Wedding: A Makeup Tutorial

I am doing my own makeup and hair for my wedding. This isn’t a very scary prospect for me; I know some brides get tense thinking about doing their own makeup and hair, because they want it to be perfect and they’re afraid they can’t do it alone, but believe me: it’s way easier than you might think!

Plus, I’m not big on things like fake eyelashes or a bazillion steps for perfect skin. So I thought I would bring you an easy, relatively quick (say… 15 minutes max, skin included) and glamorous makeup look using a makeup palette that was under $6, a $3 gel eyeliner, and only three brushes. Since the main focus of this look is the eyes, I won’t be guiding you on foundation or any of that except to tell you what I do daily, so just use or do what you would do every day, perhaps with a little more care as you want perfect skin for pictures!

What you’ll need:

1. Elf Cream Eyeliner, $3 at Target (I LOVE this stuff. It lasts me all day, and is quite hard to smear, unlike most liquid eyeliners I’ve tried. Plus, it comes with a handy-dandy little applicator brush that makes cat-eye eyeliner super easy.)
2. Maybelline Expert Eyes Palette in Sunbaked Neutrals, $6.49 at Target (As you can tell, I use the golds a lot!)
3. Mascara of your choice (Note, I am not a huge fan of the Mega Plush volume mascara; I prefer just regular Volum’ Express… but I wanted to try out the fancy new stuff. I do, however, love Maybelline’s mascara brushes. They’re the best.)
4. Brow powder and brow styling gel, if you like. My brow powder is Smashbox, on the spendy side but it MATCHES my brows, which is great! The styling gel is… old, and I picked it because it smells delicious. I know. I’m such an expert. 😉
5. An eyeliner brush (narrow and angled), a regular shadow brush (short and full), and a fluffy shadow brush (long and full).

Got it? Good. Step One:

Start out with your regular foundation routine: I use Maybelline Fit Me foundation all over; it’s a nice even coverage, good for those of you with just a few blemishes here and there. Then I set with loose powder to de-shine, and brush on Cheekers blush to brighten my cheeks. It’s a simple and easy routine that covers adequately and isn’t too heavy. Also, good skincare is a must! I use and adore Beauty Mint.

Step Two:

Armed with your regular eyeshadow brush, apply the lightest or second-to-lightest color in the palette (depending on your skin tone; super pale, use the lightest, medium-dark, use the second as I did) as a highlight below your eyebrow and in the corner of your eyes. Don’t be afraid to apply it liberally. We’ll be blending it all nicely later.

Step Three:

Apply the lighter gold in the palette all over the lower portion of your lid up to the crease, and press it below your lower lash line from inner corner to outer corner with your eyeliner brush. Apply this one liberally.

Step Four:

Press the darker gold in the palette along your eyelashes and up into your crease, making a slight vee at the outer corners of your eyes.

Step Five:

With the darker brown in the palette, line your eyes from the inside edge of your iris to a semi-cat eye, following the vee you made earlier with the dark gold shadow. If you wish, you can also line your lower lashes with dark brown, but go light!

Step Seven:

Blend it all out with your long fluffy brush, being careful at the outer corners to blend the darker colors up and in towards your crease rather than down and out.

Step Seven:

With your handy-dandy little Elf applicator and your gel eyeliner, carefully draw a line along your eyelashes, following the brown shadow you put on earlier; I absolutely love the applicator, because rather than having to draw, I can simply load the brush with gel and press it along my lashes. Once you have a good line, fill it in until you have a sufficiently thick cat-eye line.

Step Eight: Add mascara, fill in your eyebrows if you wish (using your eyeliner brush and a brow powder that closely matches your brows, follow the natural arch of your eyebrows… done.), add a lip gloss or balm, and you’re done!

I swear, once you get it down, you’ll be done with your makeup in fifteen minutes, and any accidental smudges can be very easily cleaned up with extra foundation or a bit of water. Plus, this routine is only an eyeshadow palette different from my usual daily routine, which I love. I don’t want to look too different from my everyday self, yet I want it to be just a notch or two higher than what I’d normally do.

The gold and brown colors are flattering on any eye color, and I think they add that perfect touch of old-hollywood glamour that I absolutely love.

I hope you all don’t mind the iPhone pictures; Mr. Owl has been under the weather lately, so I haven’t been able to steal his camera.

Tell me, what is your dream makeup look for a wedding? Would you do your makeup yourself, or have a professional do it for you? Are you going all-out glamorous, or understated?

I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!


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