Choosing Your Hair and Makeup Artist

babydoll+weddings-makeup-artist

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.

babydoll+weddings-makeup-artist

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.

babydoll+weddings-makeup-artist

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.

babydoll+weddings-makeup-artist

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.

babydoll+weddings-makeup-artist

How to Achieve the Perfect Winged Liner

Just Wing It

winged eyeliner tutorial

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 

Here’s How:

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.  
winged eyeliner how to babydoll weddings
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! 
winged liner tutorial babydoll weddings
9. And voilà! You’ve mastered the sticky trick for perfect winged eyeliner!

Babydoll Beauty: Simplified Summer Beauty

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:

Tinted Moisturizer

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.

simplified summer beauty

Kissable Lips

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.

simplified summer beauty

 

Ask Sabrina: Preparing Skin for Your Wedding Day

Dear Sabrina: What is the best way for preparing your skin for your wedding day?

There is a saying that goes something like “no amount of paint can cover a bad foundation”.  We don’t know where it originated from, and maybe it was just something that is said to those folks in the cosmetology industry but we heard it and it stuck with us. The exact same goes for makeup.  No amount of makeup can fix bad skin.  A prime canvas is necessary to paint and prime skin is necessary to a {relatively} flawless look.  So, it may be understandable why we did a happy dance when we opened Jackie’s email asking how to prepare her skin for her big day.

While makeup artists can work to create a smooth, primed foundation to work with but there are many steps that you can take as well.

Facials

Babydoll Weddings Facial Good Skin Wedding preparing your skin

It’s great to have a few facials leading up to your big day.  Be sure to start them a couple of months before as facials tend to detoxify the face and you don’t want any blemishes to show up unexpected just before the wedding.  While an at-home facial is an option, we strongly recommend a professional facial to ensure that any areas prone to problems are addressed.  Be sure to use a good skin-care system daily (morning and night) to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and moisturize.  Follow the recommended exfoliation schedule (generally not more than twice per week).

I love Embryolisse and babydolls, it is available at Target!

skin care prepping skin

Protection

sunscreen babydoll weddings preparing your skin

Sunscreen is your friend.  Be sure to apply an SPF (we recommend a 15) before applying foundation.  This will protect your skin from the suns harsh rays which cause wrinkles and freckles that could related to further damage or skin cancer.  Click here to read our blog “Here Comes the Sun” and find our top sunscreen picks.

Hydration

babydoll weddings hydrate preparing your skin drink water

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Our bodies are approximately 60% water (the percentage fluctuates based on age and gender).  Drinking water helps to flush toxins from your body which includes your face.  Grab a glass of water and capture a natural glow!

xoxo, Sabrina

 

Babydoll Weddings Beauty: BB Cream

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

bb creams mac

Try it, we guarantee you will love the results!  Oh, and guys, believe it or not, there are BB Creams available for you, too!

 

Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Here Comes the Sun

favorite sunscreens

Sun, Sun, Sun, Here it Comes!

Now that the sun is moving into the northern hemisphere (translation: AZ summer is rapidly approaching), we need to protect ourselves from it’s damaging rays. Choosing not to wear a sunscreen with SPF in the sun can cause wrinkles, brown spots, and worst of all-skin cancer.

But, have no fear, we’ve got you covered! Our stylists are sharing their favorite picks for face and neck sunscreens to keep your skin babydoll smooth during our brightest months!

Sabrina’s Pick:

First up is the Eminence Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 30. Eminence helps to lighten age spots and while toning the skin to promote an even complexion and skin tone. It is super smooth, non-greasy and absorbs quickly.  Best of all, it’s organic!

Kelly’s Pick:

Second…PCA SKIN SPF 45.  This broad spectrum sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection with ultra-sheer zinc oxide, and the antioxidants milk thistle and caffeine. Its unique, quick-absorbing and light finish makes Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 ideal if you have oily skin or are prone to break-outs.

Babydoll Weddings Beauty Here Come the Sun

Daniela’s Pick:

Third…Swim, play, and enjoy the outdoors—knowing your sunscreen loves water as much as you do with Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30. This sunscreen is specially designed to provide superior sun protection without causing breakouts on acne-prone skin. It provides superior broadspectrum UVA/UVB protection. Perfect for face, this liquid-lotion has a water-light texture that leaves a weightless, matte finish so skin can breathe. Ideal for outdoor activities and sports, it provides high sun protection, yet is comfortable and gentle on the skin and is waterproof for up to 80 minutes so grab your bikini and towel and head to the pool.

Babydoll Weddings Beauty Here Come the Sun

As with all sunscreens, these must be reapplied every 2 hours!  Now you can catch some rays and keep your skin youthful at the same time. xo