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The Ultimate Bridal Beauty Timeline from Now to your Big Day

The Ultimate Bridal Beauty Timeline from Now to your Big Day

The end of the week marks the beginning of September. Soon the leaves will change, school will be back in session, and pumpkin spice lattes will return to Starbucks menus everywhere. Exciting, right? Well, to most this sounds endearing, but if you are a fall bride images of orange leaves and warm seasonal drinks may be overshadowed by all the looming tasks left on your list of wedding to do’s.

Between seating charts and first dance song selections, you’ve got enough on your plate without having to worry about the beauty tasks, so we figured we could help with another way to avoid wedding day stress. Here’s your last-minute Elite timeline for all things bridal beauty so you will look and feel your most beautiful self ever on your wedding day.

 Two months before

  • Test out tanning options. You don’t want to wait for this task. Starting early ensures that you won’t get stuck with a color you’re not proud to wear.

[Related Post: Everything you Need to Know about Wedding Airbrush Tans]

  • Make an appointment to see an eyebrow specialist for shaping. Working on shaping those fine hairs above the eye now, gives them plenty of time to grow back and start over if you don’t like the outcome.
  • Talk to your dentist about teeth whitening or begin an at-home regimen for enhancing your pearly whites.
  • If you’re thinking about making a dramatic change to your hair color for the wedding, this is the time to try it out. Figure out your desired hair color and work out a plan with your color specialist. This gives you plenty of time to grow it out or change the hair color before the Big Day.

Two weeks before

  • Touch up roots on your hair color. This is optional and depends on the color and the process. It’s best to consult your color specialist for customized instruction for keeping your strands flawless for your special day.
  • Exfoliate your entire body 2-3 times a week. Slough off dead skin and reveal your natural glow-- all over.

 One week before

  • Start eating healthy from here on out. Cut sodium to beat bloating and start eating clean to boost your metabolism.
  • Zen out with yoga and meditation to reduce your stress. Extra stress leaves your skin vulnerable to break outs. This important tip is sure to help keep your zit-free on your wedding day.

If you're in the Baltimore area, check out our friends at Charles St. Barre for a great workout. They even have special programs just for brides. 

  • Make appointments for all your waxing needs, brows, legs, lip, and bikini line, etc.

Congratulations, your big day is almost here, and you have everything needed to look your best self. All you need to do is smile and enjoy the beginning of this new chapter.


{EVENT RECAP} Stellar Weekend for Elite Secrets Bridal


{EVENT RECAP} Stellar Weekend for Elite Secrets Bridal

This trunk show and the media attention around it was unlike any other. We kicked things off on Friday with a press preview. Some of Baltimore’s most recognized journalists met at the Studio to preview autumn and winter collections from Justin Alexander’s Sweetheart and Sincerity Bridal. A few even tried on some of the couture wedding dresses. Early on Saturday morning, beauty expert and CEO of Elite Secrets, LaTonya Turnage, headed to WBAL-TV to do makeup for the morning segment on Preakness Fashion with Baltimore Sun's John-John Williams. It was a treat to see the big hats and glam outfits paired with the famous Elite Secrets beat.

After some fun on set, the team headed back to Elite Secrets to welcome brides to the trunk show. Brides and local wedding vendors gathered at the Mount Vernon bridal boutique to shop and mingle over champagne.

When the show ended, the team packed up the dresses and made their way to Port Discovery for the Philanthropik’s Shade event, a benefit for Baltimore’s Mayor Hugh’s summer jobs program. Models revealed the collections as they mixed and mingled with Baltimore elite crowd of professionals and celebrities.

Last but not least, our friends from WBFF-TV interviewed our favorite girl boss and entrepreneur, LaTonya during the trunk show on Sunday. Needless to say, the weekend was a huge success!

In fact, because the show was such a success we’ve extended the Justin Alexander Trunk Show special through this week! Book your bridal appointment today and enjoy 10% off Justin Alexander wedding dresses and 50% off wedding accessories.

From breathtaking ball gowns to romantic A-lines to sleek modern dresses, the new Sweetheart and Sincerity Collections by Justin Alexander is what fairy-tale dreams are made. Equal parts classic and romantic there is something for everyone. Think soft traditional fabrics, intricate details, and graceful hues all coming together to create some of the most elegant and show stopping gowns you will ever see.

Beyond extraordinary gowns and accessories, shopping with Elite Secrets Bridal supports a worthy cause! A portion of the proceeds from retail sales will go to For 3 Sisters, a Maryland-based nonprofit organization with a mission to raise awareness and improve the quality of life for men and women affected by breast cancer.

About Elite Secrets Bridal

Located in Baltimore's esteemed Mount Vernon fashion boutique district, Elite Secrets Bridal opened its doors, bringing to Baltimore’s bridal scene an experience that cannot be found in any other Baltimore bridal boutique. The pedigree of founder LaTonya Turnage, bridal beauty and fashion expert has been fundamental to our philosophy to combine expertise and excellent service with style and grace. Leaving pretense to the side, we focus on bringing the best designer and emerging bridal gowns from all over the world to Baltimore Brides!


