to their photos. Encourage guests to take candid snapshots with camera phones at the reception. If cameras are off-limits at the ceremony, be sure guests know ahead of time . Set-up a site where guests may download their photos so pictures can be viewed by guests.
 While candid photos can capture fantastic memories and moments, be sure not to post anything that might embarrass a guest, wedding participant or family member. The internet is forever…let that rule always be the guide on posting photos.
After the wedding day ends, the honeymoon begins. Yes, the honeymoon is all about the couple and romance in newly-wedded bliss. However, the honeymoon also inspires numerous photos of exotic locales, frothy drinks by cabanas and cute photos of the new couple. Give guests a few photos from the honeymoon via social media.
Always remember that a wedding is a once in a lifetime moment. Enjoy the big moments and the small ones in between…otherwise, there will be thousands of photos and few real memories.
Written by Naomi Shaw for Makeup for Your Day

How to Take a Wedding Social…with Style!

Part 2: Wedding Planning Posts and Updates
You can read Part 1 of this segment HERE.

After the big announcement of the engagement has been made via social media (including, of course, an engagement ring selfie) , the dust settles and the real work begins.

Picking out the cake, the band, the venues, the colors….The list is exhausting, but exhilarating. Getting lost in the thrills of having all eyes focused on the happy couple–and especially the bride–feels indulgent and almost, at times, like being a celebrity. All the planning details are important to an excited bride. There will be incredible temptation to post about every vendor meeting, the dress designs, cake flavors and also the bumps along the road to the wedding. And there will be a few bumps.

Brides beware: there is a right way and a wrong way to do social media when planning the
wedding. Indulge social media friends with the fun aspects of wedding planning, but don’t go overboard. Share a few cake-tasting photos or photos of dresses that just didn’t work but were still silly and fun to share. Don’t log down social media feed with wedding items. And never, EVER post pictures of a wedding day ensemble …some things should remain under wraps. When posting updates on wedding planning, the couple’s wedding website should serve as the primary source. Feel free to post on social media about updates made to the wedding site. If friends want to read about the wedding, let them do so at their own behest.
 Wedding registries are a big part of wedding planning, but sharing registry details openly is a huge breach of etiquette. Word of mouth is the best way for guests to discover registry details. Guests should ask…they should not be told. The only way around word of mouth is to post registries on the wedding web site; this allows guests to discover the details themselves. Gift registry etiquette also needs to address the new trend of Honeypots (registries to help pay for the Honeymoon) and fundraising sites. Yes, many newlyweds prefer cash to buy what they want or need. Again, though, the request of cash gifts should be expressed via word of mouth. Do not scribe posts that infer that a couple prefers money. As Anna Post writes: “Just remember: In the end, the choice of gift is always up to the giver , so great aunt Edna might still buy you a blender.”
Be gracious, be kind and be smart when posting updates about the upcoming nuptials. When the wedding day arrives, the festivities and excitement of the day will provide ample opportunities for social media updates and photos. The wedding, after all, is the main course of the social media event entree.
Stay tuned next week for the final installment of this series!
Written by Naomi Shaw for Makeup for Your Day



How to Take a Wedding Social…with Style!

PART 1 of 3: You’re Engaged! How to Make the Big Announcement with Social Savvy.

Social media plays a role in many modern engagements. In the tech-savvy world that has raised the e-generation, social media is the easiest way to officially move relationships to the next level. A wedding is the biggest event in a relationship, and the social media post that announces the upcoming nuptials of a couple has become the equivalent of the bygone tradition of the newspaper engagement announcement.
When a couple becomes engaged, the first instinct is to tell the world. In the age of social media, telling the world is a bit easier…for better or worse. The engagement sets the stage for a full-blown social media announcement complete with an engagement ring selfie.
Logging on to Facebook is simply the touch of an app on most phones; it’s incredibly easy in the rush of the excitement to post the news to everyone. Ignore the first instinct. In the past, a future groom had to ask the permission of the father of his beloved before popping the question. While this tradition is outdated and widely swept aside, parents should always be the first to hear the news of the engagement. Call mom and dad—yes, CALL—before posting any news on social media. After parents, make sure to inform close
friends and family. Then make the announcement on social media.

When posting the engagement news on social media, keep it short and sweet. An engagement ring selfie and a shot of the couple should be included with the announcement.

Save the big story with all the details on how the engagement happened for the couple’s wedding website. While starting a site isn’t a must-do, a wedding site gives opportunities to fill in friends on all the details. The site can then be shared via social media channels. Resist the urge to make any formal announcements about the wedding during the engagement excitement. This is a thrilling time, but don’t rush into assigning roles or designating wedding party members yet…and be wise about making social media announcements about attendants when the decisions have been finalized.

