DIY Wedding Makeup Secrets from a Celebrity Makeup Artist
DIY Wedding Makeup Step-by-Step continued
9. When you apply your eye shadow, Quinn recommends layering neutrals to build dimension. Apply your lightest, most flesh-toned shadow on your whole lid and up to your brow bone. Apply the middle shade to the outer two thirds of your eye. Use your darkest shade just in the crease of your eyelid. Then add another layer of eyeliner at the base of your upper lashes to redefine the line.
10. Clean up under your eyes with a cotton ball and makeup remover if any of the shadow or liner went astray (it usually does).
11. At this point you can apply another layer of light-reflecting concealer under your eyes and in the hollows of your eyes by your nose to mask blue pigments and brighten.
12. Now it's time for foundation. Quinn loves Armani's Luminous Silk foundation for any skin tone. Apply it with a foundation brush or a blending sponge. If you're feeling up to a little contouring, here's a good subtle trick: Apply foundation one shade darker than your normal color in the hollows of your cheeks under your cheekbones. Then use your normal shade for the rest of your face. This gives a more natural effect than traditional contouring but still helps you fake those supermodel cheekbones if you weren't naturally blessed.
13. Blend your foundation down to your neck, making sure there are no telltale lines where the color ends. Quinn also recommends using clean fingers to press the foundation in as you blend with the sponge or brush.
14. Layering your blush may sound like a lot of work, but Quinn loves it for a big event because it gives you an amazing glow. For my look he layered Armani's Fluid Sheer in Number 5 and Number 8 (these are liquid, highlighting blushes). He blended these light-reflecting formulas directly onto my cheekbones.Then, to add more defined color he did a light dusting of powder blush on just the apples of my cheeks. This layering technique works well because cream or liquid blush brings light to your face whereas the powder will deposit more color. Quinn's tip is to use a blush brush -- even for liquid and cream formulas -- because the brush will help diffuse the light-reflecting particles so they don't get crazy shimmery.
15. Next apply a lip liner that's close to the shade of lipstick you plan to use -- Quinn used Armani's Lip Pencil #2 on me. Liner really does keep your lip color in place (super important on your big day). Then, fill in your lips with your lip color. Quinn likes velvety-textured products because they have the most staying power and tend to feel good on your lips longer. For my look he used Armani Maestro #500 lip color -- in my opinion the perfect wedding shade!
16. When it comes to bronzer, Quinn suggests only a very light dusting for warmth.No one wants to look orange in their wedding photos! Brush a very small amount of brozer under your cheekbones, on the bridge of your nose, your jaw line, and your hairline.
17. To finish the look (yes we're almost done!), use a small amount of translucent finishing powder and lightly dust it just over the areas of your face that tend to get oily. Quinn's not a big fan of heavy powders when you're going to be photographed, so if you don't have oily skin you can skip the setting powder and just use oil absorbing sheets during the day.
You're done! And hopefully you look as gorgeous as Quinn made me feel. We definitely recommend doing a run-through a few weeks before your wedding day to get these techniques down so you're totally stress-free and beautiful on the big day.