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What Your Wedding Lipstick Shade Says About You


What Your Wedding Lipstick Shade Says About You


Not every bride treats her lips equally when it comes to the big day. Some prefer gentle and more relaxed lipsticks - and other are brave enough to go with the bold red. There are plenty of choices when it comes to lipstick shades, and you should know their meanings.

Mauve - Luxury With A Hint Of Mystery

Mauve is the softer shade of purple and a color that symbolizes a luxurious woman with a shade of mystery in her. It is great to show off your sophisticated style and portrays strength and confidence. Also, it is modern, trendy and stylish choice that many brides go for recently.

Hot Pink As The Color That Stands Out

Hot pink lipsticks are not for everyone. They are ideal for the brave and energetic brides who know how to light up a room and are never afraid to stand out. They replicate the center of attention and give a bubbly, excited and friendly flair to your wedding.

Coral - The Adventurer

Coral is a new trend and perfectly suits tanned brides with love for adventure and the outdoors. It replicates proud, bravery and ability to stand out for yourself. Brides who wear coral are lovers of the environment and want to spend weekends in the outdoors rather than sit at home.

Taupe As The Earth Shade

Down-to-earth is one way to describe taupe as a bridal lipstick shade. It makes your look wholesome and comfortable and in the same time genuine and dependable. It is natural and gives a hint of expression but at the same time laid back and not too flashy.

Bright Red For The Boldest Brides

Red is probably the boldest color of them all. It is sexy, passionate and confident. Brides who wear red lipsticks know what they want and what they deserve - and are passionate with their moods at all times.

Nude As The Confident And Classy Bride

Last but not the least - nude lipsticks replicate shyness and quiet. They are a great fit for brides who actually don't want to be the center of attention but still want to look classy and elegant and show their kindness and genuine personality.

So, have you found yourself in these bridal lipstick colors - and know what you are getting for the big day? Let us know in the comments!

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Bridal Trial Questionnaire


Bridal Trial Questionnaire


WIne-2.jpg Questions Every Bride Should Be Asking During Bridal Trials! At Elite Secrets, we know that the months leading up to your special day can be stressful. You’re basically running around, trying to accomplish everything at once, bridesmaid fabrics and slices of cake are being tossed at you in every direction, and venue shopping can be tricky.

So we want to make sure that choosing the makeup and hair team for your wedding is stress-free, straightforward, and fun! We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to share with you and provide the best experience from your Bridal Trial, know what to look for, what to ask, and what to generally expect out of your bridal trial.


We cover everything from long-lasting foundation tips to general pricing and how to avoid hidden fees and tips on which questions to ask your beauty team ahead of time! Be sure to click here to schedule your trial and get all the amazing tips. Brides, grab your notebooks. Because we are going to be giving you some must-have tips to surviving your trials!

And speaking of Bridal Trials, we are offering HALF OFF your bridal hair and makeup bridal trials until March 1, 2017. You may contact us to schedule for future dates up until this date. Meet our fantastic team, get a sneak peak at your wedding day look, and have some fun! Who said bridal trials have to be stressful?


Not us!

Take advantage of our HALF OFF bridal trials! Special ends March 1, 2017. So be sure to click here for scheduling: or give us a call at 443.219.7049 for more details. Reserve a spot, seats are filling up quick! We are looking forward to seeing you there!



  • Ask to see a full gallery of a recent wedding that the beauty have done. Along with the recent reviews.
  • Ask if there are any additional fees outside of the charges for hair and makeup. Hidden charges can come as a shock and add the extra financial stress.
  • Ask if the team offers airbrush makeup. Airbrush makeup is great for outside ceremonies and can help cut down on after ceremony touch-ups. It's long wearing and has a fantastic pay off with photos.
  • Ask about the day off timeline. This is crucial information and will be helpful for your wedding planner and other vendors.
  • Ask how many artist and stylists will be assigned to your wedding day.
  • Ask which brand of products the team will be using.
  • Always request a bridal trial 1 year to 6 months in advance. This will allow time if you have to have more than one trial. It will also allow you the time to ensure you hire the best team for your day and secure the date you want for your wedding.
  • Ask for advice on the perfect look to compliment your wedding theme or bridal gown, veil, and accessories.
  • Ask when would be best time to schedule a facial prior to the wedding. This will avoid any sudden breakouts or allergic reactions to certain products.
  • Be sure to mention any known allergies to any cosmetic or hair products. Give a list of any skin treatments you are using as well.

We hope you find this information helpful!


