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Wedding days are full of crying, kissing, hugging, dancing, sweating and other makeup-ruining activities, so it’s really important to have makeup that will last through it all! Here are some of my favorite long-wearing products!

Always start with a primer. There are lots of choices, depending on your skin type. If you’re more oily or tend to get shiny throughout the day, look for a mattifying primer. If you have reddness or uneven tone, look for something color correcting. Makeup Forever offers many different Step 1 primers for every type of skin or concern.

I love the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation. It’s truly waterproof, and provides great coverage with a natural finish. It also comes in a large range of shade.

If you also need a concealer for under-eyes, blemishes, etc., the Kat von D Lock It Concealer Creme. Again, there is a huge shade range here. It also has amazing coverage, and, as the name implies, super long wear. The whole Lock It line is actually great. If you’re looking for super full coverage, the Lock it Liquid Foundation is a great choice.

One of my all-time favorite eyeliners is the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner. It’s a bargain at only $12, and stays on all day long!

I’m not a huge fan of waterproof mascaras as they can be rough on your lashes, but for special cry-fest occasions, they are necessary. Since it’s not something I use all the time, I grab a cheaper option so I don’t feel bad if I toss it. One of my favorites is L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara.

Lips are one of the hardest things to keep on all day. Lip primers and lip liner can help color stick, but definitely carry a tube to touch up. You can also go for a lip stain which will do just that: Stains give your lips a more natural color that stays on. A word of caution on stains: they can be drying. I found the YSL Vinyl Cream Stain for my wedding that hydrates and gives great color payoff. It’s a little bit of a splurge, but was worth it.

Finally, top it off with a makeup setting spray. I like L’Oreal Infallible Pro Spray, which you can find in your local Target.

Plus, it’s a great time to try some of these since Sephora is having their VIB discount this week!




  • 10/24

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewFlowers were not a priority for me in the wedding planning process. I gave the florist a few photos and gave them full control. I have to say, I was blown away by my bouquet on my wedding day! It was exactly what I would have asked for if I could have put it in to words. I was thrilled, but sad at the same time, because I knew that their beauty was fleeting. The day after the wedding, I went right to Google to search for ways to preserve flowers. Everyone knows about the old “hang the bouquet upside down” trick, but that leaves the flowers brown and brittle. In my search, I found a few posts on using silica gel to dry flowers, but maintains their shape and color. I had to try it!


    Credit: Boucher Visuals

    I went to Michael’s and bought two boxes of Activa Flower Drying Art Silica Gel, basically the same stuff that is in those little packets when you buy new shoes, but in a much larger quantity. I also picked up an air- and water-tight plastic storage box, but I’m sure any secure plastic box would work.


    After deconstructing — massacring — my beautiful bouquet, I layered the silica powder with flowers, set the flowers upright in the powder and covered each layer of flowers with enough gel to cover them completely. In the process, some flowers, like roses, will fill with powder which helps them maintain their shape. I used a little more than two boxes of the silica, but I think the box I used was too big, so I need extra to fill the gaps in my layers.


    The next step is to wait.

    And wait.

    I would suggest leaving them in the box for at least two weeks. When you open the box, you need to go on an archaeological dig for the flowers. This is a delicate process. I covered the surface with a plastic bag to collect the gel that fell off the flowers as I took them out. Many of the smaller ones disintegrated, so I had to be very careful in removing them.


    Once they were out, I tried to shake them off the best I could to remove excess silica. To display them, I arranged them in a shadowbox. The original one I bought was too big since the flowers shrunk down a lot as they dried. I ended up using an 8×8 box, and it was perfect. The background was a black fabric, so I bought a piece of decorative paper to dress it up a bit. Then I arranged the flowers and glued them to the back of the box. I’m so glad I have a way to keep enjoying my flowers and remember the day.


    Do you have any special plans for your flowers after your wedding day?


  • 10/12

    So we did it! We're officially married! We had a beautiful, although a bit chilly, day in Vermont, but it didn't rain or snow, so I'll take it! It's been almost two weeks now, and I've had some time to reflect on the experience. Here's some advice for the brides-in-planning out there. Photo courtesy of Joel Boucher of Boucher Visuals People always say it goes…

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    RSVP Cards available from Etsy seller PucciPrintables We are in the home stretch with just a few weeks to go before our big day. There are a lot of last minute details to worry about and loose ends to tie. We're also trying to wrap up our RSVPs. I find it such a nerve-wracking process. Each time I see a response card in the mail,…

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    Print available from Etsy seller BluePoppyGallery I've previously written about ways to include my soon-to-be stepson in our planning process, but now that the big day is almost here, I'm trying to find ways to include him in our ceremony, too. He's at an in-between age where he is too old to be the cute little ring bearer, and would probably think it was babyish,…

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    Makeup bag available from Etsy seller HeyShabbyMe As a makeup artist, I've learned a few things about doing hair and makeup for weddings. Here are my best tips: Do a trial first. This seems like a no-brainer, but it's an important step for both you and the artist. It gives you a chance to try different looks, and be sure they understand your vision and…

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    Credit: Carole Cohen Photography I often hear people referring to their spouses as their "best friend." As nice as this sentiment is, every time I hear it, I can't help, but think "Really?!" My fiance is not my best friend. We weren't friends at all before we started dating, and wouldn't be if we broke up. Some of my friends have known me since childhood. We can…

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    This past weekend, I had my bridal shower! I was pretty excited about an opportunity to celebrate with my friends. Like all things, I had to do something a little bit nontraditional. Since I'm not having a formal bridal party, there was initially some question over what the shower plans would be, but I have great friends, so a group of my would-be bridesmaids planned…

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    Credit: Jon Black Photography Last week I got an email with "exciting news" from my bridal store that my gown had arrived! I wasn't expecting it until next month, so I was pleasantly surprised that it was ahead of schedule! I didn't take my mom along during the dress shopping phase, so I brought her with me to pick it up. We headed to the bridal…

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