Sue & Alket’s destination wedding in Sorrento

Hello beauties! Today I would love to tell you about Sue and Alket’s destination wedding in Sorrento. This fantastic couple got into contact with me in 2016 as they were going to get married in the beautiful Sorrento, in the Amalfi Coast.  It was still quite early, but we started to discuss their preferences and style; then they came in Rome in October and we met in the photographer's office to get to know each other and discuss the details: it was love at the first sight!


Sue and Alket are fantastic, relaxed, always smiling, they trust you letting you know their ideas and asking for your tips. Sue is a very beautiful young woman with Indian origins, she has amazing dark eyes, long thick wavy hair and beautiful silky skin.
We had been in contact during all months before their wedding to exchange ideas and prepare all the details concerning her first bridal look for the morning, her second bridal look for the evening and bridesmaids, relatives and friends’ hair and make up. She had all her family and friends with her to prepare.

I came to Sorrento with my team a day before the wedding and we organised the trial.
We tried hairstyles and make up; the room was full of friends and relatives, and they were smiling, laughing, having fun and telling nice stories to each other. A relaxing evening between girls before the wedding day!

On the wedding day, the weather was great and sunny, the breathtaking view from the Sue's room was very inspiring. There were emotions and a little bit of anxiety, but it is absolutely normal: as I told to Sue, the important thing is to stay relaxed and calm and enjoy the whole thing!

Her first bridal look was a little bit of Great Gatsby style: black eyeliner, a little bit of an accent on her eyes, pinkish lipstick by Mac for her lips and eyelashes. Her bridal hairstyle that she wanted was a soft looking side loose curls hairstyle with some small braids. Then the photographer Daniele came and made us laugh and relax. You may see his beautiful photos here: Daniele Torella → .

Then I helped her with the dress and the shoes and she went to the ceremony. Me and my team had a small relax in the beautiful hotel Mediterraneo → . I must say, a fantastic place as for work, as for ceremonies: it’s spacious, with good cuisine, modern, clean, with a lot of light and fantastic views!

After that, I went to Sue's room, to start her second bridal look for the evening.
A more dramatic eye make up with lots of lashes, fresh and luminous skin and loose beautiful waves for her fantastic long hair. Everything went well, we had a lot of fun! With great positive clients it’s always like this. I’m happy to have done the bridal look for Sue on her special day and wish them lots of happiness!

This what Sue wrote on my FB page:

I don't know how to praise Anna enough! She is absolutely amazing! She really understands the look you are after and takes care and patience to make sure she makes you look absolutely perfect. Anna did my hair and make up for my wedding for both morning and evening and she made me feel so relaxed and confident.

I had so many compliments on how I looked on the day with many saying I looked like a Hollywood star! I certainly felt like one! I knew Anna was for me the minute I saw her website but more so when I met her in person. I couldn't have chosen a better person and really wish she could do my makeup and hair everyday! Thank you so much Anna and team! We ❤ you!

Thank you, Sue, I’m really grateful for these words and to have done my best to make your day more beautiful and special!


Are you looking for a wedding make up artist and bridal hairstylist? Feel free to contact me for any further information!


Love yourself: 12 tips to improve your self-esteem

  Beauty is a sign of intelligence.

  (Andy Warhol)


Hi, beautiful ladies!

Hope you are doing great and feeling gorgeous. I decided to start my article with this beautiful saying of Andy Warhol,that for me means that we CHOOSE to be beautiful.

This time I won’t speak about weddings, long-lasting products, runways or perfect styles.

I’ve been in the industry for over 10 years. Beauty for me is such a relative thing, as I often meet really good looking people who have low self-esteem. Low self-esteem is a cause of all problems in all fields: relations, work, health etc.

I don’t like to write a lot about theory, I’d say I’m really fond of psychology, and it helps me in my work, but all things I’m writing about I first of all practice on myself.

Starting from our childhood nobody teaches us how important is to love ourselves, often our parents tend to criticize us, what we do and what we choose. Nobody taught them these things, that’s why they don’t know how to do it differently. Sometimes they don’t realise how important is to encourage, to reassure, let you do what you want, to make your mistakes and to learn your lessons from them.

As a result a lot of people just don’t know how to develop their self-esteem, especially in the world of Instagram idols, fake all-the-same-‘beauty’ and sex symbols, everybody want to be somebody else, they don’t want to accept themselves, developing their best traits of character and enhancing the most beautiful parts in their appearance.

