I may have mentioned that I’ve never been much of a makeup girl. There are two types, in my mind: Ones that can apply makeup, and ones that cannot. And since I cannot, and don’t want to *look* like a girl who cannot, I tread very lightly on the face-paint side of things. It’s a lot for me to cover my ENTIRE face in Bare Escentuals makeup instead of just dotting it on my red marks, and to wear SHEER LIPSTICK and BLUSH, people. Blush. That’s a super big, like, “I have a job interview” kind of a day. We recently went to a black-tie wedding and I wore red lipstick, and Mr. Ladyfingers was a little surprised—he had a hard time looking for a few minutes. So bright!
So. Me and makeup = not really buddies. Sadly, I do have to wear it for the wedding, or else things won’t be pretty. Literally. I started gathering as much inspiration as possible, trying to stay within my coloring—which is a little difficult, since I have fair skin with some pink and some yellow undertones. First, one of my very favorite looks for myself.
Photo by Shorts Shots Photography
Now imagine that amped up a bit, mostly in the eye area (also, without glasses).
Image via Rosie Parsons Photography
As for hair, here’s the big problem of the day: the length. My hair is curly and just above the shoulder—straightened it would probably fall just beneath my shoulders at this point. I have lots and lots of hair, but it’s very fine, so when it gets to the stage it’s at right now, it tends to grow down and OUT, turning into somewhat of a rotund bush shape. So I’m still getting trims and shaping cuts while hoping and praying my hair is still long enough to pull off the style I’m shooting for. All I can say is I’m sick of a limited repertoire of hairstyles that make me look like a sixth grader growing out her bangs. I’m probably getting this crap chopped off post-wedding.
Anyway! Here are my top hair-inspiration photos:
Image via InStyle / Credit: Jon Kopaloff
Image via Martha Stewart Weddings
Image via Cap Classique
I love the low-side-bun look, slightly tousled, but I’ve also uncovered a crop of braided updos recently that make my heart hurt a little. So the look of the day will be carefree, fresh, classic, a bit undone.
What’s your wedding-day beauty inspiration?