Thursday, February 11, 2016

Makeup Classes, Lessons and Consultations

Sacramento, California

You can "take home" your favorite makeup artist-and my favorite pro tips and techniques to use on your own at home!

My private lesson sessions are super popular with my clients and are quickly becoming one of my most requested services at Christi Reynolds Beauty Studio. I am proud to offer a very unique session I  call my Total Beauty Workshop.

This exclusive session really packs a punch! It is perfect for the every day women like you and I that run businesses, households, and wear so many hats in our lives, all we need is a few minutes to pull it all together in the morning,a dn I show you how!

It includes:



•A 'Makeup Bag Makeover'. This is a "keep or toss" session of the items you already have in your everyday makeup collection and routine, helping you decide which items will lighten your load, and which ones are keepers in your kit. I can help you make sense of the items you already have in your routine or collection, and recommend a few that will enhance it.

• A step by step lesson on the desired look you are going for that will incorporate some of your products along with my suggestions. I will guide you with the correct steps in an easy to follow lesson on how to create a look or routine tailored to your needs, with the best choices for products and tools.

• Discover how to take your day look to a more dramatic look by incorporating just a couple of very simple steps and pro techniques.

  • I will take photos of your look during your session and send them to you with step by step instructions for your reference within a week of your session.

  • An eyeshadow duo and a lipgloss of your choice of color, plus an eyeshadow primer all from Christi’s own makeup line, plus an additional 20% off all additional product and brush purchases

    *This session is regularly $300, and I am offering it for $250 December through March 2016*
Learn step by step how to use your own tools, and products,
and how to incorporate just a few more key items to maximize your routine.


I am so excited to now offer beautiful all natural products for purchase in the new Christi Reynolds Beauty makeup collection of gorgeous wearable shades of eye shadow, lip glosses, cream and powder blushes, highlighters, mascara and brow products, and a range of Eco-friendly natural makeup brushes.

The beauty of my makeup line is that it is affordable, super

user friendly, and you are in control! You have the option of creating the look you want, in the size of palette that best suits your needs.

*Your Total Beauty Workshop session includes three pieces from my line: An eyeshadow duo in colors of your choice, a lip gloss,
and an eyeshadow primer, all zippered up in a natural canvas makeup bag.


Your 3 piece gift with the purchase of my Total Beauty Workshop session


My deluxe Face Palette gives you the option of creating your own customized collection of 9 eye shadows, and four blushes, bronzers and highlighters to complete your look. This gorgeous palette is made of recycled materials and pairs beautifully with my Eco-Friendly makeup brush collection.
$58





Create your own every day palette with your choice of four eyeshadow colors from a range of 27 gorgeous shades, and choose from my collection of blushes and bronzers to complete your look.
$38 



There are currently 27 beautiful, natural toned eye shadow shades and 12 blush and bronzer tones to choose from to create your own customized every day makeup palette

My mineral lip glosses currently come in 10 gorgeous shades,
from smooth and opaque to a subtle shimmer finish.
$14-$16 each. 
One gloss comes complimentary with the purchase of 
my Total Beauty Workshop session!

My Eco-Friendly tools are friendly to the environment, and on to your wallet!
This set of makeup brush essentials retails for only $42

My Brow Kits and shadow primer are two of my top selling key products
to creating a perfect, easy to do every day look.


Book your session at www.ChristiReynoldsBeauty.com
or email me directly at christireynoldsbeauty@gmail.com

Can't wait to see you in the studio!

-Christi




But first...see what others are saying about my lesson session service!

Kim, Yelp: "She's such a sweet person and you feel like you're just hanging out with a friend. I found out about her private makeup lessons awhile ago and finally decided to go for it, and it was so worth it! She spent almost 2 hours with me going over what was in my kit, showing me how to use certain things more effectively and suggesting a couple additions. I ended up doing the session that includes step by step pictures and I'm SO glad I did, because after everything she covered there's no way I would have remembered everything without the pictures she'll be sending along with instructions. She went into detail about why each step was so important and tips and tricks for each part, and once the whole lesson is summarized in the photos and instructions, I know it will be a great routine for a 10-15 minute everyday look."

