BridalBabble: Erica

This was a fun one! I met Erica a little over a year ago through a mutual friend. When she asked me to do her wedding this past November, I was so excited to get ahold of that gorgeous face! She is naturally stunning with flawless skin, and is the sweetest girl to boot.

I know I’ve said it before, but I just can’t say enough how much I love it when brides ask for GLITTER! It really takes it from “just another makeup look” to “BAM! BRIDE!” Erica’s look features the same Stila Magnificent Metals glitter I’ve used on some other glam brides- but even with the same product being used each look comes out completely unique!

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I kept the rest of her face simple and glowy to really play up the sparkle on her eyes. Her shadow was soft and pretty, featuring classic bridal tones of mauve and rose. Erica’s attention to every single detail really made the difference in her wedding and her “getting ready” process. Her veil and jewelry effortlessly adds to her classy glam look and she was absolutely glowing all morning.

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I also had the pleasure of glamming most of her bridal party!! These girls had already come up with a look they loved from Pinterest and I was able to recreate the warm toned natural soft smokey eye on each of them. It’s so cool to see how the same color palette and shadow style looks different on each girl. Recreating the same look on the whole bridal party may seem impersonal or the “easy way out”, but it truly allows for a cohesive look to all of the girls and again, the same look will come out differently on each different person! I love how the color palette for the makeup really compliments Erica’s florals and bridesmaid dresses.

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Makeup details:

Face:

Primer/Setting:

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Base:

Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation

Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Concealer

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Stick

CoverFx Perfect Setting Powder- Translucent

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

CoverFx Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunkissed

Eyes:

Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma

Loreal Lash Paradise Mascara- Waterproof, Blackest Black

Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper

Ardell Wispies

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Lip:

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose

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Lash Extension Tips

Whether you’re considering having eyelash extensions for the first time, or are interested in some tips and tricks to make your lashes look better between fills- keep reading!

Before you get lashes:

  1. RESEARCH! There are probably hundreds of “lash artists” near you. Picking the right one is important. Check out your potential lash artist’s social media and website for photos of her (or his) work and information about booking appointments.
    • WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN PHOTOS WHEN YOU’RE RESEARCHING LASH ARTISTS
      • Healthy natural lashes
      • No clumps of glue or lashes stuck together
      • A smooth transition from inner to outer corners
      • Lash shape that fits the client’s eye
      • Extensions applied from inner to outer corner
  2. ALLOW TIME! Your first appointment will take anywhere from 1.5-3 hours, depending on your artist’s speed, how many natural lashes you have, and the style of lashes you’re requesting. Don’t make your appointment for a day that you have a long list of errands to run!
  3. CONSIDER PRICING! Lash extensions, especially good ones, are expensive. Don’t simply choose to go to the “cheapest” artist to try to save a few dollars. Talent, skill and experience costs more but means you will get a better result while keeping your natural lashes healthy. A classic full set in most areas should run $150-$200 and fills between $50-$70.

On the day of your appointment:

  1. BRING A PICTURE OR BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN WHAT YOU WANT YOUR LASHES TO LOOK LIKE! There are tons of different lash options! They are not one size fits all. There are different lengths, thicknesses, curls, colors and materials. Have an idea of what you want your lashes to be even if it’s something like “I just want them to look like I’m wearing mascara” or “I want a glam cat eye”. Even better? Find a photo of extensions you love and show your lash artist. Extra points if it’s a picture of your artist’s previous work! It should be very easy for he or she to look at the photo and recreate the style.
  2. GO BAREFACED! I cannot stress this enough. This goes for fill appointments too! The less oily makeup on your face the better. All makeup around the eye area will be cleansed away anyways and our hand has to rest on your forehead. Any sticky tape or gel patches used by your artist will not stick onto makeup and everything needs to adhere perfectly for the best application of extensions! Also, make sure there is no leftover eyeliner or mascara anywhere on the lashes or lash line. Although your lash artist will cleanse your lashes before beginning your full set or fill, there’s no guarantee he or she will be able to remove every tiny bit. Lash adhesive will not stick to makeup and leftover makeup will greatly reduce your lash retention.
  3. THINK ABOUT YOUR HAIR! Don’t wear your hair in a bun or ponytail on the back of your head. You’ll be laying on that for a long time. Leave your hair down or in a low pony for the most comfortable hairstyle.

