Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to a wedding of my lovely friend Sarah. Not only was the day absolutely perfect (not to mention the bride, who looked stunning) but I felt really confident with my makeup and my outfit. Except when I started crying during the ceremony and then again in the speeches and my tears led to smudging. My bad. Nevertheless, I thought I would do a wedding make up post as it is wedding season, and to be honest, the products that I used are my ‘holy grail’ choices anyway. My ‘ride or die’, my ‘desert island’ or whatever the term the blogging community are using these days. So if you fancy trying something new for weddings or summer parties this year then keep on reading to see my wedding makeup products…
The perfect base
My absolute favourite foundation is YSL Teint Touche Eclat. It’s the only high end foundation I own (I haven’t tried any others because I haven’t felt the need to). It’s the most glowy, dewy, radiant base, and when I wear it I always feel like my skin has been injected with goodness. It is the foundation that I have worn to every wedding I’ve attended, and I find that it lasts really well all day.
There have been two formulations, the older one had a bit less coverage but the new formulation has slightly more. I didn’t find the older formulation lacking but I know some people did and so I’d say the new formulation is better for that reason. I’d still say YSL is not going to give you the fullest coverage so it’s probably not the best foundation if you have a lot of acne. I love the glow and the fact that my skin still looks like skin.
For your reference, I use BD50 in the old formulation (which I don’t want to run out!) and mix it with BD40 in the new formulation (for some reason the colours aren’t quite the same so I went a bit lighter in the newer foundation). YSL have a great range of shades, catering for undertones as well. A B is a neutral undertone, a BR is a cooler/pinkier undertone and BD is for warmer, more yellow based undertones which I definitely am. I really can’t speak highly enough of this, I find it so luxurious (just look at the packaging) and the radiant finish makes me feel like I have glowing golden skin. It’s expensive but I think it’s worth the money.
Brightening under my eyes
Again, an easy decision for me. I love love love the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for brightening and concealing under my eyes. I have the shade Vanilla (Light 2), which is probably too light for me at the moment but I like something brightening under my eyes and I love the salmony tone. Salmon based pinky toned concealers are the right choice for really dark circles as the pink tones counteract the grey/blue/purple colour under the eyes. Not everyone has this but as a chronic bad sleeper and deep set eyes I definitely have dark circles.
It’s a lovely consistency for under the eyes because it’s creamy and brightening and I don’t find it settles into my fine lines too much. Nars have a great selection of colours and it can be used for blemishes and spots too. Also, if spots are more of your problem check out the new Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer because that is supposed to be really good. And finally, I use a bit of YSL’s cult classic, Touche Eclat as a highlighter (not a concealer) in my darkest shadowy areas.
Bronzing and Highlighting
It could only be one product, Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow. You’re going to a wedding, you want to look like a film star. I love to use this for special occasions, I only have to open the packaging to feel special. The bronzer is glowy and warm and I use it sort of as a contour and a bronzer in one go. Cheeks, temples, the drill. The highlighter is champagney but not overly golden or glittery. I have fair to medium and I think it would work for most light-medium skin tones, the colours are really well thought out to suit the majority. There is also a darker option but I haven’t tried that one.
Smoking out the eyes
I’ve done this out of order because I always do my eyes first if I’m going for a smokey eye look. Lots of guests at weddings pair things down but I tend to vamp it up and do a heavy eye so this probably isn’t for everyone. The other day I used a mix of different palettes but mainly from Urban Decay’s Naked 3 and Smoky palette. Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes contain 12 colours for about £40 and the eyeshadows are all beautiful. They’re pigmented, they blend well and they’re really highly regarded amongst the beauty community. The palettes contain a mix of mattes and shimmers so each palette alone can make multiple eye looks.
I won’t go into the exact colours I used but it was basically pinky gold on the lid and inner corner, more plum purple tones on the outer edges of the eyes and a black in the crease and outer eyes blended with the purple and then underneath the eyes too.
The Urban Decay Naked 3 is probably my personal favourite of the Naked palettes (they are all amazing) because I love the rose and purple tones and they’re really flattering for green and blue eyes. However, if you’re starting out and need to buy a palette that can do everything I’d recommend 1 or 2 (1 is warmer, 2 is cooler).
Finally I used a Stila Stay All Day Liquid eyeliner on top of the eyelid and a dark purple/black eyeliner from Sephora in my waterline (Tango Nights). My eyes did take ages and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have some mishaps along the way (hence why I do them first) but I was happy with the end result.
For the lips I was back in with my favourite nudes from Charlotte Tilbury. For lip liner I applied used Pillow Talk Lip Liner (which is the perfect nude for my lip colour). I always use a plethora of lipsticks and today was no different: a mix of Super Cindy (warm toned, pinky brown); Penelope Pink (nude beige with pink undertones, lighter and pinker than Cindy) and Max Factor’s Velvet Mattes lipstick in Flame.
I know that sounds weird but I love mixing lipsticks and the coral in Flame added a bit of brightness mixed in with the nude. I finished it off with a sparkly lip gloss from L’Oreal Paris Infallible Mega Gloss in Disco Ball over the top. You really didn’t need multiple lip products so if you’re going for a heavier eye look then just use a nude pink/brown/coral lipstick and that will work really well.
And that’s basically it! I’d love to hear about your wedding make up favourites as I love trying new products! Ali x