Wedding make-up (when you’re a guest)

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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).

A nude, a dark and a bright lipstick


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Instead of sharing a video I thought I’d tell you about two lipsticks that I come back to all the time and a new one that I think will join the others as a firm favourite.

The first, which I have been using for years, is DIOR Sérum De Rouge Luminous Color in Nude Serum 510.

This is so, so lovely. It makes my lips look like I almost have nothing on them, but they look like a perfect version of themselves. It also feels more like I have applied a lip balm rather than a lipstick. Dior claim that it’s anti-ageing, lip plumping and smoothing and generally very good for your lips. I’m sold. Even at £26 know I’ll repurchase time and time again.

The dark lipstick I’ve been wearing recently is Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry 477.

This is quite a big departure for me because I think that my lips are slightly on the thin side and so usually steer clear of anything that is going to emphasise this. However, I saw a make-up look using it in the December 2012 issue of Elle Magazine (page 266) and was convinced to try it. I love the look they have done (and subsequently also bought Red Lacquer which was used too) but also love wearing this patted onto lips to achieve more of a stain, which I think suits less full lips better. Lisa Eldridge has done a brilliant video on wearing dark lipstick using this technique. Having watched it I really want YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 08 Belle de Rose too.

The lipstick that I know really lifts and brightens my face is Rimmel Colour Show Off Lipstick in Kiss Me which, on writing this post, I have discovered is discontinued! Terrible news! I almost didn’t continue to write about it but I love it so much I really feel I have to, perhaps you can find it on Amazon or Ebay… I can’t find it but if you do please leave a comment with the link!

The reason I love it so much is the colour, it seems to really suit my olive complexion and make my eyes brighter, even without any eye make-up. One of my favourite looks with this lipstick is loads of mascara and not much else (except eyebrows, always eyebrows). It can get a little drying if I’m reapplying it through the day but I just add a little balm to counteract this.

Those are three favourites among about 30 others, I might do another post on favourite red lipsticks soon too!