Beach Wedding Beauty: Hot Honeymoon!

Flash tattoos and shimmering body oil

So you go all out glamorous for your wedding day (and rightfully so!) but what about the honeymoon? Granted you may not want to pack on the makeup during your special vacation but you still want to look cute for your new spouse. While these products I am talking about are not makeup items, they are beauty items that I brought along with me on my tropical honeymoon and loved them! My husband especially loved them and ever since our honeymoon, likes when I wear them to special events (concerts, date nights, going to the beach, etc).

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The first item I am recommending are Flash Tattoos. I bought these from Sephora and I got the Sofia style. They are temporary tattoos that look like metallic jewelry and they are so fun! I bought them just before my bachelorette party/trip and shared them with my bridesmaids too. There are plenty of tattoos included in the package and I still have not used them all. They lasted on my bridesmaids for days on end, since they all have dry skin. On my oily skin, they only seem to last for a day or two. Even so I always look forward to wearing them.

The second recommendation I have is a shimmering body oil. I was perusing through my local Ulta and stumbled upon the Physician’s Formula Illuminating Argun Oil. It can be used on your face and your body. I knew I was going to need some moisture put back into my skin since the sun makes my skin pretty dry. The argun oil is great at moisturizing and the shimmer makes your skin look even more beautiful! It is worth mentioning that for both of these items, you do not need these exact brands. The combination of the tattoos and the body oil just gives you that extra something special on your honeymoon!

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Beach Wedding Beauty: Norvell Spray Tan Review

Norvell Spray Tan

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For my wedding I got an airbrush spray tan from a local salon. The salon uses the Norvell spray tan system and it is by far my favorite spray/self-tanning system. Combining a brilliant, dark, deep, and natural color with a custom application, the end result is a beautiful tan for your beach or summer wedding. I have always loved the color the Norvell system gives me and will continue to use it when I have special events. I enjoy applying a self-tanning lotion myself but for special occasions, I like to have a professional spray tan. I have also tried the Mystic tanning booth and I do not recommend it at all (uneven application, horrible smell, extremely unnatural color, faded quickly, even more expensive, etc).

Even though I did develop a natural tan before my wedding, the darkest tanning color for the system deepened my tan even more. But you may be asking, “What if I have naturally fairer skin?” Choose a lighter shade and the resulting look will still be a natural and healthy glow to your skin. Both my mother and sister, who are more fair than I am and have a reddish-undertone to their skin, got the lighter shades done for the wedding and it turned out great. While traditional self-tanning lotions/mousse leaves streaks if water touches it before the tan has fully developed, my Norvell tan still looked great the next day even though I accidentally spilled water on myself only a hour after application.

If you would like to have these results at home, you can purchase a Norvell system and learn how to apply it (or make a loved one learn, haha). Or you can choose to go to a salon that uses the system (that is reputable, look up reviews) and get a custom application. The salon I went to is Glow Tan and Boutique in Canton, GA. If you live in the metro Atlanta area, I highly suggest you try out this salon. It is a far drive but completely worth it. The current cost of one application is $30 (plus tip if you want) and that is a reasonable price, especially since most salons are charging $35-$55 for either a personal airbrush tan or a tanning booth. If a party of four or more goes at one time (make sure to set up an appointment beforehand), the cost of the spray tan per person drops down to $25. If you are curious in getting a spray tan, regardless of the brand, try it out a few weeks before the wedding to see if you like the color. If you do end up going with the specific brand, I suggest getting the spray tan done two days before the wedding.

I hope all this information is helpful and look out for my next post which will give suggestions for products to bring on your honeymoon!

 

Beach Wedding Beauty: Kendra Scott Color Bar

I think Kendra Scott’s Color Bar is the greatest idea for bridal jewelry. Not just the jewelry itself, but the excitement involved with choosing the design and gem colors. You have the option of choosing from a great selection of earring, necklace, ring, and bracelet styles, and for my wedding, I chose the Jayna earrings. You can create a Color Bar jewelry item either on the Kendra Scott website or in one of her stores. I went into the Alpharetta location to look at the gems in person then ordered the earrings online (I had an online coupon code). And I absolutely love them!

