Tammy: Her brial experience in her own words!!!

"Deirdre is fantastic!! She is super friendly and great at what she does!
I have never felt so beautiful in my entire life as on my wedding day!
She isn't only talented, she's good at calming your nerves when other things go wrong!
Soooo glad she was there for our big day! I even begged her to stay for the wedding and party with us!!
Highly recommend!"  ~Tammy P.

Photos: Studio Uno
Venue: The Tides in North Haledon
Makeup: DeeVa Beauty

Samantha: Her bridal experience in her own words!!

"Deirdre works in a timely manner to respond to your inquiry and answer any questions you have. I hired her and her team member for my Gatsby themed wedding.
It was being planned from Colorado, about a 2 months before my wedding (pretty short notice). She worked hard to organize the services for my large bridal party and to provide everything I asked for, including finding me a hair stylist as well.
She provided makeup services for over 10 people and did a fabulous job!
I truly recommend her!"
~Samantha

Photos:www.photograhergio.com
Venue: Naninas in the Park

Makeup and Hair: DeeVa Beauty

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DONT LET YOUR MAKEUP AGE YOU

When you are in your 20s and 30s you can get away with much more.

But as you approach your 40s and 50s suddenly too much makeup...or too little aren’t looking so good.

Here are some tips to help you:

Using the wrong foundation:  Forget the rule that says your foundation must match your complexion exactly.  Skin becomes paler with age so if you were to use a foundation that matched you 100% you could look pasty.
Put some life back in your skin with a slightly ‘warmer’ tone, a shade just a bit deeper than your old one. If that is going to deep, than mix the two together to give you the desired shade. And still speaking of foundation, remember that as we get older and our hormone levels drop our skin loses moisture.
If you use a medium to full coverage foundation, which have a lot of pigment… and pigment means more powder which will absorb moisture, then you have color that cakes and creeps into your fine lines.   

What to do? First, make sure you exfoliate religiously to avoid dry flaky skin that the foundation will stick to. And sheer out your foundation a bit with a drop of moisturizer to make it less likely to settle into lines.
 

Cakey Concealer:  To keep concealer from drawing attention to wrinkles, apply it only to the inner halves of your eyes to cover up darkness. Pat it in gently, using your pinky finger for the lightest touch, from the inner corner only to about half way out. Skip using the thick traditional cream kind and instead try one of the new brush-on highlighter pens with some light diffusers added to them.
And make sure you use the right color…a touch lighter than your foundation color.
Go to light and you look ashy.

None or overdone Eyebrows:  Brows frame and define the eyes and face and help you look more youthful.
But don’t go overboard and draw on a harsh overdrawn one. You need to use a brow pencil, it is designed to be hard but go on softly using short little strokes starting from front and working your way to the tail end.

Overdone Eyes:  Piling on color in hopes that it will stay all day is not the way to go. A good eye primer is the first step in helping your eyelids have an even smooth base upon which to now add your shadow.
A primer not only helps color adhere better but also helps hide veins and any discoloration of your lids. But remember to apply just a tiny thin sheer coat…any more and the excess will make your eyes look crepey.
 

Muddy Eye shadow:  If brown and bone are your go- to eye shadow colors you should note that brown has yellow or red pigments in it, and either can make your eyes look tired.

Bone can be to light now to cover any skin discolorations especially if not using a primer first. Jewel tones cancel out reds and yellows, and choose taupe’s over browns.

Closing up your eyes:  Only apply liner to top lashes. Using a pencil to line the top of lashes...thinner along the inner eye and getting slightly fuller as you go towards the outer corner. A good universal color would be charcoal or eggplant.
Save the black for evening…too harsh for daytime. For underneath your eye use a softer color and line softly using eye shadow, not a pencil…and remember to smudge and blend. NEVER apply liquid liner to bottom of lashes.  

Curl your lashes for a more youthful and awake look. And because mascara can weigh down lashes they may not hold a curl as they once did when you were younger.
Try a ‘curling’ mascara to see if that helps otherwise use waterproof.
Now waterproof is drying to lashes and much harder to get off so be careful to condition your lashes at night after washing your face and make sure to use a good eye makeup remover first to remove the mascara before washing your face to avoid rubbing and tugging on your delicate eye area and causing your lashes to fall out from all that rubbing.

Bad blush:  An instant trick to lift the cheeks is to apply your blush to the ‘apples’ of your cheeks. Go with a warm, rosy color for fair and medium skin tones. Or a brownish berry for darker. 

Don’t go to bright on the blush.

Dark lipstick:  Lips lose plumpness over time and a deep lipstick makes them appear thinner. To dark a lipstick and you look harsh. The whole point of wearing makeup is to appear fresh, youthful and soft.  Remember, light brings forward and larger. Dark recedes, makes smaller ...so if you want your lips to look plump and full choose a lighter color and add a touch of clear shimmer lip gloss over your lipstick to catch the light and give the allusion of pump lips.
Or try a sheer golden gloss over to add dimension.


Lipstick Bleed: Lip liner is the way to go to stop the bleeding of lipstick. Also don’t apply lipstick directly from the tube and apply it with a lip brush. Extra lipstick migrates, especially as the definition of the lips boarder softens with age.
Applying color straight from the tube give you to much product than what you need. Instead, dip the brush into your lipstick and dab a little on the center of your lips, which is the fullest, and then spread it to the corners which are the narrowest part.

Also, remember to apply your foundation to your lips as well first so your lipstick has something to cling to. This will add to the staying power.

And lastly, remember that ANYTHING that is severe…. a lipstick...dark, heavy liner…to dark hair color against your skin…WILL AGE YOU!!!

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Find YOUR Purpose!! Share YOUR Gift!!

 We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too!

Howard Thurman once said,

 “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.
Because what the world needs are people who have come alive
.”

When you discover what makes you come alive the world will open up and the universe will create opportunities for you to do just that.

