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With Winter passing and Spring around the corner it’s a perfect time to plan a photoshoot. Soon the blooms of the flowers and trees will begin to decorate our landscape. That means it’s a perfect time to book an appointment with your favorite photographer. I am a professional makeup artist in the Washington, D.C. area and Angela Goodhart and I have worked together for 10 years. She and I love to help our clients achieve the perfect headshots and portraits.  Here are some of the tips we share with our clients before their shoot, for both indoor and outdoor shoots.

 

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When a client books a session with me before their photoshoot it is wonderful for so many reasons. My favorite reason is simply for them to be pampered! Sometimes we are moving so fast that we forget to slow down and take care of ourselves. So many clients tell me that they are so happy they treated themselves to having me style their hair and do their makeup because it was a great way to relax before their shoot. They feel like their pictures look great not only because they had professional hair and makeup, but also because when they finally got in front of the camera all the issues of the day were farther away in their rear-view mirror. They tell me that they were really able to relax and enjoy themselves!

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It’s a great idea to take care of some small details too. Believe it or not, there is a chance that your fingernails will show up in the picture. Sometimes a simple pose will incorporate your hand being in the shot. I recommend having a professional manicure done before the shoot. Celebrity photoshoots at the top magazines always have a manicurist on set! If you can’t get a professional manicure then consider taking a few minutes to give yourself a simple manicure, both women and men, and remember to check the nails on your teen boys and girls too. Just take a moment to cut and smooth out rough nails. For women, I recommend a light or clear polish. Dark nails and nail designs are fun but can be distracting in the final picture. And the “perfect nails” today may seem trendy our outdated as you look back at the pictures one day. Keeping it simple is the best bet!

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The same guidelines are great for hair and makeup too. I love making women of all ages feel beautiful. But my goal is always that they feel like a more beautiful version of themselves. The makeup I do on my clients is what I call “simple beauty.” I don’t set out to change their look, I want to simply enhance their God-given beauty. I don’t recommend any trendy hair or makeup for a photoshoot. If it’s homecoming or prom that is a different story! But for a headshot or senior portrait session I like simple hair and makeup. I always make sure my client or Angela has lip color, powder and or oil blot sheets, and a hair brush on location so that my clients can touch up at the shoot.

The most important tips for hair are: 1 – Get a fresh trim on your hair, especially if it is long. It will curl much better if the ends of your hair are fresh and it will look so healthy! I promise that cutting off an inch will make you look better – not worse! 2 – Have clean roots and dry hair when you arrive to my studio. And 3 – If you have super curly hair consider getting a blow out before you come to see me. I can style hair for your shoot but if it is super curly, and you want a straight look, it’s best if you arrive with a fresh blow out.

 

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No matter if you hire me to do your makeup and style your hair for your photo shoot, or for prom or any special occasion in your life, you will be treated like a celebrity! I have a studio in Sterling, Virginia where I love to pamper my clients. I travel the country to take classes from the best celebrity makeup artists in the country. I keep up to date on the latest tips and trends and my makeup kit is stocked with the best professional products the industry offers.

I also care about your skin. I want skin to look radiant and natural. I use foundation that is very popular amongst the industry’s best artists. The products I use are also used in TV and film because they leave everyone’s skin looking healthy and natural! I encourage everyone to take great care of their skin, hydrating it and exfoliating it before they see me if at all possible. I can walk you through a plan a few weeks before your shoot to help your skin look amazing by the time you meet with me. Drinking lots of water and using a lip conditioner weeks before the shoot help a lot. The better your skin is the better your makeup will look! I offer lot’s of amazing products to help you accomplish all of this on my website www.MeredithEhler.com.

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I believe in natural skincare. I want the products that are used on my clients to be chemical free. Much of the skincare available on my site from Limelight by Alcone is chemical free, mostly organic, and even carbon footprint free. Much of the makeup in my kit is paraben free and cruelty free as well. I am always available to help, even if you have not scheduled a shoot, to help you. Message me anytime to talk about a simple beauty routine or a makeup lesson.

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I believe that in inner beauty glows in the final photo just as much as outer beauty. My goal is always to be a blessing to you! I want all of my clients to look and feel beautiful as they step in front of Angela’s lens! I look forward to hearing from you. Message me questions because I am always doing live videos on Facebook and would love to address any questions you may have.

You can find me on Facebook and the web at MeredithEhler.com. And on Instagram at Meredith_Ehler and Twitter @MeredithEhler.

-Meredith

 

Get Your Riki Skinny Mirror Here! | Meredith Ehler | Beauty Blogger | Loudoun County | Washington, DC

Looking for the perfect makeup mirror? This is it! It sold out in one day when launched by Glamcor now is being exclusively offered to LimeLight by Alcone! So YOU can get one before everyone else can! Go to my site tomorrow and order yours!

