I decided to do my own make-up for my wedding because I wanted to have complete control over the results and didn’t want to take a chance of running into a make-up artist with a heavy hand. But I still wanted to up my game a bit from my normal make up routine so I booked an appointment with a consultant at the Sephora on Lexington Ave (Carlos!) who showed me some new tricks, and some great new products and brands. I bought in the above picture of the amazing Keri Russell and I have to say he did a really good job duplicating the look and feel of the make up in the picture. My goal was glowing skin, and vivid eyes, with a neutral (but not boring) lip. I was very happy with how my makeup turned out for my wedding day, and I am usually my own toughest critic.
Here’s my list of makeup for the day, along with suggestions from my makeup artist. I listed what I bought and what I already had.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Original Formula, SPF 15 – My normal perfect SPF that I wear everyday. I’ve been a Neutrogena SPF girl for years now after a long ago dermatologist recommended this moisturizer. I love that I can buy a tube at the drugstore, and because it isn’t expensive, I don’t have to skip on the application and can slather all over my face. I’ve tried other “fancy” “miracle” moisturizer but I always come back to this one. If only I could buy it in bulk…
Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in No. 0 Porcelain – Jury is still out on this one. I bought it new and wore it for my wedding day with (i think) good results, but it seems to sit on top of my skin instead of absorbing. One my wedding day I mixed it will a little Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers which seemed to get the lightweight/dewy consistency that I was going for. However, since then I’ve trying been to get the same results, but the consistency just doesn’t seem to be right.
Stila Bronzer similar (alternate: Too Faced Bronzer Chocolate Soleil) – I used a minimal amount of bronzer for my wedding day since I was too scared I would mess it up, but if you are braver than I am I would invest in the Too Faced Bronzer.
Urban Decay EyeShadow Primer Potion (Alternate: The Balm Put a Lid on It)
Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow Trio (similar here) – Just bit to get a little pop. I used an old eyeshadow pack I got in a Clinique bonus bag years ago.
Benefit R.S.V.P Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow – My favorite neutral champagne color. Good to use as a base if you are doing a fancy or smokey eye, or perfect to wear alone for an everyday eyeshadow look.
NARS Lipstick in Mayflower – I purchased this specifically for my wedding day, and it is amazing shade of shimmery pink, without being too over the top. Also works well as a day to night lipstick.
Clinique Long Last Glosswear (Alternate: Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Overprotected)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Urban Decay Super-Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner in Perversion – This is one of my new favorites, that was a success on my wedding day, and has now become something a I reach for every morning. I use some generic angled brush (maybe this one) and apply to my tightline right at the base of my eyelashes to make them look at little lush.
NARS Blush in Orgasm – Classic.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light – Another new daily favorite. I had never really even heard of this brand before meeting my Sephora consultant, but I really love this shimmery (but not too shimmery) powder. I apply it last over all my other make up with a big fat brush, and it sets everything and gives me a little glow.