• bridal fashion report | the grand del mar

    August 19, 2011 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |
    I had the pleasure of working with the beautiful girls at  Junebug Weddings  recently.  If you’re planning a wedding or just enjoy beautiful things,  it’s the place to go to find the best of the bridal world.  We had the pleasure of shooting their Fashion Report at the beautiful Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego.  Gorgeous day, gorgeous models, couture gowns, Oprah’s floral designer, award winning photographers, we had all the makings of a dreamy bridal editorial.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day..
    Our model Sterling had amazing skin and hair already but I used the following products to give her a little extra polish..
    To prep and prime her skin:
    Embryolisse Lait Creme Moisturizer
    Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
    M.A.C Strobe cream
    NARS Luminizer in Laguna
    Face Atelier Foundation (used sparingly)
    Makeup Forever HD Powder
    The color to create her super natural look:
    Yves Saint Laurent Ombres 5 Lumieres eye shadows in Sahara
    M.A.C. Fluid Line eyeliner in Dip Down Brown
    Smashbox Brow Tech To Go
    NARS blush in Madly
    Smith’s Minted Rose lip balm
    M.A.C. Fix +
    To give her smooth/fine hair a matte texture, I used Alterna’s Thickening compound and a little salt water that we mixed up on the spot.
    To view the entire story, check out Junebug Weddings
    Photography: Apertura Photography
    Hair & Make-Up: Erin Skipley 
    Model: Sterling from Next Model Management
    Location: The Grand Del Mar, San Diego, CA
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    a country wedding | elizabeth messina

    June 5, 2011 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    A wonderful collaboration in the gorgeous wine country outside of Santa Barbara.   Photographer Elizabeth Messina, event designer Lisa Vorce, floral designer Mindy Rice, models Ashlyn Pearce (Vision) and Kyle Mullen (Heffner Managment), and me for hair and makeup.  It was an amazing team, the best of the best!

    For Ashlyn’s super natural look, I kept the products to a minimum.  I prepped her skin with Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Primer, Tinted Moisturizer and Translucent Loose Powder, M.A.C. Cream Color Base in ‘Nude’, the perfect soft-peachy blush by NARS in ‘Sex Appeal’, M.A.C. eyeshadows in ‘Bronze’ and ‘Vanilla’, and M.A.C. lipstick in ‘Cherish’.  For her gorgeous ‘undone’ hair, I used a little Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme with Surf Spray to add texture.


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    TRU LOVE | Elizabeth Messina

    April 23, 2011 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    I’ve truly found my dream team in Los Angeles.  Working with photographer Elizabeth Messina was so inspiring.  It’s truly a beautiful thing when powerfully creative women bring their talents together.  Designers Lisa Vorse and Mindy Rice did a wonderful job with sets and locations.  Seeing how the two artists worked together was incredible, they make it look so easy! 

    Elizabeth’s vision really came to life in TRU LOVE,  she is an amazing artist.   The story was shot in Santa Inez and several other locations in wine country.  Enjoy.

    Special thanks to models Ashlyn Pearce (Vision) and Kyle Mullen (Heffner Managment) Lisa Pearce, Corinne Williams, Claire Pettibone, Ivy and Astor, Twigs and Honey, and stylist Alvin Stillwell.

    For Ashlyn’s  naturally flawless look,  I prepped her skin with Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Primer, Tinted Moisturizer and Translucent Loose Powder, M.A.C. Cream Color Base in ‘Nude’, the perfect soft-peachy blush by NARS in ‘Sex Appeal’, M.A.C. eyeshadows in ‘Bronze’ and ‘Vanilla’, and M.A.C. lipstick in ‘Cherish’.  For her gorgeous ‘undone’ hair, I used a little Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme with Surf Spray to add texture.


