Wedding Day Survival Kit

Summer is primo wedding season for pretty much everywhere (except Arizona!)
I am constantly getting asked about what items a gal should pack to keep the beauty going strong after the makeup artist has left, so I figure there’s no time like the present to tackle this one!
It should be noted too, that this is ideal for any night out, and these items are standard in whichever handbag I’m trotting around town with.

If you are getting married, I highly recommend having a makeup artist get you ready. If you have a pro take care of your makeup, you will need very little in the way of touch ups.
I also emphatically recommend you get someone who uses airbrush. No ifs, buts or maybes.

But back to the kit…

1) Blotting papers.
You want to combat any shine that comes up with blotting papers. Sephora brand are great, MAC has good ones too. Don’t ever wipe, just press onto the area and lift. This will help lift away any oiliness. If you keep adding powder your face will start to look overly made up and cakey.

2) Makeup Forever Duo Mat.
This is one of those powder/foundation combos, and in my opinion (and I always have one!) it is by far the best. Sometimes you need a little extra powder, and by using a dual product you are replacing any color that has wiped away.
Duo Mat has the best colors, a gorgeous natural finish to it, keeps you nicely matte. The packaging is very slimline and wont be bulky in your makeup bag. Put a triangle sponge in there too (get your makeup artist to give you one if you dont have them). If you get weepy, or need a repair job under the eyes etc, a slim pointed triangle sponge is key.

3) Lip liner.
You will need to be touching up your lips throughout the day. I love MAC lip liners and Julie Hewett lip liners. Your makeup artist can tell you which color you need so that you can buy it prior to the big day.

4) Lip Gloss
I love putting my brides in colored lip glosses, and there are some fabulous ones out there. Make sure you are using one that is not tacky or gooey (never a good look). I love MAC, Julie Hewett and Chanel for glosses. They have the best colors, last nicely, and dont ball up on the lip.
Definitely get a gloss that is on a wand. The application is so much easier, and there is less chance of you spilling it on your dress.

5) Plackers
There is nothing worse that talking to people with food stuck between your teeth!
After eating, a quick trip to the ladies room with a placker and you can make sure the teeth are looking beautiful! (most of us dont have the time or the space to be brushing out teeth all the time while we’re out. And toothpaste really jacks with the taste of champagne…)

6) Listerine Breath Strips
Assume you have bad breath, and keep these on hand!
(Its a way better plan than assuming you dont!) Most brides get a pretty dry mouth on their wedding day. These will keep you fresh.
Absolutely do not chew gum, and breath mints will end up giving you icky breath anyway. Plus you can end up with little white flecks of altoid on your lips.

7) Neatly folded Kleenex.
Pre-fold a few kleenex and keep them flat in your bag. If you get weepy, slip a flat, folded kleenex under the lower lashes and press. Never, never wipe or use a bunched up kleenex. Chances are you’ll just make a big old mess.

8) Eyedrops
For the brave only! These are in emergency only! If you’ve been crying, or have a fleck of something in your eye, slip a folded kleenex under your lower lashes, tip your head back and as you look away, drop one drop into the inner corner of your eye.
Close your eye, and keep it closed for a few seconds. You dont want tears rolling down your beautifully made up face!

9) Bobby pins for any mini hair repairs. You wont need many, but its a good idea to have them on hand.

10) Safety Pins
I keep a couple of small ones and a couple of medium/big ones. You never know when there’s going to be an accidental rip, or a quick fix is needed. Better safe than sorry!

A quick last look in the mirror, and girlfriend, you are good to go!



Brush Me Baby!

So I wanted to answer some of the questions you’ve been sending me about the CorinnaB brush line, and rather than do endless replies, I figured I’d just put it all here.

I decided back in the mid nineties that I wanted to do a makeup brush line. I also decided that anything I would put my name on had to be of extraordinary quality, so I set in motion a program that took years to complete.

I would get a given set of brushes, and then put it through its paces for months on end, both with my personal at-home use, and also being integrated into my kit. I kept finding that most brushes were OK for a couple of months, but past that point they would start breaking down, losing too many hairs, losing shape and texture, and ultimately they would wind up in the “no way Jose” pile.

