Transition your Summer Beauty Routine into Fall Fabulous

As Labor day has come and gone and people are settling back into school, work and a fall routine everything can seem overwhelming compared to the slow-paced summer. Here are 5 tips to quickly transition your summer makeup into flawless fall looks, as seen on the runway!

Getting Skintimate

Dewy is out for fall. And so is flat-looking overly matte skin. Instead, there have been a number of products that have surfaced that provide great coverage, but still let your natural skin show through. Instead of looking too dewy, or too matte, these formulas provide the perfect balance.

Crimson Hues

That’s right cranberry, rust and crimson hues are in for this fall. These colors are definitely easier to incorporate with your fall lip colors, but it is absolutely stunning when used on the eyes! Red eyeshadow may be intimidating, but try dabbing a small amount in the middle of your eyelid, or blend well into the crease leaving everything else neutral.


No More Neutrals

The nudes, corals, pretty pinks and french manis are out! Three hot nails shades this fall include purple-greys, deep navys and greyish greens. We love the trend of earthy grey tones that are gracing the shelves for fall.

Sheer Pops

We love the deep hues of fall lips. The plums, maroons and deep shades are extremely sexy and feminine. This fall we are seeing a lot of sheer shades. Instead of full color, there are so many pigmented stains and sheer glosses hitting the market.

From Fruity to Full

A great way to transition from summer into fall is to change up your scent. Swap out our citrus and floral scents for deep, woody scents. The cooler it gets, the warmer the scent – it’s a great way to get settled into the swing of fall.

What do you change in your beauty routine between summer and fall?  Let us know in the comments box below!

10 Things to do for Your Skin Before Your Wedding

We get a lot of questions about what sort of preparation brides can do for their skin before the wedding. This infographic {courtesy of Simply Bridal} points out 10 important things that you should do to get, and keep, your skin in tiptop shape for the wedding.

Number 9 is especially important. At Makeup for Your Day our team of talented artists are equipped with high quality makeup with quality ingredients that will look and feel great on your skin. We think it is very important to have hair and makeup trials in case there is anything you want changed before the big day. This ensures that you look and feel your best on your special day!
To see photos of our brides after their hair and makeup trials with different members of our talented team, check out our Facebook page!

The Pros and Cons of Different Self Tanner Formulas


People love that “glow” and the way their skin looks in the summer, and there is a healthy way to get that look without exposing yourself to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Self tanners can seem scary if you have never tried them before – there are so many to choose from! Here is a breakdown of a few formulas on the market and their pros and cons.

Creams and Gels

Creams and gels generally take longer to dry than other formulas. This can be a plus for anyone trying self tanning for the first time because it allows for more time to rub in the product. The key to applying creams and gels is to exfoliate well beforehand. If you are inexperienced with applying self tanner pick a cream or a gel that gives a gradual tan. Once you get more experience you can buy a quicker developing formula.

Sprays

Sprays can give a great, even tan – but the spray formulas tend to dry really quickly. Another drawback is that it is really difficult to spray your own body evenly (and to get everywhere.) If you have someone to help you out, you can try a spray – but we still suggest to start with a cream until you feel comfortable.

Foams

Foams are a sort of cream and spray hybrid with a very unique texture. Many people are drawn to this formula because the foam is visual, which makes it easier to apply. Foams dry quicker than creams and gels, but because it is easier to apply, for people with a little more experience this isn’t a problem.

Towlettes

Towlettes are a great products for touch-ups. Due to the fact they tend to have less product per towlette and can dry out quickly they are hard to apply your whole tan with a towlette. Also, if it is a clear formula, sometimes it is hard to tell where you have already applied which could lead to over-application in certain areas and would prevent an even, natural-looking tan.

What products or formulas do you love – let us know via Facebook, Twitter or the comments box below!

The Benefits of Airbrush Makeup

We have done a few posts on airbrush makeup and MYD training with airbrush makeup. Lately we’ve been getting quite a few questions about what products we use at  MYD because brides are concerned about finding that balance between not enough product (and having it wear off) and having it look cakey.

That’s why we love airbrush makeup so much! It is so lightweight and natural looking. It can cover up any discoloration, it will even out skin tone and it will last all day! It looks so amazing in photos, and that is why we highly recommend airbrush makeup to our brides.

Airbrush makeup works on all skin types, textures and can be used on any skin color. Check out the photos below {courtesy of WeddingWire} to see these beautiful ladies before and after airbrush makeup.

To see photos of brides that our talented team of artists and stylists have had the pleasure of working with, check out our Facebook Photos as well as our Website Gallery!

Keep Your Feet Looking Good All Summer Long!

