Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I don't need an excuse to play with makeup

. . . but I found one anyway!  The Mister's sister is getting married this weekend and since I'll be getting all gussied up for the big event, what better time than to do my first makeup trial!  I love makeup and wear it almost every day so naturally I'll be doing my own makeup for my wedding.  I even went so far to ask for gift cards to  Sephora for my last birthday and Christmas to fund my wedding makeup purchases.

Even though I wear makeup regularly, I don't get the chance to do special occasion makeup very often.  And my wedding day is the most specialist of all special occasions, so I need to step up my game.

That's right, it's time for some inspiration photos!

(Photos of Cameron Diaz and Kristen Bell from PopSugar; Naomi Watts from Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Reese Witherspoon from Girlznight)

I tried my best to stick to images of women with similar coloring as mine - blond hair, blue eyes, fair skin.  My eyes are my favorite feature and I really want the blue to pop. I'm really loving the picture of Reese.  The eyes stand out, she got a warm glow to her skin, and the lips are just the right shade of pink.  But what Cameron, Kristen, Naomi and Reese don't have in common with me is deep set eyes.  My eyes are much more like Taylor Swift's than these ladies. As a nearly 30 year old woman, I generally don't look to teenagers for style inspiration, but she's so classy.  Maybe a look like this would work.

(Photo from BeautySnob)

Now I know that as someone with blond hair and blue eyes I have nothing to complain about when it comes to finding makeup inspiration photos of women with my coloring.  But honestly, the pictures I'm the most drawn to are of women with a slightly darker complexion.  Maybe it's just because Bones and Dexter are two of my favorite shows, but I think Emily Deschanel and Jennifer Carpenter look fantastic in both of these photos.  Emily Deschanel has bone structure that's to die for!  And I love the look of the pale shimmery pink lipstick on Jennifer with that super dark hair and dark eyes.

(Photo of Emily Deschanel from Sodahead; Jennifer Carpenter from About.com)

I dyed my hair a shade similar to Emily Deschanel's once, but it just felt weird and I felt like it made my skin look even paler than what it is (which is already so pale that most of the time the lightest shade of foundation is too dark for me).  So I guess I'll have to stick to the towheads when it comes to beauty inspiration.    

Stay tuned for before and after photos of my first makeup trial!


miss fancy pants (the bride) said...

Glad you found a good excuse to fancify your makeup! Those photos are great inspiration, very classy indeed. And it reminds me that I need to start testing out makeup for our wedding because, like you, I'm so pale that the lightest color of foundation is too dark for me 99% of the time. It's definitely a rough life in the foundation world for us pale folks.

KMalandro2B said...

I'm excited to see how your makeup came out. I have no clue what I'm going to do yet for my makeup. ::sigh::

Love Taylor Swifts eyes.....magical!

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