Upstyle Hair + Makeup | Grand Opening

It’s been almost a year since we last blogged, mostly because it’s been the busiest one yet, but we’re breaking the silence to share a fun day very close to our hearts.

For those that have been following the Upstyle journey for it’s entirety, you know that we started at our dining table. Yes, while our roommate was cooking dinner in the next room and my cat was locked upstairs, we were meeting with potential brides for their hair + makeup consultations.

Fast forward a bit, we realized we needed a change so Jess + I took a leap on a little 400 sq ft. studio in an old factory. While this was a cool, cozy space with tons of history and a great community, we outgrew it. What started out as a duo quickly turned into a team, and we needed a bigger space that felt more ‘us’.

After a year of aimless driving and endless Craigslist hunting, we finally found it. A dream spot. A storefront. Sure, it had old carpet and brown ceilings, but soon there would be a fresh coat of white, custom furniture, vintage rugs, plants + life. It needed work, but it was perfect.

Now we’re here, in this beautiful place that we created, that inspires us everyday and feels like home — the space where we work, meet clients, host team gatherings + finally got the chance to share with everyone else.

PS: One of the first pieces in the new shop was the very same dining table where it began.

Captured by our amazing / talented / sweet friend Melanie Ruth Photography
Pop ups: Silk City Coffee, Jakkelyn Iris Florals, Found, Together LLC
Custom stations + furniture by Brian Harrington

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Fine Art Beauty Series | Gina

Part four of our fine art beauty series: Model, Gina with artists Rebecca + Analisa

Our fourth and final piece to wrap up this series included one of our favorite looks on curly hair, florals + all of the greek goddess vibes. This project was so fun for us to put together - it was a wonderful chance to work alongside the talented girls on our team (+ kick-ass vendors) and get the creative juices flowing before our busy wedding season approaches. 

We're so excited to re-create these beautiful styles for all of our brides this year!

xo

Photography: Melanie Ruth Photography
Florals: Jakkelyn Iris
Studio: Karri Lee Designs

Rebecca | Hair: I knew as soon as I saw her hair I wanted to showcase Gina’s texture. I love working with naturally curly hair,  curls are gorgeous and in the right hands, can be refined into an organic masterpiece. I took advantage of Gina's length and designed a textured braid that flowed with the 'ancient greek' vibe we were channeling. The florals fell right into place with the flow of her hair, and felt very effortless. 

Analisa | Makeup: I love creating a look that feels almost nude but done up at the same time; accentuating features that draw you in and leave you feeling like the best elevated version of yourself – leaving the skin feeling clean and looking radiant is key. With Gina I really wanted to focus on the way her naturally sculpted brows pull you in to her eyes. Going for a soft & dreamy eye, I played with a subtle lifted liner and extra dimension for her outer lashes. I also could not help but take inspiration from the beautifully set studio & floral installations full of warm and earthy tones. To play off those tones I worked with a monochromatic rose toned pallet for her lips & cheeks, and then used the same concept to highlight her skin & eyes with light layers of bronze - keeping her look minimal, but fresh.

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Hair Notes:

Awapuhi Shine Spray
Hot Tool 1/4" Curling Iron
Puff Me Light
Kenra 25 Hairspray

Makeup Notes:

La Base Pro Lancome Primer
Becca Backlight Priming Filter
YSL Touche Eclate  Le Teint
Mac ProLongwear Concealer
Lancome Sourcils Gel Cream
Mac Brow Set
Viseart Lip Pallete in Muse Nudes
Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon
Tartelette In Bloom Pallete
Lancome Definicils Mascara
Christina Lashes halved & layered

Fine Art Beauty Series | Patti

Part three of our fine art beauty series: Model, Patti with artists Lindsay + Rebecca

We say it time and time again, but we truly believe that one of the best parts about this industry is all of the amazing women we get to meet along the way. For this piece of our series we were excited to include a favorite Connecticut vendor and our past bride, Patti Murphy. She is a talented designer, curator + owner of one of the cutest shops, Salt Mystic - It's filled with beautiful art, hand crafted jewelry, candles, pottery - you name it. If you happen to find yourself down by the shore, you're going to want to put this stop on your list!

Lindsay | Hair: My approach to hair is simplistic; airy and romantic. Think pastels, moody greens and soft waves. Love has and always will be the main source of inspiration for me. 

Rebecca | Makeup: This was the most beautiful photo shoot that I have been a part of. The bright sunshine that filled the room while we were working was so soothing - spring was in the air and you would have never guessed there was a snowstorm the night before. I was inspired by nature for this look and wanted to create soft, well blended washes of rose and peach shades; colors that are transparent, almost like watercolor. I focused on creating luminous skin by layering minimal makeup over customized skin preparation and adding a touch of highlight to the inner corner of the eyes for a brighter look.

Photography: Melanie Ruth Photography
Florals: Jakkelyn Iris
Space: Karri Lee Designs Studio

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Hair Notes:

KMS Dry wax
KMS Hairspray
Kendra Dry Texture Spray
Kenra Hairspray
Puff Me

Makeup Notes:

Mac strobe cream
Mac natural radiance primer
Temptu airbrush foundation
Mac studio finish concealer
Mac skin finish powder
Mac naked lunch eye shadow
Mac haux eye shadow
Mac sketch eye shadow
Mac blushbaby blush
Mac blankety lipstick
Mac whirl lip pencil
Mac prrr lipglass

Fine Art Beauty Series | Meg

Part two of our fine art beauty series:  Model, Meghan with artists Lindsay + Evie.

 If you didn't already hear, this winter is going to be a long one. We're channeling spring in this piece from Part 2 of our shoot with Melanie Ruth Photography + Jakkelyn Iris! CLICK HERE to view Part 1 and to read a little about our inspiration for this project. Hair and Makeup notes are included at the end of this post if you're interested in the products used to achieve this look.

Artists inspiration for Meghan's look:

Lindsay | Hair: My approach to hair is simplistic; airy and romantic. Think pastels, moody greens and soft waves. Love has and always will be the main source of inspiration for me. 

Evie | Makeup: Inspired by my model's natural beauty I decided to blend soft, warm peach + beige shadows that brought out her mesmerizing blue eyes and complimented her porcelain skin. To elevate + balance out the look I used deep, rich and soft carmine - a custom blended lip color.

 

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Hair Notes:

KMS Dry wax
KMS Hairspray
Kendra Dry Texture Spray
Kenra Hairspray
Puff Me

Makeup Notes:

Laura Mercier Primer
Tarte Hydrating Foundation Primer Concealer
Temptu Shape Tape in Fair Airbrush Foundation
SD Soft Ivory Eyebrow
Urban Decay Brow Box in Blondie
ARTDECO Eyeshadow base
Too Faced Sweet Peach + Tarteist Eye Shadow
Tarte Pro Eyeliner
Tarteist Double take eyeliner
Kiss Shy Eyelashes
NARS Orgasm Blush
Too Faced Cocoa Contour
Anastasia Beverly Hills Professional Lip palette
Too Faced Hungover Rx Setting Spray