Whatever it is, you will feel compelled to speak up about it and do what you can to make a difference. You cannot keep yourself from talking about what you care about most.  

Sometimes God gives people a passion to speak up for a group of others who can’t speak up for themselves: the persecuted, the poor, the imprisoned, the mistreated, the disadvantaged and those who are denied justice.  
The Universe gives us all different passions so that everything that needs to get done in the world will get done.

You have to figure out how to get your gift out of your heart and into the world where it can be loved and appreciated.

Sometimes that passion comes from personally experiencing some tragedy or obstacle in your life such as abuse, addiction,  depression, disease, or some other difficulty.
The challenge is that it is hard to understand this while you are going thru the challenges or pain.
Usually the worst things that happen to us in life lead us to the best things that will ever happen to us and lead us to our true missions and passions in life.

Don’t make the mistake of discounting any of your experiences.
They are there for a reason.
It’s your job to figure out what that reason is, learn what you need to from it and the move on and use what you can for your purpose.

Look at every experience as an opportunity to grow and learn more about yourself.
Know that wherever you are on your journey that is exactly where you need to be.

Wherever you’ve been, and whatever you’ve done so far, both good and bad, your entire life was building up to this moment. Now is the time to rise up into your greatness.
A greatness you never could have reached without going through exactly the things you’ve gone through.
Everything you’ve experienced was for a reason and a purpose.
No matter how low you might have descended, there is no shame and no limit to how high you can now rise.

Don’t waste your failures…learn from them…use them.
Don’t push your dreams aside…pursue them.

Remember...we ALL have a 'story'.

I do as well.

USE YOUR STORY!!

I also think most of us have a dream, a secret aspiration we never admit to anyone else for fear of being laughed at. Yet the dream remains in our head and our heart and never really goes away. You feel it’s your destiny, planted in your brain like a little seed.

I do as well.
 

I am very passionate about helping animals in need.
And EMPOWERING women thru helping them look and feel good about themselves.
However, I also secretly have wished to be a motivational speaker. 
To inspire and encourage other women in pursuing their dreams.
To not be ashamed of their story, to learn from it, to share it, and to find their gift through it.

There I said it. I put it out there. I’ve not shared that secret desire with many people.
Until I get the opportunity to actually stand up and do it in person, I will l do it here thru my BLOG posts.

It is said…If you have life you have a purpose.

What are YOU willing to do?

What are your strengths?
What are your passions?
What are your dreams?
Who can you help?
Who can you teach?

What’s your secret dream?
What do you wish for?
SAY IT!!!
PUT IT OUT THERE!!

Then take a breath
 Have a plan.

GO FOR IT!!

"God created you as an individual with special gifts, skills, and talents. You were placed on this earth for a reason and a purpose. You are meant to discover who you are and to express yourself in your own unique way. God and the angels want you to be passionate about what you do for work.
They want you to find your life's purpose so you can help and serve others."
~Connect with Angels

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WHY DOES BRIDAL MAKEUP COST SO MUCH?

Well first of all does it REALLY cost so much??

When you stop to actually think about what you are getting for the cost …it doesn’t.

The question isn’t “Can I afford to have my makeup professionally done?”

It is “Can I afford NOT to have my makeup professionally done?” 

If you don’t think makeup and hair is that big a deal then just go ahead and hire an unprofessional and stay up all night the night before your big day wondering if they will actually show up.

Many nonprofessionals don’t even have contracts with you so they can at the last minute take another job that is larger which means more money for them leaving you to now panic and be desperate to find a replacement.

I've had many a bride call me at the last minute in panic mode because her ‘cheap’ Craigslist makeup artist bailed on her.

Think about the money you spend going to a cheap makeup artist and having a bad experience and then having to start from scratch again looking for a GOOD makeup artist and having to now pay for another trial…when you could have and should have just gone with a ‘professional’ in the first place.

So let’s break it down some more and see what you really get that costs so much.

LUXURY:

Well for one thing, you get the luxury of not having to leave your home or hotel room day of to travel to a store counter in front of everyone to be rushed and get your makeup done.

A professional packs up all her products and travels to you day of and you get to relax in your pajamas with your maids sipping mimosas. Many of us travel not only with our big heavy kits, but bring the chair, lighting and sometimes even a fold up table directly to you for your comfort and convenience…and then we stand for hours sometimes as many as 6 straight hours without a break or sitting down for 5 minutes.

It is your one day to feel pampered and like a star.

Imagine Kim K or Beyoncé doing their own makeup and hair for the Oscars…not going to happen.

Imagine Kim K or Beyoncé looking for a makeup or hairstylist on Craigslist…not going to happen.

Celebrities KNOW the value of good ‘quality makeup and hair people.

EXPERIENCE & SKILL:

You are paying for the training classes that we take to keep informed and up to date.

You are paying for our knowledge of what products to use that are camera friendly and which to avoid.

You are paying us to know appropriate makeup for all age groups, different skin types and skin conditions, and which products are appropriate for both.

You are paying us for the different ‘techniques’ that we have mastered in order to ensure your makeup lasts ALL DAY!!

You are paying us to bring to life your ‘vision’ of how you want to look and feel on your day!!

You are paying for us to know about proper sanitary conditions.

Do you think a $50.00 makeup artist cares about proper sanitary conditions?

PRODUCTS:

The cost of our professional grade products and brushes in our kits are in the thousands of dollars...and even with pro discounts they still are very expensive.

Do you think a $50.00 makeup artist invests in high end product in her kit?

PROFESSIONALISM:

We don’t back out. WE SHOW UP!!

We take your wedding day seriously, and provide you with the best in a ‘luxury’ service.

I know ‘PRO’ makeup artists’ that have missed family reunions, holidays, even wakes and funerals not to let down a bride.

I personally lost my husband of 28 years unexpectedly which left me devastated and depressed, BUT two weeks after his passing I crawled out of bed, picked myself up, and put my ‘happy face’ on and showed up for my bride and her party.