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level23 Hey Brides and Brides-To-Be! Level23 is so excited to be featured as bonus content on the blog this week!

We are a Baltimore-Based hair salon that ensures that our bride's hair is looking the best on their big day. But luscious locks start with a fantastic hair care routine, knowing your products, and making the most of your time! It's not difficult, we promise, you just have to know where to begin.

With that being said, we wanted to give you all a sneak peak into some amazing tips and tricks that help me,  Tenease,  give the best possible looks.

Are you ready, brides?  We are unlocking some amazing hair-care secrets that you won't want to miss out on! 

  • TIP NO. 1: Biomineral Technology is your new Best Friend. 

    Biomineral technology uses natural mineral sources + botanical (plant based) protein catalyst to deliver what's most important to our clients which is healthy manageable hair that is smooth, soft, strong, shine and holds its color.

    All of level23's shampoo and conditioners are natural, sulfate, sodium chloride, paraben, and gluten free!

Pro Hint: Sulfate free means safe to use on any hair type!

  • TIP NO. 2:  Watch out for Sodium Lauryl Sulfates!

    Many products harbor a detergent known as sodium lauryl sulfate a type of chemical mainly used to remove oils from the hair.

These are common on most store shelves. They strip hair of its essential, natural oils and strips pigmentation from hair dye. Sulfate is an expensive ingredient used as an effective foaming agent when used in products.

It significantly weakens the hair follicles and hair strands when used for a prolonged period of time, making the hair brittle and prone to breakage.

Pro Hint: Some clients with eczema do find their skin worsens when they use gluten -containing products. 


Level23'S  amethyst oil helps get rid of dull and frizzy hair! This product is the One-Stop shop for getting shiny and smooth hair. Plus, with the great ingredients, it helps improve your hair's health and strength.

Why waste your money on a million and one products that aren't going to work, when you can cut your hair routine time in half with this one product!

"Our amethyst oil contains hempseed proteins that helps aid in getting rid of frizz and speed drying time . It also adds luminosity and heat protection. Adding some drops in your scalp also reduces itchiness."


    Here's some quick and easy tips Tenease is giving away for you to practice!

  • Shampoo and conditioner at least 2-3 times a month.
  • Drink plenty of water for hydration. This will help get you healthy and shiny hair!
  • Use Level23 moisture conditioner and leave in the hair for 10-20 min under heated dryer to restore moisture.
  • Apply Level23 amethyst oil to scalp and massage for 2-3 minutes to stimulate blood circulation. 
  • And last, but not least, eat a healthy diet... healthy hair starts within you!

What are some products or hair-care regimes you do to get amazing hair? We would love to know in the comment section below!




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LIMELIGHT BY ALCONE: a brand review

l-by-a Hello Brides & Brides-To-Be! Today I wanted to talk to you all about a brand that is a must-have to literally everyone - especially on your wedding day. No matter what the occasion is, what look you're going for, or what skin type you have, this brand is amazing. Seriously.

Limelight by Alcone is a cosmetic & skincare brand that ranges from luxurious cleansers to the softest eye shadow consistency you'll ever see. We're in love.

Here at Elite Secrets, we only use the best of the best on brides and models, and that's why we're going to give you the inside scoop on some of their best products to date. Get ready to take some notes, ladies. Because we are about to blow your mind.


01. Eyeshadows


You don't ever have to worry about losing pigment, creasing, muddy colors, or your eyeshadow applying patchy. All of the colors blend seamlessly, no matter what look you're going for. We love our brides to have options, and with Limelight By Alcone, the sky is the limit. These are definitely one of the best eyeshadow consistencies you'll ever try. Due to their convenient quads, they are perfect for the ladies on the go. 

02. Bronzer & Blush Duos


Due to their lightweight consistency, these powders glide on like a dream, and leave the skin effortlessly flushed and carved out, all the while remaining natural. What more could you ask for? No matter you're skin type or tone, these bronzers and blushes are going to work for you. The duos are seriously a miracle. And a must-try for everyone!

03. Aloe & Sunflower Cleanser



Perfect for mature or dry skin, this will cleanser will have your face feeling so fresh and moisturized after use. Apply with a damp face for the best results. Use in the morning and at night, or even before makeup application to clean any impurities from the day. The best part is after use, it doesn't leave your skin feeling tight or dehydrated, which other cleansers tend to do by stripping skin of natural oils. The aloe helps soothe dry and irritated skin, while also hydrating. We're definitely a big fan.