Emily, Yelp:   "....I had the best experience doing a make-up lesson with Christi. She made it fun and easy to create an easy and every day make up regime. She had the best tips for brushes, and how to mix and match what you already have to create a very clean and natural look. I first met her when she did our make up for my cousin's wedding a year ago and I knew that I would need to do a make-up lesson! Her style of make-up is really the best, and she is an eyebrow master! I have very thin and light eyebrows, and she taught me how to fill them in with 3 simple steps! Thank you so much Christi you're the best!!"

Lynn, Yelp: "...I recently had a makeup lesson with Christi and she was amazing! I wish I had done it years ago! She was fun, patient, and shared lots of tips on what products to use and what colors work best on me. It was a great experience, highly recommended!!"


G.N., Yelp: "...So Fun!  I signed my daughter and I up for a one on one makeup class.  We live out of the area so I had contacted a few makeup artists, some closer to the Bay Area.  Out of the five or so I contacted Christie was by far the most professional and easiest to work with.  Christie immediately returned my email, answered all of my questions, and was easy to schedule an appointment with.

The makeup class was a lot of fun.  Christie started off by going through our makeup bags and talking about items to add or take out (wrong colors, old, etc).  My daughter came ready with an idea of exactly what she wanted to learn from Christie.  Christie worked with my daughter to teach the look and to fill in gaps in my daughters understanding and usage of makeup (my daughter is pretty good and more knowledgeable than myself).  My daughter was thrilled with the look and walked away feeling that she had learned some new tips.  For myself, my makeup bag was rather sparse.  Christie went through my bag and talked about what I might want to add.  My goal for the lesson was to learn how to do makeup in a time efficient way.  I walked away from the lesson feeling like I had a better idea of what I needed to achieve the look and style I want and I had an idea of how to use the items in my makeup bag.  The best part is that as she works, Christie takes lot of pictures.  With the pictures Christie puts together a reminder email for you with all of the products suggested and tips taught to you during the lesson.  Well worth the money and time.  So much fun!"

Traci, Yelp:  "...Amazing.   I needed an updated routine.  Christi showed me how, gave me a shopping list, and I was able to reproduce it on my own.   Just like she said, nobody said ......... "oh WOW, you have on makeup".   I had several people at work scratching their heads saying, "what's different?  .... did you get bangs?........."    I LOVE it.   Once I told people, they said, "Does she do parties???"   I am very grateful to Christi for giving this recent divorcee some much needed confidence!

Kimberly, Yelp: "...I discovered Christi Reynolds several years ago when I was starting out in the beauty industry. I always wanted to learn from a professional on how to wear make-up in a way that appeared natural without changing the way I look completely. Christi has a way of explaining how to applicate make-up where I can easily retain and model through her demonstrations.  She comes up with so many creative, fresh ideas! As an esthetician, I refer my clients  to Christi often for photo shoots, weddings and learning the tricks on how to apply make up for day or evening wear. What I found helpful with Christi, is she is the only make up artist I know that has an amazing talent with styling hair for weddings too. Imagine the convenience, all you brides, of one person to hire that does it all! You will love her sweet demeanor and extreme professionalism that I have experienced on all occasions."

M.G., Yelp:  "...I wanted to do something special for my 2 maid-of-honors to thank them for all their hard work. Instead, I hired Christi to come over and give the three of us bridal/evening makeup lessons. She was on time and loaded with all her tools. It turned out to be so much FUN that it was like we were at a party! We had tons of questions and she had all the answers. Probably too many questions because I think we made her run late. Christi is extremely knowledgeable about skin care and proper makeup application for any age. In addition, she went through our current makeup bags and gave us recommendations on what to toss and what to buy. The great thing about hiring a professional artist is that they are not trying to sell you anything at the end of the day. Would hire again for another event in the future."

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bridal Beauty and your Wedding Day: Why it isn't just all about the hair and makeup!


Sacramento, California

Yesterday, I had lunch (...and dessert...okay, two desserts..but they were tiny!) with one of my favorite photographer friends Jessica Giblin. After a little bit of personal catch up about our kids, dogs, and diets, (ahem) we moved onto coffee and turned to our usual subject of marketing and branding, and vetting our clients, and the difficulty we face as artists and small business owners of truly setting ourselves apart in the industry.