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You can also create a wonderful memory with your bridesmaids and have a Color Bar Bridal Party at a store. You can sip on some refreshments while all of you create your wedding jewelry together. I would have loved to have done this but it is not the easiest when all of your bridesmaids were living in different states! Even then, all of my girls were able to create their own jewelry for the wedding. I really loved doing this for my wedding. As with their dresses and shoes, I gave them a few guidelines (either the coral gem or any of the neutral colored gems) and let them have the fun of choosing what they wanted to wear.

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Whichever route you decide on in choosing your bridal jewelry, I highly suggest you use Kendra Scott’s Color Bar. Your earrings will have an extra special meaning for your big day. And if you opt for a Color Bar Bridal Party, it will be an experience that you and your girls will never forget!

Wedding photographer: Brenda Upton Photography

Beach Wedding Beauty: The Complete Look!

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As a round-up of the makeup portion of my Beach Wedding Beauty series, I thought I would include a post listing all of the makeup items I used on my wedding day. I will include each item and my thoughts on the performance of each as well.

  • I wrote a blog post all about my beachy smokey eye, including every product and how I applied them.
  • Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer –  This is, as I have previously mentioned, my favorite primer. I do believe it helped with the staying power of my face makeup but definitely at the end of the night I just had the shiniest face. I honestly do not think that anything could have completely prevented that but the primer did help.
  • Foundation: Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ – This foundation was just amazing. With the help of the primer, it just was the best foundation for me. Even though by 10:00 PM my oil and sweat started to show through, my face still looked great. What is even better is that I had no flash back at all!
  • Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camoflague – I used this concealer for blemishes (I do not like the under eye highlighted look on me and I do not deal with darkness under my eyes so I just did not use concealer there). This product is a rock star and covered all of my scarring. HG!!
  • Powder: L’Oreal True Match Powder – Absolutely fantastic! I started out with a light dusting of this powder all over my face to set my foundation and concealer (used a big, fluffy powder brush). After about an hour, I noticed that I was a little bit more glowy than I wanted. I ended up applying more of this powder on my t-zone with the sponge applicator that came with it and my makeup was set after that. It did not look cakey at all and helped to mattify my face for a majority of the day.
  • Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer – Great bronzer, smells like chocolate, need I say more?
  • Blush: NARS Blush in Orgasm – So I have a tiny confession to make: the whole time I was planning on wearing NARS Blush in Madly on my wedding day for that gorgeous, bronzy look. Turns out I left it at home! I was so upset. Thankfully my bridesmaid had brought the Orgasm blush that I had given her about a year earlier (at the time I just was not blown away by the shade). I decided to wear it very lightly on my wedding day (I wanted the focus to be on my eyes and lips) and loved how it looked! Ironic huh?
  • Highlighter: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal – This highlighter is GORGEOUS! I mean so incredibly beautiful on the skin but you have to use a light hand or you will look like a disco ball. The photographers’ cameras did not enhance the glitter particles in the photographs so I definitely recommend this highlighter to brides!
  • Eyebrow Pencil: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – With the product on one end and a spoolie brush on the other, this product reduces the tools you need to do your brows. It has a super thin tip and when applied correctly, makes your eye brows look very natural. Since the tip is so tiny, it is a time consuming process to fill them in but on your wedding day does it matter? You want to look your best after all.
  • Eyebrow Gel: NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel – This beauty is like glue! Your eyebrows will absolutely stay in place with this stuff.
  • Setting Spray: Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Setting Spray – To be quite honest, I think for my wedding day I would have rather gone with the All Nighter version. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, I tested this spray a lot and did not notice that it really helped with oil control. However, I did not want to go buy a whole new bottle so I just used what I had.

Beach Wedding Beauty: Beachy Smokey Eyes

I feel like my eye look was what really set my overall wedding look apart from the standard bridal ‘natural smokey eye’. Since I was not having a typical wedding, I wanted my makeup to reflect that. I searched for months and months on Pinterest and through makeup tutorials for inspiration. Finally, in a Google search nonetheless, I came across this image (it is edited, not the original image) of Rosey Huntington-Whiteley.

