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

 

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

Meredith

Photo credit: Angela Goodhart of Goodhart Photography

 

 

 

 

 

Protect Your Fabric With Scotch Guard | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Northern Virginia

Now that the weather is nice it’s time for an outdoor project.  Time to Scotch Guard your stuff!  Protecting your fabric covered items, especially upholstered or treasured stuff, has never been easier.

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I am a believer in Scotch Guard.  I use it to protect canvas and upholstered items in my home and wardrobe. Stains stay on top of the surface instead of sinking into the fabric. Water and liquids just bead up and roll off.  It is not to be used on every surface so it is very important you test it out on your item in an inconspicuous place first.  If it changes the look of your item at all do not use it further.

I use it on upholstered items like small stools I had recovered.  My new coach shoes looked like they could be ruined with one misplaced footstep from my son, so I Scotch Guarded them too.  My 3 year barstools still look like new, and we use them daily.

After doing a test to see if your fabric can handle the product, simply spray a light coat, in a well ventilated area, and let dry.  Use a motion similar to if you are spray painting an item, hold the bottle about a foot or so away and make sweeping motions from left to right over the product.  I often do a second coat on items.  Items will need to be re-sprayed after continued use, maybe after 6 months or a year, or if you had to spot clean the item with water.  Cleaning with a wet rag helps remove any stains but it can also remove the protection.  Just let the item dry and re-apply.  Stains can be blotted off and spilled drinks just bead up and roll off.  Remember, it will not work on every surface, so do a test spot on your fabric items.

-Meredith

5 Brushes Every Women Should Own – As seen in Posh Seven Magazine | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Loudoun County, Virginia

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In my opinion you can never have too many makeup brushes. But it’s more important to have the right brushes for the job at hand. Here is a link to an article I wrote for Posh Seven Magazine.  I go over the 5 basic types of brushes that will take care of most of your makeup routine.

Click here to go to my article in Posh Seven Magazine on makeup brushes.

If you have any questions comment here on my blog or on my Facebook page.

Photo credit: Angela Goodhart, Goodhart Photography

 

-Meredith

 

Beauty Tips To Help You Look Hot In The Cold | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Sterling, VA

In this crazy, sub-zero weather looking good drops to the bottom of my to-do list.  I find myself twisted up in scarves, hats, and gloves, not to mention layers of sweaters and jackets leaving me an over-heated, static-haired mess!  Bundling up is wreaking havoc on my hair, leaving me with either permanent hat-head or hair that is half standing up and the other clinging uncomfortably to my cheeks.  And it’s so cold I find myself wearing my gloves in the grocery store, completely negating the need for a manicure.

Don’t get the winter blues!  Here are a few tips to keep you looking hot in the cold!

Hair:  My hair sure seems to have a mind of it’s own, and wings because it keeps trying to fly away!  Keep hand lotion in your purse to use as a quick-fix conditioner.  I rub a small amount between my hands and comb it through to conquer the fly-aways.

Also consider a leave-in conditioner during the winter months.  If your hair tends to be dry it can be the cause of the fly-away’s.  A little extra moisture should do the trick.

Sephora has this one from Ouidad which is a great line for curly hair.

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Lips:  Chapped lips can be a real mess.  Once they are chapped it seems as if it takes forever to return them to their smooth state.  To prevent chapped lips drink plenty of water and make sure to condition them to prevent chapping.  I carry around lip balm as well as wear a moisturizing lipstick.  Preventing chapping is much easier than repairing.  But if your lips are chapped you can use this exfoliant from e.l.f.

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The e.l.f. Studio Lip Exfoliator will help you shed the layers of flaking skin.  You can find it online as well as at Target and Walmart.  And at $3, it’s a great buy!  Then make sure you keep them moisturized with your favorite lip balm.  I recommend at night you applying a heavy product like Aquaphor Lip Repair to get a dose of deep hydration and repair your lips while you sleep.

 

Cheeks:  If you will be out in the elements for a prolonged period of time consider a layer of Aquaphor on your cheeks as well as your lips.  As long as you don’t mind glowing a bit, Aquaphor serves as a barrier during the cold and wind, preventing wind-burnt cheeks. This is a great tip for children who will be making snowmen and sledding for hours on end!

 

Skin:  During the dry, winter months I sleep with a humidifier in the bedroom.  It adds moisture to the air which is great for my skin, hair  (and sinuses) and I sleep better in general.  I use a hot air humidifier, like this vaporizer, because it keeps bacteria at bay. The link takes you to the exact one that I have in each bedroom in our house.  If you choose a cool-air version, it’s just a bit of extra work to keep it clean.  Some homes have a whole-house humidifier. Check your filters to make sure they are clean and don’t forget to turn them on in the winter.  And drink plenty of water!

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Bundle Up!  I keep all of my cute wraps, hats and scarves in a basket right by the door of my house. That way they are convenient to grab as I am putting on my coat, and I can add just the right accessory to match my coat of choice.   This cute popover from Loft is only $34.99!

Stay warm and pretty! -Meredith

 

 

Must-See Christmas Decor | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Loudoun County, Virginia

I LIVE to decorate for Christmas. I start decorating for Christmas each year early in November. I usually host Thanksgiving at my home and everyone who comes knows to expect the house to be half-decorated for Christmas. #SorryThanksgiving

I thought I would take you on a virtual tour of my home hoping that you may be inspired to add something new to your holiday decor. Perhaps you will be inspired to use a new color scheme or you may find a different way of using your current decor items. I hope you find joy in the spirit in which I decorate. My goal is to envelop my home in whimsy and beauty so that everyone may feel our joy over the birth of our Savior.

I have 3 trees, each with a different personality. My main tree is 12 feet and covered in luscious, salmon-colored fabric and Christopher Radko ornaments. My goal is that eventually I will collect enough ornaments that it will be difficult to see any green from the tree!

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My dining room is dark and laden in icy silver. When you are in this room it feels like you are in an enchanted icy-forest. Every time my girlfriend Lisa comes over she says this room is her favorite. The tree-topper is made of feathers and the garland is a creation of mine. It is made of recycled, spray-painted packing paper.

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My third tree is in my sunroom. That tree is slim and holds all my girly ornaments. There are a lot of sparkly cupcakes, a few Mackenzie-Childs ornaments, even a few poodles can be found hanging on the tree.  My favorite may be the homemade candy cane ornament my daughter made and studded with Swarovski crystals when she was in elementary school.

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My banister is covered in traditional red and green with paper mache faces of a jolly Santa Claus. The ribbon is actually two different ribbons layered with the green ribbon being sewn in an intricate pattern.  It’s a wire-edged ribbon so it holds whatever shape I give it.

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No matter what your decorating style or budget may be, I hope you will share your joy for Christmas with friends and loved-ones this season!  God bless you and Merry Christmas!

-Meredith

Photo Credit: Angela Goodhart, Goodhart Photography.