Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Flawless Foundation

Trish shares with us tips for picking the perfect foundation and how to make it flawless!

With so many types of foundation on the market sometimes it can be tricky to identify what type is the best for you. First of all never settle for a shade that doesn’t match. A lot of times with very fair skin and very dark skin certain brands only offer a limited variety, but with as many brands as there are there is no need to settle for the “lightest one that they have” or “the darkest one that they have”. Try different brands until you find the best match.

Liquid and cream foundations are great for dry skin. You defiantly want something that will lock moisture into your skin. If you don’t want that glossy finish that comes with liquid foundation, you can always use a translucent powder to give you a matte finish. If you are looking for more coverage, then the best choice for you is to use a cream foundation it is going to be thicker. If you don’t like the feel of cream foundations, another trick is to use a full coverage foundation. Liquid foundations will always have a slight to sheer coverage. To blend in any areas you where you may want a little more coverage, you can always use a tinted powder as well. Just make sure you also use a translucent powder to even out the shine!

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{Real Bride Series} Becky

What were your wedding colors?

Cream and burnt orange.

How many bridesmaids did you have?
Just one.

Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?
I got my dress at David’s Bridal. I originally found the dress in a bridal magazine. However, it was kind of hard to find on a store.

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?
Both reception and ceremony were at the Phoenix Zoo. Ceremony was in the Savannah Pointe and reception in the Ruby House. Not so much meaning, as we wanted something unique and outdoors.

What flowers did you choose for you bouquet and throughout the wedding?
We had many different flowers in the bouquets.The main flowers were Gerber daisies.
What was the flavor of your cake?
The top flavor was pink champagne with cream cheese and the bottom layer was marble with fudge.

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them?
We had a poem written on baskets to thank our guests for being apart of our big day and our future. The baskets were filled with different types of gummy and hard candies.

Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique?
Everything we had was made by hand. Instead of having a guest book, I found a red rusted tin “R” and had all the guests sign it with a sharpie marker. This we have hung by our front door. We also took mason jars and lined the jars with glitter, then wrapped ribbon on the top and put candles inside so they would glow in the dark.

What was your first dance song? Was there meaning to the song selection?
John legend, it describes us well. We are not perfect but love each other

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day? We know the obvious is marrying your husband. 🙂 

We were married on my father’s birthday, which he also passed away on. So it was very special to me.

Did you take a honeymoon? If so where did you go?
No, we are waiting until next year.

What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?
Plan ahead. Don’t let yourself get stressed out.

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{Real Bride Series} Kelly

What were your wedding colors?

Mostly white with touches of grey and navy. I wanted something as timeless as possible so I dont look back in 30 years and think “What was I thinking?”

How many bridesmaids did you have?

8 I have a few great friends from every stage in life!

Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?

Schaffers is where I ended up buying from, but I had 1 favorite there and 1 favorite at Uptown Bridal. I ended up going with the Schaffers dress because I felt it matched a bit closer with my personality, and love for large amounts of tulle. It was an easy process but EXHAUSTING. Even though you’re standing there or looking at gowns, I think it’s mentally draining and wears you out. On my main day of dress shopping we went to 3 places. I cried the moment I opened the drape to show my mom and MIL, but waited to buy until my second day so I knew for sure.

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?

Stonebridge Manor was the location for both. As an Arizona native, I LOVE that it looks NOTHING like the rest of Arizona. Huge trees, green grass, brick mansion, etc. I loved having the pool to serve cocktails around, the gazebo was the perfect location for the ceremony, and the tent had great acoustics for music and merriment

What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding?

All white. Again with the classic feel. I don’t like flowers that seem too rigid (if that’s a thing), so I went with more fluffy flowers. Babys breath, hydrangea, loose garden roses, etc.

What was the flavor of your cake?

We had 2 cakes – the main cake was all white with a monogram on it, and tiers to look like it was covered in flower petals (which made it incredibly difficult to cut through since it was so thick! That cake had alternating layers of chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache and vanilla cake with a raspberry compote. We called our second cake a “bar cake” because grooms cake didn’t seem fitting. It was a University of Arizona cake, where we met. That one was the chocolate with the ganache filling.

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them?

We did not, instead we held a second event for our guests. We’re more about making memories than little chotchkies. So our second night we rented out a double decker london bus that made trips back and forth from our hotel to Toby Keith’s I love This Bar. There we had a room rented and had drinks and food for our guests. Literally, the perfect night to follow up our wedding.

Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique?(alternative guest book, charitable donations, handmade décor, etc):

The big thing we wanted for the wedding was a theme around “whimsical surprises”- the idea was that no one person would actually know how the whole night was going to go, because we all had something up our sleeves. I had my husbands favorite burrito place from San Diego brought in for his breakfast the morning of the wedding. A bit later he was given a collection of boudoir shots, and at the wedding his gift. He had a bottle of champagne, a photo of us, a bracelet, my wedding gift, and a photo of us waiting in my bride suite. My bridesmaids pulled together the MOST AWESOME toasting video, so they all had the opportunity to say something without taking too long, as well as a photo montage. We wrote our own vows, the bar cake was a surprise for my husband, and much more. Other cute touches- on my bouquet we had the pins of all my sorority sisters and I wore my husbands pin over my heart on the inside of my dress. My grandfather was the officiant, our “guest book” was to sign jenga blocks, and it was incredibly special to me to have my mom walk me down the isle. Before the wedding I gave her an engraved frame that said “out of all the walks we’ve taken, this one is my favorite” which is for the photo of us walking down together. Our MOH and best man are dating (they met at our engagement party), so they did their speech together, and both sets of parents did an incredible speeches as well.

