It’d be quite hard to have missed the fact that I got married less than two weeks ago. If you had missed that then… well I got married just under two weeks ago! Since the wedding we had a week to ourselves and then I’ve had a few days of desperately trying to get back on top of things which have become a bit left behind.
I’d planned to get my Wedding Makeup post done before the wedding but, to be honest, some parts of my look weren’t totally decided until the day before the wedding itself; it really hasn’t been a simple ride when it came to deciding what to put on my face!
Thankfully the internet is amazing and I had a whole tonne of resources to turn to. I had help from friends on beauty group, I did some twitter shout outs, I read some fantastic online posts and blogs and I also checked out the new Wedding portal on Beauty Bay – http://www.beautybay.com/weddingbeauty/ There’s absolutely loads of great tricks and tips on there.
In the end I managed to, finally, refine my look – Oh the relief! It took a while but I was finally happy with it. I went for quite a natural look, trying to make my skin as flawless as possible with a little contouring, good lashes and a healthy glow to both my cheeks and lips. As it happens I, actually think I reached that, and here’s what I used!
Sadly I don’t have any pics from the day, yet, which show my makeup too well – We’ve had a few of the official pics but they’ve all been ones that don’t show my makeup too well. But with my blogger brain on I made sure to take a pic of my look the day before when I did a final, test run. Soo, thankfully, I can show you how the look came together.
Not quite the same without the wedding dress on, I know, but it gives you a good idea of the look. Hopefully you’ll agree that it fits well with what I described as my ideal, above. I was happy with how my makeup came out on the day, I am glad I didn’t go for anything more in your face.
So let’s have a quick look at some of the items that I used. A few of them will be getting their own, personal review in the next couple of weeks.
So here’s what I used for my base. I invested in a good foundation, without SPF in it, in order to give the more flawless look I could without needing to worry about flashback. Although I wanted flawless I didn’t want it to be too heavy which is why I went for the Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk Foundation’. Underneath my foundation I was using the Laura Mercier foundation primer which was a bit of a last minute choice as I was umming and aahing over primers a good deal (It did a very good job in the end).
Although I went for lighter coverage with foundation I brought in the big guns for concealer and I opted for my Veil Cover cream – I used one shade for under the eyes and another for blemishes. As you can see in the above pics, it did a pretty good job (considering my under eyes were very discoloured and I had Plenty of blemishes). To set the base products I went for a relatively new purchase which has become a firm favourite which is the Soap & Glory ‘One Heck of a Blot’ powder. I love that this is one of the only powders I’ve ever used which doesn’t cake at all and it mattified really nicely.
Eye products, next. I couldn’t decide whether or not to include the L’Oreal Blur Cream in base or eyes, I probably should have included it in base but never mind. I love this primer and it became invaluable for my wedding makeup, I used it on my under eyes to help my concealer sit better and it worked really well.
For my brows I went for a firm, long lasting favourite which is the Maybelline ‘Brow Drama’ which just does as a brow gel/mascara is meant to.
For my eye shadow I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in ‘Pure Nude’ which is a US shade which I was lucky to have been able to get on eBay (Thanks to the lovely Gemma at MissMakeupMagpie for posting about them and sharing her finds!) (please please please Maybelline, make shades like this a permanent part of the UK collection). In the crease I used a shade from the I ♥ Makeup ‘Death by Chocolate‘ palette which you can see swatches of HERE. The shade I used is the dusky pink shade ‘Lick me’.
Lastly, for the eyes, I used the Eye of Horus ‘Goddess Mascara’ – This is a mascara I’ve lusted after for a Long time so when I was able to get it to trial for my wedding makeup I was over the moon. The moment I tried it there was no need to try any other mascara, it was a winner instantly – It filled out my lashes and lengthened them So much, I’ll be writing a post on this in the next week or so so that you can see photos, up close, of it on my eye (though you can see, in the picture of my look, that you can see my lashes poking up from behind my glasses frame, that’s how long they are!).
Lastly, for the cosmetics, we have the finishing off products. For my contour there was only ever going to be one choice and that was my Nyx blush in ‘Taupe’, it’s just the perfect contour shade for pale skin and I love it. For the natural glow to my cheeks I opted for my Bourjois cream blush in the shade ’02 Healthy Glow’ – This was another no brainer, I love this range of blushes and this one gave the perfect amount of colour.
Lastly comes the item which I class as the real finishing touch on my look. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to trial one of Love, Honour & Be True‘s lipsticks for the wedding. I am going to resist the urge to tell you loads about this brand, and about the lipstick, because I am going to give this a whole post of its own. I can safely say, though, that I think this may be my absolute favourite lipstick ever and I am So so pleased with the shade I went for, it couldn’t have been any more perfect. The shade I have is ‘I Do’ which, as you can see above, is a neutral with a healthy pink blush to it.
I thought I’d, quickly, show you which makeup brushes I used. I forgot to include it in the photo but I used one of the Real Techniques blending sponges to apply my foundation. As you can see I used mostly Real Techniques brushes, anyway, the deluxe crease brush for concealer, the stippling brush for cream brush, contour brush, and setting brush for their intended uses. As well as those I used one of my Coastal scents 250 brushes for blending eye shadow and my Nanshy eye crease brush for applying the shadow to the crease beforehand. The very top brush is an ELF powder brush which was, surprisingly, for powder!
And that’s that, really. I’m sure I’ll share some more of the official photos once we get them so you’ll be able to see my wedding makeup, in use, in those. My makeup did me very well, though, with very little re-application needed. I expected makeup dilemmas all day long but, thankfully, that didn’t happen.