My first blog post as a wife, how strange it feels to type. I'd like to start by saying thank you for all the well wishes and kind messages, comments and posts I received in the run up to and following the wedding. To have such lovely words sent was so touching and I loved reading them all!
The most requested blog I received over the last few weeks has been for a product breakdown of what I wore on my wedding day. I did my own makeup as I simply felt more comfortable doing so and had the incredibly talented Danielle Garner come over to Marbella from Dublin to do our hair. She was amazing from start to finish and I can't imagine having had anyone else with us on the day. Such a perfectionist, a professional and a lovely girl she was perfect for the job. Liza Mayne was the makeup artist who did the makeup for my bridesmaids and mum, she is equally fabulous and they all looked stunning!
We did a couple of trials before the wedding to decide on the perfect hair style. I battled between wearing my hair up or down for months before the wedding, I feel more comfortable with it down but also wanted it up so I didn't just look like my usual self. We decided I would have it up in a low bun for the church to suit the veil and then take it down for the reception so I ended up with the best of both worlds! Danielle prepped my hair with a lot of products before curling it with the Babyliss Pro wand and pinning the curls up to cool. She then put it up in a low bun with a centre part leaving some hair down at the front to frame my face. This was then easy enough to take down and fix for the reception when I took the veil out. I wore it down and pinned behind my ears for the evening to keep it out of my face and still slightly formal. The curls lasted perfectly and I couldn't of been happier with how it turned out!
I took myself off to my room in peace and quiet to do my makeup. I knew in advance exactly what products I wanted to use but hadn't exactly practiced. I ended up doing a slightly heavier version of how I normally wear my makeup so that I still felt like myself, just slightly more radiant!
Skin; To begin I cleansed my face and then went in with my Pestle and Mortar Hyaluronic Serum. Under my eyes I used Kinvara's Eye Wow a light but hydrating fluid. After giving the serum a minute to settle I moisturised my face with Pestle and Mortar's Hydrate cream.
Base; I started by spraying my face with Skindinavia's Makeup Primer Spray, this is very effective at keeping makeup in place but it does contain alcohol so I wouldn't recommend using it daily as it may dry out the skin. The same goes for their setting spray I'll mention later. For my Foundation I mixed together my two holy grails, Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in shade 6.5 and YSL Le Teint Touche Eclait in shade BD60. I applied these using a damp Beauty Blender, I use my beauty blender for applying nearly all face products as it pushes the product into the skin and leaves a seamless finish. If you ever find using brushes to buff in your foundation makes your skin flake or accentuates dry patches a beauty blender will be your best friend. Buy the real deal, the copies don't compare.
I then went in with my concealer, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in shade Ginger. I put this in a triangle under the eye, a little on the chin and a touch on the centre of my forehead to balance the brightness on the face. Again I bounced this all in with a damp beauty blender.
To contour I used my Laura Mercier cream Contour palette, mixing the 3 shades to suit my skin tone. I then set this with a mix of my two favourite bronzers, Hourglass Bronzer in Radiant Light and Bobbi Brown matte bronzer in shade 4 Deep, do not use this unless you are tanned as it has a red undertone that wouldn't work for everyone.
For Blusher I applied Charlotte Tilbury's blush in Ecstasy quite high on my cheek as that's the application that suits my face.
To highlight I used Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (fluid) in Opal and again applied that with my beauty blender.
To set this I applied my RCMA translucent setting powder all over my face very lightly. I don't usually set my makeup but with the day that was in it I knew I'd be warm!
Eyes; On my brows I applied Cailyn Cosmetics Gelux Eyebrow in Mahogany (you can buy this in Claudine King's Salon) and then Anastasia's clear brow gel to set the hairs in place.
On the lid I applied MAC's Cork eyeshadow all over and underneath the eye too, blended up quite high and deep in towards my nose to almost contour my eye shape. I then went into the crease with MAC's Swiss Chocolate and Embark mixed together as a gentle cut crease. I blended this all out with a big fluffy brush using Bobbi Brown's Camel eyeshadow. To highlight my inner corner I used my Becca highlighter. I lined my eye with a soft flick using Kat Von D's Tattoo liner in Trooper. To soften the liner slightly I ever so carefully buffed a little MAC Carbon black shadow over the liner only along the lashes, keep the flick crisp. I applied Rimmel's Lash Accelerator to my bottom lashes and left my lash extensions mascara free on top. Inside my waterline I applied MAC's nude liner in NC25.
Lips; To line my lips I used Smashbox's Always Sharp liner in Medium 2. I blended it in slightly towards the centre of the lips and then went in with YSL's Rouge Volupte Matte in 218. I personally don't like the look of lip gloss so I left it at that. I highlighted my cupid's bow using the same Becca fluid.
To set my face I sprayed it with Skindinavia's Makeup Setting Spray which took away any powdery residue left on the skin, I can't stand when you can see makeup sitting on top of skin so I like mine to look creamy and glowing!
On my body I applied Nivea's Express Hydration Body Lotion all over and then highlighted my collar bone, arms and shoulder blades using Charlotte Tilbury's Super Model Body-a must!
After that it was time to get dressed and head to the church! We were all sweating getting me into the dress so thank God for the powder! My dress was the Pronovias Primeal Dress, I changed the shape slightly to have it taper around my hips and my shoes were Tony Bianco.
I had the most incredible weekend possible, I know it sounds cliche when people say their wedding day was the best day of their life but mine truly was. To any brides-to-be all I can say is enjoy every second you have left of the build up, planning and especially the big day. I'm so jealous of anyone who still has their wedding day to come. I'd do it all again in a heartbeat if we could! Having everyone you love and care for around you to celebrate is a feeling like none other. I can only think of one other feeling that comes close...
And it may have something to do with this one! Speak to you all soon, Mrs M X