We give up all of our summer weekend days to provide you services to make your day FABULOUS.

We do it happily because we LOVE what we do…but still we have to price accordingly, and I’m happy to be part of an industry, part of a group of professionals who care, truly care, for their brides.

TIME and OTHER FACTORS:

As freelance makeup artist’s we set our prices to reflect many things including to account for time spent with you. The amount of time spent with emails, telephone calls, texting, and face-to-face meetings. Keeping our products and kits cleaned and well stocked. All of these take time out of our working day and need to be factored into the cost. We must cover all the expenses associated with being self-employed. There are Insurance costs, products costs, advertising costs, website update costs; and we have to pay taxes too just like everyone else.
We are 'freelance’ and freelance rates are higher because our jobs are short-term and don’t offer any benefits.
And as bridal makeup artists our work is only 'seasonal’ which means we only work for half of the year.

This is how we make our living to pay for rent, food, electricity, etc.

This is our ‘business’. This isn’t a hobby.

And last but not least:

CONFIDENCE:

The confidence and peace of mind that your makeup artist and hair stylist will be showing up to make you beautiful.

When a woman looks in the mirror, a tear comes into her eye and she says:

“OMG, I didn’t know I could look like this”.

You can NOT put a price on that!

You cannot put a price on confidence and peace of mind.

I love what I do and it is what I bring to the world.

And this doesn’t just apply to brides…it is for all women that desire to look the very best they can whether it is for a wedding or any other special event, and to move on into the world with confidence and joy.

You have to look at the bigger picture here and not just focus on dollar amounts.

You invest so much time and money and effort to get the perfect venue, the perfect dress, the perfect photographer that will see your ‘vision’ for your day.

And then you want to ruin it all by hiring someone based on saving yourself …what??

$30.00? $50.00?, $100.00?    Seriously??

It’s funny how some brides will spend more on their shoes that will never be seen under their dress but will squawk over spending on their hair and makeup that will be seen in EVERY photo.

This is an investment…and investment in YOU.

Look, the truth is the market is flooded with FAKE UP artists and U TUBE experts.

Anyone can buy some brushes and some MAC makeup and now call themselves a makeup artist and post U TUBE tutorials.

You wouldn’t hire just anyone for a medical issue or if you were in need of a lawyer, plumber, or mechanic.

You wouldn’t put yourself in the hands of an amateur…so why do you do it for your wedding day and wedding pictures that are lasting you a lifetime??

Anything, A N YT H I N G in this world that is in high demand and requires skill and comes with years of experience and a high degree of integrity and professionalism will cost money.

If you find a makeup artist that is in high demand, you can usually expect her rates to reflect this.

Between the Wedding Blogs that are trying to sell advertisements, and the amateurs who are just trying to make a quick buck, they are both bringing the wedding industry down.

The wedding Blogs are full of info and tips that brides read...overwhelming you with info.

But not all of is accurate information.

The wedding Blogs are not fully doing their job.

They don’t tell you about accurately calculating into your budget hair and makeup right from the start.

And many brides unfortunately end up spending all their budget upfront on venue, dress, and photographer not at all thinking about makeup and hair until just a couple months before their day only to have no money left so they go looking for the cheapest one they can find.

Hey, it’s just makeup right??

WRONG!!

By the way, ever shop for a cheap mechanic or plumber??

I’m sure you wished you just went with a 'pro' from the get go.

There is a reason why people say:

“You get what you pay for”.

“Good work ain’t cheap and cheap work ain’t good.”

“If it’s too good to be true it probably is”.

Please remember, this is a ‘luxury’ service offering you convenience and peace of mind.
No matter how perfect your dress, your venue, your flowers, or even the weather, IF YOU don’t feel you look gorgeous, it will ruin your day.
Your expensive photos will be lasting you a lifetime.  You want to look and feel your best.
Whether you choose DeeVa Beauty or another, please make sure you hire ‘professionals’!!!

Read a testimonial from one of my brides.

"I started my search for a makeup artist by going to Craigslist since the price was unbeatable and the overall price of our wedding just kept on creeping up and I was trying to save wherever possible___that was a nightmare! After that trial I realized that I couldn't skimp on a makeup artist since my tight budget would be a temporary situation but my pictures would last a lifetime.

Thankfully I found Deirdre and she was amazing! She took the time to understand my skin needs, my personality, and to know my comfort level. She also did my wedding party (8 people + bride)

Her work ethic is incredible and I definitely plan on being a repeat customer.

I highly recommend her to anyone looking for professional makeup services."

~Gisselle P.  2/15/14

What do you really get when you hire a professional makeup artist?

You get to have a good night’s sleep before the most important day of your life.

And you can’t put a dollar amount on THAT!!

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My Trip to Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

Those of you that know me know I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE animals....ALL animals!!
And those of you that dont, well I'm letting you know now. I adore animals...ALL animals!!

So it was very exciting to me to be able to visit an animal sanctuary recently in Pennsylvania.

I had first heard about the Indraloka Animal Sanctuary when I saw a video that was circulating on Facebook about a poor little sweet pig named Jeremiah.

This poor thing was rescued from someones backyard after someone called the authorizes upon seeing it out in the frigid bitter cold.

The emaciated little pig struggled to breathe as blood poured from his snout, and yet his eyes were filled with hope.

Under filth-encrusted sores and protruding bones, he wanted to live...just like you and I.

He was named Jeremiah, “God will lift him up.”

Jeremiah, fighting to live.

Jeremiah, fighting to live.

The humane police officer heroically rescued him from a living nightmare on Thursday night on February 20th, but did not know if he was rescued in time. The vets warned that the damage might be too great.  Jeremiah might not survive.





He got worse before he got better.

Vet visits, medicines, feeding his broken body by hand and even by syringe, and praying for his survival.

Long-term pneumonia left his airways so scarred that blood and mucus spewed from his nose as he battled for air.

Painful ulcers on his feet and legs from being forced to live in his own filth caused his legs to swell unnaturally.

