It’s a Beautiful Day

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


Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Robert Rios Photography


Image via Style Me Pretty / Photo by Beauty for Ashes 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?


Mrs. Ladyfingers

Saint Petersburg, FL
Wedding Date:
November 2011
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    EmpressJenn, Guest @ 2:46 pm

    Try watching some YouTube makeup application and hair tutorials. They can be very helpful.

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    Zinzerena 4207 posts, Honey bee @ 2:53 pm

    I’m right there with ya on the makeup. I typically have an excellent complexion and skin, or so I’ve been told, so I don’t “need” it.
    But I do love fingernail polish (wear it on special occasions ’cause I tend to chew my nails…) and lipstick, provided it’s the “scrub until it hurts to get off” type. I also love eyeshadow, but SUCK at trying to wear it, lol.
    LOVE your inspiration pics!!!!!

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    Mel, Guest @ 2:57 pm

    Hey, sweetie…if you’re both pink and yellow, you might look for tones listed as “natural” (v. “warm” or “cool”). Natural seems to cover it. I tell you this from experience. 😛

    I have found the same holds true for hair colors, though I tend toward warm (or blending warm and natural/neutral) as neutral hair coloring can look somewhat flat. But TOO much warm and…put me in a circus, nobody will be the wiser.

    The wrong colors and I look just clownish…

    I’ve found my makeup niche…it’s really a lot of fun, at least for special occasions.

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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 3:32 pm

    i’m not a big make-up wearer either besides the basics – some concealer, mascara and clear lip gloss. I opted to go big or go home on my wedding day and chose red lipstick so i laughed when you said your husband had a hard time looking at it at first, that exactly how i felt when i had it on..i feel so silly looking with lipstick on but it ended up looking fabulous and i actually loved how it turned out.
    p.s. im a huge fan of that first hair inspiration pic – and i loooove that first picture of you – beautiful.

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:37 pm

    I’m the same way with makeup (lip gloss = fancy schmancy in my book). Those inspiration photos with the bright red lipstick are killer!

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    Mel, Guest @ 3:47 pm

    I know…I so wish I could pull off a true red.

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    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:57 pm

    Great inspiration on the makeup! I think natural but glam would suit you so well and it’s so classic. Nothing can go wrong. (maybe if you aren’t doing the applying?) 😉 I wear makeup often and I don’t even trust myself…

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:31 pm

    I personally think you even better than your inspiration pics in your engagement pictures. Good luck growing out your hair, I hope it’s not annoying you too much!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:32 pm

    Love the low side bun inspiration pics!

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    weddingstars2012 479 posts, Helper bee @ 6:18 pm

    You look SOOOO pretty in that first picture!

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