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We were beyond thrilled to represent Portland bridal beauty at the grand opening of BHLDN bridal boutique inside the Pearl District Anthropologie.  The store is absolutely gorgeous and the party was a rocking good time.  So many of our favorite wedding industry friends were there too!

BHLDN Portland Grand Opening AnnouncementCassandra Kennedy Beauty bridal models

We’re so thankful for our real bride Megan who modeled for us!


Our artist Renee’ created subtle and fresh makeup and show-stopping hair and makeup on Anastasia.  Danii was rocking the cool and casual boho waves and winged liner by Cassandra.


portland updo hairstylingbhldn_grand_opening-180bhldn_grand_opening-272bhldn_grand_opening-031We are HARD CORE FANS of Anna’s cakes! Sweetheart St. Johns is to die for!

Sweetheart St. Johns

Love these two so much!  Sarah from Selva Floral Design & Joni of Mint & Mirth.

Selva Floral + Mint & Mirth

Everybody loves Jennelle! Slinging amazing cocktails at the Mint & Mirth bar!

Mint & Mirth

Rachel Jacobson is literally the nicest person you can imagine.  So insanely talented too!

Rachel Jacobson Calligraphy & Design

The attendees had a wonderful time and since it was just a handful of vendors, there was a lot of interaction.  Here they are surveying all of the amazing pieces that can be rented from Something Borrowed Portland.


Once again thank you so much to BHLDN for having us!  A HUGE thank you to A Lovely Day Photography for sharing these wonderful images! Also a special shout out to Jessica McGuinn who works her tail off prepping BHLDN stores for their openings throughout the country. Thank you for all of your help Jessica!  Many thanks to our fellow industry colleagues for a wonderful night!

Host: BHLDN Portland

Photography: A Lovely Day Photography

Bridal Hair & Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Flowers: Selva Floral Design

Cake: Sweetheart St. Johns

Calligraphy & Design: Rachel Jacobson

Catering: White Pepper 

Bartending: Mint & Mirth

Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed

HD and the extreme detailed zoom-in capabilities of cameras changed everything for makeup artists.  Product choices and techniques need to be revamped to make skin look gorgeous and fresh in the age of the extreme close up.  Portland’s professional makeup artists gathered at the NW 23rd MAC store to learn about this very topic from MAC Senior Artist Caitlin Callahan in her Close Up Makeup Master Class.

MAC Pro Masterclass NW 23rd Portland OR

Caitlin C. rocked our world and busted us out of old ruts by demonstrating a myriad of techniques.  Gone are the days of covering the entire face in foundation (I wanted to stand up and shout ‘Amen!’ at this one), covering the entire under eye with concealer, setting with powder (what?  I know!), lining the entire lip, using one lip color for the whole lip, stopping that brow bone shadow at the edge of the eyebrow.  The amazing list goes on and on.

Caitlin Callahan MAC PRO master class

Basically it’s all about TEXTURE!  Here are many of the products used to create that flawless and fresh look.  Some of the products I picked up afterwards were MAC Oil Control Lotion, more Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powders, Pro Longwear Concealer, Clear Brow Set, and Prep + Prime highlighter pens.

MAC Pro cosmetics for HD

Caitlin is so generous with her knowledge, fielding all of our questions with humor and enthusiasm while working on her model.

Caitlin Callahan and Cassandra Kennedy Beauty 

Here she gives one young artist encouragement on her career path.

Caitlin Callahan talks to a young makeup artist

And there’s my girl Kim, manager of the store who always gives me the best product advice.  She and Katherine, along with the rest of the staff, helped us get all of our kit essentials in the shopping frenzy that followed the Master Class.

MAC store manager Portland OR

Thanks all!  Your debut Master Class was a smashing success!  Thank you Caitlin!!!

MAC store NW 23rd Portland OR

Many times I’ve thought how fun it would be to do makeup in my little hometown and last week I finally did just that!

