Friday, 24 January 2014

Bridesmaid beauty: Long-lasting, waterproof, natural and mattifying #FOTD

Hi everyone!
I hope you're all well today and having a great evening :)
Last weekend, I was a bridesmaid at my friend Claire's wedding and my fellow bridesmaids and I did our own makeup for her special day.
It is the first time I've been asked to be a bridesmaid as an adult so it's the first time I've done my makeup for the occasion!
I should have done a run-through really but I just went into it and made it up as I went along to be quite honest. I just knew it had to fulfil the following criteria -
  • Natural-looking (you don't want to look more glam than the bride but you don't want to look like you've just rolled out of bed either)
  • Waterproof (no doubt tears would be shed as it was the wedding day of one of my dearest friends)
  • Mattifying (I have a real problem with shine - especially around the T-Zone - and don't really want to be blotting throughout the service)
  • Long-lasting (I started doing my make-up at around 9-10am and it needed to last until about midnight. This was the biggest test!)
Apologises for the quick pic taken in the car but it's the only one I got of my make-up!

Bridesmaid #FOTD:

FACE: Urban Decay Vitamin B5 Spray, Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat, Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, Dior Diorskin Nude Foundation* (applied with an Eyes Lip Face Studio Stippling Brush), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, MAC Harmony Blush (applied with a MAC 180 Brush), NARS Orgasm Blush (applied with a Cosmopolitan Blush Brush), Benefit High Beam.

I started by prepping my skin my fave spray from Urban Decay, which acted as a base for my make-up. I concealed my dark circles with the Touché Eclat before covering up my spots/blemishes with Boi-ing (this took a while!)

The wedding was actually my first outing for the Dior foundation but it really came up trumps and gave a good, full coverage while still looking lovely and natural. I set my foundation and concealer with my favourite MAC powder before spritzing another layer of the Urban Decay spray (I'm obsessed).

I wanted a bronzer that added a touch of natural colour without looking too dark and chalky, and MAC Harmony fitted the bill perfectly. A touch of NARS Orgasm on the cheeks, followed by High Beam on the cheekbones, browbones and bridge of the nose completed the look - all set with the Urban Decay B5 Spray again.

EYES: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Urban Decay Naked Palette (Naked, Buck and Sin), L'Oreal Carbon Black Super Liner Slim, Charlotte Tilbury Fat Lash Mascara*, Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes. MAC Omega e/s on lids.

The Maid of Honour and I went for almost identical eye make-up for the wedding, to the point where we literally looked like twins! She did her eye make-up first so I just copied it the best I could. We both opted for a natural smokey eye with a flick of liquid liner and lashings of black mascara.

I always find eye make-up lasts longer on the lids and generally looks better with primer than without so I started with the classic UD one. I couldn't live without my Naked palette and take it with me wherever I go - it's perfect for a daytime look but also for a sexy smokey eye. Then, I blended the lightest shade all over my eyelid and up to the browbone, Buck all over the lid and Sin on the sides to create a smokey eye effect.

The L'Oreal Super Liner is a holy grail product for me now as it's perfect for creating cat-eye flicks and it lasts all day with primer. I skipped kohl liner under the eye as I was going for a more natural look but coated my lashes in a few layers of the Charlotte Tilbury mascara (amazing!) before adding gradient lashes.

LIPS: Revlon Super Lustruous Lipgloss in Nude Lustre.

A slick of this gorgeous glossy nude lipgloss with a hint of shimmer completed my beauty look for the wedding.

The test: Did it last?

Yep! I applied my make-up by about 10/11am and it lasted all the way until 1am the morning after. The only qualm I had was that it wasn't sweat proof and I definitely could have done with a blotting paper or powder during the evening. But other than that I'd definitely recommend the products I used for being long-lasting and natural-looking.

Have you been a bridesmaid at a wedding before? How did you do your make-up?




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