My Wedding Makeup | Products + How-To

Looking through the pictures of my wedding day, I have been almost permanently poised over my laptop with a huge Chesire cat grin smeared across my face as each moment is re-lived in my mind. After a month of worth-while waiting, our photographer (who is a talented genius, btw) sent us the albums of gorgeous photos. Sidenote--I'm pretty sure I broke some buttons on my keyboard in a spluttering, exasperated attempt to open the email files as quickly as possible. Needless to say, I am so thrilled by the turnout of all the photos that captured our magical day in the most magical way (sounds like a Disney catchphrase, haha).
I always knew I wanted to apply my own wedding makeup. While the thought of hiring another makeup artist did flicker across my mind once or twice--for the convenience and the relaxation aspect--I  knew I already had a vivid idea of how I wanted to look that day. I also find the process of applying makeup just so fun and expressive and so doing my own makeup made the process even more exciting to me. 
For my wedding day, I focused on using products that would define and accentuate my features without creating some foreign creature that I wouldn't recognize in photos. I therefore went for a glamorous look that would appear soft and natural at the same time. Florida heat can be a killer, and with a late May wedding I knew I would have to use products that would hold up during the busy, scorching day ahead. I feel that there is a misconception that this means you can only use high-end, expensive products. The drugstore has developed some really impressive formulas over the recent years and I definitely chose some drugstore products over the more expensive ones. I originally had bought Armani Luminous Silk foundation for my wedding day. While a fantastic foundation, I knew it wouldn't hold up in that kind of heat and so I chose Revlon Color Stay Whipped. That's just one example! The key to doing your own wedding makeup is merely researching the products and testing them out to see what works. 

The Products:

Lorac Pro Palette  (see my review here)
Sigma Brushes (see my review here)

The How-To:

Face: I prepped my skin by applying Clinique Dramatically Different Gel all over my face and neck area for a healthy dose of moisture for the skin. I then dotted the Hourglass Primer to my T-zone area and blended that in to create a smooth base for my foundation, to fill in my pores, and to prevent my makeup from smearing throughout the day. Foundation was applied all over the face next, and I defaulted to my favorite full-coverage Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation since I knew it wouldn't budge in the hot Florida heat that day. I used one pump of my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in 2 shades lighter than my skin tone and painted an upside down "V" shape under each eye and blended upwards. This created the illusion of higher cheekbones, increased dimension on the face, and of course covered my dark circles. Makeup Forever HD Pressed Powder was applied next all over the face to set the makeup and create an HD finish. To contour, I applied NARS Laguna Bronzer to the hollows of the cheeks, temples and jawline to slim the face and create a healthy bronzed look. I mixed Dainty Doll Blush in "You Are My Sunshine" and Sonia Kashuk Blush in "Glisten" to achieve a pretty coral kiss of color to the apples of my cheeks. I swept this upward and then used a clean brush to blend everything out. Finally, I applied Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder as a beautiful highlight on top of the cheekbones, under the brow bone and my cupid's bow. 
Eyes: I prepped my eye area using MAC Paint Pot in "Painterly" as an opaque base and primer to keep my eye makeup locked on all day and night. I filled in my eyebrows with Anastasia Brow Wiz in the color "Auburn."Then I took out my Lorac Pro Palette and packed the Champage color all over the lid space with a flat brush. I applied the gold color, covering the second half of my lid just up to the outer corner of the eye. For the crease color, I used a fluffy blending brush to apply the taupe color and used windshield wiping motions. In the outer corner, I layered the brown color, dark brown color and a touch of black to create dimension and a gradient. I then applied the nude shimmery color to highlight the inner corner of my eyes. I lined my eyes with a Maybelline black gel liner and winged out the corners to create the illusion of a more almond shaped eye. For false lashes, I used my favorite Ardell Demi Wispies and sealed my real and fake lashes together using Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Lips: I lined my lips used Jordana Lipliner in "Tawny" which is a rosy-pink color. I then applied Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in "Camelia." I chose not to wear a lipgloss as the lipstick already had a natural sheen. I also didn't want my hair to stick to my mouth in the wind or for Scott to have to kiss a slimy mess! 
The finishing touch: For the final--and I would definitely say--most important touch, I gave my face a liberal spritz of Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. This magical potion is like hairspray for your face and seals in every possible stitch of makeup. My makeup lasted all day and into the night and a lot of people asked what the dealio was and how the heck wasn't I melting like icecream after all the craziness that day. Well, mi amigas, I present to you the not-so-secret. It's this magical spray thingy.  

*Special thanks to mak photography for taking all these gorgeous photos!

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