One of my favourite things about working for Rock My Wedding is the amount of interaction that I’m able to have with you lovely lot. From Instagram to Facebook through to the comments on each and every blogpost through to Twitter, you can guarantee that I have a natter with at least some of you every day.
And I love it!
But that’s not the limit of my contact with you…increasingly I receive a few emails a week from distressed RMW-ettes seeking help and advice with W-Day problems. From hair predicaments to floral plights and bridesmaid quandaries it seems that there’s a fair few of you in a bind.
Whilst I try to respond to as many of you gorgeous girls as possible, there’s just not enough hours in the day to reply to everyone. Not does this induce a bit of anxious lip-biting on my part but I also can’t help but feel that I’m letting some of you down…
And then last Monday I had a lightbulb moment.
For you see, many of the pickles and scrapes that you folks seem to get yourselves into actually have a common element, aside from the fact that they’re wedding related of course. You can guarantee that one bride’s smokey eye dilemma is also being thrashed out by another somewhere in the country. Equally the same applies to linen impasses, decor difficulties and so on and so forth.
It seemed daft then to have these problem-solving conversations ‘offline’ when they could so easily be shared with all of you and perhaps provide a galactic dose of comfort in the process.
And so today I’ve decided to share a letter I received not so long back from the lovely Zoe who was experiencing a ‘big day beauty dilemma’ in the hope that it might help out those of you in a similar position.
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you but I’ve been going out of my mind with a big day beauty dilemma and I didn’t know who else to turn to. After a series of truly tragic make-up trials where I ended up looking worse than a pantomime dame in drag I’ve decided to bite the bullet and apply my own make-up on my wedding day.
I’m not going to lie to you, I’m nervous, but I’ve been practicing using lots of make-up tutorials on YouTube so I’m fairly confident that it’ll be alright on the night. At least that’s what I think they say anyway, plus it gives me a brilliant excuse to go all out and stock up on some quality make-up products that will last long after the day is over.
Which is where you come in…
I’d love to know what beauty products you would recommend and any top tips you could give me. I’m not really someone that goes all out on the make-up front on a daily basis but I’m keen on creating a subtle and elegant look for my big day…possibly with a smokey eye.
Do you think this would look ok on quite fair skin?
Desperately awaiting your reply…
Zoe love, let’s see what we can do for you eh?
Given that pretty much every member of the RMW team is a bit of a beauty fanatic, yes even Mr Gossip Girl, it seemed daft not to ask them for their opinions and recommendations on this plea for help. What you’ll see below is a glorious mix of all of our top picks from the glistening beauty counters to help you on your way.
Let’s start with the skin then…from primers to concealers through to foundations and CC creams, we’ve got it covered.
According to Becky you can’t do any better than Dior’s Foundation – DiorSkin Nude – ‘It’s light and silky and lasts all day and you only need to use a small amount for maximum coverage plus it feels beautiful on your skin. I love the liquid form because it stays really moisturised and doesn’t dry your skin. It also comes in a great range of colours to suit most skin tones.’
If you’re looking for something with a slightly smaller price tag then Fern claims you can’t go wrong with No 7 Intelligent Colour Foundation which ‘literally melts into your skin’.
Perhaps you’re not a foundation fanatic? Can I offer an alternative – namely Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream which is the absolute bomb. It’s so lightweight that you barely know you’re wearing it and it gives you the complexion of a porcelain doll plus it has also got a healthy dollop of SPF 30 so you can be sure that you’re being a good girl too.
I pair this up with YSL’s radiant Touche Eclat wherever I need a touch of radiance on the skin since it blends so effortlessly even when using your fingers.
Charlotte has tried every concealer there is (literally) and she always comes back to Lancome’s Effacernes Long-lasting Hydrating Concealer for covering under-eye circles. I’m told it has excellent coverage, doesn’t crease and stays put all day without the need for frequent touch ups.
She’s also an advocate of Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder – ‘you can use this for touch ups or apply more layers as a powder foundation, as the name suggests it really does give you a healthy glow as well as remaining sheer and natural. The compact is also very covetable – it looks ace when whipped out of your handbag for a touch up’.
I’m also a firm advocate of the velvety soft Nars’ Eyeshadow Base Primer which guarantees that your eyeshadow will stay put until the last dance and beyond.
Zoe mentioned in her email that she was keen to integrate a smokey eye into her big day beauty and asked if I thought it would suit her fair skin.
I have to say that I’ve not met a woman yet who didn’t look all kinds of gorgeous with seductive smokey peepers so Zoe I say to you…go for it!
