Industrial Styled Shoot//August 5, 2016

Every once in a while, well really like once a month, I like to participate in a styled shoot with other Asheville vendors. The collaboration and the creativity of working together is inspiring and I love being able to be a part of a team to be able to showcase everyone involved and their talents. It also helps me have a little more creative freedom with makeup, giving me a chance to create a look that I may not typically be able to do as a bridal makeup artist. This shoot was such fun to be part of. Sheila’s vision for this and the talents of all involved made for one incredibly beautiful shoot. Here are a few of my favorite shots form this work of art.


Photographer || Sheila Nolt Photography

Venue || The Venue Asheville

Florals || Flora Events

Hair || Zhenya Lazarchuk

Makeup || Joanna with Powder Me Pretty

Cake || 50/Fifty The Art of Desserts

Table & Dinnerware || East West Vintage Rentals

Dress || Nicole Miller from Wildflower Bridal

Invitation Suite || 7 Ton Co.

Model || Patrice Wilson

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Finding your bridal makeup style ||//February 5, 2016

Choosing the right Bridal Makeup for you ||


In my opinion your bridal makeup is one of the most important details of your wedding. Why? You may ask. Yes, your dress is a big part of your wedding day (that’s what every little girl dreams about after all), your hair as well since it is a part of you, and most definitely that groom holding your hand. I fully believe that your face is the window to your innermost self, your true self. On one of the biggest, most special days of your life, I feel as though your face and your eyes should reflect who you truly are. If you are planning on wearing makeup on that day then that can completely affect what people see when they see you. This is why I decided to write up this blog post. Yes, to be helpful to all of our brides here in Asheville NC, but also for just any bride needing a few helpful tips in preparation for meeting with their own makeup artist. Sometimes I think we forget that our faces are what people will be looking at most on that beautiful day. Whether you are more of a natural makeup wearer or a dramatic makeup wearer, it should always reflect who you are and help you feel comfortable in your skin on that magical day.

It may seem easy enough to some, but often times we have brides come to their trial with a pretty clear idea of what they want, then once we have applied what they thought they wanted they realize that’s not actually the look for them. That it can be either more dramatic than they are comfortable with or just not enough when they thought they wanted a natural look. There are also times we have a bride come in not knowing at all what she wants for her makeup look and only realizing it when she is happy with her outcome or if she wants more or less than her outcome. Because of all of these uncertainties with trial runs, I have compiled a little list of ways to prepare yourself for what should be one of your most exciting days in your wedding planning adventure.

Educate yourself on makeup types||
This can mean a number of things.

“Natural” makeup // Accentuating your natural features. But keeping in mind you’re also helping them stand out in photography and film.

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“Dramatic” makeup // Having an entire face of makeup, from forehead to chin. Going heavy on applications of eye makeup, cheek color, lipcolor, and foundation. Sometimes doing a little something out of the ordinary. Or this can also mean just having one bold feature, for example your eyes or your lips.

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“Contour” makeup // The big new thing for people wanting to slim their face or change their shape a little. Not all contouring is the same for everyone! After all, your face shape is not exactly like anyone else in this world (unless you have an identical twin).

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“Barely There” makeup // Yes, I feel like this should be listed. Some people want hardly anything on their face. If you typically wear absolutely no makeup at all, this makes complete sense. Why pay for makeup at that point? If you typically don’t wear makeup, than having someone who is educated on different types of application is crucial. Artists can apply just enough to even and smooth out your skin tone and bring your eyes, cheeks, and lips out without making you feel overdone. But also making sure you aren’t completely washed out in your photos and film.


If we wanted to get into it a little more, we could make a list of smoky eyes versus bridal eyes, natural lips or bold lips, but I think we get an idea from these basic examples.

Collect examples of what you think you want ||

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Pinterest // The best form of searching out multiple makeup looks at one time and keeping them neat and tidy on the interweb and easily accessible.

Tear Sheets // If you like something tangible in your hands. Tear out all makeup looks you spot in magazines that you’re drawn to and keep them in a binder or file to bring to your trial run appointment.

Personal Photos // If you have photos of times when you felt like you loved your makeup, by yourself or another artist, bring them in! This is perfect for seeing you in the makeup that you may like again.

Collect The Following for Your Artist to Determine Your Style ||

1. Photos of yourself wearing your everyday makeup and your going out makeup. This gives us an idea of what you are comfortable with in your everyday life.