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This was the inspiration I needed. I feel that when it comes to your big day, you should play up your features. One of my favorite features are my lips, which is why 9 times out of ten I wear a bold or bright lip no matter where I go. For my wedding day, I wanted a pinky-coral lip to match my bridesmaids’ dresses (Coral Reef from David’s Bridal). I also knew I wanted a wearable yet beach-appropriate smokey eye. I was not interested in a typical cool-toned smokey eye; I wanted to wear warmer colors since my wedding dress was a warm, sandy beige color. After seeing this photo I knew I wanted a bright, coral lip with a bronze smokey eye.

Here is what my eye look ended up looking like:

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The steps I took to achieve this look were:

  1. I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze as my base. I applied it to my eyelid with my fingers and used a blending brush (I should have used a synthetic one since they blend cream products out much better but I forgot mine) to blend more of the product above my crease. I have to always do this since I have pretty hooded eyelids. I wiped off the blending brush and further blended the product so that there were no harsh lines. I cannot stress enough how important it is to blend, blend, blend!!!
  2. I then blended out the cream shadow further with the top left eye shadow in the Physician’s Formula Classic Nudes quad.
  3. For the lid shadow, I used NYX Loose Pearl eye shadow in Walnut (I am assuming, the jar does not actually say the color but you can use any bronze eye shadow). Whatever product was left on the flat shadow brush I just blending into the crease. I then took the blending brush again and blended some more! If you want, you can also blend this shadow down on to the lower lash line. I get eye allergies when I do that so I skipped that part.
  4. I used the top right eye shadow in the Classic Nudes quad as a brow bone highlight. I did not want a shimmery brow bone highlight since my lid was pretty shimmery and so was my highlighter.
  5. I lined my upper lash line with a brown eyeliner, does not matter which one you use just something to define the eyes.
  6. Using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper I closely lined my upper lash line.
  7. To finish off the eye look I used L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara in the waterproof version. If you are comfortable with false lashes you would apply them now. I just rocked my natural lashes that day.

I really loved how my look came together and I got so many compliments on it too. Another idea I have been trying lately is layering the L’Oreal Infallible eye shadow in Amber Rush on top of the Bad to the Bronze color tattoo and that has a beautiful look as well. For reference, my lip color was the OCC Stained Lip Gloss in Aurora.

Make sure to keep a look out for my next post which will list all the face products I used on my wedding day!

Beach Wedding Beauty: Bobbi Brown Beach Perfume Review

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Sorry for such a delayed posting! Once the weeks leading up to the wedding hit, I was swamped with wedding duties and work duties. I am waiting for the professional pictures to get back before I upload my beach wedding eye makeup post.  I absolutely loved how my makeup turned out and I cannot wait to share it with y’all! But for now, a perfume review will do!

My personal philosophy is that perfume adds the perfect final touch to any beauty routine, especially a bridal one. I knew I wanted a signature perfume for my wedding day but I just did not know where to start. Then one ordinary day I heard of Bobbi Brown’s Beach eau de parfum. By just the name alone I was intrigued and dying to discover what type of scent this was. A few days later I stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue, made my way over to the Bobbi Brown counter, and sampled Beach. It was truly love at first scent!

Per Bobbi Brown’s website, Beach is described as having a “lightly intoxicating blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.” Translation: it smells like Coppertone. Now you are probably thinking “why on Earth would you want to wear that for the most glamorous and special day of your life?” It boils down to personal preference. I have always been obsessed with anything beach related (hence my desire for a beach wedding). Few things in life make me happier than laying in a beach chair and soaking up the sun. Since the wedding day is one of the most-important days of a person’s life, I wanted a perfume that I would always remember fondly and Beach was it.