The engagement is only the beginning. The couple will want to share many details as the wedding planning ramps up and the big day draws near. With the engagement officially announced, the wedding planning takes precedent.
Stay tuned later this week for Part 2!
Written by Naomi Shaw for Makeup for Your Day

Spray Tanning Before Your Wedding Day

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. With all of the beauty regimens you go on before the big day, perhaps you should consider a spray tan. Even if you have never had one, a soft golden glow can really make a subtle impact. MYD Beauty experts recommend getting an airbrushed spray tan as opposed to the traditional machine spray tan.

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Some of the benefits of sunless airbrush spray tanning are:

  • Totally safe to use
  • No harmful UV rays
  • A healthy, youthful look to the skin
  • A precise application of product
  • Even skin in photographs

When choosing an artist for airbrush tanning there are several things you want to look for. Make sure that the artist spends time putting a protective barrier on your nails, hands, feet, elbows, and knees. The tell-tale signs of a bad spray tan are the patchy areas that just get more exfoliation before its able to develop. By creating a protective barrier, you avoid the obvious signs you’ve just been spray tanned.

You should also make sure your artist is knowledgeable and informative about the process. Ask them the different processing times and options, how long the tan lasts, and what to expect. The artist should be knowledgeable enough to explain any questions you have about the safety of the solution and how the chemical reaction works.

If you’re a bride that is looking to get a spray tan for her wedding but have never had one before there are a few things to consider. You should always have a “trial run” spray tan. This will allow you to not only see what it looks like on you, but to see if it is the desired result. Your body goes through seasonal hormonal changes, so a tan will develop differently on you in the winter, than it does in the summer. Your trial should reflect that. If your wedding is in the fall, try to schedule your trial within enough time to make sure  you like the effect, but that you also have time to make changes.

Overall the spray tan should compliment and flatter your skin tone as well as your dress and overall look. Spray tans are a great option for Brides looking to give themselves a little something extra for their wedding day.

You can read more about my personal spray tan experience HERE.


**Kelsi is an MYD Beauty Resident Stylist in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for hair cuts, hair color, hair extensions, airbrush makeup, beauty lessons, special FX makeup, waxing, hair styling lessons, hair blowouts, as well as temporary lash applications by appointment. To schedule a session with Kelsi (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Kelsi, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**



MYD Holiday Spa Party


Unwind from the stresses of the upcoming Holidays with this Spa Party hosted by the MYD Team! Mini Facials, Mini Manis, Massages, Essential Oil Sugar Scrubs, and other relaxing activities are all in the studio for the night. One ticket gives you access to all of the services being offered. Space is limited, so be sure to get tickets early!

MYD is also contributing to local charity, A Doorway to Hope, for the month of November. A Doorway to Hope is a gateway for working, low income families who are at a crisis point and need a helping hand. ADTH provides necessary resources and links to local services to give temporary, emergency help. Their goal is to assist families in achieving economic and personal self-sufficiency. If you’d like to make a donation or contribution in any amount it would be greatly appreciated!

Purchase Tickets for the event HERE.


MYD Beauty Experience: Spray Tanning

Hello MYDBeauties! I have a confession to make: I just had my first Spray-Tan EVER. That’s right… EVER. I am the type of person who takes a bath in SPF 50 every morning, so the thought of getting a golden summer glow without all the dangerous side effects sounded very appealing! When I arrived at Toast in Raleigh I was greeted by Brenna and her daughter Livi! Brenna owns Toast and has since it opened in July of 2008. The cozy space was adorable and everyone was very welcoming.

There are a couple things to know before going in an getting a spray tan. First, wear comfy, loose fitting clothing on top and something you don’t mind getting covered in tanning solution underneath. I did the amateur thing and showed up in tight jeans and a brand new all white top. Brenna warned that the tighter your clothes are, there is a risk that the solution may rub off or become patchy prematurely onto your clothing. She also recommended grabbing some underwear or a bathing suit that you only wear to spray tan so you don’t stain your good clothing. Shoes should also be loose fitting and no socks!

Another thing to know before going in is that you should not put on any body moisturizer or oils on before coming in. You should also be wary of scheduling fresh new lightening in your hair. If you have had your hair lightened within 2 weeks, your hair is still quite porous. This could potentially allow the solution to enter the hair strand and create unwanted brassiness in the hair. Brenna had used a cap on me, but the closer to the scalp your blonde is, the more likely it is to come into contact.


