MY LITTLE SISTER GOT MARRIED LAST WEEK!!! But if you follow any of my family members on Facebook or Twitter, you already knew that because we can't shut up about it. It was such an adorable little wedding and such a happy occasion that we had to follow it up with a four-day celebration in Tennessee, and we're still riding that wedding high like the mechanical bull we dominated at Tequila Cowboy.
Boots, BBQ, and bridal beauty; cowboys, karaoke, and country concerts; lace, lovebirds, and lots of spiked lemonade. The whole trip was seriously a blast, it's making me write in alliterations.
Rachel and JT made their vows in Omaha on Wednesday night at 9:00, and then we all changed into our traveling garb and boarded the charter bus for a 14-hour drive to a countryside manor outside of Nashville, where we all camped out and occasionally went into Nashville to party with the locals and hunt for celebrities during the CMA Fest.
So diving right into the beauty blogging here: Check out this stunner of a bride! Most beautiful thing I ever did see! If you're interested in finding out what products we used, they're listed below, and I'll kind of briefly go into placement. Hopefully, in the near future, I'll be doing more videos since tools and products are only half the battle when it comes to makeup application.
First, I used Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Primer all over her face and applied Urban Decay's Naked Skin liquid foundation. I have been really loving this foundation because the consistency is very weightless, but the coverage is great. I had to kind of go back through and dab some darker foundation around the edges and blend it all together because her skin matched the Urban Decay foundation perfectly in the trial run, but we forgot to take into account the fact that she tanned every single day for the next two weeks. :/ Scary. But it all came together! Thank God for over-packers. :)
A lot of makeup artists recommend doing foundation last so that the fallout from your eyeshadow doesn't get stuck in the foundation under your eyes, but I just try to dampen the eyeshadow brushes so it sticks better (plus, it makes the eyeshadow pigments more vibrant so I'd do it anyway). Also, I like having the foundation on first because I feel like it helps with color selection and whatnot to have a uniform canvas to begin with and then build onto it.
After the foundation was applied, we went straight to the eyes. Primer first. I have an eyeshadow palette called Natural Eyes by Too Faced, and we used mostly Honeypot all over the lid. I used a pale, eggshell-colored shimmer in the tear duct and on the brow bone just beneath her arch, and since the gold, bronze, and warm brown colors in the Natural Eyes palette worked perfectly to help really bring out Rachel's baby blues, I used a bit of everything to create a gradient eyeshadow (dark in the outer corners to light in the tear ducts).
Rachel shares my obsession with eyebrow shapes, so I wanted to make sure they were exactly how she wanted them. We used the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette. I don't think it's a necessary purchase for everyone's collections to be honest. I use it a lot, but there are so many more budget-friendly options for brows. All you really need is some good brow gel, a straight-edge cosmetic brush, and whatever brown eyeshadow matches your brows.
We did a winged, cat-eye look with black liquid eyeliner. I started with the narrowest line being all the way in the inner corner / tear duct and gradually thickened the line as we drug it out to the outer corner. On the bottom, I used a damp, straight-edge brush to pull the look together with some of the brown tones we used on the outer V of the top lid.
In our trial run, we used false lashes, but she decided not to use them for the wedding because they felt pretty heavy on her, and she wanted to be more natural. So since we nixed the falsies, we really went to town on curling her lashes. I used a lengthening mascara, gave it about a minute to get to a half-dry / half-putty-ish consistency, and then I applied a thickening mascara, wiggling the wand from side to side as I pulled it through her lashes to make sure each lash got as much of a 360° coating treatment as possible.
Since Rachel dyed her hair really dark for the wedding, she wanted to play with bolder looks on her eyes and mouth, and unless this is the first blog post you've read of mine, you're well aware of my lipstick addiction and my red-lip infatuation. As I've said before, certain reds look better with different skin tones. So with Rachel's dark hair and tan skin, I went with MAC's Chili lipstick. It looked DIVINE!! Before applying the color, we lined her lips with a warm brown brow pencil and applied some lipstick primer.
When all of the fun stuff was done, we did a little bit of HAC-ing . . . because pictures always turn out better when your HAC-ing is top-notch. Also, every time I did Rachel's makeup over the weekend, I set it with Urban Decay's de-slick Setting Spray because Nashville's 80% humidity did not do good things to our hair and makeup. Worked like a charm. :)
I apologize if I seem somewhat distracted—I keep grabbing my phone and going through all the Nashville pictures. You know when you finally get to have some real quality time with all of your favorite people, and you're just beaming for days on end? That.
Happy Monday, cherubs!!!