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Gratuity etiquette 10 and your wedding or To tip or not to Tip

April 10, 2015
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Ok ok ok, this Friday let’s get down and dirty and talk about- money.  Yes, I know a very touchy subject for some, but I felt it necessary to dive into the subject of  “the gratuity” other wise know as “tipping” in Sin City.  Often an overlooked expense when planning your wedding so let’s delve in to this traditional practice.

635603221072648708216670680_tips-gratuitiesLet’s begin with a little history; in the 16th century guests at English mansions were expected to give a “vail” or a small amount of money at the end of their visit for the servants and the extra work they had to do while there were guests.  The word “tip’ is actually an acronym, T.I.P. actually comes from “To Insure Promptitude” which is odd in and of itself in that a gratuity is not given prior to receiving services but rather after.

The dictionary definition for the word “gratuity” is a gift of money over and above payment due for services or something given without claim or demand.

Tipping is also a cultural practice. In a city like Las Vegas there are several opportunities in our day in which it has become customary to tip.  In addition to the usual waiter or waitress we have become accustomed to tipping the valet parking attendant, the door man, the bell hop, the change girl, the showroom usher and the bartender to name a few.  In fact tipping is SO customary in our city that the IRS gets their share of it as well.  Employees that fall in to a job class defined as as tipped employee are often times paid a lower hourly rate because the IRS has made the assumption that the average amount of tips earned maintains the deficiency in the hourly rate.

In many countries tipping is not a part of their day to day practices. Tips and their amount are a matter of social custom, and the custom varies between countries and settings. In some locations tipping is discouraged and considered insulting; while in some other locations tipping is expected from customers.  In Japan for instance tipping is not a part of the culture. It is not expected and can cause confusion.  Japanese people see tipping as insulting.  Let me add one more twist to this whole tipping scenario for you, as if I haven’t given you enough to think about already.  In some regions a service charge is automatically added to your bill.

tipping-wedding-vendors-who-to-tip-how-much-amount-to-tip-wedding-vendors-tips-wedding-etiquetteSo how does this all fit in to your wedding plans?  Las Vegas remains the wedding capitol of the world and we are privileged to work with couples from virtually every country and  culture so what is a planning couple to do and what should a wedding service provider expect.

The concept of tipping is not itself difficult to understand but the who to tip and how much to tip those providing services for your wedding can be a little tricky to navigate.  This being somewhat of a hot topic we turned to “The Knot” for some recommendations.

Wedding Planner

Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything; however, if yours did a great job you can always offer a token of your appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) Approximately 50 percent of couples do tip their planners — typically those with more opulent weddings.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: Up to $500, or a nice gift

When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or, she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

Wedding Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist

This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 – 20 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15 – 25 percent, depending upon the quality of service

When to Tip: At the end of your service

Wedding Delivery and Set-up Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site ( wedding cake , flowers, or sound system). And if a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs, or port-a-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: $5 – $10 per person

When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

Wedding Ceremony Officiant

If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. If you’re using a nondenominational officiant, no tip is required because they will charge you for their time.

Protocol:

Expected (depending on officiant)

The Standard: Donate $500+ to the church or synagogue, or, for a nondenominational officiant, an optional tip of $50 – $100

When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

Wedding Ceremony Musicians

If you worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $15 – $20 per musician

When to Tip: At the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer/Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any dough beyond their normal fees. Yet if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $50 – $200 per vendor

When to Tip: At the end of the reception.

Wedding Reception Staff

This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maitre d’, and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15 – 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 – $300 for the maitre d’.

When to Tip: If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maitre d’ at the end of the reception since you will need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom, and coat-room attendants the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.

Protocol: Optional, based on contract

The Standard: $20 – $25 per bartender or waiter; $1 per guest for coat room and parking attendants; $1 per car

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could alternately distribute them at the beginning of the evening, to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire 12-piece swing band or grooving to a DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional. (Depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist!) And don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.

Protocol: Optional, yet preferred

The Standard: $20 – $25 per musician; $50 – $150 for DJs

When to Tip: At the end of the reception, by the best man.