Once your lashes are on:

  1. ABIDE BY YOUR ARTIST’S AFTERCARE GUIDELINES! This is SO important. Your lashes should stay dry for 24-48 hours after application, and oil should NEVER come near them. Although staying away from mascara all together is ideal, waterproof mascara is a huge no-no!
  2. BRUSH YOUR LASHES! Your hair doesn’t look it’s best first thing in the morning, and neither will your lash extensions. Make sure you’re giving them a good brush every morning, every night and any time during the day that you feel they need a good separating. And no need to worry- its normal to lose 1-5 eyelashes a day without even realizing.
  3. KEEP THEM CLEAN! This means little (but preferably no) mascara, and make sure all other eye and face makeup is removed before bed. Wash your lashes with baby shampoo or specially formulated lash extension shampoo daily. Micellar water is great to take on a Q-tip after shampooing to make sure the lash line is clean. Lash hygiene can not be stressed enough. If the lashes are kept clean, retention will be much better.
  4. ENJOY THEM! Your extensions are an investment of your time and money. They are meant to be enjoyed! Take lots of selfies!

BridalBabble: Alyssa

All photos by Robin Fox Photography http://www.robinfoxphotography.com

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Ten years ago, our gym teacher put Alyssa and I on the same gym class volleyball team and the rest is history. We’ve been best friends since pretty much that day, the yin to each other’s yang, physical proof that opposites attract. There was no way on this planet that I would have let anyone else touch her face on her wedding day!

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The day of the wedding, I knew I’d have my hands full. Not only was I responsible for Alyssa and myself, there were seven other girls in the bridal party. I’ve easily handled 8 bridesmaids in the past- but not when I was the Maid of Honor! To try to combat the stress I brought along Brooke, an assistant at my salon, to help me where I needed. She absolutely killed it and I can’t thank her enough for effortlessly stepping in even as a makeup rookie and impressing me beyond expectations.

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Alyssa handed me the reigns for her look, which is usually how our glam sessions go! She is a minimal makeup girl in her daily life so she completely trusts me to handle the glam when she has an event (or you know, when she’s getting married). It means a lot to me when a friend or especially a client can say they trust whatever it is I choose for them on the biggest and most photographed day of their life.

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Alyssa and Chris started dating back in early 2011 and were together for almost 5 years before getting engaged while apple picking in October 2015. I’ve never met another couple that compliments each other the way they do, and I’ve said time and time again that they’re the epitome of a “perfect” couple. They finish each other’s goofy sentences and are there for each other through every outside hardship they’ve had to face during their relationship, and sadly there have been many. Even though life is never a walk in the park, it was so emotional watching them literally walk through the park taking their wedding photos after the ceremony.

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Their reception was held at The Foundry Suites in Buffalo, and every detail was thought of. The wedding was a perfect celebration of Chris and Alyssa, their friends and their family.

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The night was absolutely spectacular.

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I have to be honest and say that I don’t remember exactly every product I used on her face, but I know the important ones. The morning was a blur and I finished her makeup as we were loading the limo up to head to the ceremony. I am willing to bet that everything else is the same that I’ve used for brides in the past (mascara, liner, powders etc.) so take a look back on another BridalBabble post for those details!

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Important products:

Eyes:

Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Smoky Storm

Ardell Mega Volume 252 Lashes

Face:

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Lip:

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose

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BridalBabble: Chyanne

It’s not often that I get a bride asking for a dramatic glittery eye for her wedding day. When I do get one, I get so excited about it! Chyanne rocks the glam look and I think it fits her gorgeous face and edgy look perfectly.

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I based this entire face around the Stila glitter she’s wearing on her eyes, and was able to come up with a skin and lip combination to compliment it. In order to allow the eyes to shine but not overwhelm her face, I kept the skin glowing and bronzy. I skipped blush and opted for a heavier hand while applying her bronzer for a seamless glowy cheek. For the lip– nude! This color looks great on her. All in all, I was thrilled with the finished product and so was Chy!

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Chyanne and her new husband, Ricky, have already been Mom and Dad for years- they have two beautiful children together.  They were so excited to add the titles of “husband” and “wife” to their names! Their son and daughter each had a role in the wedding party and the entire day was a family affair.

I glammed up all of her bridesmaids as well so I’ve included a photo of her entire wedding party. The girls looks were cohesive and glittery to match!

