Although I have a lot of interest in skincare, make up and general beauty chatter, I am not one to wear particularly dramatic or adventurous looks on my face. I have a basic routine I stick to, and while I like to switch up the products I use, the look I achieve is fairly… average.
Which is one of the reasons why I have opted to do my own make up for the wedding day. Not that I want to look “average”, per se, and I have no doubt that a professional would do a great job for me. But as much as I would like to look my best on the day, I am so looking forward to the time I will have with my bridesmaids while we all make up our faces and help each other with our hair (yes, I am also doing that myself). I think that so many things will feel foreign and exciting and scary on the day, I will appreciate taking time over my usual routine of doing up my face and getting ready.
Having said that, over the past few months I have been on the lookout for and experimenting with some popular products. The following are ones that I plan to include on the day:
Stila “In the Light” Palette
I love this palette. I don’t own the Naked palette so I can’t compare, but the quality, pigmentation and colour of these eye shadows are perfect for someone who sticks to neutrals. Especially worn over…
Maybelline EyeStudio Colour Tattoo (in Permanent Taupe)
This is a steal for the price. For me, it acts as an eyeshadow primer as well as a wash of base colour. It lasts forever and is a great colour for asian eyes.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation
I was recommended this by the lady at the counter, as it gives nearly just as much coverage as the Double Wear, but it is much less heavy and suitable for a summertime wedding. I have fairly decent skin, but it gives me a much more even complexion and lasts all day.
RMK Control Color (in Silver)
This is gorgeous used as a highlighter. It is probably a less intense version of something like High Beam from Benefit, it gives a lovely shine to the cheek bones without being too sparkly or heavy. The “Silver” colour is more of a very pale pink.
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Do I even need to say anything about this product? It does what it says on the tin.
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
This is a cult product, and it’s easy to see why. I splurged on the mini bottle, which costs a whopping 20 pounds, but as I don’t intend to use this every day, it will last me a while. It makes the make up on your skin look fresh in the heat, and creates a great canvas for your foundation. I’m a fan.
MAC Powder Blush (in Harmony)
This is the best contour shade that I have found (the colour is a bit off in that picture!). I used Benefit Hoola for a while, but it was too orange for my liking, and this reddish-brown shade suits my skin colour much more. It may be an unlikely candidate for a contouring product, but give it a shot.
I am still undecided about the eyeliner and mascara…I am tempted to try the Smashbox Waterproof Liquid Liner Pen, and the overwhelmingly popular They’re Real (although it worries me that it’s not waterproof.)