Happy Monday! Hope you all had a lovely weekend, and are enjoying a nice start to the week also.
I’m back today with another wedding post. The SOSUbySJ Hot Fire launch kind of put a pause on our wedding week coverage last week, so we are continuing it into this week to ensure that all questions about every aspect of the wedding will be answered.
Today, I’m talking about my wedding hair (and nails, and tan, etc!)
My hairstyle was created by Joanne Kelly, and I LOVED the overall finished look!
I wanted a very bridal look, one that would be timeless, but at the same time, I still wanted to look like myself and I think the team definitely managed to achieve that goal.
During the day, I had a nude liner on my waterline so my eyes looked fresh and the eye makeup was daytime appropriate. As the day progressed, makeup artist, Louise McDonnell, smoked out the eyes a little. She applied a darker colour to the waterline and lid so I had a more dramatic look for the night.
Heavy makeup during the day can make you feel as though your face is caked, so this is why, if you’re a big makeup lover like me, it’s a good idea to dramatise the look a little more as the day progresses.
It’s a good idea to have your chief bridesmaid bring a few key makeup essentials so you can top up or change the look a little, maybe opting for a stronger lip colour, or like me, a slightly smokier eye.
Overall, a classic elegant makeup look never fails and that is the look I wanted to stick to as we moved from day to night.
I have had so many questions about everything from my makeup to my tan, so below is the full list!
Primer, Concealer & Foundation
I opted for nice fresh dewy skin look which was achieved by using my favourite foundation, Illamasqua and a small amount of NARS Creamy Concealer under the eye.
Prior to applying my base foundation, Louise also prepped my skin using the Bobbi Brown face base primer which is amazing. It really hydrated my skin and gave my complexion a lovely luminosity.
Bobbi Brown Face Base Primer – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vlUX5o
Illamasqua Foundation (my shades were 6 & 12) – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vDPZMO
NARS Creamy Concealer – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vD84uv
For my highlight, Louise used my favourite combination from the SOSU Highlighter Palette: Shooting Star, and Unicorn Dust.
SOSU Highlighter Palette – here
MAC highlighter (Oh Darling) – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vlHquM
For my eye makeup, I went for a gold eye with a small winged liner and then finished with my nice fluffy SOSUbySJ wedding lashes. And I’m very proud to say that my new SOSUbySJ Hot Fire Palette was used as part of the look!
For my big day, I also used my new wedding lashes. As I said on my Snapchat, I knew there would be a lot of tears on the day, and in fear of my strip lashes lifting, I had a very small amount of semi-permanent lashes applied beforehand (by Ciara in Plush Beauty, Limerick) just in case.
But the main lash look was achieved with my SOSUbySJ lashes.
SOSUbySJ Hot Fire Eyeshadow Palette (shades used: embers and naked) – here
Makeup Geek eyeshadow (shade: beaches and cream) – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vDGsVZ
Makeup Geek eyeshadow (shade: coco bear) – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vDZ9st
SOSUbySJ Wedding Lash – here
Makeup artist Louise used the NYX Brow Gels to give my brows definition. She then filled in the hairs using Benefit, and this gave them a really natural look.
As most of you guys will know, I usually like my brows quite dark and dramatic, but for my wedding day, I wanted them paired back and more natural looking so this was the the route we took to achieve that.
NYX Brow Gels (shade 3&4) – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vDHFfZ
Benefit (in shade 3) – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vlB5j5
As I wanted a dewy creamy look, we opted for Chanel’s Soleil Tan Bronzer, which as you can see, is just that – a dewy cream! It was perfect for creating the kind of finish I had in mind.
As well as giving the skin an extra dewy look, it also kept it quite hydrated too.
Chanel Bronzer – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vlZlkS
I usually go for peachy tones when it comes to blusher, but because it was a bridal look, I thought it would be nice to have a little flush of a pink tone on the cheeks as it’s quite a feminine and pretty shade.
This is why we chose the Illamasqua blusher in the shade ‘beg’.
Illamasqua blush (in the shade ‘beg’) – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vDx4BQ
I’m a big Tom Ford fan but the shade pink dusk wasn’t one I was I was familiar with. A few days before the wedding, however, my makeup artist Louise messaged me and told me to pick it up so I could have it with me on the day whenever I needed to reapply.
It’s SUCH a beautiful shade and one I have worn a few times since the big day! Despite the name, it’s not ‘pink-pink’ in colour; it’s more like a natural lip colour.
Soar Lip Liner by MAC – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vlnsjD
Tom Ford Lipstick (in the shade ‘pink dusk’) – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vDnDCi
From the many photographs, to the countless hugs and cheek kisses, a bride’s makeup is really put to the test on her big day, so it is without doubt the one time you will need it to stay perfectly in place and not budge. These product-setting beauties certainly did their job.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – here or copy & paste this code into your browser: http://bit.ly/2vlSHes
La Mer Setting Powder
Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist
In charge of my wedding hair was the super talented Joanne Kelly, who created a classic Hollywood wave.
I loved this style and from the second Joanne created it during my hair trial, I knew straight away it would be the style I would wear on my wedding day.
Joanne is an amazing hairstylist and really put me at ease on the morning.
As I said in this previous blog post about Joanne, I am so bad at styling my hair, and unless it’s done right, I genuinely don’t feel like myself. In fact, if it’s done wrong, I just can’t relax, so naturally, I really wanted it to be perfect for my big day.
Joanne nailed it just as she did during our hair trials, and I LOVED the finished result.
For those of you asking about my nails, I had a full set of gell nails done by the amazing Gosia Ollek from Expressive nails.
A classic gel French manicure on an oval nail is one of the most timeless styles you can go for and this is exactly why I chose it. Another fab and feminine style would be a very light pink shade.
I don’t think it’s wise to go for something drastically different for your wedding day nor should you go with any beauty trends that are happening at the time otherwise your look will appear dated when you look back on the wedding photos in years to come.
I know that not everyone likes wearing gel nails, which is why I created the SOSUbySJ wedding nail (an exact replica of the style I had for my big day) for a night out, for when your’re between nail appointments, or indeed for a big occasion such as your graduation, debs, wedding day, etc!
Stick-on nails are a good idea if you want to change to something more dramatic for the second day (or if you’d just prefer not to have long nails for the second day and the honeymoon)
The feedback on the wedding nails, (and lashes) have been brilliant. As they’re a limited edition, however, they won’t be restocked once they have sold out. If you want to pick up a set, you can do so from most chemists or from SOSUbySJ.com.
There you have it guys, the full low down of my wedding day makeup and hair!