Have you ever wondered how celebrities always look so amazing on their wedding day? How their dress is not only the perfect cut, style and shape for their body but also stays looking immaculate all day? Or how all those pictures in wedding magazines always look so perfect? How the jewelry is the perfect accompaniment to that particular dress, every element is just right?

I am going to let you in on a bridal secret. On every wedding magazine I shoot and every celebrity wedding I work on there is a wardrobe stylist pulling everything together, taking care of every tiny detail. This is not just for the rich and famous though – regular brides can take advantage of this type of service too!

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Ristyle Consulting photographed by Marisa Belle Photography

My friend Risa Kostis of RiStyle Consulting not only works with me on magazine shoots and campaigns, but also on weddings. She provides the coolest service for brides, and although she does have a high powered celebrity clientele, she also works with non-celebrity brides, A.K.A. regular girls.

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Should You Hire A Wardrobe Stylist For Your Wedding?

I know this is somewhat of a new concept for many brides, but after everything I have seen from working on more than 500 weddings I have to say yes, if you can do it hiring a stylist is a fantastic idea! When I first started doing weddings I had to explain to brides why they should invest in a makeup artist for their big day. For most it was a really new concept.

When I started airbrushing I was the only airbrush makeup artist in my state (Arizona), and although it was required for most makeup jobs I was doing in Los Angeles, here in Phoenix I would have to show brides in order for them to be willing to try it. Of course they LOVED it. If you haven’t thought about working with a bridal wardrobe stylist, either for styling your entire bridal party from start to finish, or for day of wedding assistance, read on, because this is bridal fabulous!

What Exactly Does A Wedding Stylist Do?

For RiStyle Consulting’s Bride’s Best Friend services there are different layers and levels of help available.

From helping choose the dress to co-ordinating bridesmaids dresses, to day of help – there is a lot.

Choosing The Dress.

One of Risa’s Bride’s Best Friend options is helping brides choose the right dress for their body size and shape, for the climate they will be getting married in and for the style of their wedding.

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Risa Kostis with bride courtesy of Round Lens Photography

There are so many little details to think of, from the cut of the dress to the fabric choice to how it frames your derriere. Face it, the world will be seeing you from behind on this big day, so you want a dress that makes your bottom look beautiful and that doesn’t allow any back fat to roll over the top or under your arms. Celebrities are so aware of these types of details, be it for red carpet events or weddings, so they have stylists on speed dial to make sure they get it right!

After years of working in fashion around the United States and around the world (Risa used to live in Florence!) styling photoshoots and events, Risa knows how to help you get the best dress for your body (and budget!) and which shapes are going to flatter you most.

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Grooming The Groom

Guy’s need help too, or maybe the bride needs help figuring out the details of what the guys are going to wear. Pocket squares or not? Bow ties or regular ties? What type of knot should they be tying? Cumberbunds? Vests? Suspenders? What about the style of tux or the complimentary colors to tie in the bridesmaids dresses?

These details can be overwhelming to a bride, but are quite easy for Risa and her team.

The Bridesmaids Dresses

Risa helps choose bridesmaids’ dresses too, from helping you to coordinate color palettes to understanding the shapes, fabrics and cuts of dresses and how they will work on your bridesmaids’ bodies.

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image courtesy of Round Lens Photography

In magazine shoots everyone has a perfect model body, in real life we come in all shapes and sizes, so having someone who understands that working with you can save you no end of problems down the road! I can’t even count how many times I’ve had a traumatized bridesmaid in my makeup chair, dreading getting into the dress that makes her look fat/shows too much leg/shows every dimple even through spanx.

For those of you who don’t have a perfect team of professional models for your bridesmaids, a wedding wardrobe stylist prevents these types of problems from occurring. For those weddings who do have a bridal party full of professional models there is normally a stylist involved in the dress selection anyway!

Mother Of The Bride

Finding the right dress can be stressful for the mothers too. A bridal wardrobe stylist works with mothers who need or want their help and finds them fabulous dresses for the big day.

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Wedding Day Styling

I am not around for all the pre wedding work, most of my job with a bride and her girls happens on the day of the wedding (I do the makeup). After working on more than 500 weddings I have to say I have pretty much seen it all! From exploding wedding dresses, to rips and tears in bridesmaids dresses, to alterations that have gone wrong – so much can happen on the wedding day!

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image courtesy of Marisa Belle Photography

Risa (or your stylist) arrives during the makeup and hair schedule and starts steaming dresses, making sure the alterations are correct, and generally getting all the wardrobing ready for the photographers and then ready for the bride and her ladies.

Until you get married or have been in several weddings you don’t realize just how many wardrobe issues show up on a wedding day! From having to fashion tape girls into dresses to sewing on buttons, fixing hems, fixing ripped straps, helping the guys get their ties correct – a wedding day stylist takes care of so many things!

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She also goes with you for your pictures, making sure the dress is sitting right, hasn’t bunched up or become lopsided, the train is fanned out right, the veil is sitting perfectly. She also keeps an eye on the bridesmaids and groomsmen, keeping their wardrobe and the overall look of the shoot just right.

