Romantic Hair and Makeup for Vanessa's Wedding!

I can't get enough of Vanessa's gorgeous wedding photos!! The Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club was the perfect backdrop for this dreamy wedding. I think the makeup and hair Vanessa chose complimented the scenery so well!

 Epic photo by Pine & Sea Photography

Epic photo by Pine & Sea Photography

Bridal Hair & Makeup

Vanessa's up do was a very loose romantic style with curls set at the base of her neck.

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For Vanessa's eye makeup, I applied shimmery rose gold eye shadows with a full set of lashes. Her foundation was airbrushed on with Temptu s/b foundation for a luminous finish. Her lipstick was MAC Cremecup - one of my favorite soft pink bridal lip colors!

 Gorgeous bride!!

Gorgeous bride!!

Her bridal party looks straight out of a magazine!

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More highlights from the day...

Vendors:

Photography: Pine & Sea Photography

Florist: Green Leaf Designs

Cake: Its All About the Cake

Dress: Essence of Australia from The Wedding Day Bridal Boutique

DJ: KIK Entertainment

Venue: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

Lindsey's Temecula Winery Wedding

I am always so excited when I get to see the professional photos of my brides! Lindsey was a GORGEOUS sweet heart of a bride, which made my job all the more rewarding.

 Lindsey and Jason. How cute are these two??

Lindsey and Jason. How cute are these two??

Bridal Makeup & Hair

For Lindsey's makeup, we went with a warm smokey eye paired with a neutral brown lip. The foundation was airbrushed on with Temptu S/B makeup. I loove how natural and yet flawless this foundation looked on her skin!! For her highlight and contour, I used my beloved Viseart palette. 

 

 My Viseart palette when it was brand new. On Lindsey I used the top two highlight and top two contour shades.

My Viseart palette when it was brand new. On Lindsey I used the top two highlight and top two contour shades.

For her hair, I created a low updo with loose textured curls and a dutch braid to one side.

Some more pictures from her wedding...

The Villa San Juan Capistrano - Romantic Bridal Makeup & Hair

I am so in love with everything about this wedding!! Not only is the couple, Liz and Ryan, so adorable together, but their wedding took place in the most romantic venue with the most amazing florals and decor (see vendors below). I first met Liz and Ryan when they were engaged for a styled wedding shoot (the images and video are featured on the home page). The shoot was a totally different style than their actual wedding, so it was fun getting to create both looks on Liz.

To achieve her dewy complexion, I airbrushed her foundation, blush, and bronzer. The formula I used was the Temptu S/B formula, which is long lasting and gives a very hydrated look. 

For her hair, we went with a style that was inspired by a picture she sent me. It was mostly down, but with some structure to help it last longer and be out of her face. She loves braids, so I made sure to incorporate that into the style. 

Country Bride | Giracci Vineyards and Farms | Orange County Makeup Artist

I am so lucky to have the most amazing brides as clients! Lisa was a sweetheart the first day I met her at her trial. She was also taking her engagement photos that day. Using your engagement photos as a bridal trial is a great way to test how the makeup photographs. After the trial, we discussed subtle changes to enhance her look to stand out more on camera, while still looking natural. 

 Photo by Eli Murray. Hair and Makeup by Veronica Fensel

 

On the wedding day, I airbrushed her foundation, bronzer, and contour with Kett Hydro airbrush makeup. Lisa told me that it held up even after her crying most of the ceremony! For her hair, we added extensions and created a half up style with curls. I am in love with how everything turned out! She was such a beautiful bride, and I'm so grateful for my part in her wedding. 

Photos were taken by Eli Murray at the Giracci Vineyards and Farms.

Laguna Beach & Huntington Beach Wedding - Lillia and Will

I'm so excited to share Lillia and Will's beautiful wedding pictures by Lokitm Photography.  Their wedding was divided into two separate days with the ceremony held in the gorgeous Laguna Beach, and the reception in Huntington Beach! Lucky me, I got to get her ready twice!! 

I used Kett hydro airbrush on Lillia for even, long lasting coverage. I brought out her eyes with matte, warm brown eyeshadows and lashes for a little drama while keeping it soft. 

Also, can I just say I LOVE her tea length dress. It pairs perfectly with the shoes and the charming backdrop!

 

Thank you Lillia for choosing me as your wedding makeup and hair artist. I am so honored and happy to have met you!

 

Glam Bridal Makeup & Hair in Torrance, CA | Los Angeles Makeup Artist & Hairstylist

Bridal Spotlight

I am in love with this makeup and hair look I created with my beautiful bride, Rosemary! I say with, because it is a collaborative process with my brides to make them look exactly the way they want! She was such a sweetie; I really enjoyed getting to know her the months leading up to her wedding.

