Did you get engaged recently? Is someone you know getting married sometime soon? More couples get engaged during the holiday season through Valentine’s Day than at any other time of the year. If you are reading this at the time of publishing, or if you are planning your wedding, or helping someone plan theirs, then you may be thinking about hiring a makeup artist for the big day.

I work on weddings around 30 weekends per year, and have been the makeup artist on more than 400 weddings.

Most weekends I have bridesmaids telling me makeup horror stories from other weddings they have been in, sometimes sadly, their own. Multiple times per year I get panicked phone calls from brides whose makeup artist has cancelled on them the week of the wedding, or who hasn’t shown up the day of the wedding. Luckily I have a team of makeup assistants for whom this becomes another layer of job security as they race off across town to take care of the bride in need!

The nightmare stories and bad experiences are easily avoidable if you know what to look for when hiring a makeup artist for your wedding. I’ve broken down 10 things to look for when hiring a makeup artist for your wedding. If you use this as a guide you should have no difficulty finding the right makeup artist for your big day!

10 Tips For Hiring A Makeup Artist For Your Wedding Day

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1.What Is Their Career Background?

Who is this person and what have they done career-wise? Is this person a professional makeup artist or are they a makeup hobbiest?  There is a big difference between someone who has a makeup box and likes playing with makeup products and someone who does this for a living.

A professional makeup artist is going to know how to maneuver your makeup to work with the light, is going to know how your makeup will photograph, will use products designed for professionals and built to last all night. A professional will know how to help you out if something unforeseen happens, such as a giant wedding day pimple, a bad sunburn the day before, an unexpected crying fit. Lots of things can happen and they frequently do. A professional makeup artist is a huge asset when they do.

Personally I have had to sew brides into their dresses, have had bridesmaids arrive covered in hives from allergies to the Arizona plant-life, have had to do repair-work on brides who have had unexpected (and expected!) crying episodes. I have had brides who have woken up with a giant pimple, others with a cold sore, and brides who out of pre-wedding nerves have broken out in sweat, drenching clothes, hair and makeup. After 400+ weddings I have pretty much seen it all!

In each case having a professional artist who knows what to do and can stay calm has been a lifesaver. Someone with a makeup hobby probably wouldn’t have been much of an asset.

2. Read Their Reviews

Before you hire someone to do your makeup for your wedding you need to know a little bit more about them and their work ethic, and the best way to find this is by reading their reviews. Is this artist on The Knot or Wedding Wire? Wedding vendor sites can be a good source of information because the artist can’t mess with reviews and delete the ones they don’t like.

You can get a good idea about this person when you read a series of reviews that all say similar things. He/she was punctual and fun, organized and on top of their schedule for the day, made everyone look and feel beautiful, was easy to work with. When you see multiple brides all saying the same types of positive things about this artist you can be confident that this person is a good hire.

Sometimes you find your makeup artist because they did your friend’s wedding or another family member’s wedding and have come with a good referral. I always think referral business is the best business! If you don’t know where to begin looking for a makeup artist for your wedding try asking friends who they used and if they had a good experience.


3. Are You Comfortable With Their Personality?

It is really important to find a makeup artist whose personality meshes with yours. This person is going to be with you and your girls all morning, and how the personality game plays out can set the tone for the entire day.

If you are upbeat and bubbly and fun and your makeup artist is dull and depressing it can feel like a wet blanket has been thrown on your party. If you are quiet and more reserved and your makeup artist is loud and obnoxious you won’t care how good he/she is at doing a smoky eye, she is going to drive you crazy!

Watch out for the artist with the super ego and watch out for the energy vampire. Your wedding day is about you, not your artist, so the person you hire has to be able to go with the flow.

A good makeup artist will be able to take everything in stride, won’t get moody, will keep everything on time and won’t get stressed out.

4. Ask For Samples Of Their Work

Everyone can talk a good game and tell you stories of jobs they have done, but can they back it up with pictures?