Wedding Transportation

Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost!

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15 – 20 percent of the total bill

When to Tip: At the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise, this duty falls to the best man.

 

When in doubt the best rule of thumb is to follow the customs of the country you are in.  CNTraveler has a fantastic guide on gratuities in 50 countries if you would like to learn more about tipping in other cultures.    Lastly, for those receiving tips as a part of their compensation, above all just be gracious both in accepting and not receiving a gratuity.  For those giving if you aren’t sure just ask…. if it is customary they WILL let you know. When a client asks me about a gratuity I tell them “it’s never expected but always appreciated.”

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Meet New Media Vegas-A Vendor We Love!

April 4, 2015
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2014 RockGosz Hall of Fame Awards Vamp’d Vegas Photo courtesy of Photography of Leah Burlington

In today’s world and in business things change everyday.  It can be quite overwhelming to keep up with it all and even more challenging finding some one you can trust with your website especially when your website is your lifeline.  I struggled to find the right people for quite some time.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that when I picked up the phone and called Genie that these two amazing people would come into my life with such exuberance and passion and a love of all things rock and roll. Today I want to share with you another Vendor we love at Makeup In The 702.  It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Duane & Genie Forkner from New Media Vegas our webmaster and the creators of Sin City Presents Magazine.

Any time I reach out for help they are there. They never laugh at my silly questions or think a task that I ask them to help me with is to big or to small or not worth their time.

A few weeks ago I received a text from Genie when I was on location with a client and she said “Congratulations on hitting 15,000 hits to your website. WHAT?!?!?! Are you kidding me- unbelievable!!  Just a small thing but it was quite a feeling of accomplishment in my day and something for my team to celebrate.

I did manage to get these two to sit still for a couple of minutes for few quick questions about their business and this is what they had to share with us.

Typically the vendors we get to share with our readers are others in the wedding services industry yours is a little different, what do you want a planning couple to know about your business?

Let’s see, well for a happy couple planning their special day we can build them a website to share with their friends and family.  Not every couple is comfortable with posting all of their special plans on a social media site so a wedding website is a nice option.  It offers the couple a central location to share milestones with friends and family, list links for their registries, post photos, collect RSVP’s and post maps.  A website offers a little more protection and privacy that you can’t get with social media.  Another benefit of having a website is that it can grow with you and become a great family sharing point as you begin to build your life together. We can also offer planning couple a place to announce their engagement in our magazine, Sin City Presnets. Some say the tradition of an engagement announcement is a nostalgic practice that has seen its time pass, I think it’s pretty cool to be able to share your happiness with the world somewhere other that Facebook.

What are some of the misconceptions about your service?

That question is probably more applicable to the type of clients we serve as opposed to a planning couple.  The biggest misconceptions in the web industry these days are anyone can build a website for free and the one we hear all too often is “I have a website how come I am not on page one of Google?”  Nothing is FREE!  There are costs involved in having a website and there are a lot of tricksters out there that will hold your domain names and content hostage.  We place the power back in your hands by making sure our clients have complete access and control of their online assets.  Educating our clients is our greatest tool.  Next, getting on page one of Google takes a lot of work there are no shortcuts.  SEO (serach engine optimization) is an investment of both time and financial resources.

What are the benefits of using your service?

Accessibility, integrity and we’re local. That may sound simple but it’s true. We answer the phone! Not everyone, especially in Las Vegas works 9-5 so we work when our clients need us to. We’re both from Las Vegas so we understand this unique marketplace. We won’t try to buffalo you, and believe us when we say we have seen every type of scam and hustle out there we have.   If we can’t do something we’ll tell you and we’ll do our best to find someone we trust to refer you to. We don’t make promises we can’t keep and we strive to over deliver every time. If you succeed we succeed!  We’re not interested in transactional relationships we work hard at establishing and maintainig long term business relationships.  We do that by being active in our community and participating in business networks that have a solid foundation and reputation in Las Vegas.  Organizations  such as the Las Vegas Wedding Network and the Convention Services Association of Las Vegas where we serve as board members.