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    A French Film | St Julien L’Ars France

    March 24, 2011 | Posted By: | bridal · press · Uncategorized |

    The Bride & Bloom Magazine :: Spring 2011 Shoot

    From photgrapher Elizabeth Messina:

    “this beautiful little film, takes “behind the scenes” imagery
    to a whole other level…cinematographer KRISTEN* of BLISS
    was completely unobtrusive & thoughtful while i created my photographs…
    there is a gentle dance that takes place between artists who work side by side…
    what i simply love about this BLISS piece is that it is completely & utterly
    her own work of art….a delicate blend of the fashion shoot i conceptualized
    (alongside a team of creatives: EDEN & ERIN SKIPLEY & FAYE DINSMORE
    & JACK SNEED & LAUREN NAPIER) beautifully balanced with
    moments that KRISTEN* found & created, and was able to
    share her own vision through moving images…xoxo


    gowns by DAVID FIELDEN & lingerie by CLAIRE PETTIBONE
    (filmed in the french countryside at CHATEAU ST. JULIEN L’ARS)

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    The Bride and Bloom | Spring

    March 24, 2011 | Posted By: | bridal · press · Uncategorized |

    I was so excited to see the spring issue of  The Bride & Bloom magazine, featuring a wonderful cover and editorial with photographer Elizabeth Messina and Faye Dinsmore, one of the most sought after models in the world .  It was a magic time, working and staying in the gorgeous Chateau St Julien L’ars in France.  Working along side an incredible crew to create a vintage inspired, modern love story… beautiful memories.

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    Once Wed | Elizabeth Messina

    March 19, 2011 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    A day well spent with amazing photographer Elizabeth Messina, shooting  Tinted Wedding Dresses for  The location was a beautiful estate in Santa Barbara.  Dresses from Vera Wang, Claire Pettibone, BHLDN, and Claire LaFaye.  The colors and textures are to die for.  I was absolutely in love with the flowers that Mindy Rice put together,  she incorporates so many natural elements/textures in her design.  The mushroom cake by Erica O’Brien was the perfect accent piece.


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    Just Hitched

    January 10, 2011 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    “Just Hitched” with photographer Kari Pearson for Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom + Portland Bride and Groom.   The day started bright and early on the ferry to Bremerton, studying tearsheets with the crew and getting inspired for a lovely day outside of the city.  The location was a quaint little farm by the beach.  Stylist Laura Cassidy made country magic with the wardrobe and accessories and art director Samantha Gardner kept us on track with great ideas, love those girls!  Stained lips and dewy natural skin for our model Teela (Photogenics LA), she was perfect.   Luminizing foundation + lip stain in Mango Crush by Stila.  Catering was provided by the amazing duo from Pic-Nic, who kept us in organic vegetarian cuisine all day long and topped off with Theo chocolates. I love my job.  It was a great day and love the photos!

    Photography: Kari Pearson

    Art Direction: Samantha Gardner

    Stylist: Laura Cassidy

    Set Styling: Alan and Jodi Davis

    Makeup/Hair: Me!

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    Get Hitched Give Hope 2010!

    October 28, 2010 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    Join my team and I at The Four Seasons downtown Seattle 10/28/10 for the Get Hitched Give Hope benefit party, raising money for the Making Memories Foundation.  It’s the best excuse to get dressed up!!   I’m super excited to get the models ready for the couture bridal gowns and to visit with the other amazing wedding vendors who will be donating their products/services for the auction.  It’s going to be a great time, see you there!!

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    Portland Bride and Groom – Swept Away

    August 3, 2010 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    Another great shoot with my favorite girls at Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom and Portland Bride and Groom. Swept Away was shot by photographer Melissa O’hearn in her magical daylight studio in the Sodo district.  Gorgeous light, immaculate styling, set design by Steven Moore Designs, I didn’t want the day to end.   My inspiration for makeup and hair was windswept but softly sophisticated..

    Photographer: Melissa O’hearn

    Styling: Laura Cassidy and Jill Spitznass

    Art Direction: Samantha Gardner

    Props/Set Design: Steven Moore Designs

    Hair and Makeup: Me!