We’re well into sandal season – are your feet starting to feel the beating? Sun, sand, grass, water and bare feet can cause your feet to get dry and flaky. Here are some great foot soaks that will keep your feet looking good all summer long!

To start, you will want to get a bowl, a towel, a foot file, a moisturizer and socks. Take a seat and soak your feet in one of these three concoctions for 10-15 minutes. 

1. Mix 1 Cup of Baking Soda with 1 Cup of Epsom Salts and then steep 2-4 Peppermint Tea Bags and add the warm peppermint water to the mix.

2. Mix 1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice with 1/4 Cup of Milk. Then add a 3/4 of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and mix well.

3. Mix a 1/2 Cup of Mouthwash with 1/2 Cup of White Vinegar and 1/2 Cup of Warm Water.

Once you’re done soaking, take your feet out and pat them dry. Then use a foot file or pumice stone to get rid of any flakey patches. Slather on a moisturizer and then put on socks. 

If you do this once a week then your feet will be moisturized and look good all summer long!

5 Lesser-Known Essential Oils and What they can do for You!

It is great to have some knowledge of essential oils and what they can do in your health and beauty routine. In the post we list some interesting properties and uses for 5 lesser-known essential oils.

Cedarwood Atlas is an oil that is extracted from cedarwood shavings and has a sweet and woody aroma. This oil is a antiseptic, astringent and a natural sedative. This is a great oil to treat fungal infections, dandruff, insect bites and stings. (This oil should not be used if you are pregnant.)

Clary Sage has a fruity and flowery aroma and is a natural antidepressant, sedative and has anti-inflammatory properties. This oil is often used to reduce high blood pressure and ease depression, nervous tension and stress.

Frankincense oil is a warm and piney-smelling oil that is used as an astringent, antiseptic and sedative.  This oil can help treat ulcers, asthma and bronchitis.

Mandarin oil is a sweet and citrusy-smelling oil that is a digestive, laxative and sedative. It is a great oil for hiccups and coughs. It can also be used to help prevent stretch marks.

Neroli oil is an antidepressant, antiseptic and an aphrodisiac. It has a sweet and floral scent and is an excellent remedy for stress, skin problems and heart palpitations.

*These oils (alone) should not be directly applied to the skin. Instead, mix a few drops of the essential oil in a carrier oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil or almond oil. Always test a small amount of the mixture on the inside of your wrist to make sure that your skin won’t react.

Would you like to know the properties and uses of more essential oils? Just let us know in the comments box below and we can do a series of posts to let you know about other great essential oils and how you can use them in your health or beauty routine.

MYD Reader Request Series: Organic and Vegan Cosmetic Lines

Welcome to day two of our Reader Request Series! If you missed yesterday’s post on some great BB Creams, check it out here. We are so excited by the positive responses that we have been getting and we hope that you keep enjoying these posts.

Dora asks… Do you have recommendations for organic and vegan skincare and makeup lines?”

As more information comes out about the harmful effects and ingredients that some skin care products and cosmetics contain, it is important to know what organic and vegan options are available.

Lavera is a German line that is the whole package and then some. It is all-natural, safe, there is no animal testing, it is gluten-free and it is free of any harmful ingredients. There is no petroleum, no synthetic products and the list goes on! It really does. Check out an extensive list of ingredients that they avoid here
This company has won numerous awards and is endorsed by many celebrities. This company’s high-standards with ingredients and quality make this organic, vegan and gluten-free line an excellent option to try if you are in the market for natural products. 
This line is not yet available in the state of North Carolina, but is available in a number of other American states. There is free shipping on orders over $50 in the USA. 
This line boasts 100% natural, biodynamically-grown, organic, wildly-harvested products that have been working with mineral and plant extracts since 1930. Their website includes an extensive Ingredient Glossary and they also provide a list of their products that are, and are not, gluten-free
Dr. Hauscka considers their products holistic home remedies. They respect, not interrupt, the body’s natural rhythms and help restore balance. They have a unique approach to health and beauty and their products reflect this. We would definitely recommend trying a product from this line if you are looking for some natural products. 
This line is available in Whole Foods in the USA. 
Most known for their famous Lip Tars, OCC takes vegan and cruelty-free to the next level. They said that they wanted to “raise the bar” on the animal testing issue, and they have. They pledge to never use animal-derived ingredients including Lanolin, Beeswax, Carmine and a variety of others. This is impressive because many natural and organic lines will still use these. 
We absolutely love OCC and we love Lip Tar. If you have never tried them we would highly recommend it. There are such a wide variety of colors, you are bound to find one, or ten, that you like and would like to try. 
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is available to order, or to purchase at Sephora. 
That’s it for day two of our Reader Request Series. We love your questions and comments so keep leaving them! Check back tomorrow for day three in our series.