Cassandra Kennedy Beauty Hometown Makeovers

Way out in the mountains of Eastern Oregon you’ll find the place I grew up: Halfway.  It was once just a stagecoach mail drop halfway between two old mining towns.

There’s the cutest little addition to Main Street now.  Stephanie’s Bakery!  When I lived there, Stephanie was just a toddler.


Now she’s all grown up.  For her makeover I decided to bring out the  bombshell but keep the makeup pretty enough for daytime.

Cassandra Kennedy Beauty + Stephanie

She also cajoled her sister (who would rather be out riding horses than fussing with makeup) into joining us.  I found out that scented hair products also give her migraines.  No worries, I just added a little bend to the hair with a curling iron.  A smile of relief washed over her when she looked in the mirror.  “You didn’t put a ton of makeup on me!”  Sometimes when you’re sitting there and you feel all these brushes and sponges brushing against your face, you have to wonder.

These two ladies are very dear to my heart and I’ve known them both my entire life.  It was such a treat to catch up with them and talk about their beauty routines.  My biggest advice to them was to keep the skin moist looking.  It’s especially important in dry climates like Halfway.  That means possibly switching to a foundation that is more of a tinted moisturizer or beauty balm and ditching the powder.  Cream blush instead of powder blush too!

I also got to work with another set of sisters!  These two high schoolers gave me updates on important stuff like who are the cutest boys in the school, who is going to prom with whom, etc.  In a small school there aren’t many people so you just end up rotating boyfriends amongst your friends.  I told the story of a boy who went out with every single one of my girlfriends over the course of six years.  She giggled and said “Um, he’s our softball coach.”  LOL!  So the 18-year-old wanted smoky eyes and tousled waves a la Kardashian style.  I just happened to have three of Kim’s favorite go-to products in my kit!

I told the 16-year-old that her skin would never be this great again so don’t cover it up with a bunch of heavy makeup!  Also brown-eyed girls are lucky because they can wear almost any eye color and it looks great.  She opted for the same liner I loved at that age – electric blue!

side ponytail with loose waves and natural makeup

A big thank you to all who came out for some beauty fun and an extra big thank you to Stephanie’s Bakery and Wildflowers Again for hosting me!  Let’s do it again soon – that was fun:)
Wildflowers Again Flowers and Antiques, Halfway, Oregon


Artists draw inspiration from the world around them but nothing inspires more than looking at art!  The people at MAC Pro New York know this better than anyone and presented an amazing collection of living statues for the pure viewing pleasure of the artists attending their Pro to Pro networking event “Hit the Pavement”.  The cocktail party took place in a parking lot under the famed High Line park.  The models were simply AMAZING – holding their gaze for THREE HOURS.  This model had such a haunting stare, I was really enthralled with her.  Don’t you love this patina finish they created?  One artist who worked on this said they used Queen Helene’s Mint Julep face mask in the wigs to get that texture and color.

MAC Pro living statue with patina finish

MAC Pro living statues with patina finishclose up of living statue model holding fruit

MAC Pro to Pro group photo of guests

MAC Pro to Pro party theme sign + Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

MAC Pro living statue close up of golden windblown guy

The cheekiest (pun intended) statue that had everyone talking was the toilet man, complete with a painted roll of toilet paper.  And who could resist roller girl with her matching boom box?

man sitting on toilet living statuesilver body painted statue of roller girl

The party was full of delicious food trucks like artisanal ice cream, dumplings, gourmet tacos, and these awesome belgian waffles.  Fresh off the boat from England was Kirstie Louise, a student of theatrical makeup ready to take the world by storm.  She was so excited to be in NYC for the first time that she fit right in with these pink tourist statues.

Belgian waffle truck at MAC Pro to Pro party

Pink tourist statues and one real tourist

close up of pink tourist statue

I spotted @MAC_Romero_J and had to tell him what a big fan I am of his work.  He always keeps his twitter followers in the loop as he spans the globe from fashion show to creative project.  What an amazing night.  Thank you MAC!