Before social media became such a big deal artists had to ask photographers for images from the weddings they worked on, and it could take ages before they received them (busy photographers don’t always have time to get pictures for makeup artists!), but now everyone is posting pictures from their wedding on Instagram and Facebook, so a working artist should be able to show you lots of images of their work even if it’s just scrolling through the insta feeds of previous brides.

Look to see if there is variety in their work, and also to see if they are showing the style of makeup that you are looking for. If their images are predominantly Kardashian-style, heavy duty makeup and you prefer a more scaled back look then that artist may not be the fit you are looking for. If you like big, bold looks and this artist only has pretty, soft, neutral looks to show you, then that may not work either.

A good makeup artist can do any type of makeup look, so make sure you ask them if you don’t see the type of look you are planning on.

5. Does This Artist Have A Contract?

Does your artist have a contract for you to sign, that outlines the specifics for your wedding, and what is covered?

Weddings are a business. The artist you hire should treat your big day as business. That means they should be highly organized and have a good business system in place. Their contract needs to detail how many people they are doing, if they are bringing an assistant and if so how many people that assistant is responsible for, what time they are leaving you, and how much everything will cost (with no hidden  surprises). When you fill out your contract you should be 100% certain of everything that is included, so there is no confusion on your wedding day.

If your artist uses a contract they are not likely to skip out on your wedding and leave you high and dry.

An artist who treat weddings as a business is going to be thinking about the referral business they can get from your wedding and the review that you will write them. They are going to be aware that they need to make sure they meet your needs, do a fabulous job, are lovely to be around and leave you feeling happy and beautiful. Because that is how you stay in business.


6. Does This Artist Have A Clean, Well Prepared Kit?

When you have a trial makeup with your prospective artist observe their kit. Is it clean? Is it organized? Is it full of cheap products or is it built on professional products? Are their brushes clean?

Above all else the makeup artist you hire must practice a high standard of hygiene. Do not ever let anyone put a dirty makeup brush on your skin!

I don’t know any successful, professional makeup artists who have dirty, unorganized makeup kits. If a makeup kit is full of drugstore products that may not be the artist you want to hire. With few exceptions drugstore products aren’t designed to last all day. They tend to have lower quality ingredients and aren’t as pigmented as professional products. There are exceptions and most artists will have a variety of product brands in their kit, but a kit should not be predominantly built from cheap products.

7. Is This Artist Asking You Questions?

Is the artist you are having a trial with or talking to about your wedding asking you a lot of questions? They should be. Your makeup needs to be telling the same story as the rest of your wedding. It needs to compliment your dress, your hair, and the overall vibe of your wedding. The artist needs to get a feel for who you are, what your comfort level is with makeup, how you want to look on your wedding day.

They also need to be asking you what time of day you are getting married – makeup for an 11 am ceremony is going to be different from makeup for  6pm wedding. They need to be asking about your location, your flowers, your dress, your hair. Your makeup artist needs to be asking you a lot of questions.

The look they design for your wedding day needs to be built from all these questions. You don’t want to hire someone who just does their thing on your face, not taking into account who you are and what your wants and needs are.

8. Is This Makeup Artist Listening to You?

This goes hand in hand with the previous item. Your makeup artist needs to ask you a lot of questions and then listen to you. If you are not feeling heard then this is not the person to hire for the biggest day of your life. A good makeup artist is also a good listener.

9. How Is Their Appearance?

A person’s appearance tells you an enormous amount about them. This is not about money or how expensive their outfit is, but it is about how they are presenting themselves and representing their business.

Is this person well groomed? Are they dressed sloppily or professionally? Are their nails groomed? Is their hair all over the place or have they made an effort to make it look nice? Are they wearing makeup? Are they wearing scary makeup? If an artist looks like an Instagram makeup picture, with giant eyebrows and sparkly highlighter with brown stripes on their cheeks, chances are that’s what they’re planning on doing to you!

