I made a video on how I fill in my own sparse and over-plucked (never to return) brows. Click the image below to watch it!
Got a last minute invitation to a swanky do? Or spent too much of Saturday on the sofa and now find yourself with only 15 minutes to get ready for your night out? Here are some tips for getting glam when you’re short of time.
Here are a few extra tips for success:
This post is coming a little later than I planned but I’m sure so many people still have weddings to go to this year – I know I am four down with two more to go!
Similarly to bridal make-up, when you’re a guest at a wedding you want to choose products with longevity. You might not be suffering from nervous sweats like the bride but you’re still potentially spending the day in the sun, and you’ll definitely be eating and drinking.
Most likely, this also isn’t a time to go for something that is a big departure from what you usually wear. You want to enjoy the day feeling confident and relaxed and not worry that your Nicki Minaj eyelashes have come unstuck or that you have just left a two-tone lipstick mark on the mother of the bride’s cheek.
That said, there’s nothing stopping you from upping the ante a little – it’s a special occasion after all!
If you usually go for muted tones on your eyes, you could try a pop of copper which flatters all eye colours. Mac’s Woodwinked is perfect. Blend it in all over the eyelid and into the socket – the sheeny texture magically stays bright over the lid while defining the socket so there’s no need to add something darker.
For base, try adding a little moisturiser to your foundation of choice to avoid looking too cakey in the sun. Use concealer to cover any imperfections. If you’re in the market for a new base I love YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat and Garnier BB Miracle Skin Perfector Oil Free.
For lips you want to choose something that isn’t going to need touching up every five minutes. You could either go for a natural nude-y gloss (I wear Barry M Lip Gloss in 11 Coral almost every day) or there are lots of lipstick/balm/gloss/stain formulations around at the moment that are very easy to wear. Try YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Lip in number 15 or Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendevous – both shades look fantastic with Woodwinked.
Here are a few make-up tutorials that I think work really well for a wedding guest look:
Tanya Burr’s Victoria’s Secret model make-up tutorial: Miranda Kerr (I appreciate a Victoria’s Secret model look might be a surprising choice but the make-up is so pretty and actually totally appropriate!)
Nic of Pixiwoo’s own wedding day make-up tutorial (Although a bridal look, works perfectly for a guest too).
Wedding/special occasion look by Lisa Eldridge (I’ve said before how totally, incredibly wonderful I think Lisa is – this is another beautiful look from her).
Whether you plan to do your own make-up or choose to have a make-up artist on the day, the most helpful thing you can do is collect lots of images of make-up looks you like. Look at them all together and pick out the themes. Have you chosen all natural styles? Maybe you’ve selected images where the skin is golden and glowing, or perhaps 60s inspired eyeliner flicks and a classic red lip? Whatever it is that you love, this will provide great inspiration for your bridal make-up.
Remember that your wedding day isn’t the time to try out a bold new look. When you walk down the aisle you want your groom to go weak at the knees at the sight of the girl he fell in love with – surprise should not be an emotion he is feeling at this point! This is the time to use your make-up to look like the best version on you.
With this in mind, along with your inspiration images, you should be thinking along the lines of enhancing what nature gave you. So, natural-looking skin (regardless of the coverage you prefer from your foundation it should always look natural), prettily defined eyes with fluttery lashes, a fresh blush of colour over cheeks, a touch of highlighter over cheekbones (and maybe also swept over forehead, down the centre of your nose and on your cupids bow – but be careful not to over-do it otherwise you risk looking more sweaty than glowy), and a lip colour that is one or two shades away from your natural colour (this will be the most flattering and won’t make your groom afraid to kiss you for fear of a) messing it up or b) donning it himself).
If you are doing your own make-up book yourself in for a consultation with brands who excel at natural make-up looks, like Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier. Chat to the make-up artist and gather as many tips as you can. Important things are how to give your make-up staying power (primer and really taking time to work products into the skin) and flattering colours for your skin tone.
These are the products I used and loved on my wedding day:
Creamy concealer kit – Bobbi Brown (LOVE this)
Pot Rouge in Blushed Rose – Bobbi Brown (as a base for powder blusher – makes it last 10 times longer)
Pigment pot in Gold Mode – Mac (to highlight inner corners of eyes) (argh – discontinued! Try Melon instead)
Glam Eyes Liquid Liner in Black Glamour – Rimmel (the best I’ve tried and a bargain)
Lip Pencil in No. 22 – Make Up Forever (Try Mac Lip Liner in Spice too)
All my brushes from Make Up Forever, Mac and Bobbi Brown.
If you are getting married, or just want some personalised make-up and beauty advice, leave a comment and I will get in touch!
Products I’m coveting right now:
YSL Volupte Sheer Candy 4 – I want to try this out, I have a feeling that I might find it a bit too sheer.
Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturiser – I got this for Christmas last year and have since finished the bottle. I haven’t bought it again yet because it’s rather expensive, but I love it so will repurchase when I’ve saved up.
Dior Amber Diamond highlighter – This has been on my wish list ever since I saw this video from Tanya Burr when she did Made in Chelsea’s Millie Mackintosh’s make up – watch the video and you’ll want it too.
Dior Show Iconic mascara – Hands down the best mascara I have ever used, it is amazing. Having said that I should also mention that my friend, Nell, bought this after I had been waxing lyrical about it and was so disappointed with it that she gave it away. But, for me, it is the best for beautifully big and curl eyelashes. My current one is drying out so this is a definitely repurchase.
Dior Rouge Serum in 510 – Another repurchase; this is a really beautiful nude that makes lips look like the best version of themselves. Dior also say it is a ‘treatment’ product, plumping and smoothing lips – got to love that. I’d quite like it in a brighter colour too – I bought the raspberry shade (760) and try as I might I’ve had to finally admit that it just does nothing for me. Something about it is too grown up but a bright pink I think would be lovely.
Tom Ford Santal Blush Eau de Parfum – I don’t actually know if I want this or not yet – I haven’t smelt it! But I do want to after watching A Model Recommends’ fragrance video. Part of me hopes I don’t like it – so expensive!
Mac eyeshadows – in Mulch, Charcoal Brown, Wedge, Cranberry, and for brows, Brun, Mystery, Concrete and Coquette. All recommendations from Tanya Burr of Pixi2woo and Sam Chapman of Pixiwoo.
Diane Von Furstenberg Diane Eau de Parfum – Another I’m yet to smell but I’ve heard good things.
Mac lipstick in Ruby Woo – A classic red and Rihanna wears it.
A tinted moisturiser – For which I will look to A Model Recommends for, er, recommendations.
A foundation from By Terry – Not sure which one will be best for me yet but as these are by the lady who create YSL’s Touche Eclat I’m excited.
Suquu Eyebrow Liquid Pen – Recommended by Lisa Eldridge so you know it’s good.
Nars blush in Exhibit A and Sin – Exhibit A looks completely outrageous in the pan but used carefully it gives a beautiful and natural flush – it was recommended to me by wedding make-up artist. Sin is recommended by Tanya Burr (through Fleur de Force).
Nars bronzer in Laguna – I’ve heard so many good things about this and it’s believable shade.
Nars Velvet Matt Lip Pencil – I had forgotten about these until I just came across them on the Nars website when I was getting the links for the products above. A friend used this on a night out and it was gorgeous and lasted all night. I think she had the shade Never Say Never.