04. Foundations



Let's just start off by saying: these foundations are amazing. They're buildable, giving everyone their individual & ideal coverage. Whether you want a natural base to show off your stunning complexion or freckles, or you're more of a full-coverage kind of gal, the foundation works so well and stays on for hours. It blends seamlessly with both sponges and brushes.

Pro Tip: This doubles as a long-wearing concealer to cover any blemishes or dark circles!

05. Lip Products


Their range of lip products are fantastic for everyone, but brides specifically. Tonya, the CEO of Elite Secrets, uses them daily on her brides because they are rich with amazing color pay off, have a creamy consistency, and leave the lips feeling soft and moisturized. They're perfect for that first "I Do" kiss! 


Limelight By Alcone is an amazing company that Elite Secrets wholeheartedly stand behind. Not only are their products wonderful, but their message is just as amazing. On their website they state,

"At LimeLight, we empower people to achieve their goals and dreams and to inspire others to do the same. Our family-owned company was founded in 1952 to provide professional makeup to the stage and film industry. Now we are expanding our reach to help women everywhere look their best every day with our all natural skincare line and personalized makeup palettes."

And we love that no matter what, there's a product in their line for any and every bride. We know you will enjoy their products!

If you're interested in trying out their products, feel free to contact Tonya of Elite Secrets at:

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or email at:

Please feel free to click here for more information!

Have you tried Limelight by Alcone? What are your thoughts about it? We would love to hear more of your thoughts in the comment section!

And as always, thanks for reading! -Kimberly Starr 







Bridal Boudoir



Hey brides and brides-to-be! There's a huge controversy about boudoir photos going around the internet. But let us say: we think they're beautiful & a new exciting twist for everyone & anyone's wedding day.

Okay, here us out. 

It's a great way for a bride to take classic and memorable photos, celebrate the workouts you've been doing to get ready for your day, and they can be tasteful & elegant. Plus they're a great little gift to give your groom on the Day Of...




We love the idea of celebrating strong females & making them feel the best in their own skin. And boudoir photos is just another medium to showcase your elegant, sophisticated, and jar dropping beauty.

Who doesn't love feeling confident & beautiful? 

So, naturally, it was the perfect choice to collaborate with Megapixels Media Photography




Tonya Turnage, the makeup artist & CEO of Elite Secrets picked the perfect look to pair on with the model Jaime.

If you're a bride taking boudoir photos, we suggest a timeless and elegant look for your photo shoot.

Interested in learning how Tonya got this look? Keep on reading!



A strong brow, sultry smokey eye to gives a level of sexy and flirty to any look. Try matte nude tones like pink & purple. This will give the look a slightly more inviting & sophisticated look. Complete with a nude lip and a natural-finish foundation that gives radiant skin to keep the look grounded and effortless.

This is look is easy and versatile, making it the perfect look for any and all brides!





Here's a little sneak peak of the products used:




What are your thoughts on bridal boudoir photos? Are they a hit or miss for you? We would love to know in the comment section!

And as always, thanks for reading! - Kimberly 



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15-steps Hello brides & brides-to-be! Elite Secrets is so excited for your upcoming wedding days, and we know how important picking the perfect look to match your wedding dress and theme is. And as the winter goes on, we are seeing more and more lovely couples getting engaged, picking wedding dates, and finalizing the last big To-Do’s for the wedding day.

So to kick off an amazing year filled with lots of decisions for your wedding day, we wanted to take one less stress off your list: skincare & how to keep your skin amazing for the best day.

We hope you are as excited as we are, ladies, because these tips are going to save you a lot of time & effort when it gets closer to your day. 

That's right, we're keeping it real with you all today, because no one has time for beauty disasters when there's a wedding day to celebrate. 


01. Don't put off your skincare routine until last minute.

We see it time and time again. And we get it, being a bride can be hectic at times. But the earlier you start to really take care of your skin, the better you will look on your wedding day! Try out products and find a morning & night routine that really works for you, and then stick to it! Our recommendations goes to!

02. Don't forget to drink plenty of water. This will help your skin to stay hydrated at all times! 

03. Pay attention to how your body reacts to certain food groups.

For instance: dairy products my break you out. If so, consider cutting that specific group of products out of your diet, or maybe begin to have smaller portions less often. It'll help in the long run! Also, too much sugar can also be bad for your skin! We know, we know..we all need that chocolate fix from time to time.