Then there would be the brushes that held up OK in terms of not falling apart, but didn’t pick up and transport product efficiently. I wanted something that would really smoothly glide product across the skin.
I was able to eliminate different hairs – I didn’t want squirrel, I didn’t want pony etc, but it took a great deal of time to find something that I really did want.
I eventually came across badger brushes. The hair met the quality standards I had set, and my little love affair began…

But finding the right hair for your brushes is just the very beginning. Next up you have to decide on the specific shapes you want for your brushes, based on what tasks you want them to perform. After that the density of the hair comes into play. A brush that is too densely packed will create a stripe across this skin, a brush that doesn’t have sufficient hairs bound into the ferrule will splay out across the skin and leave you with no control of the product placement.

With badger hair there are four shavings per year, and each shaving yields a different type of hair. The mid-winter shave is the softest hair, the summer shave is the most course hair.
After I had fallen in and out of that equation a few times, I got the perfect brushes.

So long story short, it took forever and a day to get it exactly as I wanted it, then 12 months of really working the brushes hard, and seeing how they held up before I was ready to put my name on them and introduce them to the world.

They’ve been around for a couple of years now, and I am still using my original sets everyday.
Oh, and by the way, these brushes are manufactured right here in America!

You can read about the individual brushes on the website

I’ll periodically talk about an individual brush here on the blog, and I show you the brushes at work in the youtube videos.

I hope this answers the bulk of your questions, but always feel free to ask me more!

Have a gorgeous day



Meet the Crew

I keep talking to you about the people I work with, but haven’t really introduced you yet.

I love that my career takes me to many different and exciting places, and I love that I am always doing something new and thrilling, but best of all I love the creative teams that in this line of work you wind up on.
When you are really lucky, and all the planets line up just right, you find yourself working as part of a super creative team of like minded souls. And when you get the right fit, you end up working over and over and over together.

So here is the absolute gorgeousness that is Will Zecco.

Will is the hair genius. Handsome buggar, isn’t he? We have worked together as the hair and makeup team for almost 7 years. Not all, but by far most clients book us together. And it is always, always great fun!
Will makes me laugh til I cry.
He also knows all the right things to say to a girl. You can be having one of those days where you look like hell in a handbasket, and Will will make you feel beautiful. And then he will round out your day with the raunchiest jokes you have ever heard in your life!
Everywhere we go people think we’re married, and I let them keep thinking it! (even though we actually bat on different teams…)
Life is definitely a lot more fun when Will is around.

Next up, meet Kelly Cappelli.

Kelly is the most amazing photographer ever!
She is from the Chicago area, and has a huge background in fashion. She has an unparalleled ability to paint stories with light and texture. I spend a lot of time standing behind her watching her shoot, and am always just bowled over by the images she comes up with. I am always wondering “how didn’t I see that?”
Our clients have the added benefit that she does a huge amount of very high profile image enhancement work. Very famous people – actors, rockstars, professional speakers, athletes etc come to Studio5 to Kelly to change their look or their public image. Its pretty wild. (I would name-drop like crazy at this point, but its always confidential. Its cool though – trust me on this one!)
She can take an average person and guide them in how to move their body, and tell stories with their eyes, and get the absolute best out of them!
And quite apart from being a genius, she has also become one of my very closest friends.

And this gorgeous young thing is Lea. We shoot with Lea an enormous amount. You’ve seen her picture on my blog before, and you will be seeing a whole lot more of her too.
Lea is a brilliant model – just amazing to work with! She is also a recording artist with huge things happening in the music biz. She will become a household name, no question about it, and you will be able to say “I knew her way back when…”

Here we are after one of my video makeup tutorials. That was a really hilarious day. We all got the giggles really badly, and wound up having to do about a million takes. In fact we wound up having to use a take with us bursting out laughing at the end!

Lea can be doing a really physically demanding, intense shoot, but she still breaks into song every few minutes. To hear her sing click here.

So now you know the crew.
If you see one of us in an airport, keep looking, because the rest wont be too far away! We are always all over the map.(you’ll know which one is me, I’ll be the one in the high heels…)

Hope you’re having a gorgeous day!



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