Click here – this will take you to my site. Click MAKEUP STORE, then CONNECT!

Go early – 9am they are going live! $225, the lights run around the outside of the mirror which is a rectangle and slim, like and I-Pad. It has a built in Bluetooth!

RIKI_Quote + img_postIt is shaped like an I-Pad but has insane built in lights that are adjustable to suit any need, then has a built in bluetooth! It’s a dream for anyone who loves makeup! LimeLight by Alcone has it first!

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Thank you Glamcor! We love you and Riki!  The Riki Skinny revolutionizes makeup application! Seriously, order asap – message me if you want me to order it for you!

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Award Winning Makeup Artist Meredith Ehler | Northern Virginia | Professional Makeup Artist

Living in the Washington, DC area brings a lot of benefits. One benefit is choice. Loudoun County, Virginia is no different. I know you have a choice in what makeup artist you use for your special events in your life and I wanted to say thank you to all of my clients and thank you to all of you who voted me Best Makeup Artist in Posh Seven Magazine. I am so grateful! Please know that my clients mean the world to me. I wake up every day feeling blessed to be able to serve all of you and to get to do what I love.

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My goal is that each of my clients leave my studio feeling even more beautiful than when they walked in. I try to pass on tips and techniques whenever a client is here, whether she is here for head-shot makeup, wedding makeup, or a makeup lesson.

Again, thank you to all of you who have been supported all of these years. I am so excited to announce that I have now added another service for my clients. I am now selling the highest quality makeup at affordable prices: LimeLight Cosmetics! For years I have had to send my clients to the mall or multiple websites to get the products they need. I have waited years until I found the perfect makeup and skincare for my clients and LimeLight fits all of requirements I was looking for: high-end, professional quality products, super-affordable prices, gorgeous packaging and everything you need being right at your fingertips – you can order right on my website! This makeup and skincare is the actual makeup I have purchased as I travel the country attending professional industry makeup shows. The best of each brand is now re-packaged for you the consumer and all now in the same line - LimeLight!

If you are interested in a makeup lesson in person or via skype leave me a message or contact me on my website: MeredithEhler.com. I look forward to empowering you to have the best quality makeup at your fingertips and you knowing the techniques that will enable you to have the most rewarding and streamlined makeup routine possible!

To see the makeup click here: Limelight

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-Meredith

Voted Best Makeup Artist by Posh Seven Magazine | Meredith Ehler | Loudoun County, Virginia

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I am so excited and honored to have been awarded Best Makeup Artist by Posh Seven Magazine! Thank you much to everyone who voted for me! My clients mean everything to me! There are many professional makeup artists in the Washington, DC area and I am so grateful that you chose me! My goal is always to have women feel pampered, blessed, and like a princess when they leave my studio. I love when women look in the mirror after I have done their hair and makeup and they smile, or say “wow!”. We are all beautiful. I just like to make sure women know they are beautiful!

In Northern Virginia life moves so fast. There isn’t always time to take care of yourself. That is why, when a client comes and sits in my chair, I want to make it worth her while. I incorporate beauty tips and teach techniques that I am using as I am doing her hair and/or makeup. I want to make her beauty routine more streamlined so that life gets a little easier because we have met.

Please follow me on Instagram at @Meredith_Ehler and Twitter @MeredithEhler. Also LIKE my Facebook page and make sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a post.  LOTS of exciting things happening at MeredithEhler.com so stay tuned!!!

Thanks again for all of your support! 

Meredith

 

How to Prep for Your Photo Shoot | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist/Wardrobe Stylist | Northern Virginia

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So you have found a photographer that you click with!  Great! Now it’s time to prep for your shoot.  The better prepared you are for the shoot the more confident you can be that your pictures will be amazing, and will reflect the most beautiful you possible.

Whether your photo shoot is for your headshot, profile picture, senior portraits, family portrait, or any other reason you have decided to treat yourself to a professional photo shoot, these tips will help you prepare.

Clean Hair

Make sure your hair is clean and dry, and ready for your on-site hair stylist to style.  If you are doing your own hair, make sure your roots appear clean and dry.  It’s a great idea to use styling products that help add volume and body, and keep hair from flying away.  But if you don’t use styling products on a regular basis I suggest you do a trial run the week before.

Mani/Pedi

Here is your excuse to do a little pampering!  You never know when your hands and face will show in a picture.  Having a simple, subtle mani/pedi done before your shoot ensures that nothing will detract from your beautiful face!  I recommend light colors or a french manicure.