I was sharing with her a few of my own challenges, and Jessica, as always, had nothing but kind words to say about my services saying she always refers professional artists to her clients because our talent is such a benefit to our clients' photos, and their overall experience.

That got me to thinking...

In the past few years, I have noticed that often the very first thing that my photographer friends mention to me when describing to their clients the benefit of hiring a makeup artist on their wedding day is the long wearing, photo perfected result of having it professionally applied.

Now. Of course I fully agree with this, and my colleagues and I are always flattered by (and BEYOND grateful!) to our vendor friends for referring our services to their brides for beautiful, long lasting work that will look amazing in all of their very important photos. And, I know that the vendors I work with regularly are familiar with my professionalism and they know that my work with brides is my full time business, not just my hobby or something I am particularly good at.

However, I am always
 a bit surprised 
when I hear a vendor 
recommend an artist 
to a bride based on her 
beautiful makeup work alone.

When I hear "Check out Sally, Mary, and Ashley! They all do beautiful work!" I have to wonder...is it mostly the promise of beautiful, photo friendly makeup that is the main selling point of importance when recommending that their bridal client hire a makeup artist on her big day? I have seen top wedding professional artists (very established, super experienced, with amazing client reviews and beautiful, diverse portfolios on their business websites) tagged for a referral in the same post in social media groups as newer artists that have little to none of the same qualifications (...and sometimes with no business website or portfolio at all).

I understand that we always want to offer a range of options (and a range of rates to fit a budget) to our clients, however, I want to share with my vendor friends and their clients a few more reasons why strongly recommending that their client hire a TRUE bridal beauty professional benefits everyone on the wedding day- not just the bride-which I do so below in three main bullet points.

But first, here is my take on what separates a person who does gorgeous makeup from someone who is a true bridal beauty professional:


1)  Anyone can learn to do makeup with the right amount of time, practice and experience...

Yep, I said it. It may take one year, ten, or twenty. I even teach every day women in my studio how to do their own. It may not come as a natural creative instinct, or even be very beautiful or photography friendly. However, there are many that have learned the skill, and execute it well, and will charge a rate to apply it. It may be a lower rate than some, or a higher rate than many, and that rate is determined by many factors, including value, reputation, availability, and cost of business (or lack thereof) for the artist.

2) ...but NOT everyone that does even the most beautiful makeup has what it takes to do bridal makeup.

...nor may they know how to do makeup on and interact with various other people (ie: bridesmaids, mother of the groom, grandma, etc.). Not everyone that does beautiful makeup has the skills required, or the personality, to work effortlessly and efficiently, and with kindness and patience, with multiple women, in a small space, and address their various unique needs. And, most importantly, not everyone knows what it takes to truly prepare a bride for a long, possibly hot (and definitely emotional) day of wearing her makeup, and the required products, techniques, and preparation (and communication) this takes to accomplish, and still look gorgeous up close and personal, and on camera.

If the artist that piques your interest has a strong social media presence, but only has photos and videos featuring the awesome makeup she does on herself, or she has no actual portfolio or business website, I recommend continuing your research of artists.


3) A bridal beauty artist is not just in charge of how her bride looks on her wedding day, she is literally THE ONE in charge of how the bride feels about herself. 


...sometimes many hours before her other vendors arrive.


This is HUGE.

This factor alone impacts everything, and everyone, and it definitely impacts her photos. We are the first vendor your brides sees on her wedding day, and the last one she sees before the show must go on. We set the tone, the mood, and the pace of the day.

Now, in order to get to this point in the day, the point where we have all worked for months now to get to, the point where everything must run smoothly and on time for the required images on the photography shot list, and the wedding coordinator's seating schedule so the filet doesn't get cold, several things need to have already long since happened:


  • Communication. LOTS of it. A full time, independent bridal beauty professional's job is this main factor. And since she isn't operating a big team, or working full time at a salon, or doing Youtube videos, she is committed to the emails and correspondence required to truly be there for her bride, walk her through what is typical for her wedding morning, and manage her expectations with kindness, and experience. She has all the required information: who her photographer and planner are, the time her bride needs to be dressed and ready for photos, what kind of lighting is available in her getting ready location for her getting ready photos.

