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!
Flowers 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!
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.
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?