Wardrobe Planning

Taking time to plan out your wardrobe before your shoot helps your shoot go smoothly.  Stay away from crazy patterns or items that are too trendy.  Make sure you choose the right jewelry and undergarments for each outfit.  Choose the shoes that are appropriate for the outfit and the setting if you are going to have a natural light shoot.  I recommend trying on your outfit, accessories and all, and make sure you like the look.  Ask your photographer or stylist any questions you may have.  When in doubt, bring an extra outfit so you have the flexibility to change your mind when you are on location.

Touch-up Kit

I recommend that all of my clients bring a touch-up kit with them to the shoot.  It’s so beneficial to have some basics with you so that you can be your own stylist during the shoot.  If your hair gets messy because you are changing outfits, or the wind is blowing, you will need a hair brush.  If you know you tend to get shiny it’s great to have oil-blot sheets or a compact of powder on hand.  And almost all of us have experienced lip gloss disappearing on us.  Having lip color on hand to re-apply during the shoot will keep your makeup balanced and you looking fresh.

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My goal is for you to have an amazing time with your photographer!  I feel that the preparation you do before your shoot will help you feel relaxed and comfortable during the shoot.  And, having a few items with you on location will ensure your last pictures look as good as the first!  The only problem I expect you will have is choosing which pictures are your favorite!

Meredith

Photo Credit: Angela Goodhart of Goodhart Photogrpahy

 

Tailored Living + Meredith Ehler = Your Dream Closet! | Meredith Ehler | Closet Organizer | Sterling, Virginia

 

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Every woman dreams about the perfect closet!  One where you feel like you are shopping in your favorite boutique yet everything is free and in your size!  As a closet-organizer, I know the impact that a well designed and well organized closet has on a client’s life.  Each day just starts out better, as you are able to choose and accessorize the perfect outfit in a well-lit and glamorous space.  When I organize closets for my clients we can make huge improvements by just editing and re-organizing the contents.  But sometimes a closet needs more TLC thank I can give it.  Sometimes a closet needs to be re-modeled.

I recently met a wonderful woman, Martha Dahlman, and a local business event.  When she told me where she worked I said that I had to come and visit her at work. She took me on a tour of the Tailored Living showroom. As a closet organizer I was like a kid in a candy store!  As a woman I was like a kid in a candy store!  I didn’t want to leave.  I would have been happy just curling up near the granite-covered closet island with the build in ironing board and staying there for hours.

The first thing that caught my eye was the array of finishes and moldings available to customize your dream closet.  The second thing that caught my eye were the lighted clothing racks.  I am dying for them! Have you ever been in your own closet trying searching for a particular black sweater in a sea of black sweaters?  No more struggling to find anything when you have racks with lighting in them.  When you turn them on, they softly light the tops of all of your clothing hung on the hangers.  Then the lights automatically turn off for you.  Dreamy!

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Tailored Living offers a myriad of designs, finishes and services for almost every room in your house.  I even got an eye-full of the possible makeovers for my garage and kitchen.  I was inspired for sure!  I recently had a home-decor client of mine ask if I knew of anyone that designs custom Hide-a-beds, or Murphy bed.  Well, I do now. Yes, Tailored Living can do that too.

Clearly I was in heaven.  But don’t take my word for it.  Learn more at Tailored Living on Facebook, Tailored Living on-line, or stop in for a visit.  If you are in the DC area they are conveniently located near the Reston Town Center. Tell them Meredith sent you!  And if you decide to upgrade your closet you may just get my organizing services thrown in for free!  Ask Martha for details.

See you in your new closet!

Meredith

 

5 Tips for Great Summer Makeup | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Loudoun County, VA

Summer brings so many wonderful things like lazy days at the beach, canoe rides on the Potomac River, picnics with friends, and in my case, freckles. As great as summer is, nothing is worse than trying to keep your makeup in place a hot and humid day.

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When I lived in the South Carolina I experienced humidity that literally felt like you had walked into a steam room. Living in Loudoun County, Virginia is not much better. Washington, D.C. apparently was build on a swamp…thanks founding fathers! Living in these parts of the country means asking makeup to defy the elements and stay put when it should instead roll right off our face. Let’s not even mention what happens to my hair – not a pretty site!

Here is a link to an article I wrote for Loudoun County’s Times Newspapers. It gives you 5 tips to keep your makeup looking great in the summer heat!

Click here for 5 tips for great Summer Makeup

Meredith

Photo credit: Angela Goodhart of Goodhart Photogrpahy

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Chic Baby-bump Makeover – How to be Pregnant and Chic | Meredith Ehler | Stylist| Makeup Artist | Sterling VA

 

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Meet Caity!  Pregnancy really agrees with her!  She is due next month with baby number 2!  Today she decided to treat herself to a pregnancy makeover with me. This is her “After” picture. My goal was that she would learn a few tips to make her beauty routine streamlined while she is pregnant. I wanted her to feel rejuvenated, refreshed and beautiful when she left!