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Photo courtesy of Christie’s Photographic, Convention Services Association of Las Vegas Luncheon annual state of the industry report with the LVCVA.  V Venue:  The Border Grill inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino

 

Where do you find your inspiration?

The people around us. When it comes to web design and marketing for our client it’s our job to bring it life. Every website we design and every piece of content we create reflects the personality of their brand not ours. Nothing we do is cookie cutter. The content for the magazine is driven by the people as well. The core of the content is centered around entertainment, business and community. We were able to take things we both love and create a platform to share the things that make others happy with the world.

It’s really the little things that matter and the undeniable support that I have from these two that make me want to wrap my arms around them and say- THANK YOU!!!! Thank you for being you. Thank you for being genuine and thank you for supporting my dreams.

If you are in need of updating your website, need one for your wedding or are starting a new project please visit their website at www.newmediavegas.com to get to know more about the services they offer and be sure to check out Sin City Presents Magazine it’s a great resource for both locals and those planning a destination wedding or event in Las Vegas and don’t forget to subscribe, it’s FREE!

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Once in awhile, Right in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a fairy tale.

March 27, 2015
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This weeks blog post is pretty near and dear to my heart. My step son Jace has asked my very dear friend Kylie to marry her. The wedding is set for September 19th In Pensacola Florida where they both grew up. I’ve know both these amazing hipsters since before I married my own husband TJ, Jace’s dad.

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Let’s rewind 10 years before Kylie was 21 and as Jace was just moving to Las Vegas. Even back then I knew these 2 had an electric relationship with honor, trust and complete and utter love for each other.  These two have been together longer as boyfriend and girlfriend than many marriages last- now that says something right there. They’ve withstood 3000 miles distance, job changes, moves and of course the everyday things that happen in life. All the while staying very committed to each other with a love that is so recognizable that anyone could see.

For years my husband and I wondered if they would “ever get married”.  Even when asked Jace and Kylie would say- were great just the way we are and it’s true they were perfect just as they were. Throughout the years together they’ve built a home, raised 3 of the cutest pitbulls you’ll ever meet and supported each other careers and nurtured each other to the fine young adults they are today. Jace describes themselves as “modern hippies”.

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Jace own’s more VW’s than I can count and recently Kylie is on the VW kick with the purchase of her new car.  On any given day you’ll find these 2 soaking up everything las Vegas has to offer on the music and art scene with a craft beer of choice or an Old Style in their hand. They love to be down town and never miss a First Friday.  I can honestly say I’ve never met anyone, much less 2 people that soak up so much of life and live it to the fullest each and every day.

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Well now the day has finally come this very commitment couple decided to take it to the next step. Marriage… I’m delighted to share with you the images from their engagement session with Taylored Memories Photo taken right here in Downtown Las Vegas in the Arts District and the Arts Factory. The love and joy they share jumps out in these photos.

Congratulations to my son Jace and so excited to call my dear friend Kylie daughter. You both have made a great choice and we are all looking forward to witnessing the I do’s… yes I’m crying even writing this.

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Scenic Las Vegas Weddings

March 20, 2015
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The Southern Nevada desert provides some pretty spectacular backdrops for outdoor photo shoots.  There are so many options we won’t possibly be able to share them with you all at once but we have selected a few pretty spectacular locations and images to share with you today from Scenic Las Vegas Weddings wedding planning and photography.  With the city of Las Vegas being the wedding capital of the world you can plan virtually any wedding senario you can imagine.  Today we are so happy to introduce you to a vendor we love, Scenic Las Vegas weddings!   They are not your typical wedding planning company, they offer amazing locations, heartfelt ceremonies and stunning photographs that you will cherish forever.

