Choosing Your Hair and Makeup Artist

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to Achieve the Perfect Winged Liner

Just Wing It

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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.  
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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! 
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9. And voilà! You’ve mastered the sticky trick for perfect winged eyeliner!

Babydoll Weddings Beauty: Gorgeous Lashes

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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

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

 

{Real Bride Series}: Meet Tessa

This issue of our Real Bride Series features Tessa and Michael who were married earlier this year at the Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler, AZ.  Tessa offers great advice while reminiscing about her wedding day.

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Getting to Know Tessa & Michael

What is your name and your groom’s name?    Tessa Mallette & Michael Lara

What was your wedding date? Saturday, January 28, 2017

How did you and your groom meet?   We met online and it did not take long before we wanted to meet. Our first date was at a sushi restaurant and didn’t want the night to end. We had so much in common; both of us are the oldest child with younger brothers and we enjoy traveling, trying new restaurants, and experiencing local attractions and farmers markets.

We are dying to know, how did he propose?!   Michael and I were supposed to go on a double date with my best friend and her husband. We were running late and parking was challenging as he wanted us to park in a busy mall parking lot across the street. Little did I know, my family was waiting out of sight. We walked near the waterway up to the restaurant, Michael stopped by a fountain and got down on one knee. I was so surprised! What surprised me even more was that my family, my best friend and her husband came around the corner just after I said “yes”! Michael and I are both planners so it is hard for Michael to surprise me but he had emailed my friends and family the location spot including where they all should park and hide so I wouldn’t suspect a thing! So romantic and perfect!

The Details and the Dress

Babydoll Weddings Real Bride Series Tessa MakeupWhat were your wedding colors and why did you choose them?  My wedding colors were blush pink, gold, and mint green. I always knew I wanted a pink wedding but I wanted a more classic look, so I added the gold accents and added the mint green for an extra touch.

Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was relatively easy or difficult?   I found my dress at David’s Bridal. It was a relatively easy process and I found it in one day. I was discouraged at first due. I wanted tulle but each one I tried on seemed so itchy.  Finally, I found the perfect dress with pearl buttons running down the back and lace details on the top.  It also had  a flattering neckline and the bottom flowed just like Belle’s dress from Beauty and the Beast.

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of the venue(s)?   Our ceremony and reception were at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona. We fell in love with all the water and the beautifully manicured green golf course which was perfect for our dream of an outdoor ceremony site.  The reception site was beautiful as well. The architecture of the building featured a wooden ceiling that made you feel as though you were on a boat. It was just the right size for our 80 guests.

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What kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and at the ceremony/reception?  I had a mixture of different color roses and additional flowers in my bouquet. For the ceremony, we had baby’s breath in metal buckets down the aisle.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?  Our wedding cake was lemon cake with raspberry buttercream. We also had chocolate cupcakes with a pink buttercream.

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Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they?   We did s’more’s kits with mini Hershey’s chocolate bars, marshmallows, and graham crackers.

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What details from your wedding that made it unique to you?   We purchased two wine barrels for either side of the ceremony aisle and they really created the rustic style that we wanted. Also, our DJ offed up-lighting options which enhanced the reception and added just the right touch.

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?   We honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii which is an amazing island that is mostly undeveloped. We had great weather and enjoyed traveling around the island, kayaking to the secret falls, and flying on a private plane tour of the island.

A bit of Advice…

Other than marrying your husband, what was one of your favorite moments from your wedding day?   Just watching all of our family and friends enjoy dancing and getting to know each other. It was so fun to see everyone in the same place and all the love in the room.

What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides?
Do NOT stress yourself out on the details. Make sure you choose the best vendors who want to make your vision come true. Also consider adding some personal touches that you love. When the day comes it all seems overwhelming but once your vision has come to life,  you will be able to enjoy each moment. The ceremony and reception fly by so fast so be sure to take time to enjoy each and every aspect.

The Vendor Dream Team

Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team?  Lia Photography was such a great choice for us. The husband and wife team shot our engagement shoot and we were sure that they would shoot our wedding with the same professionalism and quality. We were so right! They know which photos will make anyone who sees them feel like they are there and a part of the whole experience. We have many options for printing and our photo book  is almost done. Can you imagine how excited we are to see it and relive the day?!

Rock Around the Clock Entertainment/Jeff Marcus was also such an amazing selection. Jeff was so engaging from day one to make sure that we were on the same page for music selection, up lighting, and interaction with guests, which was very important for us to make the reception run smoothly. Jeff thought of everything and sent over a questionnaire to make sure that he know as much as possible about our guests and music preferences. He also took photos and videos of the ceremony and reception and sent them to me the same night. Hands down, Jeff is absolutely the best DJ that I have ever experienced. We were so lucky to find him for our big day!

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