MYD Bride Jessica’s Beautiful Wedding Day Look

It was such a pleasure to be a part of Jason and Jessica’s special day! Makeup up For Your Day had three talented members of our team there to help the ladies get ready. Jennifer B was there to apply beautiful, flawless airbrush makeup and Kathy and Kerri were there to do gorgeous hairstyles for all of the ladies.

Beautiful bride Jessica and eight of the bridal party and mothers got ready at The Washington Duke Inn. From there, Tia from Erin McLean Events, coordinated the travel to The Duke Chapel for an amazing ceremony – and then they were on to The Fearrington for an incredible reception.


Weddings are the best day of a bride and groom’s life, and they are also long! Even though the day is long, the bride and groom still wish it would last forever. The same goes for your hair and makeup! You want your hair and makeup to last through the tears, the toasts, the dancing and everything else. This is why we absolutely love airbrush makeup and always suggest it to our brides.  

Airbrush makeup will not fade, transfer or smudge throughout the day. It is waterproof, sweatproof and looks completely natural. Jessica looked beautiful from the start of the day until the end of the day. She was such a gorgeous bride! Thank you to Jessica and Jason for letting us be a part of your special day!

Have you ever tried, or thought of trying airbrush makeup? Let us know in the comments box below! To see more brides with beautiful airbrush makeup, check out our Facebook page!

Bust those Morning Blues: How to Properly Conceal Tired Eyes

Are you dealing with dark circles no matter how much sleep you’re getting? Proper concealing is one of the best things that you can do to look awake, well-rested and ready to go! (Even if you’re not!)

In the morning, start with your regular routine of washing and moisturizing your face. Don’t skip the moisturizer! Moisturizing will help the concealer blend into the skin and prevent it from making any dry patches more apparent.

Then apply your foundation as you usually would. After you apply your foundation, you will see what you need to conceal, whether it is blemishes or under eye circles.

To properly conceal, you need to take color theory into consideration. To neutralize the color of your under eye circles, you need to use a colored concealer. Identify what color your dark circles are. Most people have blueish/purple dark circles. This is why there are so many pinky/salmon colored concealers.

Step 1: Neutralize your dark circles by using a color at the opposite side of the color wheel as your dark circles. Don’t rub. The skin around the eyes is really delicate. If you are using your fingers, dab lightly. You can also use a makeup sponge or a brush.

Step 2: After using the corrector you will want to use a yellow-based concealer that will hide what is left of the dark circles. Again, dab lightly or use a sponge or brush.
Step 3: Use a setting powder to set your foundation and concealer. 
Deatrice, one of our very talented makeup artists, highly recommends Ben Nye’s translucent face powder.   

The best concealers are usually cream based. You want to ensure that it looks natural and sinks into the skin instead of sitting on top of it or settling into lines and making them more noticeable. 
Here are some of our concealer recommendations: 

If you are willing to spend some money on a quality concealer that will get the job done, we recommend Bobbi Brown’s concealers. The creamy texture works well and the dual colors work wonders to neutralize and conceal dark circles. Another great concealer with the same concept is Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer. 

MYD Bride Leah’s Charming Southern Wedding

Today we are extremely excited to share some gorgeous photos from Leah and Austin’s wedding. Leah is such a beautiful and sweet Southern girl and we absolutely loved working with her for her big day! Leah and Austin wanted a Southern wedding and used a stunning blush, peach and gold wedding palette – everything at their wedding was beautiful, especially Leah!

Two talented members of the Makeup for Your Day team were there. Jennifer House was on site for hair and Brenna there to do makeup for the girls. We absolutely love Leah’s bridal look. We think that her romantic textured updo looks amazing with her classic defined makeup. This gorgeous low bun was accented with an incredible hair piece. For makeup, Leah’s look was natural and feminine accenting her amazing eyes and smile!

Thank you to Nancy Ray Photography for the amazing photos!