(A family friend or someone that does "great makeup" 
may not know that she needs to know all this.)

  • Organization. A professional is going to have all of the details of the needs of the venue, what time the bridal suite can be accessed, and all past email correspondence and a record of conversations and transactions so there are no surprises. She will be on time (and early for set up) because she is familiar with the venue (or mapped it if she isn't) and will keep to the getting ready schedule she has designed to accommodate the bride's timeline.

(Again, a family friend or someone that does "great makeup" 
may not know that she needs to know, or do, all of this.)

  • A SECURE booking. This is the most important thing of all. I can't tell you how many frantic, tearful calls I get during wedding season from brides (and her vendors)  who are absolutely desperate because her hair and makeup artist "bailed on her".
Photographers and planners, be certain that your bride is working with an artist who has a solid, detailed contract. Any professional will have one. A hobbyist or makeup enthusiast probably will not, because they aren't running a business. An artist who does weddings on the side may not because she doesn't need to. If an artist doesn't have one in place, she can easily cancel for any reason. And? She won't be worried about her reputation, because bridal beauty is not her business...or she would have a contract.


In closing, I absolutely DO pride myself and the handful of local professional bridal beauty artists I regularly refer out for the years we have spent on continued education, practice, and our natural talent and creativity for providing beautiful makeup for our brides. Our portfolios are fantastic, and we love what we do very, very much and we really love to experience all the ways our art benefits our clients, and our vendor friends too.

However, I hope that the important points I have outlined above have  given you just a few more benefits to share with your brides when they are investing in your services, and considering enhancing them by investing in ours. 

I know that as wedding vendors, our shared goal is  to make certain that our bride has the very best experience we have promised to provide her, and she is absolutely getting all that she has bargained (and paid) for!

xxoo
Christi

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Brides: How to get what you REALLY want!




Hailey and me during her bridal beauty process. 
at The Inn at Park Winters
Hair and Makeup by Christi Reynolds Beauty
Photographed by Alison Yin
Sacramento,
C
alifornia


Each year as what we refer to in the wedding industry as "booking season" comes around (for me, this is usually December through about March before my dates fill up for the year) I get a lot of emails from brides who are drowning in internet information about how to book their wedding, who to choose, what to avoid, and the horrific misinformation that is recycled on blogs and magazines on how they should budget for their day.

While I can't save them all by doing my best to target their needs as best I can via my own self promotion, marketing and information about my own business, I do try my darndest to save as many brides as I can when they approach me with questions like this email I received today.

Note: The wedding images in this post are of a very happy recent bride of mine who was the example in every way of how to get what she really wanted by doing her research and building her dream team of professional wedding vendors- not the author of the following email!



From an email I received today:


"Dear Christi,

 I am recently engaged and would love to be in touch about the make up for my own wedding. I am, however, still in the process of finding a venue and date, so I don't have any much more to share at this time.

I am wondering, however, if you have any recommendations for venues in the Sacramento area that have struck you as extra special? I went to school at UC Davis, so anywhere near there would be ideal. I am enamored with the Inn at Park Winters, but not sure if it is within our budget.

Any recommendations most welcome! After we get this nailed down we can talk make up. :)

Many thanks,
Bride"




This was my response:


"Dear Bride,

Thank you so much for your email.

My best advice for all brides when choosing ANY of their vendors, even if budget is a factor-which of course it is!- and ESPECIALLY if you are considering NOT choosing the vendor/venue you really love, is to be sure to ask yourself:

-What all is included in this higher rate? What are my risks? 
What do you actually get for your money that will 1)give you that much needed sense of security about your investment 2) eliminate your stress and worry 3) EXCITE YOU about your choice? Beware of vendors who offer only verbal promises, those who work without contracts, and those who eagerly over promise without proof or history of them over delivering. 

