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Enchanted Metallics Bridal Shoot

Danielle Bisbano - Thursday, November 27, 2014

Talk about an ideal setting for a wedding!  Lush green fields lined with towering pines.  Annuals and perennials that perfectly surround the ceremony area and its beautiful bluestone altar.  The privacy and uniqueness of The Farmer’s Daughter make for the perfect outdoor venue for your special day.  This was the site for my most recent photo shoot, “Enchanted Metallics”, with Made in March photography.


The theme of this shoot was “Enchanted Metallics” and the stunning set design is credited to Jennifer Gee of Gwen Studios.  Using flowers from Greenlion Weddings, Jennifer crafted a gorgeous table display featuring copper from East Coast Tinning and calligraphy from Brown Fox Calligraphy. 

 

 Liz and I were brought on board for hair and makeup.  We had some inspiration boards to look over but we were given free reign to create the looks we thought would work for the concept.  Liz chose to construct a beautiful fishtail braid for Mariah and it worked perfectly with her style and dresses.  In keeping with the metallic theme, I wanted to make sure to include some with the makeup. 

 

I chose a coppery eyeshadow for Mariah and balanced it with a sheer wash of color for her lips and cheeks.  I used some of my favorite products for this shoot.  To even out her skin, I used the new Beautycounter Tint Skin Complexion Coverage.  Then, to achieve the flushed cheek I had in mind, I used Beautycounter’s Lip Sheer in Plum as a cream blush and then used it again on her lips.  I topped that off with a light layer of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in Rhythm Box to add dimension.  The best part of this shoot for me?  Being able to do makeup while sitting on the grass.  I was in heaven.

 

I always love working with Made in March.  Sarah’s got a killer eye so I know the images will always be on point. 

I love my job.

Check out the full feature on the 100 Layer Cake Blog HERE

Full team credits here:

Photographer: Made in March / Venue: The Farmer’s Daughter / Event Design: GWEN Studios / Floral Design & Necklace Design: Greenlion Weddings / Hair: Liz Tucker / Makeup: Danielle Bisbano Makeup Artistry / Invitations: Paper Please / Cakes: Isis Cakes / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited / Place Cards & Name Scrolls: Brown Fox Calligraphy /  Copper Favors & Cake Stands: East Coast Tinning / Dresses: Sarah Seven / Headpiece: Andria Bird Bride / Models: Mariah and Ethan from The Beauty Within


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Six Products I Cannot Live Without

Danielle Bisbano - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Drawers, cases, plastic bins.  Wicker baskets, Tupperware, glass jars.  Carts, boxes and pouches.  I have makeup everywhere.  And lots of it.  It’s a sickness.  I get it.  I accept it.  I am working on it.  It is hard to resist all the colors and textures.  I am only human after all. 

We don’t need to address my skin care product graveyard just yet, either, smarty pants.

With all these choices, there is probably something to be said for the products I keep coming back to time after time.  The staples of my kit.  The things I buy in multiples and often give away just to share the joy.  I figured you might want to know about them so here goes . . .

 Beautycounter Every Night PM Hydrating Cream (a.k.a. the best facial moisturizer ever)

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This was the first product that turned me onto Beautycounter.  I had been actively searching for the perfect moisturizer for my kit.  I needed something that wasn’t “active” so it wouldn’t irritate sensitive skin.  It needed to absorb completely without leaving any residue and it needed to play well with makeup.  This product does it all.  The difference in the softness of your skin after even just one use is remarkable.  For really dry skin, you can literally apply layer after layer and it will completely absorb and soak in until the skin is soft and supple.  It has worked wonders with rosacea and eczema and is gentle enough even for really sensitive skin.  It works great mixed with foundation to create a hydrating, fresh look that is perfect for summer.  Although this is technically a night cream, both the day and night creams are interchangeable.  Every Night PM Hydrating Cream retails for $44

 Beautycounter Countertime Vibrant Eye Perfector

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Same deal here.  Long list of “must do”s for my kit.  The most important of which is that it fully absorb.  You can’t apply eye makeup to greasy skin.  This one is perfect.  It absorbs completely and leaves the eye area refreshed and ready for the next step.  This product retails for $55.

 Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator

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Koh Gen Do does highlighting right.  Such a subtle, soft shimmer.  Nothing too shiny or sparkly.  Less than one pump will subtly highlight the high points of your face.  Dab under or over makeup and gently blend.  I love this under airbrush foundation.  If you want to feel like a goddess, mix a few pumps of this with your body lotion for a barely there, all over shimmer.  This also comes in a golden tan shade.  This product retails for $39.

 MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture

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This is the most amazing nude shade ever.  I use this on almost every single person in my chair.  It is the perfect blend of pink and light brown and it goes well with pretty much every lipstick or as a base for a layer of gloss.  The texture is perfect; not too moist, not too dry.  I can’t live without it.  This product retails for $15.

 Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

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I got this when I did makeup for a RISD fashion show a few years ago.  Maybelline was one of the sponsors and in addition to getting actually getting paid (!) each makeup artist got to take the entire line home with them.  I shared most of those products with some appreciative friends but these babies stayed in my kit.  This particular color is another one that flatters almost everyone.  Sometimes I just use it as a base for darker shadows due to its staying power but it is awesome on its own, too.  This is a cream shadow that you can apply with your fingers or a synthetic brush.  Ironically, you can also blend and buff it out with a fluffy brush.  Apply one layer for a soft wash of color or add additional layers for intensity.  It is a very versatile product at about $7.

 Jordana Squeeze’n’Shine Super Shiny Tasty Lip Gloss in Honey Luau

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Wow, that name is a mouthful and kind of makes me feel like a 12-year old for using it but I am telling you it is a cheap little wonder!  This gloss is a golden beige with shimmer and it smells like vanilla.  The color is so pretty and it looks amazing over everything.  Extra bonus for it being $1.99.  I like it better than my $25 gloss that is the same shade and half the size.  The only place to get Jordana is online or at Walgreens.

 Well, there they are.  Six of my all-time faves.  I hope a few of them will make it into your rotation.

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Who Needs Vegas?

Danielle Bisbano - Monday, December 30, 2013

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Okay, so I am usually one of those people who likes to share, especially when it comes to my beautiful brides.  I can keep a secret, though, and this was a big one . . . and a first!  Doing makeup for a bride who was eloping and I was on the very short list of people who actually knew about it.  No worries, Sarah, your secret was safe with me.  

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And now that the cat is out of the bag, here are some of the beautiful images from Sarah and Joe’s special day courtesy of Chad Hansen of First Mate Photo.  Sarah is so beautiful and her now husband loves her just the way she is so she opted for a "no makeup" makeup look.  It was just perfect for her.  Enjoy!

www.thedelbuonos.com

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Have I mentioned how much I love my job???? 

Sarah is a photographer herself!  Check out some of her work at  www.sarahharnedy.com

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When You Look In The Mirror What Do You See?

Danielle Bisbano - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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I thought of a hundred different ways to introduce this clip below.  I finally decided that it doesn’t need words.  Least of all, mine.  I want you to draw your own conclusions.  This is just far too beautiful not to share. xo

Please watch.  It’s good for the soul.

Click here to watch: Homeless Man Makeover

www.daniellebisbano.com

 

 

Linger Magazine Photo Contest

Danielle Bisbano - Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Put me in a room, or in this case a field, full of creative and talented people and I am one happy girl!  I was so excited to finally have an opportunity to work with Dawn Temple of Bellaria Designs Photography.  We have been trying for months to collaborate and we finally made it happen.  Dawn had a concept in mind for a shoot that she wanted to submit to a contest for Linger Magazine.  The winner would be featured in a ten page spread for an upcoming issue.  How fun! 

The team consisted of:

Dawn Temple, photographer, of Bellaria Designs Photography

Stacie Waleyko, model, of The Beauty Within Model Management

Regina Garnett, hair, of Faking it Salon

Candice Wu of Candice Wu Couture who made the amazing clothing which was complemented perfectly by the stunning pieces from House of Cach jewelry

After Dawn shared her vision I was thrilled that she gave me an opportunity to create my own concept for the makeup.  When I work with brides I get some creative license but not always; and certainly always within reason!  Often times on shoots, the photographer knows exactly what they want.  To be able to help create the image is a real treat.  I had been dying to create a look using just two colors; black and violet.  I have a violet pigment that I have been wanting to use forever and I had this idea in my head about a true violet blush.  Here is my face sheet for it (I saved it because I had a feeling this shoot was going to rock).

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The violet blush was something I hadn’t seen before and, in my head, I thought the shade would look perfect on Stacie’s beautiful face!  I was playing around with creating my own lipstick using the pigment but once I knew I would be applying it in the woods, I decided it was smarter to just go find the lipstick color I wanted.  To get more mileage out of the shoot, we did some of the shots with a neutral lip as well.

I evened out Stacie’s already flawless skin with Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation, using lighter and darker shades for contour and highlight.  Dawn wanted a dark look for the eye, which I achieved using a combination of Bobbi Brown Black Ink Gel Liner, Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Corrupt and Inglot pigment in 88, a beautiful slightly sparkly black.  To complement the amazing House of Cach jewelry, I used a pair of jeweled lashes to bring just enough light to her eyes.  Finishing off the look I gave Stacie a strong, full, perfect black airbrush brow.  An absolute must for this look.  Her lips were finished in a true electric violet shade for one look and a nude, shimmer gloss for the other.  Stunning!

