Wow! Ok how do I even start, a lot has happened since my last blog post. I have graduated, got married and started a new job! It has been quite a hectic year, so please forgive me for the complete disappearance on the blog.
Loads of you have asked me who did my make up for the wedding. The truth is I did my own make up, I did a lot of extensive research before doing my make up. So, I thought this blog post would help a lot of you upcoming brides on doing your own make up and saving quite a bit of money on a make up artist.
FACE MAKE UP
MAC Prep + Prime | Primer
I started off with a moisturiser, then continued with the MAC Prep + Prime to prime my face. I chose this primer, because not only did the primer create a matte look it also gave me a glow on the high points on my face, also kept my make up in place for the entire day, which is exactly what a primer is supposed to do. This is the most important thing on your wedding day.
MAC | Colour Corrector Palette
I think out of all the products I used for the wedding, this is my favourite and by far the product I needed the most. As a woman of colour I suffer from dark skin pigmentation around my mouth and under my eyes. I use the orange colour on the bottom right hand side to erase the dark pigmentation. I was honestly shocked how quickly the darkness was counteracted around my mouth. I used a mixture of the top right hand colour and the middle colour on the left hand side to counteract the darkness underneath my eyes. I apply the amount I need and blend it out with a 142 ZOEVA Concealer Brush.
MAKE UP FOREVER | HD Foundation
If you only get one thing I mentioned out of everything it is the ‘Make Up Forever HD Foundation’, this is my favourite foundation at the moment. Full coverage, but still light weight, this is best foundation for brides, it gives you the most amazing glow and the colour variation they offer is unbelievable, the foundation comes with a pump therefore it is not messy to use unlike other foundations I have used in the past.
My favourite thing about this foundation is how well it photographs, it does not make you look cakey at all!
I used 2 pumps of the foundation and apply the foundation with my hands first. Then I use the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge damp to blend out the foundation, this give me the best flawless finish.
MAKE UP FOREVER | HD Concealer
Now for the Highlight + Contour routine, I used the MAKE UP FOREVER HD Concealer for my highlight routine, the product goes hand in hand with the MAKE UP FOREVER HD Foundation. The product is creamy and smooth!
However the one thing I didn’t like about this product is, if I don’t work quickly the product can crease underneath the eyes and it can get very dry, so apply a very small amount first, then build on it if you need to.
I apply the product in a triangle shape underneath my eyes, underneath my contour line under the cheek bone, in order to make the contour pop. Some people may apply it on the chin, but i personally don’t like to, because it can look a bit too much and cakey, which as a bride is not what I am looking for.
Finally once applied you just need to blend the product out with the same beauty blender, however sometimes I do prefer blending it out with my ring finger.
NARS | Concealer + Contour Stick
I previously done a blog post on the NARS Contour Stick. Just click on the link below and it will take you straight there:
Ben Nye | Luxury Banana Powder
Okay guys, now most of you have probably heard of this product from someone or somewhere. I was very nervous about trying this product, because I felt it either will go very well or very bad. Thankfully it actually went very well!!
The product is very easy to use, and the finish is flawless and perfect for a bride! Truly brightened my face and photographed beautifully with or without flash.
I use the Complexion sponge to apply the powder, I tip the powder into the cap, and dipped the pointy side of the sponge in the powder and applied it wherever I used the HD Concealer, so under my eyes and just under my contour.
I leave the product there for a couple of minutes and wipe it away with a powder brush.
Natural Collection | Eyeshadow in ‘Crushed Walnut’
I find it very difficult to find a natural colour as a contour powder, and this is a perfect contour colour for woman of colour. It gives me a natural contour colour, I use the Real Techniques Concealer brush to apply the contour powder, once the NARS Contour Stick has been blended away, this gives me a very chiseled look and sets the cream contour in place.
This is a very inexpensive product and amazing colour pay off!
MAC Studio Fix | Powder Foundation
I initially bought this to use as a powder foundation, however it turned out way too dark for me, so I decided to use it as a contour powder.
I use this powder to follow up from the Natural Collection Crushed Walnut powder, this helps to blend out the harshness of the contour line and i love it!!!!
I use the 127 ZOEVA Luxe Sheer Contour Brush to blend out the contour.
Topshop | Highlighter
So I heard so much about ‘strobing’ which is another way of saying highlighting, out of all the blogposts I read on strobing and all the videos I watched on strobing, the one thing I learned is using a cream highlighter then applying a powder highlighter on top!
