Welcome to the second and final part of Marta’s wedding series!
Happy Thursday everyone! Today I have an extra special post because it is about the beautiful Marta’s wedding day makeup. I had the honor of doing her makeup on the special day. I’m going to talk about the techniques I used, the makeup I used, and why I did what I did. I hope this is helpful if you have a special event coming up.
Let’s first talk about the completed look for a second. I decided to go with a very pink themed look for two reasons. First of all, pink is on the opposite side of the color wheel from blue, so I knew the pink would make her eyes pop. The second reason is because Marta is not a daily makeup wearer and darker colors like brown for example were going too look to “startling” to her. I chose to do a halo eye technique (described later) with the eye shadow to make her eyes bright in the center and so that they would “pop.” Lastly, Marta opted for a no foundation look on her wedding day, a girl after my own heart. As mentioned in my previous post, I don’t wear foundation for a multitude of reasons. Marta decided not to wear any for very similar reasons to me, so check out my post for more information. Now onto the makeup.
I started off with the eye shadow because the palette I used has fallout (eye shadow that lands on your face) and I didn’t want to ruin her base makeup. To prime her eyelids (to make sure the eye shadow stays in place all day) I used concealer and my RCMA No Color Powder. Next, I laid a base for the halo eye. A halo eye is darker on each side of your eyelid and lightest in the middle. The base I used was the Eyestudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Inked in Pink and I applied it only to the center of the lid. Then I used the Covergirl truNaked Roses Palette to create the halo eye. I first used the 3rd color from the left and used that in the creases and on the edges of the eye. To understand where I put the shadow please see the image below on the left(note: not actual eye shadow just drawn on using Photoshop, make sure to blend the eye shadow in real life!!)
Next, I used the 5th shadow from the left to deepen up the halo eye. This time I applied it only to the sides and then once the brush no longer had color on it I blended it into the crease. To understand the placement please see the image above on the right. Then, to deepen up the look a little bit I used the 3rd shadow from the right in the same area but very lightly. Then, over the base I added the 4th shadow from the left to intensify the shininess. I highly, highly recommend wetting your brush before using this shadow. What I mean by that is that I rubbed my brush in the shadow, sprayed it with setting spray, and then applied it to the lid. This is called foiling an eye shadow and it kicks up the intensity and longevity.
Now time for the base. Even though Marta did not wear foundation does not mean there wasn’t a crap ton of products on her face. I started with two primers, the first was the Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer which helps to smooth out pores. I applied this to the cheeks, nose, and chin in a rubbing and patting motion. Next, I used the L’Oreal Magic Lumi Primer which adds a nice glow to the face so I applied it mostly to the cheekbones. After priming it’s time to use concealer! Marta had very little imperfections on her skin but the spots that she needed concealer I added the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Fair 10 and blended it in with a Beauty Blender (WET IT). I then corrected her under eye circles using the Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector in Peach Bisque which I applied only to purple/blue dark circles. Then I used the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15 applied in a triangle shape under her eyes and onto the center of her face (nose, forehead, chin) to brighten. I blended all this out using the Beauty Blender again.
Whew! That’s a lot of steps for a base without foundation. Yeah, I agree, but it is so worth it in the end.
Next, I baked under eyes using the RCMA No Color Powder. Baking is a technique from drag makeup where you apply a ton of powder somewhere and let it sit for 5-10 minutes before wiping it off for the heat from your body to “bake” the powder in and make your concealer flawless and super long lasting. I applied it by dipping the wet beauty blender into the powder and patting it on under Marta’s eyes and leaving it for about 5 minutes. I set the rest of her face with the same powder but using a large fluffy brush to lock everything in.
Moving right along, I very lightly contoured her face using the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium just along her jaw line. Unsure where to place the contour? Hold your finger along your cheek until you feel your cheek bone and then contour there or slightly above depending on your face shape. Over top the contour I used the wonderful Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in the Bronzer Shade. I bronze in the same area as contour but more messily.
For the blush I decided to go with a blush that matched the eyes so I used the H&M blush in Cameo Pink. Freaking love this stuff (hence it having its own post) and I think it looks gorgeous with pretty much any look but especially with this one. I also layered over it a glowy blush so that Marta could be glowing to the gods (it was her wedding after all!) and for that I used the Murumuru Butter Blush by Physician’s Formula. Last thing I added to the face was highlight, to make her even more glowy. I layered two highlights because I like the effect it gives. I first used the Wet N’ Wild Reserve Your Cabana which gives a natural yet glowing look. I put that on the cheekbones up and over the brow bone in a “C” shape, brought it down the bridge of the nose and onto the chin as well. Then I used the Essence Pure Nude Highlight only on the cheekbone to amp up the glow.
To finish up the face I filled in her eyebrows to pull everything together. I filled them in using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown and then used the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Light to Medium to hold the brows in place.
To finish up the halo eye I basically copied the work I did on the top eyelid onto the lower lash line. I used darker colors on the outside and a bright shade in the middle. I added the first color on the left of the Covergirl palette to the inner corner to open up the eyes.
Before putting on mascara I sprayed Marta’s face with my favorite setting spray (oh, would you look at that, it has its own post!). I let it dry and then had Marta apply waterproof mascara to herself because frankly that is where my skill ends.
To finish it all off, I put Maybelline’s Touch of Spice lipstick on Marta.
And that is how we achieved Marta’s wedding day makeup look! Marta and I both loved how the final result came out and I hope you learned something along the way. I am so glad I got to be a part of this beautiful day!