AD| How nice is it that things are getting back to normal following the pandemic? We’ve had lots of weddings delayed because of Covid19, including our own. Last weekend, we finally attended a wedding that had been postponed a few times. This is the first large event we’ve been to since the pandemic started, so I was really excited to create a wedding guest makeup look and get dressed up and wear a beautiful dress. A dress that’s been hanging in my wardrobe still with the tags for months.
As I’m getting married myself in April and have decided to do my own makeup for my big day, I’ve been looking into wedding makeup ideas and I’ve watched a few tutorials to get some hints and tips. I’m not going to lie here and pretend I am an expert in makeup, but I did go through a big makeup phase at one point. Some of you may remember those days on my blog where I often posted makeup looks and reviewed the latest eyeshadow pallets and mascaras regularly.
All these lockdowns, restrictions, shielding and having a baby have meant I’ve been a bit neglectful on the makeup front, so I needed to brush up and get some ideas together.
I’m sure I’m not the only one in this situation, which is why this easy wedding guest makeup look is perfect for anyone who is wanting to make a big impact with their makeup on attending their first big event. I’m going to take you through a step-by-step guide of exactly what you need to do to achieve this wedding makeup look which is focused on the eyes.
Easy Wedding Guest Makeup Look
As I said, this makeup tutorial is easy to do. I would recommend practising before getting ready for your actual event as if you put too much product on without building up slowly, it can be hard to correct.
Here are the eye products I used for this look, they are all available at Boots:
- L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Feline Mascara
- Morphe 35C Everyday Chic Palette
- Max Factor Kohl Eyeliner Pencil – black
- Eylure Naturals No. 035
- Real Techniques Everyday Eye Essentials Set
We start with a cleansed and moisturised face.
Moisturiser is essential for me as I really struggle with dry skin and it can cause make makeup to cling to the dryer patches. I’ve found exfoliating can help bring the dry skin away to help prevent this.
Next is all about the base, I prime my face with Benefits Porefessional and also use this on my eyelids.
I then used a BB cream on my face and eyelids and used a bit of eyebrow pencil to fill in any patchy parts of my brows.
My personal preference is to keep my brows quite natural as when I have them fully done, I just don’t feel like myself. I know the trend is about bold, dark brows that are perfectly set but I don’t think it suits me. I much prefer a softer look and I already have brows that are quite thick and dark. Just a quick touch up is enough for me.
Now it’s time to start applying the eye makeup. Using the Morphe 35C Everyday Chic Palette, I applied the shade ‘everyday chic‘ to my lid and under my brow as the base, making sure I tapped any excess eyeshadow off the brush before applying. I used the Real Techniques 308 brush for this. It was the perfect brush to sweep across my lid and under my brow.
This is where I started adding shading to the crease of my eye.
I used the Real Techniques 310 brush as it has soft, tapered bristles. I started with a light shade: ‘love it’. Again, I made sure I tapped off any excess powder before brushing it across my crease line, slowing building up the colour. I then used the shade ‘cute shoes’ and repeated, but applied this with a much lighter hand.
I then switched to the 304 brush which is more tapered and better for a bit of definition. I applied the shade ‘total mood’ to my crease, started to build it up slowly until I was happy.
Now time for the lid. I used the 307 brush for this and used the shade ‘on my way’ This is a lovely shimmery gold colour that I patted onto my lid to build up the colour.
Now for the corners. I used the 332 brush for this as it’s much smaller and easier to work with the corners of my eyes. I first added ‘heads turn’ to the sides of my eye. Starting with a small amount, I built it up bit by bit. Then I added a bit of ‘heels on’ to the very corner, being careful not to apply too much as it’s a dark shade.
Now on to the lower lash line.
Using the same colours as my crease, I took the 313 brush and slowly built the colours over my lower lash line. I started with ‘love it’, then moved on to ‘cute shoes‘ and added a tiny bit of ‘total mood’.
It’s so important to start light and slowly build the product up on the lower lash line, rather than jumping straight in with a dark shade. It’s very easy to end up with too much product and it can look a bit messy!
I used the eyeliner to draw a very fine line close to my upper lash line and then applied mascara. I decided to use a pencil eyeliner but liquid eyeliner also works very well for this.
Pencil has always been my preference as I have more experience with pencil eyeliner so feel confident I can control it more.
Now it’s time to add the false eyelashes. I already have naturally long lashes (as you can see in the photo above. I don’t like to add anything too dramatic, I just need more volume as my lashes are quite thin and they don’t hold a curl for long.
Now it’s time to finish the rest of the makeup look.
I used XX Revolution Hi-Glow Palette Luminosity on my cheeks and my t-zone as I love a bit of shimmer. For the lips. I used L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Satin Lipstick in 303 Rose Tendre. As I wanted to keep the focus on the eye, I stayed away from a red lip and went with something more subtle.
I’m so happy with the final look! I usually very quickly do makeup and just use one or two eye shadow shades, but taking the time to sit down and make sure I was blending and building the colours up has made such a difference. I still feel like this makeup look is ‘me’, but just more like an upgraded me.
I actually think I’m going to do this eye makeup look for my own wedding in April. The only changes I’m going to make to the look is I want to go to the Boots and get some advice on what foundation would be best for my skin and get colour matched.
What would type of makeup would you wear as a wedding guest?