I know I wont be the only one to feel this way but... I'm so excited for fall! It's the time of year when I feel like my style really hits a sweet spot. I mean, who doesn't feel cute in off the should sweaters, leggings, boots, & scarves. The clothing options this time of year are endless & there's no more pressure to be tan. Yay for embracing fair skin - If you're like me & can't get a tan to save your tush, you'll know what a relief this is! & let's talk makeup: we ALL know the traditional fall trends; maroon lips; golds, creams, & taupe on the eyes, less color in the face & more on the lips... what's not to love? It's just so universally flattering! Oh boy, I just can't wait. So for the next few weeks, don't mind me... I'll just be over here sipping my pumpkin spice chai, with my autumn scented candle warmers as I look forward to these trends to getting back in to full swing.
Ok, let's start off with a hard truth: your wedding day has the potential to be either the most wonderful & exciting or one of the most stressful days of your entire life & your wedding vendors are a huge part of that. You deserve to have a carefree, beautiful, naturally fun wedding. From a vendor who has worked hundreds of weddings over the past 10 years, allow me to share my thoughts on how to have it. To keep things light & enjoyable I strongly believe that the energy between you & your vendors should be just right. You can't do it all yourself & there are no "do-overs" on your big day, therefore you will be trusting some of the most beautiful moments of your life to your wedding vendors. It is SO important that they "get" you, share your vision, & are fully able to understand & support your dream. Knowing that you can count on your vendors is, in my opinion, the most critical element to fully enjoying the dream wedding you've been pouring all your time & energy in to planning.
In my time & experience, I am lucky to say that I have had hundreds of brides who I genuinely adore & enjoy spending time with. I cannot even describe how this simple detail makes the work I do immeasurably better! OF COURSE I want to blow you away & knock your socks off if I feel like we're gonna continue on to be friends after your wedding day. Trust me, you want your vendors to share your excitement for your wedding day instead of solely relying on professionalism to get the job done.
So, at the end of the day, my advice to you is this: Follow your instincts. Get to know your vendors beyond their portfolio or past reviews. Talk to them & imagine how you'll feel spending a whole day in their presence (particularly a day when emotions & stakes are high). Can you imagine this person hanging out with your family for a whole day? Show your vendors who you are & let them get to know you so that we can embrace your style help you achieve your dreams. If it doesn't feel natural or effortless, consider finding another vendor, one who you vibe with & who gets excited about the same things you do. At the end of the day, your experience of your wedding day is the most important thing - find vendors who will get the job done & make you feel good as well.
Girls- let’s face it. We are OBSESSED. And if we are honest- it’s not going to stop. There’s so many techniques and different ways to do it. It's ALWAYS on our mind. There are so many places to get it. And when it's good, it's REALLY good...
If you too are suffering from a makeup addiction, then…. Come sit by us! In fact, if you are currently spending hours with your girlfriends watching YouTube makeup tutorials, consider doing a private small group tutorial with C.Johnson Makeup!
Having a makeup artist demonstrate techniques in front of you might be just what you and your girlfriends need to help breath some new life into your current beauty regimen.
If you are curious about learning how to achieve a certain look, or how to use a specific product, or want to know what all those different brush options are for, the beauty team at C.Johnson Makeup can DEFINITELY help you with that!
E-mail us anytime at Christy@cjohnsonmakeup.com to inquire about setting up a private tutorial.
Graduates will feel like the world is their oyster.
Brides will take everyone’s breath away.
Future mama’s will glow for maternity photos.
Business owners will look like a million bucks.
The thing we love the most about our client’s reactions to styling, is how it makes them FEEL. Looking well put together, on a big day can put that extra pep in your step that you didn’t even know you needed. Stepping out of a makeup chair feeling beautiful is a guaranteed start to a great day. Confidence is beautiful. It gives us great pride to see so many of our clients leaving with that special glow.
SO- next time there is a special occasion and you are stumped for what gift to buy, consider a professional hair and makeup session. It really is a beautiful gift.
Photo By: Blue Rose Photography
At C. Johnson Makeup our goal is to consistently improve our skills, services, packages, & overall customer service in order to stay at the peak of our industry. At the end of each year we evaluate our strengths & weaknesses in order to take steps to improve & grow for the following year. To reach our goals for 2017 we have made the following additions & improvements. OUR NEW STAFF MEMBER
We have learned through client feedback & reviews that the biggest area of opportunity for C. Johnson Makeup in 2016 had been our communication & responsiveness via email & telephone. To remedy this, we hired office manager Krissy Bencomo in September. Krissy is professional, upbeat, & and loves to help. She has over 10 years of experience in customer services, events, & marketing. Since adding her to the team we have reached our goal of responding to client inquiries within 24 hours (or sooner) 100% of the time! Now, when you book with C. Johnson Makeup, you can not only count on Christy to provide an excellent beauty experience, you can rest assured that Krissy has your back for all your inquiries, booking, & scheduling needs.
