Smokey Eye Wedding Look with Keely Marie Makeup

By, December 20, 2012

My favorite part of working in the bridal industry is making brides feel more beautiful on their wedding day than they have ever felt before. There is nothing more amazing than to see a bride happy and joyful. That’s why I love doing what I do!

Recently, I was the makeup artist for Katie and Fred’s big day!  Initially, Katie, Fred and I met for a trial, to pin down the style that we’d use for the wedding. Fred, Katie’s sweet husband, wanted Katie to spice up her makeup and go glamorous. We were determined to find the perfect bridal look, taking Fred’s input into consideration, with a style that would “pop.”


Katie and Fred liked the smokey look with a light cheek and light lip.



Katie’s smokey bridal look was a great match for her sexy and sultry persona, which you can see here!


All eyes on Katie! She had show-stopping makeup that perfectly complemented her soft hair and elegant dress.


For my typical bridal services, I offer full airbrush makeup, lash application, tattoo covering, and airbrush tanning. I travel to every bride on her wedding day, and I can accommodate large bridal parties. If the bridal party is larger than 6 people, I bring an assistant to help get everybody ready on time.

Bridesmaids getting ready for wedding in San Diego


A bold lip and cheek with a bold eye can look too overdone. With a sultry and smokey eye, it is best to keep the cheeks and the lips more neutral, to keep focus on the eyes. Katie pulled off this smokey eye/natural face combo beautifully.

San Diego Bridal Makeup by Keely Marie Makeup

Katie chose airbrush foundation for her wedding day, which kept her makeup flawless the entire day. She was sweat-proof, tear-proof and photography ready! It was a great choice for any bride!



This fun couple hosted their reception at the swanky Ultimate Skybox in downtown San Diego. Katie’s look transitioned beautifully into the night!

Airbrush Wedding Makeup in San Diego by Keely Marie

Airbrush Wedding Makeup in San Diego by Keely Marie

Airbrush Wedding Makeup in San Diego by Keely Marie

Most often, I do trials with brides prior to their wedding day. I recommend booking a trial at least 3-4 months before your big day. For my out of town brides, I make sure to clearly understand their bridal makeup vision so I can still achieve the perfect look! One tip: book as early as you can, as certain months tend to be busier than others!

Photographer: True Photography
Makeup: Keely Marie Makeup
Hair Stylist: Hyde-Edwards Salon
Florist: The Floral Department
Disc Jockey: DJ Rooster Entertainment
Church/Temple: The Immaculata
Caterer: Coast Catering
Venue: Ultimate Skybox


Flirt Makeup: Simple, Clean & Contemporary Wedding Makeup

By, April 04, 2012

I truly enjoy collaborating with my brides to create their perfect wedding day “look.” I find my inspiration by getting to know my brides’ personality, style and their plans for their big day – colors, venue, dress, etc.  I’m such a geek… I want to know all the details!

My style is very versatile. I love everything – from the natural, clean and fresh look, to high fashion/avant-garde with lots of color.

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Sometimes a wedding dress calls for a vintage look and sometimes for a really modern look. That’s what’s fun about what I do!

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I use Temptu Professional airbrush makeup, NARS, Makeup Forever, MAC, Tarte, Laura Mercier, Urban Decay, glo Minerals, La Bella Donna and the list could go on for days.

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I always set up a makeup consultation before the wedding! The consultation (trial) is a time for me to get to know the bride and design her look for the wedding.  I find that it sets most brides at ease when they know exactly how they will look.  A wedding is a huge milestone, and the way your makeup appears in photos is so important. Plus, the consultation appointment is another excuse to have your makeup done professionally!


When it comes to choosing between airbrush and traditional brush application, I love both.  They are like apples and oranges.  To get technical, an airbrush gun is is a tool just like a brush is a tool. The look and wear-ability of the makeup both really depend on the artist applying it, and the product used in the gun. I use a professional, custom blended, waterproof formula that offers an incredibly natural tone and texture and wears for 10+ hours.

Airbrush Wedding Makeup by Flirt

I use nearly all waterproof products for weddings, so fortunately I don’t worry about tears very often!

San Diego Wedding Makeup by Flirt

Waterproof wedding makeup by Flirt Makeup in San Diego

I recommend that brides book their wedding makeup at a minimum of  5 or 6 months prior to their wedding day. Especially during the peak months, we book very quickly! If there are a lot of bridesmaids and family members then I may bring an assistant, but not every time. We always have a makeup schedule ahead of time, so we plan accordingly.

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The type of makeup that looks best in photos depends on the bride’s skin type, tone and texture.  The makeup I use might be water based, oil based, silicone based, etc.  It is always a good idea to wear more color than you would for a typical day or night because the makeup tends to disappear in photos taken at a distance.  There are a few types of makeup to be careful of or avoid for photos. Foundation products with SPF typically have ingredients like zinc or titanium dioxide and  can bounce the light back at the camera and make your skin look lighter than it should.  Also, some brands of mineral makeup contains Mica, which is a reflective mineral, and can cause the same problem.Top San Diego Wedding Makeup Artist Flirt Makeup San Diego Wedding Makeup by Flirt

I loved working with Linda, pictured below at her grand wedding at the Grand Del Mar. Linda wore three different amazing dresses, and we changed her makeup to coordinate with each one.  Her ceremony gown was a beautiful creamy satin with a train and an amazing cathedral veil.  She loved the idea of having a soft, radiant face with shimmering cheeks, and sparkling plum tones on her eyes.  We wanted to keep the look simple and elegant ,and not let the purple get too overpowering, since her dress was so eye-catching.

San Diego Makeup Artist during wedding at the Grand Del Mar

Her post-ceremony dress was a gold Mandarin style dress with a lot of embroidery and gold shoes.  For this dress, we went for a shiny golden eye, soft bronze cheeks and peachy lips.

Gold Wedding Makeup by Flirt Makeup for wedding at the Grand Del Mar

Her last dress was a longer length flamenco style dress in red.  Because this was towards the end of the reception, we chose a smokey grey & black eye paired with red lips and kept the cheeks really simple.  What a fun wedding!

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