On Film: “Go ahead and cry” with CinemaCake

I helped out on a series of videos for CinemaCake a few months back – this clip is all about how I waterproof my brides (and everyone else),  so not to worry, you won’t need tissues to watch ….


Beautiful Bride: Lauren Burtch

The “fun” part of being a make-up artist – because believe me, it’s mostly all work and no play – is working with delightful brides and their families.  Such is the case with the lovely Lauren Burtch.  I got to know Lauren’s mother Bobbie before the wedding, because she came to me for a make-up lesson.

Lauren married Bill on Memorial Day Weekend at Greenville Country Club in Delaware.  What a spectacular day (perfect weather), all captured by Kate Callahan  (take some time to check out her portfolios – she’s “the bomb”).

One of the coolest things that Lauren did was to arrange a luncheon for her bridal party before the ceremony – I mean, how civilized can you get?  Catch those moments and some of my other favorites below, and you can see a full post on Kate Callahan’s blog

Style Studio Featured in Philly Mag’s Bridal Bulletin

Very happy to share a link to a lovely article written about my studio for Philadelphia Magazine’s Bridal Bulletin Blog.  I share the Style Studio with my friend and philosophical BFF, image expert Megan Kristel, and we’re planning lots of great events for the space.  Go here to find out what’s coming up…

Thanks to Carrie Denny and Laurie Jamaitus at Philadelphia Wedding Magazine.

What’s up with Béke? Ask am1340 WHAT Radio’s Missy!

Yesterday I taped an interview with Missy Stein, host of “What’s up with Missy” on am1340 WHAT radio. The interview will air on Wednesday, May 5th, at 9:00 a.m., as part of the show’s Wedding Week series. Also featured will be dynamic duo wedding experts Beka Rendell and Kimberly Fink of Innove Events, and dear friend Dr. Miriam Franco, who will be talking about her Stressfree Bride guided imagery CD.

Missy is a sparkling and witty radio personality – she is also passionate about featuring the work and accomplishments of some of our area’s most intriguing women (gotta love her that … solidarity, sister …). Check out her show on am1340 WHAT every morning at 9:00 a.m. Thanks so much to Missy and crew!

Beautiful Bride: Kate Jackson

Every now and then, I meet a bride whose fiancé is what I call “non-compliant,” that is, make-up “unfriendly.”

This is a challenge I always look forward to, because it’s my firm belief that most men who don’t like make-up react badly because the make-up is done badly, as in too much, not blended, wrong colors/textures, etc.

The day that I met Kate Jackson for her trial run, her intended, Ramsey, was not outright hostile, but he made it quite clear that I was about to disfigure his gorgeous bride-to-be. I did soft, believable make-up on the perfectly-complected Kate, made it out of there in one piece, and looked forward to seeing them both again on August 22nd.

The wedding preparations took place at Kate’s parent’s home (mom Dianne is a great lady, and participated in my recent “Make-up for Mature Women” workshop at DuPortail House in Chesterbrook). Even though the power went off at one point (fortunately, I’m not a hairstylist), everyone was ready on time.

In spite of the initial skepticism, I received this lovely note from Kate:

“We had such a fantastic evening, and are so grateful for the amazing make-up you did for us – me, my maid of honor, mother of the bride and mother of the groom . We were all so pleased with the way we looked both in person and in the photos. I’m sure you remember from the make-up trial how much my husband, Ramsey, disliked me wearing make-up. Well, on the wedding day right after we saw each other for the first time, Ramsey told me ‘I can’t believe I’m saying this, but your make-up looks really good!’ You officially won over your harshest critic!”

Ah, victory is sweet…and best wishes to this even sweeter couple!

Winner, Bride’s Choice Awards 2010!

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WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced that I’ve been been selected to receive the WeddingWire 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for make-up artists!

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds. Winners are among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

I want to thank all of my truly beautiful brides for their support!

Wedding Make-up Q&A: “To tan or not to tan, that is the question…”

Thank you for your question, Mr. Shakespeare, when’s the wedding?

Seriously, and in my humble opinion, no tan is best.  Putting it nicely, wedding dresses and tans don’t mix, and a bride can run the risk of looking like she went on the honeymoon first.  Putting it not-so-nicely, a tan contrasted with your white or ivory dress can make you look—sorry—tacky.  Embracing your natural skin tone will be the most flattering to you, your really expensive dress and the photos.

That said, if you must tan, a spray tan is certainly safest, but applying it without streaking takes experimentation with different formulas (to find the best color for your skin) and of course, practice.  Blend like crazy and use a cosmetic wedge sponge to do your face, hands and feet.  Do your final application at least two days before the wedding.

If you are throwing all caution to the wind, just be sure not to go to the tanning salon or the beach the day before the wedding.  A sunburn could easily ruin your special day.  And wear a strapless bathing suit to avoid tan lines, which are difficult to cover with make-up.