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I am so thrilled to have been given this awesome opportunity to do what I love with so many talented and passionate artists.  We beat out 75 other teams to win this contest and had a blast doing it.  We can’t wait to see the issue!  I will share it as soon as I can!

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New Jordana Stain is the Balm

Danielle Bisbano - Sunday, September 15, 2013

The next time you go to Walgreens to stock up on your fave Jordana mascara, you are going to see that they revamped the whole line!  I'll give you the lowdown on the new mascara formulas later. Right now, there are more important things to talk about.  Like their new Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain.  In a word?  Wowza.  These things are amazing.  Part lipstick, part lip balm, part stain and all the best parts!  They go on super smooth and pack quite a punch as a stain.  This is me wearing Cranberry Crush; my favorite shade for fall:

My favorite thing about these little guys is their versatility.  You can apply a full coat for rich, intense color or pat on and blend with your fingertips for a soft wash of color.  Or you can just use it as a stain.  Put it on, wait a minute, wipe it off and top with clear lip balm or gloss.

I don't have a whole lot to complain about with these little miracle crayons.  I will say that not all shades are true to color.  Sweet Pink seems like a soft pink but it goes on just about as bright as Tropical Frenzy.  Terra Crave also wears much redder than the tube looks. I haven't had these long enough to comment on the packaging.  The product twists up and I am not entirely confident about how well the mechanics will hold up but for $2.99 you literally can't lose.

My favorite shades are Nude Chic (a cool-toned neutral with a hint of shimmer), Tropical Craze (a pure hot pink for when you're in the mood for a bright) and Honey Love (a neutral warm brownish-pink). Rock’n’Rouge is also a phenomenal shade of red but you know me and red lipstick.  It takes a miracle to make it out the door with it on.  Oh, yeah, Cranberry Crush is pretty awesome, too.

Here is a picture of MOST of the shades:

Honey Love and Nude Chic are missing because I already gave them away.  I like to share!  Interesting side point; these are paraben-free. At least they are making an effort!  Here is the link to the product page.

 So, there you have it.  Off to Walgreens you go . . .

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REAL Head Shots (finally!)

Danielle Bisbano - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It has been a long time coming but I finally made a plan to get some real deal photos done for my website.  As a consumer, I always prefer when I can actually see who I am considering working with.  I figure my clients might feel that way, too!

Liz (hair), Heather (massage) and I (makeup) had so much fun working with Amy at Olivia Greene Photography.  It was brutally hot  and humid out but I must say that everyone's airbrush makeup held up beautifully.  See why everyone wants this stuff?!  You can check out the rest of the images here.

We will be choosing our images from these photos that Amy picked.  Look for updates to my site very soon and let me know what you think!

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Beautycounter Every Day AM Hydrating Cream

Danielle Bisbano - Friday, June 28, 2013

There are like a gazillion face moisturizers out there, right? So how can it be so hard to find just the right one? I don’t know but it is! They are either too greasy or too heavy or too light or too sticky or smell like old perfume or make your face shiny, the list goes on and on. I have literally been searching for the perfect moisturizer for my kit for years. I needed one that would replenish and hydrate but also absorb completely without causing any irritation. It was harder than I anticipated.

The way I heard about Beautycounter was such a fluke. Talk about coincidence. Having an opportunity to actually try out the line was a gift. I was like a kid in a candy store. Real world testing with no strings attached. Perfect. Exactly what I needed for my seemingly never-ending moisturizer search. I have been a huge facial oil fan for years and I have oily skin so a “regular" moisturizer is my first item to skip on myself, for all the reasons listed above! When I tried Every Day I loved how it totally absorbed with no residue and made my skin so soft. It created an ideal base for my makeup and it has been absolutely perfect for my kit.

Every Day AM Hydrating Cream is also remarkably versatile! If you want a little extra moisture, you can mix it with a few drops of your Lustro facial oil or apply it after you have applied your facial oil. It also works great for making your own tinted moisturizer. Simply mix 1-2 pumps of Every Day with a small amount of your favorite foundation and you have a more lightweight and hydrating version of your makeup. I have already seen this product work wonders for people whether their skin is dry or sensitive or both. One try and you will see what makes this product so great. Just add it to the ever-growing list of products that I love in this line!

www.healthyskin.beautycounter.com

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Makeup Guide for the Stylish Bride

Danielle Bisbano - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

You have dreamed about this day since you were a little girl. You have spent months preparing and planning, making sure of every last detail. The truth is, your wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye. It is your photos that will last forever. Here are some tips to make sure that your makeup and hair look perfect on your special day and stand the test of time for years to come.