They feared that even if he survived he most probably wouldn't be able to walk again.

And yet, throughout all of it, Jeremiah fought for his life.

Jeremiah

Jeremiah

 
 
Jeremiah

Jeremiah

Eddie Traffic, is another young pig who on the morning of December 23, 2013, jumped from a slaughter-house bound truck in the midst of heavy I-80 Parsippany, NJ traffic.

The terrified pig waited on the highway with cars roaring by for four hours before help arrived to take him to a safe home and a new life.

 
Eddie Traffic

Eddie Traffic

 

I had the awesome pleasure of meeting these two gorgeous gentle souls, as well as many other of the animals wondering happily and freely on the property. 

Horses, goats, sheep, chickens, cats, and cows, many pigs, and even a peacock.

There is something so beautiful about seeing animals roam freely, under the sun, breathing the fresh-air. 

Animals are no different than us. 

We all want the same things. ...sunshine, fresh air, a kind, gentle hand to give us belly rubs, to be told we are special and beautiful.......and some 'treat's.

Located in Mehoopy, Pa., Indraloka is an all species animal rescue and provides “heaven on earth” to more than 150 animals who have nowhere else to turn. 

They educate the community, especially children, on ways in which we can better care for ourselves, others, and the environment all while helping animals in need.

They are always looking for 'volunteers' and it is a beautiful way to spend the day with your children, so make sure you bring some treats with you. The pigs love bananas and apples, and so do the horses.

They could also use donations and DeeVa Beauty was happy to make a small one.

 
 

It was a 2 1/2 hour trip each way for me from North NJ, but it was worth the drive to meet the animals......and my beloved, forever in my heart...Jeremiah, who has had made a miraculous full recovery and is up and about walking and playing and making new friends.

Jeremiah, you truly have been 'lifted up by love' ♥ .............and I am still swooning from our 'kiss'!!!

 
 

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MY GLAM EXPERIENCE with 'GLAM Portraits by Marjorie'

I make ‘other’ women beautiful for a living.
I make ‘other’ women feel glamorous for a living.
I help ‘other’ women feel good about themselves.

I was also very shy as a child and not at all sure of myself or confident.
I grew up feeling invisible….

I SO MUCH WANTED TO BE SEEN.

Growing up I lived, eat and breathed the Old Hollywood movies.
My walls were covered with all the Hollywood starlets.
I wanted to emulate these actresses.
I loved glamour and wanted so much to be the center of attention.

But truth is I never went to my Prom.
Never had a ‘wedding’...nope, this girl eloped and the bride wore ‘black’!! LOL (don’t ask)
And believe or not in my almost 58 years I’ve never even had a birthday party that wasn’t given by my ‘mommy’ since I was 10.

Long story short…I’ve NEVER had just one day that was special or where I was the center of attention.

So now what??

My husband and best friend of 28 years passed away 4 years now.
And with him my days of getting to dress up and go out and feel somewhat special and glamorous at least just on a Saturday night.
My Michael always made me feel pretty.    

And as happens all too often we females never appreciate ourselves and what we have till it’s too late.
I look back at older photos when I was in my 20’s and say to myself.
”Why did I beat myself up so much and see only flaws. Hey, I was kinda cute.”

I had an amazing mane of thick dark hair, eyes that men always called ‘bedroom eyes’, good skin, and a backside that my husband always said was my best ‘asset’

And then I realized it isn’t so much that I’m not the same ‘cute’ girl anymore but that I didn’t enjoy my youth when I had it. 
I let my youth slip away. And that is what makes me sad.

I don’t think I fully enjoyed being a woman until I was in my 40’s.
Oh I enjoyed all the looks and attention I got in my 20’s 30’s and even well into my 40’s.
Hey, I was finally getting ‘attention’ and being seen, but I wasn’t truly comfortable in my own skin and have the inner confidence to back it up till in my 40’s.

One of the gifts of age is that it finally becomes easier to ignore other people’s opinions.
We’ve been through enough by now to know our true feelings and what we want and are ready to live the lives we would have lived all along if we had thought it was okay and had the confidence to ‘go for it’.

So I decided I won’t let it consume me and will accept that what is no more is no more.
And what is now is now.
I will use all that I DO have which is my health, my humor, my personality and my wisdom to embrace this time of my life.
Move into the next chapter with as much dignity and grace as I can.

I decided to start with freeing myself from being a slave to coloring my grey hairs and dealing with long, thick coarse hair that was now way to much to handle.

I admit it was scary and strange to see my hair getting shorter and shorter and greyer and greyer.

Truth is that now that my hair is short and grey I wished I had done it sooner.
There is something very freeing and empowering about not being a slave to your hair.
We have so much of our identity wrapped up in it.
Hey, I was the girl in my teens and all thru my 20’s and 30’s with the Farrah Fawcett lions-main and knew all too well how to work the sexy hair flip to fall over my smokey eye.

Now I’m left with chin hairs, puffy eyes, and the beginning of sagging chin…hardly stuff you can get your ‘flirt’ on with.

It's like I'm in a battle between world domination and impending doom.
It's exhausting.

So what's the best thing you can do for yourself when you are starting to not feel so young and sexy anymore?
When you still want just ONE DAY to be pampered and be the center of attention?
When you want and need to get your confidence back to be able to move forward in life??

DO A “GLAM” SHOOT of course!!!

And my friend Marjorie Mazzei Raggoof GLAM Portraits by Marjorie Raggo
http://www.glamstudiosNJ.com/  was kind enough to let me have a shoot of my own.
I have worked with Marjorie before doing the makeup for her clients and she knew how much I LOVE working on them for other women.........but how very much I wanted one of my own.

So what does this shoot mean to me?
Well for starters I finally got my ‘one’ day.
My chance to shine.
To be pampered.
To feel special.
To see myself in a new light.

This is the best thing I could have done for myself at this stage in my life.

