Friday, 22 January 2010

Wedding Makeup Stuff

I think I’ve found the perfect primer combo for my wedding day by mixing my moisturiser with Virgin Vie Skin Dew (a pearly pink skin illuminator), waiting for that to sink in and then applying a VERY thin layer of Lancome La Base Pro. That way, I get the subtle glow under my foundation that I want and my skin holds the foundation a lot better throughout the day. I’m still on a quest to find the perfect shade/formulation of foundation for my wedding day. I use Revlon Colourstay and lately I’ve been mixing Natural Beige and True Beige to get my perfect colour but I’m a bit worried that the Revlon CS foundation might look a bit heavy in natural light/photos. My favourite lighter foundations are Korres Wild Rose or Nars Sheer Glow but to be honest I’m not sure if they would last the whole day. Although they both photograph really well and give an airbrushed look when I’ve taken pics for my blog, I don’t want to be constantly checking for shine and I really don’t think I will have time on the day to touch up my makeup. I want a soft matte glow (if that makes sense) like the kind you get from MAC MSF Natural. One idea I had was to use the Korres or Nars foundations and then try setting them with Benefit Hello Flawless which is a cover up powder. I am going to experiment with that this weekend to see if it gives me the coverage I need without sacrificing any of the glow. In the meantime, I need some suggestions on what foundations to try – I’ve heard MUFE HD is good or Diorskin Forever. I basically want a medium coverage foundation that won’t make my skin look too opaque or heavy.

I want to find the perfect contouring powder. I always use Bare Minerals Faux Tan to contour my face however as I don’t want to go over the top on the day by wearing bronzer and then Faux Tan in the hollows of my cheeks (it’s weird how wedding makeup has to be different from your usual routine). I think it’s because everyone wants to look like they’re naturally beautiful on their wedding day, no one wants to look like they’re plastered in makeup. I guess it harks back to the whole white gown/virginal thing. So…I am thinking of looking into a matte blush that’s a few shades darker than my natural skin tone. That way I can contour without the look becoming overly bronzed. I have been looking at MAC Blush in Buff. If anyone has any suggestions, hit me back!

I never wear waterproof mascara because, well I don’t generally have a problem with it smudging/running and it’s a pain in the ass to remove at the end of the day! However, everyone keeps telling me to invest in a good waterproof mascara for my wedding day. I know I will cry at some point (or many points). So I will start looking into the best waterproof ones and also a good makeup remover to get the damn stuff off!

The funny thing is, even though I apply makeup every day and have done for the past 12 or 13 years, makeup that is suitable for photography is a whole different subject. You really have to think about the lighting and whether the flash will drain colour from your face. I’ve also had advice that you should define your features more strongly than what you usually do, so they show up in photographs…so I need to try and get a balance between defining my features and not looking too ‘done up’. Tricky. Although luckily I take photos for my blog so I already have a general idea of what works/doesn’t work.

I have already decided that the best highlighter for my skin on the day will be Nars Albatross as the powder formulation will avoid the ‘sweaty’ look that some other highlighters can create! I love how subtle this powder is and it gives just the right kind of glow. I will be sticking to applying this high on my cheekbones and on my collarbones since I’m wearing a strapless dress.

I want to wear a YSL Rouge Volupte but as everyone knows, these don’t last that long on the lips, so I may have to find a long lasting alternative! Sob. Although I’m a die hard fan of the nude lip, apparently pale lip colours can make you look washed out in photographs so I will have to experiment with some different shades and see what works best. Also, I intend to wear just a lipstick with no lipgloss as I don’t want our first kiss as husband and wife to be a big sticky mess!ha ha. I need to find a long lasting soft matte lippy that won’t dry out my lips…easier said than done! I have thought about using MAC Hue since it's a really nice natural pink...since there's not a MAC counter near me, I would really appreciate any recommendations on a nice pink MAC lipstick. I don't want anything too bright, just something quite natural (my lips but better). I think I just described MAC Hue.ha ha. Trust me to always be curious what else is out there. I could always try mixing Hue with Lovelorn and see if that brightens it up a bit.I also need to find some good Oil-blotting sheets to avoid excess shine and don't cause a build up of layered makeup, which is a major factor I want to avoid.

And now for some advice I have been given by some other bloggers...

  • "Flash photography emphasises pink tones, so it’s best to go with a yellow toned foundation to even out your skin tone".

  • "Using concealer is easier when you have the perfect shade. Don't go 1-2 shades lighter than your skin, as this actually makes the darkness appear more gray and muddy. Mix your concealer shade with a drop of your foundation and then apply because you want your skin tone to appear one even shade".

  • "Take a black or brown pencil and line the lashes on the outer 1/2 or 1/4 of the eye. Blend with a cotton bud (Q-tip). Then, take your mascara and a eyeliner brush, and lightly line the eye with your mascara. Once it's dried, smudge again, and you1ll find that your eyeliner will stay on forever. If your mascara is waterproof, that's even better".

I will be trying these tips out this weekend and will let you know how I get on.

I also found this blog, which lists loads of wedding makeup blogs/videos for all tastes...