04. Moisturize! 

It is a common misconception that if you're oily, you do not have to use a moisturizer. And that could be far from true. But not using a lightweight moisturizer in the AM/PM, you are causing your skin to then over-produce oil, which leads to clogged pores & breakouts. So whether you're oily, dry, or combination, find a specific moisturizer for your designated skin type and remember to use twice a day!

05. Don't forget the rest of your body

When we think about "skincare" we generally think of our faces. However, some of us suffer from rosacea, body acne, dry skin, etc. So be sure to visit a dermatologist at least 6 months before your wedding day to help you pick the right treatments for you, if need be.


06. If you're getting a spray tan, test out the color before the week of your wedding. 

This will allow you to pick the perfect color for your wedding day, and avoids any mishaps & disasters that may come along with being sprayed too dark and too orange a day before your wedding. This is a common mistake!

07. Use pimple treatments to help eliminate problem spots before your wedding

Mario Badescu has two spot-fighting products that work wonders, even after only one night. Try, "Drying Lotion" & "Buffering Lotion" together to get the best results. Also: try not to use anything too harsh on your skin the night before the wedding, as you may be left with a dry/flakey patch that will be difficult to apply makeup over.

08. Use SPF everyday

Even if it's cloudy in the middle of winter, everyone should use SPF skin & lip products on a daily basis!

09. Face masks are your friend. 

And don't worry oily girls, they're for everyone! You don't have to be dry to try face masks & overnight masks.

10. Clean your brushes regularly! 

We can't stress this enough, ladies. This is so essential!


11. Try a facial 

But don't try it too close to the big day! We suggest to not book a facial a week or two before your wedding day - and especially don't book facial extractions any time near, either. Completely off limits. We promise you'll thank us later.

12. If you're oily, there's still hope. Don't give up.

Make sure to use a gentle cleanser, exfoliate at least twice a week, a lightweight moisturizer, and don't wash your face too excessively, and you'll be good to go!

13. Don't skip over serums & face oils! These are inportant and as these are  what help your skin to stay radiant and youthful! You'd be surprised what a small drop of oil and serum can do to change your skin! 

14. Be consistent with your routine.

The more consistent you are with your routine, facials, masks, etc. the more benefits you will receive out of it all. Routine is key! Even if you have to set a daily reminder to get your skin care done, go ahead do it without shame. Because this will help you be that much more radiant & glowing on your big day.

15. When in doubt, always ask a professional.

It's better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your skin. Find a professional or dermatologist in your area that specializes in what you're specifically looking for, and set up an appointment to learn all about your skin and how to take care of it properly.


Ladies, we know that if you follow these guidelines you are going to look nothing short of fabulous on your wedding day! Trust me, Elite Secrets cares about bride's looking their best. These tricks are tried & true, and are the most simple/inexpensive ways to get the most radiant complexion! We are so excited for you to try these out! You won't regret it, we promise. 

And as always, thanks for reading! 

Kimberly Starr 








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It's finally January 2017! And you know what that means: the festivities are somehow not over yet, everyone is promising to get healthier this year, and you are working long days to get towards your resolutions!

And while you're goal-setting and planning your next big move, we would like to give you some helpful tips we believe everyone should be following throughout the new year.


01. Take your makeup off before you get into bed.

It's a horrible habit to get into, and while the bed might seem super cozy after a long work day, it's going to be worth it in the long run to take your makeup off before going to sleep. By doing so, you are eliminating any more bacteria from getting on your face, all the while helping control break outs. If you don't take off your makeup in the evening, and have noticed that your skin is breaking out and looks dull, try using a makeup remover & cleanser to clean your face!

02. Drink more water!

There's a reason why this is a cliche.....

Hint hint: It's because water is actually not only amazing for our body, but also for our skin.

Drinking more water helps clear your skin of acne, keep it hydrated (which is important for those dry ladies out there!), and helps prolong elasticity.

03. Clean your brushes often & properly!

This one is huge, people. As makeup artists, we are expected to keep a sanitary & clean kit at all times. And while that is true, everyone should be keeping their brushes & makeup tools clean.

Think about it: Your taking products and smearing, smudging, & rubbing them on your face. Repeatedly. Your mixing bacteria and face oils in with your products, and letting it sit on your brushes and build up.

This could also be a reason why you may have acne-prone skin, if you don't clean your tools accordingly.

Elite Secrets recommends that the every day lady (who's not a makeup artist, of course) wash their brushes once a week. Of course, feel free to clean more often if you find it suitable. It's encouraged! But a good time frame to wait if you're just starting out would be every week or 2.

