Cristina Rivera
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Cristina Rivera Jan 27, 2015.

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Cristina Rivera, Beauty Editor for “On the Avenue” magazine, and professional working freelance makeup artist, has served as MUA for Henry. N. Jackson for the launch of his 2009/2010 Fall Collection of 'Real Women's Bodies', both in NY and in Boston.

Her profession began as a life rehearsal as she immersed herself in everything that was available to her in the fashion and beauty industries.

She initially began by freelancing at weddings and giving make-overs to her friends for “girls' night out”. Word began to spread about her expertise and strong belief that the needs of her client were of the utmost importance. As a result, most of her job opportunities directly resulted from word of mouth - the best advertisement and a true tribute to satisfaction she delivers. A strong following grew with local brides; thus, “Glowing Faces” was born.

It is Cristina's passion and pleasure to keep up-to-date with the latest looks and newest innovations in makeup and skin care, so that she may incorporate new techniques into her work. She has a big heart and this translates over to the way she deals with her clients and the beauty she delivers.

Taking great pride in her work, she relishes every opportunity to create new works of art; and welcomes the opportunity to earn the trust of her client and deliver the best service in the industry.
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Wedding Day Make-up Tips by Cristina

1) Determine your skin type. Here’s how:

Dry Skin: Tends to be clear and sometimes a little stiff and “too small” for your face after washing. Your pores are small and your skin may peel or get red when you’re out in bad weather.
Oily Skin: Usually looks shiny and has visible pores. Your makeup doesn’t usually last all day and you’re prone to breakouts/black heads.
Combination Skin: This is the most common skin type. It usually consists of an oily T-zone (nose, forehead and chin) and the cheeks are dry.
Normal Skin: The lucky ones have this kind of skin type. It’s smooth, soft and perfectly balanced.

2) 6-12 Months prior to your wedding day: Begin a skin care regimen. This should consist of:

* A proper make up remover
* Cleanser, * Toner
* Exfoliator
* Moisturizer

**All should be appropriate for your skin type. Keep in mind that as you age, your skin type will also change. The skin care regimen you had as a teenager, may not be appropriate for you now. Also, make sure your ingesting 8-12 glasses of water per day. It is so good for your skin and will help the overall look on your wedding day.**

3) 4-5 Months Prior: Get ideas on hair styles and make up looks you would consider for your wedding day. If possible, have pictures set aside to show the professionals you hire. This will help them provide you with just the right look.

4) 2-3 Months Prior: Book your make up artist. Keep in mind that artists are booked pretty far in advance so you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to book your artist. Be prepared to put a deposit down so that you can ensure your wedding day is secured. If your artist doesn’t offer a contract, be sure to ask for one. Safe guard your peace of mind by having things in writing and keeping a copy for yourself.

5) 3-4 Weeks Prior: Meet with your MUA (make up artist) to discuss and test the make up for your day. This is an essential process. The last thing you want is to have the MUA do your make up on your wedding day only to decide that you hate what they’ve done and have all of your pictures taken looking that way. If brides maids or mothers of the bride/groom are also having their make up done for the big day, it’s a good idea that they also have a pre-wedding consultation.

(Hint: some brides choose to have this consultation during the day with their brides maids, and they wear the make up out that night for a “night on the town”).

*most MUA’s have a discounted rate for Pre-Wedding Consultations, be sure to ask*

6) 1-2 Weeks Prior: Confirm your appointment. Be sure that time, place and # of women getting their make up done is discussed. Also, be sure that both of you has contact information so that you can reach each other if the need arises.

Good luck with your planning

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If you're interested, please send me an email to and I'll happily send along the information:)

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At 8:52pm on December 27, 2009, DIVAlity EVENTS said…
Hi, Please join my Facebook fan page: Gillum Event Planners I would love to have you. I love your page! and i also would love to have you send me a link on here. Take care and speak to you soon. Aimee Gillum
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At 11:19pm on August 14, 2009, LISA SMITH PHOTO said…
Thanks! Your work is fabulous :-)
At 6:27pm on August 8, 2009, Steve Wemmer said…
Love your work & photos.
At 6:06pm on July 21, 2009, VICTORIA COLTER said…
Hi Cristina, I would love to be a part of the book it sounds great could I get more information please?! And thanks for opening the door to all of us.
At 10:17pm on July 13, 2009, Christine Dyer said…
Cristina - Thank you for inviting so many of your friends to this community. As a reward, you are now a featured member. For one week, you will appear first in the Wedding Community and you appear on the right side of each BridalTweet page. Thank you! - Christine
At 9:32am on July 13, 2009, Society Weddings said…
Your work looks impeccable!
At 10:08pm on July 7, 2009, Christine Dyer said…

Welcome and thank you for being one of the first members of this exciting new community. So let’s get this party started!

It is so great to have you here because of all of the wedding expertise that you bring to our community. I encourage you to share that expertise with all of us. You can do this by starting your own BridalTweet Blog, starting a Discussion or by joining a Group. You can also ask other Members to be your Friends, and start talking to other people who are also passionate about weddings.

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