Wedding Makeup

My friend got married a couple of weeks ago and she asked me to do her wedding makeup. I felt honoured to do so and immediately created a Pinterest board of ideas. She is naturally very pretty and does not usually wear much makeup, so the look needed to be subtle and polished.

I went makeup shopping with her and I trialled a look with which she was very happy. As we are friends, it was easy for us to discuss and make tweaks to particular elements.

On the day, she was glowing before any product was applied. Despite the expected nerves, I could see she was elated to be marrying her best friend. It was lovely to see and something I hope I will experience when my Prince Charming (or Captain Hook if you are a Once Upon a Time fan) shows up.

I applied primer to ensure the base stayed as long as possible with minimal touch-ups and then applied green concealer in areas where redness may have appeared. This was blended and foundation was buffed on top. I applied eyeshadow primer to the eyelids up to the brow bone and used concealer under the eyes and on any other required areas. The base is so important as this is what helps to create the flawless bridal look. I set the look with pressed powder and contoured using a powder palette. As the look needed to be as natural as possible, I opted for powder over liquid because of its subtlety. I then added bronzer to give a sun kissed glow and blusher to the apples of the cheeks.

For the eyes, I started with a nude shadow base and built up to a smokey silver look by adding greys, browns and, of course, silver. I used a brown waterproof pencil to line the upper lids and lifted this into a small flick. I then smudged this to suit the smokey look of the shadow. I lined the outer corner of the under eye and used white shadow as a highlighter in the inner corner of the eye and under the brow bone. I brushed out the brows and filled in any gaps with a brow pencil and brushed through again to maintain the natural look. For the lips, I used a nude lip pencil all over because this makes a great base for any lipstick. I then applied the lipstick with a brush for a more polished look and added gloss to the centre of the lips to add volume. Once the look was complete, I added final touches of highlighter. You may have noticed that I did not use mascara. This was because my friend had her eyelashes tinted and it was not necessary.

I was very happy with the final result and my friend looked absolutely beautiful. She made a gorgeous bride and I felt very lucky to have been an integral part of her wedding morning preparation.

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Sixties Style

My daily eye makeup is always very sixties with winged liner and lashings of mascara. However, I always find that with the colder weather, my fashion choices also become more reminiscent of the era. My default outfit choice usually involves a figure/hugging jumper, miniskirt and black tights.

During the last week or so, I have really enjoyed dressing in this style and have treated myself to two new skirts. Both from New Look, they are a houndstooth design and match with more or less every top I own.

As you can see in the photo, I may have also treated myself to the Lancôme Christmas gift set (only in October!)
Pairing sixties makeup and fashion with a modern twist really excites me and is something I enjoy very much.

Nail Treatment 

As a little treat for myself, I decided to get my nails professionally painted. I wanted something natural and suitable for work so I opted for a light pink. 

I went to a bio sculpture gel salon a colleague of mine had recommended and the lady was lovely. I was not quite sure what to expect and she made me feel very much at ease.

I was very happy with the result and cannot stop looking at my perfectly manicured nails. I look forward to trying other colours in the future. 

Graduation look

Just over a month ago, my brother graduated from university with a first class honours degree. He did incredibly well and I was very proud of him. He managed to get me a ticket to watch him receive his diploma and I was very excited. It was also the perfect opportunity to get dressed up! 

I bought a peach bodycon dress from Reiss and paired it with grey heels and a white blazer. I wore my hair down and straightened with curls at the ends for a more relaxed look. 

My makeup was full coverage but in natural tones to suit the dress colour. I used false lashes from Eyelure for extra impact and added a strong wing to create a more romantic look. I used a pink blusher to counterbalance the peach dress and a beige pink matte lipstick to complete the look. 

It was a wonderful day and I am so proud of my brother and all his accomplishments. I know he will continue to succeed in life in all ways possible. 

Wedding Reception

Last night I went to a colleague’s wedding reception and the village hall was beautifully decorated with bunting and sunflowers. Everyone had a lovely time and danced till their feet hurt.

I thought, for once, I would write a beauty-related post. Throughout and after university, I worked on beauty counters and have an inherent interest in all things makeup.

When I go out for special occasions, I always start on my eyes first. I used tape to define the angle of my shadow and applied a primer to my lids. I then used a nude shadow to set the base. I defined the crease with a dark grey and ran this along the tape line and used a silver cream shadow on the lid and blended. I swiped a champagne cream shadow along the brow bone, dotted the inner corners of my eyes and then shaped my brows.

Next step was my base. I am not a big user of face primer because my skin is sensitive so I applied and buffed my foundation and concealed my under eyes and blemishes. I set my base with compact powder and applied bronzer under my cheekbones and on other facial contours. I then brushed blusher on the apples of my cheeks and blended.

I returned to my eyes and used a gel liner to create a wing and then coated my lashes in mascara. I lined my lips and swiped a generous helping of nude gloss. I then added false lashes and dabbed liquid highlighter along my cheekbones and brow bones.

Finally, the makeup look was created. For my hair, I clipped it up in a side chignon and paired the look with a champagne silk dress and silver heels.

I based my look a little on Once Upon a Time’s Emma Swan’s date with Captain Hook. I may not have found my fairytale, but it was so wonderful to see my colleague and her new husband very much in love and ready to start a beautiful life together…