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    Voted Best Hair and Makeup – Seattle Bride Magazine

    June 30, 2010 | Posted By: | bridal · press · Uncategorized |

    I WON!!  What an amazing honor to be voted Best Hair and Makeup for 2010, thank you Seattle Bride Magazine and every one who gave me their vote!  xoxo

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    Seattle Bride – Best of 2010

    February 3, 2010 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    The beautiful people at Seattle Bride Magazine want to know who you love the most!  Even though there are a zillion other things requiring your attention, please take a  minute to vote!

    Erin Skipley /Bellatrix Studio for Best Hair and Makeup!

    Tony & Giao in Seattle Bride’s Real Weddings

    Photos by Sean Flannigan

    Hair and Makeup by me!

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    Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom – Party of Two

    January 8, 2010 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    I love spending time with talented people, it’s the best part of doing my job.  The girls at Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom are wonderful!   I had the pleasure of working with them again on a recent bridal editorial with photographer Howard Petrella.

    The shoot took place on a beautiful sunny day at Discovery Park.    We met early in the morning and then carpooled together in a big RV.  It was totally loaded with designer wedding dresses and gorgeous accessories, handpicked by Seattle Met’s Laura Cassidy and Jill Spitznass of Portland Bride and Groom.  It’s dizzying to watch how fast those two can style a model.

    While I did hair and makeup in the RV, there was a fat Uhaul outside stuffed full of Props brought in by The Adventure School.

    The art director Samantha Gardner did a beautiful job setting up the shots.

    The car was brought in by a local collector, totally made the shoot!

    Photography: Howard Petrella

    Models: Erin [SMG], Eric [Heffner]

    Prop Styling: The Adventure School

    Hair and Makeup:  Me!

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    Monique Lhuillier at Del Mar

    November 4, 2009 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |


    Opening day at the Del Mar racetrack is an event that you have to experience once in your lifetime.  It’s an insane spectacle of crazy hats, dusty stilletto’s, and high stakes.   I headed down to Southern California to team up with the girls at Junebug weddings for an epic Fashion Report on one of the bridal industry’s hottest designers, Monique Lhuillier.  Luckily, the actual shoot took place the day after the madness…
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    Incredible gowns, veils, and accessories to die for..
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    Photography by: La Vie Photography
    Wedding Dresses by: Monique Lhuillier
    Jewelry and Accessories by: Erin Cole Couture
    Bridal Bouquets by: Kathy Wright & Co.
    Hair and Makeup by: Erin Skipley of Bellatrix Studio
    Models: Amanda Wall at Look Models and Houda Shretah of Elite
    Lighting Direction by: Blair deLaubenfels
    Styling by: Christy Weber
    Styling Assistant: Cassandra Santor
    Location: the Del Mar Racetrack
    Special thanks to Liz Robertson and the wonderful staff at Del Mar
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    10/29 Let’s go to a good party!

    October 15, 2009 | Posted By: | bridal · press · Uncategorized |


    Mark your calender’s for 10/29!  The beautiful girls behind Get Hitched, Give Hope have put together a first class event that’s not to be missed!   This year it will be bigger and better than ever, showcasing Seattle’s most talented wedding professionals and the chance to acquire their goods and services for a fraction (not to mention a perfect excuse to get dressed up with your girls, have a few drinks and mingle!).  Last year, the event raised $30,000 for the Making Memories Foundation, to grant wishes for terminally ill cancer patients.


    Nothing kicks off the Fall like dressing up for a good party, and giving to a great cause!   My girls and I will be doing hair and makeup for the lovely models behind the scenes, we’ll see you there!

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    Eliza and Steve

    June 21, 2009 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    It’s a really cool thing when a wedding photographer gets married.  They’ve seen everything that’s out there, know people who know people, and the result is a super-fabulous unforgettable wedding. Eliza Truitt is one of Seattle’s most talented wedding photographers, and such a doll!!   It was an honor to do her hair and makeup for her wedding day.   Her photographer did an amazing job documenting the magic, Sean FlaniganLOVE these photos!