A common misconception when you think of planning a Las Vegas wedding is that the only type of wedding offered in Las Vegas is a cheesy chapel wedding and that is definitely not the case. There are so many incredible locations in and around Las Vegas. Some of the most incredible locations are just a short trip out of the city limits. Places like Valley of Fire, Red Rock at Spring Mountain Ranch, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Las Vegas Nelson Ghost Town. Ghost town? WHAT? This old Nevada mining town offers up some incredible props and backdrops and is hot spot for Las Vegas photographers. Old barns, a saloon, gas pumps, old rusted-out vehicles, a water pump and even the remains of a plane crash. Of course this is still Vegas so you know we have to have a little “Elvis” in there somewhere, one of the scenes from Kevin Costner’s “3000 Miles to Graceland” was filmed in Nelson. Visit this gallery on the Scenic Las Vegas Weddings website for some really unique photos taken in Nelson.

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We’ve had the opportunity to work with Scenic Las Vegas Weddings on many many occasions  so we were really excited about spending some more time with them to learn a bit more about them.  One of the benefits of choosing Scenic Las Vegas Weddings is that they are owned and operated by professional wedding photographers so couples receive top quality photographs with their wedding package.  They also focus on quality over quantity.  They don’t over book their day.  They give each couple the time that is needed making for a relaxed and memorable day.

Scenic Las Vegas Weddings finds it’s inspiration in the beautiful, natural surroundings that we are so privileged to use for wedding locations in Southern Nevada and of course, the man made beauty of the Las Vegas Strip!

Some of the other popular and scenic locations Scenic Las Vegas Weddings works with are Valley of Fire State Park, Lakeside at Tule Springs-Floyd Lamb Park, Pahrump Valley Winery Grand Canyon and of course if you have a favorite, special or memorable scenic location of your own Scenic Las Vegas Weddings will provide services at a location of your choice.
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Whether your planning a destination wedding, are a resident of our radiant desert planning the day of your dreams discover our beautiful state there is so much wonder out there beyond the twinkling lights of the strip. To get you started on your exploration please visit the Scenic Las Vegas Weddings website you will be memorized!

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We have been extremely happy working with Makeup in the 702 for almost four years. Their work, attention to detail, timelines, and kindness really set them apart from other companies in Las Vegas. We will continue sending our brides who want to look their very best for their special day to Makeup in the 702!

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Makeup In The 702 Center Stage With The Emerics

March 13, 2015
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Did you know that on your wedding day, an average of 1,000 photos will be taken? Digital or disposable, color or black and white, natural or candle light; professional photographic makeup and professional hair styling will ensure that you are ready to face a day in front of the camera.  Today we are just thrilled to introduce you to the Emerics!  We’ve had many years of experiences together and I can’t tell you how excited I am to feature your then today on our blog.

Q & A with Jessie & Jason Emeric

Jessie and Jason why don’t we begin with an introduction can you tell our readers a little bit about yourselves?

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Photo Credit: Solar Photographers

We are Jessie & Jason Emeric. We’re wedding photographers for happy couples in love. We’ve been photographing weddings together for over 10 years and we absolutely love what we do. We believe in telling the complete story of your wedding day and capturing all the must-have shots, but also the fun moments in between.

We love working with Makeup in the 702 and sigh a breath of relief when our brides tell us they’ll be using Makeup in the 702 because we know they’ll be in good hands. They will feel amazing and look gorgeous, making our job super easy 🙂

Awwww Thank you! I can’t tell you how much that means to both me and my team. It means a lot to us to create a memorable experience for both the bride and our colleagues.

Let’s take a moment to talk about planning. What do you want a planning couple to know about your business?

We’d like couples to know that wedding photography isn’t just a business for us. We are truly passionate about weddings. We seriously get excited for each and every couple we meet and have the privilege of photographing.

What are some of the misconceptions about your service?

Some people may not realize all the work that goes into wedding photography. Wedding photography is a lot more than just having a fancy camera and showing up at the wedding. There’s also a lot more that happens after the photographs are taken on the wedding day. A lot of work goes into post-production, making sure our couples have the best wedding photographs.

canyon_gate_country_club_las_vegas_wedding-03Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the biggest decisions a planning couple will make after all, wedding pictures are a cherished keepsake, passed down through generations, and the only commemoration of the thousands of hours and dollars spent to plan one of the most important days of your life. What are the benefits of using your service?

