Wedding Day Skincare {Guest Post!}

Tis the season for rejuvenation, fine-tuning, self-care, and feeling beautiful in your skin. That’s why we’re so excited to share these expert tips from Marisa Lux Makeup on long-term skin care for feeling your absolute best on your wedding day.

Marisa has been doing makeup for 13 years, and she’s also a licensed esthetician with 10 years of experience. Marisa Lux Makeup specializes in doing makeup for wedding parties here in Albuquerque + Santa, and in particular, professional airbrush application. Which is perfect for weddings because it provides all-day stay, flawless finish, and minimal makeup that results in a lovely, natural look. Thank you Marisa for sharing your vast amount of beauty knowledge!

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Many brides start thinking about their skin and skincare a bit more once the wedding date is approaching, and I am here to help you with that. I will guide you through what you should and should not do leading up to your wedding. 

Some brides decide 6-12 months out that they want to start a regular skincare routine or upgrade their current skin regimen.  Some start by getting regular facials. Some brides may have problematic skin (i.e. acne or light acne, post inflammatory pigmentation, acne scarring, rosacea, discoloration or extremely dry or oily skin) and want to learn how to best take care of it. Other brides decide they will just get a facial a week or a few days before their wedding. Since getting a facial right before the wedding is one of the more common things brides think of doing, let me tell you why, from an esthetician’s point of view, that is NOT a good idea. You are probably thinking, wait, what?!? Let me explain.

I always recommend brides start working on their skin anywhere from a few months to a year before their wedding. I know some people can’t afford to get facials monthly which is why a consultation with a professional can help you learn what your options are. For example, if a person has very problematic skin and they find a great esthetician in New Mexico who can assist them in choosing the correct products and treatments, it can be life changing, especially for brides. 

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I have had many brides who struggled with acne and/or could not get control of dark spots on their face from acne in the past. With the appropriate professional skincare products and applying the best treatments, I have literally transformed peoples’ skin. I will explain a little more about treatments and products later.

Now, why shouldn’t you just get a facial a week or a couple of days before your wedding? You will most likely just choose a spa that maybe sounds relaxing or you heard offers good facials. The issue is that you are exposing your skin to products you have never used before; you are receiving a facial treatment you have never had before; and you are working with an esthetician who doesn’t really know your skin. Now don’t misunderstand me, I respect people in my profession, but I can tell you from first hand experience not all estheticians are created equal. The first thing that can go wrong is some products used during the facial or even the skincare line used might not agree with your skin. Yes, I  acknowledge the odds of this happening are not high, but it is possible. What IF you have some sort of reaction to the products used? What IF the facial makes you break out? What IF you have an allergic reaction? What IF your skin gets red or itchy afterwards? What IF the esthetician uses too strong of an exfoliant and your skin starts flaking?  Although the likelihood is low, do you want to risk any of these things happening right before your wedding day?

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This is why I always suggest starting facial treatments at least a few months before your wedding. Or, if you are just wanting to get a facial right before your wedding, my recommendation is this: instead of getting a facial a few days before your wedding, get the exact same facial a month or two before your wedding as a trial run to make sure your skin does well with it. Also see the same esthetician both times. That way they will have notes on your skin and products they used so they can use all the same products or make adjustments, if necessary. Doesn’t that make sense? 

I am not trying to scare anyone, but, trust me, I have heard stories of brides getting facials or waxing for the first right before their wedding and their skin freaked out. So my advice is to find a reputable esthetician (you can always look up estheticians in your area on Yelp and Perfect Wedding Guide to see who has the best reviews) and choose wisely based on someone’s education and experience in the field. Some of us estheticians have many years of experience and are vastly knowledgable about specific products, and, especially, active ingredients that will work to treat your specific skin concerns or just the most appropriate products for your skin type. Some of us take continuing education and trainings to stay up to date with all the new advancements in the skincare world. This is the type of esthetician you want. Someone who has vast knowledge of the skin and how it works.

Now regarding different facial treatments, let me give you general information regarding some of the more popular treatments. A regular or custom facial is good for all skin types. The esthetician will analyze your skin, perform a gentle, hydrating facial and talk to you about what products you are currently using and probably make some suggestions on products or skin regimens that would be beneficial for your specific skin. A deep cleansing facial with extractions is good for people who may have a bit of a more oily skin type, larger pores and possibly some acne. Typically these facials will include steam, cleansing, appropriate exfoliation; maybe a light enzyme exfoliant that will help with cell turn over and can soften the pores to help with extractions.  This is usually followed with an appropriate mask, serums and moisturizers. 

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If you have severe acne you may want to start with an esthetician and work with her and her skincare product recommendations. Depending on the type of acne, certain active ingredients sometimes you can get it under control. Sometimes you make also need to look into things like diet, supplements, bad habits like not washing your face at night, or maybe other culprits. If you are not getting the desired improvement, the esthetician may also refer you to a dermatologist for prescription recommendations, but most good estheticians can really help with acne.  Some other treatments that can be highly beneficial are microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, hydrafacials and possibly even peels that can even out skin clarity and lessen light scarring and discolorations. 

I will do a more in-depth post on treatments and what is most beneficial for different skin issues. If you don’t know what any of the treatments are or you are thinking, “OMG a peel; I don’t want my face to turn beet red and have my skin fall off,” I promise I will go into more detail about what each one of these entails. 

My recommendation for the best facial you can do before your wedding (keeping in mind you want to do one at least a month or two prior to make sure your skin does well) is an oxygen facial. Some people have heard of them or heard the name while other people have never heard of them.  Let me explain why this is my go-to facial for brides. It is calming, soothing, extremely hydrating, meant to plump the skin and make it look flawless. 