Marjorie, I LOVE MY PHOTOS and I don’t think you will ever truly understand what this photo shoot meant to me and has done for my confidence and self esteem and how grateful I am.
To give the gift of confidence and empowerment to a woman is a special gift.
And if I could encourage just one woman to gift herself the gift of a GLAM shoot…my work here is done.

I only wish my Michael could see my new hair and my fabulous photos.
But I know what he would say.
He would tell me I’m beautiful and I still ‘got it’.

I also know my Michael would say I grieved long enough and it’s time to move on.

I’m going to frame one of the photos to hang...OK ...maybe two or three, lol and put them where I can see them every morning as I open my eyes.
Right next to my morning affirmations and vision board to start my day feeling awesome and hopeful about myself and what new adventures lay ahead for me.
Because you know what?
I’m still ‘Hot’ just in a different way to my youthful lion’s mane, bedroom eyes and firm butt.
And that’s okay. It’s just taking a little bit of getting used to, because the fact is that we live in a society that values a firm butt on a woman more than her wisdom, her kindness and her character, and it’s my mission to do my part to try and change that.

I hope you love looking at my photos as much as I do.

Now please excuse me, I have to go buy the sexiest little black dress and sign up with MATCH.com.
It would be unfair to deprive the boys of all this fabulousness!!

TIPS FOR FINDING AND HIRING A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST

All eyes will be on you on your wedding.
Your face should reflect the happiness and glow that every bride experiences.
It should also reflect and ‘rise up’ to match the beauty of your gown and headpiece.

Do not skimp on having your makeup done professionally thinking you are saving some money.  Your photos are forever!

Also, make sure that you find a makeup artist that can see your ‘vision’ for how you want to look on your big day.

And make sure you give yourself plenty of time to find the one makeup artist that will be a good fit for YOU!!

Start searching at least a minimum 4-6 months before.
Makeup artists specializing in bridal makeup book their dates several months to a year in advance so you want to make sure they are available for your date.

One of the best ways of finding a makeup artist is through word of mouth. A referral from someone you know and trust who has first- hand experience is always a plus as long as your tastes and styles are similar.

Some good questions to ask the person giving the make-up artist referral are the following:

• was the bridal makeup artist reliable and timely

• was the artist friendly and accommodating

• was their kit organized and clean

• how long did the makeup last during your wedding day

• will the artist travel to your home or hotel on your big day

Ask to see photos of the makeup artist work.
If the makeup artist can’t show you photo of his/her work…move on.

When you find someone you think may be a good match for you, call or email them.
Listen to your instincts.

Are they professional in their response? Are they pleasant and courteous?
Do they take the time to answer your questions or rush you off the phone?
Do they ask questions about your skin, your makeup, your vision for your look on your day?
If an email is sent do they respond back to you in a timely manner?

Set up a trial appointment. Some makeup artist will travel to you for your trial appointment.
Others you have to travel to their studio for the trial but will travel to your location the day of your wedding. Be sure to ask about this ahead of time.
If they are traveling to you for the trial, did he/she show up on time? Do you want to risk this on your big day? Lateness is never excusable.

Is the artist well prepared, and is he/she genuinely interested in what you want and need?
Do they want to know how you are wearing your hair, the style of your dress, what allergies to product you might have if any.

Is the artist’s kit clean and orderly, stocked with a wide range of ‘professional quality’ products and options? And is everything clean and sanitary? Brushes should be clean.

Does the makeup artist wash his/her hands before applying makeup to your face?

Once your makeup trial is completed, don’t be afraid to give your honest feedback.
If you don’t like something, say so. This way the makeup artist can offer alternatives and different options.

Please realize that as a professional we do have experience in what will look good and last but the trial is a conversation between the two of you to come up with a look that you will be happy with. DO NOT say you love it if you don’t because the makeup artist will recreate the same look on your wedding day. The trial is the time to experiment and discuss things and try different colors, etc.

You are paying for this service and have every right to say you aren’t happy.
If your makeup artist is offended or is not willing to accommodate you…move on to another.

If everything checks out and you are happy and want to hire your makeup artist make sure you discuss all the details for your wedding day.

How many total in your party are needing makeup that day.

What time do you need the makeup artist to arrive (allow 30 minutes prior to when you actually think you need them to arrive).

If there are many in your party needing makeup do you need the makeup artist to bring an ‘assistant’ or 'second artist' as well?

Be clear on what the artist payment and business policies are.

And then sit back and relax knowing you have a professional coming to make you gorgeous on your special day !!

 

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Even Barbie has had a 'GLAM' shoot...what are YOU waiting for??

When I first started my business I intended for it to be a combination of 'boss women motivation' along with 'beauty inspiration'
Your self-love begins to externalize itself in many forms, and one way that I've found to boost your self- love is seeing the outer beauty in yourself.
That in turn gives you the self-confidence and motivation to go out and rock the world and be a boss woman.

At its core value of what I stand for…I am passionate about women feeling confident and empowered.

Empowered women can change the world!!!!

Whether a bride, a CEO of a big company, or a teenager just starting to wear makeup, I want you to shine.  
To see your Goddess like qualities. 
To see and ‘feel’ your POWER!!!

Glamour photography celebrates and worships the feminine mystique,
as well as the beauty and sensuality of the women.


And EVERY celebrity…
male and female, young and old, Old Hollywood and New Hollywood, has had one.


Here are 25 reasons why YOU need to do one too!!!

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

Gene Tierney

Gene Tierney

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

Beyonce

Beyonce

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Anjelina Jolie

Anjelina Jolie

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis

Betty White

Betty White

Marilyn

Marilyn

My goodness.....even BARBIE has had a GLAM shoot!!!.........wearing 'faux' fur of course.

Barbie

Barbie

See yourself that way just once and you ‘get it’...it is life changing and life affirming.

We spend our lives worshiping other females and putting others up on a pedestal admiring and wishing we could have their bodies, their lives, their clothes, and their ‘stuff’.
We follow celebrities on Instagram, we buy magazines they are on the covers of.

