Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Woes and Wins of My Wedding Day Makeup

I've got time. Yes, I know I have lots and lots of time to figure this all out, but give me a break, people! I've been planning my wedding since I was 12 (this isn't an exaggeration)! Couple that with how much I love makeup, and it just wouldn't be possible for me to wait until closer to the Spring 2015 date to figure out my "look" for the big day.

Today I'm going to share with you a few of the products I've decided on for my bridal makeup, and then a few areas I'm still trying to figure out. 

My whole "feel" on my wedding day is romantic and delicate. This weekend I purchased my first ever MAC lipstick in Creme Cup. It is a very universally flattering soft pink. It also feels very nice on the lips!

Moving onto the cheeks, using a Tarte blush was almost a no-brainer. They're well-known as a long-lasting, waterproof and highly-pigmented blush (wow I apparently really enjoy compound words). This was important to me as blush tends to wear off almost faster than lipstick! I chose the shade "Exposed" because, like Creme Cup, it is universally flattering and will go well with any "look" I choose. 

For my eyes, although I still haven't figured out exactly what shades I will use, I'm thinking the palettes I will dive into will be the Lorac Pro palette and/or the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I'll update the world when I figure it out, because I know this is incredibly fascinating stuff that is keeping everyone on the edge of their seats. 


Foundation. Oh how I love and loathe you at the same time. Normally, I would know exactly what I wanted to use, but with a wedding there is this tricky little factor called (dun dun dunnnnn) FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY! *shutter* With flash photography comes this terrible thing called "flashback" where certain ingredients in foundations or powders will cause the flash to "bounce back" and make a white cast on your face, causing you to be easily mistaken for a ghost. 

Now it's not the professional photos I'm worried about, because they are trained to combat this. It's the people who will be taking iPhone or personal camera photos with me. 

I'm frustrated and confused because I have already done a LOT of research on foundations and powders that are supposed to be great for flash photography. However, on me, everything has caused that flashback when I try it out and then do an iphone selfie with flash. I've tried Revlon colorstay, Makeup Forever HD, Urban Decay Naked, Covergirl 3in1, and Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme. 

Casper. All of them. So I'm out of ideas, kids. 

PLEASE LEAVE ME SUGGESTIONS!!! For the record, the powder I've been using over it is Rimmel Stay Matte and I have not been putting a moisturizer with SPF underneath. Just Benefit Porefessional primer.
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