A friend of mine recently got married and I was asked to do her makeup and I thought you might like to hear a bit more about the experience. It was such a fun day. I got to enjoy a ton of behind the scenes action, as well as celebrate my friend’s big day with her family and loads of friends.
Making up a friend is always a much more relaxed affair than working in a professional capacity. I arrived in the morning and had a glass of champagne with the family. Then I sat down with my friend and created the wedding look that she and I had discussed and planned. She wanted a very natural skin look, with a defined, yet neutral eye and lip look.
Firstly, I prepped the skin well – using a little Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, to plump up the skin and provide a well moisturised canvas. Then I blended in a little Zelens Youth Glow foundation in the areas of her face that needed a little coverage – around the nose and chin in particular. This foundation has no SPF, so is perfect for a wedding – you won’t get any flashback in photographs. I then added a little touch of Laura Mercier concealer under the eyes. Once this had settled into the skin, I dusted a little loose powder on the t-zone, to take away any shine and then dusted Benefit Hoola bronzer around the face contours, to add warmth. A subtle wash of Becca’s Watermelon blush was added to the apples of the cheek, for a youthful flushed look.
For the eyes, I used a Bobbi Brown palette. Bobbi is renowned for the quality of her neutral eye-shadows, which are perfect for wedding makeup. The bride’s eyes are hazel, so I chose a range of neutral brown shades, to create definition, with a pop of bronze sparkle, to add that special extra touch. I used Laura Mercier’s Copper pencil around the eyes, to bring out the green in her eyes. I then added lashings of good, waterproof, mascara – no fear of Panda eyes – and used an Anastasia Beverley Hill Brow Wiz pencil to softly fill in the bride’s eyebrows. A little lining of the bride’s lips with Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk lip liner and dash of Carmex lip balm on top provided the perfect, subtle lip look. The finished result was a happy bride, who looked natural and pretty. I don’t believe in massive amounts of foundation, contouring and too much eyeshadow, all topped off by massive false eyelashes!
The wedding itself was such a happy occasion. After the church ceremony, we all went to a gorgeous country house venue. The marquee was decorated in the most stunning way, with a riot of big, bold, colourful blooms on all the tables. Vintage crockery and huge wine glasses finished the look for each table. I also have to give a huge shout out for the glorious wedding stationery – from the beautifully crafted wedding invitation, down to the personalised menu card on everyone’s plates at dinner, all of which was so elegant and beautifully designed. I’m a sucker for really good stationery and found out that my friend has used Pemberly Fox wedding stationery to create hers.
All in all, it was such a happy and memorable occasion….although I wasn’t feeling my brightest and best the next day!