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C L A I R E B A L E S T  Named top makeup artist by Martha Stewart Weddings + top wedding hairstylist by BRIDES • luxury hair + makeup team based in TN, available worldwide

I’m so lucky to work in an industry where my travels have turned business relationships into extraordinary friendships. Photo by @evaclarkevents : one of the chicest, coolest women I know who is always jumping on a plane to somewhere planning another incredible destination wedding. A few of my favorite beauty products I’ve shared with her : ☝🏻 @goop Enriching Face Oil + @bobbibrown Art Sticks are two of my favorites both at home and on the go. The oil promises glowing skin + the art stick can be used for lips + cheeks. Products that work overtime are always a perk.✨See you in @bahamarresorts soon, Eva! xx

It turns out I need more braids + roller skates in my life. 🌈 #teamclairebalest went on location for Sephora Collection yesterday to shoot with some super talented people. Pictured : @margot.lee rocking some very #coolgirl braids by #kelliforteamclairebalest ✨Check out my stories for more behind the scenes from the shoot working with the beautiful + talented @troublefieldstyle for @sc ✨🌈 #braids #sc #beautyuncomplicated

OUTTAKES✨Last week a group of creatives went high up on a mountain and made some magic. We chased sunrises and sunsets, dodged the rains, celebrated the sunshine, ate well and collaborated to create some incredible things on @blackberry.mountain ✨ To all the beautiful creatives involved, it was an honor to come together with all the ideas + all the inspiration and to work so easily together.✨Tap for vendors.✨And as for the #beautyteam on this one : working with people you adore makes all the difference in the world, especially when your alarm clocks are set for 3am. I truly have the best team ever.✨Beauty : makeup @clairebalest | hair #kelliforteamclairebalest

Knowing what beauty products to travel with can be challenging. Being on the road can be extra hard on your skin, so anticipating those needs when you’re packing will keep you ahead of the game on your travels. In LA last month my @goop Enriching Face Oil + Perfecting Eye Cream doubled as my day + nighttime moisturizer. They give my skin the perfect glow and all the hydration it needs regardless of where I am {Colorado or California!}✨Hair essentials : the @masonpearsonbros pocket brush. It’s just like the iconic original {boar bristle + nylon} but in the most perfect travel size. And @theouai Dry Texture Foam answers all my hair needs on the road in one little bottle. Now if I could just get another {childless} nights sleep in that beautiful room at #mrcbeverlyhills I would be all set...✨ #traveltips #travelbeauty #ontheroad #travelsize #goop

THE BROW PILGRIMAGE. I finally made it to @striiike to get the #featheredbrow created by the incredible @kristiestreicher ✨ She’s pretty much singlehandedly redefining the brow world : from overly tweezed + artificially penciled on brows to the full, natural Feathered Brow. I love what @striiike does + the kind of beauty aesthetic the @streichersisters have. @tybreeezy_ thank you for such an incredible experience! I loved every minute of it.✨When you’re in LA, don’t miss out on a chance to experience this place.✨
#fangirl #brows #striiikebrows #striiike

One of my favorite tricks is bringing the perfect flush to cheeks. So often clients fear cream blushes because they’re not sure how to apply them correctly, but they’re my favorite go to because of the glow they bring to the skin. I love using an @artisbrush to buff a cream blush into the apple of the cheek, which really warms the product into the skin and gives the most natural wash of color to the cheek, like the flush is coming from within. Current favorite cheek colors are @glossier cloud paints. All the colors are honestly so beautiful on the skin, good luck picking just one. ✨ #makeuptips #easymakeup #blush #makeupbrushes #glossier #glossiercloudpaint

A few of my tips for a perfect pout from the Winter 2018 issue of @martha_weddings : “Generally speaking, darker colors make lips look smaller. If you have thin lips, opt for a lighter shade. Another way to mimic fullness is to dab highlighter on your Cupid’s bow (at the top of your lip). And keep lip color in place with a thin layer of translucent powder over your lipstick.” 💋 {photo by Paul Costello as seen in @martha_weddings }

It’s the little things that are the big things. I received the happiest little package from @invisionevents and it reminded me how thoughtfulness can be such a little thing...but a big thing.

Beauty is like that : a great hair day or the perfect lipstick can give you that extra rush of confidence + spring in your step. It’s a little thing, but it’s a big thing. So find the little thing that makes you feel the prettiest and take a second to rock it today.💋 {side note : my 3 year old did make off with that cookie}

Clients are always asking me how I got into the business of beauty. When I was 4 years old I started declaring that I wanted to be a “lipstick seller” when I grew up. Being a makeup artist wasn’t the trendy, recognized occupation that it is today. Makeup artists weren’t in the forefront back then and I didn’t even know it was an actual job I could pursue. I just knew that I loved lipstick, and I literally envisioned myself standing on a street corner selling it to people who loved it as much as I did. While I don’t exactly stand on the street corner selling lipsticks {and my journey has had a great many twists and turns along the way} it’s incredible to me that my 4 year old self was so in touch with the gifts + passion that would dictate the course her life would take. Here’s to always chasing your dreams like an innocent 4 year old with a really big idea.✨

I like to keep my options open. #whatsinmykit #lipstickpalette #lipstickoftheday #onset

Every bride should feel this good. The dress, the hair, the makeup...it’s perfection how none of it vies for attention but all of it works together to create a very happy bride. {and the way @kristinsweeting captured this moment could not be more flawless✨}


photography @kristinsweeting | planning + design @invisionevents | dress @annebarge from @thewhiteroomal | floral design @floressenceflowers | beauty : hair @irrelephantblog makeup @clairebalest

Closing out 2018 with an incredible amount of gratitude for such brilliant clients who allow me to do what I love, my village who make it all possible + my wild little family clan who journeys with me through it. To my team, I adore you + can’t wait for new adventures! Cheers to 2019! ✨ #dreamjob #hairandmakeup #teamclairebalest #dreamteam #onlocationhairandmakeup #happynewyear

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