-What is the reputation of  this vendor? What is their history of past brides' overall happiness and experience with them?
Reviews, referrals, results, images, etc. are a HUGE factor here! RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH. If it is a newer vendor that is tough to find on Google, or you have to dig to find any history about them, or they have no website, or very few (or not so great) reviews-beware. This does not mean they will do a bad job (hey, we all started somewhere) however it may mean that YOU may the bride that is their learning lesson on their way to doing an excellent job. Want to give a newer vendor a chance because of their lower rate so they can help build their portfolio and reputation? Seems like a win/win, right? Not always. It is very admirable to give a newbie a try, however I would recommend doing it for another event-not your wedding day.

And most of all-

-What do YOU value? 
Don't just ask yourself what you can afford, (can we really afford ANYTHING?) but what is truly important to you? For instance, I have heard of brides that have told me they can't fit professional bridal makeup into their budget for their photography, and they opt for a friend to do it for them with a less than stellar, unorganized, not-so luxe or reliable ( ok, even terrible-like, crying in the bathroom later terrible. Or-their artist never showed up, cancelled, because they had no contract etc. terrible) experience...then I see a photo of them posted in their custom Hailey Paige  gown and Christian Louboutin heels. And that is quite all right! Everyone values and prioritizes things in their own way.

I really hope all of this helps! Now-back to your original question-If you are in love with The Inn at Park Winters, I would book them. NOW! (and all of your other favorite vendors too) Before all their dates-the dates you may WANT- are gone. There are only a few things I regret from my own wedding day- the things I didn't just invest in. The day goes by SO fast and all you have after it are your memories! I know from experience that if you choose Park Winters, your wedding will be a dream come true as it has been for all of the brides I have serviced there-because of their excellent customer care, their full service packages, and attention to detail.

Let me know how things go for you! Like many local wedding vendors, I am about 50% booked for the year. I hope that when you nail down your date I have it available, and you will consider my services!

I have gone ahead and attached my 2016 Bridal Beauty Guide  here for you to look over.

Warmly,
Christi"


The beautiful details.
at The Inn at Park Winters
Event Design by Alluring Events and Design
Photographed by Alison Yin
Hailey and her ladies in shades of violet, among the lavender.
at The Inn at Park Winters
Hair and Makeup by Christi Reynolds Beauty,
Beauty Box Makeup Arts, and Something Blue by Kayci Stoots
Photographed by Alison Yin


The Bottom Line:

I hate to see a bride not get what she want, when she really CAN-just by asking herself what she really, truly values. Not what she can afford. It's not that I feel that we truly deserve anything in life other than our fundamental and primal needs of love, health, safety, and shelter-however, if you are planning your wedding day, and you have a vision of where you want to be, how you want to look, and how you want to feel on that day, I don't think we need to deprive ourselves of something that we truly value. 

Like most vendors, I only require a small amount from my package to reserve my services for a wedding date that is almost a year away. Plenty of time to save for what my brides really WANT.

If there is a class or workshop (ranging in rates anywhere from $250-$3,000 plus!) I want to take  to improve my art or business and help me continue to be the artist I want to be and give the service I want to continue to provide, I will save up to go to it  because I value it-not because I can afford it!

AND-I know that in the long run, and in the bigger picture-I can't afford NOT to either!


With love,

Christi





Hailey and Michael and their adorbs fur babies.
at The Inn at Park Winters
Hair and Makeup by Christi Reynolds Beauty
Photographed by Alison Yin


One very happy bride.
at The Inn at Park Winters
Hair and Makeup by Christi Reynolds Beauty
Photographed by Alison Yin


www.ChristiReynoldsBeauty.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Makeup Lessons and Private Beauty Consultations-Sacramento California

Sacramento, California

With my fall wedding season coming to its end, I now have more time in my studio to devote to my signature one on one session appointments!

To promote this amazing service I am offering special winter rates on my Mastering the Ten Minute Makeup Class for $100 (reg $150) and my Total Beauty Workshop for $150 (reg $200)


For a complete description of lesson session offerings, click on the link HERE for my downloadable service menu.

To purchase a session for yourself, or a customizable gift certificate, email me for a pay link.

I can't wait to see you in my studio.

