One of my resolutions (before the new year, actually) was to be doing new work at least once a week, whether it was in collaboration with a photographer, or shooting my own work with friends, actresses, and models that I know. This week, I had a rather last minute shoot with Elizabeth, who’s an actress  that I almost had the opportunity to work with on a film project last year. We’ve been Facebook friends, and it was great to finally meet her in person and do some fun looks. I was shooting in my living room again, and we had soup together during the break between looks. All-in-all, a creative and happy day!

Clean Beauty Look

I almost always start my shoots with a clean beauty look as the skin is always the most important factor in a beautiful makeup application. If the skin looks crappy, it doesn’t matter what you do elsewhere on the face. For me, poor skin techniques automatically trigger my brain to think “unhealthy”, “not real”, “wouldn’t work in real life”, “cheap”, etc. This is why I spend the majority of my application time (and restocking kit $$), prepping the skin properly and “cleaning up” any redness or discoloration.

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I used my favorite skin prep products (I am using affiliate links today):


A wonderful exfoliating spray (never seen anything else like it!) that smells amazing and gets any dead skin off the face before starting.


A micellar water product that is a staple in my kit. More powerful than water, and less intense than makeup remover, this will cleanse the skin of any leftover foundation (I always check the corners of the face, by the ears and neck), any mascara leftovers, and any of the dead skin that came off from using Sexapeel.

The Water Balm

Another Sonia Roselli product (because she’s the bomb), and it’s the best moisturizer I’ve ever used. It smells amazing and feels so refreshing. It’s a moisturizer/primer all-in-one, so there’s no need to take extra steps or use unnecessary products.




Elizabeth has beautiful freckles, which I didn’t want to cover up! My favorite foundation right now is the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. This is a highly pigmented, highly versatile foundation. A lot of makeup artists I know use it as a concealer as well! I like it because I can have very sheer coverage if I want… which I do in this case.

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The secret to my glowy skin technique is a cream highlighter. I’ve used several, and they are easy to find, but my favorite right now is Kiko Cosmetics Radiant Touch Creamy Stick Highlighter. Using a beautiful cream blush from Kryolan, the skin just comes alive and looks radiant.

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On the eyelids I used a fluffy brush with a generous amount of a “The Balm” highlighter, because it’s so pretty! I very sparingly went around the upper and lower lash line with a dark brown eyeshadow from my new Viseart Neutral Matte Palette. A pop of mascara, and some light grooming of the brows with a Anastasia Brow Gel, and some slightly tinted lipgloss finished the look.

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Edgy Beauty Look

After the first clean beauty look, we amped up the contrast a bit, building on the previous look with some heavier contouring around the edges of the face, some ruddier tones around the cheeks and more intense eyeshadow concentrated in the corner of the eye socket. I used some more highlighting powders and a gloss on the lips that had more gold tones in it.

I think it’s pretty amazing how different the two looks are with just a little bit of depth added to the color, and small tweaks to the hair!

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Thanks for reading! I hope to have lots more work to post soon. I love what I do and want to share it! If you have any questions about the techniques or the products I used, please leave a comment below!



It’s just a few short days until Christmas, and I’m super excited to be with family and take a break from working. My friend Nicki came over the other day to let me play with her face. We did three looks, but this one is a perfect holiday beauty look for sharing right before Christmas! Loving her red lipstick and clean face with a hint of a tiny wing on her eyeliner.

Holiday Beauty & Red Lipstick

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Anyone else getting Taylor Swift vibes?

Spokane Holiday Makeup

Wearing red lipstick for an event is a commitment with a capitol “C”! I don’t use it very often just because it’s so hard for client’s to touch up. When I do use it, I turn to colourpop lipsticks for long-lasting stay power.

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Kudos to Nicki’s mom, Eirica, who was a master hairdryer wielder for these moving-hair shots.

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope your day is “Merry and Bright”! I’m looking forward to all the 2017 holds.



I really love these pictures of my friend Jesse. She came over to my house and let me create a glowy beauty look on her face. We had a fun afternoon shooting together, laughing and talking, and making pretty pictures. <3

Model: Jesse LaTourette
Photos and Makeup: Rachel Jordan

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I really love these photos featuring some of my favorite bridal makeup techniques. It was a fun shoot with my friend Katrina at Kayla Jannika Photography. These were recently published in Ultimate Wedding Magazine. Palonia (SMG) came to spend the morning with us. I love her golden curls and “I just woke up like this” look.

Soft Bridal Makeup

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I used Temptu’s s/b airbrush foundation for a sheer and soft finish.
Stila Convertible Color Blush made a beautiful “flushed from within” color on her cheeks.

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I love her curls! I used a 1″ wand, and carefully concentrated the curl on the bottom portion of the hair,
clipping it up to cool, so the curls would have a more old fashioned, perfect curl look.

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The vintage nightgown she is wearing is perfect, it almost looks like a wedding dress,
but still brings that intimate and airy touch to the photos.

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The studio in Seattle we shot in was bright and airy. I love the feel it brings to the shoot.

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I had a lovely time preparing the models for today’s inspiration shoot at the Windmill Gardens in Sumner, WA. I love doing classic bridal hair and makeup, and it was such a perfect look for the Garden’s lush, green, sunny, atmosphere.

Photos are courtesy of Megan Montalvo Photography <3
A beautiful shoot put together by Rebecca Anne Photography
Styled by Callie Holcomb Events
Hair and Makeup by Rachel Jordan Beauty (me)

Classic Bridal Hair and Makeup at the Windmill Gardens

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I love full lashes, a clean eye, lightly flushed cheeks and a neutral lip. It really focuses the attention on the bride’s sparkly eyes and bright smile on her happy day.