Does this person present themselves in a professional manner? This is going to be the biggest day of your life, and at this point quite possibly the most expensive day of your life! Does this artist look like they appreciate and respect the fact that you are considering hiring them for such a momentous occasion?

At a wedding I did recently the bridal party were showing me photos from a friend’s wedding 2 months prior, where the makeup artist showed up in old leggings and a plaid shirt, both covered in cat or dog hair! She literally hadn’t bothered to take the time to put on clean clothes. If the person you are thinking about hiring can’t be bothered with their appearance, find someone else.


10.Are They Discounting Their Work?

I don’t believe in discounting my work and wouldn’t be comfortable hiring someone who does. Artists who run legitimate, professional businesses seldom if ever discount their work. You are paying for their time, their experience, their quality products and the quality of their work. If someone is cutting their prices, or God forbid doing a discount service like Groupon, that either says they are not booking work or they don’t value their own work.

You need to be confident that you are paying the same as their other brides, not more.

If you hire someone because they are cheap, chances are you won’t be getting quality.

If an artist is inexpensive but meets the preceding criteria then maybe they are at the beginning of their career and are working their way up the ladder. If they behave professionally, take pride in their appearance, ask you questions and listen to your answers, work with you to create a look you fall in love with, have clean brushes and a clean, well organized kit and take pride in their work, then they may just be a really good hire.

There is a huge difference between cheap and inexpensive.

When considering hiring a makeup artist for your wedding day let price be the very last detail in your equation. Make sure they meet all the other requirements first. Sometimes you will find someone who is a perfect fit for you and who is not the most expensive person on your list. Other times you may have to raise your budget a little to get that person who is really good and meets all of your needs.

Don’t ruin $3000 of wedding photography for $50 of makeup. Don’t ruin your wedding day because you saved a few dollars and got awful makeup, or because you hired someone who was mean or didn’t show up.

Use these ten steps to make sure you find someone who makes you both look and feel absolutely gorgeous on your wedding day! If you have any other good tips please share them in the comments section.


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Barcelona has to be one of the prettiest cities in Europe. From its incredibly blue skies to the azure Mediterranean lapping at its shores, light bounces and races up Barcelona’s wide, sweeping boulevards, filtering through the leaves of the endless trees that line them, swirling around the octagonal intersections in the Eixample, dancing with the modernist architecture. Even in winter Barcelona captures the light and shines prettily.

The city is incredibly clean, and laid out in an easy to navigate grid that makes it perfect for strolling. My favorite cities anywhere in the world are walking cities. You really learn a city and its people when you walk it, and for the most part you can get everywhere in Barcelona on foot. The few places that are a little further out are easily accessible by metro, and Barcelona has a metro system that is simple to use, quick and very inexpensive.

If you are fortunate enough to travel to Barcelona anytime soon, be it on your own, with a tour or on a cruise, make sure you do these 10 things.

10 Things You Absolutely MUST Do In Barcelona

Walk La Rambla

La Rambla has changed so much since my first trip to Barcelona years and years ago! It is now very touristy, but even so it needs to be on your list of places to go and things to do in Barcelona. This wide, tree lined pedestrian mall is full of outdoor cafes and restaurants, shops and market stalls, and is one of the most famous points of interest in this gorgeous city. Start at Placa Catalunya and wander the full length of La Rambla to Christopher Colombus Monument at the ocean front Port Vell. A little over one kilometer or ¾ of a mile in length, La Rambla serves as the boundary of The Barrio Gotic (Gothic Quarter) on its eastern side and the neighborhood of El Raval on its western front.

Shop La Boqueria

Part way along La Rambla on the west side of the boulevard is the world famous Boqueria Market, a visual banquet that will also fill your belly!

La Bocqueria Barcelona

Since 1836 every day 200 traders open their market stalls selling Iberian meats and cheeses, fresh seafoods, fruits, nuts and vegetables. Everything you could possibly need or want for a giant dinner party, dinner for two, or anything in between!