We are always seeking approval of some kind and searching for validation in all the wrong places.
We are always seeking ‘something’, though never really finding it.
In new shoes, new hand bags, in a new lipstick.
In a new ....’something’.
But the truth is you will never find it outside yourself.

And we somehow ALWAYS manage to come up with the money for all these ‘other’ things.
We always seem to find the money for this and for that.

But investing in you?  NO WAY!!!

I can’t stress this enough.
YOU NEED TO LISTEN.

These are life altering moments and lifetime memories!!

So I ask you.....its good enough for others...but not for you ???

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.
Nobody can tax it or take it away from you”  ~Warren Bufett

 

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TIPS FOR GREAT HEAD SHOTS

Professional head shots are a must in today’s media-driven environment.
These shots need to tell the world about you and your personal brand because it is the first thing most people see, and your styling must be consistent with, and reflect, who you are and what you do. 

You want to come off as friendly and approachable, as well as professional and trustworthy.

They are a must for your website, your Facebook profile and your LinkedIn profile. 

But remember professional head shots aren't just for people 'in business' or for our careers. 

They are fabulous for posting on dating sites as well.

There is A LOT of competition out there everyday that we are competing with...you NEED to put your best self forward.

That said, for best results I highly recommend making the additional investment in a professional makeup artist and hairstylist. 

You would do this for your wedding day to ensure you looked your best, so why wouldn’t you make the same investment in photos that will represent you to the world?

Makeup makes a huge difference in a head shot photo, period. 

Most women know how to apply makeup for everyday use but there are a few differences in applying makeup for photos; especially glamour. 

If you are reasonably good at applying makeup yourself though, and would rather do it yourself, here are some basic points that you might find useful. 

1. Exfoliate:

Make sure you exfoliate a few times over the week or two before your photo session to ensure your skin is smooth and there are no dry skin patches.   

2. Moisturize:

Apply a good hydrating moisturizer and remember oily skin still needs a moisturizer just one appropriate for oily skin. 

3. Foundation:

Match the color of foundation to the natural color of your skin in the neck/chest area.

Use a foundation that gives you a good even coverage. Use liquid if your skin is dry and a powder if you have an oily skin type. Make sure to blend it up into the hair line and around the perimeter of the face. There should not be a drastic difference between the color of your neck and that of your face.

Choose a foundation with NO SPF in it.  

Foundation with SPF create flash white…your face will look whiter than the rest of your skin.  

4. Concealer:
Concealer should be 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone.  Apply concealer to hide marks/blemishes, lighten your under eyes as well as the inner corners of your eyes, and used if there is any discoloration around the lip area. It can also be used as

a base for your eye shadow to help it stay on longer. 

5. Eye shadow:
Satin or matte finish eye shadows work best with the camera because they do not reflect the light as much as a shimmer would. Shimmers make the light reflect and cause the features to get washed out.

Avoid frosts or garish colors. 

6.Eyeliner and Lashes for eyes really makes the difference in a photo. Choose a softer color than black for your liner like charcoal and a natural style lash that just adds to your lashes but without looking like you’re going to a night club. Helps define the lash line and makes eye pop.

7.Eye Brows:

Never forget to define/fill-in your eyebrows to define your eyes. It makes a HUGE difference.

8.Lips:

You should lightly line your lips with a liner that softly matches the color of your lipstick.

Choose a lipstick/gloss is a color about one shade deeper than you normally wear it. Try to avoid highly shimmer and frosted on your lips.  

9. Blush/Bronzer : use more than you normally would. 

10. Plenty of powder:

Don’t be afraid to use a lot more powder than usual to keep your skin matte. You should bring yours and apply extra powder regularly.

Even if you've never used powder in your life, please use it for your portrait session.  Powder makes the difference between a beautiful portrait and just a portrait.

Use lots of it to set makeup and to keep down shine. Shine is our enemy when it comes to photos! 

Remember to apply too much In order to look great in photos you have to apply a little more make up than you would for everyday. So if it looks too heavy, it’s probably just right for the camera. If you are unsure, then go out into the sunlight with your mirror. Not so drastic anymore is it?

Natural looking makeup for a photo shoot does not mean light makeup by daily makeup standards. You’ll be applying a good amount of foundation and using a lot of powder, compared to when you are going to work. What you need is good coverage combined with natural look finish.

You will probably think you that you are wearing too much but remember that the lights take away from whatever amount of makeup you have on so don't worry.  

More tips:

Do a dress rehearsal at home in front of a mirror. Practice poses and expressions.

Do not drink alcohol the night before your shoot (you don’t want puffy eyes).

Drink lots of water and be well rested (so your eyes will not have dark circles).

Make sure you get plenty of sleep at least the night before your shoot if not two or three nights before.

What to wear:

  • Wear clothes that are comfortable and that make you look great
  • Don't overdress
  • A simple black shirt/blouse/dress is often a good option
  • Darker clothes attract less attention and put the attention on your face and eyes
  • Solid colors are great
  • Avoid busy patterns and large lines or stripes
  • No glitter
  • Avoid red as a dominant color
  • Turtlenecks aren’t the best option

Jewelry:

  • Keep jewelry extremely simple - small is better, unless of course it really represents your brand and personality.
  • Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated
  • The picture is about your face not your jewelry
  • Classic Pearls are always a good choice 

What to bring:

  •     Samples from magazines or other head shots to help communicate the look you want
  •     Makeup and hair products for touch ups
  •      Favorite music (to help relax you)

Just like a professional hair and makeup artist, you get what you pay for. These days it seems like anyone with a digital camera refers to themselves as a professional photographer. Make sure they have a website, happy reviews from prior clients, and a portfolio of their work that will speak for itself. Try to find a photographer whose work reflects that of you and your brand.

And remember there is nothing to be nervous about. 

A good photographer will know how to put you at ease and in a few minutes you will relax. 

Try to have fun and let your personality shine through.