Expert advice for teens: 6 timely beauty tips every girl should know


Expert advice for teens: 6 timely beauty tips every girl should know


Your teenage years can feel like both the best and most stressful time of your life. Balancing school, clubs, and friends can seem overwhelming, yet exhilarating at the same time. It’s also the time when dabbling in makeup comes in full swing. There’s a lot to learn when it comes to makeup and beauty, so don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed. If you’re on the quest for fool-proof skin and makeup tips, we’ve rounded up six beauty tricks every girl should know!

Your routine should always start out with a good skin care regime

Your skin goes through a lot each day. Just think about how often we touch our face, all the sweat that clogs your pores, and all the makeup you wear (plus the nights you fall asleep without taking it off — a definite "no no"!). Although there is no accord on how often a person with healthy skin should cleanse their face, studies show that folks with acne benefit from twice daily face cleansing. Combine daily cleansing with a toner and moisturizer, and you’re good to go.

Adopt a simple routine for you everyday school makeup

If you’re a beginner and want a look that is light and not overdone, start off with a combination of foundation, concealer, and blush. Stick to a simple eye makeup routine, finished off with a little mascara. This method will keep you looking fresh and awake, and it’s quick and easy to do right before school.

Don’t Forget to Prime

Priming your skin is one of the most important things you can do before applying any cosmetics. It establishes a smooth foundation for your makeup and evens out your skin tone for a flawless canvas. It also hydrates your skin, while at the same time reducing oil and shine. Fresh Face Primer is ideal for sensitive, acne-prone skin and will work wonders for any skin type.

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Moisturizing is a must

Moisturizing your skin before applying any makeup is essential for healthy, glowing skin. This important step should be your number one priority as it keeps your skin from becoming dull and dehydrated. It can also protect your skin as an excellent moisturizer creates a protective barrier.

A proper moisturizer is crucial. If you have acne-prone skin (as most teenagers do) try an oil-free product such Calm Balm for soft, smooth skin.

Eye tricks every girl should know

The proper makeup can make a huge difference when it comes to your eyes. Having beautiful, bright eyes is the goal for most girls. A professional makeup artist can share insider techniques for highlighting with concealer and extending your eyeliner line to make your eyes pop.

Find and use a great eye cream

Never underestimate the potential of a good eye cream. Your under-eye area is the only place on your face that doesn’t create moisture, so it’s essential to keep it hydrated. Without eye cream, any concealer is more likely to peel under your eyes.

Eye cream will make your eyes look more awake and less dull. Pep-Start Eye Cream is one of our favorites!

These makeup tips for teens are essential for a fresh, radiant and gorgeous look. Follow the tips to step up your makeup game and feel more confident in your own skin!

Sign up now for our teen hair and makeup workshop. Get tickets here:


We're Thrilled to Announce Elite Secrets Beauty Week


We're Thrilled to Announce Elite Secrets Beauty Week


We are so excited to announce our Elite Secrets Beauty Week this week February 13-18th!  What’s Elite Secrets Beauty Week? Well, for seven glorious days beauty lovers you can enjoy discounts and events at Elite Secrets. Here’s the lineup of what’s in store for the remainder of the week. WEDNESDAY Today our makeup expert and owner of Elite Secrets, LaTonya Turnage, will host #AskaPro, a Q&A session on Facebook Live. At noon, today this tenured makeup artist will answer all your beauty and skincare questions. What is baking? How long should I hold on to product? Which brushes should I use? How do I match foundation to my skin? Get all your beauty questions answered LIVE! Tune in at noon and again at 5 PM EST to


THURSDAY Enjoy our Half Off Special! Yes, Valentine’s Day was Tuesday, but it’s always the perfect day to feel and look good. Come in tomorrow and choose any our services for half off the regular price.

FRIDAY Surprise! On Friday, we are having our wedding trend show on Facebook Live. Tune in at noon to see our makeup expert discuss wedding beauty trends and the hottest looks for the 2017 bride. Be sure to log on to You don’t want to miss this!

SATURDAY Calling all wedding vendors! Join us for an evening of fun, luxury, and fabulous favors and treats! We can't wait to see you at the Elite Secrets Wedding Vendor Social on Saturday, February 18 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Mingle and connect with industry friends, while indulging in delectable desserts, and yummy cocktails.1e7a5576

The celebration does not have to end after this week. Our All About the Bride event extends through the entire month. Brides, book your bridal trial before March 1st and receive half off the cost of the session. Hurry slots are filling quickly! Book your trial here.


Sweet or Sexy? What is your Valentine's Day Makeup Look?


Sweet or Sexy? What is your Valentine's Day Makeup Look?


Valentine's Day is almost upon us.