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image courtesy of Marisa Belle Photography

Photographers love it because they can just concentrate on the photography and not be adjusting ties and dresses. Brides love it because they know they are going to look fabulous, so they can relax and just enjoy themselves.

wedding wardrobe stylist

image courtesy of Marisa Belle Photography

Wedding planners love it because they can be focusing on all the other details they need to take care of with the wedding, knowing that the bridal party is being taken care of with an extra set of very well trained eyes.

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image courtesy of Michaela Magnum Photography

Where is RiStyle Consulting?

Risa is based in Phoenix but she flies to work with clients around the country and around the world. Risa also has a team of wedding pro’s who work with her.

Find out more about Risa’s RiStyle Consulting wedding stylist services here.

Contact Risa with any questions here.

Have you ever had your makeup airbrushed? Do you like a flawless finish foundation that lasts all day? Airbrushing is one of my favorite ways to use foundation when I’m working on makeup jobs. It gives an even, flawless finish, its lightweight so foundation doesn’t look thick or caked on, and it is designed to stay on all day which means I have less touch up work as the day progresses.

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How To Use Temptu Air

It only takes 45 seconds to one minute to airbrush your foundation, which means you have more time each morning to enjoy your coffee

I use airbrush foundation on all my brides and wedding parties because it keeps everyone looking gorgeous until the end of the night, no matter how hard they are dancing! Invariably when I am working on weddings or with celebrity clients and they see their beautiful airbrushed faces in the mirror they ask me if I airbrush myself.

The truth is for years no I didn’t, just because I couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of unpacking my professional airbrush system, re-cleaning the airbrush gun and then packing it all away again. I had been meaning to get a Temptu Pod Airbrush System to use at home but didn’t get around to it.

How To Use Temptu Air

Then last year one of my makeup heroes and social media makeup friends (she is a TV/film/commercials makeup artist based in San Diego and I do editorial/celebrity/commercials based out of Phoenix) did a Facebook live session talking about the Temptu Air. She uses hers on her TV clients as well as film, commercials, and on herself. It was so cool watching her airbrush herself and chat away about how she uses hers Temptu Air system in her work that I got online and ordered one for myself as soon as she was done!

 

 Temptu Air Airbrush System

Why I Love My Temptu Air

  1. It’s Easy. The TemptuAir is designed for you to use at home. Instead of having multiple parts like the regular professional systems do, this one is just one self-contained unit. It is super simple to use.
  2. The foundation is lovely. When I first tried mine I wasn’t sure if it was working properly – the foundation mist was so fine I couldn’t see it going on. I did half of my face and then saw that I was one side flawless and the other side just regular old me! The foundation is so highly pigmented that it only needs a tiny amount to give you flawless coverage while still looking really sheer.
  3. There is no cleanup. There is no airbrush gun with the Temptu system. A normal airbrush system has a gun that requires fanatic cleaning as soon as you have completed airbrushing. This is time consuming and if you don’t get it 100% perfect then your gun will clog up and jam. It’s actually quite a hassle.

The TemptuAir uses preloaded foundation pods instead of a gun, so you don’t have any cleaning. You can change out the foundation colors as your skin changes color throughout the year by using different color pods. Or if there is more than one person using it you can simply change out the foundation pod. It is just so incredibly functional and easy!

    1. It is really fast. I just timed myself applying my foundation with the Temptu Air system and it took me 45 seconds. Isn’t that crazy? 45 seconds to get a flawless finish foundation that looks like fresh skin. I’m loving it!
    2. It’s not thick. I really dislike heavy, caked on foundation. If you have been reading this blog for a while then you already know that I like healthy, glowing skin. Or at least the illusion of healthy skin. Thick foundation is in my opinion ugly. It hides the girl underneath. The pod foundations mist on so fine that you almost think there is no foundation on. It’s beautiful.
    3. You don’t need powder. Most foundations require powder to set them and make them stay on. With this foundation most of the time I can get away with no powder because the foundation sets by itself. If, or when you do need to powder it to set it you need very little powder, which again makes your skin look fresh and lovely.

 

How To Use Temptu Air

How To Use Temptu Air

The Temptu Air system comes as one handheld unit. Nice and easy. You just plug it in and charge it, the initial charge takes a couple of hours, then from there it is only as needed.

The compressor has three controllable speeds to mist your foundation on with, so you don’t need to worry about it getting overpowered and blasting makeup all over your face.

 

Airbrushing with one of these systems is a breeze too. You don’t have to change the PSI or try to get it just right – the system does it by itself. You will feel a mist of air when you turn your pod system on, and you can either guide it by feel or watch it as you mist foundation over your face.

Once your system has charged you need to insert the pod.

Start by shaking the pod to keep the foundation mixed, then separate the cover from the pod.

How To Use Temptu Air

The rubberized ball on the left is the plug you need to open before inserting the pod into your Temptu Air

There is a small rubber plug at the back of the pod which you need to open.

