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Wedding Hair & Makeup Ideas with 1011 Makeup

When planning a wedding one of the very first things a bride thinks about is her entire look…   From the dress, to the hair, to the makeup.  Sometimes she has had the vision of herself that day for as long as she can remember, sometimes she is surprised by the direction she goes.  No matter what, if you ask us, a bride always looks gorgeous because she radiates so much happiness on that special day.

Your hair and makeup are a huge part of your wedding, not only do they make you look great, but they also make you feel great!  It’s your day to shine and having that extra help from a professional can make all the difference.  But how do you decide which route to go?!  Hair up?  Hair down?  Bold Lip? Sultry Eye? Au Natural??  So many tough decisions that sometimes you can wonder after your big day… What if?

What if I would have gone a different route??

One of our favorite hair and makeup gurus in the business is Erica of 1011 Makeup, not only is she unbelievably talented but she is also fun, witty and as sweet as can be.  We are lucky enough to call her a friend.

We recently teamed up with her and a few of our wedding industry friends to ask that question… What if you could get married all over again, what would you do?  The results are gorgeous and the comparisons are really fun, and in some cases funny, haha!

Erica told each of us while doing our makeup and hair, it’s your day!!  Haha, it was fun to relive the “bridal treatment”… Take a look at what she created!!

Photos by Megan Welker and Ashley Keleman

Our own Leah Carriger looked like a classic beauty on her wedding day in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. She will be celebrating 5 years with her hubby Damon this October.  She had her up and beachy and beautiful makeup.  For an updated look she did a boho braid to go with her bob and a sultry eye with a light lip for her makeup.  Totally different looks, and either way she looks gorgeous if you ask us!!

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leah-meganwelker-10.11-4 Image-1 Melody of Sweet & Saucy Shop, just the best and most beautiful darn desserts you will EVER find, also came and played dress up with us!!  She is married with two seriously cute kiddos and went a little funkier this time around!  After having her hair down on her wedding day she tried a gorgeous updo and kept the makeup simple and light… The outcome is seriously stunning and we love that she stepped a bit outside her comfort zone for it!

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melody-meganwelker-10.11-93 Image-2  Photographer Ashley Keleman recently celebrated her 10 year anniversary to her husband so this was especially fun for her!!  She had to dig up these photos to send to us :)  For her updated look she went with a fun braided up do which looks amazing on her gorgeous red hair and a smokey eye and sexy lip… So different from her first look, both equally beautiful!

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ashley-meganwelker-10.11-22 IMG_3736 Our newest bride is our bestie Megan Welker!!  She got married to her love Adam just 3 months ago, they just got back from their Cabo honeymoon yesterday!!  She was a knock out on her wedding day with long flowing hair and natural makeup… She went with a similar look for makeup, I mean, why change a good thing?  But a low chignon for her hair.  This girl can’t take a bad photo, so we don’t know what to say!!  Stay tuned for a look at her wedding next week…

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carissa-meganwelker-10.11-67 Image-4 For our own Jacquelyn Kazas who will be married for 3 years this September, she wanted to try something completely different for her hair… She went with a half up, somewhat retro look on her wedding day with fairly natural makeup.  On her wedding day she kept going back and forth with her hair up or down… It was a tough decision!  This was her perfect opportunity to try that updo and needless to say Erica got it right!!  She also went with a more dewy makeup look, which is usually a no-no when it comes to photos but it turned out quite stunning…

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jacquelyn-meganwelker-10.11-43 Image-5 Our last and favorite transformation comes from our girl Jesi Haack of Jesi Haack Design… She is the most creative of them all so of course she would have the BEST wedding look… We love how adventurous she is!!!  We almost didn’t recognize her when she sent us her wedding photos, dark hair and all… This time she had Erica make her hair big and do a really amazing berry lip.  We are seriously obsessed with how it turned out, very Roxie Hart a la Chicago, don’t you think?  Love her hair so much and love how Erica made her blue eyes shine!

