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?
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.
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. 🙂
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:
- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer
- Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadows in Audacious Asphault and Tenacious Teal
- Maybelline EyeStudio Master Drama Cream Pencil Eyeliner in Sapphire Strength or Coal Commander
- Maybelline Volum’Express Mascara One by One in Brownish Black
- Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink or Coffee Cake
- Maybelline ColorSensation Color Whisper Lip Color in Pink Possibilities or Pin-Up Peach