Welcome to wedding season! So fair this year I’ve been to a 25th wedding anniversary and one out of the three weddings I’m attending this summer. So naturally I thought I’d share my go-to wedding guest makeup that’s very simple and gives you a glowing complexion. Plus it can be accomplished in 20 minutes. Win!
This summer seems to be one of the hottest and sunniest we’ve had in the UK for many many years, so I initially a little stumped with what to bring in my makeup bag. In the end I think I brought half my collection with me as a ‘just in case I need this…’ Does anyone else do this and then never use 90% of what’s in your makeup bag? Because, same!
I didn’t fancy doing anything complicated – correction, I never do anything complicated haha! I prefer something simple, yet fresh looking and radiant, without it melting down my face half way through the day. In this weather the last part was key, and the makeup I used held up
surprisingly very well.
Let’s dive in shall we…
After my normal skincare routine [you can read that post here] I used the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer which I’ve been using for a while now and still love. I’m not entirely sure if it makes my makeup last longer, but it does make my base makeup look great whenever I use it, so that’s always a plus.
Say hello to my new favourite base: the Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturiser [you can read it here]. I have the shade ‘Terre Neuve’ because I’m very pale – so much so that when foundations say ‘ivory’ or ‘porcelain’ or ‘fair’ I’m always dubious whether they’d actually match me or whether the undertone is so prominent that it makes the shade 2-3 shades darker than my skin tone. But thankfully this shade was a perfect match.
Although it says it’s a tinted moisturiser it does possess some coverage, as well as an amazing amount of radiance that doesn’t make you look oily *phew*. I’ve still got to play around with his product a bit more, but make sure you check out the full product review in the coming future.
Now it’s time for concealer. I’m still deciding what concealer is my number one for under my eyes, but the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in the shade ‘Fair Warm’ is a pretty good one. It’s creamy, so it needs to be set (lightly) with a powder – especially during this hot weather, but it brightens under the eyes without looking cakey. So it gets a thumbs up from me.
When the Revolution Conceal & Define concealer came out there was a lot of hype around it, especially as it’s said to be a dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape. Unfortunately I cannot say whether this is true or not as I have never tried Tarte’s infamous concealer, however I did like this concealer to cover blemishes and any other redness that was still showing through. I use the shade ‘C3’.
To set my base makeup I used the Too Faced Peach Perfect setting powder [full review coming soon], which you can purchase singularly or as part of a set that comes a deluxe size of the Peach primer and setting mist, as well as a full size of their best selling mascara [you can buy it here]- an amazing deal! This powder has swiftly become my all time favourite loose powder, even higher than my trusty Laura Mercier translucent powder, as it doesn’t look powdery on my skin and has a slight blurring quality that makes my skin look incredible.
My favourite bronzer at the moment is the Benefit Hoola Lite, a lighter version on their infinite Hoola bronzer. You can’t go wrong with this bronzer, no matter how fair you are. I find that I need to build it up quite a bit if I want to look like I’ve caught the sun, however I much prefer having to build it up than having to have a minor panic and attempt to tone it down with my foundation brush. Definitely give this a try if you have a fair-light complexion.
Recently I haven’t been doing too much to my brows. Partly out of laziness, and the other due to the fact I don’t want to spend a full 5 minutes on my brows and I’m not into those drawn on Instagram brows (no offence to anyone who loves them, they just don’t suit me). So instead I use my Glossier Boy Brow in the shade ‘blonde’ to give my brows a fluffy natural look, whilst also keeping them in place.
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I decided not to use any eye shadow. Partly because I was dealing with the end of an eye irritation and didn’t want to set it off again, but also because it’s so lovely and sunny that I know I’d be wearing my sunglasses for 94% of the day, so why bother? I did, however, use the Glossier Lash Slick mascara [read my full review here] which is my current favourite mascara for separation and a light, natural volume to my lashes. Surprisingly this held up extremely well, even though I thought it might smudge seen as it was blisteringly hot when I wore this look.
I purchased the Rimmel lip liner in ‘Tiramisu’ on a whim and I have to admit I was very impressed. The colour is like a combination of a nudie pink and brown, which gives a natural exaggeration to my lips, making them look fuller and pumper. I tend to use lip liner all over my lips as I find that this help my lipstick to survive longer, whilst also giving the lipstick a bit of a colour boost.
Although my L’Oreal lipstick in ‘630’ is in the limited edition Cannes packaging, the shade itself is not a limited edition. This shade is a beautiful nudie-pink, very natural looking and gives you a ‘my lips but better’ look. Perfect for a simple put together look. Can you see a theme with this makeup look? Hahaha.
And finally, to set everything so it doesn’t melt off my face within the half an hour of being in this heat, the good ol’ Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray is my go-to setting spray for my oily/combo skin. This way I have a radiant base from the Nars Tinted Moisturiser, and the setting spray to keep most of my oils in check. A match made in oily skin heaven? It just might be.
Of course the heat we’re experiencing in the UK is quite abnormal, and isn’t made any better from the fact we don’t air-con, so it’s always wise to carry a powder / blotting sheets / beauty sponge to touch up your makeup – especially if you have oily skin. I did have to touch up a couple of times because hello 27 degrees! But I found that my beauty blender worked a treat with this makeup look, as did a midday powder touch up.
What are your go-to wedding makeup products? Any you’d recommend that last from morning to dancing the evening away?
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