The world is so beautiful being different, women are so wonderful in their ethnicities, various skin tones and hair types. The most important thing is an appropriate self-esteem that brings inner harmony, smile and happiness. A woman who is self-confident is happy inside, she will never let others treat her badly, she gets magnetic and highly attractive to men. She is very femminine and attracts strong men.

Every time I work with a client, I see her beauty, amazing eye colour, fantastic hair, beautiful smile, long eyelashes, great shape of her nose, gorgeous skin, long gracious neck and wonderful hands, but she… is full of complexes because of previous unpleasant experiences.

That’s way for every make up artist his job must be a vocation – we must be delicate psychologists, mental coaches in some way, always positive people so that after a make up and hair session our clients feel more beautiful, harmonious, flawless and motivated to be happy and positive. They become more motivated to take care of their beauty, to see their personal beautiful features.

High self-esteem underpins every positive experience in your life. It helps you to see the positive in every situation, to cope with adversity and to fully appreciate the good times. In the modern, fast-paced society that we live in, there is always someone or something demanding your time and attention. When you are constantly responding to these requests you are meeting the needs of others. While it is good to help others, this can sometimes happen at the expense of taking time for you. When you do not take time for you, your self-esteem starts to drop. Sadly, many people do not notice their self-esteem declining until they experience some real difficulties.

How to improve your self-esteem:12 useful techniques

1. Say stop to your inner critic.

A good place to start with raising your self-esteem is by learning how to handle and to replace the voice of your own inner critic. We all have an inner critic.

It can spur you on to get things done or to do things to gain acceptance from the people in your life. But at the same time it will drag your self-esteem down. This inner voice whispers or shouts destructive thoughts in your mind. Thoughts like for example:

  • You are lazy and sloppy, now get to work.
  • You aren’t good at your job at all and someone will figure that out and throw you out.
  • You are worse or uglier than your friend/co-worker/partner.

You don’t have to accept this though. There are ways to minimize that critical voice and to replace it with more helpful thoughts. You can change how you view yourself.
One way to do so is simply to say stop whenever the critic pipes up in your mind. You can do this by creating a stop-word or stop-phrase.

As the critic says something – in your mind – shout: STOP!

Or use my favorite: No, no, no, we are not going there!

Or come up with a phrase or word that you like that stops the train of the thought driven by the inner critic.

Then refocus your thoughts to something more constructive. Like planning what you want to eat for dinner or your tactic for the next soccer game.

In the long run it also helps a lot to find better ways to motivate yourself than listening to your inner critic. So let’s move on to that.


2. Use healthier motivation habits.

To make the inner critic less useful for yourself and that voice weaker and at the same time motivate yourself to take action and raise your self-esteem it is certainly helps to have healthy motivation habits.

A few that I have used to replace and fill up much of the place that the inner critic once held in my mind are these:

  • Remind yourself of the benefits. A simple but powerful way to motivate yourself and to keep that motivation up daily is to write down the deeply felt benefits you will get from following this new path or reaching a goal.
    Like for example getting into better shape and having more energy for your kids and the people close to you. Or making more money and through that being able to travel with the love of your life and experience wonderful new things together.
    When your list is done then save it and put it somewhere where you will see it every day. For instance in your workspace or on your fridge.
  • Refocus on doing what YOU really, really like to do. When you really, really like doing something then the motivation to do that thing tends to comes pretty automatically. When you really want something in life then it also becomes easier to push through any inner resistance you feel.
    So if you lose your motivation, ask yourself: Am I doing what I really want to do? If not and if possible, then refocus and start working on that very important thing instead.

After you have used your stop-word or phrase focus on one of these techniques. Over time it will become a habit and your inner critic will pop up a lot less often.


3. Take a 2 minute self-appreciation break.

This is a very simple and fun habit. And if you spend just two minutes on it every day for a month then it can make huge difference.
Here’s what you do: take a deep breath, slow down and ask yourself this question: what are 3 things I can appreciate about myself?

A few examples that have come up when I have used to this exercise are that I:

  • Help quite a few people each day through what I write.
  • Can make people laugh and forget about their troubles.
  • Am very thoughtful and caring when it comes to our cats.

These things don’t have to be big things.

Maybe just that you listened fully for a few minutes to someone who needed it today. That you took a healthy walk or bike ride after work. That you are a caring and kind person in many situations.

These short breaks do not only build self-esteem in the long run but can also turn a negative mood around and reload you with a lot of positive energy again.


