Mariana & Alex's Gorgeous Fall Wedding

September and October are our highest booked months for weddings here at Erin Ford Makeup + Skincare. It's no wonder why couples want to tie the knot in the fall, with the gorgeous autumn backdrops we are blessed with here in the northeast! My bride Mariana and her fiance Alex didn't let the rainy day stop them from having a blast and getting stunning photos!  Photographers Keith and Meghan Hitlin from Hitlin Photography did an amazing job capturing the beauty of their special day! If you are in need of wedding photographer, I would highly recommend checking them out! 

Hair styling for Mariana and her bridal party was provided by the very talented Julie Potter Master Stylist (who I recommend to all of my brides). Makeup for the bridal party with done by yours truly, assisted by Rachel.

We are now booking dates into winter of 2018.  Contact us to get a customized quote for your big day and let us help you create your dream wedding!

xo,

Erin

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New Seasonal Facials For Fall!

As we welcome the change of seasons, we also welcome two NEW exciting facials to the studio!  These limited-edition seasonal facials will be sure to put you in the fall spirit!

Choose from the following one hour services for only $75!  (Savings of $20!)

  • Pumpkin Spice Facial
  • Spider Cider Facial

Facial includes: deep cleansing, exfoliating enzyme treatment, ultrasonic extractions, massage (hands, arms, face, shoulders, neck), mask and LED Light Therapy session! These facials will leave your skin feeling incredibly soft, refreshed and glowing!  And, they smell absolutely heavenly!!  A perfect treat for yourself or a loved one! 

Click here to book now!

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Tai & Noah's Wedding

It has been a very busy wedding season here at Erin Ford Makeup + Skincare!  Thank you to all of the brides who have chosen us for your big day!  It is such an incredible honor to share in such a special occasion!

On today's blog, I present you with photos from a recent wedding I did makeup for down in Kinderhook.  These photos were taken by photographer Keira Lemonis who never ceases to amaze me with her gorgeous captures!  I am so in love with these!  My bride Tai did such a lovely job putting everything together!  It was truly a magical day!  

For Tai's makeup, she had requested to do something natural that would tie in with her bohemian, outdoor wedding.  I used our long-wear airbrush foundation, paired with neutral, matte shadows on the eyes, a peach blush, a shimmery champagne highlighter on the cheekbone, a light, coral lip gloss and a pair of false lashes to complete the look. The airbrush foundation was a perfect choice to withstand the 90+ degree weather she had that day!

Thank you for visiting our page!  Click here to request more information on our bridal services.

xo, 

Erin

Wedding Vendors:

Photography: Keira Lemonis

Catering: Heirloom Fire

Vintage Rentals: North Country Vintage Rentals

Makeup Artist: Erin Ford

Flowers: Family friends

Prom Makeup

Here at Erin Ford Makeup + Skincare, we are in full swing of prom season!  I love it!  It is so fun to work with these amazing young women on such a memorable occasion!

Here is a look at two of my beauties from this past weekend! Aren't they stunning?!?  The are both wearing our 18 hour long-wear airbrush makeup and false lashes.  Miss H. opted to do a glowing, dewy look, while Miss J. preferred to do an all-matte look.  Both so lovely!  Thank you for sharing this photo with me of your big night!

Select prom dates are still available.  Message us to learn more about our specials!

xo,

Erin

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The Forever Young Facial

 We are so excited to announce our newest service:

FOREVER YOUNG FACIAL


This facial is packed with anti-aging powerhouses, including:

  • VITAMIN C - powerful antioxidant, supports collagen production, brightens, firms, helps fight sun damage
  • GLYCOLIC ACID- alpha hydroxy acid, resurfaces skin, treats fine lines & wrinkles
  • RETINOL - a powerful form of vitamin A, helps increase the cell turnover rate, treats hyperpigmatation, fine lines & wrinkles
  • SODIUM HYALURONATE - hydrates, plumps skin
  • GREEN TEA - powerful antioxidant, neutralizes harmful free radicals, prevents sagging, anti-inflammatory, soothes, delays signs of aging
  • Also includes: Anti-Aging LED treatment and Microcurrent (Non-Invasive Facial Lift)!

This 75 minute facial will leave your skin looking and feeling refreshed!   See instant lifting, firming and smoothing of fine lines!  Works wonders for saggy eyelids and crows feet too!  Perfect when you want to look your best for an upcoming event! Click here to book now.

