Towards the end of February, my parents, sisters, dogs and myself headed up to Scotland for a few days as one of my cousins was getting married. The day itself was absolutely beautiful, the ceremony was so lovely, the decorations were gorgeous, and the bride looked absolutely stunning. It was really nice to get away for a few days, as well as catch up with some of my Scottish family, but it all ended too soon and before I knew it we were home and back to reality again. As we were travelling by car, I had to pack a small(ish) bag and therefore needed to mentally prepare what makeup I would be wearing for the wedding itself, as well as the few days around it. This turned out to be a lot harder than I originally anticipated, and whilst I did try to be constrictive with my choices, it didn’t work out too well and I still ended up bringing a lot of makeup with me. So today I thought I would show you guys and talk you through the choices I made, and what makeup I wore on the day of my cousins wedding.
When doing a ‘full face’ of makeup, I always prefer to do my eye makeup first, so that any product fall out or mistakes don’t mess up my the rest of my makeup. I started by priming my eyelids and under eye area with Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray Primer, which I absolutely love, as it colour corrects and ensures my eye makeup stays in place all day.
Once the primer had set, I then began on my eyeshadow. I chose to use my beloved Naked Smoky Palette along with two of my Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in ‘Shimma Shimma’ & ‘Grandstand’. I applied Urban Decay’s ‘Combust’ all over the lid, then blended ‘Whiskey’ into my outer corner and crease. I tend to use Makeup Geeks ‘Shimma Shimma’ as a highlight as it’s honestly the most beautiful shade, so in this case, I applied it to my inner corner and very lightly on my brow bone. Makeup Geek’s ‘Grandstand’ steals the show here though, as this is such an incredibly pigmented, shimmery and utterly gorgeous shade, and is my favourite (Check out my full Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Collection post including swatches). I applied this to the centre of my lid, and blended it out, which is my favourite way to use this beautiful shadow, it really makes the final look pop!
For my brows, I used Benefit’s Gimme Brow (which I forgot to photo, ooops), to shape them and set the individual hairs. Then to fill my brows in, I use Illamasqua’s Precision Brow Gel with a very light hand. I have the shade ‘Strike’ which matches the natural colour of my brows perfectly, and once it’s applied and blended out it’s not budging anywhere which is fab. I then tight lined my eyes with Urban Decay’s 24/7 Pencil in ‘Supply’ and blended a tiny bit under my lash line.
I own quite a few pairs of false eyelashes, but without a doubt my favourites, and the ones I use the most often are my beloved ESQIDO Lashes in the style ‘Unforgettable’* (review here). These are high quality Mink lashes, that are just enough to add a bit of length and volume, without weighing down or swamping my eyes. They give a lovely, natural looking winged out effect to my lashes, which in turn opens up my eyes – I absolutely love them! Benefit’s Roller Lash (review here) wins the title of my favourite mascara of the moment, as it stays put all day, and gives my lashes such a lovely curl. When paired with the false lashes, this combo lifts my natural lashes, and widens my eyes – which is always helpful when you have a lazy eye!
Since I was attending a wedding, I really wanted a foundation that was full coverage, but also one that would last me throughout the day time ceremony, as well as the after party. I opted for my current favourite – Vichy’s Dermablend* (review here), and I’m definitely glad that I did. The coverage is unlike anything else I own, and it literally stayed put throughout the whole day, which was perfect. I started my base by applying Soap & Glory’s One Heck of a Blot Primer all over, and then after a few minutes I went in with my beloved damp Beauty Blender to apply my Dermablend foundation. After my foundation was complete, I lightly dusted Maybelline’s Matte Maker all over my face to set it, and proceeded on to my concealer. I applied my favourite concealer – Rimmel’s Wake Me Up in a triangle shape under my eyes and blended it out with one of my mini Beauty Blender’s. This concealer is great at brightening the under eye area, the coverage is really good and it doesn’t crease on me – it’s perfect!
To set my concealer and highlight my under eye area even further, I used the pale yellow shade from my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Diffused Light. When I first bought this palette I was worried that I wouldnt get much use out of it since it was a bit of a splurge, but it’s safe to say that I absolutely love it and use it all of the time! Plus it has to be the most beautiful palette I own, isn’t it just gorgeous?!
Next, it was time to move onto attempting to sculpt my face that little bit more. To do this, I always begin with the contouring, and for this I use a mixture of cream and powder products. My favourite contouring product from them all has to be Clinique’s Chubby Sculpting Contour Stick, which I absolutely adore as it’s the perfect contour shade. When I don’t want to go extreme, I just draw a thin line of this underneath my cheekbone, making sure that this doesn’t go any further than in line with the corner of my eye, just so it adds a little definition without being too much. After blending out with Crown’s Contour Brush, I then dab a tiny amount of the darkest powder from Makeup Revolution’s Contour Palette over the top, and blend blend blend. The slightly lighter shade on the left that I’ve pointed to in the MR palette I use for around my forehead and sides of my face and nose, applied with a larger brush and a very light hand.
After contouring it’s time to add blush and a bit of highlight. My favourite blush of all time has to be Benefit’s Rockateur, which is a lovely muted rose gold shade, that compliments my complexion perfectly. This is definitely my most worn blush (it’s a repurchase, hence the pan looking pretty new), and I literally wear it all of the time as it goes with such a multitude of makeup looks – including the one I was ‘creating’ for the wedding. After applying this to the apples of my cheeks and blending out, it’s onto the highlight. Usually I opt for my Mary-Lou Manizer but since that is a pretty ‘full on’ highlight, I decided to go with something a bit more subtle in the form of Hourglass’ Dim Light. I lightly applied this to the tops of my cheeks, the centre of my nose, and my cupids bow, to give a slightly glowy look.
When choosing the lipstick I was going to wear for the wedding, my only specification was that the shade was as close to the colour of my dress as possible. I thought I was going to have to buy a new one (oh what a shame…) until I realised that the gorgeous KIKO lipstick and matching liner I bought recently (KIKO haul here) matched perfectly. Although I wouldn’t describe either the lip liner or lipstick as drying, I always like to apply a balm underneath when I know I will be wearing and topping up my lipstick throughout the whole day. My lip balm of choice at the moment is NUXE’s Reve De Miel in the stick format. Whilst the balm in the jar is absolutely amazing, it is incredibly thick and I find that this version is much better for slapping on underneath any lip products as it’s a lot thinner in consistency yet just as nourishing.
After the balm, I applied KIKO’s Creamy Comfort Lip Liner in 315 – Intense Mauve all over my lips. This is the most long wearing lip liner that I own – it honestly didn’t budge all day, so realistically I didn’t even need to wear the lipstick over the top. However, I did so because the KIKO Gossamer Emotion Creamy Lipstick gives a much nicer overall finish, and as the name suggests, feels really creamy on the lips. I’m a bit fan of both the liner and the lipstick, I think I need to make another KIKO order and pick up a few more shades!
I wasn’t actually planning on writing this post at the time of the wedding, so I didn’t actually take any proper photos of my makeup to be used in this post. I’ve just nabbed these quick selfies I posted on snapchat (emilykate21 incase you’re interested…) on the day, so apologies for the rubbish quality and the fact you can’t really see my makeup properly!! I hope you’ve enjoyed having a look into what makeup I wore on the day of my cousins wedding, it was such a lovely day, and I was so happy to be a part of it!
What did you think of the makeup I used for the wedding? Would you use any of these products if you were attending a wedding? As always, I’d love to have a read of your thoughts in the comments, and thank you so much for reading!