If you need help with hair and makeup for your professional head shots  please call 908.247.0244

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Nikki: Her bridal experience in her own words!

"Dee was great!!! The trial was fun and she asked for any input afterwards.
After giving her the details of what I wanted, she nailed it on my wedding day!!!!!
I received so many compliments! I was hesitant about lashes too because I normally like a more natural look but she assured me it would look classy and natural. She was right!
I am so glad I was able to fully trust her and I couldn't have asked for a better makeup artist. 100% recommended!!!"
~Nikki


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Ken Alswang
AtHomeStudios.com

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Amanda: Her bridal experience in her own words!

"Everything was wonderful. It was a beautiful day, but it went by too fast!
The makeup held up all night and it was beautiful, flawless in all of the photos.
Everyone told me all night long that I was such a beautiful bride, to which I responded,
"You say that to all the brides..." which was almost always met with a, "Yes, all brides are beautiful, but you are stunning".
My dress, my hair and my makeup were a beautiful combination.
I know I owe a large majority of those compliments to Dee and Jeanine.
The one thing I didn't want to compromise on my big day was having hair and makeup done on site in my room and just relaxing with the girls before the big event.
I know a lot of brides run around the morning of hopping from place to place to get hair and makeup.
DeeVa Beauty made my big day a breeze and I felt gorgeous all night long!
A thousand thank you's "
~Amanda



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Photography: Klaus Steitz
Venue: The Inn at Mill Race Pond, Hope, NJ

 

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Crystal: Her bridal experience in her own words!

"My wedding day started out not so great because of a cranky hair stylist (NOT from Deeva Beauty!) but Deirdre's positive energy helped to turn it all around.
She was calm and understanding and even stayed an hour later than scheduled to calm me and make sure that every girl looked perfect.
I was a little worried about how the false lashes would look because I usually wear very little makeup, but they were awesome! And the makeup stayed on through all the happy tears I shed that night. Deeva is a #1 choice!!" ~ Crystal De M.


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Venue: The Manor, West Orange, NJ

GLAM Testimonials...in their own words!!



 

I continue to be an advocate for GLAM and boudoir shoots. and will never stop trying to get the word out that this is something every women must experience at least one time in her life.
Here are a some photos and testimonials of a few of our clients who stepped out of their comfort zones and experienced the fun and empowerment that comes from one of these shoots.
Whether just some professional head shots that represent your 'brand', some glamorous shots to feel like the queen you are, or some full blown sexy boudoir shots to see yourself as the true sensual beauty you truly are, you are sure to have a day to remember with myself and Marjorie Mazzei Raggo of www.glamstudiosnj.com

In her own words:
"Thank you so much for such a great experience.
You both were so much fun to work with. Your energy, enthusiasm and professionalism made this an unforgettable day!
Deirdre, you and your magical hands can make any girl feel beautiful and glamorous.
Your glamorous collection of accessories and jewelry were such a great addition to the outfits.
Marjorie, you are an amazing photographer with an elegant, classy and delicate style.
Your ideas, your feminine eye to details were reflected in every single shot.
Thank you both for creating such a comfortable ambiance for me.
I definitely encourage others to consider doing a GLAM session with you both!"

Azu, wife, mother of two young boys, and business professional in the health and medical field.

In her own words:
"I was going through a bit of a rough patch in my life when the opportunity of doing this photo shoot presented itself. I decided it would be a good confidence booster and I really needed that. It was better than I could have ever imagined.
Both Deirdre and Marjorie made me feel so beautiful. I cannot thank them enough for this amazing experience. It was just what I needed and I am still feeling beautiful.
I would do this every day if I could. Thank you thank you thank you!" 

Tracey, is a professional entrepreneur in the wedding industry, is a new wife and step mom to three children. 


In her own words:
"I'm a very simple gal. I wear no make up on regular days. During my photo shoot I was so worried that I'd be wearing piles of very unnatural looking make up.
Deirdre Mahon of DeeVa Beauty instinctively knew how to showcase my facial attributes in the most natural and flattering way. I radiated glow.
I looked fresh and well rested, but most of all, beautiful.
And Marjorie Mazzei Raggo of G.L.A.M. Portraits was nothing short of exceptional.
I was blown away by her professionalism. Her studio was bright, airy, clean and equipped with the finest gadgets to achieve great results. Her warmth, ability to communicate her vision, and give clear directions on poses and facial expressions added so much value to the experience. That was important to me because it took the stress out of me having to figure out what to do in front of the camera.
My wife and I had glamour shots done together, had professional head and lifestyle shots taken to promote our businesses, and even had wedding photographs done. With every single one of them, Marjorie captured our vibrant energy, love and essence so beautifully with every click of the shutter.
The whole experience was magical. WOW is an understatement."

Christine Cipriano, GOLF Mastery and Wellness Coach www.FitfortheTee.com

Christine

Christine


In her own words:
"Deirdre of DeeVa Beauty was off the chain amazing on many levels. Being a TV Personality and a Certified Image Consultant, I had high expectations from a make up artist. Deirdre delivered exceptional levels of professionalism before, during and after our photo shoot.
Her skills are remarkable and you can feel her love and passion for what she does with every stroke of her gentle brushes.
My skin looked flawless. My eyes came alive that they spoke through the camera lens.
Deirdre was so attentive, supportive and nurturing throughout the whole process.
If you are looking for a make up artist who oozes talent, integrity AND energy, I highly recommend her.
Marjorie Mazzei Raggo of G.L.A.M. Portraits is a master photographer!
As a person, there is something so delightful and light about her energy.

My spouse and I instantly felt safe and comfortable. She articulated her ideas and instructions with great clarity and precision. She made the process so much fun. 
We are overjoyed to have new head shots for our businesses that truly reflect our brand,as well as breathtakingly beautiful glamour portraits, and wedding photographs that speak of our bliss.
Thank you ladies for for the heart that you put in your art!"