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To make her day even more special, Chyanne wore two dresses: her mom’s wedding dress for the ceremony and then she changed into a gorgeous light blush pink embellished gown for the reception. I wanted her makeup to not only compliment the traditional white color and shape of her ceremony dress but also the fresh, youthful and original style of her reception dress. It’s the little details that make a bride’s wedding day perfect, so every little detail was thought about when putting her look together!

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Makeup details:

Face:

Primer/Setting:

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Benefit Matte Rescue

Base:

Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Stick Foundation in 355 Coconut

CoverFx Perfect Setting Powder- Translucent

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop

CoverFx Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunkissed

Eyes:

Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma

Loreal Lash Paradise Mascara- Waterproof, Blackest Black

Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper

Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Black

Ardell Double Wispies

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Lip:

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in Crush

BeautyBabble: Makeup Kit Essentials

As a makeup artist and overall product junkie, I get asked all the time what my favorite products are. It’s a hard question to answer. There are products I love that have the same function but different price points and finishes. This is not to say that my favorites are the only great ones out there! I am always trying new things and taking suggestions from other makeup artists, the internet, and people in my life.

The products that I love and stand by make it into my kit and onto my clients faces. Before anything gets a permanent home in my kit, I have to love it myself first!

THE SKIN

Primers

I have never used a drugstore primer I loved. I know there are good ones out there, but .. this is one of my few categories that I can’t skimp on. There are SO many great primers, but there are four that are staples in my kit, each for a different reason.

Spray: Smashbox Primer Water ($32). A refreshing mist of priming water to start off a makeup application. This is always the first thing to touch any client’s skin, and I will also use it on a more mature client or one with dry skin as a finishing/setting spray (otherwise I love Urban Decay All-Nighter).

Best for normal to dry skin or mature skin: Becca Backlight Priming Filter ($38). This primer blew me away the first time I tried it and I knew it would be not only a staple for my clients, but also for myself. It feels like a moisturizer going on, but the pearl finish gives your skin the healthiest glow. Makeup layers beautifully over it, but I even wear this on no-makeup days just to give my skin some luminosity. I use this on almost every client, though I choose where to place it based on the client’s skin type.

Best for oily skin: Benefit Matte Rescue ($28). Mattifying primers are not all created equal. Many are thick and goopy and leave a strange layer of product on top of the skin. I’ve found that this one, which is more of a gel formula, mattifies the skin without making the makeup on top of it look cakey.

Best for filling in pores and uneven texture: Benefit Porefessional ($31). Porefessional is a long-loved product by people in the industry and the every day makeup lover alike. It fills in pores and smoothes skin to leave it even and ready for makeup. It is great to use with either of the other primers- when I use two together, I use Porefessional first in the T zone and the other one everywhere else on the face.

Foundation

Drugstore: Wet N Wild Photofocus ($5.99). The only foundation I carry with me. It is AMAZING. It has a thin viscosity but the coverage is completely customizable. I can use a small amount for super sheer coverage or layer it for full coverage. It is a makeup artist’s dream foundation. It has no flashback in photos so it is perfect for weddings and special events. It feels weightless on the skin, which makes even the clients who aren’t used to wearing foundation feel comfortable. The ones who love a full coverage look love it too. So many clients who have had this foundation put on them have run out and gotten it. Best part? The under $6 pricetag!

High-end: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46). While I never carried a ton of shades because of the price tag, this stuff is amazing. It is by far my personal favorite high end foundation, but I no longer use it in my kit since discovering the Wet N Wild foundation. I was extremely skeptical about the stick formula at first, but this stick in particular is super creamy, blends like a dream and looks like second skin. I love it for foundation and loved having a shade or two darker to contour with. It was also surprised by how long one stick lasted. I definitely used this for a few months before running out. 

Concealer

Drugstore: Maybelline Fit Me ($7.49)

This. Stuff. Is. GOOD. It has a light to medium, but buildable coverage. One layer gives you natural, fresh skin but can easily be layered up to a medium to full coverage if necessary. Only downfall is the lack of color options- I use 10 (light) or 20 (sand) on most clients, because the few other shades are kind of strange. I wish the Fair and Medium shades were less pink-undertoned. 

