June is bridal show month in Phoenix and we always see an increase in calls from brides asking when they should book hair and makeup services for their wedding day. A licensed, experienced makeup artist is worth his/her weight in gold because he/she will be able to help you identify styles/looks that will compliment your dress while still allowing you to look like you. This being said, highly sought after artists book quickly. With that in mind, you should book your hair/makeup artist no less than six months before your wedding as noted in the Wedding Wire timeline below.
Finding the Right Hair and Makeup Artist
Referrals are gold. Ask your family, friends, wedding planner, venue or anyone else who’s opinion you value. Wedding blogs, bridal magazines and social media outlets can also provide insight into who you may want to call.
Things to Consider
A good hair and makeup artist should be able to identify your skin tone, suggest the most appropriate colors for your complexion, and recommend hairstyles based on the shape of your face, the style of your dress, your accessories and your personality. You need to be prepared to show photos of the hair and makeup looks you like to provide a foundation with which to start.
Booking a Trial
Schedule your makeup trial 30-60 days before your wedding date. Trials are typically held in the artist’s studio or salon and offers you and the stylist the opportunity to create your hair and makeup look and make changes, before your wedding day. Unlike dress shopping, which typically involves your bride tribe, your trial is not a spectator sport so it is best to minimize the number of bridesmaids that want to join you. Salon space tends to be limited and too many bodies (and opinions) may prove distracting for the stylist.
This is your time to bond with your stylist, to provide feedback, to ask questions or seek advice and to be comfortable with the finished look. Your stylist will take notes (and hopefully photos) to document the finished product to eliminate any confusion on the big day!
The Wedding Day
Ideally you will want stylists/artists that will travel to you. Some may charge a travel fee depending on your location but this shouldn’t deter you from booking an established experienced artist. The hustle and bustle of a hair salon may not allow you to feel as pampered as you need to feel on your wedding day. Be sure to ask, before booking, if your styling team will travel to you.
Just Wing It
Dolls, I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. whether you’re a makeup pro or novice, applying liquid eyeliner can be tricky, if not a total nightmare. And trying to perfect the winged liner look can be the most frustrating beauty trick you’ve tried. Believe it or not, you can actually achieve this look without a steady hand. The secret to a perfect look is actually a common household object – scotch tape.
This idea honestly isn’t new but we have so many gals ask us how to get this perfect look that this is a perfect post to share!
All you need is:
– Eyeliner of choice (if you’re a liquid eyeliner virgin, opt for a liner pen or marker)– Scotch Tape (but any tape will do)– Cotton balls & makeup remover– A black eye pencil – Mascara
1. Apply an inch-long piece of Scotch Tape under your bottom lash line at the corner of your eye, at an angle towards your temple. How you apply your tape will determine the shape of your feline flick/cat eye. 2. Next take your eyeliner and apply it as close to the root of your upper lash line as possible and into the inner corner of your eye. I personally find resting my little finger on my face helps to steady my hand. 3 & 4. Using the Scotch Tape as a guide, continue applying liner along the tape (mess isn’t an issue!). Then bring the eyeliner back towards your lash line in a triangle shape and fill it in. Remember liquid liner starts thin towards the inner tear duct and gradually widens and comes to a sharp point at the end of the flick. 5. Now gently remove the tape (but make sure the eyeliner is dry first) to reveal a smooth and straight feline flick.6. Go over the eyeliner if required and clean up your under eye area with a cotton bud and a little makeup remover. 7. Next tightline your upper water line (without jabbing yourself in the eye). This will define your lash line and fill in the visible space. 8. Polish the look by applying a few coats of mascara. But remember it’s all about the liner not the lashes! 9. And voilà! You’ve mastered the sticky trick for perfect winged eyeliner!
5 Tips for Gorgeous Lashes
The last thing we want in the heat of summer is heavy, clumpy makeup so many of us lighten our beauty routine to a more natural look. Lashes, however, are a year-round necessity. Our experts put together these five tips to ensure that you get perfect eyelashes without going to the expense of extensions.
1. Eyelash curlers are a must.
Lash curlers are optimal to getting that “wow” factor. Not all curlers are alike, though, so be sure to choose one that creates a beautiful upward curl. With a delicate motion, move from the lash base upward for maximum results. And always curl before applying mascara, not after. We love the glamorous curls you get with Shiseido’s curler. Silicon pad curls from base to tip and includes one replacement pad.
2. Rest between mascara applications.
Patience is a virtue. Give your lashes a little bit of drying time between each coat. This will allow the mascara to set allowing you to add volume with each coat.
3. Comb your lashes.
We don’t know about you but we hate clumpy lashes. To avoid this, use a metal-toothed lash comb. Wait a few seconds after applying your coat of mascara and then brush through your lashes. Once dry, apply your next coat and repeat. Try the Lift Off Lash Comb for a refined look.
4. Stick with one brand.
Mixing brands (layering one over the other) can lead to clumping as not all formulas are made to blend. Should you decide to experiment, keep your lash comb close by to catch any potential clumps.
5. Condition your lashes.
Just like your hair, your lashes need a little TLC. Lash conditioners work as a primer, creating a good foundation for mascara. Growth treatments like Latisse stimulate the eyelash growth cycle, making it longer, so lashes come in longer, darker and thicker,” but you must stick with the regime to see results. Full results take within 2-3 months, while improvements show within 4 weeks.