A few benefits of having us photograph your wedding day is that we love being there for our couples and it shows. Every wedding and every couple is different and we treat all our couples as individuals, as friends. We know being photographed can be intimidating for some folks, but know that we will make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and beautiful on your wedding day.

Every bride wants their photos to be as unique as they are I’m certain that must be a challenging aspect of your work. Where do you find your inspiration?

We find inspiration everywhere and anywhere. We love spending time outdoors and being open to new opportunities and fun times. It’s often in these moments when inspiration is at it’s best! We love bright colors, happy images, and keeping things fresh.

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Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers today?

We’d love to hear from them and learn all about what they believe in. We want to capture a bit of their love story! We’re based in Las Vegas, but we’ll travel wherever love takes them!

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today and sharing with our readers. We look forward to sharing many more years of experiences with you!theemerics

To get to know more about the Emerics please visit thier website at www.theemerics.com and visit them on Facebook. 

You can contact the Emerics via email at jessie@theemerics.com or by phone at 702-481-2944

 

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Jocelyn & Lance “Once Love, Love forever”

March 6, 2015
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Jocelyn and LanceIn today’s busy world sometimes brides and grooms have to get a little creative with their plans to accommodate the hectic schedules of their loved ones.  Today we’re happy to share with you the story of Jocelyn & Lance a mid December dream come true.

Having had the joy of meeting Jocelyn in September for their engagement shoot and makeup trial Makeup In The 702 was excited to be on location with the beautiful bride Jocelyn at the Elara on the day of their ceremony.  We enjoyed double the blessings with this happy couple since they had to double up on the days to include all of their loved ones.  We were blessed with being able to work with Jocelyn the next day at the beautiful Red Rock Resort.
Without further adieu we are happy to share with you the love story of Jocelyn & Lance

Jocelyn and Lance met at the Greater Philadelphia Sushi and Sake Meetup Group. Both were recent transplants to the Philly area. Both happened to see an email saying that this highly popular meetup had available seats for dinner at a local sushi place. Both went to the sushi dinner mostly looking to make new friends and didn’t necessarily expect to find love. In fact, Jocelyn wasn’t looking at all! After meeting a few times, Jocelyn and Lance realized they had a lot in common, enthusiasts of digital photography (though Nikon and Canon rivals), foodies, but also both lovers of being active outdoors with hiking, cycling, jogging, and rollerblading. Realizing that “when you know, you know” like Lance’s aunt liked to say, life quickly fell comfortably into place for the two of them and talk of a future life together began.

The wedding was planned for December, considering 12/13/14 or 12/14/14. Jocelyn’s father said that 12/13/14 would be the most auspicious date since in Chinese, certain numbers are lucky numbers because of what the number sounds like. So when the numbers 121314 are read individually, the numbers take on the meaning of “once love, love forever”, a very popular date for those of Chinese heritage. The only problem was that this date was extremely popular, particularly in a city like Vegas. So the perfect alternative was to have a small official casual wedding with family on 12/13/14 and a more formal ceremony and reception the next day. Double the celebration and double the happiness.

 

Congratulations and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness from all of us at Makeup In The 702

Photos courtesy of John Morris Photography

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50 Shades of Bridal Makeup

February 28, 2015
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Creating the perfect wedding look! Wedding makeup doesn’t come easy every bride is different every venue is different and every photographer is different. Your makeup artist and hair stylist are the very first vendor you interact with on your wedding day, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We understand how vital our role is, especially for weddings, and we set the tone for the entire wedding day. But we don’t feel like that’s pressure, just an awesome responsibility.

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Photo courtesy of ALT F and Ella Giaragino

At the risk of sounding a bit crass I have to put this out there, this is a service that you do not want to cheap out on. Hair and makeup can make or break the history of your wedding day photos. At the end of the day when the dancing is done and you’ve dashed off to begin your life anew the only thing that will be left to help you re-live the happiest day of your life are the magical moments captured in the photography.

