The most beautiful makeup looks tend to be ones that pull their inspiration from nature’s changing seasons. As we now enter into summer, and wedding season, we’re seeing a new must-have trend for all 2013 brides –whimsical and romantic pastel hues that compliment the season’s colorful blooms. Pastel tones are special in that they can be a part of almost any combination of wedding colors. Using a palette of warm rose and blush, you can create a bridal makeup look that exudes romance, delicateness and sensuality.

This is exactly how I would describe my recent bride, Virginia. For her look, we combined this lovely palette with soft ivories and browns. Together these colors created a vintage and romantic feel that still looked natural and effortless. Virginia’s blush and lips were done in an ultra feminine vintage rose color from the Carmina-Cristina makeup collection.

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Carmina-Cristina Baked Blush in “Bouquet” (Left) and  “Petal” (Right)

York-Makeup-Artist-for-Weddings-Carmina-CristinaFor a timeless and romantic feel, Virginia’s makeup was designed to incorporate the soft blush pink accent colors of her bridesmaids dresses. Her soft, smoky eye was created by using very delicate tones to add depth and interest without overpowering the face (Carmina-Cristina shadows in Roselle, Chocolate and Dark Brown). Most importantly, all of the products used for Virginia’s makeup are specially designed as long lasting to ensure they outlast the heavy wear of a wedding day.

Yorktowne-Hotel-Makeup-Artist-Carmina-CristinaYork-Bridal-Makeup-Artist-Carmina-CristinaWords from the blushing bride, Virgina:

“Carmina-Cristina is incredibly talented, professional, warm, and understanding. She was actually booked for our wedding day, so I asked her to do my makeup for the engagement photos. Somehow we worked out a way for her to do my makeup on the day of the wedding and I could not have been happier! I did my trial the day before the wedding and had so many compliments on my makeup. On the day of the wedding, my mother and I had our makeup done at 7am and it lasted ALL DAY for literally 20 hours of tears, dancing, and costume changes. It’s sort of amazing that she even does wedding makeup because she is more like a celebrity makeup artist….so if you want to look your absolute best on your wedding day – call her early!”

Country-Club-of -York-Makeup-Artist-Carmina-CristinaVirginia’s makeup is just one way to incorporate this season’s pastel trend into your bridal look. The color combinations, accents and highlights are almost limitless. The best part is that you can take this look and truly make it your own. Consider incorporating your wedding colors or choosing a palette that contrasts to really liven things up. No matter how you choose to use pastel tones, they are sure to provide that whimsical and romantic feel that will leave you absolutely glowing!

All makeup done by Carmina-Cristina. You can learn more about her work and the Carmina-Cristina makeup  line at

A special thanks to the following vendors who contributed to Virginia’s beautiful day:




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