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    LOVE!! xo

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    Daily Candy Weddings!

    June 6, 2009 | Posted By: | bridal · press · Uncategorized |


    A mention in Daily Candy.. awesome!!

    Attributive Clause
    Capitalize on your best attributes with the help of makeup and hair artist Erin Skipley of Bellatrix Studio, whose natural styling and airbrush technique will leave one adjective on everyone’s lips: beautiful.


    I’m so excited about this Summer’s weddings and more weddings!!   It’s the most magical and wonderful time to be a part of.

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    Lulu Weddings – Preferred Vendor

    May 12, 2009 | Posted By: | bridal · press · Uncategorized |


    I was soo delighted to receive an email from the lovely ladies at Lulu Weddings, saying “You’re our Favorite!” Lulu was created by a group of  some of the most talented photographers in Seattle, who know the Seattle wedding industry inside and out!  It’s super cool because it’s a completely non-profit wedding planning site with vendors chosen on the following criteria:

    - extremely high level of customer service to both brides & grooms

    - extremely high level of customer service to other vendors in the industry

    - product & service excellence at a recent wedding where a Lulu photographer could experience your  services firsthand

    - frequency of which that a Lulu Photographer has been able to work with you to ensure that your service and products are consistently fantastic

    Lulu Wedding is a great resource for finding the best vendors in the industry because there are no paid listings, only the vendors they choose to list.  Love it!!  Thank you girls!!


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    Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom

    February 18, 2009 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    It takes an army to put together a dream wedding, and nearly that for a bridal editorial!  I did hair and makeup for the recent issues of  Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom and Portland Bride and Groom, shot by canadian photographer Renat Touichev.  (The winter issues so hurry and grab your copies!).  The shoot took place over two days at the beautiful Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood WA.  I’ve included a few shots from the magazines (the shot on the blue fabric below is my favorite favorite!) and behind the scenes photos from the day..


    what it takes to put a dream together..


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    Whats your wedding style?

    September 24, 2008 | Posted By: | bridal · press · Uncategorized |

    The beautiful girls at Junebug weddings are putting out a must-have book on wedding planning and they asked me to do hair and makeup for it.  The day was filled with beautiful models, dresses, accessories, amazing flowers, and cakes.  Decadence! I’m soo excited for the book to come out!!  Junebug is the best wedding blog in the universe.  In the mean time, you can see a preview of the new book in the fashion report “Whats your wedding style?” on .  I’ve attached some of the photos below, and some of the production shots from Pravda Studios.

    Behind the scenes @ Pravda Studios..

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    Paris for Junebug

    May 22, 2008 | Posted By: | bridal · press · Uncategorized |

    If you haven’t seen the recent fashion report on Junebug Weddings, go now!!  The photos from our shoot in France are up and i’ve posted a few of my favorites.  The story: An American Bride In Paris.  It’s so inspiring, and especially coming into wedding season.  It was shot by Kim & Adam Bamburg of La Vie Photography, amazing talent!!  The wardrobe was from Seattle designer Madina Vadache, and hair and makeup by me!  Much was shot in Paris, and the rest in a town near Poitiers call St Julien d’Lars.  What MAGIC was made!!  It was a dream shoot, for 2 weeks..

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    Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom

    January 23, 2008 | Posted By: | bridal · press · Uncategorized |


    I recieved my copy of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom magazine, and found two full pages of my work!!  Yaay!!  The first  is an ad for Junebug Weddings (some of the most talented people on the planet), the other is an ad for La Belle Reve, which was  shot on location in France (yes, that’s the Louvre in the background!!).  So lovely!


    ooh!  and an ad for Isadora’s too..

