Katrina’s 2014 Bridal Makeup Tips

Looking terrific on your wedding day doesn’t have to be hard. All you need to be a blushing, beautiful bride is a few of my expert tips and tricks below. (If you’d rather leave your bridal wedding makeup to a professional, however, feel free to give me a call.)

For glowing, dewy skin, use a liquid foundation and then use pressed powder on your T-zone to reduce oil and shine.


Layer matte nude eye-shadow tones on your lids and create the appearance of lush, full lashes with a very defined liner. One of my brand-new favorites is Hourglass’s Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Obsidian.

Hourglass Liner

To create the perfect daytime wedding look, begin by exfoliating your lips to help your color last longer. Select matte pinks and nudes for your ceremony and portrait pictures, and apply lip color with a small brush, extending the color to the edges of your lips for an extra-full look. Once twilight makes its presence known, switch from day to night in seconds with rich, darker tones in deep berry or plum shades.

EXPERT TIP: Although you might be more accustomed to using blotting paper and pressed powder on your T-zone (not your lips), these are two products that can work wonders when it comes to makeup multi-tasking. Dab your just-colored lips with blotting paper, and then apply a touch of pressed powder to lock the color in place all day. Reapply your lip color one final time with a brush to achieve amazingly resilient lip color that lasts through kissing and champagne toasts!

EXPERT TIP #2: Use shades of lipstick with blue undertones, such as cool pinks, soft fuchsia, and berry hues to make your teeth and smile appear whiter and brighter.

Hourglass Berry Lip Color

Just follow these tips and your look will transition from good to glam in no time!

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Fall Makeup Colors: Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss

Autumn is the perfect time to swap your traditional summer color palette for fabulous fall hues. One of my favorite “get ready for fall” staples is Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss from Hourglass. This glam gloss is far more than a lip gloss; it is creamier and longer-lasting for a look that will stay put all night. Full of Vitamin E and rich pigment, Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss is the perfect blend of moisture paired with opulence.

I have picked out three brand-new colors to highlight in this blog that are perfect for fall. There are 16 other Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss shades available, all also $28.00.

Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Canvas is a wearable, neutral color that works well with any color. If you need one lipstick for your bag, this is it. Pair Canvas with a neutral eye for the office, or look just as stunning after work with a fall smoky eye.

Extreme Sheen High Shine Ballet Lip Gloss

Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss in Ballet is one of my favorite Extreme Sheen shades. Ballet is a brighter pink, perfect for day or evening. I especially like this color paired with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat, or Ethereal Glow. My brides are loving it!

Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss

Muse is my third and final color pick from this collection. A bold color that looks great with a nude lid, add Hourglass Calligraphy defined liner in Cognac for autumn nights out.

Next time you’re in the studio, I’ll be happy to select the perfect shade for you! It makes for a quick, updated look for fall.

Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss MUSE

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Engagement Photos | Courtney & Ben

These gorgeous engagement photos offer a sneak peak at what’s to come in Courtney and Dan’s September 5th wedding. This natural but glamorous look is perfect for any bride-to-be’s engagement shoot.

Date: September 5, 2014
Couple: Courtney and Ben
Photography: Cheryl Richards
Makeup: Katrina Hess




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Wedding @ Wequassett Resort, Chatham | Lauren & Andrew

Date: August 9, 2014
Couple: Lauren and Andrew
Venue: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Chatham
Bridesmaids Gowns: Joanna August
Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore
Photographer: Bello Photography
Makeup: Katrina Hess

Photos to come!

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Wedding @ Boston Marriott, Newton | Tara & Adrian

Date: August 1, 2014
Couple: Tara and Adrian
Photographer: Catherine Tangney
Gown: Oleg Cassini
Venue: Boston Marriott, Newton
Makeup: Katrina Hess

Photos to come!

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Real Steals: Katrina’s Summer 2014 Bargain Beauty List

Everyone loves a beauty bargain, but not everyone has the time to comb through the drugstore racks in search of the latest trend or inexpensive new makeup find. This month, I’ve compiled some of my favorite everyday products to simplify the process of finding real beauty steals. The next time you’re in CVS or at Ulta, simply grab these and go! You’ll be fab and fresh in no time.

