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.

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

 

Ask Sabrina: Summer Wedding Makeup

How to Make Your Wedding Makeup Last During a Heat Wave

Summer is in full swing in Arizona! We officially hit triple digit temperatures earlier in May and we have had many brides concerned about the resilience of their summer wedding makeup in this heat.  Imagine our surprise when we opened our email box last week and found yet another question about this subject!  The topic must be on every bride’s mind.

Kara M. in Scottsdale emailed “I’m getting married on Memorial Day weekend in an outdoor ceremony.  I am a little worried about my makeup as each day gets hotter. I’m worried that I will have sweat lines down my face.

How do I keep my makeup fresh and streak free in this 100º+ heat?”

Well, Kara, you are lucky that my team of stylists, comprised of many AZ natives and long-time residents, are experts in dealing with the heat.

Here are 9 things to remember:

  1. Skip the powder. Toning down shine with powder can create a chalky look that exaggerates fine lines and wrinkles. Use blotting papers instead to absorb excess oil without messing up your makeup.
  2. Cool off before application.   Let your skin cool down before applying any makeup as warm skin absorbs makeup.  Remember blotting papers in lieu of powder!
  3. Carry a facial mist. A facial mist delivers a fine spray that will cool your skin and will make your makeup last longer. Tip:  Our go to facial mist is MAC Prep+Prime Fix+.
  4. Use a primer. Primers are made to help makeup cling to the skin a little longer and they cut down on shine. Apply before putting on your foundation, but after your moisturizer.
  5. Avoid heavy foundations. Heavy, full coverage foundations are more likely to melt and slip on hot, sweaty skin. In the warmer months, switch it up to a lighter product that is oil-free and won’t be heavy on your skin. Try to stay away from powder foundations to avoid caking should you start to glisten or sweat.
  6. Switch from powders to creams. Powders can cake in the heat, which is super unattractive. During the summer, if you’re noticing caking, switch to cream blushes and eye shadows. Be sure to use an eyelid primer if you are concerned your shadow is caking (be sure to apply before shadow).
  7. Go water resistant. Mascara that’s water resistant or waterproof is better able to withstand summer sweating. Liquid eyeliners also last longer than pencils when your lids are moist.
  8. Avoid dark colors. If you’re going to be out in the sun, stay away from smoky eyes, dark blushes, and the like. These are a bit harsh in the bright summer sun, and are also more likely to be noticeable if they drip or smudge. Look for softer colors, particularly for the eyes.
  9. Drink! Keeping your body cool from the inside out is the best way to keep your skin dry. Carry a stainless steel water bottle with you, and sip frequently. Add ice often to keep it cold. This can also double as a neck and face cooler when you need it!  Tip:  We love Hydro Flask for their insulated abilities!

Till Next Time – Sabrina

Ask Sabrina Summer Wedding Makeup

Wedding Traditions: Part 1

What is the meaning of the wedding tradition

“something old, something new,

something borrowed and something blue?”

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

This wedding tradition comes from an old English rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe.” It describes the four items the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries on her wedding day as tokens of good luck.  You shouldn’t stress too much about them — they are the little tokens of love your mother, sister, other relatives, and your bride tribe will give you as the wedding approaches. However, don’t be afraid to provide any or all of the items yourself.  Here’s a quick breakdown of what each means:

Something Old

represents continuity

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photo credit: Andy Delisle

consider adding a charm or locket containing a photo of loved ones to your bouquet

Something New

offers optimism for the future

Something Old Something New Wedding Tradition

photo credit: Etsy

many brides opt to have their engagement and/or wedding ring symbolize something new

Something Borrowed

symbolizes borrowed happiness

Something Old Something New Wedding Tradition

photo credit: Walker Goldsmiths

your something borrowed may be a family heirloom such as jewelry 

Something Blue

stands for purity, love, and fidelity

Something Old Something New Wedding Tradition

To purchase Etsy:

you can get creative with this one – from jewelry to shoes to garters – the options are endless

Sixpence in Your Shoe

is a wish for good fortune and prosperity

 (largely a British custom; American’s use a penny)

Something Old Something New Wedding Tradition

photo credit: White Tree Photography