Beauty Simplified for Summer
Summer is all about lightening your beauty routine— such as ditching your foundation and blush in favor of a swipe of bronzer and letting your hair succumb to their natural waves. The flip side to warm weather’s unbuttoned ease is its ability to make your whole look melt. If you are looking for a simplified summer beauty routine considering trying some of the following tips:
Using a product that multitasks, like a tinted moisturizer with SPF, turns three steps into one. Choose one that is a little bit darker than your skin tone. It adds a warmer glow to your skin immediately while protecting you from the suns harsh rays. Plus, you can apply it with your fingers the way you would your moisturizer — much easier than foundation.
Cheeks and Eyes
Use the same product on multiple areas instead of individual blushes and eyeshadows. Choose something that has a bronzy tone to it but stay away from anything peachy. Our pick is Nars the Multiple Bronzer, $39. Finish the look with a waterproof (aka sweat proof) mascara that will add volume to your luscious lashes. Try MAC’s Haute & Naughty Waterproof Lash, $23.
A tinted gloss is a girl’s best friend during the summer. Loaded with mango and shea butters, our favorite tint is not-sheer but not-opaque which means it delivers the right amount of soft, subtle color to your pout. Clinique Chubby Stick, $17.
Why You Need To Add A BB Cream To Your Beauty Regimen
BB Creams, or Beauty Balms (also known as Blemish Balms), were originally developed in Germany by a dermatologist who wanted a single cream that would protect skin and provide coverage after laser treatments. They are formulated to do the job of five or six other products: moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, skin treatment, concealer, and foundation while providing sheer to medium coverage. South Korean beauty bloggers first discovered this wondrous all-in-one product and it quickly spread throughout Asia before finally making its way to the Western Hemisphere approximately four years ago. Today, just about every makeup brand carries a BB Cream.
Why You Need a BB Cream
Aside from the multi-purpose functionality of this product, a BB cream will help you achieve fuller coverage without having to move up to a heavier foundation. A pea-sized dab of BB cream can provide just the right amount of coverage for a casual day. Add a foundation on top of it for a slightly heavier, flawless look.
Most BB Creams come in light to medium shades (medium tends to be the darkest shade available). For this reason, we recommend color matching at your favorite makeup counter to be sure the shade is right for you.
We are MAC lovers and so it is a no-brainer that our favorite BB Cream is MAC’s Prep +Prime:
MAC Prep+Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 35: A beauty balm that blurs imperfections and evens skin tone immediately. Provides medium coverage, satin finish, and is available in 12 shades. $31.00
Try it, we guarantee you will love the results! Oh, and guys, believe it or not, there are BB Creams available for you, too!
He Put a Ring on It…. How Do I Keep My Nails Beautiful for My Wedding?
We all want strong, thick, beautiful nails but sometimes it seems that, just going about our daily lives, we are damaging our nails rather than strengthening them. Most what we do, from washing our hair to filing at work to cleaning our homes weakens and dries our nails. Our beauty experts offer the following advice for making sure that your nails are in tip top condition when your husband-to-be slides your ring on your finger.
7 Tips for Stronger Nails
- Watch the water. Believe it or not, some people absolutely love watching dishes (can I get a “holla”) but all that water isn’t good for your digits. Wear gloves when you wash dishes, and don’t soak in the bath tub (or Jacuzzi) for too long. If you must indulge, keep your nails outside the water (clasping that glass of red wine, perhaps?) for most of your tub time.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We can’t say this enough….hydration is key for beautiful skin, hair, and nails. Drink lots of water throughout the day (we suggest half of your body weight, in ounces, so 130 pounds is 65oz of water), and you’ll feel and look better, all the way down to your hydrated cuticles and nails. A balanced diet that includes plenty of protein will also help improve your nail health.
- Keep your nails short. If you’re nails are weak, consider cutting them shorter while working to make them stronger. Shorter nails are less prone to breaking. This is because there are fewer exposed edges to tear and less surface area where water and chemicals can be absorbed. Just be sure to file your nails in one direction. Don’t saw back and forth – this can cause your nails to split and peel.
- Creams and cuticle oils are your friend. Dry cuticles can lead to hang nails, cuticle picking and even peeling. Don’t cut your cuticles—which, when done incorrectly, can be painful and could lead to infection —use cuticle softener to gently push them back, and apply cuticle oil regularly to keep them soft and moisturized. We love Mavala Cuticle Oil (available at Ulta) because it absorbs quickly, is moisturizing, long-lasting and has a great scent. It is definitely worth the price! Hint: A little goes a long way.
- Avoid alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Alcohol-based sanitizers can be especially drying for your nails. Wash your hands with soap and water. After, follow up with hand crème or cuticle oil to keep your nails and cuticles in pristine condition.
- Be careful when cleaning. Why clean? Just hire someone to do it!! But if your bank account won’t support the added expense, wear gloves as chemicals and detergents can weaken your nails.
- Strengthen with a Supplement. Taking 2.5 mg (2,500 mcg) of Vitamin B-7, or Biotin, daily will increase nail thickness and reduce splitting. If you prefer to steer clear of supplements, biotin is found naturally in cauliflower, beef liver, eggs and fish.