The Face: Subtle Sheen, Fairytale Face

I love a good wedding but it’s been a while since I’ve been to one. There’s just something eternally romantic about two people committing to spending the rest of their lives together, to be their “one and only” forever that always gets me sobbing, tears of joy running merrily down my face and playing havoc with my make-up. So you’d think I’d wear nothing but waterproof everything to make sure I’m still looking vaguely ok at the end of the wedding, albeit it with puffy eyes!

Think again. For a beautiful, intimate wedding I attended this weekend, I realised, with hindsight (always such a good thing!), that none of the slap that ended up on my face was water resilient, never mind waterproof. But somehow or other, inspite of the the odd tear or two (oh, ok then, I was blubbing uncontrollably), the make-up managed to stay put. So I thought I’d put out there for you to see what was what.

L-R: Revlon Nearly Naked Powder, Hourglass No.28 Primer Serum, YSL Le Teint Eclat Foundation


Front to back: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Cream Eyeshadow, Lancome Plume Eyeliner Dreamwave Mascara
Anastasia Brow Duo and double-ended brush, Hourglass Vol. 6 Palette, Revlon Nearly Naked Powder, Frontcover Cajun Chilli Lipstick, Daniel Sandler Tornado Eyeshadow (just seen at front)
Bare Minerals READY Luminzer and Laura Geller Blush’n’Brighten (just seen at front)

I started with one of my favourite primers, Hourglass’ No.28 Primer Serum, applied all over with my fingertips, giving my skin a little massage while I did so to rev up the circulation. To apply the YSL Le Teint Eclat Foundation*, (post here), I used my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to give a really airbrushed finish to the face, and a swipe of the fabulous new pressed powder from Revlon’s Nearly Naked* range (post on the amazing foundation and powder coming soon!) to on the T-zone to get rid of any ‘shinies’ where I didn’t want them.

As this was a daytime-to-evening wedding, I didn’t want to go too heavy or smokey on the eyes, so I kept it light with a little Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess cream eyeshadow in Sand Shimmer on the eyelid, defined with one of my all time favourite shades, Daniel Sandler’s Tornado eyeshadow (post here) in the crease and outer corner. A very defined black eyeliner along the lash line and flicked out, again from another favourite, Lancôme’s Plume Liner in Black*, (post here) and two coats of Dreamwave’s mascara* (post here) completed the look. Since being introduced to Anastasia Brow Powder Duo* by the lovely girls at Cult Beauty I literally can’t live without it. (note to self; must do a proper post on this soon). I used the darker of the two shades from Ebony with the Sable Brow Brush Duo* to define and emphasise and used the vanilla shade from Hourglass’ Volume 6 palette (post here) under the brows to highlight. 

Cheeks were made luscious with Laura Geller’s Blush’n’Brighten in Berry and I emphasised the cheekbones with my current favourite highlighter from Bare Minerals, READY Luminizer in The Love Affair* (so appropriate for the day, don’t you think!). I love the clean white lines of this little compact and carry it with me everywhere at the moment *current obsession*! I find the best way to get the subtle, candlelit glow I’m after is to use a fan brush and build up the effect slowly, rather than pile it all on in one go!

And for the lips! With so many fabulous shades to turn to from my #ALipADay daily lip review, (link here), I went for the deep, rich red from Frontcover Cosmetics in Cajun Pepper*.

And can I tell you? Not a smidgen of it moved. I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I ate and I drank…ahem! But at the end of the evening, the skin, the eyes, the cheeks and the lips were just as they were in the afternoon when they were applied. Now that’s what I call hardworking make-up!

What are your go-to’s when you need your make-up to last and last?

4 Comments

  1. Martha Woods

    I love those shimmery cheeks! Perfect wedding makeup.

    Just seeing weddings in movies can make me cry, even if I’m not that keen on the movie itself! I blubbed all through Bella and Edward’s wedding in Breaking Dawn and left the theater with mascara all over my face. 😛 Isn’t hindsight lovely?!

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