La Bocqueria Barcelona

The mouthwatering sights, sounds and smells of La Boqueria are just fantastic.

La Bocqueria Barcelona

Grab a snack from one of the stalls or a glass of cava at Pinotxos, but as with any busy market keep your hand on your handbag at all times and be aware of the pickpockets who are probably circulating, looking for distracted tourists.

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Visit Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Gaudi’s masterpiece is another must see while you are in Barcelona. Take the metro to the Sagrada Familia stop and the cathedral erupts out of the ground as you exit. It is spectacular! When he designed and started building the cathedral Gaudi knew it would not be finished during his lifetime. The project has stopped and started various times over the past century, largely due to financing, and wars.

Make sure to visit Sagrada Familia on a day full of light. I sincerely recommend having a guide to explain the cathedral to you, from the outside start with the east side and look at the sculptures depicting the nativity and birth of Christ and then walk around to the west side and see the ultra modern blockhead sculptures depicting the passion of the Christ.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona

From the outside the cathedral looks brooding and dark, and as you circle it (I recommend walking around it several times) pay attention to the moodiness of it’s forest-like theme.

Sagrada Familia

Once you step inside the explosion of light will take your breath away! (This is why I recommend going on a sunny day). The difference between the outside and the inside is just awe inspiring and Gaudi’s use of natural light is amazing.

The stained glass windows on the west side are blue for the start of the day and as the sun drops to the eastern side of the cathedral the oranges and reds depict the inferno. It. Is. Spectacular.

Tips for buying tickets: Buy your tickets online ahead of time. Entry to the Sagrada Familia is timed, and you will be given a half hour window to enter. Basic entry is 18 euros and pricing goes up to 39 euros depending on what tours you take.



Take A Walking Tour of The Barrio Gotico

Barcelona Cathedral

One of my favorite things we did this past trip to Barcelona was take a walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. We used Next Tours, which is a free tour, you just tip at the end.

Barrio Gotico Barcelona

I met several of their tour guides while I was in Barcelona, and all of them were architecture students at the university in Barcelona. They were all in love with the city, in love with the architecture and gave impassioned, sensational tours of the city. I am a big believer that the quality of a tour experience lies in the commitment of the guide taking you. There are plenty of guiding companies to choose from but I recommend Next. The guides don’t get paid and the tours are free. They earn their money solely in tips, so tip them 10-20 euros per person. They deserve it!

Barcelona Barrio Gotico

The Gothic Quarter is the wonderful, old, medieval section of town. I could go to Barcelona and spend every minute there – it is wonderful! The magic of doing a walking tour is in all of the minute details the guide can point out and the random little stories that you don’t find in the guide books. Our guide was a dude from Paraguay called Jesus, and he knew so many random and fascinating stories that it wove a brilliant tapestry into every street we walked along. Jesus has another year of university in Barcelona, so if you are traveling there in 2018 I suggest you try to book him.

 El Born And The Picasso Museum

El Born is the neighborhood bordering the Barrio Gotic on the east side. It is full of beautiful old streets and little plazas, bars and restaurants, and the best boutique shopping in Barcelona. From the Jaume metro stop just wander up and down all the little streets, explore, get lost and explore some more.

El Born district Barcelona

This district looks a lot like all the little Tuscan towns that I adore, so I feel an extra connection to it.

El Born district Barcelona

Picasso  Museum

Where the Barrio Gotic meets El Born you will find the Picasso museum. Housed in an exquisite old building, this museum is a must see, even if you are not a Picasso fan. The museum takes you on a walk through Picasso’s life from the early years (the brilliance of his work from the age of 14 will stop you in your tracks!), through every influence and chapter of his life until the end. There is plenty of Picasso’s work that I don’t identify with, but I was enraptured with the overall genius of both the man and the exhibition. I go to art museums all over the world in every city I visit, and I know I will be back here every time I come to Barcelona.

