Get to know me and my team

Hi friend,

Happy Friday!

I thought it’s time for me to do a quick introduction of me and my team so you get to know who we are ūüôā

Also, I wanted to give you a quick tip on skin care for optimal makeup result!

Here’s a short video from today. Click the image below to watch!


Smooth Low Updo + Natural Pearly Makeup


Super smooth low updo + natural pearly makeup for our Vietnamese Chinese Bride from last weekend! Congratulations Julie!
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Korean Wedding

Toni Brides’ last wedding of 2016 – Korean Wedding! We love how the makeup and hairstyle look on our bride Victoria. It’s new year’s eve, early and raining but it’s all worth it!¬†Victoria was¬†super happy about how her makeup and hair turned out to be for her big day!

For makeup, I did a smoky eye and used traditional foundation on the bride. Contour and highlight is a must to achieve this dimensioned makeup look.

For hair, I did a soft half up-do with some ribbon twist at the center of the back.

We hope you love this look too!

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How to reduce dark circles

How to reduce dark circles? What is it caused by?

Dark circles are caused by stress, poor blood circulation, irregular sleeping/life habit and genetics. It shows more as we get older. There’re many ways to help reduce it. For example: leaving refrigerated¬†cold green tea bags under the eye area for a few minutes, getting more sleep and applying a good eye cream/serum that contains vitamin C daily (vitamin C has brightening effect, if use in the morning, remember to use sunscreen after that before going out).

Here’s a good link for home remedies if you’re interested: (I’m all about nature products when it comes to skin care)


In the¬†makeup world, a good concealer can help reduce the dark circle appearance drastically. Make sure to apply a good layer to moisturizer¬†or eye cream¬†before applying the concealer so the concealer can go on smoothly. Look for something that’s a tone or two lighter than your skin and also dries fast and creases less (MAC Cosmetics has a good one, another brand I really like is LA Girls Cosmetics). If you have olive or darker skin tone, go for the concealer that has orange color in it, then lightly cover it with a medium to full coverage foundation that matches your skin tone. Then, set it with a translucent powder. Remember, less is more.

Stay Healthy and Beautiful ūüôā

Used LA Girls Cosmetics Concealer here
Used LA Girls Cosmetics Concealer here
Engagement Party. Natural glam makeup and hair
Engagement Party. Natural glam makeup and hair

How to plan your Wedding Makeup and Hair

Wedding Makeup and Hair is an essential part of a wedding day. In a matter of fact, it’s usually the¬†start of the day for bride and her wedding party.¬†How¬†Makeup and Hair appointment goes sets the atmosphere of the day and¬†determines¬†whether everyone will be happy of how they look and feel in person and in the¬†professional wedding photos later.

How to plan your Wedding Day Makeup and Hair??
Wedding Makeup and Hair for Brides

You may ask, ‘So how should I plan my and my wedding party’s¬†Wedding Makeup and Hair?’ Good questions! Well, in my opinion, it’s best to¬†coordinate with your wedding theme, dress and personal comfort. What’s your wedding theme? Is it vintage,¬†retro, or modern, classic? Is it ourdoor or indoor? what’s the neckline, material and shape of your dress? Does your dress have an open back or is it a sweetheart shape? Is it lacey or silky material? Is it a ‘A shape’ or mermaid shape? Lastly, do you wear makeup and style your hair on a¬†regular base?

All these questions are directly related to¬†your Wedding¬†Makeup and Hair.¬†¬†And if it’s too much to consider, not to worry! We cover¬†all these aspects, recommend and design¬†a best¬†look for you during our phone consultation and trial.

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Wedding Makeup and Hair for bridesmaids

Now you may wonder, what about my wedding party’s makeup and hair? In general, wedding party makeup and hair should go¬†along with the¬†same style of the bride.¬†If your bridesmaids have the same or similar dress, their makeup¬†and hair¬†style should also be¬†coordinated with their dresses. However,¬†bridesmaids makeup and hair should not¬†overwhelm the bride’s.¬† For example, if you are having a¬†retro style wedding theme and wedding dress, you want your makeup and hair to go along with the theme, same principles apply to your bridesmaids makeup and hair but standout less.

Wedding Makeup and Hair for Moms

Mom’s Makeup and Hair. Moms are usually the modest on wedding days.¬†However, they are one of the most important¬†wedding party that need to look great on their children’s wedding day! As we age, we tend to need a little bit more coverage and color on our faces and¬†cover some grays and make the hair look fuller to appear more¬†youthful.¬†But keep it natural, sophisticated¬†and classy¬†should be¬†a general rule. We want moms to look¬†good on our wedding days, not¬†only for the wedding photos, it’s¬†also a perfect way to show our appreciation, like a sweet special treatment for them.

Here are some good examples of Brides and Wedding party Makeup and Hair:

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Toni Brides Wedding_20140927_bride and bridesmaids

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Saint Patrick’s Day Makeup

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all Toni Brides Supporters! Thank you for your continuous interest and love <3

I’m in love with this look today and want to share this with all the makeup lovers out there! – The Saint Patrick’s Day Makeup

So for those who wants to have some fun with their makeup and wear a little bit green on their eyes, try this makeup look! It’s quite subtle and just enough to make your eyes pop ūüôā You can also use a damp angle brush and dip that into your favorite eye shadow and use it as a eyeliner!

Remember: Wearing the green color on it’s own may look a little too much! Added some warm transition color like¬†taupe or taupe peach at your¬†eye crease and blend it upward to make the perfect transition. Also added the same shade under your lower lash line. This will not only make your eyes look bigger but also complete the whole eye makeup.

