The Miracle of Christmas: My Old Hollywood Inspiration Comes to Life

Every artist has different things that inspire their greatest work. This might be a place, a person, a memory or an emotion. For me, one of my longest-held inspirations has been the glamor and romance of Old Hollywood. I wish I could have lived in this era, even if just for a day, to soak up the sights, sounds and smells. Even without ever spending a second of my life truly living during this time, I still find special moments of particular inspiration in the world all around me right now. One of these moments came to me as a December wedding last year that I will forever remember for the magic it created inside me and the magic I hoped to have created for this wonderful couple as well.

Cairnwood Estate wedding

Jenn and Nate were married on December 10, 2011 and I had the pleasure to be a part of this special day. I still remember this vividly because it was right around the time in the holiday season when you could start to feel the magic and anticipation of Christmas. This magic seemed to allow for a time warp to occur in which I felt like for one day we had gone back in time to the era of Old Hollywood Glam.  It was a delight to have such an iconic “canvas” in front of my eyes …a stunning muse that let my creative mind be completely free.


Cairnwood Estates on site make-up artist

For Jenn’s wedding day makeup I called upon smoky hues to add the dramatic flair of the big screen to her eyes. These cool, dark colors popped against her porcelain skin and light hair. Next we added color. What is more iconic “Old Hollywood” than sultry bright red China-doll lips? Together these elements created a flawless look – almost as if when watching her you were watching a beautiful movie play before your eyes. Everything detail about the wedding accented her look. From her hair to her dress and the venue.

Though we have come a long way from the Old Hollywood era, anyone who imagined that the age of elegance is gone, must only peek at the beautiful photos from this timeless wedding:

Bridal Makeup Cairnwood Estatescairnwood estate wedding makeup artistWedding Makeup By Carmina-Cristinajpg

Venue: Cairnwood Estates, Bryn Athyn,PA ;

Photography: Krisha Martzall,Lancaster ;

Cake: Bella Manse;

Dress: Tara’s Bridal;


About carminacristina

Carmina Cristina is part of the new generation of young and innovative makeup artists who are transforming the international glamour and beauty scene. Originally from Romania, Carmina first developed an eye for color and fascination with makeup in her early childhood. As her passion for makeup continued to develop throughout her life, she realized this to also be her career aspiration. Carmina set out to follow her dreams by pursuing a top-of-the-line education in makeup artistry. She has studied at Completions International Academy of Makeup Artistry (Toronto, Canada), Kruger Brent Makeup Academy (Bucharest, Romania) and is a licensed professional in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to her professional training, Carmina is highly experienced in her industry. Her resume includes working backstage for major fashion shows, film and TV production, print media for different editorial shoots, a Number One French-European Cosmetic Company’s marketing campaign and the bridal industry. Carmina’s extensive experience in a variety of fields provides her with an expert understanding of makeup artistry and a current pulse on emerging trends and techniques. Carmina currently resides in Central Pennsylvania with her loving and supportive husband. To learn more about Carmina Cristina and her professional makeup services, please visit her at
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