MAC pro Romero J & Cassandra Kennedy Beautysnapshot of stylish MAC Pro to Pro party guest

You have to get strategic before you attend The Makeup Show.  It’s the huge annual she-bang for Makeup Artists where pros shop, network, and learn but it can be overwhelming with the sheer amount of options.  In past years my product obsession has led the way but this year my personal focus (besides my always #1 goal of LEARNING more) was talking with industry friends and people I know from social media.  I was so happy to run into @JohnnyLavoy who I took my very first pro bridal makeup and hair class with.  I suddenly flashed back to how NERVOUS I’d been!  The other artists in the class had more experience than me and I was so intimidated.  He had us do face charts of our planned looks and he came around to inspect them.  He picked mine up and asked “Who did this one?  It’s great.”  The girl next to me was visibly jealous.  That was the moment I thought “Yeah! I can do this!” and I still have that chart as a little reminder.  I’m so glad I can keep learning from him via his amazing YouTube tutorials.  I also got to meet Dominick Briguglio who I’ve been getting to know over on the Stila Pro Community site.

One line I was dying to see was @RMSbeauty.  The organic Lip2Cheek colors lived up to the hype and I even got to meet the creator Rose-Marie Swift.  Her skin has an AMAZING glow.  She said it’s because doesn’t use any chemicals on it.  Duly noted!

Always love to say hi to the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (@occmakeup) folks and their guest this year was the @Queen of Blending.  If you’re not following her crazy antics on twitter, you’re missing out!  Equally entertaining is Kevin James Bennett (@KJBennettBeauty), an Emmy-Award winning artist and educator.  I love his super-informative blog posts.

Here I am with thee Dany Sanz and I was too intimidated to bust out my francais on her.  I did manage a s’il vous plait when asking for a photo.  I just happened to be wearing a bright orange lipstick from her Make Up For Ever Rouge Artiste Intense collection.

I really love Smashbox cosmetics and enjoy seeing what their seasonal trends will be.  Lori Taylor’s work on models is consistently gorgeous and totally my taste.  Get on their email list if you’re not on it already.  And look at @TheReggieWells, showing off his work using his clockpots on a shopper.  Oprah’s long-time makeup artist and beauty educator, there’s a lot you can learn from “the grandfather of makeup”.  Check out his products on Hissyfit.

There were 16 bloggers registered at the first Makeup Show and over 240 requests this year!  Times have sure changed…  I enjoyed meeting some of the long-time powerhouse beauty bloggers and twitterati like @EnKoreMakeup and @PurseBuzz.  I also LOVED the new feature they had called “Pro Pods” where attendees could have face time with a variety of super helpful people like famous bloggers, agents, and artists.  I got excellent straight up advice from Felicia Walker Benson of @thisthatBeauty and her pal Lianne Farbes of @TheMakeupGirl blog.  I also got some great encouragement and got to run some ideas by @JenJamesBeauty.  If there is such thing as a man’s man, then DeShawn Hatcher is a makeup artist’s makeup artist.  So glad I got to tell her how much I love her blog!

Shopping was glorious too!  Everyone was stocking up and enjoying demos and interactions with the vendors.  Of course @SamFineBeauty had throngs of fans lined up for autographs!

Check out Danessa Myricks‘s hair! It fascinated me! Now more importantly, check out her work!  Just want to give a shout out to my pals from @ChicStudiosNYC.  They have great makeup and hair classes and I’ve participated in some awesome portfolio photo shoots with them.

Two of the hottest items at the show weren’t even makeup!  Everyone was buying up @Glamcor lights (already had mine) and The Actor Bag, an on-set touch up mini kit that attaches to your hand.  I’m obsessed with this little thing!

Honestly I didn’t think The Makeup Show would be able to top themselves from what they’ve done in the past, but they really blew everyone away this year with more features, their amazing speaker lineup, and more exhibitors.  BRAVO guys!!!