Did you love Leah’s bridal look? Don’t forget to Pin It for later! To read more about Leah and Austin’s stunning Southern wedding click here

Hits and Misses: The Best and Worst looks of the VMAs

We’ve had time to digest the good, the bad and the completely terrible looks from the VMAs this past weekend. Here are some of the most memorable looks. 
Selena Gomez looked beautiful with long, straight hair and berry lips. We think this look is classic, simple and feminine.  
Katy Perry, known for taking risks with her fashion and beauty was a miss for us. As much as we love a high pony, it was a little bit over the top with the cheetah turtleneck dress and the grills. Her eyelashes and eyebrows do look fabulous as always though!
Actress Allison Williams wowed us at the VMAs. Although the focus falls to the music performers, we thought she shone bright on the red carpet with her smokey eyes and messy, volumized updo. 
Canadian model Coco Rocha looked stunning with her signature red hair in a gelled “punk” do with some smokey eyes. She looked rocker chic and we loved it!
Rita Ora had us looking twice. Ever since Beyonce debuted a shorter hairstyle, we thought that this was her! The glamorous outfit is very Beyonce-esque. Even though it isn’t Beyonce, we still love Rita’s blunt bob, defined brows and nude pink lips. 
Miley Cyrus was a huge miss at the VMAs – from the red carpet, to the performances. It was a disaster. As much as we love her matte red lips and brows, her hair, outfits and mannerisms were too distracting. We give her two thumbs down! 

We like Taylor Swift’s retro-glam look. She is known for her red lips and her sultry eyes, but what we are loving is her pinned curls. Overall we love everything about this look – good job Taylor!

What were your hits and misses from the VMAs? We would love to know! Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or the comments box below!

Spotlight on: Clinique’s NEW Superprimers!

For anyone who battles redness, dullness or any other discoloration – meet Clinique’s new Superprimers. Many “corrective” primers have been popping up in the marketplace, but these are definitely going to give them a run for their money. 
Clinique’s new Superprimers come in 6 different formulas (shown above.) There is one for redness, dullness, sallowness, discoloration, dullness in darker skin tones and a regular primer formula. These primers create a perfect base for your foundation and help to brighten and even out skin tone before the foundation is even applied. 
The Superprimer also smoothes out your skin and will help your foundation stay true to its color and apply evenly. Once you apply your foundation and your concealer, set it all with powder and you will be set with a flawless face! 

Have you ever tried corrective primers – what do you think? We would love to know! Let us know in the comments box below!

Flash Forward: Hot Makeup Trends for the Fall

September is just around the corner. With kids heading back to school and summer winding down, we are looking forward to the fabulous fall fashions and trends that will transition in as summer comes to an end. At Makeup for Your Day we absolutely love the summer-to-fall transition. The colors get richer and deeper – we can’t wait to get our hands on this season’s shades!

Plum Lips

Coral be gone! It’s time for the rich, deep plums to take over. Plum lips can be bold like red lips, yet they are dark, mysterious, sexy and feminine. One of the must-haves this fall is a great plum lipstick!

Blue Eyes
Blue doesn’t really fit into the deep, dark, smouldering color palette that some might imagine with fall – but we are seeing blue in the forecast for this season. Whether you keep it toned down with blue accents, or you decide to make a statement with royal blue lids, be sure to keep your other makeup to a minimum to avoid looking overdone.  

Browns and Beiges

It can’t be fall without those lovely browns and beiges. These shades can looks so natural and beautiful. They are great for subtle accepts and depth, and they can also look stunning when these shades are “played up” for a bolder, but still neutral look. 
Crisp Red Nails

With nail art becoming so popular, it is rare to find all fingers crisp, clean and the same color! Red nails are making a comeback. For fall, fingers will be reaching for the red nail polish to rock a regular mani once again. 
What are your fall trend predictions? Let us know in the comments box below!

Jason Wu and Lancôme Collaborate for an Incredible Fall Collection!

We absolutely love when designers and celebs partner with cosmetic lines to create great collections. We were so excited to hear that Jason Wu has partnered with Lancôme for a collection that will hit the cosmetic counters at Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman in September!

Wu says that one of the main reasons he partnered with Lanôme for this project is because he believes that they do not impose a standard of beauty, instead they encourage women to embrace themselves and their unique beauty. Wu believes that the collaboration is “an embodiment of a truly modern, sexy, and confident woman.” – Cosmopolitan

In regards to the gorgeous fall makeup collection, Wu explains, “The inspiration for the makeup collection came from some of [his] favorite colors and combinations that [he’s] used in [his] collections. [He] wanted the colors to be vibrant , feminine and wearable.” – Cosmopolitan

Will you be using violets and indigos this fall in your makeup look? We can’t wait to see the full collection next month!

Pro Tips for Primers

Whether you live in a wicked hot climate, have super long days, or just want your makeup to stay – primers are key to prepping you for products. This will give you better application, better staying power and an overall enhanced look. So here are some tips for all of the preppers out there.