One thing I loved about visiting this museum on a freezing night in December, far, far away from tourist season, was that every corner I turned I would see young Barcelonans strolling and enjoying the art. It was the most normal of things to do, go see some art with friends and then grab some pintxos and sangria. Even though it was a Thursday night before Christmas and the bars and restaurants were full of revelers, the art museum was full too. I wish I saw that at the Phoenix Art Museum!

Visit The Magic Fountain

The magic fountain at Montjuic are another must see while in Barcelona. Since their first performance on May 19th 1929 for the Great Exhibition the dancing fountains have entertained millions and were no doubt the inspiration for Steve Wynn’s dancing fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Magic Fountain Barcelona

The Magic Fountain is accompanied by lights and music, and is quite lovely to watch. You will need to check the hours the fountain is happening. Online I had read that it was Sunday nights, but (thankfully!) one of our Next Tours guides told me it was Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in December, otherwise we would have missed it! While we were in Barcelona the fountain was happening from 8pm til 9pm, but again check the times for when you are in town. The area was packed, and in the absence of tourists in December it was all local families, the young and the old folks. We saw all these lovely ancient couples walking along holding hands on their way to the fountain. I am so glad we went because it was just gorgeous!

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The Magic Fountain at Montjuic is super easy to get to, just take the metro to the Espanya stop and follow the flow of humans up the fountain lined Av, de la Reina.

Wander Parc Guell

Of course no trip to Barcelona is complete without visiting Gaudi’s magnificent Park Guell.

Park Guell Barcelona

Originally intended to be a modern and inspired housing development, Parc Guell’s auspicious start proved unsuccessful. Of the 60 homes that were intended to be built on triangular lots only 2 were completed, but much of the infrastructure of the community was in place, now open to the public as a wonderful, magical, tribute to the architecture of Antoni Gaudi.

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Ideally you want to visit Parc Guell on one of Barcelona’s eternally sunny days, when the sunlight bounces off all the whimsically colored tiles and you can watch the screaming blue sky meet up with the endlessly blue Mediterranean in an absolute visual feast, but on this trip we went on a cold, cloudy morning. And it was still spectacular!

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The Parc itself is free to visit, but entering into the Monuental Zone there is a small fee. I think it was only about 8 euros***. You definitely want to go inside and wander around, this place is magical!

I would advise getting up early and being there when the park opens, to try to get a jump on the crowds. One of the most famous photo spots is on the roof of the Sala Hipostila where you have a gorgeous view all the way to the ocean. Even on cloudy, grey days there are tons of people trying to take the same photo with the view over their shoulder! Another great photo op that is fun to get before the crowds descend is in the colonnade, where the retaining wall swoops over like a giant wave.

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You can get to Parc Guell by metro, but be advised there is a 15-20 minute walk to the Parc and much of it is uphill.

Stroll Passeig de Gracia

The Passeig de Gracia is a gorgeous, incredibly wide boulevard that connects the beautiful suburb of Gracia with the center of town, the Placa Catalunya. The street is lined with designer boutiques and is also home to Gaudi’s Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. Even without the shops and the Gaudis this would still be a glorious street to wander along.

The architecture features lots of Barcelona’s modernism, which on its own makes it enchanting, and the avenue is lined with enormous trees giving an overall effect that is so incredibly beautiful. Somehow Barcelona has been able to calm its traffic, so the sound of racing engines, blaring car horns and speeding traffic is never around you. Its amazing how much that becomes white noise in other major cities, and how startling it is to be walking along a major thoroughfare in this big city and not be aware of the traffic noise!

There is a Nespresso store part way along the boulevard on the Batllo side of the street (number 55!), and for Nespresso drinkers from America this is a wonderful opportunity to buy Nespresso pods for half the price they cost in America AND get treated rudely by the snooty Nespresso workers! For the life of me I cannot understand why someone working in a shop thinks they are better than anyone else?? It’s wickedly entertaining! To me there is no difference in skill if you work in a Nespresso shop or at 7/11, except that the 7/11 worker needs to know more products and more machines.

