Sunday, October 7th, 2012

My Wedding Makeup

I actually didn’t know what I was going to do quite yet for my makeup until I tested out Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette (which I reviewed last month).  I loved the way it looked on me, and the colors were perfect for autumn.  I knew at once that it was a happy medium that used color and not just neutrals, but it wasn’t too bold or smoky, as our ceremony was being held in the late morning.  I went with a gold eyeliner on the bottom lash line, because it brightened up my eyes, so naturally, Honey was my go-to, as it was one of my all-time favorites.   With the warm-toned eyes, I knew I’d be going with corals, which I tend to like on myself.   I wore the same eyes and cheeks all day long, but for our evening reception, I changed the lips to Chanel Dragon and Bobbi Brown Naked Plum.

I won’t have my photos back for approximately a month, but when I have some to share, I will be sure to share a few. :)  These are the only photos I managed to take in the last few minutes before we had to leave to go to the ceremony location.  I spent a half hour on makeup, even if I used a truck-load of products!


I applied a layer of primer on from lash line to brow bone.  Then, I applied the lighter plum eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid, followed by the darker brown eyeshadow on the outer third of the lid.  I patted the gold eyeshadow directly on the center of the lid and pulled it outwards and inwards to blend with the other two colors.  I used separate MAC 239 eyeshadow brushes for those three colors.  I swept on the darker plum shade into the crease and diffused it upwards using Make Up For Ever’s #17S crease brush.  Next, I took the MAC 239 again with the gold eyeshadow and patted it on the inner tear duct and then pulled it upwards over the inner crease.  I lined the lower lashes with Honey eyeliner.  I filled in brows using Espresso eyeshadow and MAC’s 266 brush, then combed through them with a clean mascara spoolie and set with brow gel.  To finish the look, I heavily applied Eyes to Kill mascara (waterproof, of course) to upper and lower lashes.


I applied the moisturizing primer first, just prior to applying my eye makeup, so it would have a chance to sink in.  After fifteen minutes or so, I applied the Mineral Veil primer, and I let that sink in for five to ten minutes.  I used one pump of #02 and half a pump of #03, then mixed them between my fingers, and dotted it all over the face.  I used Hourglass #2 Foundation Brush to blend and diffuse the foundation on the face and down the neck.  I applied two pats of Cle de Peau’s Concealer on my under eye area and blended just over the bridge of my nose.  I then patted OCC’s Concealer over that.  I finished the under eye area by lightly tapping Terracotta Light Touch to brighten.  To add color to cheeks, I tapped Love Lust blush on apples and blended towards temples with MAC’s 116 brush.  I lightly contoured the hollows of my cheeks with MAC Sculpt and MAC’s 168 brush.  I lightly swept on Parure de Nuit as a highlighter on cheek bones with MAC’s 165 brush.  To set everything into place, I used MAC’s 184 brush and Pressed Meteorites.


I applied Gems lipstick onto lips with a lip brush.  I lightly patted Cle de Peau #2 on the center of the lower lips, then pressed lips together.  I finished by applying a full coat of Citrus and lightly pressing my lips together.

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1,048 thoughts on “My Wedding Makeup

  1. MJ

    Congratulations! 😀

  2. Sherly Obillo

    Congratulations Christine… You look beautiful. Wish you and your husband happiness and long healthy marriage.

  3. Glennette

    CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTINE! You were a beautiful bride. I always come to your website before buying makeup products and I appreciate your advice. Best Wishes for a happy, healthy life together!

  4. Hannah

    Congratulations Chistine, u look stunning and very happy. Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness together.

  5. Jaya

    Congratulations Christine ! May you and Shaun have a wonderful married life together. Enjoy this journey.

  6. Irene

    Congratulations, Christine and Sean! I hope you are taking a honeymoon <3 Can't wait for photos.

  7. Marie

    Beautiful bride! Congratulations and best wishes! :)

  8. Gwen

    Congratulations Christine! You look positively glowing and beautiful :)
    I love how you kept it natural yet so elegant. Yours has to be the most beautiful look I’ve ever seen done on a bride.
    And it would be great to see pics of your dress! I love the look of the lace 😉

  9. Congratulations! May you both be always blessed and happy! Your look is absolutely beautiful and I can’t believe you did that all in 30 minutes! Christine, you must have made such a stunning bride! Hugs! xx

  10. Lauren

    Congratulations to you and Shaun! Many years of happiness to you both. Your makeup is absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Congratulations! I’m sure your wedding photos will look amazing!

  12. Telle

    Congratulations Christine! <3 Here's to a lifetime of growing together!! Many blessings!
    Your makeup was flawless, absolutely phenomenal! Thank you for continuing with the blog during such a busy and amazing celebratory time in your life! :)

  13. Manderlay

    A lovely choice of colors for an autumn bride! Congratulations :)

  14. Frances

    Wow you look gorgeous! Congratulations :)

  15. Kathrina

    Congratulations, Christine and Shaun! What a stunning bride! These pictures make me smile because I have assumed you would use your well-kown favorites (Parure Gold, Gems lipstick, Cle de Peau 2 lipgloss, Dragon….) for your wedding make-up. :) Did Mellan dress up, too?