For cheek and lip colors, I recommend peach tone! It goes well with warm toned green and doesn’t take away the¬†attention from your eyes.


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ToniBrides Makeup_Saint Patrick’s Day

Bridal Makeup Look

This Bridal Makeup Look is dedicated to brides to be who want a soft glam look for their big day.

I’m always amazed of how much color the camera washes off..So, even though, this makeup looks quite ‘natural’ on camera, it’s more glam¬†and heavy¬†in person. ūüôā To achieve this look¬†on myself, I had to use a good amount of¬†coverage¬†to start with¬†because of all my skin imperfections. Filling in brows is one of the most important part I’ve notice since I’ve started taking photographs.¬†It feels really weird¬†to fill in my brows, extend them¬†and make them look darker, because I hardly ever do anything with them even¬†when I go out! I know a lot of you feel the same way, but let me¬†tell you this, your brows has to balance¬†your entire makeup when it’s done. When it’s too light or sparse comparing to the rest of the face, it will end up looking like as if the makeup is not finished and some part is missing! Especially for close up photos like below. Trust me on this!! ūüôā

For this look, I wanted some sparkle on my eyes but still make my eyes look bigger and stunning for photos. Those of you who are Asians probably know that it’s hard to achieve both. That is probably also what I’m good at: adjusting the placement of colors and liners and depending on your eye shape. ūüôā

Now lastly, I finished the look with some highlight on my cheek bones, the bridge of the nose and used a fan brush for a dust of over all glow!


I¬†always inform my clients about the fact that camera washes off colors quite a bit and help them to balance what they are looking for¬†in¬†images¬†and also feel comfortable on a personal level. It is true though, the images will last forever after your big day and that’s going to be the memories for both of you! If it’s hard to decide, we¬†are here to¬†help by staying longer¬†to give you different looks through out your day, and adjust what look goes best according to your time for ‘First Look’, ‘ceremony’ and evening dancing party..On top of that, I would stress you by asking you to do a pre-wedding trial. It is that necessary and it is all about you!!

The images below are chosen carefully to demonstrate how this romantic, soft glam bridal makeup look from different angles, with and without a veil. All photos are taken by Toni Brides. Enjoy!


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The Importance of Wedding Trial

The importance of wedding trial can not be emphasized more.

Trial gives our brides the chance to see how their preferred makeup style and hairstyle would look on themselves. We may be drown to certain images from the webs but we’ll never know how it will look on us until we try it out! Whether it goes well with our skin tone, brings out more of our beautiful features or whether it goes well with our wedding colors and themes.. The point is also that¬†we want to look the best we can and still feel comfortable in person!

Here is a little tip for choosing preferred looks for your trial:

1. Do I wear makeup often? Although the makeup looks stunning on the image, will it look good on me? Will I feel comfortable having this makeup look on me for my wedding day?

2. Ask your friends, family and Husband-to-be and see how they think about the makeup style you like. We want you to not only feel beautiful on your wedding day, but also feel like yourself. And we want your other half to love how you look too!

3. When choosing hairstyles, try to look for the hairstyle that has similar hair color / length as yours. The lighter the hair color is, the better it reflects light and texture. Here are a few questions you may wanna ask yourself:

 a. This hairstyle looks pretty, but will it complement my face shape?

 b. Will this hairstyle go well with my dress?

 c. Does my hair hold curls well?

Braids will take some of your hair volume, so if you have thin hair, you may wanna consider that as well.

Here is the perfect example, our beautiful bride to be Crystal had her trial with me yesterday. She loved the smoky, glamorous look but when she went home, her fianc√©¬†wanted a more nature look on her. ūüôā We are happy to schedule another makeup trial for her! We wanna everyone to be happy! So definitely, especially when choosing makeup looks, talk about that with your beloved ones and make sure to let them know that makeup usually look more intense in person but will photograph beautifully on camera!

Our trial special $99 for both airbrush makeup and bridal hairstyling will end on 12/31/14, so make sure to schedule a trial before that!

Talk soon!


Toni Brides


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Toni Brides Wedding Makeup_Trial_110614




Healthy dessert recipe for weddings

Healthy dessert recipe for weddings ūüôā

Good Thursday my lovely brides-to-be! I’ve been thinking about having more varieties of posts on my website recently as it goes, maybe add more health tips, tips to distress etc.. The reason for that is because I know how stressful it could be to plan your wedding and I¬†want to contribute whatever I know that works to help you feel more calm and happy before your big day! So here,¬†¬†to start with, I want to share this great dessert recipe with you guys that I’m in love with. To tell you a little bit about the history:

I’m recently becoming more focused on my body detoxification during the seasonal change and so last night I was craving for dessert and tried this recipe of raw chocolate truffles with gluten, dairy and sugar free ingredients. Immediately,¬†I thought this would be a great dessert for brides who would like to¬†do a little detoxification to clean their body and skin before their big day but not be stressed because they can’t eat anything sweet during the period. Or, it¬†could just¬†be an awesome and simple healthy and wholly sweet treats for kids and other attendants on your wedding day. if you don’t have the time to prepare it yourself, have a family member or friend to help. It last for at least a week in the refrigerator so you can even make it ahead of time!¬†

Here is the recipe I used: 

It came out great although it’s my first try. I used organic raw almond butter instead of raw almond to make the whole process a bit easier. They are not only absolutely delicious, but they also don’t leave you an acidic after taste like refined sugar sweets do. Besides that, they are actually GOOD for you!¬†Hope you enjoy it¬†

Love and blessings from Toni Brides <3

Raw chocolate truffle