My wedding planning started me down the path to a full-fledged make up addiction long before I said “I do”.  This look is a recreation of the eye makeup I did for my wedding day.  It isn’t an exact recreation as I didn’t have some of the products used for this post, but it is pretty close.


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Products Used:


Mac Eye brow Crayon – Spiked


Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel – Espresso


Urban Decay Primer Potion


Mac Painterly Paint Pot

Mac Groundwork Paint Pot


Mac Vanilla


Mac Swiss Chocolate


Mac Vanilla


Mac Rule

Outer Corner:

Mac Handwritten


Mac Embark

Upper Lash Line:

Urban Decay Blackout

Lower Lash Line:

Tarina Tarantino Liner – Puppeteer

Lower Waterline:

Mac Chromagraphic Pencil NC42 / NW35


Clinique High Definition – Black


Mac Prep and Prime – Lash


Meow Cosmetics – Pampered Puss



Get This Look:

After smoothing on Primer Potion, I blended two bases on my lid.  Painterly was used on my lower lid to the crease and Groundwork was used from the crease to my brow.  Using a Mac 217, I blended Swiss Chocolate into my crease and blended it up lightly to my brow.  I darkened my crease by mixing Handwritten and Embark together, concentrating the color on the outer corner.  On the actual day, I defined by Outer V more.  I didn’t do that in this post for whatever reason.


Using a Mac 239, I packed on Vanilla onto the lower part of my lid, using my natural skin fold as a guide.  Using the other side of the 239, I patted on Rule above the Vanilla and blended it into the crease color.  I repeated this process until I got the intensity of the cream shade I wanted and until the two colors faded into each other.


For my wedding, I chose to use a shadow as a liner for a softer look.  I used Mac’s Carbon on that day, but I now know there are better matte blacks available.  For this post, I chose Urban Decay’s Blackout (part of the 15th Anniversary palette) with a Sigma 266 brush.


I didn’t wear false lashes on that day.  A good tip I read during my research is wear what your fiancé is used to seeing.  I didn’t want to scare him and walk out with Tammy Faye lashes.  Other wedding tips I learned (and can remember):

          Use no (or very little) SPF products.

          Try a lip stain versus heavy gloss or lipstick.

          If you have oily skin, a silicone-based foundation will not be your friend.  Silicone will make it worse (something I learned after the fact).

          If you’re doing your own makeup…practice, practice, practice.

          Limit your use of shimmery products as it will reflect off of the camera’s flash.

          Matte shadows work best and keeps the look timeless.

The ‘IT’ List: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

What is ‘The IT List’?  It is a short list of makeup or makeup related items that I have found to be the best of the best (at least for my needs anyway).  It would take a mighty nice product to knock these products off the pedestal I’ve put them on.

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Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is the best primer I’ve used that can fight my oily eye lids and keep my shadow crease free all day.  It really is a great product.  My eye makeup has lasted all day including countless sweaty workouts after work (yes I’m too lazy to remove my eye makeup, not face makeup though).

I used to be a diehard Urban Decay Primer Potion (UDPP) fan.  I had just bought a large tube of UDPP when I received a free sample of Nars and I never looked back.  The one negative I have against Urban Decay’s primer is that it is very difficult to blend shadows over it.  I always had to apply either a Mac Paint Pot or skin tone shadow all over my lid before starting my makeup.  With Nars, I can skip that step entirely.

The tube contains 0.24oz of product for $24.  Compared to Urban Decay Primer Potion, you get 0.37oz for $19.  It may seem like Urban Decay is the better deal, but not when you have to use/buy additional products to use it effectively.  (I’ve heard the formula for UDPP has changed and not for the better.)  One tube of Nars lasted me about 8 months.  TIP:  The trick to getting every bit of Nars product out of the tube is to remove the plastic stopper.

I typically don’t use Nars’ primer for blog updates.  Why waste my go-to product when I know I’m going to wash it off right after?  Especially, since I have plenty of UDPP left to use up.  To save a little bit of dough, I stocked up on Nars during Sephora Friends and Family sale, which is typically in October.  For those who can’t wait, Nars is currently having a 20% of sale (ending 8/21/11; code NEWNARS) plus free shipping!