Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Playing Dress Up, Big Girl Style

I’m getting married. Have I mentioned that. Yeah, I know, I mention the fiancé in almost every post Don’t judge me.

Anyways, one of the things we’ve been doing with our time as an engaged couple is having tons of official and unofficial pre-wedding events. Our awesome Friday night a couple weeks ago is the perfect example.

A semi-official event I’ve got going is the makeup party for my bridesmaids. My six girls who live in town along with the fiancé’s Maid of Honor aka sister join me to play with makeup. I have a friend who sells Mary Kay and we’ve been having fun. The first time we just learned about foundation and skin care.

The second time, we played with makeup application. We began to develop our palette for the wedding. Each girl is getting her own special designed makeup palette that works for her skin tone, the color of her dress, the time of year, and the time of day. If that sounds pretty serious, it is. It’s this serious.

Okay, maybe not that serious. This cracked out look is courtesy of Mary Kay's satin lips mask. That shit works!

Anyway, We played with makeup for hours and hours. I ended up buying a whole boatload of stuff and I have been playing with it since. I’ve been trying dramatic, classic, neutral, you name it. I usually wear makeup everyday, but not all the extra pieces like blush, bronzer, etc.

I’ve made some great choices, and I wanted to share them because I’m proud of my mixing skills. I’m a good mixer for a couple things:

1) Alcoholic and non-alcohol drinks.

2) Makeup.

3) Cookie recipes.

I’m a terrible mixer at other things:

4) Playlists on the ole iPod.

5) Hot dogs and roller coasters.

6) Business and pleasure.

Now that I’ve added the obligatory list that seems to pop up in each of my blog posts, I can get back to the point. My makeup mixes have pleased me. I’m still getting adjusted to looking in the mirror and seeing blush and more dramatic eye makeup. But it sure photographs well! Wanna see?

This might very well be my wedding makeup. Sexy and classic, right?

I love how this turned out. It only took 5 1/2 hours to get there. Not because of layers, but because of trying different options.

Lots of different shadows, liners, blush, etc.

Yup, I bought all that stuff. Yup. I love me some makeup.

Green shadow, copper lip, peach cheek.

It’s not easy being green.

Plum eye, pale pink cheek, pink lip.

Not sure if I love this with my red hair, but it’s gonna look great when I dye it brown for the wedding.

Copper eye, copper cheek, bright pink lip.

Mixing it up to see if I could blend too different looks. It photographed waaay better than I liked it in the mirror.

Boys have their toys, I think this makeup will be my new toy. No batteries needed. Wink.

8 responses

  1. Love all the pictures you have! I think all of the make-up you did on yourself turned out really nice, I especially like the last one. I personally can’t put on make-up to save my life … even though I work at a Spa/Salon. That’s what my esthetician girls are for! And I personally love face products (toner/moisturizer/cleanser/masques), that is my Achilles’s heel.

    December 20, 2011 at 23:26

    • I’m a fan of moisturizing too. Can’t put on makeup on a face that isn’t healthy and clean and exfoliated, etc. The post I wrote about my bathroom shows the drawer I have all my stuff in. My moisturizers and foundations have their own drawer. I think the investment of time and energy now will make my skin look fabulous for many years to come.

      December 21, 2011 at 00:04

  2. silverneurotic

    I am clueless when it comes to makeup. I don’t use it for everyday, just once in awhile I’ll use a little bit if I want to look a little extra nice. My mother never wears makeup so I kind of took after her. I haven’t even thought about make up for my big day, but since it’s going to be such a low key affair, I have a feeling it’s going to be the same. I asked my sister to help me out though and she’s actually really good with makeup (and manicures).

    December 21, 2011 at 17:56

    • Clueless? You need to get a Mary Kay lady. She’ll teach you everything you need to know. Even though I’ve got makeup knowledge, I’m still having my best friend/maid of honor help with my makeup the day of. I want to have an extra set of blending brushes on hand, lol. even if your wedding is low key, it will be photographed, and you want to look your best in photos that you’ll be looking at for the next 50+ years, you know?

      December 22, 2011 at 22:47

  3. I love the proposed wedding makeup. It’s perfect. Of the other three, here’s what like: the lipstick of the first, the eyes of the second, and I love the whole face of the last one.

    December 21, 2011 at 22:25

    • Thanks! Yeah, I’ve been experimenting to see what works. The fiance is getting used to the increased amount of makeup, but he absolutely loves how well it photographs.

      December 22, 2011 at 22:45

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