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When Rosemary and I met for her bridal trial, she knew exactly the type of look she was going for: voluminous curls, and brown smokey eye with nude lips. To get a flawless finish to her skin, I used waterproof creme makeup with a thin layer of airbrush foundation on top.

An essential part of every trial is to take photos of the completed look! This is so important because it allows both the bride and me to see how the makeup photographs, and it gives me  the opportunity to really study the photos to make any improvements for the wedding day. We made a few adjustments for her wedding day, including adding some flowers to one side of her hair. 

I can't get over how glamorous and GORGEOUS Rosie looked with her completed look in her wedding dress. I got this message from her the next day:

I love how my makeup looked so natural and so beautiful thank you so much!!

Congrats again to Rosemary and Sal!!

Photos by Leslie Gitchell Photography.

Outdoor Wedding in Nestldown Los Gatos - Bay Area Makeup & Hair

Esther & Tyler 

I am SO honored to have been a part of this special and absolutely beautiful celebration of Esther and Tyler. Esther is my sister in law, and she and Tyler have been a part of our family for years. Not only was I asked to be a bridesmaid, but I was in charge of hair and makeup for the majority of our bridal party! I had an amazing day from the morning getting them ready, to the partying afterwards! 

Photos by Majesta Patterson

The wedding took place in the most romantic setting in the woods of Los Gatos, CA. The ceremony was truly magical! Music played throughout the trees as we watched Esther descend the steps to meet Tyler, her dress glittering in the light with every step. Between Esther and Tyler, and the guests who all clearly love them so much, the tears were almost non stop! WATERPROOF makeup is a must in these situations!

Wedding Makeup & Hair

For Esther's bridal makeup, I used my trusty Kett Fixx Creme foundations, correctors, and blushes to create a long lasting, waterproof finish. Esther loves neutrals and earth tones, and prefers a very natural hair and makeup look. I used my Viseart matte neutral eyeshadow palette to add subtle depth to her eyes. I then applied a thin layer of waterproof black gel eyeliner to the upper lash line and smoked it out for a softer look. For her lashes, we opted for some individual lashes, focusing mostly on the outer corners to give a subtle, cat-eye like lift. For her hairstyle, we created long lasting loose waves by setting them ahead of time. 

Once the look was complete and she put on her dress, I had to stand back in awe! She was such a stunning bride!!

 

Venue: Nestldown

Photographer: Majesta Patterson

Before & After Makeup Transformations

Before and after makeup transformations by Veronica Fensel | Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist | Los Angeles | Orange County | San Diego County

Bridal Makeup Artist - Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles

Bridal Makeup

I love doing bridal makeup! Making the bride feel her most beautiful and confident on a day she will always remember is so important to me. I get to witness and be a part of those precious moments before the bride is about to walk down the aisle, surrounded by her family and closest friends.  

The photos below are from one of my beautiful brides, Bree.  She had done a bridal trial before her wedding, so she was able to test out the makeup look. By the time her wedding day arrived, she had decided to change the eye shadow colors slightly to include more purple tones (which brought her eye color out even more!) 

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Waterproof Makeup - Rania's Bridal Makeup

I am loving these pictures from Rania's wedding! She is such a beautiful and sweet person, I am so glad to have been her makeup artist. Rania and I had spent quite a bit of time at her trial trying on several different eye looks and took pictures of each look so she could decide which one suited her best.

Rania's Wedding Makeup:

We settled on a look that highlighted her lid with a soft sparkling white color. I smoked out the crease and lower lash line with muted purple tones to further emphasize her eye shape. For extra drama, I lined her eyes with black waterproof gel liner and stacked two false lashes on top of her own. 

For her foundation, I airbrushed waterproof makeup, Kett Hydro Proof.  I used different airbrush colors to highlight and contour her face. For blush, I used Kett's waterproof creme blush - I am in love with their creme blushes! I used MAC's soft & gentle to add some glow to her cheeks, and on the lips I filled in the lip entirely with Rimmel's thousand kisses lip liner (long lasting) and put some MAC lipstick in creme cup on the center to add a little highlight.

I stayed the majority of the wedding to be on hand for hair and makeup touchups (hair originally styled by Abby Kawaja). It was a beautiful wedding that took place in an elegant wedding venue that went perfectly with Rania's hair, makeup, and dress! 

Bridal Makeup - Blush Tones - Orange County Makeup Artist

Bridal Glam 

Here are the photos from one of my lovely brides, Beatriz! For Beatriz's bridal makeup, she wanted to incorporate the rose pink colors of her bouquet into her makeup.

We decided to go with soft, rose toned neutral colors on the lid, lightly smoked out so there are no harsh lines, and pair it with a rose colored lip. I added medium feathery lashes to make her eyes really stand out.

For her foundation, I used Mehron's HD celebre pro HD cream foundation. We had a bridal trial previously, so I knew what she wanted ahead of time, and there were no surprises on her wedding day!