Love, Christi



Private Makeup Lessons Classes and Consultations Sacramento California

What others are saying about my lesson session service:

Kim, Yelp: "She's such a sweet person and you feel like you're just hanging out with a friend. I found out about her private makeup lessons awhile ago and finally decided to go for it, and it was so worth it! She spent almost 2 hours with me going over what was in my kit, showing me how to use certain things more effectively and suggesting a couple additions. I ended up doing the session that includes step by step pictures and I'm SO glad I did, because after everything she covered there's no way I would have remembered everything without the pictures she'll be sending along with instructions. She went into detail about why each step was so important and tips and tricks for each part, and once the whole lesson is summarized in the photos and instructions, I know it will be a great routine for a 10-15 minute everyday look."

Emily, Yelp:   "....I had the best experience doing a make-up lesson with Christi. She made it fun and easy to create an easy and every day make up regime. She had the best tips for brushes, and how to mix and match what you already have to create a very clean and natural look. I first met her when she did our make up for my cousin's wedding a year ago and I knew that I would need to do a make-up lesson! Her style of make-up is really the best, and she is an eyebrow master! I have very thin and light eyebrows, and she taught me how to fill them in with 3 simple steps! Thank you so much Christi you're the best!!"

Lynn, Yelp: "...I recently had a makeup lesson with Christi and she was amazing! I wish I had done it years ago! She was fun, patient, and shared lots of tips on what products to use and what colors work best on me. It was a great experience, highly recommended!!"


G.N., Yelp: "...So Fun!  I signed my daughter and I up for a one on one makeup class.  We live out of the area so I had contacted a few makeup artists, some closer to the Bay Area.  Out of the five or so I contacted Christie was by far the most professional and easiest to work with.  Christie immediately returned my email, answered all of my questions, and was easy to schedule an appointment with.

The makeup class was a lot of fun.  Christie started off by going through our makeup bags and talking about items to add or take out (wrong colors, old, etc).  My daughter came ready with an idea of exactly what she wanted to learn from Christie.  Christie worked with my daughter to teach the look and to fill in gaps in my daughters understanding and usage of makeup (my daughter is pretty good and more knowledgeable than myself).  My daughter was thrilled with the look and walked away feeling that she had learned some new tips.  For myself, my makeup bag was rather sparse.  Christie went through my bag and talked about what I might want to add.  My goal for the lesson was to learn how to do makeup in a time efficient way.  I walked away from the lesson feeling like I had a better idea of what I needed to achieve the look and style I want and I had an idea of how to use the items in my makeup bag.  The best part is that as she works, Christie takes lot of pictures.  With the pictures Christie puts together a reminder email for you with all of the products suggested and tips taught to you during the lesson.  Well worth the money and time.  So much fun!"

Traci, Yelp:  "...Amazing.   I needed an updated routine.  Christi showed me how, gave me a shopping list, and I was able to reproduce it on my own.   Just like she said, nobody said ......... "oh WOW, you have on makeup".   I had several people at work scratching their heads saying, "what's different?  .... did you get bangs?........."    I LOVE it.   Once I told people, they said, "Does she do parties???"   I am very grateful to Christi for giving this recent divorcee some much needed confidence!

Kimberly, Yelp: "...I discovered Christi Reynolds several years ago when I was starting out in the beauty industry. I always wanted to learn from a professional on how to wear make-up in a way that appeared natural without changing the way I look completely. Christi has a way of explaining how to applicate make-up where I can easily retain and model through her demonstrations.  She comes up with so many creative, fresh ideas! As an esthetician, I refer my clients  to Christi often for photo shoots, weddings and learning the tricks on how to apply make up for day or evening wear. What I found helpful with Christi, is she is the only make up artist I know that has an amazing talent with styling hair for weddings too. Imagine the convenience, all you brides, of one person to hire that does it all! You will love her sweet demeanor and extreme professionalism that I have experienced on all occasions."

M.G., Yelp:  "...I wanted to do something special for my 2 maid-of-honors to thank them for all their hard work. Instead, I hired Christi to come over and give the three of us bridal/evening makeup lessons. She was on time and loaded with all her tools. It turned out to be so much FUN that it was like we were at a party! We had tons of questions and she had all the answers. Probably too many questions because I think we made her run late. Christi is extremely knowledgeable about skin care and proper makeup application for any age. In addition, she went through our current makeup bags and gave us recommendations on what to toss and what to buy. The great thing about hiring a professional artist is that they are not trying to sell you anything at the end of the day. Would hire again for another event in the future."

