Traveling Hair & Makeup Artist

Tracey’s Milwaukee Museum
Wedding Beauty Journey

How we met

Tracey and I met while I was working at the MAC Store in the Galleria here in Houston. It was 2006 when the All-Star Game was in town. She’d come in town with a few of her friends for the weekend events. At the MAC Store, she was a client that was put in rotation and happened to be paired with me that night. As always, I ask clients to tell me what look they are going for and I try my best to make it happen. I can remember Tracey and I laughing and talking like we’d known each other for years. Since we only had 30 minutes to complete each client, I had to talk and work fast at the same time. At the end of her session, Tracey got my number just in case she wanted to have her makeup done for another event that weekend.


The Wedding Day

Krystal was no different from any of my other brides on their wedding day wanting things to go as planned and as promised. Because she chose to do her bridal portraits the day of the wedding I ended up doing her hair and makeup first. She had no clue as to how I was going to do her hair and makeup and didn’t want to know until the day of the wedding. I had her send me inspiration photos prior to the day (as I do with all of my brides) so that we could be on the same page with the look and boy were we! Clearly her dress was going to be the focal point of the day so I didn’t want her beauty look to compete with it.

Her hair: I chose a classic chignon bun in the back with small detail. Because of the crown she wore, I had to create a more flat bang on one side and a sleek side on the other. She chose to have a sew-in with leave out so all I had to add was a stuffing piece to make sure her chignon didn’t flatten out.

Her makeup: Earlier in the year, Pat McGrath had released a number of eye shadow palettes. The one I purchased had a beautiful emerald green shimmery shadow in it that I knew would be perfect for Krystal’s look. I incorporated that shadow with smokey greens and black. Lashes were “wispies” and were doubled for additional fullness and fluff. For her foundation, we chose airbrush makeup that way it would hold up during her bridal portrait session (outside in 48 degree weather), the wedding and the reception. On her lips, I went with a nude tone, again I didn’t want to take away from the dress and the overall look.

For the wedding party: Krystal wanted her bridesmaids to have a sleek ponytail so Zaneta brought in hair extensions for each person and installed them. Karin, Krystal’s sister had a more full loose wavy ponytail since she was the Matron of Honor and would be dressed slightly different as well. Since the bridesmaids were wearing all white we could choose any color palette we wanted but chose a classic look with Mia and I using Neutral tones and shimmer shades. Lashes were applied and fluffed, finishing things off with a neutral lip.

The Details

Tracey and Miguel’s wedding at The Milwaukee Museum was absolutely gorgeous. The venue structure was like nothing I had ever seen before with it’s modern lines and details. The ceremony space had a gorgeous backdrop of downtown Milwaukee and it’s beautiful architecture and the reception engulfed us with dimmed uplighting and Tiffany blue decor.

Venue: Milwaukee Art Museum
Brides Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty
Bridesmaids Makeup: Nyoka Gregory Beauty
Photographer: Becca Dilley Photography

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