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It’s your day! Have fun!

August 7, 2015
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Summer is engagement season and wedding season is in full swing in Las Vegas.  This time of year is always a thrill for us as we gear up for the Bridal Specular  on August 21 and 22.  We get to meet so many planning couples this time year and get to hear so many great love stories so now is the perfect time for us to pause to take a look at a real life wedding. These photos are amazing and tell a story in and of themselves, they also remind us of the reason all of us at Makeup in the 702 do what we do!  No one tells a great love story better than a blushing beautiful bride here’s what Denise shared with us about her day and her groom.

We met on Match.com 7 months ago and have been inseparable ever since…we knew we were perfect for each other in the first few weeks and knew we were meant to be…he proposed under a tree, at our favorite park surrounded by fireflies…

We wouldn’t have gotten married any other way…he had always said if he got married, it’d be in Vegas, by Elvis and that was exactly what I wanted!  The helicopter was a double bonus to boot!!!  We had so much fun, even we couldn’t believe how awesome it was.

My advice to couples is: if you’re gonna get married, elope!!! Do the wedding for yourselves and no one else. It is YOUR day and it should be fun and stress free!!! If you want to include family and friends in your happiness, celebrate throwing a party for them later…

If you’re planning your day please stop by our booth #533 at the Bridal Spectacular on August 21 & 22 we’d love to meet you and hear your love story!

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Mrs. United States Pageant Week With Mrs. North Dakota

July 24, 2015
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Nothing but joy and excitement right now!! In 24 hours I will be in Vegas embracing one of the biggest opportunities in my life! My goal in this competition is to represent my state, myself as a woman of faith and as a proud spouse in the absolute best way I can. Praying that all the gifts and abilities God has given me will shine bright in everything I do this week.

Three weeks ago we introduced you to  Angelina Yarbrough, Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant. Well here it is- day one of the pageant with a 4:30 am call time for Miss Angelina Yarbrough. Excitement is in the air as the 2015 Mrs. Untied States pageant is officially underway!

For the candidates it is the personal experience of a lifetime. Contestants enlist the support of their husbands and join other contestants to compete for the prestigious Mrs. United States crown. This week we will be celebrating the adventures of Mrs. North Dakota and cheering her every step of the way. For the next 3 days there will be personal interviews, swim suit competition , evening gown completion as well as an impromptu question asked of the 10 finalists.

 

 

 

What an amazing first day! It's been so fun meeting so many beautiful and accomplished women, I am very proud to be standing with them! I had a great time getting to know my roommate Mrs. Minnesota and eating Mexican food (yum) and chatting it up at the bowling alley with other queens! Great first day. Now it's off to bed, gotta be up and ready for my 6am photoshoot... Yikes!! So far, so fun though. I give God all the glory for placing me here this week

What an amazing first day! It’s been so fun meeting so many beautiful and accomplished women, I am very proud to be standing with them! I had a great time getting to know my roommate Mrs. Minnesota and eating Mexican food (yum) and chatting it up at the bowling alley with other queens! Great first day. Now it’s off to bed, gotta be up and ready for my 6am photoshoot… Yikes!! So far, so fun though. I give God all the glory for placing me here this week

Day 2 of the Mrs. United States pageant brings excitement, gorgeous gowns and of course always representing their respective state.

“Starting with the state costumes!! I am the Sunflower, from the state that grows more sunflowers than anywhere in the U.S.!!”

Each day keeps getting better! Today we had our interviews and got to show the judges who we are and where we come from!

 

 

 

Celebrating the pageant with her Hubby Jake.

Celebrating the pageant with her Hubby Jake.

Day 3 Today is the final day. Each of the 50 contestants knows this is it and by evenings end the winner will be announced. I arrived at the South Point Hotel super early, while waiting downstairs prior to going up to Angelina’s room I was as nervous for all these girls as they were. One by one they pass me, some with curl sets, some with no makeup some with full makeup each giggling with excitement as they ride up the elevator to head to their prospective rooms to get ready. In just a short time the final 15 would be announced and then the winner, finally my team and I go up as well.

Here is the final days look for Angelina.