2. Pins or tear sheets of what you consider a “natural” makeup application.

3. Pins or tear sheets that you consider a “dramatic” makeup application.

4. Pins or tear sheets that you consider a “contoured” makeup application.

5. Pins or tear sheets that you consider a “barely there” makeup application.

6. Photos of your dress if you have already chosen one. This helps us understand your bridal style.

7. Wedding day inspirations // color schemes, themes, flowers, etc. Details that help us pinpoint what’s important to you and again, your personal and wedding style.


There you have it! I realize this seems like a lot of work for “just” your bridal makeup. But like I said before, this is you. This is the reflection of you.

You want to feel like your most beautiful self on this special day. The you that you feel when you think about who you are, the you that you know you truly are.

Whether it’s the “barely there” makeup girl or the “dramatic” makeup girl, or anywhere in between. Whoever you are is beautiful and deserves to be seen and admired everyday, but most importantly on YOUR day!

Photo Credits ||

top left & right Abby Leighanne, top second left Noi Tran, top second right Michael Oppenheim

third photo True Foundation Photography

fifth photo Ryan & Alyssa Photography

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Donna’s Wedding May 2015//August 17, 2015

Alright friends, I am officially the worst at keeping up with my blog! I have all of these beautiful photos I’ve been keeping all to myself and figured it was about time I start sharing them with everyone else. Be prepared for lots of gorgeousness coming your way in the next few weeks!

To start I am sharing this beautiful lady’s wedding day with you. Interesting fact, most of my brides are destination brides and I only have a handful of local brides each year. Asheville is becoming quite the destination spot for weddings! Donna happened to be one of my lovely local brides this year and I so loved getting to know her and doing her makeup on her special day. What made it even better was getting to work with one of my very favorite Asheville photographers, Jen Burrell Photography! Because of this talented lady I have all of these amazing images to share. Thank you, Jen!

Photographer || Jen Burrell Photography

Makeup || Joanna with Powder Me Pretty

Venue || Honeysuckle Hill


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Jessie’s Wedding September 2014//February 2, 2015

Jessie and I have been friends for years and have also worked together professionally. She is an Asheville, NC photographer and I had the pleasure of being the Makeup-artist she used for her Boudoir photography business. When she asked me to be the Makeup-artist for her very special day, I was so excited to be a part of it! Her wedding was a super fun Carnival themed wedding with a vintage flair on top of a Mt. in Hendersonville at The Cabin Ridge. Who doesn’t love an adventurous bride willing to do a glamorous cat-eye and crimson lips?! The birdcage veil though. That made the look. There also happened to be a crazy amount of fog that day, which I think gave her day a special look. Jennah, my second artist, joined in the getting ready process with her fabulous make artistry skills and we had a lovely day of makeup fun!

Photography // Heart and Key Photography

Makeup // Powder Me Pretty | Joanna & Jennah

Hair // Mercedes Muniz

Location // The Cabin Ridge

 DJ/Tent Lighting // Luxe Wedding Entertainment | Brent Snappingfield

Cakes/Desserts // Jessie Owenby

Officiant // Pastor Jazz Carthcart

Florals // Swannanoa Flower Shop

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Ashley’s wedding August 2014//October 8, 2014

Soon after moving home to Asheville last summer from the OBX, Ashley contacted me about her 2014 wedding. After talking with her and getting to know her a little bit, I was very excited to have her booked as my first 2014 Asheville bride! I was able to meet with her and her fiance over chai tea to talk about wedding details and get to know them a little more and that made me even more happy to be a part of their very special day the next year. Very easily one of my sweetest bride/groom couples!

After a year of planning for her big day, it had finally arrived! Jennah and I spent the day with Ashley and her bridal party and of course her sweet little doggie. First time I had the brides best little friend at my feet through applying her makeup keeping an eye on her. So cute! They were such a fun and laid back bridal party, we very much enjoyed our time spent with all of them.

The amazing Meriah from Mozingo Photography was so kind to share these beautiful photos from the big day with us, so that I can share them with all of you. Enjoy!

Photography: Mozingo Photography

Location: The Biltmore Estate

Makeup: Joanna & Jennah, Powder Me Pretty

Hair: Brittany Saari (brides friend)

Coordinators: Verge Events

Florals: Flora


A little touch up after Daddy’s first look..sweet moments.




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