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July 11, 2013

Wedding Day Beauty: Milwaukee The Beauty Dept.

As many of you know I'm getting married next May. I'm in the process of finalizing the details, one of them is making sure I have the best of the best when it comes to my hair and makeup. I'll be the first to say it, "My name is Molly and I'm vain." If you've been a bride or are a bride-to-be I'm guessing you feel the same way I do. I want to look like the very best version of myself on my wedding day: highlighted cheekbones, flowing hair {good enough to be on a Victoria's Secret model}, and perfect skin.

Enter: The Beauty Department. Gina Barrington and Maggie Kerr are certifiably the best around - they are based out of Milwaukee, but regardless of where you live - their work is a must-see.

I knew that I had to work with them on my wedding day. I have previously worked with Gina on a Made In Milwaukee fashion show {it was a month after Adam and I started dating and I was smitten with him} and her eye for aesthetics is impeccable. Make sure to check out their portfolios and the weddings they have done - truly magical!

I've opted to do airbrush makeup, and my bridemaids, mom and mother-in-law will all be going the traditional makeup route. It's so important to me that my friends and family feel beautiful and confident on my wedding day, the better they feel - the better the day! Nothing ruins your attitude like bad hair and make up, right?

These beauties have worked on campaigns for Land's End Canvas, Shopbop, Glossed and Found, and countless high fashion editorials.

Photos Courtesy of Maggie Kerr

Maggie's Must Haves: 
Cle de Peau Concealer is Amazing, lots of coverage yet thin in consistency. Ir doesn't crease or move, so worth the money!

YSL Faux Cils Mascara in regular or waterproof. I just used the waterproof version in Mexico- I went swimming in the ocean all day then wore it out to dinner in 90 degree humidity; without it smearing or flaking at all. Best part about the waterproof? It gives you amazing lashes just like the original. 

I have also just started to (finally!) play around with Kevin Aucoin's makeup line and Love it. I love the foundations in pots that give amazing coverage and can double as concealers. I love the intensity of the pigments and colors in the eye shadows and blushes.The color range suits everyone from the palest snow white skin to the deepest hue.

Photos via Gina Barrington

Gina's Must Haves: 

My NUMBER ONE lately is Oribe Dry Texture Spray! Can't live without it for those Shopbop models! A must have for great tousled sexy hair!!!!

P.S. Yes she just said SHOPBOP you die? or do you die?