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jesi-meganwelker-10.11-77 Image-6 Thank you so much Erica for creating these amazing looks!!!

We hope we inspired you with some fun hair and makeup options for your big day, maybe even got you to step outside your box, and maybe even got you to laugh at a few of these photos :)

Happy Weekend!!!

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Boho Braids- Hair Tutorial

We are always looking for fun new ways to style our usual air-dried, no- fuss, beachy locks. A straightener, whats that? :) Let’s admit it…. being a full time working mama, your hair just is the last thing, if at all to get beautified. But when we do have that one minute, if your lucky two minutes, the braid is our go to style. The cool thing about braids is that it goes with any style you are going for that day. So jump out of bed, and try out these three fun boho braids!

We met up with our favorite lady Erica, owner of 1011 Makeup, to show us some easy boho braids that anyone can do.

The 1st braid is the Topsy Tailed Braid, which we love for any occasion. This sassy firecracker wears this braid perfectly.


 Jacquelyn started off by gathering hair where she would like your style to begin, then takes a horizontal section of hair and secures with a hair tie (making a small pony tail). Gently pull the secured tie away from your head, leaving a little room to part the hair between the rubber band and the scalp.
Once the hair is parted, flip the hair in the pony tail up and over the hair tie, through and down the parted hair, and pull the hair tight to secure creating a “topsy tail”.
Gather your next horizontal section (making these as large or small as you desire… larger sections will result with less topsy tails than smaller sections) include the ponytail hair from the previous topsy tailed section and repeat the previous steps. The tighter and smaller you make each section will result in your style looking more or less like a “braid”.
Once you have your style to the desired look, secure with a hair tie and wrap the end of the hair tie with hair to cover with hair, securing with a hair pin. We love that Erica showed us to tease the ends of the braid for that boho touch. Spray with a finishing spray.

 Thanks Jacq!

Our second braid style is the Macrame Braid. We did this on my blonde locks so you can see the detail of the macrame, and that I love a good macrame! 

This braid woks best with medium to long hair, as you can see mine is falls at chest level. The macrame braid works well with uncleaned hair, this will allow you to achieve that “macrame” braid.
Gather your hair to the side you would like the braid to be placed, braid your hair using a three-strand braiding technique.
This part can be a little tricky, but as soon as Erica showed me, it as so easy!
Once you complete the braid, prior to securing with a hair tie, take two of the three strands and hold tight between your fingers, then take the remaining single strand and hold tight with your other hand.
Take the two strands in your one hand and slide upwards while hold the single strand tight. With the single strand you can then wrap or interweave it through the “macramed” piece, or you can repeat the same technique with the reaming piece as well- get creative.
Once you have completed the style you desire, secure with a hair tie and spray with a finishing spray. You can take some pieces out near the frame of face to make it more of a loose style braid.
And there you have it, The Macrame Braid! We love this look! Once you learn and master it, you will be doing it all the time.
Our third and final boho braid look is done by our own Leah, who just had her second girl, Isla Jean, this past week! Yay!! More baby boho braids in our future!
This look works great for ladies with shorter hair.
Meet Dutch aka partial crown braid
Gather your hair on the side you would like the braid to start (the top front of your hair, near the hair line / fringe area). Leave out some fringe framing pieces if desired, or you can pull some out once you complete the style.
You will gather the hair, using the dutch braid technique (inside out braid) you will braid the hair back and around starting from the the front down and across the nape of the neck.
Once you complete the braid, secure the end with a hair tie.
Fold the hair back towards the completed braid, tucking the secured end into the braid and securing with hair pins.
Finish with your choice of finishing spray, and you are all set!
We also love to add flowers into the braid for all these three styles! Simply just walk out your front door and add.
Big thank you to Erica for showing us Beijos ladies how its done!
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By on June 3, 2015 in BRAID, HAIR, TUTORIAL