Get Gorgeous/ Cosmetics
Kristin Booker • June 12, 2013

Reader Q&A: Wedding Guest Makeup For an Evening Ceremony

I love, love, love getting questions. This one came via Facebook private message:

Dear Beauty Editor Goddess-in chief…

I’m attending a wedding on Friday afternoon out on the Eastern Shore (near Annapolis) in a beach park area. Dress is “beach formal.” I’ll be wearing a dark teal dress (surplice v-neck, straight skirt, sleeveless) and bling-y black flat sandals. What should I do for my make-up, esp eyes?

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And I just cut and pasted that right into the site, so please know I wouldn’t refer to myself as Beauty Editor Goddess-in-Chief….but now that I’ve seen that title, I’m totally into it. 🙂

I asked her to send me a photo of the dress. Here it is, a gorgeous lace number by Lane Bryant.

Lane Bryant Lace Surplice Dress. Image courtesy of Lane Bryant.

Lane Bryant Lace Surplice Dress. Image courtesy of Lane Bryant.

I have a general rule of thumb when it comes to makeup: play up the lips during the day, go for dramatic eyes at night. Since this is an afternoon wedding that will most definitely go through the evening, go for the eyes. Just wear sunglasses over the makeup before the sun sets. It’ll protect your eyes and the makeup look. 🙂

maybelline reader q and 2

I would say this is the time to go for a smoky eye but topped with a bit of color, so I’d be sure to use a primer so the eyeshadow stays put, then apply a cream smoke grey shadow as the base of the eye, then line with dark navy or a charcoal at the “V” of the eye (along the top lash line to the corner of the eye, then up slightly into the crease.) Blend with your fingers to create a smoky effect, and then right at the center of the eye (right over the center of the orb when you close it), tap in a little teal cream shadow so it pulls in the color of the dress. Load on the mascara and you’re done.

Go with a blush that suits your complexion, and then use a peach or pink sheer gloss to finish the look. Here are all the products I’d recommend using:

Got a question for me? I’d love to help. I might even be able to give you the product that solves the problem! Ask me in the comments below, on the Facebook page or on Twitter.




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