Anyway, every Nespresso store I have ever been in is staffed with workers who think they are better than virtually every customer who walks through the door, but when I’m in Europe I make sure I go in and stock up on my coffee pods, regardless.


Eat Pinchos/Pintxos

This is my favorite way to eat when I’m in Barcelona! If you are on a budget Pinchos are an absolute win, and if you don’t need huge plates of food, they are perfect.

Pinchos Barcelona

Lots of bars in Barcelona will have their counter lined up with plates of tapas/ finger foods with a tooth pick in each item. You grab your Pintxos Barcelonadrink and a plate and take whichever pinchos you want, and at the end of the night they count up the toothpicks on your plate and tell you how much you owe.

Most places have pinchos for around one euro each. A really lovely glass of Rioja runs only a couple of euros, and everywhere we ate the pinchos were quite filling. It’s the same as when you eat sushi and because you are slowly eating small pieces you realize you are done long before you have over eating. On this past trip to Barcelona we weren’t particularly on a budget, but wound up spending around 5 or 6 euros per night on dinner – a glass of wine and 3 or 4 pinchos. It was fantastic! I don’t think we ate the same things twice either, there was just so much variety. The thing I miss most about Spain since coming home is the nights out eating pinchos!

Take A Walking Tour Of Gaudi and Modernisme

Another walking tour that we did, also with Next Tours, was their Gaudi and Modernisme tour. Modernisme or Catalan Modernism is the name given to an art and literature movement that is part of Catalunya’s search for its national identity, and that was centered in Barcelona. Barcelona is perhaps most famous for its Modernisme architecture, but once you are in the know you will see signs of it everywhere in ceramic tiles, cabinet making, forged iron and glass, all of which were an important part of architecture but also stand alone. The movement which took place at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century also included art, poetry and literature. It is such an integral part of the Barcelonan and Catalan identity that it is almost a crime as a traveler to be there and not learn and explore the beauty and the idiosyncrasies of Modernisme. And of course you have to visit the Gaudis!

Casa Battlo Barcelona

This was a perfect walking tour to take with an architecture student! Our guide was from Uruguay and was studying restoring architecture. She was virtually bursting at the seams with excitement to teach us and show us the intricacies of Modernisme. Fiore had endless stories about all the people involved in the movement, the people who designed the buildings, the people who lived in them, which made the entire tour fascinating. Her enthusiasm was so infectious that when we got home to our apartment that night (after pinchos!) we pulled out all the books the apartment had on Gaudi and Modernisme and went back over everything.

If you are visiting Barcelona I would recommend doing these walking tours at the beginning of your trip because they will change how you see every street you walk down, how you look at every building, and your appreciation of this gorgeous city.

Of course there are hundreds of other things to do in Barcelona, but I hope you will at least try these ten!

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Have you ever had a photofacial? Do you know what a photofacial or IPL is? Last week I had a photofacial. A couple of my friends asked me what that was, so I decided to write a post on it for any of you ladies who aren’t familiar with a photofacial, or why winter is the perfect season to have one.

What Does A Photofacial Do?

Photofacials are used to treat skin that has sun damage/brown spots, broken capillaries, small spider veins and some forms of redness in the skin. You can treat any area of the body, but the most commonly treated areas are the ones that get the most exposure to sunlight, such as face, neck, chest, backs of hands, arms and shoulders.

In my case I was starting to see brown spots/sun damage on my face, mostly in my cheeks and lower face. In the past I had significant sun damage on my forehead and cheekbones that has completely disappeared with photofacials. This was new damage.