While there is definitely a strong Coppertone-esque top note, it is slightly more sophisticated of a scent than straight-up sunscreen. Beach is quite potent so you only need one to two sprays of this beauty. However, this is not a long-lasting perfume and I do not notice any middle or base notes as the scent dries down. A few hours into the wedding I ended up spraying a few more sprays, which was fine with me because I had a touch-up bag with me during the reception. For me personally, the scent and the memory associated with the scent was more important than the longevity. It comes in a simple, clean-looking bottle (if you choose to purchase the bottle, also comes in a rollerball) and contains 1.7 fluid ounces. It is not a cheap perfume and if you want to reapply it throughout the day, you may run out of this product fairly quickly. I was able to purchase it during the Sephora VIB sale and it was for my wedding so I had no problem justifying the purchase 🙂

All-in-all, Beach does not have the most elegant and sophisticated scent but for a beach wedding I thought it was perfect! This is also just a great perfume to wear during the warm and hot months, especially when you wish you were at the beach. It has such a great scent and you will no doubt smile every time you spray it on!

Beach Wedding Beauty: Face Primers and Setting Sprays

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Face primers and setting sprays are very essential for a summer bride. Even if you do not struggle with foundation and other face makeup breaking down on you normally, you will still want to make sure these steps are part of your wedding day makeup. Between sweating, the humidity (at least for those of us in the South), and oil from your face, brides getting married in those hot months need all the help they can get.

To start with, face primers go on after your moisturizer and before any face makeup. However, there are many different primers with many different purposes. There are primers to reduce the look of pores, to make your makeup glide more easily on to the skin, to improve the longevity of foundation, to reduce oil, to calm red skin, and so on. For me, as a gal with extremely oily skin, I wanted something that would help my foundation last long while keeping me matte. Girls with dry skin, since they do not have the same struggle that I do, may want a primer that helps the foundation apply better on the skin, but still improves the wear of their makeup. This is something that you will need to decide first before going out to purchase one. For those wanting a smoother canvas to apply their makeup, go for a silicone-based primer (here is the article again helping you find out what type your foundation and primer is). On my skin though, silicone-based primers cause my face makeup to just glide right off. I tend to go for mineral- or water-based primers, as they are more mattifying (or at least the ones I have tried).

As pictured above, and yes I am horrible with taking photos, I LOVE Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I bought the smaller size because I rarely use primer. Unless it’s a special occasion or I need my foundation to look perfect all day, I really do not see the need to add another product to my foundation routine. This primer is just amazing though! It greatly improves the longevity of whatever foundation I am wearing while calming down some of my redness. While there is a sunscreen in it, the ingredients that provide the SPF are chemical not physical, and therefore do not cause flashback.

Even though I loved my primer I already had, I thought that for my wedding I would test a few other primers. Of course I had to try the Smashbox ones! They are a cult classic after all! I ended up getting either the sample sizes or actual samples of the regular, light version, and the green-toned version. These all have silicone in them and just did not do well with my skin type. The green-toned one helped reduce the redness in my face but that was the only benefit for me. I would, as previously mentioned, suggest these primers for brides with normal to dry skin. I also tried the Becca Ever-Matte primer. I had heard great things about this primer and the name was ever so intriguing to me. Sadly, I really did not like this one either! It was definitely mattifying, but it was so difficult to blend on to my skin! It was so weird. I understand that silicone is the ingredient that improves a product’s blend-ability but I just could not make this work for me. It ended up causing my foundation to pill up when I applied it, which is NOT a look I want for my wedding. So for those with combination to oily skin, I would steer them towards the Hourglass one.

Finally, you will want to set all your makeup with a setting spray. The one I have loved for years is Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Setting Spray (the one pictured where you cannot see the name, yeah that’s the one). This amazing product is what I will use on my wedding day since it is great at controlling oil. For normal skin to combination, I suggest using their All-Nighter Long-Lasting Setting Spray. Girls with dry skin, IMO, could get away without a long-lasting or oil-controlling setting spray. If you really would still like to set your makeup, I would say try MAC Fix+ spray. It is such a nice product and gets rid of that powdery look. With all the great ingredients in it, it will bring a healthy look to your skin. Hope these tips have helped and as always test these products out well in advance!