TOUCH UP SERVICES NOW INCLUDED IN EVERY BRIDAL MAKEUP & HAIR PACKAGE
One of our strongest assets has always been our attention to detail when it comes to schedule & timing. We take our client's time very seriously & we hold a very high standard for punctuality & efficiency. To keep on top of our game in this regard, we experimented with wedding day getting ready timing & have decided to include extra time for touch-up services. Now, every bridal makeup schedule includes an additional 15 minutes at the end of the process, for final makeup & hair touch ups for the entire party. We have seen that this small adjustment adds a huge boost of confidence & reassurance that your entire group's makeup & hair will be on point as you walk down the aisle.
STRESS-RELIEVING, AROMATHERAPY, HAND MASSAGE, OR SHOULDER MASSAGE
We now carry Aveda's stress relief aromatherapy oil blend to use for aromatherapy, hand massage, or shoulder massage as part of our new Elite Bridal Experience Package.
NEW C. JOHNSON MAKEUP DRESS CODE FOR ALL STYLISTS & ASSISTANTS
In 2016, we also implemented a new dress code. Stylists and artists now arrive in matching attire & custom name badges for every appointment, making our team easily recognizable & more professional in appearance. We know you’ll be dressed to the nines on your wedding day; we should be too!
IMPROVEMENTS TO BRIDAL TOUCH UP KITS
We now offer a bigger range of full size makeup products as options to be added to the Bridal Touch Up Kits. Previously, we only carried full size lipsticks & lip liners; we now have full size waterproof mascara, concealer, & oil blotting powder (in addition to all the mini's we've always offered).
THE LARGE GROUP PACKAGE IS NOW LARGER
Throughout 2016, we noticed that a majority of our brides who booked the large group package were still adding one additional makeup & hair style as an a la carte service. To streamline the booking process & make things easier for our clients we have added one hair & makeup service to this package.
THIS YEAR'S PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS
As benchmarks of our success, we love to look back on all the amazing projects we were able to be a part of & the accolades , media, & awards we received from those projects.
This year we were once again honored as winner of The Couple's Choice Award by WeddingWire clients. Our work was featured on television, blogs, & print throughout 2016. Some of the more notable publications are; Femme Rebelle Magazine (print & online)an alternative fashion magazine based in the UK. We also made it in to print in magazines such as the New Mexico Wedding & Event Planner Magazine, Albuquerque the Magazine, The Perfect Wedding Guide, The Knot, & Rocky Mountain Bride, among others.
Q: As a professional hair and makeup artist who has styled in a large number of venues across the state, what are your first impressions of the new Romanza Falls Event Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico? C. Johnson: The Bridal Suite at the Romanza Falls event venue is perfect for hair and makeup- particularly because of all of the natural lighting. It is so difficult to find bridal suites or getting ready spaces that have adequate natural lighting which is absolutely key to having a good makeup application. It doesn't matter how many lights you bring in, it will never compare with good sunlight. This particular bridal suite is filled with windows and is absolutely beautiful! Also, because it is a big open space we can bring in our kit and makeup chair but it will still be comfortable for everyone to hang out it. It really is ideal for getting ready. It is probably the best bridal suite I have seen in town.
Q: What would you say about the style and presentation of the venue?
C. Johnson: I think it was clean, which is nice. It is modern, which is nice. I think the waterfall is peaceful and relaxing which is REALLY nice for a bride on the morning of her wedding because, lets be honest- that can be a stressful time. So there's nothing I can really say that would make it any better.
Q: How many stars would you rate this new venue from first impression?
C. Johnson: 10 stars! We look forward to working our first event in that gorgeous suite.
Lauren is 6 weeks into a nearly 9 week ride that will take her 10,000 miles accross the country. Her journey is to spread awareness and raise money to support survivors of sex trafficking in the US through the Rebecca Bendor initiative. We think Lauren is a exceptional role model who inspires strength and empowerment for women everywhere. As a company that is owned and operated by women, we give a huge nod to Lauren and her cause.
We love following her story and we encourage you to do the same. So far she has helped to raise $41k but still has two more weeks on her trek left. She will continue to photograph survivors, create awareness and host events throug the end of this 10k mile journey. If you'd like to donate to this worthy cause and learn more about the beauty behind the bike please go to Generosity.com. You can find more info on her project and follow her journey through all social media outlets via this handle: Ride My Road.
KOB 4 Interview: http://l.facebook.com/l.php…
- Prep Yourself- Arrive with clean, moisturized skin. Please put on Chapstick beforehand if needed. Hair should be clean & dry. Never arrive with wet hair unless your stylist has instructed you to do so. Also make sure brows are groomed. Timelines the day of the wedding typically do not allow for these tedious details to be tended to. So be prepared in advance.
- Allergies- It's very important to alert your artist of any potential skin or scalp sensitivities or allergies BEFORE the wedding day. This will allow your stylist the opportunity bring products to accommodate sensitive skin and allergies. If you have a product you use strictly, bring it for your application.
- Style Selections- Each bridal party member should come prepared with one pre-selected hairstyle (photos are helpful). Makeup doesn’t have to be the same for each person, but it is ideal that it be in the same family of colors/styles. Keeping in mind the Bride gets final approval.