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    For The Style-Obsessed Bride

    January 20, 2008 | Posted By: | bridal · press · Uncategorized |

    Style me pretty  is a wonderful online guide to the most innovative and unique designers, planners, and bridal industry professionals. It was recently featured on the Martha Stewart Show as one of her favorite blogs, providing readers with a chic, stylish approach to weddings, regardless of  budget.  Bellatrix Studio is now featured on Style Me Pretty as a Seattle Favorite, in their elite Little Black Book of Vendors.  Woo!

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    Deana & Guillaume Wiatr

    December 27, 2007 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |


    I just recieved the photos from Deana & Guillaume Wiatr’s Point Loma wedding last year, and it was like Christmas all over again!  Every detail of this stylish wedding was well thought out and the bride was absolutely stunning.  It was an honor to be there to work with Deana and her bridal party.  I love weddings!!


    what a dream..


    makeup for Deana and the girls..

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    Deana wanted a smokey romantic look with dramatic eyes.  I used Smolder black liner from M.A.CDior wet/dry eyeshadow duo in Dior ChicM.A.C. eyeshadows in Vanilla and Dazzlelight, Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in black, NARS blush in Desire, NARS bronzer in Laguna, and Nars lipstick in Pigalle..


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    and mom too..

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    touch ups before the reception..


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    The couple now reside in Lyon, France and just had their first child, ‘Max’. 


    Location: Point Loma, San Diego CA.    

    Photography: The Image Is Found

    Makeup: Me!

    Dress: Pronovias (Barcelona)

    Flowers:   Flowers By Azhar

    Cake: The French Gourmet 

    Dj:  Let The Music Play  

    Honeymoon: Tulum/ Playa Del Carmen

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    Junebug Weddings : Fashion Report

    December 5, 2007 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    The recent Fashion Report for Junebug Weddings, “Girls Night Out”  features fun alternatives to blah bridesmaids dresses!!  Dresses that the girls can wear over and over again, not just on the Wedding day.  



    FASHION REPORT: Girls Night Out

    Dresses available at Luly Yang, Tulip, Moms, Maids and More, and La Belle Reve

    Jewelry and Accessories available at Tulip and Abaloria

    Hair and Makeup by: Erin Skipley of  Bellatrix Studio ,  Assistant: Olivia Rozell

    Location: Tavolata Restaurant, Belltown (Seattle WA)

    Models: Jessica Andrews, Kellie Sholdt, Lander Sholdt, Jaimie Bratz and Alicia Orrico

    Photography by: La Vie Photography and Positive Light Photography











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    Fashion Report :

    July 7, 2007 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    When it comes to creating the most beautiful day of your life,  Junebug weddings is a great place to start.


    Junebug is an amazing resource of the most stylish venues, consultants, photographers, stylists, catering, music, etc..  It was started by four wedding photographers: Blair, Kim, Christy, and Jennifer.  I recently joined their elite network of bridal vendors, and helped with the most recent Fashion report, ‘Vintage Weddings’.   

    FASHION REPORT : Vintage Weddings

    Dresses, Accessories and Jewelry available at: Isadora’s  

    Hair and Makeup by: Erin Skipley of Bellatrix Studio 

    Flowers by: Bella Rugosa

    Models: Sam Motley and Cayte Bosler

    Location: Ornamo

    Photography by: Cheri Pearl Photography








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    Is there a face lift in your fridge?

    June 12, 2007 | Posted By: | bridal · Uncategorized |

    If you need to get your skin into optimal condition fast, I highly recommend Three-Day Nutritional Face-lift™ .  It aids in the elimination of puffiness, increases contours, firms jaw line, etc.  I noticed that it also helped to heal exsisting blemishes. I hope you like salmon!  You must eat it twice a day for the ideal effects of the DMAE, astaxanthin and the essential fatty acids to take effect.  Your skin will be firm, glowing and radiant in three days, or atleast noticably improved.   You can subsitute poultry or tofu, but the essential fatty acids and antioxidants in salmon give the skin optimal radiance, suppleness, and glow.

    For further reading and a miracle working 28 day diet, read The Perricone Prescription  .   It’s a great resource on nutrition based skincare to keep your skin looking its best.

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