High-end: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($28)

My ride or die, holy grail, soulmate product overall. This stuff is creamy GOLD. I’ve come across only few people who dislike it, though I maintain that with the right application it would be anyone’s favorite. The coverage is medium to full, the shade range gets an A+ and the finish is natural but can be set down with powder. I can get away without setting it under my eyes for a quick pick-me-up on a light makeup day. I’ve even used this product as foundation on myself for a no-makeup-makeup day. It is just beautiful. I keep a few key shades on hand. The shade “Custard” is almost identical to the Maybelline color “Sand”.

Setting Powder

Drugstore: Coty Airspun ($7.99)

For this crazy low price tag and large size, this powder is pretty great. The packaging is huge and the product works well. Downsides: the smell and the dry feeling on the skin. It smells like your grandma’s old perfume and it can feel very tight and dry on the skin. The dry feeling disappears shortly after but I really dislike how it feels immediately after it’s applied. That being said… it absorbs oil and sets makeup for long wear, but whether you like this product depends on how you feel about the scent and feel. I will note that I use this constantly, and haven’t had to buy a new one in close to two years. A little goes a long way and because the product is contained, you never have to touch or contaminate more than you need.

High-end: CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder ($35)

This one is a new addition, taking the place of my well-loved Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. I loved the LM one for a long time, but the CoverFX product recently took over due to two things: the finish and the packaging. This powder leaves a smooth feel to the skin without a white cast in photos, and the packaging includes a plastic cap over the dispensing holes to aid in keeping the jar less messy. This is so appreciated when so many products are stored together in a makeup kit! I like this to bake the face and also dust everywhere to set.

Bronzer/Contour/Blush/Highlight

Bronzer

Powder: Too Faced Sun Bunny ($30). Ugh. This stuff. I am OBSESSED. This product does have shimmer in it, so I recommend it for an all-over bronzed look rather than as a contour shade. It is so beautiful as a bronzer, but I will use it also as a blush if I’m going for a monochromatic bronzed look- my summer go-to. It is a split pan: one side is a darker bronze and the other is light, although my favorite way to use it is to swirl both sides together. This has been a longtime favorite of mine and I love it for so many different looks.

Cream: Maybelline Fit Me Gel Stick Foundation in 355 Coconut ($9.29). While technically a foundation, this shade works so well as a cream bronzer on almost all skin tones. One shade lighter- 330 Toffee – works for super light skin. I like to draw it on right from the stick and blend it out with a brush for a suble tanned look.

Contour

Powder: Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette ($49). This palette has three highlight and three contour shades that pair up to suit each skin undertone: warm, neutral and cool. The powders are smooth and blendable, and the banana toned powder is the best pressed banana highlight powder that I’ve found.

Cream: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio ($45). This trio comes with a matte contour stick, matte bronze stick and matte highlight stick. They are only sold in the trio, which is a bummer because I only really love the contour stick. It is the perfect shade, so creamy, and blends like an absolute dream. It looks so natural when it’s blended out and is my hands-down favorite. The other shades are nice, but don’t necessarily blow me away. I keep repurchasing this trio JUST for the contour stick. It is so good. Smashbox: PLEASE SELL THESE STICKS SEPARATELY!

Blush

I don’t have a favorite blush. However, the most used ones in my kit are the Revolution palette in Hot Spice ($10), the Hourglass Ambient Blush ($38) Palette (this was limited edition, but I’ve linked the blush formula that is in the palette ), and the Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Video ($26). I’m not really a huge blush person, and I honestly only use it to tie a look together and make sure the cheeks stand out in professional photos.

Highlighter

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector ($38). Highlight is so on trend right now. I always have three colors on hand that can be used separately or mixed for almost any skintone: Moonstone, Champagne Pop and Opal. This is the original highlighter favorite for just about any makeup lover out there, and it has (in my opinion) never been topped. The colors are gorgeous, the formula is smooth and pigmented, and the finish is never chunky. I use it on the browbone, cheekbones, nose and cupid’s bow on every client.

The Eyes

Brows

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade ($18) and Anastasia Brow Wiz ($21). I always have multiple shades of each product on hand and love them both evenly. The dipbrow is waterproof and more pigmented, so while I sometimes use it on it’s own I also will use it for precision work like drawing small lines to mimic natural brow hairs before filling the rest in with the Brow Wiz. Anastasia’s shade range is fantastic, with everything from the lightest blonde shade to auburn to ebony. 

