Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mr. & Mrs. Cheeky: A FOTBD, Some Wedding Pictures, and A Few Thoughts

For those of you that have been waiting patiently: I have wedding pictures!
I've also compiled a valuable list of things that I learned along the way.

© Photographs by Tia

Lets start with the obvious. My makeup on the big day ended up being nothing like the planned looks I posted in my FOTBD series (here and here). I ultimately decided that I wanted a glowy warmth, and for lack of a better way to describe it I winged my makeup last minute. Perhaps not what you'd expect from a beauty blogger, but I was more than thrilled with the outcome!

Face
Garnier Skin Renewal Anti Dark Circle Roller (tinted)
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Palette
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette 
Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation 
MAC MSF Natural Medium 
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Exposed

Eyes
Benefit Instant Brow in Light
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
MAC shadows All That Glitters (all over lid), Woodwinked (crease), Shroom (inner corner & brow highlight) 
Benefit Bad Gal Lash 
Laura Mercier False Lashes 

Lips
MAC Lipstick Patisserie
© Photographs by Tia

 A few things I learned along the way ...

1. Rest and tranquility are the best makeup you can wear on your wedding day. 
No matter how wonderful your makeup artist is, no amount of makeup can fake the glow of a relaxed, glowing bride. Be certain to get a good nights sleep in the days (even weeks) leading up to your wedding, and keep your eye on the prize: wedding planning can be stressful, but this is supposed to be the happiest day of your life! Enjoy yourself and it will show on the big day.

2.Test your lip products with your hubby-to-be.
I briefly considered wearing fire engine red lipstick on my wedding day ... until I realized I'd leave my husband looking like the joker after our smooch at the alter. I was less self-conscious about our kiss knowing that my lipstick was subtle enough that the color wouldn't transfer, and it was no skin off my back doing a few "kiss tests" with several different products. As you know by now I ultimately selected MAC's Patisserie lipstick and it's now become my #1 favorite of all time.

3. Test your makeup and skincare products. Period.
Though I've been blessed with well-behaved skin in terms of acne, I suffer from eczema and I'm allergic to unexpected things (aloe in lotion, for example). I certainly made sure I was 100% familiar with everything that would be going on my face in the days leading up to the wedding, but I would recommend that for any bride.

4. Brighten the eyes with false lashes. 
Never a big false lash girl, I opted for Laura Mercier's subtle "Corner" set. I wanted to make my eyes pop, but I wanted to keep my makeup natural. These lashes gave me a doe-eyed appearance, and I looked fresh and awake the entire night even though our wedding was exhausting (in the best way)!

5. Be yourself. 
To me this tip is the most important. Makeup artists, hair stylists, wedding vendors, wedding planners etc. are eager to please during the most exciting time of your life. It is certainly easy to get swept up in the excitement of all the options and possibilities. Despite the million dollar wedding that are pushed at us from left and right in magazines and on television, your wedding will feel like a million bucks if you stay true to your personality as a couple. Make sure that you feel like yourself when you're wearing your makeup and dress, when you're picking out flowers and colors, from a to z you should feel comfortable.

My wonderful friends enjoying the rockabilly band.

© Photographs by Tia

What are your favorite big event/wedding makeup related tips?