Twestion time: I’m going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

CFDA Fashion Awards 2011 - Lucy Liu

Did you know? Kim Kardashian is getting married on Saturday. I am sure you’ve all been counting down the days. I was just visiting her makeup artist’s blog (his name is Mario Dedivanovic) and he is apparently soliciting ideas. I quote: “If you could chose [sic] a look for Kim on her wedding day, what would it be? Radiant/natural? or sexy/glam?  Leave your comments! Xo

So far, nobody has commented, which means Mario better have a plan of his own. And I really, REALLY hope it’s not “sexy/glam.” Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want to see sexytime makeup (or wardrobe) at a wedding. Dark, smoky eyes, obvious fake lashes, trendy colours and my top pet peeve, in-your-face cleavage, just do not belong. I know it’s not very Kardashian-esque, but this is a time to look PRETTY—whether you are the bride or a guest. So yes, Mario, radiant and natural is defo the way to go.

And on that note, I received a couple of Twestions (Twitter questions) recently from peeps needing help with what makeup to wear to a wedding. Well, obviously I have a point of view. So once you’ve followed my tips for wedding prep, and figured out what to do with your hair, check out these 13 wedding makeup looks to get inspired!


I’ve gotta say, I’m still loving the fuchsia lip for an easy, one-step way to make yourself look all fancy. In fact, I’ve got another wedding this week and it’s what I’m planning on wearing this time! Here it is on the Portman:

Natalie Portman Golden Globes 2011 Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

So simple, right? It’s a softer sort of fuchsia, and she’s barely wearing any eye makeup, so the look is really natural and fresh—I think this would work on a bride OR a guest.

However, I think I love Lucy Liu’s version even more:

Lucy Liu 2011 CFDA Awards Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

Probably because it reminds me of that other Portman look, the one where I originally fell for this lipstick shade, as well as the perfect, perfect side bun. (Not that we’re talking about hair today, but I’m a huge fan.) Lucy’s lippie is brighter, and she’s also got some nice lash definition going on, so it’s a little bolder and more fashion-forward. And don’t think you couldn’t do this as a bride—I totally would.

But that’s not to say you can’t wear other shades of lipstick. I think this is a particularly nice example of an orangey-red on Taylor Swift:

Taylor Swift Peoples Choice Awards Jan 2011 Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

I don’t love this shade—or any highly-saturated red or orange, really—for brides, but it’s certainly a fun colour to wear as a guest. I think it works nicely here with the smudgy eye makeup… and her skin is just to die for. Wow.

The problem with doing a big lip, however, is that weddings are a multi-hour affair… and you’re going to be eating, drinking, talking and, um, possibly kissing. So just know that re-application is a must. (To keep the colour, consider painting your lips with a lip stain or lip pencil underneath the lipstick.) Or if that’s a problem for you, go for a softer, more forgiving shade, like what Mila Kunis is wearing here:

Mila Kunis Golden Globes 2011 Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

This coral is really a go-with-anything colour, and flatters every skin tone. Michelle Williams is doing a slightly less glossy interpretation here:

Michelle Williams Golden Globes 2011 Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?


Some of us just do better with lotsa eye makeup. (I’m always told this by makeup artists, but it’s often hard to resist the allure of a happy new lip colour.) Anyway, I think up-and-comer Jennifer Lawrence does a great job here of emphasizing her baby blues without looking overdone or too “evening.”

Jennifer Lawrence Oscars 2011 Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

The secret? I think it’s that she’s kept the colours smudgy and warm—as in BROWN—which is so much softer than steely gray or charcoal, especially when worn way up above the crease. Keep the darkest colours just along the lash line, and pair with a shiny nude lip. Even a bride could get away with this one.

The next look isn’t very bridal, but guests can bust out the winged-out liquid liner that we all gushed over the other day on Nina Dobrev:

Teen Choice Awards 2011 Nina Dobrev 2 Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

This works because the liner, while dramatic, is paired with an otherwise nude face and the youthful ponytail. It could, however, be a bit of a pain to keep smudge-free because of the detail work along the waterlines and at the inner corners. You’ll want to use waterproof prodz and set with powder.