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I curled her hair into a luxurious bun with a beautiful braid crowning the top. Elegant, stylish, and sturdy! This updo will last the whole night of laughing and dancing without getting in the way.
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Happy Couple!



I LOVED doing the makeup and hair for this epic desert wedding inspiration shoot in Vantage, WA. The wide open landscape, so rugged, contrasting with the delicate luxury of our bride’s dresses from MeaMarie Bridal Atelier.

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Seriously, how gorgeous are these dresses?!

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I love the desert florals created by my friend Gina of From the Ground Up Floral. She always does an amazing job.

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I love the windswept locks and raw romance of these photos. I did a glamorous light smokey eye, paired with beautiful long lashes. Our model is wearing airbrushed foundation, which is perfect for lasting through the windy day and still maintaining that bridal glow.


PHOTOGRAPHER | Caitlyn Nikula Photography
BRIDAL SHOPS | MeaMarie Bridal Atelier
FLORISTS | From the Ground Up Floral
HAIR & MAKEUP | Rachel Jordan Beauty
PLANNERS & DESIGNERS | Elegant Affairs

PUBLISHED on Borrowed and Blue

I had a great time with my bride, Marie, who got married in the mountains near Snoqualmie. It was a gorgeous drive over the pass early in the morning to find her lodge on the shore of Katchess Lake. Soooo pretty. I arrived and set up to do hair and makeup on the top floor, overlooking the lake and the beautiful scenery. Best day in the office ever.

After I had done several party members, my friend Megan of Megan Montalvo Photography came to start shooting Marie’s special day. Marie found me through Megan’s website (thank you, Megan!) and it was a joy to work together again.

Excited snoqualmie bride!

Marie has beautiful curly hair that was so easy to style into an elegant bun with graceful falling tendrils. Here she is, all excited about her big day, getting ready to have her makeup done.

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Airbrush wedding makeup

I applied airbrushed foundation, which I love because it’s very luminous and feels like nothing on the skin. Plus, it stays all day and is so fun to apply!

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Hello beautiful! I love to see my signature luminous, glowing skin come through in the photos.

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Let’s not forget the beautiful ladies of Marie’s family who all had their hair and makeup done by me.

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So beautiful and happy. <3

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Congrats to Marie! It was a pleasure getting you ready for your beautiful day up at Katchess Lake.

Love and Hugs,

I had the pleasure of creating the elegant vintage bridal makeup look with some new-to-me local vendors who put together this gorgeous bridal inspiration shoot. I had so much fun chatting with our model, Jessica, who had very similar interests and musical education. She was a delight to spend our getting ready time with. It was raining buckets outside and it would later snow, but the Tacoma gloom only contributed to the beautiful vintage ambience indoors.

Jessica’s elegant vintage bridal makeup look was created with some of my favorite products: Liner – Inglot, Foundation – Face Atelier Ultra Foundation, Blush – Stila Convertible Color. These are the products that I love to use for a flawless complexion, that flushed-from-within glow, and the perfect stay-all-day winged liner. These pictures are going to be favorites of mine for a long time, I think.

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Photography: Olivia Bidleman, Behind The Sea
Planner: Lori Losee, Elegant Affairs
Makeup and Hair: Rachel Poling, Wink and a Smile Makeup
Florist: Jordan Moll
Cakes: Celebrity Cake Studio
Macaroons: Krystal’s Confections
Gown: Dream Dresses by P.M.N.
Accessories: Melinda Rose Design
Venue: The Classroom Collective
Rentals: Unique & Chic Event Rentals And Design
Model: Jessica Bushman

Peak wedding season is coming soon, so don’t forget to book your bridal makeup and hair artist early, before your date is snatched up. Your wedding makeup artist is one of the most personal choices. You need someone who can nail the look you want, be pleasant to talk to, and provide a relaxing and fun service in a timely manner for you and your wedding party. All the best artist book early in the year, so don’t delay looking for your artist for the big day!

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Luxury Bridal Makeup

Wink and a Smile Makeup offers several levels of luxury bridal beauty services. Contact Rachel for your free and custom quote.

Olivia Bidleman: Photographer (this shot taken by Rachel Poling)
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Elegant Affairs
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Dream Dresses by P.M.N
Unique and Chic Event Rentals and Design

I’m in love with these photos with beautiful vintage inspired makeup and hair! Savannah is so gorgeous, and the snow makes me happy. We trekked up to Snoqualmie Pass and found a road to shoot on. Savannah was so cold, but I totally can’t tell from these gorgeous images captured by Katrina of Kayla Jannika Photography.

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For Savannah’s vintage inspired makeup and hair, I chose a soft warm brown for her eyes with a shimmery pink highlight, and a dark purple eyeliner to really make her gorgeous blue eyes pop! She has amazing skin, made all the more amazing by Face Atelier’s Ultra foundation. The blush is Stila’s Convertable color, in my favorite color, Peony. For her hair, I loved the soft curls with the silver evergreen fillagree on the side. Oh so gorgeous!

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I know one thing for sure- I’m going to have a SUPER hard time deciding which one of these to put in my portfolio because they are all so pretty. I love vintage inspired makeup and hair, and had so much fun tromping around in the snow. I’m really looking forward to working with these lovelies some other time.

Photographer/Stylist: Kayla Jannika Photography
Model: Savannah Ashley Bidwell
MUAH: Rachel Poling – Wink and a Smile Makeup