Amy Levin founded College Fashionista in 2009 from her apartment in Bloomington, Indiana. Eight years later, the site is a go-to for young college women who live and breathe fashion, beauty, and style. While building her empire, Levin got engaged, and she is now gearing up to say "I do" later this month. We recently caught up with the bride-to-be and inquired about all her wedding beauty must-haves. From skin-care prep to the inspiration behind her hairstyle, she leaves no detail behind.
About eight months ago, I started going to Nina at Aida Bicaj for monthly facials. She turned me onto Biologique Recherche, and I am now obsessed on a cult-like level. I tend to have very sensitive skin, so the regular deep cleanses have helped keep me breakout free.
I have also been going to regular visits at SB Skin for microcurrent treatments. This "mini facelift" leaves my face super plump and my jawline defined. I'm doing a couple treatments right before my various wedding events: engagement party, bridal showers, bachelorette weekend, and, of course, the wedding.
One month prior to the wedding, I did a chemical peel at Dr. Colbert’s office called the "triad." I have never seen results so immediate from a treatment. The hyperpigmentation in my skin instantly looked better after the procedure. The final touches, like teeth whitening and eyebrow shaping, were done 10 days prior to the big day.
Before we even set our date, I started my skin-care prep. My daily routine sounds more intense than it really is, but it has actually become therapeutic during the often-chaotic wedding-planning period. In the morning, I use Biologique Recherche Lait VIP, BR Lotion P50V 1970, BR Serum Iribiol, Future Beauty Drops No. 3, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum (yes, I use night serum during the day; it works better), and BR Creme Dermopurifante.
In the evening, I repeat that whole routine minus the eye serum and add in two mixed masques from BR (Masque Vivant and Masque VIP) with a small amount of baking soda to activate the ingredients. I use my hands to rub all products and pat everything dry with these muslin clothes I got from Net-a-Porter.
I recently found an old photo of my parents on their wedding day. My mom was only 23 when she got married. In the photo, her skin had such a healthy glow, her eyebrows were full, and her lips were the perfect shade of nude/pink. She looked so regal and exactly how I hope to look at my wedding.
I am obsessed with my Chicago makeup artist, Shannon O’Brien. We have worked together for years and she knows exactly what I like. Because we have that established relationship, I didn’t do much prep for the trials. We used our sessions to play around with products we both have been into and map out the different beauty looks for each event.
I take the less-is-more approach to beauty. However, for the wedding, we decided to play around with pinks and amp things up just a bit. For dewy skin, Shannon used Dior’s Airflash Spray foundation then created gently sculpted cheekbones with Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronzer. I like imperfect eyebrows, and she used Chanel’s Brow Powder Duo, filled in with pencil. She used several Nars pink eyeshadows and a dab of all-purpose balm to blend the colors together and get that shiny look. I had eyelash extensions from Pucker, and we just added light black Chanel Volume Mascara to enhance them. My lips were a rose color with lots of clear MAC Lipglass. To finish the makeup look, we sprayed Sephora Collection’s Perfection Mist in Nude Glow on top.
I started focusing on my color and style months before the wedding and worked with a talented duo, colorist Danielle Viscuso and hairstylist Jessica Gillin, both from Marie Robinson Salon. I showed them an inspiration photo I had of Kate Moss in her 20s, and they gave me that exact combination.
My wedding hairstylist in Chicago is Renee Feldman. We decided to create super-soft volume curls for the ceremony and a sleek, middle-part low bun for dinner and dancing. I don’t like a lot of products in my hair. I use a couple from Ro&Co and Christopher Rodin.
Leading up the wedding, I chose to focus on workouts that I actually enjoyed. I did biweekly sessions with Nicole from Body Conceptions—lots of low weights and dance cardio. I did occasional pilates classes at Pilates by Sylvia and hot yoga at Lyons Den.
I ate super clean weeks before the wedding and hydrated like crazy. I had ginger-lemon tea every night to soothe my stomach and keep away inflammation. I also indulged in monthly at-home massages with a therapist who is my best kept secret. This generally helped with keeping my body feel balanced.