Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bridesbabe Beauty

We were recently asked to do a beauty guest post for our fashion designing friend Natalie Lindsey of Natalie Deayala Collection, who specializes in bridesmaid dresses. We first introduced you to Natalie as part of our INSPIRED series (see here). Our bridesbabe beauty post went live on her blog yesterday, and we wanted to share the full post for you here as well.

When it comes to beauty, orchids, lilacs, and lavenders are the shades that intrigue us most this season. These shades of purple are youthful and elegant and surprisingly flattering on everyone, making them a smart, interesting choice for a bridesmaid's makeup palette. Instead of bridesmaids being carbon copies of one another, donning identical hair and makeup, we love to see a little variety. Let your bridesmaids choose between a bold lip or eye, within the color palette you've selected. Here, Lindsey and I opted for two different makeup looks, that compliment one another, while still allowing the each of us to look distinguished. We'll breakdown for you exactly what we used to achieve our looks and also our long wear faves for powering through the day.

I opted for a shimmery veil of pale orchid across my lids and a sheer swipe of pink gloss on the lips. First, I started by priming my lids. To prevent eye shadow creasing, you must use a solid eye shadow primer. Urban Decay's Primer Potion is amazing and is what we have used here. I then followed with an all-over layer of Lancome Color Design Infinite 24H Eye Shadow in Perpetual Pink. Next, I followed with a generous swipe of Chanel Illusion D'Ombre cream shadow in Utopia (one of our fave purples for summer!) in the crease. I then used a thin, dampened eyeshadow brush to line my bottom lashline with the cream shadow. I opted for liquid eyeliner on my top lids and skipped eye liner all together along my inner rims and across the bottom. I finished with a swipe of Chanel Le Volume mascara for my upper lashes and Inimitable Intense for the lower ones, great for its lash separating powers. On the cheeks, I opted for Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush in Pink Ingenue, and on the lips I chose Estee Lauder Pure Color High Gloss in Praline Paradise.

Lindsey opted for a stronger lip statement with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Viva. For the eyes, she chose heavier eyeliner along the top, inner and bottom lash lines and a softer eyeshadow look with Chanel Les 4 Ombres quad in Tisse Vendome. Lindsey also applied
Chanel Le Volume mascara for her top lashes along with a swipe of Inimitable Intense for the lower ones. A blush lover, Lindsey selected two of her faves that she loves mixing together for the cheeks - Chanel Powder Blush in Canaille and Vivacite. To pull off the winged cat eye looks that we are both sporting, see our step by step tutorial here.

As for foundation and powder, you'll want to have a good base to beat the heat and humidity and look great with all the cameras flashing. Here are the two we recommend for maximum staying power: Makeup Forever HD Foundation and Makeup Forever HD Micro Finish Setting Powder, which has a silky texture and is talc-free.

Our friend Weston Markwell came with us on our little excursion to Railroad Park and shot these beautiful photos. 

Happy Wednesday!

Necklaces designed by Anne Conway of Alabama Funk | White cotton tank: Free People | Floral top: Show Me Your Mumu Pin It

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