A couple of weeks ago I had my makeup trial for the Japanese wedding with my makeup artist Okami. My makeup artist and I go way back. In my younger days I would sometimes model for an artist, and she was the makeup artist for most of the shoots.
She always has done a good job of making me looking fresh faced. / Personal photo by Triplet Studio
In the photo above I’m wearing Mac Liquid foundation, which use to be my everyday foundation. The coverage was great, but it always came off on my hands and stained napkins, my cell phone, and even some of my clothes. I got tired of leaving a trail of makeup-stained items everywhere and spoke with a friend who recommended mineral makeup. That recommendation started my love affair with mineral makeup. It doesn’t come off and the coverage is great!
My current brand of Mineral Foundation/ Image via Meow Cosmetics
I went to my makeup trial with my mineral makeup to use as my foundation. (I always have to bring my own makeup because Japanese stores don’t sell my shade of foundation.) I wanted the same look in the picture above for my Japanese wedding: fresh, light, and natural.
Pardon the stretched out eye, but this is the best photo of the makeup application.
My makeup artist did her usual wonderful job and it looks nice, but I feel that it’s lacking in some way. It just doesn’t feel like it’s wedding-day makeup; it looks like my everyday makeup. Now I did say that I wanted to look natural and that’s what I got, but I realized what I really wanted my makeup to look like was more “polished” and “dewy,” and I think liquid foundation might be better for that than mineral makeup.
I started to debate if I should go back to liquid foundation, but I’m worried about staining my dress. Also, when I get excited I sweat, and a sweaty face covered in liquid foundation is a bit scary. I’ve done some research, and I’ve decided to try a foundation primer with my mineral makeup in the hope that it will give the mineral makeup a better finish. If that doesn’t work, I’m going to try a “makeup sealing spray” that I found at a Japanese cosmetic store that I will use with liquid foundation. The sealing spray is a spray you put on after you finish your makeup. It supposedly “locks in” your makeup. (Is something like that commonly sold in the States?) I will test these two methods out before the wedding, and I’m hoping that the mineral makeup/primer combo will work. I wish airbrushing was an option in Japan, but unfortunately it isn’t.
Has anyone used mineral makeup on their wedding day? Did it hold up well?