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“It’s been a great experience to be at the national pageant this year. All we are ever expected to do in this life is our best and that’s what I did. I gave this opportunity all I had to give and I although I didn’t walk away with a top spot or title, I did walk away with much joy and gratitude to have been able to stand among an outstanding group of women. It has truly been an honor!”

Although Mrs.North Dakota did not win Mrs. United States she will always hold the crown in our eyes. Thank you so much for asking us to be such an amazing experience with you.

Congratulations to Mrs. Texas! You’ll do us all proud!

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He said he had already decided…

July 17, 2015
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Sometimes a girl meets an amazing family and we quickly become friends. That is the case with Heather and her mom. Hands down they are some of the sweetest- most genuine and gracious ladies I’ve ever met.  We’re so happy they chose Makeup In The 702!  (Before and After for Mom and Heather)

 Now on to another AMAZING love story…..the story of Heather & Eli!

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Eli and I met in San Francisco 4 1/2 years ago. We met at a Hanukkah party and because parking is so horrible in San Francisco I almost never went. But, luckily a spot opened up right as I drove up.
I came in and saw a woman I knew, and he and his friend knew her, as well. I saw Eli and I noticed him right away. We spoke for a while, and then I left. Though our mutual friend would not give him my number, Eli still managed to find me online.

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He emailed me asked me on a date, two dates later I went to Budapest for a month. We spoke over Skype every day, and Eli asked me on our 4th date 3 weeks early for when I came back. That’s when I knew he was serious. He told me that he already decided I was his girlfriend after the first date. I always liked that he said that.

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Some advice for brides:
Do what’s right for you. Have people with you on the wedding day that will keep you low stress. Think of everyone’s personality and consider if you were in the same room with all of them during this heightened time would you stay calm and happy?

I did not have bridesmaids as I had been one before and it ruins too many important relationships even in the best of circumstances. But, if you do have bridesmaids consider whether you need an extra moment to be alone before the ceremony (after everyone’s hair and makeup is done) to just be with your mom or a close friend.

If someone asks to throw you a party….let them. They really do want to do it. It took me 6 months to let a dear friend throw me an engagement party because I didn’t want to impose!
Be clear with your vendors about what you want. I was slightly worried that I was coming across harsh because I knew what I didn’t want, but they all seemed to be happy with that attitude because in the end everyone gets what they want. Also, you need to click with them personally! If they are going to be around you on such a special day you need to like them.

 FYI – Don’t book expensive B+B’s in Hawaii! Its not worth it, GO TO THE RESORT!

 Thank you and much love to Adam Frazier Photography for capturing these spectacular moments!

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Makeup In The 702-Official Sponsor for Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant

July 3, 2015
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Picture4I couldn’t think of a better time than the week of Fourth of July to announce this amazing news!  Makeup in the 702 is proud to sponsor the hair and makeup for Angelina Yarbrough, Mrs. North Dakota for the 2015 Mrs. United States pageant.   There’s been more than a little news on beauty pageants the past few weeks, but Mrs. United States holds the crown when it comes to history, poise and beauty.

Recognized as “the premier event of its kind” and the largest pageant system available to married women, each year we welcome contestants from all 50 states and the U.S. territories to a gala national pageant in the glittering city of Las Vegas!

Founded in 1986 by Isabella Ilacqua, the Mrs. United States National Pageant system was created out of respect and admiration for married women of beauty and intelligence.

Mrs. Ilacqua sought to provide a forum to publicly recognize and acknowledge the fact that married women often play many roles as wife, mother, homemaker and/or professional with a flair and resilience uncommonly found elsewhere.

Recognized as “the premier event of its kind” and the largest pageant system available to married women, each year we welcome contestants from all 50 states and the U.S. territories to a gala national pageant in the glittering city of Las Vegas!

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Picture3I am absolutely inspired by Angelina’s platform; “One of my greatest reasons for entering the Mrs. United States competition is the opportunity to become a spokeswoman for countless young women who struggle with self-esteem issues and to be the voice of encouragement that they need. Our society heavily influences women, especially in its demand for physical perfection. I want to inspire women to find beauty and greatness in their own passions and dreams rather than follow the media’s lead that encourages obsession over physicality. My heart breaks for women and young girls who struggle with low self-esteem to the point of dangerous eating disorders, and I have made it my goal to take the opportunity as Mrs. North Dakota to help young women recognize their value and importance and to re-define the meaning of true beauty.  I want to be the voice that encourages women all around the country to grow in their passions, dreams and aspirations rather than shrink their
clothing size.” ~Angelina Yarbrough

Many married women are an inspiration to their families, friends, colleagues and community—the role of wife, mother and career woman does not prevent some women from finding time to become involved in community activities or from maintaining her health, beauty, and mind.

