Wedding bells were ringing . . . and ringing, as my groom waited nervously at the altar for his do-it-yourselfer bride to arrive.
 
Choosing to have our wedding in an extremely remote part of California meant I wasn’t going to have a make-up artist. A few weeks before the wedding I appealed to my sister for help and together we created a look that I loved, and would also work well for pictures.
 
What they tell you about wedding pictures: Cake on the make-up. Wear waaaaay more foundation and everything than you would in real life.
 
What I decided on: I just felt too uncomfortable greeting my family and friends in a flesh-colored mask of paint. I decided to go with a medium to light coverage of foundation, concealer under the eyes and pops of color on the cheeks and eyelids. It’s a very subdued, natural look indeed, but no one can say I wasn’t a blushing bride!
 
Here is my entire palette laid out for you with one exception: item 7 1/2 was my favorite Revlon Perle Eyeshadow in Sunlit Sparkle (an almost white shimmer that was too loved to photograph).
 
Clear skin was my friend that day, and I had a simple but strict regimen of washing my face twice a day with none other than St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub. The entire application of my make-up took about 5 minutes, and while I did use a brush for item 6, almost everything else was applied with fingertips!
 
 Face:
1. Smashbox Photo Finish Facial Primer 2. Smashbox Sheer Focus tinted Moisturizer 3. M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid 4. M.A.C. Studio Finish Concealer 5. Smashbox Creamy Cheek Color & Brush 6. M.A.C. Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Honey Rose
 
How To: Moisturize (2), Prime (1), then cover your face evenly with a comfortable amount of foundation (3).
 
Touch up with concealer (4); I used M.A.C.’s heavy duty concealer to eliminate dark circles under my eyes.
 
Finish with a soft helping of blush (5) and a light swath of shimmery powder (6) along cheeks.
Eyes:
 

7. Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer  8. Smashbox Eye-Beam Double-Ended Brightener 9. Smashbox Eye Shadow in Ambient 10. Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara in Blackout
 
For eyes: Prime (7) and cover with a light eye shadow (7 1/2).
 
I used the eye brightener (8) along my upper lid and the inside corners of my eyes.
 
Dab a bit of gold at the corners of lids (9) and finish with plenty of mascara!
 
 
Lips:
11. Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain and Color Seal Balm in Petal
 
Lips: Pretty self-explanatory. I probably could have used a touch-up before pictures though, I think I smooched a bunch off at the ceremony!
 

 
Do you have any favorite looks for wedding make-up?