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Midwest Bride
November 4, 2015
Midwest Bride offers a daily dose of pretty inspiration for brides, couples, and industry pros within the heartland of the United States.

On the pages of Midwest Bride you will find real weddings, engagements, styled shoots, boudoir, bridal showers, DIY projects, free printables, and much more inspiration by creatives of the Midwest region.

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OTR in Cincinnati has been undergoing a huge renaissance in the past four years and has a rich history as a brewery district.

Because my makeup studio is located in the heart of that area, we wanted to pay homage to that tradition and have our bridal party sip craft beers and snack on OTR delicacies such as chicken and waffles and Eli’s BBQ.

Beer and primping: what could be better? Our models are fashion stylists in Cincinnati and best friends in real life.
–Nancy Dawson

Yummy food and getting gorgeous with your best friends – it exactly what the day of your wedding should look like. We are swooning over this Cincinnati bridal brunch.
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Photography: Tine Hofmann Photography | Food + Display Styling: Cincy Event Planning | Hair + Makeup + Venue: BRIDEface |Fashion Styling: Style Edit | Gowns: Carrie Karibo | Florals: Courtenay Lambert
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Inside Weddings Magazine
Summer 2015
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Cincinnati Magazine
November 2014
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  • Prep Start with a fresh, clean face.
  • Shade Contour. Apply a foundation that’s a couple of shades deeper than your natural skin tone below cheekbones (suck your cheeks in if you have to), along your jawbone and down your neck, on the sides and tip of your nose, and across your hairline (forehead only) with an angled contouring brush.
  • Highlight Using a shadow brush with foundation or concealer a couple shades lighter than your skin tone, add highlights. Start at the outer corner of the eye and make a triangle shape that ends next to the end of your nose. Also apply the highlight shade to the tear ducts, the Cupid’s bow of the lip, the brow bones, and just above the jaw bone.
  • Blend Using an allover powder brush, blend like crazy in a gentle, circular buffing motion, then set with a translucent powder. You can also add a touch of shimmer to the high points of the face.
  • Blush Apply powder blush to apples of cheeks with a blush brush.
  • Voilà! You are photo-ready.
This piece originally appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Cincinnati Wedding Magazine.
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Her Cincinnati Magazine
January 2013
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Makeup artist Nancy Dawson and her team help brides look their best.
When I got married in 2001, I had to travel to my hair stylist and makeup artist — they didn't come to me. I had to leave the house where I was getting ready and traipse across town to a salon to spend hours sitting, waiting to get my hair and makeup done in between other client's appointments. The resulting look was so dramatic and trend-based that when I flip through my wedding photos today, I see a bride who doesn't even look like me.

Luckily, local brides now have an excellent and affordable option to help them look like the best version of themselves on their wedding day and not a total stranger: BRIDEface.

The Covington-based makeup studio BRIDEface, which is owned and operated by makeup artist extraordinaire Nancy Dawson, tackles old-school wedding-day hair and makeup woes head-on.

Brides these days are savvy enough to realize that their everyday makeup isn’t going to cut it on their big day, even if they’re rather skilled at applying it. They need long-lasting, waterproof makeup that not only looks incredible in photos but also looks soft and pretty in real life. They want professional service and pampering, at their location; they want that celebrity experience. So in addition to completing your makeup on-site the day of your ceremony, BRIDEface also does trial runs to ensure you’re going to like your look — in life and on camera.

The team at BRIDEface knows how to achieve a balanced beauty look because of Dawson's years of training and experience. When I said Dawson was an "extraordinaire," I meant it. I've had my makeup done by so many artists over my 44 years and she truly stands out.

Dawson's artistic journey started about 20 years ago when she fell in love with the transformational power of theater makeup while studying the flute at the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music.

After graduating from CCM, Dawson freelanced as a flutist, dabbled in theater and worked in the bridal registry at Lazarus. When Dawson learned that the now-famous French makeup artist Laura Mercier (the woman behind the "Flawless Face") was creating her own makeup line, she jumped at the chance to find a way to work with her.

Taking the initiative to fly to New York or drive to Chicago whenever Mercier was doing personal appearances, Dawson ended up working directly under her and learned invaluable techniques, including the art of enhancing a woman's skin and natural beauty with makeup instead of covering it up. While this may seem like a common beauty philosophy now, even a decade ago it was revolutionary. Mercier was also the first to create and market foundation primer —a staple of today's beauty industry, which was unheard of 12 years ago.

Dawson had eight years of direct exposure to Mercier and her knowledge, but after having three children within two years, she, like many moms, was finally forced her to re-evaluate her priorities.

After having kids, Dawson did wedding makeup as a side gig until she founded BRIDEface in 2005. Although she professes that she knew nothing about the wedding industry or starting a business when she opened BRIDEface, and at the time there were very few legit makeup artistry businesses pursuing weddings, her studio hasn’t stopped growing since its founding. Today, Dawson has a crack team of ten makeup artists available to service her clients.

The BRIDEface Bridal Package covers on-site travel on the day of the wedding, a trial run session and a day of makeup. Her artists specialize in applying airbrush foundation and individual lashes (which have a much more natural look and feel than strip lashes and tend to have much greater longevity).

They’ve even won several awards for their work: “Best of The Knot” for the past three years, “Wedding Wire Top Pick” for five years and Dawson received a “Woman of the Year for Beauty” award from Cincy Chic in 2012. BRIDEface also offers packages for wedding parties and teaches classes to individuals and groups on makeup application.

If you’re getting married in 2013 or beyond and want a personalized experience you can afford, I strongly suggest contacting BRIDEface and booking an appointment. Visit or email for more information.

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Cincinnati Magazine
September 2014
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BRIDEface Open House
September 29, 2014
Tamia Stinson

Local beauty aficionados are in luck: Bridal makeup expert Nancy Dawson, who gave us the scoop on contouring in the Fall 2014 issue, has a gorgeous new studio space in Over-the-Rhine.

Filled with light and color and lipgloss (oh my!), Dawson’s studio is a haven for wedding consultations, makeup application classes, and small events.

The studio is currently by appointment only, but Dawson says she hopes to hold larger classes and would eventually like to offer drop-in makeup services, like a smoky eye for ladies heading out for a night on the town. Which means that local brides will be working with BRIDEface well past the honeymoon phase.

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