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This photo was taken in Paris in September 2017 while we were having lunch outdoors at El Pais. When I saw the photo all I could see were the brown marks/sun damage along the side of my face and my nose. Suitably horrified, I called Sandra Caldwell at Blume Skin Center when I got back home to plan out an IPL strategy. We decided to start treatments in early January and have a second treatment in March. One week after the first treatment I am already seeing a huge improvement.

If You Are Wearing Sunscreen Why Are You Getting Sun Damage?

I am a sunscreen obsessive. Every single day of my life I apply a broad spectrum facial SPF 85-100, and have done most of my adult life. The problem is what was going on in the years prior to that.

My recommended sunscreen, the one I have been using for years and that I have written about many, many times is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 100, linked here at Amazon.com

I had several years during which I trusted the efficacy of the SPF 20 that was in my moisturizer and foundation. It turns out that the concept of an SPF built into a moisturizer or foundation giving you actual protection is, well, conceptual. You don’t actually get the protection you think you are getting, if in fact you get any at all.

Then there were the years prior to this where I wasn’t wearing any facial sunscreen unless I was sunbathing or going to the beach. It is these years combined with the SPF 20 in the moisturizer years when the damage that I’m seeing now actually occurred.

The signs of sun damage that are showing up on your skin now are actually from the damage you did years ago.


What Is A Photofacial?

Photofacial uses a light technology called Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL. A technician uses a hand held device to deliver bright bursts of light to the skin. That burst of light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the dilated vessels in broken capillaries and spider veins, and in the excessive pigmentation that makes up the brown spots and sun damage, without damaging the skin.

Does It Hurt?

Photofacials without a numbing cream would hurt. I go to the Blume Skin Centre, and they use a numbing cream first to take away any pain. From that point it just feels like a slight rubber band snap, but not painful. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have no threshold for pain, so if this did actually hurt I probably wouldn’t do it.


What Happens Next?

Once the treatment is done you can just go about the rest of your day. It is super important to stay out of the sun for a while and to have a super strong broad spectrum facial SPF on every day. I recommend photofacials in the winter, not the summer.

You will see what look like coffee grounds coming up to the surface of your skin. These are the damaged areas that have absorbed the IPL light. They will work their way to the surface and then shed away (I was helping mine to move on this morning with my ExfoliKate enzyme mask), leaving you with gorgeous, clear skin.

When my technician, Sandra Caldwell, was looking at my skin she noticed some broken capillaries on the sides of my nostrils and on one of my cheekbones, so she zapped them and they are now gone.

BBL Before and after


Obviously the picture here is not me. This is a before and after that I took from Dr Blume’s website that shows you how effective this treatment can be!

How Many Treatments Does It Take?

Normally it takes from 3 to 5 treatments depending on the severity of the discoloration or damage to the skin. The treatments are scheduled several weeks apart. Once you have completed your initial series you may need maintenance sessions from time to time. You can expect to see a 90% improvement in your skin.

Who Shouldn’t Get A Photofacial?

It is not safe for a person with sun tanned skin or for anyone who may be exposed to excess sun in the weeks following the treatment to have a photofacial, which is why I recommend it as a winter treatment.

This treatment is not advisable for women who are pregnant or breast feeding, for people using Accutane or for 6 months after using Accutane, people with autoimmune or connective tissue disorders.

 What Else Should I Know About Photofacial?

I absolutely do not recommend finding a medspa on Groupon or any other discount service for Photofacials, Ultherapy or any injectibles. The quality of your results depend entirely upon the quality of the machine and the heads used, and the quality and knowledge of the technician providing the service. If you are looking for the cheapest offer you will most likely be getting an inexperienced technician using an older, less effective machine. Read reviews on the places you are looking at and ask friends who have had success with the procedure for referrals.


If you are in Arizona I recommend the Blume Skin Center. If you have been reading this blog for a while then you already know that I have been using them exclusively for years, and that’s where I send all my friends, family and clients.

If you have questions about photofacials call the Blume Skin Center at (480) 699-7999

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