Pro Tip: While we are on the topic of cleaning, make sure you wash your hands before applying makeup. This will also help control bacteria and acne!

04. Know when to throw out products.

Did you know that makeup has expiration dates? Yup. Your products go bad after a certain time-frame. It's almost cringe-worthy to think about if you're one to splurge on products. So try to pay attention to the lifespan of products you may have!


05. Develop a personalized skincare routine!

It's 2017, people, and everyone should have their own skincare products they use daily and nightly! Especially if you want your makeup to look flawless!

Determine whether or not your skin type is oily, dry, or combination and develop a routine of products based upon your type. A cleanser, toner, and moisturizer are all necessities for your daily & nightly routines. We also suggest finding a serum & moisturizer to incorporate weekly.


What are some of your beauty resolutions for the new year? We would love to hear in the comment section!

And as always, thanks for reading! -Kimberly Starr 






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On December 28th Elite Secrets had their last bride of 2016, which is a completely surreal feeling! On this date, we shared lots of laughs as Our team dolled up the bride and her stunning mother for the special day.

It was truly a memorable moment, and no one could  have asked for a better way to end a great year than doing what we all love: celebrating all things beautiful. 


2016 was a huge year, and 2017 is going to be even more extraordinary; we just know it!

Big plans are up ahead for Elite Secrets so make sure to book your appointments with us, as we are now accepting 2017 (and even 2018 brides) to reserve a spot for your trial.




Elite Secrets would like to take a moment to thank all of our 2016 brides, our blog readers, followers, and every bit of the wonderful people who have supported the small Baltimore business throughout the year. We are grateful for all the love & joy you each and every one of you bring!

We are looking to all that 2017 will bring, and we hope you are too! For new & exciting announcements, bridal photos, events, specials, & more please feel free to follow us on our social media to be the first to know what's going on in the new year.


Elite Secrets 

Latonya Turnage

525 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD





And as always, thanks for reading!

- Kimberly Starr 







ELITE SECRETS: Event Announcement + Questions Every Bride Should Be Asking During Bridal Trials!


ELITE SECRETS: Event Announcement + Questions Every Bride Should Be Asking During Bridal Trials!


At Elite Secrets, we know that those months following up to your special day can be stressful. You’re basically running around, trying to accomplish everything at once, bridesmaid fabrics and slices of cake are being tossed at you in every direction, and venue shopping can be tricky. So we want to make sure that choosing the makeup artist for your wedding is stress free, straightforward, and fun! We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you get the best experience from your Bridal Trial, know what to look for, what to ask, and what to generally expect out of your bridal trial.

We cover everything from long-lasting foundation tips, to general pricrd and how to avoid hidden fees, and tips on which questions to ask your makeup artist ahead of time! Be sure to click here to watch our new Bridal Trial video on our YouTube Channel so you can get all the amazing tips. Brides, grab your notebooks. Because we are going to be giving you some must-have tips to surviving your trials!

And speaking of Bridal Trials, we are hosting our own Bridal Trial Mania January 14-16th and we’re cutting our rates in half because we are all about saving you money. You can stop by, get your hair and makeup done by the wonderful Latonya Turnage & Level 23, meet other amazing brides, and have some fun! Who said makeup trials have to be stressful?

Not us!

So be sure to email or call and inquire about our Bridal Trial Mania event so you can reserve a spot, seats are filling up quick! We are looking forward to seeing you there!


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Going pro hair and makeup...

1e7a5580 Regular makeup you apply yourself is hard to see on camera. Having a professional use top-of-the-line pigmented makeup allows the camera to capture your beautiful self. The pro will know how to apply and how much to apply for a flawless more natural finish. Also, the pro will have the ability to enhance the natural facial features while covering problem areas on the the skin. Lastly, a pro will best apply the makeup, not to cause discoloration or makeup lines

Hiring a professional hair stylist is also crucial for your special event. Professional hair and makeup go hand and hand, like peanut butter and jelly. With a professional hair stylist, you don't have to worry about having a bad hair day! No matter the weather, a pro can make your hair perfect! Even, better a pro can tailor your look perfect for your event, facial shape, and desired look.

Having a pro create and execute the perfect makeup and hair look is what Elite Secrets Beauty Studio offers. From the formal event, wedding party, to a casual date night, you will walk away feeling pampered and dolled up in every way! Elite Secrets provides the glam for ALL OCCASIONS! Call today for an appointment 410.782.5293 or email at Special packages available on 12/17, 1/14, 1/15. and 1/16.