  16. trillium

    Congratulations! You look gorgeous, and I wish you many happy years to come! <3

  17. Terri

    Congratulations Christine & Shaun; wishing you both a long & happy marriage filled with love and laughter.
    You are a stunningly beautiful bride and I hope your day was everything you wished for and more.

  18. Michele Coccaro Benedict

    Christine congratulations! You look simply beautiful!! I wish you guys a liftime of the best health and happiness!

  19. Janeen Arias

    You make me want to get married tomorrow and have you as my make up artist!!! LOVE the eyeshadow SO MUCH!!!!!!

  20. Kathy

    You look just glorious! Best wishes and many years of health and happiness to you and your husband!

  21. Jennifer

    You look AMAZING! Congrats!

  22. Elaine

    You look absolutely stunning .. a glowing bride! Congratulations to you and your husband, may the magic of your wedding day live with you forever xx

  23. Maya

    Congratulations! Best wishes for your future together!

  24. sarah

    Congratulations!!! Best wishes to you and your new hubby!!!!

  25. Veronica

    Oh wow, I completely did not realize your wedding date had already hit. Congratulations! You look(ed?) radiant! Shaun is a lucky guy. 😉

  26. ifath

    Perfect! I always read but don’t post, but had to. You look beautiful. You, but better :-)

  27. Ada

    So beautiful! I wish you guys all the happiness in the world.

  28. Maryam

    Wow you look absolutely beautiful, so beautiful that I couldn’t take my eyes off the pictures <3 Congratulations on the wedding and I hope you and your husband will have a lovely life a head full of happiness. I was waiting for the turnadot palette to be in stock, but if you chose to wear it on your wedding then I need it right now. <3

  29. You look absolutely stunning. I really love this look on you. Congratulations!!

  30. Congratulations!!! May you both have many many happy and loving years to enjoy together.

  31. LH

    Congratulations you two I wish you and Sean a happy long marriage filled with love and laughter.

  32. Jenny

    Congratulations to you Christine! what a beautiful bride….. Best wishes!

  33. Jenny

    Congratulations to you both!! You look so beautiful :)

  34. LU

    Congratulations on your wedding Christine! I wish you and your husband the best! Oh, and Mellan of course! :)

  35. Nicole

    Congrats to you both! You look so happy and beautiful. Best wishes for a lifetime of health and happiness.

  36. mimy

    what about a picture of the dress? lol


  37. Joyce

    Christine, you look gorgeous! Congratulations!!!

  38. Ellen

    Amazing! I can’t wait to see pictures :)

  39. Carolina

    Absolutely stunning and yet, the same Christine I’ve gotten used to seeing on this website all these years. I can’t wait to see photos of you with the Chanel Dragon, and of course of the dress and the wedding and everything else you care to share with us. :)

    Congratulations to you and Shaun (and the child Mellan :D) and may I wish you all the best with all my heart.

  40. Eee! *flails* Congratulations, my dear!! You looked absolutely glowing <3

  41. Lilac

    It looks beautiful =) Congratulations to your wedding :)

  42. RS

    Congratulations!!! 😀

  43. ElKay

    You look so beautiful. Congratulations!

  44. VJNS

    Aww, Christine, you look absolutely perfect. Congratulations!

  45. Gail

    Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations!

  46. Bre

    Mazel tov! It’s such a pretty, radiant look. Best wishes to you both!

  47. Justine

    You are one beautiful bride! Congrats Christine… I wish you both the best 😀

  48. jen

    Gorgeous look! I love what you did with your eyes, the shadows blend beautifully and that golden eyeliner is nice touch for the extra special. Congrats on your wedding! :)

  49. blkrox

    Oh Christine! You look absolutely breath-taking, you’re just glowing! Congratulations and may you, Shaun, and Mellan have blessings upon blessings!

  50. kpmakeup7

    Congrats Christine!!!! Wishing you guys many years of happiness and above all, lots of LOVE!

  51. Diana

    Congratulations, Christine!!! You looked beautiful! :)

  52. An

    You look so gorgeous, Christine! I really like the color scheme for your eyes. Colorful, but not too bold.

    You only took 30 mins with your makeup?! I already take about 30 mins for my regular work day looks. LOL

    I’d love to see some of your wedding pictures~ Congratulations!! ^^

    I missed reading your review about the Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette when it was first posted, but now I had to read it. Love the colors in this product. ^^

    I just read your Guerlain Parure Gold foundation review too. Do you still apply foundation the same way you mentioned in that review?

    • I practiced this look a bit to make sure I had the timing down :)

      I still apply very similarly – I use my fingers to pat it into place (instead of using a concealer brush), and right now, I’m using Hourglass’ brush instead of the 109!

  53. Diana B

    Congratulations!! And thank you so much for sharing your special day with us.

  54. Jill

    congrats Christine! positively radiant! and I am so impressed we didn’t even know it had happened – the blog seemed like everything was normal!