Another incredible brow product is the Benefit Gimme Brow ($24) which is a brush-on product that adds color and volume to the brows. I can sometimes get away with using only this product on a client with already full or perfected brows. Lately, this has been the only thing I use in my own brows for my everyday look. 

Lastly, I always set brow hairs in place with Anastasia Clear Brow Gel ($22). They might as well rename this product “Superglue For Brows” because it DOES NOT MOVE.

Shadows

Anastasia (Individual shadows $12). Hands down. Her shadow range is hundreds of colors deep, and they are buttery smooth and mega pigmented. You can buy her shades in single pans, but also in premade palettes. She frequently collaborates with popular makeup artists to create palettes that are gorgeous and user friendly for everyone. I personally love the Modern Renaissance ($42) and Makeup by Mario (which was limited edition and sadly no longer available) palettes.

Liner

Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper. ($20) So black, so easy to use, and one liner lasts me an entire wedding season. The Stila Stay All Day ($22) liner is a close second, but I prefer the dried down finish of the KVD and it’s a couple of dollars cheaper.

Mascara

Loreal Lash Paradise. ($9.99) If you haven’t had a chance to try this stuff, stop reading and go get it now! I have used dozens of mascaras, both drugstore and high-end. There is nothing on the market that compares to this in my opinion. It is inexpensive, but works just as well (and I would even argue better) than the top high-end mascaras. It is super black, coats every lash without being clumpy, thickens, volumizes and lengthens. It is a super-mascara. I can’t do my makeup or a client’s makeup without it. One downside- I do feel like it dries out quickly. At this price, it doesn’t bother me to buy a new one every few weeks. 

Lashes

I always have multipacks on hand of the Ardell Wispies and Ardell Demi Wispies. They are super versatile, easy to put on and look the best of any inexpensive lash on the market. They can be layered for a thicker look or cut apart and placed for a super natural look. For a higher end lash, I love the Velour Silk Collection at Sephora. I was a lover of the Velour Mink lashes, but the silk collection stole my heart. So many brides have chosen to wear a higher end lash for their wedding and not one has been disappointed by these on their big day. 

Lash Adhesive

Duo Clear Brush On Adhesive. ($6.49) If you’re still using a squeeze tube of white Duo adhesive, it’s time to switch! This glue dries faster than the squeeze glue so you don’t have to wait forever for your lash to become tacky before application. It has a strong hold for all night wear, but your lashes will peel off effortlessly when your night is over.

The Lips

Lipstick

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick. ($20) Tons of beautiful shades, and I am not kidding when I say these are LONG wearing. I normally don’t need to reapply for 6 hours, and a touch-up at that time will last the rest of the night. It is perfect for a long wedding day, or just for a night out.

Gloss

Anastasia Lip Gloss. ($16) So pigmented and long lasting without being overly sticky or tacky. They smell like frosting and are perfect either on their own or as a topper to a lipstick.

 

 

 

BridalBabble: Christina

One of the coolest parts of my job is getting to work closely with my longtime friends to create their perfect bridal look. Christina and I met close to 10 years ago. The day we met, she accidentally slammed a glass Macy’s entrance door into my face. I’m happy to say our friendship has only grown from there!

Christina met her now-husband, Tony, at work a few years ago. They married this past weekend at the Buffalo History Museum, celebrated at The Foundry Suites, and their wedding was nothing but beautiful right down to every little detail. Christina has a very good eye for design, and I knew working with her on her bridal makeup would be a welcomed challenge.

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The theme of her look was “Vintage Glam”, which suits her perfectly. It took us a few trials to get the look exactly the way we both wanted it. I was so intent on getting her makeup perfect that I even had her wash her half-done face off the morning of the wedding because I thought I could do better.

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We settled on a matte cool-toned eye, big fluffy lashes and glamorous contour to tie everything together with the lip color she chose.

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Makeup details:

Face:

Primer/Setting:

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray

Base:

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio

CoverFx Perfect Setting Powder- Translucent

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone

Eyes:

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette

Makeup Geek Shadow- Americano

Butter London Shadow Clutch Palette- Pretty Proper

Base: Laetus (KVD)

Crease: Lucius (KVD), Saleos (KVD), Americano (MUG)

Lid: Light cool-toned purple from Pretty Proper (BL)

Inner corner and brow bone: Becca Moonstone

Velour Silk Lash Collection- Fluff’n Whispie

Loreal Lash Paradise Mascara- Waterproof, Blackest Black

Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper

Lip:

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in Pink Frosting

 

Hair by Lauren at Atomic Barbershop & Salon 

Photography by Nicole Gatto Photography

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So you want to get your first Brazilian…

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The Brazilian wax.