I also did the makeup for the rest of her bridal party and family. Hair was styled by Erica Marni Edwards. Enjoy the photos!

 

Congrats again Beatriz! You were such a lovely bride, thanks so much for including me in your special day :)

Bridal Party Makeup

Wedding makeup for Mother of the Groom and family.

Here are some photos from my last wedding I worked on in Texas, right before leaving for California! I did the makeup for all of the ladies in the photos, and hair was done by Erica Marni Edwards (based out of Houston). 

Some of them chose to have their makeup airbrushed, while others did not. I love working with both traditional and airbrush makeup and can achieve similar results with both. Some people don't like the experience of feeling air blowing on their face, while others find it refreshing.  If you are a bride wondering which way to go, a bridal trial is a good way to test both out. 

Enjoy the rest of the photos! Photos taken by Amanda Freeman Photography. 


Airbrush Bridal Makeup for Bride Jean - Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles Wedding Makeup Artist

I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for Jean and her bridal party. What a sweet and beautiful group of girls!

Gold and Silver Shimmery Eyes

For Jean's makeup, she wanted to incorporate gold and silver into her look, so using my Yaby pearl paint eyeshadows, I blended the shimmery gold and silver to create her unique look. We didn't do a bridal trial before hand, so I asked questions throughout to make sure I provided exactly what she was looking for. She loved it and even came back to participate in my makeup workshop months later!

Waterproof Airbrush Makeup

For her and her party's foundation, I used airbrush makeup by Kett Cosmetics for flawless, natural coverage. 

Pin up style Makeup and Hair for Engagement Photos! - Orange County Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist

Pin up Makeup & Hair

I absolutely love Brittany's idea to do the classic pin up makeup and hair look for her engagement photo session. The key features for this makeup look are a bold eyeliner, a bright red lip, bold and defined brows, and rosy cheeks! For her hair, she chose victory rolls with curls for a really bombshell look. I must say, Brittany wears pin up very well! Photos were taken by Cherry Bones Photography.

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Engagement Photo Makeup and Hair - Bridal Makeup Artist Orange County

Do you need a bridal trial?

Sometimes I get asked this question, and my answer will always be, no you don't need one (I feel confident that I can make you look amazing no matter what), but I recommend one for the best possible experience. Not only is it a good way for the bride to feel confident about her makeup/hair leading up to the big day, but it allows me as the artist to analyze what worked and what could be improved. I really do take my time and thoroughly plan and prepare how to make each bride look the best she possibly can. 

When your planning every detail of your wedding, why leave the makeup out? Especially if you aren't used to wearing makeup, having a bridal trial is a great way to see what makeup you're comfortable with. My client, Ria, chose to have her engagement photo session serve as a bridal trial. She was not accustomed to wearing much makeup, but wanted some bold colors for her photos. Even though she wanted some of the colors to be different for her wedding day, we were able to establish the foundation to her look such as complexion, eyebrows, and face contours. These are all details you may not think of if you aren't a regular makeup wearer, but are essential to creating that flawless face. For her hair, we pulled it all up into a simple updo with curls.

She ended up with exactly what she wanted and I think she looked beautiful! Enjoy the pictures!

Andie's Wedding in Hunstville, TX

Bridal Makeup - Red Lips

One of my sweetest clients, Andie, got married in Hunstville this summer. Even though I work primarily out of Houston and Spring, I will frequently travel out of town for weddings! For Andie's makeup I applied a thin layer of Kett Fix creme foundation, which is completely water proof - meaning no tear streaks! For her under eye concealer, I used MAC prolongwear concealer. I love this concealer because holds up well in heat and humidity. On her lips I used one of my favorite red lipsticks from Revlon. Bright lips bring so much color and life to the face, and look absolutely beautiful in photos!

A tip for making your bright colored lip last long, even if you aren't using a long lasting stain, is to fill in your entire lip with a similar colored lip liner then blot with a tissue. Apply the lipstick on top, and even if the lipstick eventually wears off, your lip liner will remain!

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Natural Bridal Makeup Looks

Natural Bridal Beauty

Soft warm tones in the eyes, lips, and blush are great for bohemian brides.

For those who want a softer look that is still elegant, stick to neutral colors on the eyes and lips, and add some soft feathery false lashes.

Beautiful Bride - Brittney's Wedding in Houston, TX

Here are the pictures from my bride, Brittney's, wedding in Houston, TX. Her beautiful photos were taken by Ama by Aisha.  Brittney was such a sweet bride with the most gorgeous green eyes! For her makeup, I used Kett Hydro Airbrush foundation to create a flawless base that doesn't look thick or heavy. I also used the airbrush to subtly emphasize the contours of her face.  For her eyes I did a very classic and timeless look that has just the right amount of drama to bring out the beautiful color in her eyes. Enjoy the pictures!

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