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!
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.

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!
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?