InTruBeauty: Summer Wedding Makeup

Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Wedding Makeup

Hello beautiful ladies/brides!  This post isn't necessarily just for our ladies getting married, it's really for anyone who has a special occasion where you NEED your makeup to stay all day and be fantastic.  I got married exactly a year ago today (7/16/11) so I thought, what better timing to do a post on wedding makeup?  I'll tell you some of my favorite tips and tell you exactly what I used!
PS- I do own the rights to these pictures but rather than dig them up on my computer, I cut and pasted them from our photographer's website.  If you are from WI or MN, I highly recommend Janet Mootz Photography!

1.  Buy all your favorite products that you know have great staying power.  This is not a day to skimp or buy a cheaper product or try something new.  Stick with what you KNOW works.

2.  Even if your skin is flawless, shoot for medium to full coverage (not sheer) makeup.  It looks better on camera, especially the HD cameras that photographers use, and it bumps your look up a notch.

3.  If you're not 100% confident in your own skills, have a pro do it.  In that case, you should definitely get a trial so you can go over what you like and what you don't ahead of time.  Have a salon work on your face, not someone at the mall.  Why?  Because mall employees' top priority is to sell, so even if you have an appointment, if someone comes to their counter, they HAVE to help them.  It's their job.  You want to be the queen of your makeup appointment and be confident you'll get out of there on time.

4.  If you are going to do your own makeup, practice several times.  Really take your time and allot yourself an hour to do it.  Make sure you blend your foundation so there's no makeup line, spend time to make sure your eyeshadow looks exactly the same on both eyes.  Take special effort with your eyeliner, and make sure you get mascara on each tiny lash.  Take note of how you can change your entire look by winging your eyeliner or by shaping your eyeshadow differently on the lid.

5.  Think twice before getting a spray tan for your wedding.  It's tempting to get a tan going for your big day, and definitely smart to get a faux glow, but if the heat gets to you, your arms might start to melt the spray tan, and it would get on your dress!  Eek!

6.  The day before your event, go get matched for your foundation.  I know it seems last minute but it's best this way.  If you have seen any sun, or if your tan has faded since the last time you bought foundation, you will need a slightly different shade.

7.  Use great skincare for weeks or months before your big day and stick to a strict regimen.  It doesn't really matter what it is as long as it works for you.  Just make sure to wash your face before bed, and have a spot treatment for acne if you have it.  Keep your skin moisturized but if you are prone to oil or breakouts, use an oil free moisturizer.  Exfoliate 2-3 times a week to get rid of dull skin.

8.  Balance out a bold eye look with a bold lipstick.  I was told by my wedding photographer that you need to have makeup on both!  I was going to do a bold eye and subtle lipstick, but she told me that wouldn't look as good in pictures, and I was glad I followed her advice!

This is a pic of me before I applied lipstick...I totally needed to balance it out!

9.  Play with your look a little bit- I couldn't decided if I wanted to be more "classy" or more "fun" so I chose both.  I wore pearls and a long dress for my wedding and then switched to a short, flirty dress and sparkly jewelry for my reception.

Here is my short dress.  I even added a purple belt with a brooch and a purple petticoat underneath.

Here is a closeup of the brooch and flower on my dress and my fun sparkly earrings!  Also, this pic was taken at the end of the night- see how well my makeup has stayed!  Our wedding was in 100+ degree weather plus humidity, so I was pretty proud that my makeup didn't melt off.

Ok- here's what I used!

Clinique's 3 step- mild cleanser, toner, and moisturizer 
Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel
Clinique Exfoliating Scrub
Clinique Moisture Surge Extra Thirsty Skin Relief (on days when my skin was feeling dry)
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Serum (at night)

Bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer
Clinique Even Better Foundation
Bare Minerals Original Mineral Veil
Bare Minerals All Over Face Color in Glee (as blush)
Bare Minerals All Over Face Color in Warmth (as bronzer)

Estee Lauder Double Wear Eyeshadow Primer
Tigi Bedhead 4-Play Eyeshadow Quad in Controversy (purples)
Lancome Liquid Artliner in Noir (black)
Ardell False Lashes
Diorshow mascara
Clinique Bottom Lash mascara
Clinique Brow Powder in Shaping Taupe

Clinique Lipstick in Shy
Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Fireberry

Finishing Touches:
Benefit High Beam Highlighter
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

We had an absolutely fabulous day and I was really happy with my makeup!  Here are a couple afterthoughts from my day:

-I wish I had reapplied my lipstick more often, because with all my talking, eating, drinking, etc it was vanished by dinner.  I kind of forgot about it!  Maybe a stain would've been a better choice.

-I was thankful for all my primers and my setting makeup didn't budge an inch even though we were all dripping sweat all day!

-I didn't apply any eyeliner to my bottom lash line because I was afraid of it running with the heat. It turned out to be a great choice...I didn't have to worry a bit and I was very happy with how it looked!

-I was glad I splurged and made sure I had all of my all time favorite products with me the day of my wedding.  They are tried and true for me and I felt very confident in their ability to last my whole day.  Each product I used is something I've purchased time and time again, or hit pan on before.  Regardless of the price point of your products, pick items you have known and loved for a long time.  Mine happened to be high end, but I also got married before I started to blog and discover cheaper and/or better alternatives to the makeup I've always used.

Share your wedding day makeup with us!  We would love to hear about products you used!

Yours in Wedding Day Beauty,


  1. This is SUCH a great post. So many wonderful tips I will have to remember whenever I have a special occasion coming up! Your makeup looked amazing!

  2. Thank you, that is so sweet! We'd love to hear what you would use for a big day!

  3. I love everything about this!
    Makeup, pettycoat, EVERYTHING!



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