In honour of Closet Diva and anyone else who might find this helpful, I'm making a post on what to wear when attending a wedding. This is more geared to a day look and you're free to tweak it as you want. Also, Let me know what you ladies think of this. I will post more about the subject, just point me in the direction of your concerns.
Some general guidelines:
- What I really like doing is looking around for inspiration before any big event. I scour magazines and looks on celebs or from make-up lines. You can get tons of ideas this way and maybe decide on elements from particular looks and mesh them to create something unique of your own.
- Try not to be too matchy-matchy with your make-up. I don't go for make-up colours that clash too much with my outfit, but try thinking of your make-up as needing to suit your face. You want to flatter your face, not necessarily your outfit. I know this sounds weird, but if you subtly enhance your features you stand out. If you coordinate you make-up with your make-up, you're enhancing your clothes.
- Don't try out any new skincare things less than two to three weeks before the big event. Just imagine, you have two weeks to go, everything is finalized, and you try a new facial and you break out. Give your skin enough time to heal if heaven forbid you react badly to the new skin-care addition.
- Get a friend who will give you an honest opinion. Sounds so basic, but sometimes you just need someone to say "that does NOT look good, don't go with it.
- Find a primer that works for you. By this I mean a foundation primer and an eyeshadow primer. A good foundation primer will make your make-up glide on better and help it stay on longer. A good eyeshadow primer will help bring out the shadow and liner colours and it will make them last.
- Find your foundation-concealor-powder combination. More than anything you want your skin to look good, so finding a combination of the products will really go a long way in fulfilling this goal. Some foundations contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and these give a whitish cast under flash light. Also, foundations and powders that have a dewy finish will look oily. Look at the ingredients and look for a satiny to matte finish rather than other finishes.
- I tend to make my eyes the focal point for a big event. Why? Because talking, eating, drinking, and eating again makes me lazy and I don't reapply my lipstick/gloss as much as I should. Make sure your eye make-up wears like steel. I adore Urban Decay's Primer Potion as it makes my shadows so vibrant and wear for a long time. If you have trouble blending shadows on it, try powdering your lids after applying the primer potion. I also like MAC's Fluidlines instead of traditional liners. For mascara, waterproof is a good choice. Another step I take if the occasion calls for it is Ben Nye Final Seal. I do have to make sure this doesn't go into my eyes but it is industrial strength when it comes to making my eye-make-up last.
- For blush, I want it to last but at the same time look natural. I like to layer blush so that it lasts longer. I look for a cheek stain and powder blush that compliment each other. A sheer cheek stain lasts for a long time and gives depth to the powder blush. This way, you will still have a hint of colour at the end of the day if the powder blush ever fades away. It is important to not overdo the blush. TheBalm has great cheekstains. I recently got TheBalm's Stainiac in Prom Queen. It is more of a gel than a liquid. It doesn't set the instant you put it on your skin so you have enough time to blend. After it sets, it holds really well until I wash it off at night.
- Stay away from shimmer. Shimmer is really exaggerated in pictures. If you want to add shimmer, take some pictures with your digital camera so you can calibrate the amount needed. However, less really is more.
- For lips, my biggest guidelines are to test drive the lipstick/gloss combo. What I mean here is that some lipsticks really dry out my lips eve if they're not long lasting formulations. For example, some MAC lipsticks kill my lips and I end up with ugly flakes. My lips can get so dry that not even gloss or balm can make the flakes disappear. Some really comfortable lipsticks are Clinique's Buttershines. I also really like lipsticks by Prescriptives and Origins because I find them so comfortable to wear.
- Don't go overboard on the gloss. Too shiny lips can break a look so just be careful with this.