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Here is Caity’s “Before” picture you can see how pretty she is with no makeup at all. She showed up in comfy clothes, with the plan that we would demo an easy way to dress up her every-day look.  I wanted to give Caity a fresh-faced look that made her feel pretty but not too made up.

I have a degree in fashion and was a fashion stylist for years. There are simple ways to put together outfits that are both comfortable and cute! You can see that Caity’s outfit is super comfy and stylish.

I used natural, earthy colors on her eyes, emphasizing liner on the top lid so that she looks more awake and vibrant. Having a slight curl in her hair makes her look just a bit more dressy, but it didn’t take much time at all. I finished her hair with a light coat of hairspray. The humidity in can be pretty intense this time of year.

Here in Sterling, outside Washington, DC, life moves quickly. It is hard to set aside time for yourself. Caity brought a few outfit ideas that would work for a night out with girlfriends, or a date night with her hubby. We chose this one because it is something she would wear even if she weren’t pregnant.

I am so proud of her for setting time aside for herself! Consider giving yourself or someone you know a pregnancy makeover as a gift!

Meredith

 

Top 5 Makeup Brush FAQ’s | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Loudoun County, VA

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Makeup brushes are the tools of my trade. I bet I have over 200! I have my faves that I use all the time and I have a few I wish I would not have bought. But whether I have spent a few dollars or splurged on a special brush, it is important that I take care of them with proper cleaning. I get asked all the time about how to take care of makeup brushes. Here are answers to the top 5 Makeup Brush Questions I get asked all the time.

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1 Why should I clean my makeup brushes?

When you use a dirty makeup brush you may notice that you are no longer getting the look you used to achieve. Each brush is constructed with a specific job in mind. some are to line an eye, some are to contour a cheek. if the brush is so loaded down with product that the shape has changed it won’t be able to do it’s job well. that means that you won’t get the result you are looking for.

Dirty brushes can’t apply product as well. If they are misshapen because they are filled with product, or if they are “wet” because they are laden with old concealer or foundation you won’t get the clean lines or soft edges that the brush is intended to create. Also, wet products like foundation and concealers can grow bacteria causing breakouts.

2 How do I know when it is time to wash my brushes?

If the makeup brush you bought is now unrecognizable, that is a good sign to wash your brush! Clients hire me to help them streamline and improve their daily beauty routine. I have them bring me the contents of their makeup bag. I often see brushes that were once slim and streamlined that are now fluffed up and fanned out like a peacock’s tail. When your blush brush is 3 times it’s original size that means it is so loaded with product that the bristles are now not able to hold their original shape. That means that washing out the product will most likely result in a slim shape again, allowing it to do it’s job well.

3 How should I clean my brushes?

I like to keep things simple and cost effective so while I love a good brush cleaner I like to keep it simple here is my latest brush cleaning routine.

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I use warm water and simple dish soap to clean my brushes. I do not use soap with fragrance or anti-bacterial properties, so my soap it simple yet does the job well. I swish around the brush to remove the product. If stubborn product is still stuck to the brush I add a bit of soap to my hand and gently swish it around again. It’s important to rinse thoroughly but swiftly. brushes should not be immersed in water for long. water can get into the ferrule (the metal part of the brush that connects the bristles to the handle) and cause the bristles to become loose and shed. So i am swift with my rinsing. you can swish the brush around in a cup of warm water or hold each brush under the stream of water from your faucet, which is preferred because less water will make its way to the inside of the brush this way.

4 How often should I clean them?

It depends. If your brush looks “full of product” as I mentioned above then the brush won’t be able to do it’s job. If it’s visibly dirty with foundation or concealer then you risk bacteria growth. Dry products like eye shadow don’t grow bacteria but wet products like cream concealers or foundations will absolutely be prone to growing bacteria. That could lead to your skin breaking out. So those brushes should be cleaned more often, like once a week or twice a month.

5 What are your favorite makeup brushes?

I wrote an article for Posh Seven Magazine listing some of my favorite makeup brushes. Click the link below to read about them:

Top 5 Makeup Brushes Article in Posh Seven Magazine

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Best Face Creams on a Budget | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, VA

 

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Who doesn’t want to be fresh faced?

A fresh faced look starts with good skin care but choosing a face cream can be a daunting task. I know that my brian can freeze up when trying to choose the best product for my skin because there are so many that promise so much – and who knows if they will deliver. I was asked by Posh Seven Magazine to share a few of my favorites in the article below. The products I have listed are all products that I have tried and liked, and they are all affordable! I would love to know your faves as well. Comment below and let me know what you like and dislike about your face cream.

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Posh Seven Best Face Creams on a Budget

Meredith

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Photo credit: Christy Jenkins Photogrpahy