Both these highlighters are from Topshop, I honestly believe Topshop highlighters are so good for your money!! I have been using it for so long now!
I start off using the Topshop ‘Glow’ Cream Highlighter, on to the high points of my cheeks, but be careful you only want to use a tiny amount, because it can be quite difficult to blend the cream highlighter.
The big powder highlighter I have been using it for so long now and honestly it is one of my holy grail highlighter. I use my fingers to apply the powder highlighter on top of the cream highlighter and it is the most amazing combination I have used!!!!!
The perfect bridal glow!
Seventeen 17 | Blusher
I’ve never been a fan of blusher, possibly because I find it a nightmare trying to find the right colour for my complexion. However, since I’ve been in sixth form I’ve had this blusher, it is the perfect blush colour for me, it goes perfectly with my bronzer and highlighter!
EYE MAKE UP
MAKE UP GEEK | Eyeshadows
Colour: Creme Brulee
Applied: Under the brow bone
With: 221 ZOEVA Soft Crease Brush
Applied: All over the lid
With: 234 ZOEVA Smoky Shader
Colour: Shimma Shimma
Applied: Middle of lid – catches the light very well
With: 234 ZOEVA Smokey Shader
Colour: Cocoa Bear
Applied: Crease of the eye
With: 224 ZOEVA Crease Brush
Colour: Creme Brulee
Applied: Under the brow bone – Blend the colours and the harsh lines
With: 221 ZOEVA Soft Crease Brush
Applied: Define the outer corner and a tiny bit into the crease
With: 231 ZOEVA Petit Crease Brush
- Afterwards blend with Creme Brulee to get rid of the harsh lines
Applied: Very tiny bit on the outer corner – so it doesn’t come out very harsh
With: 231 ZOEVA Petit Crease Brush
INGLOT | Gel Liner
GUYS! This is the first gel liner I have ever used! and I am sad I didn’t buy this sooner, I had my eye on this for a while, but I never got round to buying it. However, I knew I needed this for the wedding!
It is very smooth to use, it lasts all day! It is actually a pain to take off, because it is waterproof and does not budge!!
And the colour.. OMG the colour is amazing, I’ve never used a eyeliner that is this jet black!
Definitely worth the buy!
LASH Sensational by MAYBELINE + Benefit They’re Real! + MAC False Lashes Extreme Black | Mascara Combo
The LASH Sensational Mascara on its own is very good! Makes your lashes look fuller, longer but not the volume I wanted, so I combined the LASH Sensational with the Benefit They’re Real mascara and it created the best lash combo!
I used the MAC False Lashes Extreme Black for my bottom lashes, I actually got this as a tester from MAC, when I went for a Make Up trial, which brides I definitely recommend it!
EYLURE EXAGGERATE No. 143 | Fake Lashes
I wanted to go for a natural but glam look and these lashes were perfect for this! However I didn’t like the glue that came with the lashes!
I wore three different lashes over the three different days and by far these were my favorite!!
Here is a closer look at the eye look!
MAC Ruby Woo | Matte Lips
I wanted the classic red lip! My friend recommended the MAC Ruby Woo, and oh my I owe her the biggest thank you! This red lipstick was perfect for me! I genuinely believe this colour suits all skin complexions which is very rare
However, I did find the red very bright, so I lined my lips with the Topshop Red Lip Liner first! Using a lip liner before applying the lipstick, allows the lipstick to stay on the lips longer.
After I applied the lipstick, I used the MAC Current Lip Liner so the red isn’t as bright and create a bit of an ombre lip! Just to darken the outer lines of the lip.
Just To Finish The Look…
MAC Fix+ | Setting Spray
For my engagement as you guys know I used the Urban Decay Setting Spray …
GUYS I think I actually prefer the MAC Fix+ over the Urban Decay Setting Spray! I can’t believe I’m saying that! The setting spray made my make up last the entire day and kept me refreshed!
TIP: If you spray the Fix+ directly where you applied your highlight on the cheekbones, it makes the highlight stand out like anything you have ever seen!!
So guys thats it! That is my wedding make up, and it worked perfectly for me and I hope the products and the little tips and tricks works for you as well! Let me know if there are any products I have mentioned you would like a in depth review about!
I am planning on doing a review on the ZOEVA Brushes soon!
Thank you for reading guys!