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My Wedding Makeup

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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Lavanya Avatar

omg, congratulations Christine! Can’t believe you’re blogging even when all this is happening, gosh you’re amazing! You look beautiful 🙂

Shelly Avatar

I am almost in tears. You look so beautiful. I actually started reading your blog right when I met my boyfriend and we just got engaged two months ago. Congratulations and all the best!

Pamela Avatar

Thanks for sharing! You were a beautiful bride! Did you wear waterproof eye makeup? When was the big day? Most important, what did Mellan wear?

SunshineAZ Avatar

Wow Christine! You look perfectly flawless and absolutely stunning. I can’t wait to see pictures of your wedding! Mine is next spring so I’m all about wedding stuff right now!

SunshineAz Avatar

As far was makeup and hair I have no idea. Since its in March and the weather in Phoenix will be beautiful, I want to do a soft romantic look. Im still playing around with it but I’m thinking pinks and corals. For my hair I know I want my hair down and curled but I’m still not sure of the style. I hope your wedding was all you dreamed of!

SunshineAz Avatar

For the actual wedding we have finalized the guest list, sent out save the dates, booked the venue, found my dress….and that’s it! We are still deciding and making decisions on every other aspect.

Nesita Avatar

Congratulations to you and Shaun!
You looked gorgeous, Christine! It looks very you, with the pop of gold on the lower lashline and the Cle de Peau #2 lipgloss =)

Swathi Narumanchi Avatar

Congratulations Christine !

This was out of the blue and not a word of it before the d-day. You sure can keep secrets 🙂

Have fun and wishing you loads of luck and love.

Matthias Avatar

Congratulations! You look beautiful. I wish you all the very best for your marriage, I wish you happiness and that all your dreams come true!
Greetings from Germany!

Sarah Chambless Avatar

Wow, you look so pretty and happy 🙂 I really like that you did something a little more bold rather than totally traditional (I am a bold kind of girl myself!)

I just want to say how much I respect your work ethic that you managed to post this whole time and most of us didnt even realize you had already gotten married. Congrats and thanks for everything you do 🙂

Dawn Avatar

Congratulations, Christine, you look stunning! I hope you had an amazing day, and that everything went smoothly. Best wishes for your future together

Sasha Avatar

Gorgeous, congratulations! I see many of the winners I’ve put on the Christmas list in use. When you get a chance you should try Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Fusion Foundation. SA put it on me at NM over the weekend and it’s heavenly.

Nina R Avatar

Christine! You are so beautiful, like a Princess Charming!
I am so happy for you. I’ve been reading you blog for some three years already, and sometimes I feel like you’re my cousin.
Lots of happiness and love to you and to the Tech Guy 😉

Ryou Avatar

Congratulations Christine! ♥♥♥

I’m so happy to see Honey here, as it’s my favorite as well. And me, being a dork, squealed a little upon reading you ended up wearing Dragon for the evening.

Pssst, I almost want to pick up Turandot upon seeing the fairytale quality it brings your look. It just looks SO perfect on you!

Ryou Avatar

lol, I get what you mean. I wore red lips for my wedding as well, and well… The spouse wasn’t all that amused with the reddish stain on his lips and cheeks. 😛 (Didn’t really go with his suit)

However, I think Gems with Cle de Peau #2 are definitely excellent choices too. I recall them being your favorites as well. 😀 You may or may not have enabled me to add B Citrus to my wishlist, though… >>

Ryou Avatar

I hear you! The whole point of wearing Dragon was because it was your favorite, so any other reds wouldn’t do.

Hopefully he didn’t mind the sparkle, if he did, just ask him to pretend he just ate a sparklepire? 😛

Sarah Avatar

Best wishes from Germany, Christine and Shaun, and Mellan <3 (Mellan's probably happy that his parents do not live in sin anymore lol)
You look lovely, so excited for the upcoming photos… I also did not realize it was time already!

kolorkoded Avatar

Your wedding makeup is so beautiful Christine. Congratulations to you both. Oh and you have enabled me to get that Honey liner. I’m a sucker for golds I tell ya! : )

Jillian Avatar

Absolutely stunning- you’re very talented. Congratulations to the both of you!! 6 years for Temptalia and now newlyweds… 2012 is a big year!!

It’s incredible how you were even thinking of your readers on your wedding day… I love how attentive and dedicated you are!! I think the info you gave is invaluable for any bride who wants to do her own makeup on her wedding day.

As a side note, my sister is in love with pearls; she would die for your earrings! If you don’t mind me asking, where did you get them?

Jennifer Rivera Avatar

You look so beautiful Christine! Congratulations and wish you the best in everything! Can’t wait to see more pics of you and your wedding 🙂 So happy for you!

Megan Avatar

Huge congratulations to you both! Your makeup is beautiful — of course it helps if you have a lovely canvas to work on, too! Very best wishes for your future together, and I hope you enjoy your celebrations!

Denise Avatar

You look so pretty, Christine! What I like most is that it’s totally you. All the best to you and your husband! I hope you had a wonderful wedding yesterday and I wish you a wonderful life together!

Audrey Avatar

Bonjour Christina,

Félicitations et tous nos vœux de bonheur de Paris. Vous êtes tout simplement magnifique.
Vous êtes belle et radieuse.
Ce soir, en regardant la Tour Eiffel illuminé, je penserai à vous.
Des bisous, des bisous, des pluies de bisous et un océan d’amour.

Beth Avatar

You look beautiful! Just perfect and radiant and natural – exactly what a bride should be. I love the eye makeup and am dying to duplicate the lipstick. Great job, and congratulations, Christine.

Joanna Avatar

When I saw the top, I was wondering if you didn’t go with the Maggie Sottero dress!

What a beautiful, classy look. Thanks for sharing with us. Best wishes!

Elise Avatar

Beautiful reception dress! I am slightly amused that for such a bridal looking dress, so many of the reviews on Nordstrom’s site are from women who bought it to wear to their son’s wedding. Hmm.

Jax Avatar

Oh, I love it, I always envy people who can wear sheath dresses, the are so elegant and timeless. They just don’t suit me.

Look forward to seeing the Maggie S dress.

Monica Avatar

Congratulations Christine, may you have a happy life together. You look so very very pretty. Aren’t wedding days the best thing??

On a side note, I was hesitant whether to get the Turandot or Les Favues. NOW I KNOW

Camila Muller Avatar

You look SO stunning here! I absolutely love the eyes. Can’t wait to see the dresses and accessories from the little bit I saw in the picture!

Jennifer Avatar

Oh, wow. You are absolutely stunning. Of course, you are always gorgeous, but this look is particularly flattering.

Very classy and classic, and you added that modern twist by using corals. I adore your makeup here.

Congratulations and best of luck!

Linda Avatar

You look beautiful, congratulations!!! I can’t believe you’re still blogging even on your wedding day, I bow down to your blogger dedication! 😀 I wish you and Shaun a marriage full of love and happiness!