With Las Vegas being the wedding capital of the World we meet brides from everywhere and this unpredictable desert weather can be a challenge in any season that is why highly recommend taking your makeup for a test drive so to speak and schedule a demo day.

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We mentioned budget a moment ago, here’s a bonus tip for you where you can score a two-for-one. Schedule your demo the same day as your engagement shoot!

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Photographers breathe a sigh of relief when they find out Makeup in the 702 is working with their Brides. Why? Because they know they’ll spend less time editing the photos which in turn means you’ll get your photos back quickly so you can share them with everyone that shared in your special day and more importantly those that were not able to attend.

To wrap our 50 shades of bridal makeup we thought we would leave you with some “Pinteresting” inspiration! P.S. Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest and remember our guarantee! 15-hour water and transfer resistant!

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Taking Care Of The Skin You’re In…

February 20, 2015
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meganAs a veteran makeup artist, I’ll make one statement loud and clear- GOOD SKIN AND GOOD COLOR GO HAND IN HAND. Again, good skin and good color go hand in hand. When a client has her best skin forward the end result of makeup can be so much more. Let me explain.

Take a look at the wall next to you. See its texture? I can paint the wall aka your face, any color. Blue, purple, yellow- it doesn’t matter- the texture of the wall aka your face will still come through the makeup. In order for the “paint” to be smooth, we must change the texture of that wall. Huh???

Okay so now, you are probably asking yourself how do I do that, Why can’t the makeup do that?

Well for starters makeup is not a miracle.  No kidding you say.  But skincare and good practices can make the difference immediately and over time truly change your programmed cells to become stronger, less hyper pigmented and of course get those smooth, if you will “sanded” surface.  It’s never too late or too early to start and continue a consistent skin care routine.  No matter the age, you can always improve your skin through the use of products.  Now remember to keep in mind there is not an instant miracle in a jar. Results are cumulative.  Your results will depend on the time you invest in taking care of the skin you’re in.  To get you started on the path to good skin care I thought I would share a few of my favorite things with you today.  These are 3 luxurious useful items that I personally use daily.

Shiseido UlitmuneThe autoimmune protects and prevents!

Like your body, your skin has an immune system that functions less efficiently with time, environmental exposure and stress. Ultimune helps boost skin’s multi-defensive powers while helping to strengthen its resistance to day-to-day damage and signs of aging. Over time, skin looks smoother and more resilient, making wrinkles less noticeable as your complexion begins to glow.

• Shiseido’s exclusive Ultimune Complex* is formulated with a unique blend of Bulgarian Rose Water, Aqua In Pool and Yeast to protect, strengthen, and maintain healthy looking skin.
• Formulated with a unique botanical power blend with Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Shiso and Thyme.
• For women of all skin types and all ages.
• In 4 weeks: firmness and resilience are improved, making wrinkles less visible.
• To use: Apply two pumps morning and evening after cleansing and balancing skin. Apply Ultimune before using targeted serums.

Shiseido White LucentNext, I use Shiseido’s  “White Lucent All Day Brightener”, The ultimate brightening solution for even-toned skin with perfect radiance,  Shiseido’s  “White Lucent All Day Brightener” diminishes the appearance of dark spots and hyper pigmentation.   The brightener helps repair the damage that I’ve already done and helps keep my skin stay youthful.
This brightening serum combines Shiseido’s advanced brightening technologies to achieve ultimately bright skin. Shiseido’s exclusive new complex, ProBright 4MRtm, has been developed based on the latest research for a superior combined effect* of overall brightening, and flawless, perfectly radiant skin.
The light, dewy texture absorbs quickly from the skin surface to deep within**.