The most taboo, dreaded, hush-hush service offered at the spa. It’s also the most worthwhile service I offer. But why?

Since 2013, I’ve talked to hundreds of women about getting Brazilian waxes. After answering all of their questions, most of them admit that their fear of their first wax came from an unreliable, overdramatic friend or internet source. Articles have been posted on countless websites claiming to be “unsponsored” and “unbiased” both for and against Brazilian waxing. Authors of these articles are rarely experts!

My goal is to shed some light on what it’s really like to get a Brazilian, drop nothing but truth bombs, and *poof* push away the taboo for good.


The four things potential wax clients ask about most: the pain, the nudity, the aftercare, and the maintenance.

THE PAIN

NOT. THAT. BAD!

I *promise* you have felt worse. Maybe even voluntarily. Probably even just today. Ever stub your toe? Get your ears pierced? Get tattooed? Break a nail right down to your skin? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you’ve felt worse pain than a Brazilian wax!

I won’t sugarcoat it- the first Brazilian you get hurts the most. Your individual hairs are coarse, deeply rooted, and the entire bikini area is densely covered with hair. It would make perfect sense for your first wax to be the most uncomfortable. Don’t quit after the first one! After your first wax the pain level diminishes SIGNIFICANTLY. If you’re someone who has had your first wax and consecutive waxes with me, you remember me telling you that you will literally laugh during your second wax at how little pain you are in compared to the first time. It only gets better from there!

THE NUDITY

If you’re like most women, two people see you naked from the waist down on a regular basis: your doctor and your significant other. It can be weird to walk into the wax room, strip down and bare it all to a total stranger. I get it! I felt the exact same way until I started performing bikini waxes. Even though it may seem strange, think about how you would react if you saw a friend or even a stranger naked- you probably wouldn’t think too much of it. Every woman has the same parts, the same insecurities and the same deeply ingrained need for privacy.

Once you’re undressed and positioned for your wax, you only have one more job: RELAX! The entire appointment takes 15 minutes or less. After the first 10 seconds or so, the weird feeling of being naked completely goes away. I try my absolute best to keep conversation flowing even if you can’t focus on what we’re talking about, and it’s my goal at every appointment to make you laugh so you don’t think about what’s going on below the waist.

THE AFTERCARE

This part is so easy. You don’t want to scrub or tan the freshly waxed area for 48 hours, but other than that the aftercare is up to you. I recommend exfoliating gently three times a week in the shower with a mixture of coconut oil with salt and/or sugar. If you have essential oils- tea tree is a great addition to your homemade scrub to help combat ingrown hairs.

Immediately after their first appointment, most women ask about the same few things: tanning, showering, working out, and sex. The only thing you really need to steer clear of after your wax is tanning the freshly exposed skin. You WILL burn. Bad. Other than tanning, the other three activities are up to you and how you feel post-wax. The way your skin feels after your wax totally depends on each individual person. Close to all women feel as if nothing even happened once they hop down off the table and get dressed. Few feel a mild discomfort, but none have ever told me they were in actual pain. If you choose to go immediately from the spa to the gym, make sure to shower and cleanse the area with a mild cleanser after the gym so the sweat from your workout doesn’t sit on your skin and cause potential ingrown hairs or irritation.

If you are someone who is naturally prone to ingrown hairs, you will probably see some even when you switch from shaving to waxing. It is nearly impossible to 100% prevent them. In my opinion, the most beneficial thing you can do for your skin in preventing ingrowns is exfoliation. Sure, there are products on the market that can help, but many women benefit from the least radical treatment.

THE MAINTENANCE

Your waxing schedule should be anywhere from every three to six weeks for the cleanest and most painless Brazilian. Going longer than six weeks usually results in a more painful wax experience, and around eight weeks your wax will feel just about the same as your first one. The goal is to keep your hair thin and sparse so you don’t dread your waxing appointment!


That’s not so bad, right? Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions under “BRAZIBABBLE” in the menu bar!

Most important thing to take away? Don’t be afraid!

Lastly? Yes, it looks normal.