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By Erin Williams

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You’ve been planning this day since you could toddle around the living room with a pillowcase as a veil. True, you have to put in some serious preparations in the months leading up to the wedding, but a lot of it can actually be fun. One of my favorite parts is, of course, the makeup.

Here’s the game plan. Take into account what your style is and get specific with what you think would be your ideal look. Tear pictures out of magazines and bring them to your makeup artist at the trial. Trials are KEY. They ensure your happiness on two major issues – the application as well as the personality of the artist. Is this someone who will add to your stress or help you relax and feel fabulous? Are they listening to what you want or just doing a paint by numbers on your face? The artist’s suggestions can be helpful, and as people who do this all day we may have some, but overall, your comfort and happiness and what you want are the most important things. Once you have found an artist you are happy with, there are a few different looks you would want to try out.

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“Lola”

The Classic look is perfect for outdoor and/or daytime weddings. With Lola, as with every bride, I started with an eye primer. Urban Decay’s is my favorite – it stays all day long and allows for no creasing (www.urbandecay.com). Next, I used the Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eye Shadow Palette #1. Each palette has five colors, ranging from dark to light, and the pigments are finely milled and easy to layer (www.kevynaucoin.com). I followed with a fiber eyelash primer from Dianne Brill called Lash Lingerie Bra and Panties to thicken and lengthen Lola’s top and bottom lashes and then applied the water-resistant black Lash Lace in Midnight Lace. Dianne says that she “created Lash Lace Mascara to stay the night” so be assured that there won’t be any flaking (www.beautyhabit.com). I always do eyes first so that I can make a mess and then clean it up without ruining the foundation.

Next came Becca’s Silky Hydrating Primer. It gives you a shot of moisture and helps even out the skin (www.beccacosmetics.com). I love using Awake’s oil free Skin Renovation Fluid Makeup and Lola wore #9 – Toast. Pout’s Flush Blush in Peachy Passion on the apples of the cheeks preceded the Nulharbor Plain pressed powder from Sue Devitt. A little of Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Bronze was popped up along the highlight of the cheek for some shine. I used the Salay lipliner from Sue Devitt and Pegasus Lip Sheer from Chantecaille. Everything was kept very soft and fresh in warm rosy peach tones.

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“Huda”

The Bohemian look is IN! And you can spice it up, as you can tell, with a bold lip. I could have gone with a sheer gloss, but I wanted something stronger for Huda. We lined her lips with Sue Devitt’s Long Lasting lipliner in Nadi. These liners are great because they have Nylon-12 in them to keep them from feathering, getting dry, or cracking (www.suedevittstudio.com). Then we used Chantecaille’s Lipstick in Poppy. The lipstick has a healthy amount of pigment as opposed to the Lip Sheers. Vitamins A and C nourish and keep them smooth while an SPF of 8 protects (www.bergdorfgoodman.com).

If you want your lashes to hit your preacher, Lancome’s Hypnose (www.lancome-usa.com) will give you six times the volume! The patented SoftSculpt formula prevents clumps and lets you skip the false lashes. It comes in a waterproof version as well. I also used Kevyn’s Eye Palette #1 on Huda and Awake’s foundation in #7 – Nutmeg. I set everything with Sue Devitt’s pressed powder in Great Sandy Desert and followed up with Cargo’s powder Bronzer in Medium (www.sephora.com). The focus here was bronzy skin, crazy lashes, and a strong lip.

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“Kim”

Kim just married two weeks ago and came to me glowing with happiness! Since she went with a classic look for her actual wedding I wanted to do a sexy, flirty look for a contrast. We used Awake’s Skin Renovation Fluid in #3 – Custard. The coverage is amazing and, used with a damp sponge, you can get a beautiful, sheer finish. Another benefit is the Lift Stretch Matrix because it moves with your skin when you smile, etc., and doesn’t gather in lines over time. It also contains pearl extract that gives a natural luster and keeps the skin from looking dull (www.bergdorfgoodman.com). For a flushed cheek I picked the, aptly named, Flush Blush in Flushed Pink from Pout. The formula is oil-free, sheer, and very buildable (www.sephora.com). As a highlight on the cheekbones, browbones, and along the nose, I used Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl. It’s water-based with an SPF 20 and the shimmer is right for any age (www.beccacosmetics.com). We set all of that with Sue Devitt’s Triple C-Weed Loose Powder in Tanami. The Nylon-12 makes another appearance here to keep the powder from settling while three types of seaweed soothe skin (www.suedevittstudio.com). For her eyes, we used Kevyn’s Palette #2, because the colors are cooler than the Palette #1, and then brushed Dianne Brill’s Midnight Lace onto her lashes. For lips, I chose Sue’s lip pencil in St. Moritz and Chantecaille’s Lip Sheer in Venus creating a soft pink pout. The result is sultry smoky eyes with a soft, but visible lips.

Weddings are one of my favorite events to do because the bride looks beautiful before you even touch her face – she’s so happy. If you need an artist, or have any questions, shoot me an email at erin@beautynewsnyc.com and we can figure out what type of look is right for you!

Photography done by Therese McKeon, www.theresemckeon.com.

Originally published May 2005
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