The Mrs. United States National Pageant® contestant is an intelligent, married woman who knows what she wants in her career, family and appearance. She maintains a strong sense of identity and embodies the true spirit of “complete woman”… total beauty.

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It Takes A Team To Build A Dream

June 5, 2015
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indexCongratulations on your engagement!  Now what! It’s time to build a team!!  Today we have some AMAZING photos for you from Alt F. Photography of the team Rebecca & Ross put together for their dream day!

Staring with the dress! Absolute layers of lovely from Vera Wang.  Who says you have to go with traditional white shoes these days?  Rebecca chose these stunning royal blue beauties from Manolo Blahnik a perfect choice! I do just love the simplicity of Rebecca’s bouquet of white roses from Naakiti floral.

Rebecca and Ross chose the Bellagio Hotel and Casino for their venue.  Perhaps one of our personal favorites!  Using wedding services provided for by the hotel streamlined many options for the planning couple such as arranging for the cake and linen coordination.

Last, but certainly not least on the list of incredible vendors coordinated for this wedding is yours truly Makeup In The 702.  As your makeup artist and your hair stylist are generally the first vendor the bride works with on her day we take that responsibility very seriously as we often set the tone for the others for the day.  Rebecca was just an absolute joy to work with.

Using a wedding coordinator, especially if you are a destination bride can really help relieve the stress of it all.  Rebecca and Ross chose Andrea Eppolito Events. As you can see there day turned out picture perfect!
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Additional wedding vendors chosen by Rebecca & Ross included:
Something New (Videography)
DJ Mike Fox & Company
Classical Entertainment Inc

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Senior Street Team Red Carpet Fabulous

May 22, 2015
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Few moments in our life compare to our Senior year of high school.  It’s a time of our life where it’s both the end and the beginning.  Friendships are formed that will last us a lifetime and cherished memories are made.  A few weeks ago we shared some fantastic wedding photography with you from Myrna Loy Photography, today we are back with Myrna to talk about her Senior Street Team program.

Myrna, how did the Senior Street Team get started?

After taking a workshop geared toward Senior Portraits early this year, I fell absolutely in love with every part of it! So much so, that I decided to create one heck of a program for my Senior Street Team.

What does the Senior Street Team get for participating?

My seniors are investing in an awesome experience that they will remember forever. They will feel like a celebrity with all the outfits, locations, pro hair and makeup. The  Senior Street Team is essentially my models for the duration of their senior year. I designed this program to allow these girls to be able to have extra fun and get some pretty awesome photos during their senior year. You only go through this time once in your life, so I wanted to make this crazy awesome. To make sure that we kicked it off in style and set the standard, I called upon the beautiful and talented Megan to help out with my Street Team’s first shoot of the year.   My girls LOVED the look you created for them and they all looked so red carpet fabulous!

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All my senior clients, not just my street team, get some pretty awesome gifts and all sessions include professional makeup. It is so stinkin’ awesome and I can’t wait to design the perfect senior session for other amazing gals and hand them their swag bag.

With the graduation season now upon us will you be putting together your team for 2016 soon?

I have NINE summer senior sessions that are ready to fill and those that fill those dates up before the end of May will get a $50 credit toward their senior portrait order.

logo_1423427070How does someone register?

You can snag these spots by emailing me at info@myrnaloyphotography.com.

Lastly, where can our readers see more of your amazing photography?

You can visit my website at  www.myrnaloyphotography.com or find me on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/myrnaloyphotography and Instagram at www.instagram.com/myrnaloyphotography

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Credits:
Makeup: Megan at Makeup in the 702
Hair: Styles by Stacia https://www.facebook.com/pages/Styles-by-Stacia/

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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
Alt F
Kristen Joy Davis

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