4. Write down 3 things in the evening that you can appreciate about yourself.

This is a variation of the habit above and combining the two of them can be extra powerful for two boosts in self-esteem a day. Or you may simply prefer to use this variation at the end of your day when you have some free time for yourself to spare.What you do is to ask yourself the question from the last section:

What are 3 things I can appreciate about myself?

Write down your answers every evening in a journal made out of paper or on your computer/smart phone. A nice extra benefit of writing it down is that after a few weeks you can read through all the answers to get a good self-esteem boost and change in perspective on days when you may need it the most.


5. Do the right thing.

When you do what you deep down think is the right thing to do then you raise and strengthen your self-esteem.

It might be a small thing like getting up from the couch and going to the gym. It could be to be understanding instead of judgmental in a situation. Or to stop feeling sorry for yourself and focus on the opportunities and gratitude for what you actually have.

It is not always easy to do or even to know what the right thing is. But keeping a focus on it and doing it as best you can makes big difference both in the results you get and for how you think about yourself.

One tip that makes it easier to stay consistent with doing the right thing is to try to take a few such actions early in the day. Like, for example, giving someone a compliment, eating a healthy breakfast and working out.

This sets the tone for the rest of your day.


6. Replace the perfectionism.

Few thought habits can be so destructive in daily life as perfectionism.

It can paralyze you from taking action because you become so afraid of not living up to some standard. And so you procrastinate and you do not get the results you want. This will make your self-esteem sink.

Or you take action but are never or very rarely satisfied with what you accomplished and your own performance. And so your opinion and feelings about yourself become more and more negative and your motivation to take action plummets.

How can you overcome perfectionism? A few things that really helped me are:

  • Go for good enough. When you aim for perfection then that usually winds up in a project or a task never being finished. So simply go for good enough instead. Don’t use it as an excuse to slack off, but simply realize that there is something called good enough and when you are there then you are finished.
  • Remember that buying into myths of perfection will hurt you and the people in your life. This simple reminder that life is not like in a movie, a song or a book can be good reality check whenever you are daydreaming of perfection. Because reality can clash with your expectations when they are out of this world and harm or even possibly lead to the end of relationships, jobs, projects and so on.


7. Handle mistakes and failures in a more positive way.

If you go outside of your comfort zone, if you try to accomplish anything that is truly meaningful then you will stumble and fall along the way.

And that is OK. It is normal. It is what people that did something that truly mattered have done throughout all ages. Even if we don’t always hear about it as much as we hear about their successes.

So remember that. And when you stumble try this:

  • Be your own best friend. Instead of beating yourself up, ask yourself: how would my friend/parent support me and help me in this situation? Then do things and talk to yourself like he or she would. It keeps you from falling into a pit of despair and helps you to be more constructive after the first initial pain of a mistake or failure starts to dissipate.
  • Find the upside. Another way to be more constructive in this kind of situation is to focus on optimism and opportunities. So ask yourself: what is one thing I can learn from this? And what is one opportunity I can find in this situation? This will help you to change your viewpoint and hopefully not hit the same bump a little further down the road.


8. Be kinder towards other people.

When you are kinder towards others you tend to treat and think of yourself in a kinder way too. And the way you treat other people is how they tend to treat you in the long run.

So focus on being kind in your daily life.

You can for example:

  • Just be there and listen as you let someone vent.
  • Hold up the door for the next person.
  • Let someone into your lane while driving.
  • Encourage a friend or a family member when they are uncertain or unmotivated.
  • Take a few minutes help someone out in a practical way.

9. Try something new.

When you try something new, when you challenge yourself in a small or bigger way and go outside of your comfort zone, then your opinion of yourself goes up.

You may not have done whatever you did in a spectacular or great way but you at least tried instead of sitting on your hands and doing nothing.

And that is something to appreciate about yourself and it can help you come alive as you get out of a rut.

So go outside of your comfort zone regularly. Don’t expect anything, just tell yourself that you will try something out. And then later on you can do the same thing a few more times and improve your own performance.

And if it feels too scary or uncomfortable then don’t beat yourself up. Take a smaller step forward instead by gently nudging yourself into motion.


10. Stop falling into the comparison trap.

When you compare your life, yourself and what you have to other people’s lives and what they have then you have destructive habit on your hands.

Because you can never win. There is always someone who has more or is better than you at something in the world. There are always people ahead of you.

So replace that habit with something better.

Look at how far you have come so far instead. Compare yourself to yourself. Focus on you. On your results. And on how you can and how you have improved your results. This will both motivate you and raise your self-esteem.