 

Behind the Scenes: Bridal Beauty

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working with one of my beautiful brides, Maddie.  Here is behind the scenes look at the makeup I did for her big day.  What a sweetheart she is!  It was so wonderful getting to be a part of her big day!

I am so excited to meet all my lovely 2017 brides!  It's truly going to be a GREAT year!!

Click here to learn more about our bridal services.

xo,

Erin

Did you know?

Did you know that Erin Ford Makeup + Skincare offers $7 flat rate Priority shipping nationwide for ALL skincare orders? Reorder your favorite professional strength natural products from Skin Script Rx from the comfort of your own home! Click here to visit our online store and shop 24/7!

Headshot Session

Hello!

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day! I just wanted to stop in and share a couple of images from a recent shoot with Lana Ortiz Photography that I did makeup for. Our client Dale had come to Lana to have new business headshots taken.  I love how these came out! Lana does such a nice job of capturing a person's personality and spirit in photos.  I definitely suggest checking her out if you are in need of some new photos for yourself or even of your family!  She does it all!

xo,

Erin

PUBLISHED: Syracuse Woman Magazine

I am so thrilled to announce that my makeup work has been published in both the January and the February 2017 issues of Syracuse Woman Magazine! Available on newsstands now! 

(Photographer: Dan Doyle)

2017 Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Winner!

It is with a full heart and much gratitude that I am able to announce that we have won the 2017 Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award again!!  Thank you to all of our brides this past year that made this possible!  It was truly a WONDERFUL wedding season and I had the opportunity to meet so many amazing women! I appreciate you all for choosing Erin Ford Makeup + Skincare as your bridal beauty expert!  I look forward to sharing these special moments with my 2017 brides!  :)

Click here to learn more about our bridal services.

xo,

Erin

Benefits of Facials

Facials are truly a MUST-HAVE for every woman of every age!  They not only feel amazing and help you to relax, but they also provide many health benefits to the skin!  Getting regular facials is essential to a beautiful complexion and helping to reduce the signs of aging.  I recommended that clients receive facials once a month to maintain the health and appearance of their skin.  

Click here to book skincare services 24/7 with our online booking system.

I often get asked, "what happens during a facial?"  During our one-hour Signature European Facials we include the following:

  1. Client consultation to review current health and lifestyle, discuss current skincare routine and determine skincare goals
  2. Deep cleansing of the skin
  3. Analysis of the skin using a magnified lamp to assess sun damage, pore size, hydration levels, signs of aging, clogging / breakouts, etc.  Based on our analysis, we will choose an appropriate line-up of products to use during your facial treatment.
  4. Exfoliation (using scrub or chemical exfoliant) to improve skin's texture, fine lines and help fade dark spots
  5. Application of steam to increase micro-circulation, open pores, hydrate skin and soften impactions
  6. Perform extractions (unclogs pores, rids skin of blackheads and blemishes)
  7. Application of facial mask to help reduce redness / inflammation, nourish, calm and hydrate the skin (or absorb excess oils if necessary)
  8. Therapeutic massage of face, hands, arms, shoulders and neck
  9. Professional recommendations for home care and future treatments to help achieve skin care goals

As you can see, there are many benefits to receiving regular facials!  If you are curious to learn more, drop me a message! I offer complimentary skincare consultations at my studio, so you are welcome to come in and learn more about what we have to benefit your individual concerns.

Thanks for stopping by!

Erin

Gail's Shoot

Here is some more recent work!! This was a fun shoot, as I did both the makeup and the photography for it at my studio. I asked hair stylist Katie Burns to join me, and we did a variety of looks on the lovely Gail! Enjoy!

Makeup Artist / Photographer: Erin Ford

Hair Stylist: Katie Burns

Model: Gail Flores

 

 

Denooyer Chevrolet Bus Ad

As you might have noticed, the Denooyer Chevrolet bus ads are EVERYWHERE!!  Earlier this year, I was chosen to be the makeup artist for their recent ad campaign, where I worked with the owner, Joel Denooyer.

Here is the finished advertisement. Check it out next time you are riding down the street!

Event Makeup

It has been a busy couple of months here at Erin Ford Makeup Artistry!  May and June are two of our highest booked months, with weddings and proms galore!  