Before the Spray Tan

Before the spray tan even begins, Brenna had made sure to moisturize my hands, feet, nails, elbows and knees to create a thin barrier between them and the solution. This extra step is SO important and I feel can quickly be overlooked. By creating this barrier you are essentially eliminating the tell-tale signs of a tan with orange fingernails and the lines you can get in the crevices of joints.

I was then asked to choose my tan! Since I had never had one before I decided to choose a “healthy glow”. Something not too dark, but also something I would notice. They offer two different options at Toast. An express-tan that can be washed off in 3 hours, and a traditional tan that is rinsed in 8-12 hours. I went with the 3 hour option first because I wasn’t sure how it would feel on my skin. According to the ladies at Toast, both options will have the same results, it is simply a lifestyle choice.

The solution used in spray tanning has the same chemical reaction with your skin that fruit has when it is browned on the counter. Toast says:

“The main active ingredient in sunless tanning products is Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). A colorless sugar, DHA interacts with the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of the skin to produce a golden brown color. This is called the “Maillard Reaction”. By this reaction, DHA will always produce the same results based on concentration and application levels.  In addition to DHA, our natural sunless solutions contain Aloe, Vegetable Glycerin, White Tea and Grapefruit Seed Extract and hyaluronic acid to actually moisturize and nourish your skin as your tan develops. “ Source

I also wanted to point out that I am heavily tattooed. Something that kept me from tanning was the fact that it would change the color of my tattoo or perhaps make it fade. I went in a little skeptical that spraying bronzer on them would change them, however when we finished I found that they actually looked more vibrant!

The results were amazing! I had a healthy glow, my skin looked even and my tattoos were not totally covered! I had to keep checking myself out in the mirror because I thought that I just looked healthier.


After the Spray Tan

I had let the solution develop for the recommended amount of time and it was time to rinse. I noticed that it was almost like hair color in my shower and that once I felt it was rinsing clear enough I was good to go. I have always used Dove soap, however it is not recommended for rinsing a spray tan. You can either purchase a soap intended specifically for spray tans by brands like Aviva & St. Tropez. Try to avoid exfoliating scrubs or anything with harsh chemicals like sulfates.

Once it was rinsed I felt that it came out perfect. Very natural looking and more of a red based tan than orange. This reminded me of natural flushed tanned skin as if I had really been on the beach all day. I immediately received so many compliments. If you are considering getting a spray tan I would highly recommend giving it a try. Not only is it totally safe, but it also is perfect to give your skin an added boost. I am already planning my next one!

All in all my spray tan lasted about 7 days and never once got patchy or uneven. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a glow for any special event. Its hard now to look at my skin without a spray tan since it looked so good!


**Kelsi is an MYD Beauty Resident Stylist in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for hair cuts, hair color, hair extensions, airbrush makeup, beauty lessons, special FX makeup, waxing, hair styling lessons, hair blowouts, as well as temporary lash applications by appointment. To schedule a session with Kelsi (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Kelsi, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**

MYD Inspiration: CMA Styles

Country music’s biggest stars are getting all dolled up for country music’s biggest night! Stars like Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert and more will have fabulous hair and glamorous makeup! Make sure you tune it tonight to watch it all unfold! Whether you’re looking for a soft updo or simple romantic curls we have the perfect inspiration for you!
Carrie always has stunning hair paired with flawless makeup! Her skin is always glowing & she loves a bold eye!  If you’re looking for something more simple you might want to take a look at Miranda. She usually had a more natural look paired with very simple hair. Maybe you’re looking for something in between?! Carries hair looks gorgeous swept to the side styled with large loose curls.  Another look for Carrie is all the way glam for her makeup with the perfect intense smokey eye, a glowing contoured complexion, and pretty nude lipstick.
Caroline, Jen B & Jen H were all in Nashville this week for the Country Music Awards and will be updating you next week on their trip. Stay tuned to see photos and updates from MYD at the CMAS!
Below we have some of our favorite looks from CMA’s past to inspire you!








**Caitlynn is an MYD Beauty Social Media Intern in our Raleigh, NC studio. She is available for airbrush makeup, waxing, hair styling, temporary lash applications and esthetician services by appointment. To schedule a session with Caitlynn (or any of our MYD Beauty Team experts) please contact us HERE and leave a note requesting her in your comments! Caitlynn, as is all our MYD Beauty Team, is available for travel to destinations outside our Raleigh, NC studio for special events and weddings worldwide.**