Monday, October 5, 2015

Amador County Bridal and Wedding Beauty Photo Shoot with Michelle Boyd



October 5th, 2015


Plymouth, California
Bridal Beauty Shoot 



I recently had the opportunity to work with film photographer Michelle Boyd from Austin Texas for our client's Bridal portrait shoot in Amador County, California.

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Hair and makeup by Christi Reynolds Beauty
Bridal Gown and hair piece by Anna Campbell
Floral art by Flourish Designs
Photographed in Plymouth, California
by
Michelle Boyd


Set deep in the wine country of the foothills, we caught the last few rays of afternoon light, which I feel lent itself so beautifully to the light, romantic feel of our bride Alexandra's vision, and Michelle's signature airy and ethereal shooting style.


I created a soft, natural look for Alexandra by opting for pale pastels and muted matte taupes that really worked beautifully with her fair skin. I felt that a soft, natural clean beauty look really complimented her gown and crystal studded hairpiece by Anna Cambell, and the gorgeous bouquet that Shannon Cosgrove Rivas of Flourish Designs created for her. I decided on a soft, brushed out wave hair style for our bride to go with her hairpiece, which would also vary a bit from the updo she had planned for her wedding day a few days later.

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Hair and makeup by Christi Reynolds Beauty
Bridal Gown and hair piece by Anna Campbell
Floral art by Flourish Designs
Photographed in Plymouth, California 
by
Michelle Boyd

Hair and makeup by Christi Reynolds Beauty
Bridal Gown and hair piece by Anna Campbell
Floral art by Flourish Designs
Photographed in Plymouth, California 
by
Michelle Boyd

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Hair and makeup by Christi Reynolds Beauty
Bridal Gown and hair piece by Anna Campbell
Floral art by Flourish Designs
Photographed in Plymouth, California 
by
Michelle Boyd

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Hair and makeup by Christi Reynolds Beauty
Bridal Gown and hair piece by Anna Campbell
Floral art by Flourish Designs
Photographed in Plymouth, California 
by
Michelle Boyd



Hope you enjoyed this breathtaking photos as much as we enjoyed creating them!

Love,
Christi

Monday, June 8, 2015

Sacramento Bridal Hair-Wedding Beauty with Lala's Updos

Laura Kaszoni is the owner and creator of the now uber popular hair designs of Lala's Updo's . Her work has become quickly recognized and esteemed in the social media world among hairstylists and all those that are passionate about upstyling. Since she began promoting her work on her Instagram page just seven months ago, she has amassed over 85,000 followers and is now traveling all over the world giving hands on classes. Lala is known for her unique braiding style and her work with creating intricately structured sculpted updos.

Even though my esthetic is more loose, romantic and bohemian, I knew that knowing even her most obscure techniques would be great education for my repertoire. I learned so much in just the first ten minutes of her demo session class I took in March, that as soon as I heard she was offering a hands on workshop this past Sunday, I jumped on the opportunity!



These are my creations from her hands on class this past Sunday:



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Elegant twisted updo.
Created by Christi Reynolds for Christi Reynolds Beauty

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Bohemian braided crown.
Created by Christi Reynolds for Christi Reynolds Beauty

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Boho braided updo
Created by Christi Reynolds for Christi Reynolds Beauty

What I love most about Laura (Lala!) is her humble nature, her patience, and her sweet disposition. She is hesitant to call herself an educator, and in fact, just refers to herself as a "fellow artist and student that wishes to share what I have learned, as I know I can learn from all of you as well!"

Lala has one incredible story of starting out as an immigrant from Romania to the US, who spoke very little English to becoming a quick sensation due to hard work, perseverance, and practice, practice practice.



Lala and I at her March class


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to Book a Bridal Trial Run Session

Sacramento, California

One of the most important steps of my brides' beauty planning process is her trial run session, or what I like to refer to as a "preview" of her bridal beauty look. Designed as a session to consult about and create her vision together, as well as iron out timeline and headcount details, it an essential piece to assuring that her morning of bridal beauty is calm, effortless, and stress free.