- The Basics- Please brush your teeth, use the restroom, & have breakfast or lunch prior to your makeup service. Eating in a makeup artists chair can cause major delays. Delegate tasks to others while getting your glam on for this special occasion. Trust us, your experience will be much more enjoyable if you take time to do the basics. No one wants to deal with a hangry wedding party.
- Timing- Make sure you and our wedding party stay on track with the schedule. For large wedding parties this is especially important. You don't want to be the bridesmaid who throws a wrench in finely tuned wedding day timeline.
If you and your crew abide by these five easy tips, EVERYONE involved will live happily ever after.
Engagement photos are one of the highlights of your wedding journey so make sure your location is as on point as your makeup. One of the most incredible, and typically free, options for bridal backgrounds is right under your feet. Literally! Don't neglect your natural surroundings as a contender for location. Go on hikes with your sweetheart and scout photo ops together. It's a great way to bond over wedding planning while you get in some exercise. Photographers love to shoot in natural light so while you are scouting take photos of the potential location so you can review your options later and don't forget to note the time of day to help decipher the ideal time for lighting. The day of the shoot, take shoes to wear that will make your location accessible and then change on site as needed. To create a custom stylized effect, add props that will embellish your photos to make them truly unique and personalized. This is a great way to showcase the beauty of your locality. For those friends and family who will attend your event from out of state, they will enjoy seeing you in your natural surroundings. Thank you for this gorgeous photo from Blue Rose Photography.
With a background in dancing & pageantry, our gorgeous bride, Carin looked incredible wearing a sophisticated makeup look, emphasizing her natural beauty. I took extra care to keep her makeup very clean & precise, & our team was especially excited to show off her beautiful hair by giving her a sexy, loose curl (which paired perfectly with the elegant neckline of her dress). Carin is undeniably beautiful & her bridal party was one of the most fun groups we've had the pleasure of doing makeup for! Leave it to wedding planner, Maria Socha from Sealed With A Kiss to coordinate a stunning wedding featuring bold red bridesmaids gowns & elegant white flowers amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Hotel Albuquerque. & thank goodness for the immeasurably talented Tony Gambino for capturing it all!
Here are some of our favorite images from the Anniversary photo session we did at the end of August. Take a peek inside the beautiful new chapel at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque Downtown. Photos by Blue Rose Photography. Flowers by Albuquerque Florist, Inc.. Styling by Lauren, owner of Just Lovely Weddings. Makeup & Hair by us - C. Johnson Makeup. Groom's attire by Suits Unlimited Models: Emilia and Konrad.
Really there's no way to describe this hair & makeup; you just have to see it. I'm so proud of these images because it's the first photo shoot that I conceptualized. I have to send a HUGE, HUGE , HUGE, heartfelt "thank you" to Kristina at Blue Rose Photography for supporting, drawing out, & filling in the gaps on my vision. I could not have done anything even close to something as lovely as this without you!! Feast your eyes ladies & gents... Thanks to Sophia for having the best hair in the world for this braid & for knowing how to work a flowy dress like a boss!
Location: Hotel Parq Central
This was one of our first brides & I can't believe we never posted a blog about her! She was so sweet & we absolutely loved working with this naturally beautiful bride. In preparation for her wedding day, we provided her with a hair & makeup trial on the day of her engagement photo shoot. Any good photographer will tell you that a professional makeup application is critical for excellent photos, even if the desired look is very natural. A good photo-ready makeup application should obscure any dark shadows, highlight the cheekbones, and emphasize the eyes. We always lightly fill in the eyebrows & add some color to the cheeks because bright lighting & camera flash can cause the natural color in our faces to become washed out. We wanted this gorgeous girl's natural beauty to shine through & we made sure to highlight all of her best features (Hello BOMBSHELL EYELASHES!).
For this photo shoot I paired bold, elegant makeup with classic, romantic hair. I wanted to make sure that Emily's makeup was noticeable enough to stand up to the beauty of the landscape & the bright, outdoor lighting. Then, I selected the hairstyle with her gorgeous hair in mind. I wanted to simultaneously emphasize the beauty of Emily's hair while allowing it to flow softly in the gentle breezes of our lovely New Mexico landscape. I hope you all enjoy these photos as much as I do & maybe this hair & makeup will give you a little inspiration for your own wedding day or photo session. :) Hair & Makeup: C. Johnson Makeup
Photography: Emily Joanne Weddings
Flowers: Floriography Flowers
Model: Emily Tafoya
We have wonderful, exciting news! We now have a physical location where we are able to host our bridal preview sessions, group makeup lessons, beauty classes, & makeup parties for special events. Our space is well-lit & spacious, with plenty of natural light, which we all know is essential to a superb makeup application. I also purchased studio lighting, similar to what you might find in a photographer's set up, for those cloudy days when we'll need the supplemental light.
Our walls are adorned with canvases from some of our favorite photo shoots that we've done (these canvases are from Blue Rose Photography).
We'd love to have some visitors & our space is open by appointment only. Contact us today to set up an appointment - we'd love to see you!