Mum makeup – Green and gold wedding guest makeup
So I was recently caught in a full-makeup shocker. It’s a shocker because since becoming a mum, I never, ever, ever, get to spend a good amount of time putting makeup on. And by a good amount, I mean more than 20 minutes. My usual go-to is lipstick, blusher, and if I’m feeling fancy, my pretend foundation / sin-hiding Kalme Chalemeon concealer. Even my beloved eyeliner has been put on indefinite maternity leave. A bit like my career, really.
In fact, the last time I made an effort in the beauty stakes was nearly a year ago. It was for a friends wedding and I looked like this:
No coincidence, but that was a green and gold look too.
And it was only because another friend’s wedding had come round, that I made such an effort again.
But it felt good.
Yes, I had my daughter hovering around me while I got made up (cue lots of pretending to put lipstick on a 21 month old so she feels part of the experience).
But taking that time to scrub-up was a rare treat in my all-encompassing mum life.
I even pushed the boat out and wore fake eyelashes.
And best of all, to create this green and gold wedding guest makeup look, I dusted off old makeup I haven’t touched in ages, and I forgot how brilliant they are.
So here’s what I used to create my green and gold wedding guest makeup look:
Bobbi Brown eyeliner gel – Applied with a Nanshy eyeliner brush. The Nanshy brush is the thinnest eyeliner brush I’ve used, much better than my Mac 210 brush. So this means you can slick on a thin line and slowly build up if you want to. With the Mac brush, you can only do a thick line, so it’s cat eyes all the way.
HalimaBobs tip: when applying eyeliner get from a pot, use a separate brush to apply some gel to the back of your hand. Spread it a little to get rid of lumps, then dip your eyeliner brush into the gel on your hand and apply. Usually, I use the eyeliner brush to spread the gel onto my hand, but this often means you end up with more eyeliner on the brush than you’d like, plus a few lumps. I hope that makes sense!
Jane Iredale’s eye steppes: This gorgeous little gold pot was gifted years ago and I’ve reviewed it before (you can read about it here). But I applied it for this look for the first time in forever. I now remember how smooth, well pigmented and flattering it is. Its orange / peach tones are perfect for my brown skin and it blends like a dream. There wasn’t a crease in sight. Note to self: use this more often.
My face was held together with Kalme Chameleon Concealer, Maybelline Fit Me foundation and Vasanti concealer.
To finish, I applied my BellaPierre blush in Dusky Rose and dusted some NYX Illuminating highlighter on my cheekbones, nose and between my eyebrows.
More excitedly, I put on false eyelashes for the first time in ages.
My go-to lashes are Naturalash, which lives up to its name. Far from the full-fanned, OTT lashes you normally see on Instagram, Naturalash lashes give you a lengthy but light flutter.
And honestly, every time I wear lashes I wonder why I don’t apply them more often. It totally lifted my look.
So here’s hoping for more weddings and more excuses to get dolled up. It’s good for the soul.
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