Beauty on the “Aisle” & Beyond

The glimpse of spring we had this week in Baltimore was a great time for those spring trends to peek out in between the snow drifts. A certain spring look, in particular, is also snowy and billowing…bridal gowns, of course! Planning a wedding – for warm or cold weather in the future – makes trudging through the current climes worth it.

That made it perfect timing for Baltimore Bride Magazine’s “Aisle Style” wedding event and fashion show at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore this week (check out our “Parties” section to see who was there).

Although I participated, for once it wasn’t about doing makeup for a number of models. I actually got to be one of the models. Then, I was able to roam and enjoy the whole event, particularly when it came to spotting some great makeup looks on some of the people there.

…starting with some of the stunning models from Betsy Robinson’s Bridal Collection. Erica, Ashley, and Laura show that the romantic red lip works way beyond the holidays, and not just for other big days, but on a variety of skin tones, as well. The subtlest of smoky brown on the eyes balances the romantic look. You get it by smudging the liner (make it waterproof, brides, just in case…!) going outward all around the eye first, then by applying neutral brown shades on the lid after – not before – the liner.

The makeup won’t work without great hair and the salons were out in full force at the event. Here’s Corbin Salon’s top stylist Erin Jaeger – front and center – surrounded by the salon’s hair models. They were doing a muted version of the same look, paired with “do’s” that have both a little up and down going on, framing those beautifully made-up faces. Oh, except for the gentleman on the left. That’s the famed Corbin himself. Meanwhile, Jaeger confided to me her makeup secret. She uses the hot-hot-hot Huda Beauty line from Sephora.

At the booth for About Faces Day Spa & Salon, retail makeup specialist Jessy Lucente from the Kenilworth location showed how that same look works with gorgeous red hair. Her commentary? “Sometimes more is more!”

Jessy also shared her makeup essentials with me. She’d been toting around her faves from Jane Iredale and Smashbox shown all day as she trekked from TV Hill – to talk about the show on-air – to Kenilworth and then down to the Four Seasons. (I have to admit I was briefly envious after having my own makeup kits stolen this week…but, that’s a whole other story! The good news is that I was able to fully restock and keep on moving.)

Meanwhile, backstage at the fashion show, Tonya Turnage – owner of the newly renovated Elite Secrets Bridal gown and makeup studio on Charles – not only worked the look herself all day, but provided an entire team to get everyone ready backstage, as well. On her own beautiful deep skin, she takes the brown a little into bronze to keep it from looking flat. Are she and her new assistant (on the right) dewy or just glowing from a long day well done? That’s part of the makeup mystery folks! (…and we’ll never tell…)

 

About Owen O'Donnell

Owen Michael O'Donnell is a 16-year cosmetic veteran based proudly in Baltimore. The busy makeup artist has worked everywhere from Saks Fifth Avenue to Sephora (as a manager), as well as several salon/spa chains. His work has been featured in magazines such as Elle, Cosmo, Girl's Life, Baltimore Style, Health, Self, Baltimore Mag, as well as many commercials and fashion events. Owen is a regular fixture on Baltimore TV news, both on-camera and behind the scenes. He also guest teaches at local beauty schools and heads up a cosmetics program for cancer patients at a local hospital. The native Baltimorean has always thought of the city and its environs as a series of unique villages - each with its own panache and memorable characters. He’s always struck by how much style there is and frustrated with just how easy it is to miss if you don’t know where to look. Owen will be using his highly trained eye to focus on some of the latest fashion and beauty trends that he spots around town (and maybe even giving us the skinny on how to achieve those looks ourselves!)

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