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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 And the “perfect nails” today may seem trendy our outdated as you look back at the pictures one day.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

 

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

 

Prom Makeup | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Washington, D.C.

Prom will be here before you know it. Prom is the time get out of your makeup-comfort-zone.  Gorgeous dresses, sparkly jewels, and a cute date call for memorable makeup. Try a new look for your special night. But do a dress rehearsal before the big night so you know you will like the final look.

I recommend going on Pintrest, YouTube, as well as looking at your favorite websites and looking in magazines for inspiration.  I have amazing looks on my Pintrest makeup board as well as hair inspiration and a prom fashion board. Follow me on Pintrest.

I want you to try a super sparkly eye…use a primer on your eye so the glittery shadow will stick.  Try a pigment shadow from MAC or a mineral shadow from eyeslipsface.com. Pat it on with a flat brush.  Or use the same sparkly shadow on top of your lipgloss.  MAKE UP STORE has an amazing line of glitter that you can use on your face.  I use it with ELF‘s Studio Makeup Lock & Seal.

The bottom line is have fun and try something!

-Meredith

 

Prom Prep | Meredith Ehler | Fashion Stylist | Northern Virginia

It’s PROM TIME!  I am so happy for all of the lucky girls who get to look forward to prom! When I was in high school I loved prom – any excuse to get dressed up and buy a new dress!

Three beautiful girls I had the pleasure of doing hair and makeup for – Sammy, Arie and Kelsey from Potomac Falls High School!

As you are preparing for prom I have a few tips for you.

Dress:  The item upon which all other prom elements revolve!  Once you have your dress you can accessories with shoes, jewelry and the right bag.  Then I suggest taking some time to do trials with your friends for hair and makeup.  Take pictures of each other in your prom dresses with your hair and makeup done.  This way you can see how the dress works with the colors of makeup you have chosen and whether you like your hair up or down depending on the lines of the dress.

Hair:  Depending on how simple or blingy your dress is, you should choose a hair style that flatters the overall look for the evening.  Long and straight with a simple rhinestone barrette, simple curls, or an up-do with tons of interest each add a different feel to your look.  I recommend balancing the hairstyle with the entire ensemble.  Having a crazy hairstyle with a very detailed dress may be a bit much.  Sometimes it’s nice to have one element being sleek while another takes center stage!

Makeup:  Prom is the perfect time to shine!  Don’t be afraid to sparkle whether it’s eye shadow or shimmer on the top of your cheek bones or shoulders.  This is the night to have fun with makeup you would not normally be daring enough to wear.  I recommend trying fake eyelashes too!  ELF.com sells them for just a few dollars.  Practice before the big night because using the eyelash glue can be tricky.  I will post a blog with tips on applying lashes soon!

Friends: Finally – have a safe and fun night.  Start off the night with your girlfriends, and maybe a makeup artist and hair stylist like me!  Take lots of fun pictures and enjoy your night!  I would love to post some of your pix on my blog so message me!  -Meredith

Prom Parties! | Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Northern Virginia

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Make Prom even more special by starting with professional makeup for you and all of your friends.  The party starts early as we all gather at your house and I do makeup for you and your besties while you all get ready for the big day!

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Depending on the number of girls in your group I can offer light hair styling as well. Consider hiring a professional makeup artist for any special event on your calendar!

-Meredith

Photo’s courtesy of Goodhart Photogrpahy.