11/08/2005

Painted Face: Wedding or Special Event


The key to a beautiful wedding look is to look like yourself, only more beautiful, right? Your skin should be soft and glowing, your eyes bright and your cheeks flushed and healthy. To help you achieve this magic, be sure to drink 1 liter (32 oz.) of water every day for at least two weeks prior to the wedding (you should be doing this every day, regardless). Take your vitamins and eat 5-6 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables daily. Get plenty of exercise (don't over do it) and keep stress to a minimum; remember, this is your wedding and anticipating it should be FUN. Do not get a facial within the two weeks prior to your wedding--redness and blemish flare-up's are definitely NOT considered wedding appropriate.

Fifteen minutes before you apply your makeup, cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser like Elizabeth Arden's Hydra-Gentle Cream Cleanser, then moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer--we LOVE ULTA's Formativ Oil Free Moisturizer with Essential Care Complex--and use an appropriate eye serum like to reduce any dark circles or puffiness. Do not use an eye cream as it will cause your eye makeup to slide off. If you have any last minute blemishes, fix them quick with Joey NY's Roll On Blemish Fix.

Prime the skin with a foundation primer; we really like Joey NY's Correct-A-Line--it makes foundation look absolutely flawless, just be sure not to apply too much. Next apply foundation with a foundation brush or your fingertips; our recommended foundation is Bobbi Brown's Moisture Rich Foundation. Lightly dust the face with loose translucent powder like Clinique's Blended Face Powder in Neutral.

Apply an eye primer to hold the make up on the eye--remember that this makeup has to last several hours with few touch-ups; the eye primer we swear by is Too Faced's Soothing Eye Shadow Base in Matte. Line the eyes with a liquid eye liner. We personally like Blinc Kiss Me's Liquid Eyer because it will last through tears, nerves and the "Bunny Hop."

Define the brows with an angled brow brush and a brow powder like Amazing Cosmetics' Brow Powder in Brunette. Next apply a neutral, base color like Sue Devitt's Silky Sheen Eyeshadow in Flinders Ranges, apply a beautiful jewel color like Jewels in the Dust in the crease and outer corner of the lid . Highlight the brow bone and the middle of the eye lid with a light, shimmery color like Dreamtime Legend. For a smokier look, apply a darker shade next to the upper lashes and at the outer corner of the eye, one like Hopetown, and blend well.

Use concealer where needed to hide under eye circles, at the corners of the eyes, to hide any redness or blemishes--recommended concealer: Clinique's Airbrush Concealer. Next comes blush. To enhance length of wear, apply cream blush like first, then dust on a matching powder blush like Bobbi Brown's Blush. Tap the blush with your fingertips to ensure that the blush looks natural, not cakey. Use powder blush one shade darker to contour your cheek bones; suck in your cheeks and apply lightly in the cheek indentions. Also, contour your jawline. If you need to apply bronzer (necessary in the spring and summer--our favorite bronzing powder is Sue Devitt's Gold Coast Bronzing Pressed Powder), do so now on the forehead, apples of the cheeks, tip of the nose and chin.

Apply a soft, steady lip line with a liner pencil like Bourjois' Levres Contour Lip Liner in Espiegle, then fill in lips with liner. With a lip brush, apply lip color; we used Lancome's Hydrabase Creme Lipstick in Rose Baby for this look. Blot with a tissue, reapply lip color and blot again. Last for lips: apply gloss in the "pout" area of the lower lip--just in the center. We recommend Too Faced's Gossip Gloss in Tattle Tale.

Polish the wedding look by highlighting with a face highlighter like Too Faced's Liquid Light Face Highlighter applied at the center of the forehead, down the ridge of the nose and under the eyes at the top of the cheeks. Dust the face with translucent face powder to set the makeup.
Soft, sexy eyelashes complete the look. First, prime the lashes with a lash primer to ensure that the lashes take a good curl and that mascara goes on smoothly and extra-plump. Curl the lashes with an eyelash curler (hold the upper lashes firmly in the curler for 15-20 seconds). Apply two coats of black/brown mascara. Nothing ruins close-up wedding photographs like clumpy lashes, so be sure to use a good mascara like Mirenesse's Secret Weapon Mascara. Last but not least: time to walk down the aisle, with a beautiful smile!