Beach Wedding Beauty: Powders

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The next part of the beauty routine are powders. Whether they are setting, blush, bronzer, or highlighting powders, all bridal makeup looks call for them, especially one for a beach wedding. Dry skin girls that means you too! While you may typically get away with not using setting powder and using cream color products, your wedding day mainly calls for powders. You want your makeup to last long and throughout the evening, and you want to avoid the extremely dewy look in photographs. A light dusting of setting powder will do wonders for the longevity of your foundation while still letting the finish from the foundation come through. The keyword here is “light” – you do not want too heavy of an application or the makeup will become ever so visible and noticeable, especially through HD lenses. Additionally, powder color products (blush, bronzer, highlight) dramatically reduce the shininess factor compared to their cream counterparts.

Regarding your setting powder, if you are not going to use a translucent setting powder find a shade closest to your skin tone and color. If anything, you can always go a shade lighter if you are not sure. Also keep in mind the finish of the powder. While you may like glitter or shimmer to your everyday setting powder, flash photography will enhance those glitter particles. So for the wedding day, try to find one without any detectable particles.

Along with foundations, powders can cause flashback with photography. This article (mentioned in the Foundation post) has great information on the ingredients in cosmetics that cause it. This article was godsend when I could not find out for the life of me why my beloved MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation was flashing back horribly in photos! MAC is known for creating great stage makeup so I just assumed it would be great for a wedding, particularly because it is such a long-wearing powder. After much research, I found out that their powder foundation is not meant for flash photography. The second ingredient listed is silica, which is infamously known for creating that ghost-face. So I decided to try a few other powders. I also had at the time MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder (popularly known as MSFN). While not full out giving me a white cast to my face, the powder caused my face to appear to be a few shades lighter in photographs. The second ingredient listed for this powder is mica, another pesky culprit.

So I decided to look through the powders that Sephora sells. Almost every single powder has either silica or mica listed in the main ingredients section. I was getting pretty frustrated. Until one day while I was cleaning up my apartment I looked at my college graduation picture. I remembered that last summer I was using L’Oreal True Match powder and that I had no flashback. I went out and bought it, tested it again just to make sure, and it looked great! Does a great job of setting my makeup and keeping me matte. Mica is only listed in the “May Contain” section and is not a primary ingredient. I highly suggest this powder for normal, combination, and oily skin types. It has a great color range for a drugstore powder and is in a great compact that can easily be brought with you on the wedding day for touch-ups. While I was at the drugstore I ended up picking up Maybelline Dream Wonder powder to test as well. Similar to the True Match powder, there is no silica in it and mica is in the “May Contain” part of the ingredient list. This also photographs beautifully! I really love how natural this powder looks on the skin! Sadly, though, I do not feel it is as mattifying as True Match is so I highly suggest this for dry skin and possibly normal skin as well. It also comes in a compact form with a sponge and mirror.

Finally, to bring some color and dimension back into your face, you will want to use a bronzer, blush, and subtle highlight. While these do not have to be matte, if you would like to use ones with shimmer or glitter, make sure they have micro-glitter particles. If you found a shimmery blush or highlight that you would like to use, test it out beforehand using the flash from your cellphone. Another note about color products is that they are often washed out in photographs. So come your wedding day, you will need to apply more product than normal but not enough to look clownish. If you do wish to contour, find a neutral- or cool-toned bronzing powder and make sure you blend blend blend!! This is so important. You do not want to get your pictures back with the “candy bars” under your cheek bones. Just remember with everything that you want to look back at your makeup from that day ten years down the road and be glad that you had a timeless look. Hope these tips have helped and hopefully my next post will be about face primers and setting sprays!