A word of warning however…I recommend using colour palettes of soft greys and light browns rather than really intense shades of black eyeshadows. Darker hues can overpower the face and in the worse cases actually make your eyes look smaller which is…erm not so hot…
Below is our selection of the best products for the ultimate smokey eye…
Becky loves Dior’s Iconic Overcurl Mascara…I also think she might be nursing an addiction to the brand. Regardless, she argues her case competently – ‘the brush is fantastic and never clogs and your lashes are left feeling like lycra! Supple and perfectly curled. I have very short, very straight lashes and if this works on me it will work on anyone!’
O’Shea favours Clinique however… ‘If you want thick non-smudge fluttery lashes, Clinique’s High Impact Mascara this takes some beating. I don’t use it every day but it’s a winner for special occasions, it really does give a “false lash” effect.’
For me though it’s all about Lancome’s Defincils Mascara. I’m lucky enough to be blessed with long lashes so I look for a brush that’s going to separate every lash and coat them in sooty blackness for the ultimate Bambi effect. If that’s your goal then this is the product for you.
A truly successful smokey eye will require the application of a kohl pencil or a gel eyeliner so that you can ensure that you’re creating some definition around the eye. Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Eye Liner offers the precision of liquid liner and the ease of a gel-based formula. It stays on FOREVER and is water resistant too but is a touch on the expensive as you have to buy a brush too; I’m told that the pot lasts a long time though.
Alternatively opt for Revlon’s Colorstay gel liner if you’re looking for something that’s more budget friendly.
Lastly I cannot recommend Tom Ford’s Eyeshadow Quads strongly enough. Four velvetly soft eyeshadows that just last and last without a hint of a crease either… choose Titanium smoke if you’re looking for a bridal smokey eye. Yes it’s expensive but I promise you won’t regret it.
We’re head over heels for a blushing bride and between us we’ve plenty of recommendations for you lovely lot depending on whether you’re after a youthful peachy glow or you want to channel the sun-kissed skin of a Grecian goddess.
Becky is crazy for Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess blusher / bronzer. Apparently the name says it all plus it’s oil free so sits beautifully on top of her recommended Dior foundation. Equally Fern can’t get enough of Bobbi Brown’s Bronze Shimmer Brick Compact – ‘it’s more of a bronzer, but looks great on olive skin tones’.
For fairer skins it’s worth considering Charlotte’s recommendation – Tumulte – a new Chanel blush shade in a kind of peachy bright pink; it really warms up winter complexions and has a delicate shimmer for luminosity.
If you’re feeling adventurous then I wholeheartedly suggest that you try out Tom Ford’s Cheek Colour in ‘Flush’. Granted it’s a powerful shade but it instantly brightens up tired complexions and lasts forever without repeat applications. Plus the compact is super glamorous too.
Lastly for a touch of sparkle for the evening festivities, I’d suggest opting for Nars’ Super Orgasm blush which will guarantee that you sparkle all the way to bed and sets the tone for things to come…
The all important first kiss.
Typically if you’re going for a smokey eye then most MUAs recommend that you keep your lips fairly neutral. It might be worth considering in this case, Fern’s favourite Burt’s Bees lip balm for a touch of colour without overwhelming the face or Charlotte’s staple Bobbi Brown lip colour in ‘Bikini Pink’. Its pinky / nude “suits all” shade gives the impression of your lips “but better” as it were. The Blog Queen particularly loves the formulation as it’s creamy and moisturising but stays put for hours providing you prep your lips properly beforehand.
Which leads us nicely onto my recommendation for M.A.C’s lip conditioner – guaranteed to do what it says on the tin. At only £11.00 this tube of goodness is a complete bargain and totally wearable long after the big day has been and gone.
However if you’re more of a lip gloss kind of girl then Charlotte has just the thing for you…Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector – “This was recommended to me recently by Emily Kent who worked with us on our I Believe In Mermaids shoot. Rose Shimmer is a natural pink shade and the consistency is somewhere between a gloss and a balm, perfect for non-lipstick lovers or to put over the top for some sexy shine.”
Make like a screen siren and opt for a splash of bold colour if you’re feeling bold enough. Take Becky’s lead and pop Benefit Hydra-smooth Lip Colour in your basket. Becky raves about its ‘super hydrating properties ensuring you don’t get that nasty dry lip issue on your big day!’. Cleverly, this lippy also has three different levels of coverage from sheer to full ‘so why not go delicate and light in the day and ramp it up with a fuller lip on the evening’
So there you are Zoe love…hopefully we’ve given you a bit of make-up related succor. Let us know what you ultimately opt for…we’re a nosy lot.
So folks, are you experiencing a beauty dilemma of your own?
Perhaps you have difficulties in other areas…like your florals for example?
Would you be interested in a regular ‘Ask Lolly’ agony aunt style post?
Let us know what you think in the comments box below.
All my love Lolly xxx