18 January 2016

My Bridesmaid Makeup Plan

After what feels like a year of counting-down, it's now only next weekend that my best friend finally walks down the isle and I have the absolute honour of being her one and only bridesmaid. It's my first time, and I'm not going to lie, my only worry is a clumsy stumble as I make my entrance but other than that, my excitement for her big day is currently on another level. Not only that, I'm delighted to be doing her makeup and whilst her bridal bits have been purchased - we pretty much spent a whole day shopping for it and it was the ultimate dream - a trail has taken place, and is soon to be followed by another, so she's sorted for that side of things. That said, I've only just had a think about my bridesmaid makeup plan, but with years of wedding makeup application in the bag, I've got a feeling I've got this one sorted...

Face. Since the This Works In Transit Camera Close-up primer delivers photo ready skin and hydrates day long doubling-up as a moisturising mask too, I think it's my best option here. Foundation wise, one of the only SPF-free choices in my stash is Cover FX's Custom Cover Drops - it's as natural-looking as can be, lasts longtime and being customisable, I can build up the coverage where needed. I might be blending it in with a little moisturiser as mixed with the TW primer tends to turn the texture funny. I'll be going in with NARS' Radiant Creamy number for the areas that need something extra (aka my darkest of circles) and setting everything in place with Hourglass' powder from the Ambient Lighting Palette for a finish that's silky, not cake-y and that will keep shine at bay even whilst I'm up cutting some shapes on the dance floor. The bronzer and highlight will also come into play to give me some colour, contour and an all-round glow, then I've got their Ambient Lighting Blush palette to hand - I usually swish the two pinks together to add some colour to my cheeks. Unfortunately both palettes are out of stock, but you can create something similar with the swoon-worthy Ambient Lighting Edit.

Eyes. Beginning with brows, I'll be reaching for S&G's Archery Brow Pen & Pencil for some shape and precision. To prime my lids, I've got a sample of theBalm's Put a Lid On It still going strong - it keeps creasing at bay and helps my shadow stay put. Speaking of which, I'm thinking of using Charlotte Tilbury's The Dolce Vita Palette for the gold champagne shade and the shimmery chocolate brown for a natural, slightly smoky eye. I'll most probably create a bit of a wing with my Eye of Horus Liquid Define before lashings of Charlotte Tilbury's Full Fat Lashes mascara for lengthened, volumised flutters followed by Anastasia's Lash Genius, a clear water topcoat to seal everything in and to save me when I get a little teary (I definitely will).

Lips. I'm keeping it simple with a slick of Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Lustre in Seduction that I can swipe on throughout the day and evening. It's a nude-y pink hue with a glossy sheen that's not sticky in the slightest and will work just perfectly with all of the above.

There'll be no sneaky-peeks of my bridesmaid face just yet, but I'll be sure to let you know what makeup went down on the day with follow-up photos and maybe even a tutorial if that'd be of any interest to you wedding guests or if you yourself will be tying the knot this year?...

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