Beach Wedding Beauty: Foundations

Hey y’all 🙂

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When it comes to wedding makeup in general, foundation is the most important part. It is, after all, the base of your bridal look. While this series will focus mainly on bridal makeup, the advice can be used by the bridal party, the mothers, or anyone else who is interested in summer event makeup. Primarily, summer wedding makeup (including beach and other hot locales) absolutely requires a long-wearing base. Nothing like sweat and humidity to break down face makeup. And on your wedding day, that is the last thing you want to happen (ok maybe not the LAST). Another necessity is a foundation that photographs well and does not flashback. You know, that hideous white cast that happens when the flash bounces off of your face and produces that ghost face in photos! Thirdly, for me at least, is a decent coverage foundation. I do not want the infamous cake face but enough to even out my skin tone and cover *SOME* of the redness caused by my leftover acne marks. I say some because a foundation’s main purpose is not to cover everything but just even out the canvas. Lastly, the foundation that works best for each person depends highly on what kind of skin the bride has, whether it be oily, combination, normal, or dry. I have extremely oily skin so a majority of the foundations I gravitate towards are marketed for having oil-controlling properties.

Over the past few months I have tested many different foundations for my wedding. I have made note of what type of skin the foundation would best suit, the longevity, the coverage, and how well the foundation performs with flash photography (including horribly unflattering pictures of me wearing them!). I do have a disclaimer about the flash performance of these foundations – professional photography almost never relies on direct flash. Direct flash is mainly used when guests take pictures with their cameras. While the professional photos will be taken with indirect flash, I personally do not want pictures of my wedding day floating around social media with a ghostly, white face and a much darker colored body. There is an awesome article that discusses this topic in greater detail with comparison pictures of other foundations as well.

With all the foundations listed and shown below, I tested them without wearing a primer or powder (I’ll have more posts discussing primers and powders and why I did not include them in this post). Not all foundations will have a corresponding picture and if not, I will explain why.

  • No foundation – I wanted to include a picture of my face without any makeup. I am doing this so that you can see my chin area is naturally a little bit lighter than my neck and chest area. Just keep this in mind when looking at the other pictures.

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  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Light – I bought this foundation after Lafemme5278 did her wedding day makeup tutorial. I bought it for everyday use but I decided to test this out for my wedding as well. This is a lighter version of the Double Wear foundation and comes in a much better package. The light counterpart is also very long-wearing but more of a medium coverage foundation. This foundation is for a combination-to-oily skinned gal and has a similar finish to Double Wear (described below). However, Double Wear Light is not great with flash photography. I do not know how it worked out for Lindsay but I would not recommend this foundation for an evening wedding.

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  • Estee Lauder Double Wear – This is an amazing foundation. It controls my oil for hours longer that any other foundation I have even used or owned. This is the reason it is a cult classic – it really does ‘Stay-in-Place’ all day long. It is definitely medium-to-full coverage, verging on cake-y if not applied with caution. Double Wear has a velvet finish to it I would say. Sadly, it does not perform well at all with flash either. There is a lot of information out there and photos taken with flash of this foundation that I ended up not including a picture. Perhaps if you have a daytime wedding where cameras will not be using flash, you could get away with it. But unfortunately I do not. If not inferred, this foundation is great for oily-to-combination skin. Wonderful foundation but not recommended for an evening wedding.
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk – I LOVE this foundation for everyday wear. It really lives up to the hype. It is just a beautiful, weightless foundation that does not look like you are actually wearing foundation. The finish is exactly as it says, luminous. Here’s the catch – after about halfway through my workday, I will start to look really shiny. This is something that should be avoided for flash photography. Any excessive ‘glow’ coming from your skin will appear 10x worse in photographs when flash has been used. With that being said, I think this is a great foundation for brides with dry-to-normal skin. Given that some powder will be used to set it, the skin will still look amazing with this foundation and the longevity on that skin type will be great. I feel like this foundation could be sheered down to a low coverage foundation but it is more of a medium coverage one. Finally, Luminous Silk looked great with the flash photo I took shortly after I applied it – when my oil has not broken down the foundation yet. (I’m sure my co-workers are wondering why the heck flash keeps going off every day at work).

