30 June 2017

The Bridesmaids Make Up

As a beauty blogger, I think it's pretty clear that I love makeup and playing with different products to create different looks. So when my bestie announced she was getting married, and started getting stressed because she couldn't get a make up artist to do her bridesmaids make up, I was super happy to step in and offer my services.

Now, I'm not a professional make up artist, and I don't spend a lot of time doing others make up, but I did some practice and came away really pleased with the results. I used most of my own products, ones that I trusted and knew were going to last throughout the day and give a really flawless finish.

I started off with my all time favourite, and most reliable primer, the Kiehl's Microblur Skin Perfector. It smoothes the skins, and really gives a perfected finish. It also helps to keep skin matt throughout the day, so no oil and skin, and makes a nice base for make up. Now, I actually did the eyeshadow before I did any other base, so I've put that in eyes below but will carry on with base for now. For the foundation, I mixed together the Dior Diorskin Forever foundation and the Nars Sheer Glow. The Dior one lasts for HOURS, so I know it has the lasting power perfect for a wedding, however, I love the finish the Nars product gives. It's a very natural glow. Teamed with the matte finish from Dior and you have my favourite base. I blended this in using a mix of the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, and their Sculpting Brush - it depended on how well it blended on the bridesmaid's skin. I then used Rimmel's Match Perfection Concealer under the eyes to highlight and blended that was the Real Techniques Contour Brush. I applied in a V-shape with the point at the top of the cheek bone. I also used Collections Lasting Perfection Concealer on any redness or blemishes and blended with my finger. I then set the make up with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder with the Real Techniques Powder Brush.

Amber's colour scheme was centred around blush colours, and our bridesmaid's dresses were like a pale mint green, so I wanted to make sure any colours I used for finishing, or the eyes, didn't clash, but complimented. I started with applying Collection Bronze Glow Mosaic, I used the Real Techniques Powder Brush and applied in 3 shape - so forehead, cheeks and chin. Then blended this in. It just gives a lovely healthy glow, with a touch of colour - it's not majorly pigmented. I then did a very subtle contour - so I took the Maybelline Master Sculpt Palette. I used the Real Techniques Contour Brush to blend the contour shade under the cheekbones and did this in circular motions so it looked more natural. For blush I used my absolute favourite, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush. It can be very pigmented so I went easy on this, but it lasts for hours and gives a beautiful natural blush to the cheeks. I then topped this off with Mac's Adored to highlight along the tops of the cheekbones.

As I said, I did the eyes before anything else so I could eliminate any fallout from the eyeshadow. The first thing I did was apply Mac Brule eyeshadow to the base, it's a nude shade that acts as a perfect base for eyeshadow and helps the other colours on top pop. I then used the Naked 3 Palette to do the rest of the eyes. I used Burnout, a beautiful matte pink shade all over the eyelids to create the main shade. It's not too in your face, so it's great for a beautiful blush eye look. I then took Buzz - a shimmery pink, which is a touch darker, to add a bit more definitely around the outer corner, through to the middle of the eyelid. It added more colour and something extra with the shimmer. I finished off my using Liar around the crease and the outer corner to give it a bit of smoke. I used the Eco Tools Eyeshadow Brushes for this. I also took Liar along the waterline as well. To finish I used Strange - the highlighter shade - and put this in the inner corners to brighten. Now, I can't really do eyeliner or brows so at that point I asked them to do those bits themselves, and then they came back to me for mascara. Weirdly, I used two mascaras. I started off with Benefit's Rollerlash to separate, curl and elongate their lashes. It's a beautiful mascara that's super long lasting, but it's not waterproof and doesn't do too much in the way of volume. So I used Maybelline's LashSensational Waterproof Mascara over the top, which added that protection and boosted the volume.

I kept these really simple and took the products with me on the day for any touch ups. The whole day had subtle shades so we didn't need to go too bold on the lips. I started off my using Rimmel's Exaggerate Lipliner in East End Snob to line and fill the lips, just to help the main lip product stay on a little longer and keep it nice and neat. I then used Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien - which is a beautiful pink shade, a touch of shimmer, blue toned and very pretty. I looooove it and wore it for my own wedding.

To finish, we had a spritz of Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray and we were done! I was so happy with how it all turned out, and one of the bridesmaids has even asked me to do her own wedding off the back of it - so I'm super happy. It was so much fun! Just need to figure out how to do liner and brows on other people now...

Photos by the incredible Maddie Waters Photography.

What's your perfect wedding make up?

Much love, Lisa May

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