How To Use Temptu Air

Press the pod release button on the handheld unit and slide the pod in. It’s so simple!

How To Use Temptu Air

The pod release button is next to my thumb.

The power button turns on the system but also adjusts the speed.

How To Use Temptu Air

When you have finished airbrushing release the pod, plug the rubber stopper back in, and use the foam inside the pod cap to clean the nozzle.

How To Use Temptu Air

With any airbrush foundation you need to make sure you are well moisturized before you start. I moisturize, apply facial SPF and then prime my skin the same way I do with any foundation.

I don’t bother concealing my skin or under my eyes when I use my airbrush. The foundation is so concentrated and so beautifully pigmented that it disappears any darkness under my eyes. When you first use your try it without concealing first, as you may find you can skip that makeup step.

Temptu Air Airbrush System

Eyeliner, mascara and lips. With the Temptu Air you don’t need much else

You can also buy Temptu pods for blush and for bronzer. At the time of writing this post I haven’t used them but I do know plenty of people who have. If you are going to use the blush and bronzer pod options you would just release the foundation pod and slip in the blush pod and create your cheeks before powdering. It is super simple and efficient.

The Temptu Air system is a really fabulous addition to your makeup routine. It is so quick to use and the finish is so lovely – you can’t go wrong. Any of you who hate rushing in the mornings will LOVE how much time it saves you! You will even have time for an extra cup of coffee in the morning …

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How To Use Temptu Air

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Milk Blur Stick

Have you tried the Milk Makeup Blur Sticks? Do you want to create a smooth, matte finish to your makeup while minimizing your pores? I think that is pretty much all of us, right? I’m pretty excited about these products and you to know about them too.

Last week I was honored to be one of 10 bloggers invited to a Bubbly and Brunch business event that was sponsored by Sephora. I love mimosas, I love getting to meet other bloggers and I love getting a big gift bag from Sephora!

The event itself gives brands a chance to meet one on one with bloggers, make some connections, and see if you might be a good fit for some business collaborations. I love getting to meet people face to face, and frankly I just love chatting with everyone!

Anyway, this is not a sponsored post, but I wanted to tell you about these Milk Makeup Blur Sticks that were in my gift bag from Sephora.

I hadn’t actually tried these prior to last week, but I think they are pretty fabulous. Blur sticks can either be used as a pre makeup mattifier, to prep the skin and get it ready for makeup, or you can wear it alone on bare skin.

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What Is A Blur Stick?

I received both the original Blur Stick and the Luminous Blur Stick.

Milk Blur Sticks

The Original Blur Stick acts like the best selfie filter you have ever used. It minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections with its blurring microsphere technology. When used to prep the skin under makeup the Blur Stick makes foundation glide on smoothly and leaves you with a matte finish.

Milk Blur Stick

If you tend to get shiny, or if your forehead seems to look shiny in photos (mine always does!) you will love this. Blurring technology diffuses light and stops it from bouncing off your face, giving you that lovely filtered look. Unlike other mattifiers it gives your skin a soft finish rather than a dried out, dead matte look. You skin still looks alive.

I like it under makeup but I also like it on its own. I have good skin, but without makeup on it often looks shiny. Today I am wearing the Blur Stick by itself and it not only makes my skin look nice (and not shiny) but it also doesn’t feel like there is anything on my skin. I love it!

The other Blur Stick I received was the Luminous Blur Stick.

Milk Luminous Blur Stick

The Luminous Blur Stick works like the original to filter your skin, minimize fine lines and pores, but it has a golden pearl infusion that makes the skin glow. As the warmer months approach and we start seeing more skin again the Luminous Blur Stick is a lovely way to highlight your shoulders and collar bones and make the skin look radiant.

If you have a combination skin you can mattify your T zone with the original Blur Stick and add some glow to your cheeks with the Luminous Blur Stick.

If you are getting married the original Blur Stick is a fantastic pre makeup product to keep your skin looking soft filtered!

How Do You Use A Blur Stick?

Blur Sticks are really easy to use. Once your skin care has soaked in you literally just draw the blur stick across your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and then buff it out with a duo fiber brush, a makeup sponge, or your fingers! This product is designed to be like a veil over your skin, so keep your application sheer.

Milk Blur Stick

If you have dry skin make sure you moisturize well before using your Blur Stick. If you make dry skin look more matte it can end up making it look even drier. If you are well moisturized before using your Blur Stick you will achieve that gorgeous soft focus finish.

If your skin has a rough surface be sure to exfoliate it first.

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Some other interesting things about the Milk Blur Sticks:

Both types of Blur Stick are oil free and silicone free. I actually use silicone based foundations, so cosmetic silicones don’t bother me, but I know that they do bother some people.

The Luminous Blur Stick is also Vegan, Cruelty free and Gluten free.

The Original Blur Stick is also Vegan, Cruelty free, and Gluten free, but is Talc free, Soy free and non comedogenic too.

You can find Milk Blur Sticks online here at Sephora.com (affiliate links)

Here are some tutorial videos for Blur Stick and for Luminous Blur Stick.