How To Pick The Right Cleanser

Picking the right cleanser is tough. You want to pick a cleanser that will complement your skin type and not over dry your skin. Many over the counter products are way too harsh for most people's skin and can compromise the delicate protection system your skin uses to stay healthy. Your skin should not feel dry and tight after cleansing, this is a sign that your cleanser is too harsh and is stripping your skin. This is one case when "squeaky clean" is NOT a good thing!  So how DO you pick the right cleanser? Seeing an esthetician is your best choice, as they can look at your skin and choose the products that will best complement your skin. You can also do research into the ingredients of the products that you put on your skin. Even if you don't know an ingredient, Google is your best friend! Just search for the ingredient and you can often find information about it and whether or not it is harmful to the skin. Below are a few of my favorite cleansers: 

Pomegranate Antioxidant Cleanser
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The Pomegranate Antioxidant Cleanser is awesome for dry skin. It is a creamy cleanser, so it doesn't foam up, but does a great job at cleansing the skin while moisturizing the skin and not stripping your skin's natural barrier. This is also a great makeup remover, so you don't need to use two steps to take off your makeup! 

Green Tea Citrus Antioxidant Cleanser
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The Green Tea Citrus Cleanser is great for all skin types, particularly normal to oily. This one will foam up, and will help to cleanse and soothe the skin. 

Raspberry Refining Cleanser
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The Raspberry Refining Cleanser is awesome for those battling acne! It contains both glycolic acid which helps to break the bonds between dead skin cells and allow them to slough off, opening up impactions, as well as salicylic acid which helps to normalize oil production and get rid of excess oil. It also contains tea tree oil which is naturally antibacterial to fight acne. 

If you're still not sure or are in need of more skin care help, I always offer free consultations and product recommendations to help people get their skin care on track! Give me a call at 763-486-7531 to schedule your appointment. 

What To Look For In A Wedding Makeup Artist

Finding the right artist for you can be tough. Here are some tips on what to look for when you are booking your makeup artist for your wedding. 

  1. Find an artist who specializes in bridal makeup. There are tons of people out there who love makeup as a hobby, but only someone who does this as their job knows the intricacies of the art. Not only do they understand how to avoid any makeup malfunctions, but they also are intimately familiar with how a wedding day goes, and know how to schedule and plan to ensure it goes off without a hitch. 
  2. Don't wait until the last minute to book. Seasoned pros can book up months in advance, so do your research early and once you have settled on the artist for you, book them! This will ensure that your date doesn't get booked by another bride and have you left high and dry.
  3. Find an artist who is running a real business. An artist that does this as a hobby may love it, but they may be skimping in other ways. They may be slower to respond to emails, or they may be flaky. You don't want to be left with an emergency on the wedding day and nobody to fix it. Ensure that you sign a contract with your artist, this will protect both you and her. Ensure she runs a real business, this means having a license and paying her taxes. Finding someone who follows the rules will ensure that you are going to get the best, and most professional, experience possible.
  4. Find someone who you like. Obviously, you want to love their work, but they're going to be spending the morning of your wedding with you and you want to make sure that's a pleasant experience. Pick an artist that you feel comfortable around, as they will be the one setting the tone for your wedding day.
  5. Make sure you know your budget, but also know what bridal makeup costs in your area. It is totally fine to be on a budget and to look for vendors that fit into that. But don't expect vendors to change their pricing for you. Most wedding vendors do not negotiate on pricing as they have set it at a rate that is both fair to you and ensures that they are getting properly compensated for their time, talent, and experience.
  6. Find someone who listens to you. You know yourself and your comfort level best, so your artist should listen to you about the style of makeup you want and the amount you feel comfortable with. Don't let yourself get pushed into something you're not comfortable with, you are the client and you should be getting what you want. Your makeup artist may have suggestions for photography or what might look better on you, which are great to take into consideration as they are a professional, but ultimately you should be the one choosing your final look.
  7. Look for a makeup artist who practices good sanitation. Brushes should not be re-used from client to client unless they are being cleaned first. Watch for someone who sanitizes their hands and does not work directly out of any cream products. The best practice is for your artist to use a palette and spatula to get the exact amount of product they need without contaminating the tube. This is a HUGE deal, a makeup artist can potentially pass an infection from client to client so you need to make sure your artist is taking proper precautions to prevent this.
  8. Look at an artist's online reviews. These are a great way to get an idea of what past brides loved about their artist (or if there are any red flags to be aware of). Finding an artist with good reviews online will ensure you are getting the highest quality experience possible. 

Bridal Makeup Do's and Don'ts

Planning for your wedding can be super overwhelming, so I wanted to put together some quick do's and don'ts to follow for your bridal makeup. 


  • Go with a classic style for your look. Going for something too trendy can leave you 10 years down the line looking at your photos and wondering "what was I thinking?"
  • Book a trial with your artist. This is the time for you and your artist to get to know one another and determine the look for your wedding day. This can either be done prior to booking, or, if you know which artist you'd like to book, is best done about a month before the wedding. 
  • Do book early. In demand bridal artists can book up months in advance, so don't hesitate to secure your date once you have determined the artist you would like to work with. 
  • Wear false lashes. Even if you're not used to them there are a variety of lashes from natural to dramatic and they make a huge difference in photographs! 


  • Book with just anyone. Your makeup will affect how you look on the day of as well as in pictures, so you want to be sure you're booking someone who knows what they're doing. You may have a friend who really likes makeup but to ensure that you are going to look your best and avoid any makeup mishaps, booking a makeup artist who specializes in bridal (this is not a hobby for them, this is their job) will ensure that you look your best on your wedding day. 
  • Book an artist without a contract. The contract is there to protect both of you, and ensures you're working with a professional. 
  • Get a wax or invasive facial the week of your wedding. To avoid any potential skin reactions, keep it simple the week of the wedding. 
  • Be afraid of more makeup than you're used to. You are having pictures taken with high-end cameras that can pick up any tiny imperfection. You'll need to be wearing a little more makeup than you would every day to ensure that you look flawless in photos.