I recently had the privilege to serve as Maid of Honor for my sister Julia on her wedding day. I decided to do my own makeup for the occasion. I wanted a soft, light and natural look for my supporting role in her end-of-summer, city wedding.
Here’s what I used…
My objective was smooth and glowing skin. To achieve it, I used Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation (I use shade 5). I’m not a heavy foundation person. But on the formal occasions when I do want more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, this is the perfect next level up. Charlotte knows what she’s doing. Light Wonder is (true to name) quite light with exactly the amount of coverage I want. It’s more wet on skin than most foundations which I love because it doesn’t dry me out. Then I smeared across cheeks and cheekbones her Wonder Glow Instant Soft Focus Beauty Flash, one of those glow-and-blur type of finishing products that I recommend for nights where you anticipate starring in lots of photographs.
I had glamorous long lash extensions applied the day before the wedding events commenced. Quick tangent – several people have asked me where I go for lashes so I wanted to take this opportunity to share my fairy lash godmother’s info. I go to Jackie Reznicek here in Chicago and she is simply the best. There are not enough nice things I can say about her skills, her taste level, and her lovely, kind personality. If you’re looking to try out extensions, shoot her an email at email@example.com. But don’t say I didn’t warn you… its easy to get hooked!
The lash extensions gave me a head start – they really make your eyes sparkle before you’ve even touched any color cosmetics. I wanted to bring a touch of summer light to my face so I used my eyes as a place to incorporate gold hues. After spreading my go-to eye primer, Mac Paint in Bare Canvas on lids, I layered on copper and metallic taupe shades from my newest eyeshadow obsession, Bourjois Eyeshadow Trio in Nude Smoky. I’ve always found Bourjois to make the very best shadow palettes. Not only are the colors really harmonious together, but the texture and pigment quality is up there with any Armani or Chanel shadows I’ve tried. I picked this palette up at a drugstore in Belgium this summer. Have a friend visiting from Europe this year? Put in a request.
Next I applied Maybelline’s Line Stiletto Liquid Liner in Brownish Black to my lash line, extending it just past the corners of my eye in an ever-so-slight feline flick. When I’m trying to create a soft look (daytime makeup for example) I always use a brown, taupe or gold hue liner. It enhances but goes undetected. Line Stiletto costs $5.59 and is virtually identical to the beauty counter leader: Lancome’s Artliner in Iceblack at $30.
With lash extensions, you want eye makeup that comes off easily with water so you don’t have to use oil-based makeup removers (they deteriorate the lash adhesive). Line Stiletto stays in place when you wear it and comes off easily when you’re ready to call it a night.
I am really beginning to think a groomed brow may have the biggest impact on the face above any other category of makeup. I use a waxy pencil, Hourglass’s Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette, to define and fill in the shape of my brows. Mine need the most augmentation at the inner corners. I instantly look younger.
Here’s another drugstore gem. And also one I happened to get in London but before you “get cross with me” as the Brits would say, the publicist at Rimmel assured me it will be launching in the US next year so just a little patience will do. Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Nude Collection by Kate, is a collection of 5 nude lipsticks paying homage to Kate Moss’s most recognizably Kate look – nude lips and smoldering eyes. The lipsticks have a creamy finish (as they should – please, never wear a matte nude!) and are quite build-able depending how opaque you want the color. The peachy undertone of 42-Apricot Nude is just right on me. It’s soft, sweet, nearly-not-there nude.
I recently rediscovered Dior’s Rosy Glow Awakening Blush (in 001 Petal) in my beauty trove and wondered how I could have lost track of it. It goes on light and sheer and accomplishes exactly what blush is used for: to make you look fresh. I dusted this on before taking my place in the processional.
Neutral. Essie Topless and Barefoot. Gotta tone it down if you’re not the main act!
beautiful wedding pictures captured by the talented Steven Gross