Ferlie Almonte TV Host, Life & Image Reinvention Authority www.UnleashyourBling.com

Ferlie

Ferlie

Christine and Ferlie

Christine and Ferlie

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Suzana: Her bridal experience in her own words!

"Thank you so much for everything!! Makeup was PERFECT!!! Best makeup I ever had!!!!
Any party or event I have from now I on I will have my makeup done with you!
It was a pleasure!!! Thank you once again for all your patience and dedication! ~Su M.


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Photography:  www.photographybyorlando.com

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Get G.L.A.M. in New Jersey

Someone I know recently made a point that it seems that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to do ‘boudoir’ photography lately.
I pointed out to him that ‘boudoir’ photography is nothing new…and has been around since the creation of females and the first camera.

Simply put, the female form is beautiful, and photographed the correct way can be nothing short of stunning. 

‘Old Hollywood’ starlets, Betty Page, the pin-up art of Gil Elvgren….these have been around a long time and have inspired us all. 

Remember the famous Rita Hayworth photo? 
 

If it appears though that more and more photographers are wanting to do ‘boudoir’ shoots it is because there is an increasing demand for it…because it is really, really fun!!

However, though the demand is increasing, not every woman is ready to disrobe and expose more than she is comfortable with. …but yet, still longs to have the experience.

This is where a ‘GLAMOUR’ shoot is a perfect alternative.

How does one choose an accomplished, professional glamour photographer?

One of the most common mistakes is that people believe that if you have an expensive camera that automatically qualifies one as an amazing photographer. 

Many people don’t understand what it takes to move from taking pictures..... to capturing photographic 'art'.

The key items to consider are your personal preferences in photography, your budget, and the professional relationship and comfort level you have (or don’t have) with the photographer.

This comfort level will be very important so make sure you feel a personal connection with your photographer.

But please remember that a warm and fun personality doesn’t make for gorgeous photos. 

Your photographer also has to have good photography and lighting skills.
Has to have an eye for detail and be creative.
Good posing and directing skills, and good skill in communicating these things to you.

Your photographer also has to have good ‘retouching’ skills.

But there is also one other thing that a good ‘boudoir’ or ‘glamour’ photographer must have. … your photographer must understand women, and very important...MUST understand‘glamour’.

Not everyone does.

Enter Marjorie Mazzei Raggo of www.glamstudiosnj.com

Marjorie Mazzei Raggo

Marjorie Mazzei Raggo

Using special lighting techniques, proper posing, and post photography computer work Marjorie knows how to make you look your absolute best...and being a woman herself she understands women. 

Age & body shape are not an issue, Marjorie knows how to disguise your not so favorite parts and highlight the best. 
And in Marjorie's own words....."Photography is my calling. Making women look and feel beautiful is my gift. I want to photograph any woman who has ever looked in the mirror and not felt good about herself. I'm a perfectionist and I wont rest until I get the shot that will make you look at yourself in a whole new way. If that's all you ever know about me, its enough to say you know me very, very well".

Every glamour session is different. 

Some women are looking for a beautiful sophisticated head and shoulders look, others are opting for lingerie portraits for something more romantic, while some women are going for a modern black & white artistic look.  

These options are all available for you. 

Whatever YOUR personality. Whatever YOUR comfort level. Whatever YOUR 'style'
you will be assured to have fun and see yourself transformed. 

If you’re not sure why not choose a combination of styles for your shoot. 

You are also transformed with the help of DeeVa Beauty into feeling and looking
GORGEOUS, GLOWING and GLAMOROUS

As well as Makeup and Hair we even offer help with accessories and help in styling your best outfits.
Champagne/ wine/ snacks and music are provided.

Check out some of Marjorie's most recent photos of a professional couple we know, Ferlie Almonte and Christine Cipriano.
A lovely couple celebrating their love and the new Supreme Court victory for same sex marriage.
This is just a 'teaser' ...more great pics to come in a follow up blog of my experiences of shooting with Marjorie.

Ferlie Almonte and Christine Cipriano

Ferlie Almonte and Christine Cipriano

Christine Cipriano and Ferlie Almonte

Christine Cipriano and Ferlie Almonte

Christine Cipriano and Ferlie Almonte

Christine Cipriano and Ferlie Almonte

You’ll have a great time being fussed over and most women are so surprised at how comfortable they felt. Actually, the hardest part of the experience will be choosing your images because you’ll be amazed at how fabulous you look!

Why not spoil yourself or someone you care about? 

It’s more affordable than you think.

Glamour portraits can be great as a confidence boost, a romantic gift, or use as a gift voucher to give to a partner, best friend, or a family member.  

G.L.A.M. Portraits in Randolph, NJ

Give a call today to discuss how to .......
"Feel like a supermodel for a day .......Be empowered for a lifetime." (~Deirdre Mahon)

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Alyssa: Her bridal experience in her own words!

TESTIMONIAL:
"Dee was so great to work with.
My mom had a bad trial with a makeup artist we used for my sisters wedding so it was very important to us that she have a trial with Dee.
Dee was comfortable to work with and listened to everything we wanted.
The day of the wedding she was on time at my house and even worked with us just days before the wedding when I changed her time of arrival. She was always available via phone and email and was impressed with the quality of makeup she used.
I am a classic bride and when she showed me my finished product I was extremely satisfied. I didn't feel like I was covered in layers of makeup and she enhanced my natural features so well.
My photos were stunning and the makeup lasted my entire event.
Furthermore, I felt like her prices were very reasonable and did not break the wallets of my bridal party. I highly recommend her! "  ~ Alyssa

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Martha: Her bridal experience in her own words!

TESTIMONIAL:
"Dee was a very important part of my wedding being the person of being in charge of making me look amazing. She definitely achieved that. From the moment of the tryout I was so pleased with the results. She transformed me into a totally different woman.
Would I recommend her? I have no doubt at all!
SHES AMAZING....friendly... and an expert at what she does."   ~Martha M.

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