This September my friends Cyndi and Reggie tied the knot and I was so very honored that when Reggie popped the question Cyndi asked me not only to be in her wedding but if I would do her makeup along with her wedding parties. Well this is a big responsibility to be the one in charge of making a bride feel her best. I didn't take this lightly. I have always wanted to do makeup for a wedding and I was going to do my best to reach perfection. I swatched an endless amount of eye-shadows trying to find exactly the right shades. I created and re-created many looks on myself and finally on a trial run with Cyndi. Really, I think I wore bridal makeup everyday for a month getting to a place where I was happy with every element. Cyndi and I went over which brides' from different movies makeup she liked and how she wanted to be seen and how she wanted to feel, never forgetting what her favorite features on herself are...and this is what I came up with as her makeup for her wedding. (Possibly the most important makeup of a girls life...*gulp*)
I think I can recite everything I used from memory...luckily I have notes in case I can't.
(PS. If you're doing wedding makeup try to use products with no SPF because it can cause camera flash-back or first do a flash test with the makeup on yourself and see how it does. No one wants a ghost face in their wedding pics.)
1)I started with Too Faced Primed &Poreless: Pure to create a smooth surface and to make the makeup last ages.
2)Then came the foundation. Luckily Cyndi has good skin and didn't need full coverage just a bit of concealer to brighten the under-eyes and a couple rouge stress spots. I used Benefit Erase Paste in Fair and Urban Decay Naked Skin in 2.0 for a buildable demi-matte finish.
3)I then contoured and Highlighted her face with Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Duo.
4)Blushing Bride, it's a thing, I used Kat Von D Everlasting Blush in Bellisima.
5)The eye primer I chose is one of my all time favorites Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden for a matte, neutral base that does not budge.
6)I lightly filled in Cyndi's eye brows with Urban Decay Buck.
7)I used all Urban Decay shadows (shocking...not). As the base color I used Laced one of my all time favorite colors, originally released in the (First) Vice Palette. The brow highlight color I used was Verve with Zephyr in the inner corners of the eye to catch the light. The crease color was ACDC a deep purple to pop Miss Cyndi's green eyes. The defined outer corner was Desperation lightly blended into the crease.
8)Eye liner was an easy choice with Cyndi wanting a touch of glamour a liquid line was a must so I used Urban Decay Perversion liquid on the lash line and the same color in pencil form very lightly on the water line and tight line.
9)Lashes I used Ardell Natural Lashes in 120 for a slight winged affect and Benefit They're Real for full, long defined lashes.
10)A wedding means the bride is getting kissed (by the groom of course) and that requires staying power on the lips. I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Turn On as an all over the lip base for Too Faced Lip Injection Color Bomb! in Candy Burst for a plumped pink lip that was here to stay.
11)Cyndi's dress was strapless so I made sure to blend her foundation super well and down the neck and I then switch to Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Powder Foundation in Med 52 and continued down the neck and chest creating a veil of perfection with a light dusting of powder.
12) The finishing touch was a double dose of Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray to keep everything in place from the the walk down the isle to the honeymoon suite. I gave a twice over Cyndi's face and body where there was makeup applied.
What a blast it was to not only do Cyndi's (aka the bride's) makeup but also to do the bridesmaids and the mother of the bride's as well all before it was photo time and most importantly the big moment.
I also highlighted and contoured Cyndi's collar bones! ooh la la
All Photographs are by Experience Maple Hill in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I want to thank Cyndi & Reggie for allowing me to share these pictures of their very special day on my blog
and also thank you to Norina for letting me use your gorgeous photographs. If you live in the Las Vegas valley or are visiting and you need photos taken I highly suggest visiting Experience Maple Hill.
I am so proud of the work I did this day and am blessed that it was captured so beautifully that I just had to share this, one of the most special makeup looks I have ever created.
So I hope you have enjoyed this look into one of my bucket list items getting checked off. I greatly hope to be able to do this again for another wedding someday.
Congratulations once again to Cyndi and Reggie!