Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Wedding Make Up
























I’m talking guest, not bride! Still, it’s a tricky skill to master. The problem with wedding make up is finding the right balance...You don’t want to scare people during daylight hours but you want to look sexy and "done" come the night do. Fortunately I’ve had a lot of practice lately (it's an age thing). This is the make up I wore for Amy's gorgeous wedding...  
Base
I started off by smoothing a small amount of Murad Skin Perfecting dewy finish primer over my face, followed by MAC Studio Sculpt foundationIt has a generous, long lasting coverage but looks natural and dewy. I applied with my fingers to melt into the skin before buffing out with Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

Contour, highlight, blush, bronze
Base done, I wanted to add some definition to the face. Starting with MAC Prep & Prime Highligter in Light Boost under my eyes, cupids bow, length and side of the nose to both conceal and highlight. Next, my holy grail product – Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel. It is the most flawless cream bronzer EVER. Using the buffing brush or Real Techniques Expert face brush I applied under the cheek to create what resembles cheek bones, then buffed around the hairline, jaw line and nose to add some definition and all over colour. I then added a glow to my high points with Philosophy Divine Illumination love at first light. Check out Miss Maven if you want some help with contour and highlight. I decided to use a cream blush instead of powder dabbing Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera into the apples of my cheek then blending out with the buffing brush. You can read my full review on this here. It gave me a natural, dewy glow that lasted all day, plus I popped the compact in my bag for touch ups. Once I had all the cream products down I set the make up with MAC Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep
Eyes
To help the look last all day I started with a primer (Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion). To create my light smoky taupe/brown eye I covered the lids with Tease from NAKED 2 Palette then I worked MAC Satin Taupe into the crease and outer lid. There's something about this shade that really makes my eyes pop. It's sultry and smoky without being too heavy. I finished with a light dusting of Suspect in the centre of the lids, also from NAKED 2 Palette to add a subtle shimmer. I used my beloved Bourjois Eyeliner in Caramel & Brun to line the upper and lower lash lines before smudging with a rubber smudger and going over the top line with Lancome Khol Pencil Noir. To finish the eye I applied lashings of Benefit They’re Real (currently on offer at Debenham’s £16.25 by the way). As for brows I filled  them with my forever favourite HD Brow Palette and a slick of Benefit Speed Brow to help keep them in place.
Lips
Preparation is key for a long lasting pout. I exfoliated my lips the night before with a Lush lip scrub and applied plenty lipbalm before I did my make up. I pulled out the big guns with the beautiful Yves Saint Laurent's Rouge Volupté Lipstick (full review here) along with MAC Lipliner in Nude.
All finished off with a spritz of Caudalie Beauty Elixir for that extra summin' summin'.




Of course all decorum went out the window by the night do...
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15 comments:

  1. You looked absolutely stunning! This is a hard look to master, you're right. But...wow. Also I am in love with your hair colour.

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    1. Hey Marie-Antoinette
      Wow, thanks for your kind words. My hair colour is my natural shade, plus some DIY dip dying with L'Oreal Dip Dye Kits x

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  2. Beautiful make up. That wedding looks so much fun! x

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  3. Love this makeup! You look so pretty! I am new to your blog and I want to get some of your staple items/faves. Can you recommend some of your favorite blush and lipcolors please

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  4. Stunning!! Been pondering whether to get the Studio Sculpt and after seeing this, I might as well just get it! (for the special occasions)

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    1. I haven't used it for a while and when I used it at the weekend I remembered how much I love it. It's not really an every day foundation for me as it's quite thick but it's great for evening and special make up x

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  5. you look lovely! natural yet glamorous :) love your hair too btw

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I used velcro rollers and tongs. Wish I had the time to do it every day :) x

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  6. You look beautiful! I own naked 2 and satin taupe so I'm giving it a go this weekend. Would love to know what tongs you use I'm on the look out for some x

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    1. They're babyliss ones. I'll check and get back to you x

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  7. Hello, What is your favorite blush and lipcolors? Thanks so much :) love your blog

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    1. Hi Lynn
      Um, that's a tough one, I love so many. As for blush, I'm a big fan of Benefit Coralista & Bella Bamba. You can't go wrong with MAC blushers - Margin, Melba, Dollymix. Sleek blushers are really good too. I'm also a big fan of cream blush like Stila convertible colors. As for lip colors, I tend to be more of a lipstick girl and I'm a big fan of pale pinks, nudes, peaches. MAC - Creme cup and shy girl for example. Revlon lip butter in Strawberry shortcake is an everyday fave. Hope that helps. Click on the blush and lipstick categories on the right hand side for more x

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  8. Beautiful look! I love Satin Taupe for my eyes, it's just perfect for a subtle smokey eye :) xx

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  9. I can't find words to describe how good you are. Absolutely gorgeous. You're so lucky that you can make up yourself with no help. Personally, I had to visit wedding salon http://elstile.com/ to get that level.

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