I briefly mentioned it before but if you didn’t know, my mom got married this past weekend! I’m kind of a secret blogger (more on that later), so I won’t post any of the professional photographs taken from the wedding because (1) WHOA privacy (2) it happened 5 seconds ago and we don’t have the pictures yet and (3) I already took a #shamelessselfie and posted it to Instagram. You are welcome.
Anyways, I figured I would post about the day in some way on my little bloggity blog so it will be all about the makeup I did on my mom and myself. She got her hair done by her stylist but tasked me with the makeup duty. I was scared as hell, but I think it all worked out :)
For preparation, we “studied” quite a few YouTube wedding makeup tutorials mostly for ideas on the eye makeup. The top three favorites were from Nic Haste of Pixiwoo, Kandee Johnson, and Lauren Curtis. Mom’s favorite was the golden, bronze look by Aussie Lauren Curtis but when we did a run through it was too much for my little-to-no-makeup-wearing mother. Ultimately, I used the video as inspiration and ran those bronze colors through the crease and outside corner while keeping the lid light and bright. I did a similar look for myself but with slightly darker shades because I love me some dark eye makeup.
To prime and highlight the eyes, Urban Decay Primer Potion and Benefit’s Eye Bright are my go-to products. All over the lid, but concentrated mostly on the inner corner, I used a combination (I forget which ones exactly) of MAC Eyeshadows in Phloof, Dazzlelight, and All That Glitters mixed with Urban Decay’s Sin and Virgin from the Naked Palette. I also used the two light, matte colors in the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette to keep the shimmer/sheen down on my mom’s eyes but totally forgot to add that palette to the photograph – oops! Next, Urban Decay’s Naked acted as a base crease color with MAC’s Woodwinked, Quary, and Satin Taupe (my fave) in the crease and outer corner. Rather than using eyeliner that can sometimes come across a bit harsh, I used MAC Eyeshadows in Satin Taupe and Smut to line the upper and lower lash line. Finally, I finished everything off with the magical combo, Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara and Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, and drew us on some eyebrows with the YBF Eyebrow Pencil in Universal Taupe.
I used the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base Primer around the T-zone and areas with larger pores to have the perfect base for laying some long-lasting foundation. On my mom I used her regular L’Oreal True Match Foundation while I used a mixture of the everlasting Estee Lauder’s Double Wear and Illamasqua’s Cream Foundation in white to make the perfect shade for my pale skin. My mom doesn’t need concealer, but I certainly do, so I slapped on my $5 miracle aka NYX HD Concealer. To set everything, my mom prefers her It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores HD Micro Powder while I used a MAC MSF Natural.
Highlighting and contouring is EVERYTHING, so spent some quality time here. Gotta create those cheekbones, ya know? For these steps, I did the same thing on both of us: a mixture of Kevyn Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder and Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed for contour, Benefit’s Hervana for blush, and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal for highlight/finishing.
Not gonna lie, the lips were a bit of a fail. I put on a tinted lip balm after finishing my makeup a few hours before the ceremony and right before taking that selfie (I’m so ashamed). I then placed NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine in my bag with the intention of using it on the both of us when we got to the ceremony location.
Welp, between the time crunch, last-minute hacking on my dress (sidenote – who sews in cups on a dress where no woman’s natural breasts could possibly sit?!), and the annoying Mr. Happy photographer that would not leave us in peace we COMPLETELY forgot about applying the lipstick. We were legit waiting to walk down the aisle, music starting, and it hit me. I quickly turned to my mom and said, “Rub your lips together! Hard! Go!” and we added some color to our lips Victorian style. It worked, just not the way either of us planned. Oh, well, I suppose that’s how best laid plans often go :).
I hope you enjoyed taking a sneak peek into our wedding makeup. Best wishes to you and yours on any upcoming weddings or big events!
Did you do your own wedding makeup? Have you ever done someone else’s wedding makeup? What wedding day snafus did you encounter?