Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Wedding Look Part One - Makeup

My blog is officially 1 month old today so I thought the best way to celebrate would be to do a post on my complete wedding look! I will divide it in to two parts, one for my makeup and one for my hair.

The reason I started this blog was because I realised that to get my wedding makeup exactly the way I wanted it, I would have to do it myself (with a lot of help from my sister). I wanted to share my experiences of trying to find the best makeup for the best prices, figure out what was worth spending the money on and pretty much just celebrate and express my new beauty addiction.

I tested a lot of products before the wedding to get exactly what I wanted, which was a fresh youthful English Rose look, and this is the makeup that I decided on...

I started by moisturising with Clinique's Moisture Surge and then using two primers, the Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer on my cheeks to add a 'glow from within' look and the Benefit Porefessional Primer for my problem areas, such as my chin and t-zone to smooth out the imperfections and keep my foundation and concealer on longer.

After struggling to find a high-end foundation to match my skin-tone in time for the wedding I settled on my Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Foundation in Light Beige which I applied using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This does have SPF in it and there was a risk of photo flash-back but I'm pretty pale anyway so it probably didn't make that much of a difference.

For concealers I used Collection's Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair for the under-eye area and Benefits Boing Concealer in shade 1 for blemishes, applied with the Real Techniques Detailer Brush. I then used Clinique's Anti-Redness Loose Powder (borrowed from my mum!) to colour correct my complexion and set the makeup.

We used two blushers, first of all Benefit's Posietint Lip and Cheek Stain and Benefit's Dandelion Powder over the top to add to the English rose look. We then used Benefit's High Beam to highlight along the top of my cheeks and the brow bone.

I usually don't bother with contouring as I am not very good at it but luckily my sister is, and she used the Dainty Doll Blusher in Money Talks to do so, applied with the Real Techniques Contour Brush. This is a great colour to contour pale skin as bronzer can look a bit too much on me!

Moving on to the eyes I started with Maybelline's The Falsies Volum' Express Mascara on both the top and bottom lashes. I then covered the eyelids in Urban Decay's Primer Potion to help keep the eyeshadows in place. For eyeshadows we used the Urban Decay Naked Palette, a fantastic palette which I am sure you all know plenty about. A great mix of neutral shades, perfect for day or evening looks. We used Toasted all over the lid, Hustle blended in to the crease and along the upper and lower lash lines to add definition and Sin to brighten up the inner corners of the eye.

I then applied the Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner along the top lashes and winged it out slightly to emphasise the eyes even more. I then used the Natural Collection Eyeliner in white along the waterline to add some brightness and make the eyes appear a little bigger. To finish off I added another coat of mascara.

For lips I used Clinique's Super Balm Lipgloss in Raspberry to complement the pink flush of the blusher. And for the finishing touch I used Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray to help keep it all in place.

Overall, the makeup stayed on pretty well with just a bit of topping up needed on the concealer and some extra powder after quite a bit of dancing! And of course a couple of lipgloss re-applications were needed.

I wanted to feel like myself on the day so this look wasn't hugely different from my everyday look. I just made the extra effort to highlight and contour, added some eyeshadow and a brighter lip. Although, now that I have written it all down, it does seem like a lot of products! But if you can't use all your favourite products on your wedding day then when can you?!

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  1. You look really pretty!! I think it's really a brave decision to do your own make up for ur wedding day! I wish i could do the same thing in when i get married someday! XX


    1. Aw thank you so much! I practiced quite a lot before the big day! :-)
      Nicki x.

  2. Wow you did a really good job. You look gorgeous. Totally looks 100% professional, neither too subtle nor too overdone. Thanks for listing the products.


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