1. NYX Gel Liner & Smudger: Create a naughty or nice look in less than 60 seconds with this great product! I’m always looking for a gel liner that glides on lightly without tugging your eyelids or drying out half way through the jar. NYX Gel Liner & Smudger is well worth the $8.99 price. Available in five colors, you can apply with a pointed eyeliner brush for a work-appropriate look or smudge it on for a naughtier night out. Grab this find at CVS or at Ulta.
EXPERT TIP: Use an inexpensive synthetic liner brush with a flat tip or pointed to get the perfect line.
NYX Gel Smudger 2. L’Oréal – Collection Privee The Perfect Nudes: These easy-towear nude L’Oréal lipsticks are designed to match your skin tone and are available in six subtle shades true to their written descriptions. At just $7.99 each from Ulta, why not pick up two or three?
EXPERT TIP: Exfoliate your lips prior to applying lip color to ensure longer wear from your lipstick and a true-to-color look.
L'Oreal 3. Benefit Cosmetics “There’re Real” Remover for Eye Makeup: I’m always being asked what the best eye makeup remover out there is. Well, I found an incredible Benefit Cosmetics product at Sephora that removes the most stubborn eye makeup and mascara easily—without drying out your lashes or skin. Benefit’s “They’re Real” Remover’s creamy gel is effective, and safe for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes. Best of all, it’s only $18.00 at Sephora. What’s not to love?
EXPERT TIP: Use a damp cotton square for ultra-easy mascara removal.
They're Real 4. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lid Lines: As all my clients know, I’ve been a big fan of IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer for ages. Now, IT Cosmetics has an Eye Shadow Primer that I’m even more in love with. This eye shadow primer helps eliminates shadow creases while maximizing your eye shadow’s brilliant pigments. The best part? It also makes you look less tired and more radiant. Who wouldn’t want that? Grab it at Ulta for just $24.00.
EXPERT TIP #1: If you’re going to be wearing eye liner or shadow on your lower eyelids, first apply a fine line of Bye Bye Lid Lines with a small concealer brush for longer lasting color. EXPERT TIP #2: Set this primer with translucent powder to ensure easy eye shadow blending and even longer color wear.
Bye Bye

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2014 Best of Boston!

Best of Boston Magazine Cover

I was delighted to recently be named Best of Boston, in the category of Best Wedding Makeup Artist!

It’s my 4th time being named Best of Boston, but it never gets old!

Here’s an excerpt from the magazine:
“This makeup pro has been primping brides from the Back Bay to Bermuda for more than 20 years. During a consultation at her lofty Newbury Street studio, Hess will school you in skin maintenance and eyebrow shaping, and on the big day, she’ll travel to your venue to give you an absolutely flawless look. She’ll even stay through the night to make sure it lasts through the happy tears and cake smears.”

A special thank you to all of my amazing clients past and present, as well as Boston Magazine!


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Want to Look Fab This Summer? Give Yourself A Red Carpet Facial

I am always looking for new products for the studio that produce amazing results for my clients. Kinara’s Red Carpet Facial Kit, invented at Kinara Skin Care Clinic as the secret weapon of movie stars, gives your skin a glamorous celebrity glow through its nourishing combination of exfoliants and botanical extracts. Sometimes facials may not provide immediate, dramatic results—but the Red Carpet Facial works so deeply that my clients say they can really feel it.


For $145, this kit is a steal. The Kinara Red Carpet Facial Kit includes the Red Carpet Facial Peel, the Red Carpet Facial Neutralizer, and the Red Carpet Facial Polishing Mask, along with a handy treatment bowl and applicator brush. The powerful peel uses gentle acids to reveal brighter and more hydrated skin with a deep-clean fizzing sensation. The neutralizer revitalizes dull, tired skin with a foaming effect as it reacts with the peel. And finally, the mask hydrates, soothes, and plumbs with minerals, Lysate extract, and a pleasing fresh scent.


I love this facial because it improves the texture of my clients’ skin and reduces their pore size. It helps control breakouts and acne, and also helps strengthen skin elasticity and boost firmness. And, it’s quick and easy! You’ll go from drab to fab in less than 30 minutes. Throw this kit in your travel bag and give yourself a facial as soon as you land to ensure your skin is fresh and bright for your next vacation or work trip.

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Raising the Bar at the YPO Southern 7 Family Meeting in Cape Cod 2014

I was delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Young Presidents Organization Southern Chapter 7 at their annual Family Meeting in Cape Cod this June. The event was a four day retreat at Chatham Bars Inn in Cape Cod from June 18-22nd, and I attended as a makeup and skincare industry expert and educator.


The concept of the meeting was education from peers, esteemed representatives of their fields, and family. I conducted four makeup and skincare classes as part of the retreat’s activities program. It was hands-on learning for all ages and with the sessions broken into young girls, teens, and adult ladies, it was the perfect format to teach and help the daughters of the YPO families get more familiar with makeup. I also ran a pop-up luxury boutique with my assistant during the weekend featuring many of the brands my clients know and love from my Newbury Street makeup studio.

Katrina Hess YPOYPO

The YPO event was a wonderful way to meet many of the organizers and other presenters and learn from and network with them. Overall, the YPO made my staff and I feel like a true part of the family, with their motivating, spiritual, and incredibly organized handling of the weekend. I left this year’s event feeling a warm, heart-felt connection with a group who respected every member completely and who were professional and welcoming. Congratulations on a successful 2014 event, YPO!



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Wedding @ Boston Public Library | Laura & Ron

Date: July 19, 2014
Couple: Laura & Ron
Photographer: Hitched Studios
Hair Stylist: Priscilla Collins
Venue: Boston Public Library
Gown: Alvina Valenta
Makeup: Katrina Hess

Photos to come!

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