Prep those lashes!

This is a relatively recent thing, but prepping your lashes can make them appear fuller and longer with a layer of lash primer. Many of them contain serum that will make your eyelashes healthier, which is a great added bonus!

Less is More.

Remember, this isn’t the actual product and shouldn’t make a visible different so you don’t need to layer it on! Just lightly apply your primer to your face, lids and lashes so that when you apply the actual product it will apply evenly.

Don’t Forget your Eyes!

Eye primer works as a 3-in-1. It absorbs oil that will prevent your makeup from creasing, it softens any fine lines and lastly, it provides staying power for your makeup. So don’t skip this step!

Your Lips need Love Too.

To prime your lips you don’t necessarily need a lip primer. Just exfoliate and use whatever lip treatment you prefer so that when you go to apply product to your lip, whether it be gloss, lipstick or lip stain – it will apply neatly and evenly.

What are some of your favorite primers? Let us know in the comments box below!

Cosmetics that are Inspired By India

Inspiration from India has become increasingly popular in the fashion and cosmetic industry. The bright and lively scents and colors of the country have inspired perfumes, hair products and makeup lines. 


For example, companies like Aveda has a hair line of Ayurvedic products. This is an ancient medicinal system that uses herbs and natural ingredients that Aveda has adopted into some of their hair products. 



Clarins had a summer collection of cosmetics called Enchanted. This line was inspired by Holi, a Hindu festival of colors. This line includes lip glosses with names like Pink Jaipur and Nude Delhi and Henna-like patterns on the packaging. 



Chanel also launched an Indian-inspired makeup line called Bombay Express which featured less of the vibrant colors, and had a line filled with pearlescent gold shades. 

Some perfumes that have been made to encapsulate the exotic aromas of India included.

Un Jardin après la Mousson, by Hermès was ­inspired by Kerala after the annual monsoon, this perfume has a compelling scent derived from vetiver, cardamom, pepper, and lime. 

Incense Jaisalmer, by Comme des Garçons Parfums is a frankincense-heavy fragrance evokes the medinas of Persia, once linked by camel caravans to the sandstone city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.


Escale à Pondichéry, by Dior celebrates Puducherry’s culture as a ­historic French trading enclave on India’s Tamil Nadu coast, this scent combines locally grown black tea, cardamom, and sandalwood.


Sandalwood Cologne, by ­Caswell-Massey  is a perfume ­redolent of the duskily aromatic, woodsy scent of the oil of the rare East ­Indian sandalwood tree—prized in India for its aphrodisiacal qualities.


My Indian Childhood, DS & Durga is a  sensuously heady perfume is a quintessentially Indian blend of patchouli, jasmine, and tobacco.


What are some of your favorite cosmetic lines inspired by? We would love to know – let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!


MYD Shares some Great Glosses

After last week’s post on Lime Crime’s velvet, matte lip gloss (if you missed it, check it out here) – we decided we wanted to share more glosses in a variety of great formulas and colors. 

Bite Beauty Cinnamon Lip Plumping Oil

This unique gloss pairs the hydrating benefits of Argan Oil with the antioxidant power of resveratrol. This, with the subtle tingle and plumping effects make this gloss an incredible multi-tasker.
Makeup For Ever Aqua Rouge
This is an incredible product because it is both a lip gloss and a lip stain. The purpose behind this gloss was to create bold color with eye-catching shine without the heavy, sticky formula. As if that wasn’t enough, this gloss doesn’t smudge, transfer or fade!
NARS Satin Lip Pencil
With the right formula, lip pencils can be amazing products. A cross between a lip stick and a lip pencil, this product glides on easily with soothing nutrients and Vitamin E. This creamy, long-wear pencil is a must-have!
Buxom Full-Bodied Lip Stick
This lip stick comes in the most incredible shades and its formula contains hyaluronic acid which provides time-release moisture. This lipstick looks great, moisturizes and will plump your lips. 
Givenchy Le Rouge
We adore the texture of this lipstick. It is a creamy texture that dries semi-matte which looks great in the bold shades it is available in. Not to mention that the the leather element on the lipstick cap – makes this lipstick so chic!
Yves St. Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine
These vibrant lipsticks have great lasting power and a beautiful luminous shine with a super-smooth application. This formula will protect your lips from free radicals and seal in the moisture. 
What are your favorite lipsticks? We would love to know! Let us know in the comments box below!