And, whether you think it's a holiday simply made up by the greeting card industry, or the day to proclaim your love for one another, either way, you're going to want to look your best. Makeup will only highlight the beauty you already possess. These are two guaranteed looks to make your partner ogle or strangers take a double look.


Look One: Sweet and Flirty.

Perhaps it's the first date, or maybe you just can't see yourself wearing red lipstick, but you can't go wrong with Sweet and Flirty. To complete this look, you're going to keep your palette bright and your highlight the feature.

Eyes: Keep your eyeshadow to a simple shimmer, nude, or none at all. You're going to want to focus on your eyeliner and lashes.

Face: Stick to a pinky blush and a strobing effect.

Lips: You'll want a pink gloss or lipstick.

The point of this look is to keep it as simple as possible and to keep you looking fresh and girly.


Look Two: Sultry and Sexy.

This look is designed to make him drool. You're bold and confident, and you've been itching to prove it. You have your outfit. That bodycon dress with the low neck. Now you have to have the makeup to match it.

Eyes: Go bold or go home. On you lid, go for a gold glitter. On your crease, use a dark shadow and blend it in. Line your eyes and use that vintage thick false lash you've been dying to use.

Face: Now it's time to break out the foundation and contour kit. Define those cheekbones. Lay up on the highlight, though. You're not the sweetheart tonight; you're the vixen.

Lips: The darker the red, the better. Try to avoid that candy apple wannabe. Look for wine or burgundies. And take it a step forward by using a liner to line just outside your lips. The outline will give the illusion of poutier lips!

The point of this look is to make your date look at your face. Hope you're ready to have them kiss it off!

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Do you need expert advice or application? We can be your Valentine and help you out. Book here now (or call 443-219-7049) and we'll send you home with a sweet surprise!


Thanks for reading! -Dani Gudino

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ELITE SECRETS - BEAUTY SECRETS | the honeymoon edit




Honeymoons are a blissful time filled with love, relaxation, and memories... Not picking and choosing what products to use! With that being said, we wanted to give you the Ultimate Honeymoon Beauty Guide filled with quick, easy, and amazing products to not only help save you time in the mornings, but also ensure you will look your best.

  1. Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizer - lightweight moisturizer that leaves your skin feeling hydrated, replenished, and radiant
  2. It Cosmetic's CC Cream - We always suggest bb creams or tinted moisturizers to bride's on their  honeymoon. This CC Cream is  perfect for a light weight, beautiful coverage while also giving you an SPF of 50. You can sit back and enjoy your amazing adventures with one less thing to worry about: sun burn!
  3. Limelight By Alcone Bronzer - This will give you the most glowing sun kissed finish to any look. You'll be looking like a goddess in no time.
  4. Loreal Waterproof Mascara - From taking dips in the hot tub, to the occasional laugh-cry (we've all been there), a waterproof mascara ensures that your voluminous lashes are going to stay put all day hassle-free.
  5. Smashbox Waterpoof Kohl Eyeliner - A smooth, long wearing consistency is the perfect pair with your mascara. Whether you opt for a soft brown or a dramatic black, your eyes will look fantastic tight-lined in Smashbox eyeliners.
  6. Limelight By Alcone Lipgloss - A smooth, lightweight constancy is perfect for an easy look. Try a nude or a rosey tone to give you the perfect flush of color without the maintenance of a  lipstick.
  7. Smashbox Primer Water - This product is absolutely perfect at setting your look and keeping it in place, no matter the climate or itinerary. A definite must have for every bride's honeymoon!
  8. Fresh Sugar Lip Balm - With additional SPF, you can't go wrong with fresh's tinted lip balms. With an array of colors, they are sure to have the perfect shade for you.
  9. Neutrogena Face Wash - At the end of the day, you can take your makeup off in no time with these wipes. They're holy grail.
  10. Limelight by Alcone Cleanser - We absolutely adore all of their skin products, but while traveling, a cleanser is a must-have item for your morning/night routine.

We hope this helps all our brides/brides to-be as you embark on a new journey! We would love to hear if you have any staple products you'll be bringing on your honeymoon. And don't forget to follow us on social media for more products suggestions and bridal tips & tricks! 

Latonya Turnage 

Elite Secrets 

525 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, United States



And as always, thanks for reading! 

-Kimberly Starr 






coffee-001 We are so excited to release our new interactive worksheet for all those beautiful new brides out there! At Elite Secrets, we are all about assisting our clients and making your day all about you. So we wanted to create something interactive, useful, & easily accessible to help your Bridal Trial day run smoothly!

And if you haven't checked our new video all about Bridal Trials and questions you should be asking, feel free to check it out on our YouTube channel & don't forget to subscribe for more useful tips for your special day!

We are so excited to see how you use our worksheets, so feel free to post your own Bridal Trials Notes by Elite Secrets and tag us on instagram!


Stay glam, ladies! -Kimberly Starr


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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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Business: 410.782.5293 Email: Reviews:

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