MYD loves Boudoir Beauty !

A boudoir is, by definition, is a woman’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room. Boudoir photography incorporates the idea of being in that private space and capturing that intimacy. The photos show a sensual and private side of a woman and creates beautiful images to have and to keep.

Although there may be some negative associations with boudoir photos being too erotic, tacky and tasteless. By working with the right photographer and knowing what you like, you can achieve a soft, classy look that create beautiful photos that can be framed instead of hidden in a drawer.

We think that boudoir photos are a great idea for life milestones such as a wedding, an anniversary, moving into a new home, after having a baby – anything. It is a reminder that although life can get crazy and overwhelming, it is important to feel beautiful and take time for yourself. Done right, we think boudoir photos can empower women to feel confident and sexy.

Would you ever take boudoir pictures? What sort of boudoir beauty do you like – something smokey or something more natural? Let us know in the comments box below!

Building an Awesome Eyeshadow Palette

We stumbled upon these awesome photos of Mac eyeshadow palettes {courtesy of Makeup Geek} and were inspired to write a post. These photos give a great overview of the colors available and is a good opportunity to find some eyeshadow shades that you don’t have and might want to try and add to your collection.

When dividing your colors into palettes, you can divide them by color groups, between mattes and shimmers, by neutrals or by what you use most frequently.

When placing the shadows in the palette, it is easy and more organized if the top row consists of the lightest colors which will work as your highlight. The middle row should consist of the blending shadows that are 1-2 shades darker. These colors work well as crease colors. The bottom row should be even darker and will work well on the lash line or the outer corner of the eye.

What are your favorite MAC eyeshadow colors? Do you see any here that you would love to try? We would love to know! Let us know via the comments box below, Twitter or Facebook!

Also, don’t forget to PIN what you love!

MYD Loves Senior Portraits!

Senior portraits are a great opportunity to get photos that you can give to your friends before graduation, and that you can keep forever. Senior portraits are also a great time to have your hair and makeup done professionally to ensure that you look flawless in photos. 
At Makeup for Your Day, we partner with photographers to ensure a natural and polished look that captures the unique personality of each senior. 
There was an awesome and incredibly talented team working with Samantha Jayne for her senior portraits. Makeup for Your Day’s talented artist and stylist Kristin worked with Samantha Jayne to give her the beautiful and natural look that she wanted. Stephanie Spencer was there to capture her personality throughout the day for the beautiful photos that you see below. 
Not only is it a fun experience to be pampered and look and feel great infront of the camera, but it is also so rewarding to have beautiful and timeless photos that you will enjoy forever!

Eye Allergies? MYD Shares Some Tricks to Keep the Redness Under Control

Pollen season is upon us! Allergies are rampant and people are flocking to the allergy aisles of the nearest pharmacy. Some people deal with allergies internally, like sneezing and coughing, and some people deal with more external symptoms such as swollen, dry and red skin around the eyes.

Unfortunately there isn’t much we can do from a makeup standpoint for the internal allergy sufferers, but for the people with dry, puffy and red allergy eyes – here are some helpful hints for you!

Besides allergy medication, make sure to use a cold compress on your eyes. While the skin is still moist, dab some oil (we love almond oil) around the eye to seal in some moisture. You also want to ensure that if you put makeup on your eyes that you clean your eyes well before bed.

AVOID:
* Red-based eye shadows
* Shimmery eye products
* Heavy products
* Building product on too thick

The trick with covering up the redness is to first use a color corrector. If the skin is red, use a green-based corrector and pat it on. Some people experience more of a purple than a red in the skin around their eyes. If so, use a orangey-yellow-based corrector.

Once you pat that on the affected areas you can use a lightweight, cream-based concealer.

This is a great time to go for the glossy look. We love MAC’s Mixing Medium Shine. With this product you can make any eyeshadow glossy. You can even take loose pigment, make it glossy and apply it with a brush.

Do you suffer from allergies? What sort of remedies do you use? We would love to know in the comments box below!

Coconut: The Many uses of this Summery Superfood

We hope that everyone had a good and restful long weekend and enjoyed some nice weather outdoors. When heading outdoors, we can’t emphasize the importance of layering on SPF.
There are a few smells that are always associated with summer months, and coconut is definitely one of them. With many sunscreens and creams filled with the island scent, you can’t help but invision a beach and the ocean. 
Coconut oil is antimicrobial, ant-inflammatory, is an antioxidant and is an extremely effective moisturizer. There are countless uses for coconut oil for your skin and hair, the info graphic below courtesy of IdealHomeGarden demonstrates some of the most popular uses for this superfood. 
Have you ever used coconut oil for your hair or your skin – what did you do? Did it work well? We would love to know! Let us know via TwitterFacebook or the Comments Box below!

MYD on Beautifying the Bridal Party

At Makeup for Your Day we absolutely love our brides and making them look and feel special for their big day. We also love working with the wedding party as well. It is great working with flower girls, bridesmaids, mothers and more. We love making everyone feel beautiful for photos!

Beautiful Bridesmaids! Hair and makeup by Jennifer House, Alison and Kathleen.
More beautiful bridesmaids. Hair by Shannan.
 Brenna and Jennifer House made these bridesmaids look so beautiful for another wedding!
Another group of beautiful girls. Makeup and airbrushing by Jen B.
Although it is the bride’s day, as a mother or a member of the bridal party it is nice to have your hair and makeup done to ensure that you look good in photos all day and all night. Wedding photos are so special and will be framed on the mantle and passed down for generations to see. That’s why we love to make people look and feel beautiful for the wedding day. 
We are so proud of our team of talented artists and stylists that can make this happen for our brides and their bridal parties. To see more photos of weddings that we have had the pleasure of being a part of, check out our Facebook page! 