  55. Marcela

    Congratulations Christine! I wish you both the best :)

  56. Gina

    You look beautiful, Christine! I always get so excited for you when you get a break from testing, and get a chance to use product you actually love, hah!

  57. AuntSat


  58. Beautiful I love it! Congrats on the wedding and even though you used a lot of products it doesnt look like you did!

  59. makeup_fiend

    Congratulations, you make a gorgeous bride. Love the eye make up and can’t wait to see more photos.

  60. K.C.

    I nearly started crying when I saw this. You look so beautiful! Congratulations, and I wish you the very best; you deserve it!

  61. Congratulations and best wishes to you both! :) You look lovely!!

  62. Belinda

    Congratulations, Christine! You look beautiful. I can’t wait to see pictures of the dress. All the best to you and hubby! 😀

  63. Jade

    I love your attention to your base here! I hope your day was wonderful and your future is even better :)

  64. Rima

    Congraduations to the both of you! : )

  65. Molly N

    Congratulations Christine!!! You look absolutely amazing! I hope you and your husband enjoy being newlyweds : )

  66. Congratulations! You looked fabulous! 😀 I hope you and your new hubby have a long and happy life together. :)

  67. gerberairis

    you look absolutely stunning and radiant! Congratulations on your wedding!! wishing you have a long and wonderful married life!!

  68. Michele

    Congratulations to both of you! You look absolutely beautiful!

  69. Michelle

    Congrats Christine! You looked gorgeous! May have to try your Guerlain look :) too cute!

  70. Congratulations Christine! You look absolutely beautiful, a very lovely bride indeed! <3

  71. Jaz

    Congrats!! I wish you a long happy marriage. Remember to always take time to enjoy each other.

  72. Rachel

    You look gorgeous! Love the Honey on your lower lash line. Congrats you newly married woman, you!

  73. Soo

    you looks so pretty, Christine! many congratulations to the both of you!

  74. viv

    Beautiful! Congratulations and much happiness to you both (and Mellan!) <3

  75. Michelle

    Congratulations! You look so perfect, and radiant! I am in love with this look, specially the eye make up.. That Guerlain palette sure does look incredible on you:-)

  76. Natasha

    Just wanted to say Congratulations!!! I’ve been reading your blog forever….at least 3 or 4 years and I feel like I know you…lol….good going!!! Hope you have a wonderful life together!!

  77. Elle

    What a gorgeous bride. Congrats to you both!

  78. Michelle Thong

    Congratulations!!! I love the look, it’s gorgeous, but not overbearing or too bold. Also, it shows your amazing talent and unique skills that most brides wouldn’t wear. Can’t wait to see more photos!

  79. Laura

    Stunning – thanks for the instructions! And congrats of course!

  80. Carriel2

    You always look so pretty, but wow you look gorgeous in these pictures. Congratulations on your wedding!

  81. Ida

    Stunning! Congratulations!

  82. No surprise, you look beautiful! Congratulations!

  83. Theresa

    You”re a beautiful bride! Congrats! Can’t wait to see the pictures, thanks for sharing with us.

  84. You’re so gorgeous! I love this look; the gold liner is something different but not too bold by any means! It’s too bad UD discontinued Honey – it was one of my favorites. Congratulations on your special day! I’ll be so excited to see the photos :)

  85. Bruna Lima

    awww! Gorgeous!! Congratulations!

  86. Hisa

    Aw you look avs

  87. Ahhhhh, so pretty. Congratulations. And now I officially need Turandot.

  88. Jimena

    Awwww you wedding :’) Congratulations you look gorgeous!!!

  89. Hisa

    Aw you look absolutely lovely! You have such a beautiful glow about you. Congrats on your wedding!

  90. Lucifin

    Congratulations dear! (I hope the timing is right. It’s a bit harder to tell when is a good time online sometimes lol) You look absolutely stunning. I hope you the best of happiness in the world. :)

  91. LuvJ

    Christine.. you sure did make a beautiful bride! Congratulations to you and Shaun!

  92. squeezle

    Congratulations!!! You look lovely, as always!

  93. Emily

    Congrats Christine!! Your makeup looks gorgeous! :)

  94. Lulu

    wow congrats! you look beautiful! can’t wait to see more wedding photos :)

  95. Auzin

    You look so beautiful! Congratulations! :)

  96. Michelle

    Congratulations Christine! You look gorgeous!

  97. wendy

    Congratulations, Christine! You look absolutely gorgeous, I hope it was the perfect wedding day! <3

  98. Chelle

    I don’t even know why I’m surprised that you did your own makeup, you clearly did a flawless job. For whatever reason (stupidly so) I assumed you would leave up to someone else to do it. Now that you have done it, and produced an amazing result (in thirty minutes no less), I have to say not only am I impressed at your composure to actually get that done so quickly, but to have the confidence in yourself to pull it off. (I realize this may sound slightly… mm… what’s the word… maybe slightly offputting, but I truly do mean this in the best way possible. Most people would just get someone else to do it to take the pressure off themselves. But you did it, and it was stunning.) Congratulations to you both! Very much looking forward to more photos!