After deliberating about the results of my May makeup trial in Montana, I decided that I would just DIY my face on the day-of. Honestly, I feel relieved. I’m confident about doing my own makeup and the money I’ll save on the day-of application (including hourly fee and transportation for the makeup artist to the hotel) will more than cover the cost of new makeup colors that I can use for months to come.
I want to share what products and colors I’m using. That way, any of you considering doing your own makeup can see that it doesn’t all have to be matchy-matchy high-end products… you can spend in some areas and save in others.
But first, let me explain the look I’m going for.
I want a very fresh, “blushing bride” look… I guess this is very typical of the All-American blond bride, and I think it will look good on me. Because our wedding is outdoors in the countryside, I don’t want anything too heavy and dramatic, but I do want to call out my eyes because they’ll really stand out in photos.
Here’s sort of what I’m going for:
For my base, I’m using oil-free Healthy Skin makeup by Neutrogena, but probably only for under-eyes and spot-coverage if my Yaz is working well. For powder, I’ll use Pearls of Perfection bronzer by Physician’s Formula. For blush, another drugstore product, and this one’s a staple for me – Cover Girl’s Instant Cheekbones Contouring Blush in “sophisticated sable.” All of these products are el-cheapo, and I love them.
For eyes, I’ve splurged a bit more, but not too much – everything is from the Clinique counter. As a base, I use their Touch Tint for Eyes in “nude sparkle.” It adds a fresh, glowing look to the eyelid and makes eyeshadow last and last. I love wearing this stuff by itself, too, or with a little blush beneath my eyebrows.
My eyeshadow is a Color-Surge Eye Shadow Duo in “twice the spice,” for golden-brown depth. For liner, I’m using violet Quickliner for eyes to bring out the blues. It’s very subtly purple and blends nicely into a smoky outline.
The icing on the cake is my false lashes. I would never have considered these if it weren’t for Weddingbee readers suggesting them! I picked up a pair at the drugstore to test out before the wedding but before I got a chance to use them, I ended up at the Shu Uemura counter during the Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale and got these, sumptuous Smoky Layers:
I had one of the eyelash pros at the Shu counter trim and apply them for me. They felt REALLY weird at first, but it turns out that’s only because I didn’t apply them myself. Once I did it on my own they felt hardly noticeable and looked much more natural.
And last but not least, for my lips, I’ll be wearing Burt’s Bees lip balm (bzz bzz!) underneath it all, because I love the stuff. Then, a lip color “foundation” made by Victoria’s Secret, but no longer available in stores. I’m lining with Clinique Quick-Liner for lips in “lipblush” and glossing with “spring fling” Juicy Tubes from Lancome. I’d much rather re-apply gloss throughout the night than have any kind of lipstick – I can’t stand the way the stuff looks & feels!
So there you have it… my makeup plan. But you’ll have to wait until the pro-photos come in to see what it’ll look like. I’ve been playing around with various applications and I think the result will be nice!
What are your makeup plans for the big day?
- Seattle/Polebridge, Montana
- Marketing Communications Specialist
- Wedding Date:
- September 2008
- A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park