Here are a few tips to help you out with planning your bridal beauty process!



Tip #1-First, book your artist! Then, later, book your trial.

Don't listen to the outdated information that the bridal guides and wedding websites recirculate and recycle every season. While when they often recommend that your trial should be booked closer to your wedding day is true, you should choose your bridal beauty pro around the same time you choose your venue or photographer. You chose them for their exclusivity, and the service they offer. Like them, there is only ONE of your wedding date, and only one of us! And in most cities, the truly professional bridal beauty artists are few and far between.

Resources like Yelp, and Wedding Wire,  are great for researching professionals in your area! More about this is covered here in my blog post Booking Your Bridal Beauty-Part One-Choosing a Professional


You don't want to waste your beauty budget on trying out a bunch of artist, then going back to that one that really wowed you with her portfolio and reviews only to find out that she is now booked.
For example...Getting married on Friday June 10th 2016? Book your professional bridal beauty artist around the same time you book your venue and photographer. Reserve your date with a contract and date retainer...and connect with your artist about two months before your big day to make an appointment to meet for a trial!




Tip #2-Never book an artist who offers your trial for "free" 

When researching your options, beware of offers you may come across for a "free trial". This is an immediate red flag of someone who is likely not yet a full time professional, (meaning they may work with no contract, may use less than standard business practices, and thus may have no real commitment to you!) An artist who works for free is still essentially "auditioning" for your booking. While this is often a way for newer artists to start out to build their experience working with brides, a seasoned bridal beauty pro will already be very established with years of experience, have very limited availability, and a solid business model and references that you can trust.

Your professional beauty artist is not only busy creating beauty on location or in the studio, she spends every single day planning, organizing, strategizing, and managing her full time bridal beauty business! 


Tip #3- Your trial should be booked at her place, not yours.

Your trial session should be booked one on one with your artist, away from your home, and in her work space or studio. Free from distractions, this time is committed to you and only you so that you can connect with your artist and feel completely cared for and listened to.

Your artist should prepare you with tips and information of how to make the most of your session before you meet, let you know how much time it will take,  and be open to your feedback and critique


Christi Reynolds Beauty Studio-Midtown Sacramento


Tip #4-Don't expect your trial session to happen on a weekend.

While it sounds like the ideal situation to have your hair and makeup done for your bridal shower, or for your engagement photos-Who wants to waste great hair and makeup, right? Remember that a true bridal beauty professional is just that: a bridal beauty professional-(that's why her portfolio and reviews are so awesome!) which means she is committed to servicing her brides most Fridays through Sundays-which are of course, are peak wedding days.

With the particular service I offer, I only work with one bride per day, Friday through Sunday, and I am usually in a different city for each of those days. While it may sound really great for me to come meet you at my studio after one of my local weddings on a Saturday, keep in mind that I have probably already worked a 8-12 hour day, and have another one the next day. I need my beauty sleep too, and my brides deserve for me to be at my best-and so do you!

Christi Reynolds Beauty Studio


And lastly,

Tip #5- Your trial is more than just trying out your artist and your bridal hair and makeup.

Believe it or not, the success of your bridal beauty trial session will depend on your participation too! When looking for an artist, and when the subject of booking your trial comes up, your bridal beauty pro will be asking you a lot of questions. About your venue, your vision, your style, your gown, the time of year. Be prepared to give her the details of your ladies and their needs as well. Also be prepared with your photographers shoot schedule and your wedding planner's timeline.


My final thoughts:

Although it may be scary to think about booking and investing in your artist before meeting her or experiencing her work firsthand (although most of my brides do!) If her website, referrals and reviews are still mot making you feel awesome about your decision, a full time bridal beauty pro like myself is going to be more than  happy to have you pop in for a few minutes to meet face to face -however expect that it will need to be on her time, and between clients on a day that she is working in her studio. 

I understand that although this is (literally)my thousandth time, this is your first-and only!- time.

You can read more about my trial run process on part three of my upcoming Blog Post: Booking Your Bridal Beauty | How to have a Successful Trial Run Session 

Hope this was helpful, and that you enjoyed the read!


Warmly,
Christi





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