What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection? 

Come Away With Me by Norah Jones. The song itself has just been “our song” since we started dating, but the real special portion was that my oldest friend Cammie sung it. It was perfect.

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day? 

Dancing with my grandfather. He and I were dancing together on the semi-crowded floor and once everyone saw that they left and everyone watched the 2 of us dancing- incredible. Another memory was my MOH mom and I standing together before we walked down the isle- having the most important ladies by my side right then was incredible. I’m also thankful for the Claddah bell. It’s an irish tradition that a bell is rang as the couple share their first kiss as husband and wife. When they argue in the future the bell is to be used as a truce flag- when it’s rang you’re to think about the first moment you heard it and the promises you made.

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?

Fiji 🙂 We stayed on a small private island called Matangi which is home to the Horseshoe Bay. It was absolutely stunning!

What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?

I had a few scary crying moments prepping for the wedding – picking colors was ironically the hardest part, and it sucked when our original hotel “lost” our block of rooms. But other than that it was literally perfect. And I think it was so perfect because I didn’t sweat the small stuff. As the wedding day got closer I started divvying out tasks to anyone I knew (which my family and bridesmaids were prepared for), and they were happy to help in any way possible. 

Please list any vendors you wish to mention.
You guys for sure, LunaBear Studios Videography – LOVED these guys and would have used them for photography had we not needed to go with a location venue photographer- which ended up working out because I also loved Troy with Troy Brinkerhoff Photography. Also Schaffers, and Stonebridge Manor!

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Honeymoon Multitaskers!

Save time and space on your honeymoon by bringing makeup items that multitask!! 

Stylist Amanda suggests that save valuable suitcase space by using the following on double duty! Lip stains can double as cheek stains and you can use
highlighters on both your eyes and cheeks. These are a few great ways to save time, plus a stain will last longer so there will be fewer touch ups needed! Don’t forget to take it all off at the end of the day. There are pre-moistened face and eye makeup remover wipes, so you don’t have to bring a big bottle of remover either!


What have you used as a makeup multitaskers on your honeymoons/ vacations? Please share below!

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Honeymoon Multitaskers!

Save time and space on your honeymoon by bringing makeup items that multitask!! 

Stylist Amanda suggests that save valuable suitcase space by using the following on double duty! Lip stains can double as cheek stains and you can use
highlighters on both your eyes and cheeks. These are a few great ways to save time, plus a stain will last longer so there will be fewer touch ups needed! Don’t forget to take it all off at the end of the day. There are pre-moistened face and eye makeup remover wipes, so you don’t have to bring a big bottle of remover either!


What have you used as a makeup multitaskers on your honeymoons/ vacations? Please share below!

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Phoenix Bride & Groom : Summer/Fall 2014 Issue

Babydoll Weddings was so thrilled to be invited back to do the hair and make-up for the Summer/Fall issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom! See more photos and the magazine cover after the jump!

Sabrina reflects, “I know it might sound corny, but I loved the entire creative team we worked with! Like the other vendors, everything was just so creative and well thought through. All of the vendors collaborated so well together, from choosing the actual dress based on the make-up. I also worked with the Maricopa Skills center, they had a bridal updo contest and the winner was able to join me at the photo-shoot to see behind the scenes.”


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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Cleaning your makeup brushes

This week’s tip comes from our stylist Amanda!

Brushes are important in your makeup routine so don’t forget to wash them! Once every week get them wet, swish them in some baby shampoo, rinse, squeeze out excess water, then lay them on a table with the hairs hanging over the edge so that they dry back into the right shape. Leaving them overnight will usually give them enough time to dry so you can use them the next morning. 

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Cleaning your makeup brushes

This week’s tip comes from our stylist Amanda!

Brushes are important in your makeup routine so don’t forget to wash them! Once every week get them wet, swish them in some baby shampoo, rinse, squeeze out excess water, then lay them on a table with the hairs hanging over the edge so that they dry back into the right shape. Leaving them overnight will usually give them enough time to dry so you can use them the next morning. 

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Laying the Perfect Foundation

Tips on how to lay the perfect foundation comes to us from Babydoll Weddings Stylist Heather.

Its summer time and many of us find ourselves enjoying the summer sun at the pool, the lake, or even in the mountains.  But for some of us, too much sun causes our face to peel.

When this happens put away your powder-based make-up and reach for cream foundation and blushes instead.  Powders can absorb moisture and make the flakes more visible where cream based products tend to put moisture back into your skin.  And, if your foundation doesn’t contain SPF, be sure to apply a sunscreen first to provide an extra barrier between your skin and those bright shiny rays! 


Send your makeup tip to info@babydollweddings.com and we will feature you in an upcoming Tuesday tip!

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Babydoll Beauty Secrets: Laying the Perfect Foundation

Tips on how to lay the perfect foundation comes to us from Babydoll Weddings Stylist Heather.

Its summer time and many of us find ourselves enjoying the summer sun at the pool, the lake, or even in the mountains.  But for some of us, too much sun causes our face to peel.

When this happens put away your powder-based make-up and reach for cream foundation and blushes instead.  Powders can absorb moisture and make the flakes more visible where cream based products tend to put moisture back into your skin.  And, if your foundation doesn’t contain SPF, be sure to apply a sunscreen first to provide an extra barrier between your skin and those bright shiny rays! 


Send your makeup tip to info@babydollweddings.com and we will feature you in an upcoming Tuesday tip!

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