These are what many people refer to as “The Red Carpet” facial because many celebs like to get this facial before they attend an event like the Academy Awards. The reason is no super strong exfoliants or aggressive products are used. The main thing that sets this facial apart is that an airbrush dispenser is used to mist a highly active serum onto the skin and then uses compressed oxygen to drive the ingredients into the skin. It is a very cool, relaxing experience, with zero discomfort and no downtime. You walk out and your skin looks beautiful and results typically last up to a week.

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If you would like any more information about facials and what I might recommend for your skin type, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I absolutely love skin care and helping people learn how to get the skin they want. I offer facials at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, if you would like to come see me. AND, yes, I offer my favorite facial “The Oxygen Facial” there. I will work with you and your skin needs to get you where you want to be with your skin so that your wedding makeup will look gorgeous because your skin will be in the best shape possible. 

I hope this is all helpful information. Follow me on Instagram to see photos of some of my clients and how I helped make their wedding day even more special.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Have the most beautiful wedding by looking and feeling your best.

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A Mini-Guide to Wedding Day Lipstick by C. Johnson Makeup

Choosing Your Wedding Day Lipstick guest post by Christy Johnson of C. Johnson Makeup.

Your perfect wedding day lip color by C.Johnson Makeup. Photo by S. Strine Photography
Your perfect wedding day lip color by C.Johnson Makeup. Photo by S. Strine Photography

Your lip color is vital to your overall bridal look and smudged, smeared, and faded lipstick is the last thing you’ll have time for on your wedding day. Here are a few tips for lip color that lasts from the moment you step down the aisle to the last kiss of the night.

Choosing a Product Type:

Lip stains tend to last the longest, especially with all of the kiss-tested and food and drink-tested, long-wearing formulas available. Try out a few different varieties in advance to find your perfect formula. Remember, some long-lasting lip colors can have a sticky or overly dry feeling and may cause irritation. The wrong lip product could have you picking at or licking your lips all night so it’s worth spending some time to find one that works for you.

Choosing your Signature Color:

Reds are classic and can be a little bit vintage, plums are trendy and gorgeous for fall weddings, and pinks and nude shades are great for a soft, natural look. For a very natural lip color that will define your lips and photograph beautifully, find a shade that is just slightly darker than your natural lip color.

For a Flawless Application:

For a precise application avoid using product directly from the tube and use a lip brush instead. Using the lip brush, trace along the outline of your lips with small, smooth strokes. Avoid painting outside your natural lip shape. Using the tube now, fill in your lips with color. Blot with a tissue to remove any excess.

Apply your lipstick with a lip brush for flawless application and longer lasting color.
Apply your lipstick with a lip brush for flawless application and longer lasting color. Photo by S.Strine Photography

Glossy Lips:

If you like a glossy look, layer on a clear lip gloss. A small dab to the fullest part of your bottom lip is all you’ll need for a fuller looking pout. Keep in mind that gloss will cause your lip color to fade faster and will have to be reapplied more often than a matte lip product. Gloss also transfers more easily, so be prepared to wipe bits of gloss off of anyone you kiss.

Matte Lips:

Matte lipstick is this season’s biggest makeup trend and is perfect for upcoming fall and winter weddings. To get a sultry matte lipstick look, blot your lips after applying your lip color.  Then lightly dust your lips with a slight layer of translucent powder before adding a second coat of color.

For more help finding your perfect lipstick shade during a private makeup lesson, or to book our professional makeup and hair services visit  We’d love to hear from you!

C. Johnson Makeup

Albuquerque & Santa Fe, NM


For more wedding beauty inspiration and to view our brand new Fall Issue, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Weekend Wedding Inspiration} Bridal Makeup For Your Big Day

C. Johnson Bridal Makeup. Photo Credit: K. Mari Photography
Stunning natural C. Johnson bridal makeup.
Photo Credit: K. Mari Photography

Great news, brides! Christy Johnson of C.Johnson Makeup is offering a free bridal touch-up kit (value $35) if you mention that you found her on The Perfect Wedding Guide! Kits include 5 items to help the bride stay “picture perfect” all day & night. Give Christy a call this weekend to start discussing your big day beauty!

C. Johnson Makeup

Albuquerque & Santa Fe , NM


Find more wedding inspiration by visiting The Perfect Wedding Guide.

{Wedding Beauty Inspiration}Pair A Luscious Floral Headpiece With Colorful Lips

Makeup by C.Johnson Makeup. Photography by S.Strine Photography. Location Casa Rondena Winery.
Makeup by C.Johnson Makeup. Photography by S.Strine Photography. Location Casa Rondena Winery.
Makeup by C.Johnson Makeup. Photography by S.Strine Photography. Location Casa Rondena Winery.
Makeup by C.Johnson Makeup. Photography by S.Strine Photography. Location Casa Rondena Winery.

C.Johnson Makeup: Christy Johnson is a certified makeup artist with experience in bridal beauty, airbrush makeup, & all-natural mineral makeup. C.Johnson Makeup is available for in-studio or on-location appointments and offers all-natural, custom blended mineral makeup  foundation specifically blended for you based on your skin tone, color & complexion concerns.

S.Strine Photography:  S.Strine Photography is led by award-winning portrait and landscape photographer Stephanie Schonberger, who loves natural light, the beauty of film, and the awe-inspiring New Mexico landscape. Her studio offers simple, modern, elegant imagery as unique as each couple she photographs and cherishes every client, building relationships that last far beyond the wedding day.

Location: Casa Rondena Winery

Event Stylist: Orange September

Florist: Floriography

For more beauty inspiration, and for everything else you need to plan your wedding, please visit The Perfect Wedding Guide.