MYD Loves Diane’s Classic Bridal Look

Diane and Rob had such an incredible wedding. Makeup for Your Day’s Beth and Dee gave Diane her beautiful and classic bridal look. Her hair was pulled low and to the side and her makeup was left fresh and clean. We think that her hair and makeup worked so beautifully to showcase Diane’s features. 
Photos courtesy of Dara Blakeley Photography

We really enjoyed being a part of Diane and Rob’s special day. Dianne was such a stunning bride! It was such a pleasure working with the newlyweds and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors!  For more photos of their wedding, and others that we’ve had the pleasure of being a part of, check out our Facebook page

Spring Trends from the Runway

Runway shows are a great way to tell what will be trendy that season. Whether it is clothing, accessories, swimwear, wedding dresses or hair and makeup. We love scouting runway shows for great trends. Here are some of the top trends that we found in designer runway shows for Spring 2013. 
Stella McCartney’s models looks so fresh-faced and gorgeous. The look included clean skin, contoured cheeks, barely-there-blush, barely-there-brows, very light mascara and turquoise eyeliner on the lower lash line. This look is so fun and wearable. Because the rest of the eye makeup was so subdued, the turquoise is a noticeable pop, but it isn’t overbearing. 
Spring 2013 for Michael Kors also included bright eyeliner. However, the application and placement was a little different. We think that this look is so fun and trendy for the runway, but this is not a very wearable everyday look. 
Moving from the eyes to the lips, Jason Wu’s models all featured beautiful skin and bright red lips. These bright matte lips are a beautiful focal point on the face. The look works well with a defined contour and defined brows. We love this look for work, a night out or date night – a very wearable and very sexy look!
Gucci’s spring 2013 trends include a very 60’s “Twiggy” look. With slicked hair and middle parts, the attention is drawn to the dark, defined eyes and incredible lashes. The skin and lips are left clean and neutral to focus attention on the beautiful smokey eyes and false lashes. 
The Spring 2013 show for Dolce and Gabbana was so interesting. The runway featured bold prints and a multitutde of colors, textures and patterns. This is why the makeup was kept relatively simple. The models featured a black cat-eye, a contoured face and coral lips and cheeks. We think the look was fresh and fun and perfect for spring. 
We love these fresh spring trends for 2013. Besides Michael Kors, these are all beautiful, wearable daytime and nighttime looks. What Spring 2013 hair or makeup trend are you most exited about? Let us know in the comments box below!

Fun Summer Sets and Palettes!

In the fall, and at Christmas we shared some great palettes to get as gifts, to ask for as gifts.

Laura Mercier has released Secrets of Radiance Volume 5 which we think is a great collection for the summer. This set includes their best-selling illuminating foundation primer that makes skin look radiant.  There is also a Caviar Stick in a pink shimmery color to brighten the eyes and a Lip Glace in a sheer pink that has the perfect glossy finish. This set also includes a beautiful blush and highlight compact to complete the look. 

The Smashbox HEAT collection includes 4 trendy summer shades that are to die for! We love the super savvy and trend-setting colors that have great pigment and high-shine gloss all-in-one.

We LOVE these NARS nail duos. There are 4 different combos, but we love this banana and lilac duo. These are great sets to have for summer. You can use one on your hands and another on your feet, or you can mix and match. 

This is such a perfect palette for summer and here’s why – it’s waterproof! You read right, these powders are waterproof. Tarte is known for its Amazonian Clay-infused products which are great for the skin. This palette includes Amazonian clay and features 6 new eyeshadows, a bronzer, a highlighter and a limited edition blush.  We love the colors, and the case is so cute! 
Benefit’s cheek tints and highlights are great to have, especially for summer time. These are perfect to pop into a purse or a beach bag. These liquid colors and highlights work great in the summer as a subtle  pick-me-up that is versatile enough to use on the lips, cheeks and even the eyes!

In our Reader Request Series we talked all about our love for OCC as a vegan line. We think that this mini set is adorable. It comes in a variety of its most popular colors, but we love this nude set for summer. This set comes with OCC’s best-selling lip tar and also a nail laquer. 

*All products available at Sephora

Do you want to try any palettes this summer? What summer products do you love? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!

How to get Bold Bottom Lashes

Sometimes bottom lashes can be a little fussy and difficult to manage. We have a few tricks and a great tool to share with you to help you get the bold, bottom lashes that you’ve always dreamed of!
One trick that we love is to roll some product off of your mascara wand and use a small brush (above they use a lip brush) we think and angled eyeliner brush would also work well. Dab the product onto your brush and start applying it to your bottom lashes, concentrating on the lash line. This will give the illusion of fuller, thicker lashes and will line your eye nicely. 
MAC’s 205 brush is a perfect tool to help separate, define and evenly distribute product onto your lower lashes. This brush works great to comb through lashes and help get rid of clumps if you apply mascara directly onto bottom lashes.
This brush also works well if you put product on it and apply it to the lashes by wiggling the mascara from the brush into your bottom lashes. 
There are also “Bottom Lash Mascaras” available, such as Clinique’s version. These have smaller wands and bristles to help evenly apply product across the bottom lashes. 
And of course we can’t suggest tips and tools without mentioning that Q-Tips are essential. Especially when applying mascara to your bottom lashes which can be a little messy without a completely steady hand
Do you have any tricks, tools or tricks that you love for applying mascara? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or the comments box below!