11. Spend more time with supportive people (and less time with destructive people).

Even if you focus on being kinder towards other people (and yourself) and on replacing a perfectionism habit it will be hard to keep your self-esteem up if the most important influences in your life drag it down on a daily or weekly basis.

So make changes in the input you get. Choose to spend less time with people who are nervous perfectionists, unkind or unsupportive of your dreams or goals. And spend more time with positive, uplifting people who have more human and kinder standards and ways of thinking about things.

And think about what you read, listen to and watch too. Spend less time on an internet forum, with reading a magazine or watching a TV-show if you feel it makes you unsure of yourself and if it makes you feel more negatively towards yourself.

Then spend the time you used to spend on this information source on for example reading books, blogs, websites and listening to podcasts that help you and that make you feel good about yourself.


12. Remember the whys of high self-esteem.

What is a simple way to stay consistent with doing something? As mentioned above: to remember the most important reasons why you are doing it.

Doing this and keeping these powerful reasons in mind has done wonders for me. Now I’m a happy, positive and smiling person. I love my job, I value myself, my time, I CHOOSE what does good for me in my life, and I’m grateful for everything.  

I hope it can do the same for you. Everything depends on US, today, now!

Source: Positivityblog


Mexican-Italian wedding in Rome: my bride Lori’s make up and hairstyle

My beautuful bride Lori contacted me in January, as she was getting married with her husband. They both live in USA but Lori is originally from Mexico and her husband from Fara Sabina; so they decided to get married in beautiful Lazio as Fara Sabina has amazing landscapes, forests and fields.

We were able to do the make up and hair trial in the middle of April, but before we discussed online all the details and Lori’s preferences. During the trial I suggested to try more than one hairstyle, so she could choose the best for her. It was nice that her husband was present: he was very curious and in the end he liked everything. According to my experience, men are usually very direct in saying if they like or not their wives make up and hair, and if there is something wrong they will tell you everything right away!

On the wedding day, my assistants and I came very early as the wedding was at 10; the weather was fantastic, sunny and warm, so everyone was happy!

We did a soft low updo with a nice comb as a hair accessory that gave nice light to the dark hair, and a nice radiant make up with pinkish shades that suit perfect on Lori’s dark skin tone. Black eyeliner and false single eyelashes are always a must as they make dark eyes very expressive.

All products I used assured a long lasting but very natural effect. After the wedding, Lori wrote to me that everything went perfectly: her makeup and hair lasted until very late night.

It’s so great for my job working with different types of beauty and see how it becomes enhanced by a professional touch. For me every woman is beautiful and, as Sophia Loren said, “nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief she is beautiful”! And I’m sure this is what a make up artist should do: being a real psychologist able to help women to make their self-esteem higher!

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Saresh & Arti: a romantic anniversary in Rome

Rome in april is fantastic as the weather is very sunny and warm, all trees and flowers are blooming and one can enjoy wonderful sights of the Eternal City. So did my clients from the UK!

They got married last year in april and for them this year is their first anniversary. So one month ago Saresh (the husband) contacted me through my website, as he booked a table in a very nice restaurant to celebrate the day, and he wanted to do a really nice surprise for his wife Arti. His surprise was make up, hairstyling and nails in Rome in their hotel in via Veneto for their special occasion! He sent me all the examples.

At the end it was a fantastic meeting as this couple is young, beautiful and I had a great fun to be with them; so while working I really enjoyed making their day even more special!

Extension alle ciglia per correggere la forma degli occhi: i miei consigli

Le extension alle ciglia sono un trattamento di bellezza molto di moda negli ultimi anni.  La tecnica delle extension alle ciglia permette di ottenere sia un allungamento sia un infoltimento senza più dover usare il mascara.

Le tecniche di applicazione variano a seconda del look da ottenere e dalla diversa forma degli occhi. Questo trattamento di bellezza serve per valorizzare la forma degli occhi e per correggere alcuni difetti estetici come occhi infossati, occhi orientali, occhi incappucciati, occhi sporgenti, occhi all’insù, occhi all’ingiù, occhi vicini e distanti. Le extension sono inoltre un’ottima soluzione anche per chi ha ciglia troppo chiare, troppo corte o troppo rade.

Ecco i miei consigli sul tipo di extension per ciglia adatte alle diverse forme degli occhi!