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  •  Hourglass Immaculate – I wanted to try this foundation out since Hourglass’ Veil Mineral primer is my all-time favorite primer. I did not even bother taking a picture because I did not care for this foundation from the second I applied it. It is so matte that it even dried out my skin. My super oily skin looked like I had no idea what a moisturizer was. Oddly enough, halfway through my work day my face was shiny! It is such an odd foundation, in my opinion. It does have a nice, medium coverage. Yet, the longevity obviously was not great for me. I do not know how it performs with flash but I would not recommend this foundation.
  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra – I have loved this foundation for years. It’s one of the few foundation ranges whose lightest shade actually matches me during winter time. It has a wonderful, velvety finish and controls my oil for most of the day. I would say this is best suited for oily-to-combination skin. It also has that velvety-matte finish. The coverage is medium and I usually skip concealer when I wear this foundation (as I do when I wear Estee Lauder DW). Granted for a wedding I would still use a concealer but for everyday use I do not feel that I need it. Lastly, Teint Idole Ultra photographs interestingly with flash. I do not feel as if there is that white cast I am deathly scared of but I feel that my face is a tad-bit lighter than my neck and chest. I love how long-lasting and gorgeous this looks on my skin but I have a hard time recommending it because my skin still has a white tint to it. One of the ingredients is silica and I think that contributes to the color mismatch.

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  • Makeup Forever HD High Definition – This is the famous and well-loved foundation that is used for movies, television shows, red carpet appearances, and so on. If you go into any Sephora (the only store this line is carried in) and ask a sales associate for a wedding foundation recommendation, nine times out of 10 they will steer you towards this foundation. This is the reason I bought it for my college graduation. I knew I was going to be photographed a lot and I wanted my professional pictures to come out fantastic. Unfortunately, this foundation did not work well with my skin. MUFE HD is oil-free which is what almost all of my foundations are. Even though it looks STUNNING with the flash from the cameras, my face turns into an oil-slick within just a few hours. That’s with me using a primer, powder, and a setting spray. With that being said, I recommend this foundation for girls with dry and normal skin. It has a medium coverage, as do a majority of these foundations as I am now realizing. Below is a picture of a picture (hehe I have no good scanner to use) from my graduation taken with a DSLR camera and direct flash.

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  • Makeup Forever Mat Velvet+ – Again, another everyday foundation that I use. As the name suggests, this is a very matte foundation. I highly suggest only brides that have oil-control issues use this foundation. It is a medium-to-full buildable coverage foundation. If not applied carefully the cake face will happen, similar to Double Wear. The longevity is good. Not as good as Double Wear but way better than Luminous Silk on my skin. I’m not including a picture on this post. The only shade I have of this foundation right now is my winter shade which is way too light to test right now. I have a picture of myself wearing this foundation and the camera ended up using flash. However, I had MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation on top and that ended up causing the flashback (something that will be discussed in the powder post). I may go to Sephora, get my current shade, and test out the flash sans powder. If I do, I’ll either update this post or make a follow up post. I’m hesitant to recommend this foundation without correctly testing it but I am highly considering using it for my wedding.

**Edit**

So I went out to Sephora and got a sample in my current shade (knowing my Color IQ shade makes the shade selection process 10x easier and quicker!!). I tested it out and below is the picture with flash. I think this is it! My chin and cheek area are still a little bit lighter than my neck. But with all the foundations I have tested, this and the Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry match the rest of my body the closest. It has much better coverage than Colorstay Normal/Dry which is what I was looking for in a foundation.  I definitely recommend Mat Velvet+ and I will most likely be wearing it on my wedding day.

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  • Revlon Colorstay Normal/Dry – This is another current everyday foundation; I am really enjoying this a lot! I never thought to try this out but Lafemme5278 (can’t you tell that I love watching her?) raved about this foundation. After hearing how great the Revlon Colorstay foundations are for photography I decided to test it out. Even though this base is marketed for normal and dry skin, it controls my oil pretty well. Better than the combination/oily formulation. Who would have thought? It lasts all day long, and that’s without setting it with powder. It’s so skin-like in appearance and not heavy looking unlike its counterpart. It’s so long-lasting that I cannot even get the stain out of my beautyblender when I use oil-free eye makeup remover to clean it (great way to clean the sponge btw). It has a low-to-medium buildable coverage. I honestly think this foundation suits all skin types. The flash from my phone was no match for this foundation! It turned out great and is among the foundations I’m seriously thinking about using. Absolutely recommend this, and it’s budget-friendly!!

