The best thing a bride can do on her wedding day is to look like herself. A groom doesn’t want to see his bride for the first time looking like a painted on or done-up version of herself and why wedding day hair and makeup should be chosen wisely.

I knew that I wanted a smokey eye look that would still look great in photos and not overpower my gown. Choosing an experienced makeup artist is important and having a trial beforehand is crucial to know exactly what you are getting. Luckily, I was in a friend’s wedding a few months before my own and met Elyse Reneau.

Not only did the makeup look glowy, light, and pretty in person, the photos looked even better and I instantly knew that Elyse had to do my bridal makeup! Her talent is remarkable and the passion she has shines through in every face she touches.

Elyse shares a how to video to get my wedding day look along with the products used to achieve it. Whether you are getting married or need a soft look for an event, this makeup will be perfect.




Laura Mercier radiant primer  //  Armani Luminous silk foundation 6.5 and 8  //  Armani master corrector #2  //  Tarte crease less concealer in light medium set with Laura Mercier Secret brightening powder




Estée Lauder Heatwave highlighter on top of cheekbones  //  Anastasia bronzer in Java all over the face  //  Rodial Instaglam sculpting powder on nose and cheekbones to sculpt  //  MAC petal power blush  //  Kevyn Aucoin Dolline blush 

Brows & Eyes


Anastasia Beverly Hills soft brown eyebrow pencil and Clear brow gel  //  Urban decay primer potion   //  Makeup Forever star powder in 926 iridescent beige on the lid  //  Anastasia Beverly Hills shadows: warm rose in crease, sienna in outside V, and charcoal brown at the lash line.  //  Lashes are House of lashes: Hollywood Glam   //  Liquid liner Kevyn Aucoin   //  Liner in waterline is Rodial Smokey eye pen  //  Mascara is Kevyn Aucoin lash curling  //  Lips:  Mix of Chanel Rouge Double intensity “Silky Rose” and Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in “Pure Hollywood” 


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Like I mentioned above, I really wanted to look like myself and feel great on my wedding day. I went back and forth on what I should do with my hair for both the ceremony and the reception and ended up wanting my hair down for both. I typically don’t like my hair pulled back in photos so figured why would I wear it back on one of the most important days of my life? I’m happy I decided to go with a side swept wave that worked well with both of my looks.

I have a wonderful friend and hairstylist, Rachelle with Gold Comb Salon, who helped me out with my look and is sharing how to get the look for yourself for any occasion. Before the wedding Rachelle and I both agreed that I should put some hair extensions in for thickness. I have fine hair so adding tape hair extensions was a great addition to keep my hair fuller and to help the curls last longer.


1. Start with clean, dry hair

2. Spray hair with EVO water killer *dry shampoo

3. Part hair in three sections. Nape being section 1 to crown section 3.

4. Using a 1 1/4 curling iron wrap one inch sections around curling iron away from face. Continue up to section 2.

5. When you reach section 3, create a deep side part. Start curls at about eye level.

6. Mist hair with EVO builders paradise *light volume hair spray.

7. Let hair cool and set

8. Spray EVO builders paradise on finger tips and finger comb through the curls.

9. Pin side of hair with a bobby pin behind the ear.

10. Finish with EVO helmut hair spray.

And..Voila! You are all set with fabulous waves.