Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wedding Season Beauty

As we head further into spring, many of you have mentioned that you have several weddings to attend this season. Even if you're not in the wedding party & you're just attending as a guest, you still want to look your best as there are lots of pictures being taken.  Now is the perfect time to put a little extra effort into your beauty routine and play around with some deeper colors that will really pop on camera.  Today I'm sharing a simple & pretty wedding tutorial that you can recreate using some of my favorite products.  In my opinion, the most important part of any beauty look is the first step.  Beginning with clean & well-moisturized skin will help your makeup go on more smoothly & stay put longer.  I swear by these steps to create a healthy, glowing look:

1) Exfoliate - I use this scrub twice a week to remove dead skin cells & brighten my complexion.
2) Moisturize - I've talked about POND'S Dry Skin Cream many times before and how it has become a hero product for me.  It literally saved my skin this winter and, even though the weather is warming up now, I'm still hooked on the deep hydration it provides.  After applying, I like to give it a good 3-5 minutes to really soak into my skin before moving onto the next step.
3) Prime - I'm a big believer in the magic of makeup primer - it prevents foundation & concealer from creasing and it multiplies the staying power of your look.  I've tried dozens of brands and this primer is the one I keep coming back to because it glides easily over skin and doesn't clog pores.  As with step 2, I like to let this set for a few minutes before applying my foundation.
4) Base - I use It Cosmetics CC Cream (Light) all over my face, then I apply Benefit Fake Up (Light) under my eyes to moisturize & lightly conceal.  On top of that, I apply It Cosmetics Bye Bye UnderEye Concealer (Light) and set it with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Micro-Powder.  This is the best combination of products I've found to cover my dark circles without caking or looking overdone.

5) Eyes - I can't say enough good things about this Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.  Though it seemed like a splurge when I first bought it, I've used it so much and feel that I've already gotten my money's worth.  I usually stick to the basic neutrals for every day, but I decided to try mixing some unexpected colors (bronze & navy) for a striking evening look.  

Here are the products & colors I used in each area:

Lids - Radar
Outer Corners - Dagger
Inner Corner of Eyes - High
Browbones - Thirteen
Lower Lash Line - Slanted
Upper Lash Line - BeautyCounter Eye Pencil (Black)
Top & Bottom Lashes - Tarte Lash Paint Mascara
Blush - NARS (Gaiety)
Lips - Trish McEvoy Pencil (Nude) 

This post was created in connection with my appointment as Influencer for POND'S.
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All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.


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