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  • Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily – Unlike the normal/dry formulation, I did not care for the combination/oily version. Even with using the beautyblender, it’s difficult to not make this heavy looking. For sure this base has a medium coverage to it. As I previously mentioned, this foundation does not control my oil as well as I had hoped. The longevity is odd – my oil comes through midday but I feel like the foundation does not break down as I would expect. Finally, using flash with this foundation really creates that ghost face I am trying to avoid. I would not recommend this for any bride.

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  • Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush – I heard great things about the Dior Airflash foundation but I also heard this was a great dupe for it (thank you Makeup Geek). I did not want to spray it all over my face so I ended up applying it with the my Airbrush Complexion Perfection brush. I spray it on the brush and stipple it onto my face. Perhaps if you spray it on the face, the coverage is better. However, to me it appeared to be a very low coverage foundation, which is something I am not looking for. You cannot even build this up to get medium coverage. It does have a great finish to the skin. I did not take a picture because I knew from application that I just would not like this at all. It did not hold up well throughout the day nor control my oil for more than a few hours. This may be a great foundation for normal-to-dry skin that has little to cover. If that sounds like you, I say try it. I would not recommend it for girls with similar skin to me. The only drawback is that given its form you cannot request a sample of it. You have to either go into Sephora and apply it there or buy it and try it at home.

Final Tips & Tricks:

  • Unless the foundation you ultimately choose is a water-based or oil-based foundation (great article about how to determine type), I HIGHLY recommend using a beautyblender to apply your base. It gives a beautiful finish to almost any foundation you apply and helps with avoiding cake face. It is especially great for those with dry skin or acne-prone skin that is flaking (sorry to say) due to prescription lotions/gels/creams. You are not rubbing the foundation into the skin with a brush and irritating it. You cannot mess up makeup application with this gem.
  • Match the foundation to your neck. I cannot stress this enough. If you match the foundation to your face, it will almost always be incredibly noticeable. For most women their face is a different shade and/or tone than the rest of their body. You want a seamless border between your body and face, especially on your wedding day. Do not forget to blend your foundation below your jawline and down onto your neck. In addition, go into whatever lighting situation your wedding will be in (whether it be indoors in a hotel or outdoors during the day) and make sure the foundation matches. Often times store lighting is nothing like what your venue will have.
  • Like I mentioned at the beginning of the post, foundation is not meant to conceal every spot or imperfection. That is the job of a concealer. Get a foundation that has just enough coverage to even out your skin tone then use a concealer to camouflage anything the foundation did not. My absolute favorite imperfection-covering concealer is Laura Mercier Secret Camoflague.
  • Get a sample if possible beforehand of the foundation you want to try out and test it. Start testing different foundations a few months before the wedding and do not forget to have a trial run a few weeks before the wedding.
  • Nic from Pixiwoo also did a great video on summer wedding skin. Check it out!
  • Here is an informative article discussing ingredients that cause flashback and what to look out for.

To all the brides getting married, congratulations! I hope the day goes well for you. If you happen to know a bride or member of the bridal party doing their makeup, please feel free to share this information with them. If you have any questions let me know and I hope this helps!

The Beach Wedding Beauty Series

Howdy y’all 🙂

This is a blog born out of a little niche of the beauty world that I felt was lacking. If you glanced at the title, you probably have figured out what I am talking about. I personally have a beach wedding quickly approaching, which has piqued my interest in the topic!! With the popularity of beach weddings being ever on the rise, I felt that the tips and tricks for beach wedding/bridal make-up was severely lacking and often times overlooked. For those of us who want to do our own beauty look for that important day, not much material and tutorials exist. I would like to share my thoughts and research in hopes that it helps some of you who choose not to hire a make-up artist for the special day. If you have any questions, tips, tricks, or suggestions for other beach brides please do not hesitate to leave a comment!

Beach

Georgia Belle Beauty