One of my clients who I met through prom season this year, recently came back to the studio for me to do her makeup for another upcoming event.  She loved her prom look so much she asked me to do the same exact look this time around also!  That is the best compliment of them all!  Here is a behind the scenes snapshot of the look I did on her:

For Ciara's look, I used our 18 hour long-wear airbrush foundation.  It provided the perfect base for her to look natural, yet even and polished. Our clients love airbrush, especially for hot spring days, as it withstands humidity and oil with ease!  On her eyes, I chose a champagne color for the lower lid, complimented by a pale rose shade in the crease. I then did black gel liner with false lashes to give her captivating eyes for photos!  On her lips, I used a mauve colored lip liner to create an on-trend matte finish.  I finished off the look with a subtle contour on the cheeks and around the forehead using a natural, matte bronzer and added a peachy-pink blush to the apples of her cheeks.  

This look is perfect for any occasion where you want to look natural, but yet glamorous!

Let me create a look just for you!  Send me a message and let's discuss how we can make your next event a picture perfect occasion!

xo,

Erin

 

Bridal Party Before and After

Hello!

Today was a long day, but a great one!  I did makeup for a bridal party in Clifton Park, then headed to the studio to do makeup for a few girls going to the Military Ball this evening.  It was so fun to connect with new clients!  We definitely shared many stories and laughs!  

I wanted to share a couple of before and after shots from today's wedding with you all, so you can see how professional artistry can enhance a person's natural beauty.  Sometimes we only get to see the "after",  whether it be in magazines or on TV, but it's important to realize that even celebrities are not perfect.  We each have our own features and face shapes that make us unique. Many of us also suffer from redness, uneven skin tone, breakouts, dark circles and age spots. It is the job of a professional makeup artist to compliment one's natural beauty with products that will even out skin tones and provide balance and structure to the face.  

For both clients I used out long-wearing, water-resistant airbrush makeup. It is a great choice for long days such as weddings where you need everything to look flawless all day!  I also applied lightweight false lashes to both of them to give a little extra glamour to the eyes.  I kept the blush and eyeshadow colors neutral to give them a timeless appeal that will be enjoyed for years to come as they look back on the wedding photos.

I would love to chat with you about makeup for your upcoming event!  Please feel free to send me a message by clicking the "contact" tab in the menu above. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xo,

Erin

Morgan's Shoot - Natural Vs. Edgy Makeup

Hello loves!

On today's blog I will be featuring my recent makeup work the always incredible Dan Doyle Photography and Julie Potter Master Stylist (hair)!!  We teamed up to style an up and coming young model named Morgan. For her shoot, we wanted to incorporate various styles from natural to edgy so she could have variety for her portfolio. Looking at the photos it is hard to believe it is the same girl!!  What a difference makeup, hair, and styling make!  In the end, the images ended up being some of my all-time favorites!

Which style do you prefer?

Behind the scenes fun!

Thanks for stopping in!

xo,

Erin

Airbrush Makeup

Here at Erin Ford Makeup Artistry, we are proud to offer our clients both traditional and airbrush makeup!  If you have been curious about airbrush makeup, take a peek at the photos below.  This was one of our beautiful clients from a wedding in Saratoga this past weekend.  Before makeup, she had a few breakouts that she was self-conscious about, but after professional concealer and airbrush, you can't even tell that they were there!

Airbrush makeup is a great choice for clients who love a natural finish. Airbrush foundation is applied as a fine mist sprayed through an airbrush gun on to the face in thin layers until desired coverage is achieved. This method of application gives a very natural, skin-like texture to the makeup that is never cakey and looks beautiful both in person and in photos.  Airbrush provides a matte, water-resistant, long-wearing finish (18+ hours) that is perfect for occasions like weddings.  It feels extremely comfortable on the skin, like you are wearing nothing at all.  The pro formula that we use is cruelty-free,  suitable for sensitive skin and is free of:  fragrance, oil, gluten, and silicone.  It can be used on any skin type from dry to oily.  Airbrush is best suited for those who prefer light to medium coverage. 