Shiseido Ulitmate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+Lastly sunscreen, I know, I know you know this already….Sun protection is essential!  We tend to forget that we need this year round in this brutal desert climate we live in.  Sunscreen doesn’t just protect from the harmful rays- it’s protecting your skin from the environment and all the yucky things floating around in the air.   I’m an active Mom just like many of you and “Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Cream” keeps up with me all day!   Swim, play, and enjoy the outdoors, knowing your sunscreen loves water as much as you do. Providing powerful protection for your skin, this innovative protective veil actually becomes even more effective when it comes into contact* with water. Discover powerful sun protection for the face in a nourishing, water-resistant cream that is comfortable and gentle on the skin without any sticky texture or white residue.

• Broad spectrum UV protection helps reduce the appearance of photo-aging with exclusive SuperVeil-UV 360™ technology.
• Formulated with WetForce technology, which reacts positively to water on contact*, activating additional strength within the protective veil.*
*Compared before and after soaking in water for 30 minutes. Be sure to reapply product immediately after water activity such as swimming or after toweling drying skin.

So there you go!  A few of my favorite things now what?  The reality, sure you go out you buy these products but how will you know if they work?  The answer simply is just use them!

 

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Airbrushing-Dispelling the Myths

February 13, 2015
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What is airbrushing?

Airbrushing is a very generic term used these days, similar to the word term “All Natural” in food. You must dig a little deeper to have a clear understanding of what it is and what the benefits are. I’m extremely passionate about airbrushing and want to help exploit some of the myths and of course raise the bar of standards in the industry to my fellow artists.

First, please know that I can only speak to the tools, training and products we use. Know there are imitations out there, and I’ll explain more in detail.

maxresdefaultWe’ve been utilizing airbrush for over a decade and in this period of time I’ve seen cosmetic companies claim to have airbrush foundation in an aerosol can. I’ve seen personal at home “compressors” sold on home shopping channel and everything in between. Please, allow me to explain in great detail what airbrushing is, it’s benefits and of course why we continue to be the leader in the industry.

First, airbrushing refers not just to the “end result” but the actual tool. A true airbrush compressor is about 25 pounds in weight and is used for many artist uses. The user can control the amount of air (PSI) that comes through and will do so based upon what they need the end result to be. Please do not be fooled by Home Shopping Network or At Home Use Products. That is not a true, professional compressor. I can blow foundation on you better than those contraptions.

hqdefaultSecond, airbrushing refers to actual foundation used. One cannot use a “traditional”  over the counter foundation in an airbrush compressor. The product will not pump through the compressor! Professional foundations used for airbrushing are a liquid almost water consistency.   They are costly for any artist to use, but the end result is hands down the only way to go for a client. Don’t be fooled by inexperienced artist that “base” down traditional foundation or “water” it down so that it will pump through a compressor. By doing that, one changes the inherit chemistry of the product itself, leaving the client with a less than finished end result and a foundation that will not last but a few hours.

Third, and this is one of the most frequently asked questions by our clients. Will I look cakey or feel like I have makeup on? Simply stated, no… How can something that is water based and applied with air feel heavy or look heavy. It can’t. Again based upon the principles from above.

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So why all the hype??? Because it’s awesome!  Nothing like it!! We love that we are able to custom blend a clients foundation on the spot. Analyzing the true undertones of the skin as well as the type and condition. That mean’s a PERFECT match- EVERY TIME!!!! Not an almost match color swatch. We are able to take airbrush foundation past the face and down the neck, chest, decollate, arms and back- basically any piece of skin showing beyond the dress. Covering, tan lines, freckles and red splotchy sun damage- imparting a “photoshopped” appearance both in person as well as on camera.

Speaking of camera- HD friendly. High Definition cameras and film point out every flaw under even the best of lighting, almost like human eyes. They are unforgiving, but with HD foundation and airbrushing, you can look like the cover of Vogue in person and in photos.

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product-guarantee-icon1Lastly, and this is super important for events in Las Vegas. We stand behind our work so strongly, that we will Guarantee 15 hour water and transfer resistant makeup. It’s 115 degrees out- no problem. Tears of joy- no problem.  Cutting up a rug on the dance floor- no problem- GUARANTEED.

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Photo credits:
Secret Gardens
Ella Gagiano
Stephen Salazar
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Kristen Joy Davis

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