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Make-up Styling for a Wedding, Part II: Finding Make-up Looks for Inspiration

Now that I had some essential information about Jenn’s wedding, my next step was to find some make-up looks that would work for the bride. I wanted to go with a natural palette, since the wedding ceremony would be outdoors. Also, I know that one of the bride’s favorite colors is orange, and she would be wearing an orange orchid in her hair. I thought that shades of peach and brown would compliment her warm skin undertones, the orchid and the beautiful outdoor setting. Here are some looks I pulled for her:

Inspiration board of celebrities for wedding make-up looks

With the exception of Natalie Portman’s raspberry lips, the emphasis in each of the looks is the eyes. And each of the women are wearing peachy rose cheeks that I thought would work well to give Jenn that “blushing bride” look. I sent all the looks to Jenn for her feedback. Generally, she was on board for the direction I was going. The only look she wasn’t a fan of was Anne Hathaway’s dark under eyeliner and bottom lash mascara, conceding that may look so harsh due to Anne’s fair skin. If I haven’t already mentioned this, Jenn does not wear make-up on a daily basis, so it was a fair concern.

Now that I’ve got a solid direction to head towards, I need to create an “ingredient” list to cook up the perfect wedding look for my beautiful Jenn!

NEXT STEP: Putting together a shopping list of products.

Images: Anne Hathaway, Hilary Swank, Isla Fisher, Natalie Portman, Molly Sims

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Jenn’s Five-Minute Face: Summer Edition

As I’ve gotten older, I am stricter about how I look when I leave the house to be seen out in public. Unless I’m heading to the gym or a quick run to the grocery store, I am wearing some kind of outfit that’s been given some consideration with a face with some makeup. But it is hot in Texas, so I don’t like to wear foundation every day. Here is my summertime five-minute made-up face.

collage of five-minute face make-up products

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Judicial Review: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream ShadowI’ve been wearing Bobbi Brown eye shadows for as long as I can remember, but for some reason I never tried her Long-Wear Cream Shadow.  However, this particular summer has been so brutally hot that no matter what I did my shadow was creasing by lunch time.  I decided to give Bobbi’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow a shot.

This product has nice variety of shades available, some shimmery and some matte.  I took Sandy Gold and Heather home for a test drive. Continue reading

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Judicial Review: Benefit CORALista Blush

Benefit CORALista

If you are like me and spend entirely too much time at Sephora, then you must sign-up to be a Sephora Beauty Insider. As you spend money, you build up points that can then be redeemed for small-size samples of products. On more than one occasion, I have found a new beloved product from a sample I received.

My latest sample that has worked its way into my regular make-up rotation is Benefit CORALista.

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The Beauty-terrogation

Annie Leibowitz photo "Interrogation" with Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Connelly and Aaron Eckhart

This will be a recurring post where our Beautypendents answer five questions. Suggest your own interrogation questions in the comments!

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The Filibuster: Be Appropriate

Fashion Police sheriff's badgeTruth be told, I think I’m much pickier about people’s clothing than makeup choices. I believe myself to have extremely good manners, and I’m very polite. However, in my head, odds are that I’m judging what you’re wearing. I’m not saying I’m proud of it, but I can’t seem to turn off my inner fashion police officer. And here’s my #1 rule — be appropriate. Let me elaborate. Continue reading

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The (Beauty) Story of Jenn

Jenn's mom from the late 1970'sI cannot be held accountable for my love of makeup and beauty products. It’s all the fault of that beautiful woman in the photo. That’s my mom, Estelita. She was meticulous with makeup and devout in her beauty regimen. It rubbed off. And hey, if there’s a chance that I’ll get carded in my 40s like she did, you better believe I will continue to try and emulate her. By her strong example, I learned how to do my own manicure, to wash my face every night with a mild cleanser, and to wear appropriate undergarments (no VPL here!), among many other nuggets of mom wisdom.

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Jenn’s Beauty Bill of Rights

AMENDMENT I: THE RIGHT TO LOOKING YOUR BEST
Don’t be lazy! I’ll probably say this a lot on the blog, because it applies to most aspects of life. Don’t be lazy about taking care of your skin. Don’t be lazy about wearing make-up (and taking it off at the end of the night). Don’t be lazy about how you dress. You only get one life, so why aren’t you making the most of it every day?

Jenn portrait photo by Tom Hall, beauty shot

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Wendy’s Beauty Bill of Rights

I’m a person of strong convictions.  Some would say opinionated.  Others might use the terms ‘bossy’ or ‘authoritative’.  They aren’t un-right, but that doesn’t make said convictions any less absolutely correct under any and all circumstances.

soap is grossArticle I: Freedom from treating your skin like a wax figure from Madame Tussauds.  You know what keeps bar soap in that bar shape?  Wax.  It might be a fancy wax, but it’s a wax substance.  If you spend a lot of money on fancy serums and creams that wax is only acting as a barrier
to their ability to penetrate the skin’s surface.  Get a decent liquid face wash that’s free of fragrance and other possible irritants.  Ban the Bar!

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Make-up Styling for a Wedding, Part I: Gathering the Necessary Information

inspiration board for wedding make-up look

My dear friend Jenn (no, I’m not talking about myself in the third person) was getting married and asked me to do her make-up for the wedding. Of course, I agreed. And then I had a mini panic attack about it.
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