If you would like to learn more about airbrush makeup for your next event, select the "contact" tab in the menu above.  We would be happy to provide you with more information!

xo,

Erin

"Knotted" Curated Wedding Showcase at the Takk House

Erin Ford Makeup Artistry is proud to be a part of the "Knotted" Curated Wedding Showcase again this year!  The event will take place on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the Takk House in Troy, NY.  It will feature some of Upstate New York's best indie wedding vendors and is a great resource for those engaged couple who values style and art.  Knotted is a wedding showcase unlike any other in our area.  The owners of the Takk House really put a lot of effort into carefully selected businesses who are on the cutting edge of wedding trends and who offer the best in artisan craftsmanship from gowns, to food, to beauty!  If other wedding shows leave you feeling bored and uninspired, come check out Knotted!  I guarantee you will walk away with ideas to make your big day unique and memorable!

Erin Ford will be in the house along with renowned master hair stylist Julie Potter.  Come meet us, say hello and learn more about what we have to offer!  We will have special deals available for those who attend!  We look forward to meeting you and hearing all about your wedding!

xo,

Erin

New Magazine Cover & Feature

2016 has really been off to a great start!  I am feeling very grateful for all the opportunities that have come along and the new clients that I have had the pleasure of meeting! I have been busier than ever lately with brides, photo shoots and also working on some regional and national publications! 

I am excited to announce that my makeup work has been selected for the cover and a 10 page feature in the new Save the Date in the 518 bridal magazine!!  The magazine will be sold at Barnes and Noble and newsstands across the northeast.  Be sure to pick yourself up a copy!  

The shoot I worked on for issue was so fun!  The Creative Director chose an Andy Warhol inspired wedding theme, so I got to break out some of the bolder colors that you don't typically see on brides.  It turned out very beautiful in the end! Photographer Sarah Pezdek-Smith did a lovely job capturing everyone's work.  I hope you all enjoy it! 

Our creative team:

And, as I was flipping through the magazine, I came across an ad for True North Bridal Studio in Hudson, also featuring my makeup work!  What a fun surprise!  :)  By the way, I highly suggest checking them out if you are a bride in need of a gown!  Katee, the owner, offers a beautifully curated selection of gowns you can't find anywhere else in Upstate New York.  I actually purchased my wedding gown from her after searching throughout numerous shops and not finding "the one". She carries a selection that is perfect for boho, vintage-themed and romantic brides who are looking for something unique and well crafted.  Check out True North Bridal Studio by visiting her page here: www.truenorthbridal.com.

That's all for now!  Thanks for checking in!  

xo,

Erin

Boudoir Before and After

Other than working with brides, my primary work is on photo shoots. I love arriving on set, glamming up a client and then seeing the transformative effect that professional makeup can have on someone!  And, I am not just talking aesthetically either!  I have witnessed many shy and reserved clients suddenly blossom with a newly discovered confidence and fearlessness!  This is most apparent when I work on boudoir photo shoots. For those of you who aren't familiar with boudoir photography, it is a specialized type of photography that focuses on the sensual and romantic side of a woman.  It has become a very popular trend in recent years with women of all ages trying it either for themselves or to give as a gift to their special someone.

Below, I present one of my beautiful clients "K".  It was K's first time doing a boudoir shoot, but I knew she would be in good hands with local photographer Nicole Maddalone!  Nicole is based in Burnt Hills, New York and specializes in boudoir, maternity and family portraiture.  You can can learn more about her here.

My aim was to bring out K's best features using soft colors that fit with the romantic theme.  I decided to do a lighter smokey eye using taupes and a just touch of dark purple in the crease.  For her cheeks, I did a light contour and then applied a peachy-pink blush to show off her cheekbones. For the lips, I opted for a shiny nude lipgloss with a hit of gold to it to add to the make the lips appear full and sexy. I think we ended up achieving the perfect balance between natural and glamorous!

Here is her BEFORE photo...

And AFTER makeup and hair styling from Erin Ford Makeup Artistry....

She completely blew me away with these photos!  It can be very intimidating to be in lingerie, especially when there is a camera around, but she rocked it out!  

Like the old saying goes: "when you look good, you feel good"!  

Sometimes you just have to break free of your comfort zone and try something new!  You never know what you could create!  It can be an incredibly empowering experience and one that I would recommend all women do at least once in their lives!  You deserve a day of pampering and beautiful photos that will stay with you for a lifetime!

If you are interested in trying out boudoir photography (or any type of shoot), select the "contact" tab from the navigation menu above.  I would be happy to provide you with more information!

xo,

Erin