OKAY GUYS let’s do this. The first in the wedding series – how do Fridays work for you? Those who know me will know that I don’t really wear a lot of a makeup. Partly because it takes me about an hour to put eyeliner on properly but mostly because I work at home so I’d only really be impressing the postman. As much as I like our postman, he’s more of a drop ‘n’ go kinda guy and probably doesn’t wanna chat about how great my eyeliner is.
Someone who DOES want to chat all things beauty is Amanda Steed of Amanda Steed Makeup, and more importantly Georgie Revell who works as one of Amanda’s makeup artists. Georgie is the sweetest and she made the whole process totally effortless.
Georgie totally understood that I wanted ‘barely there’ makeup so that I just looked like a more polished version of myself. After a successful trial at my house we settled on a really natural look with a subtle brown smokey eye, lots of summery highlight and a soft rosy/nude lip.
Photos by Tatum Reid
And now for a total breakdown of the products she used. Here goes. There’s a reason I don’t blog about beauty guys so brace yourselves.
She started with Giorgio Armani Face Fabrics. With their wonderfully silk matt finish, Georgie told me she likes to use them as a primer to create a glowing blank canvas to work from. YSL Touché Eclat shades 2 and 3 was used as a highlighter around the corners of the eyes, the bridge of the nose and on the centre of the Cupid’s bow. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation was used on almost all of the bridesmaids – Georgie swears by its long-lasting effects. She then went on to use a Smash Box translucent powder and a Mac blush/bronzer pallet. The eyes consisted of a variety of Mac and Uban Decay pallets no.1, 2 and 3, finished with Bobbie Brown Gel Eyeliner and a No.7 mascara. For eyebrows Georgie used both Mac and High Definition powder. For the lips she used her faithful Lord and Berry’s Ultimate Lip Liner in shade ‘romantic rose’ with a mix of Kiko and Bobbie Brown lipsticks. She says she can never use just one! To complete and complement the whole look she used Urban Decay Finishing Spray.
“My top tip to all brides would be to adapt a daily skin routine that suits you pre-wedding craziness. This is vital for you to reep the full benifits from all make up products and will only enhance your beauty! On the morning of your wedding (and this is only though experience!) eat two bananas, (strange you’re thinking!?) One early doors and the other before you have your final make up touch ups around half and hour before you need to be leaving. They contain a high amount of B vitamins which can aid in calming the nervous system and are natural Beta blockers. It actually works!!”
I’d like to vouch for Georgie’s advice because I ate a banana before getting ready and everyone told me how calm and chilled I looked all day long. Bananas MIGHT actually be magic.
On to the hair…
Michelle Ann is one of Amanda’s lovely hairstylists. I liked her the minute we met and knew she’d create something amazing. She was very patient with my many texts and Pinterest attacks and remained cool and calm whilst reassuring me she could do any style I wanted, even if i changed my mind 5 minutes before the wedding.
I wanted my hair off my face purely because it’s so long and I didn’t want to be worrying about where it was during the ceremony. But I didn’t want anything too fancy because of the relaxed feel of the wedding so Michelle and I decided on a big boho braid that was twisted at the top and pulled out at the back. It had just the right amount of height and I loved what it looked like from the back! (Does anyone else think of Hermione Granger when you talk about what hair looks like from the back? No? Just me?)
Anyway, she started by curling my hair to make it more manageable. She then created two rope twists at the sides and pulled them into one braid at the back. The braid was teased and twisted to create a soft boho look. She finished the look with a flexible silhouette hair spray. Michelle’s top tip?
“Have your hair cut at least 3 weeks prior to the wedding so that your hair has time to settle. Always wash your hair the morning before the wedding as super squeaky clean hair can be resistant. Apply a flexible moose after washing so that when heat is applied the following day it will react against it and be easier to style. I love using a volumising powder to give hair more texture.”
Michelle also did my Maid of Honour Meg’s hair in the most gorgeous fishtail braid to match mine. For our flower girls, our florist made sweet flower crowns made of gypsophila. They all looked cute enough to squish, Meg included.
Thanks for reading the first in my wedding stories guys! If you enjoyed it please do leave a comment and let me know! I’ll be working on the next one…