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

Of courseeeee! The only time I’ve ever NOT posted was when I was so sick, I could barely move. And I think I only missed one day, LOL!

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!

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?

I only made sure to make the mascara waterproof 🙂 I cried as soon as the officiant started speaking, LOL!

Mellan wore a bow-tie collar! We were married yesterday morning!

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!

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!

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.

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 =)

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.

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!

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 🙂

I am glad to hear it, Sarah! The best compliment I can receive is that you didn’t even notice I was away, LOL!

I wanted to do more than neutrals, but it WAS day time, and then Turandot came along and solved all my problems!

Thank you!

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

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.

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 😉

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!

In LOVE with the color combination of Turandot! 🙂

Yes, love Dragon completely, but I was like… hmm, probably NOT a great look for Shaun!

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… >>

His mouth was totally sparkly, but at least it wasn’t red everywhere, LOL. I could have done a matte red and it wouldn’t have had as much transfer, but why do red if it wasn’t going to be Dragon?

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? 😛

He said he turned into Edward post-ceremony, now that we’re married I can’t object, LOL! 😉

He’s like, “You had to go with a sparkly gloss…” I don’t think he minded too much!

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!

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! : )

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?

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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!

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!

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!

Aw ! You looked absolutely beautiful ! Very natural, fun & elegant. Very you too. You must have take his breath away ! 🙂 All the best to you & your little family. Much love from France ! xox

Awww, you looked so beautiful, as you always do, but you really glow in these photos! Congratulations to you and Shaun – may you have lots of healthy, happy years ahead of you! And thanks for taking the time to take and share photos when you really had every reason to concentrate on yourself and not the blog!

I was right, you did look absolutly stunning! Your makeup is amazing (that picture of your desk is kind of impressive, though!). Your dress looks great too. I can’t wait to see other pictures!

(On a side-note, I think you’ve just convinced me to pick up Turandot. Damn, that makes your eyes pop. And it’s also amazing that you managed to get Temptalia still running during those last few days!)

Everything about this look is stunning, Christine. Your eyes are enchanting! Congratulations, I wish you two (three including Mellan!) all the best. Can’t wait to see more pics <3

P.S. Turandot is coming home with me. I was still undecided and then this! What other form of validation does a product need than it being chosen to be worn on your wedding day!

WoooWzer!! You look glowing and radiant Christine. It’s such a natural and well done look. Everything is beautiful but I must say that the Honey e/l is AHHHHMAZINGLY beautiful on you (I just might have to pick one up) and I love the lip combo.

Once again, Mazel Tov to you and Shaun and Mellen-Cutie 🙂

I forgot to add … Thank you for sharing your special day with me (I can’t wait for the rest of the pics) and thank you for the step-by-step make-up list.

congrats christine! can i ask what dress you are wearing in the pic? is it from georgiou? if so, i wore the same dress to my rehearsal dinner 😀

I did not you that you’d already married – how the heck did I miss THAT news (or is this your first mention of it?) I want to wish you all the best, Christine! You look absolutely lovely and your makeup is so flattering and timeless. My little girl is getting married next August so I want to show her this look as it seems like something she’d love.

I feel so happy for you guys, congratulations!!! It is amazing that you keep up with the posts, i didn’ t even know you already got married! It is so sweet that you include us in your life like that, thank you! You look so beautiful and happy as a bride, it makes my eyes watery!! God bless you both! Love, from Brazil!

I’ve been following you for about six months, and look forward to your posts everyday.I have learned such good tips from you and I think you are the utmost professional and smart reviewer. I trust your suggestions and ideas. Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS-you make a stunning and gorgeous bride

You could not look more perfect and radiant. Everything about that look brings out the best in your features- skin, eye colour, lips- it’s just perfect. Congratulations and many happy wishes.

Wishing you a wonderful marriage and happiness in your wedded life! Your makeup is stunning and this is a great look for brides to be, such as myself! Sending you light and well wishes! Thanks for this site as well! Your helping so many women celebrate the best version of ourselves!!!

oh hey, my fiance’s cousin’s wedding was yesterday too! I hope you were as lucky as the weather! Lots of congratulations to the two of you! <3

You look beautiful, Christine!! The makeup looks great. 🙂 Congrats to you and Shaun; I hope you two have a wonderful life and many years of happiness ahead together. Cheers!!

My best wishes Christine! I wish you and Shaun (and Mellan!) the best of the best! You look stunning in the picture, love the makeup you wore and I can’t wait to see more…wow!