As with all the other facets of your wedding day, no doubt your budget is a factor here, too. If you are comfortable applying your own makeup, feel that you do a good job with it and have plenty of it, you may wish to do it yourself. On the other hand, if you never wear makeup and don’t own any but you want to wear it for your wedding, doing it yourself is not the best way to go. By the time you buy everything you are going to need, you’ll spend more than it would cost to have it done professionally. Hiring a makeup artist also allows you to relax and be pampered on your special day and, really, don’t you deserve that?

Even when hiring a professional, there are some considerations to keep in mind. First, how do you find one? Referrals and recommendations are your best bet. Friends or family who had a good experience with someone or an acquaintance in the beauty industry who recommends someone are both great places to start. You will want to see pictures of their work first and always be sure to do a trial run. The trial run is where you decide on your wedding look so you can see exactly what it will be like BEFORE the big day. It is also where you get to evaluate your makeup artist and decide if this is the person that you want to work with. My trial run resulted in me doing my own makeup for my wedding. Needless to say, I am really glad I did a trial!

When it comes to deciding on a makeup look for your wedding day, it is probably better to avoid being trendy. Emerald green metallic cat-eye makeup could be the hottest thing for the season but a year from now you can be sure it won’t be. A classic look, however, is timeless and always appropriate. When it comes to colors, chose what looks best on you as opposed to trying to match your bridesmaids’ dresses or flowers. Nobody has to match each other; the only “rule” is that everyone’s makeup should be similar in intensity and nobody’s makeup should be so intense that it strongly overpowers the bride. Be sure that you have a well-defined lip and eyes for your photos. False lashes really make a huge difference in pictures so definitely consider them. They are not easy to put on yourself so this is a case where it would be wise to have your makeup artist do them for you.

Chances are you are going to want to look extra special on your wedding day but you still want to feel like yourself. If you are completely uncomfortable with how you look it will show. However, do you really want to look the way you do every day? No! So embrace your inner princess and get ready for the camera.

(As published in Bride’s Choice Magazine 2013 issue. Get your free copy here)

*photo credit St. Pierre Photography; hair by Liz Dufault

How to find your favorite makeup: Part one

Danielle Bisbano - Thursday, August 09, 2012

How many cosmetics brands can you name off the top of your head? You’re already mentally rattling off Maybelline, Cover Girl, L’Oreal. Those are easy! How about a few more? Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique? Of course you have heard of them. But what about INGLOT, KohGenDo or Jordana? Maybe not. Why is that? One word: advertising.

 

Try to flip though a fashion magazine without finding an ad for one or even all of these companies. Most of these brands use mega celebrities to represent their brands. Lancome has Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet and Emma Watson to name a few. Revlon has Emma Stone, Halle Berry and Olivia Wilde and the list could go on and on. These are huge corporations with really big budgets but there are literally hundreds of other brands out there that you have probably never heard of simply because you have never seen an advertisement. Some may be expensive but lots of them are not. This is where some industry-specific tools can really come in handy.

 


If you are interested in makeup, or obsessed with it like I am, you should know about a few great ways to wade through the endless choices of products and find the ones that are really worth your time and money. The cosmetics industry is a multi-billion dollar business. Don’t be a casualty with an empty wallet and only your makeup graveyard to show for it (you have one and you know it). We’re going to explore three great methods, one at a time, that you can use to make smart decisions about your makeup and skin care purchases.

 

First, we will consider online reviews. Let’s say you already know the product you are thinking of buying. Google any product name and you will find the vendors that sell it and, likely, a 1-5-star rating. This might be enough to get you started and help you decide if it is still worth looking into. When you see a product on Sephora with a thousand reviews and just about five stars, chances are it is probably pretty good! If that’s enough for you to justify your purchase, you’re all set. If you want more detail or want to learn about great products that you never have even heard of, then Makeup Alley is the place. This is a really helpful site. You can look up just about any product (makeup, skin care, hair care, etc.) and you will get detailed reviews and ratings from real people that have actually used it. One important thing to keep in mind: pay attention to the number of reviews for the item you are researching. An obscure product with just one review and 5-star rating probably won’t hold up against a product with 500 reviews and a 4-star rating. It's a numbers game and this is a place where quantity matters. Makeup Alley is a wonderful resource for learning how products work (and don't work!) in the real world. Valuable details like “this color actually comes out more red than brown” can be your deciding factor when trying to pick out a new lipstick.

 


In the next article we will explore another tool with valuable insights. Video tutorials.

 

 


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