Extension per occhi infossati

Gli occhi infossati sono larghi e posizionati in profondità: questo crea l’illusione di un osso sopraccigliare più prominente. Per chi ha questo tipo di occhi consiglio extension lunghe e leggermente incurvate.



Extension per occhi monopalpebra/orientali

In questo caso la palpebra mobile è piatta e non ha la classica piega degli occhi occidentali. Può presentare un minimo accenno di piega o non averlo affatto. Chi ha questo tipo di occhi dovrebbe mettere delle extension molto incurvate effetto 3D, che risaltano la linea naturale delle ciglia.


Extension per occhi incappucciati

Gli occhi incappucciati sono quelli che hanno uno strato di pelle in più che si appoggia sulla palpebra mobile, rendendola visivamente più sottile e quasi invisibile. Questa tipo di occhi può essere così dalla nascita o può presentarsi dopo i 40 anni, quando la pelle è più morbida e tende a cedere. In questo caso è consigliato fare extension incurvate che risaltano gli occhi; chi vuole avere ciglia particolarmente infoltite, può optare per le extension effetto 3D che rendono questo tipo di occhi molto espressivi.



Extension per occhi sporgenti

Gli occhi sporgenti hanno la palpebra mobile completamente visibile e protesa verso l’esterno. Questo piccolo rigonfiamento rende la palpebra più grande e visibile, e offre molto più spazio per il make up. Io consiglio extension dall’effetto naturale con ciglia piu corte al centro dell’occhio e più lunghe sugli angoli esterni.


Extension per occhi all’insù

Gli occhi all’insù, conosciuti anche come occhi a mandorla, hanno gli angoli esterni rivolti verso l’alto. La palpebra inferiore ha più enfasi di quella superiore. In questo caso è consigliato fare extension leggermente più lunghe al centro dell’occhio in modo da ottenere uno sguardo più aperto.


Extension per occhi all’ingiù

Gli occhi all’ingiù hanno gli angoli esterni leggermente cadenti, più bassi rispetto agli angoli interni dell’occhio. Occhi del genere, a causa della loro forma cadente, possono dare un’aria stanca ma con extension incurvate e lunghe sugli angoli esterni questo tipo di occhio può diventare molto sensuale.


Extension per occhi vicini

Gli occhi ravvicinati sono vicini al naso e hanno una distanza che risulta minore rispetto alla dimensione di un bulbo oculare. Per distanziarli otticamente si possono fare extension corte verso l’angolo interno e lunghe e folte verso l’angolo esterno.


Extension per occhi distanti

Gli occhi distanti si posizionano a più di un bulbo oculare di distanza tra l’uno e l’altro e sono più vicini alle tempie che al naso. È possibile ravvicinarli otticamente con delle extension più folte verso il naso e l’angolo interno dell’occhio.


La mia esperienza con le extension alle ciglia

Come make up artist, prima di consigliare qualcosa ai miei clienti – che si tratti di un prodotto o di un trattamento –  cerco sempre di provarlo prima su di me. Così ho fatto anche per le extension alle ciglia.

La seduta ha una durata variabile a seconda dell’effetto che si vuole ottenere. In media un trattamento per un look naturale richiede circa un’ora e mezza. Per ciglia molto folte e d’impatto si impiegano fino a due ore. È molto importante fare un test per verificare che non ci siano reazioni allergiche ai prodotti. Durante la procedura di allungamento delle ciglia si sta sdraiate su un lettino a occhi chiusi. La colla per extension è un adesivo medicale d’uso in campo chirurgico per la sutura dei tessuti, un prodotto certificato come le ciglia finte realizzate in fibra sintetica e a norma CEE.

La mia esperienza personale è stata molto positiva: ho gli occhi piccoli e con le extension effetto 3D le mie ciglia sono diventate lunghe e molto folte, sia al centro dell’occhio che verso l’angolo esterno; i miei occhi così sono diventati otticamente più grandi ed espressivi. Ho fatto la prima seduta a luglio 2016 e ho fatto un ritocco ogni mese. A fine marzo di quest’anno ho deciso di togliere le extension e non vedo le mie ciglia particolarmente danneggiate. Adesso userò comunque un po’ di prodotti specifici per rinforzarle, ma verso l’estate le rifarò perché sono molto comode e mi permettono di truccarmi in poco tempo e di avere le ciglia perfette anche in palestra.

Se siete interessate a questo tipo di trattamento, vi consiglio di rivolgervi sempre a dei professionisti del settore: solo così infatti potrete avere la garanzia di un buon risultato!