  1. try diorskin nude - it is the perfect foundation

  2. I've heard alot about it and have wanted to try it for a long time. I will have to get some next week after pay day and give it a go!Thanks xx

  3. YSL's new transfer resistant oil free foundation would be perfect for you. It has 14hr wear, medium weightless coverage and matte but not too matte. Try a tester its fab xx

  4. The dior forever foundation is one of my faves, great long lasting coverage. But maybe chanel pro lumiere or as Holly says YSL's new one, I'd definitely go and get samples of a few to try before buying. Oil blotting sheets - paul and jo's are the prettiest ones that work well and clean and clear's are the regular ones that work best for me.
    For lips how about a lip stain underneath with the lipstick on top?

  5. Oooooh thanks Holly, first I've heard of that YSL foundation!Thanks so much for the recommendation and for taking the time to comment xx

  6. Sarah - thanks very much for the suggestions, I will definitely be looking into Diorskin Forever as well. I will have a look at those oil blotting sheets too.I'll just add it to the mounting wedding budget!ha ha.

  7. MAC Angel is a beautiful 'my lips but better' colour. More pigmentation than Hue and just a tad brighter so you don't end up looking washed out. Just a gorgeous baby pink. Hands down in my top fave shades from MAC!

  8. I've heard of Angel but don't remember seeing a swatch, I will go check that out!I'm gonna be doing a MAC haul next week when I get paid so I might add that to my list! Thanks xx

  9. I think I've had my first blonde moment for this week...I was looking into the YSL foundation Holly suggested and realised I already had it!!!doh!That definitely shows that I have WAY too much makeup!The only reason I didn't love it was because I got the wrong shade. I will have to go find my perfect shade and give it another go!

  10. I think these blotting sheets would be good for you,they have a really interesting story and are actually a lot better for your skin becuase of their material.I haven't had a chance to use them yet as they are difficult to get a hold of but there is one website that ships them to the UK :)

    p.s - Hue is an amazing lipstick,I got it last week and it is my new best friend lol!x

  11. I second Diorskin Nude. It is an amazing foundation.

    As for lipsticks, Sweetie from MAC is really pretty. My friend wore it at her wedding; she's fair with blonde hair too :-)

  12. hope your wedding turns out beautiful x

  13. maybe you could try a lip and cheek stain so they will last longer. and I totally agree about emphasizing your features. I hate when I do my makeup and it looks gorgeous in person but you can't see it in photos! (That may also have to do with the quality of the camera though). And I think the combo of waterproof Covergirl Lashblast and waterproof Diorshow make gorgeous, thick, long lashes that lasts all day.

  14. MAC Syrup is a really good natural pink

  15. Hi!!

    I wanted to suggest a couple of products to you! Have you tried Smashbox for foundations? seeing as you want it for the photos, and thats what the brand is for, might be ideal! I love their healthy FX foundation, its brilliant and not too heavy but you could build it up if you wanted.

    Also a couple of lippy recs!
    MAC viva glam v - perfect neutral pink but not too pale!
    MAC angel - have to say, am another lover of this shade. worth a try.

    Hope that helps you x. I also love that virgin vie glowy stuff :)

  16. I do like hue, but it is quite sheer so don't think it will last. I wore MAC Way to Love, whcih is limited edition, but Angel is close. Also try sweetie and creme cup. Those are all my favorite MAC pinks.

  17. I discovered your blog through Beauty Blog Link Love and love it! Especially because I'm having all the same "Will it last on the wedding day, and will it look good in photos?" thoughts as you about my make-up.

    For a contouring blush, have you tried Illamasqua? I bought some stuff today, including a blusher in the shade "Spite" which is perfect for contouring because it's totally matte and not orange-toned. They also have a few other biscuity blushers which would be suitable.

    After reading your raves about NARS Albatross, I checked it out, but I'm not sure if it was a little too glittery on my skintone. I do really want a good highlighter though. I have MAC Strobe Lotion but it goes when used *over* powder products.... and not good used *under* powder products either. And I can't go without some kind of powder.

    For oil blotting sheets, the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are amazing - but they stopped being sold in the UK many moons ago. I get a friend in the States to send them to be! However, I have discovered L'Occitane Mattifying Rice Papers which are great too. They absorb oil without affecting your make-up, and leave the skin refreshed. They don't rip as easily as most paper-based oil blotting sheets as well. And they're a more dainty looking than those blue, rubbery Clean & Clear sheets anyway!

    Oh, thanks for the link to bridal make-up tips. That's my Sunday sorted!

  18. Oops that was meant to say MAC Strobe Lotion goes *streaky* over powder products.

  19. k have you tried makeup forevers mat velvet +? it totally keeps shine off. and it lasts allllllll day without being like waterproof, you dont have to touch up, you should get a sample and try it because its realllly good. like all the kardashian sisters use it.

  20. I love MAC Angel and mixing Hue and Lovelorn is gorgeous! I have done it twice in my posts if you wanna see :)

    btw - I think I swatched angel on my lips on my blog, but it was prolly a while ago =/

    I love how you are **really** planning everything for your wedding!


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