Speaking of waterlines, another eye-emphasizing trick I love (for wedding guests only, please) is this vintage Emma Stone navy liner:

Emma Stone red hair navy eyeliner Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

Definitely one of my top makeup looks of all time—yes, really—and I think a bit easier than Nina’s makeup because this can go a bit smudgy and still look good. You want to line the waterlines all the way around with a charcoal colour, and then draw a second line on the lower lid only in navy.

If you’d rather not deal with all of this liner business, here’s a softer, more ethereal Christina Hendricks look:

Christina Hendricks Drive screening 2011 Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

This is all about the shadow: both the grey to define the outer edges and the shimmery highlight at the inner corners. Peach blush and pink gloss complete the look.


So let’s say you don’t want to choose between eyes and lips—you just want to look natural and radiant without emphasizing any one feature. How about copying Amy Adams? She’s too pretty for words here:

Amy Adams Golden Globes 2011 Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

There’s a great balance going on with this makeup. Warm shadow and a dark liner just on the upper lid, with rosy blush and gloss on the bottom half. I think the shimmer on the lids really elevates it from an everyday look.

Another interpretation of the natural look comes courtesy Kate Hudson:

Met Ball 2011 Kate Hudson Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

Ignore the headpiece and instead focus on her face. In typical K-Hud fashion, everything is soft and peachy… save for the extremely fine liner all the way around her eyes. It’s a great technique for dressing up an otherwise understated face.

And then we have Rosario:

Rosario Dawson Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

I’m pretty sure you need to be genetically blessed to look this good on a red carpet with this little makeup—but for those who dare, it’s just a lick of mascara, some soft gray shadow and the barest hint of blush and lip gloss. With her features, I think stronger makeup might’ve looked overdone.

And finally, since she has appeared in all of my wedding posts this year, I’ve got to once again praise Blake Lively:

Blake Lively BAFTA Brits to Watch event 2011 2 Twestion time: Im going to a wedding this weekend—what should I do with my makeup?

This is all about gorgeous, slightly tanned skin (faux I hope!). She doesn’t need much else with it; just pretty pink lips and darkened lashes.

No matter what you decide to do with your makeup, remember:

1. Make sure your skin looks amaze. Don’t go getting a facial where they do extractions, as that could cause you to break out. Check out this post for some tips on at-home masks that I love.

2. Use a semi-matte (not too radiant or dewy) foundation if you don’t want to look like a greaseball in photos. Prime underneath and apply (and re-apply) a translucent finishing powder *sparingly* to cut shine.

3. Waterproof mascara. Duh.

Tell me:

Been to any weddings yet this summer—and if so, what did YOU do with your makeup?
Which of these celeb looks are your favourites?
Will you be tuning in to Kim’s two-part wedding special? It doesn’t air until October but gosh, it’ll be like Trista and Ryan all over again. (And not in a good way, mind you.)


Wednesday, August 17/2011 at 3:19 am

Great post :) last year at my sister’s wedding, my sister did my makeup, because I’m quite a moron when it comes to those things (which is another reason why I love your blog). No liner, just eyeshadow.

In June I went to a wedding for which I just went to a makeup artist but I was in Madedonia… and this country has *different* tastes in makeup. I’m still not sure if I liked the look or thought it was too much (the foundation certainly was!), but I ended up with a really exaggerated cat-eye, or whatever it’s called.

I just love Blake Lively here! She looks so, so amazing… in general I’m not a fan of liners, but Emma Stone looks so cool with that navy liner. I wouldn’t wear it to a wedding, but maybe to a party or something! Which do you like best?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:22 am

I’m actually loving Lucy Liu here the best – she’s making me want to do hot pink lips all over again. Then Amy Adams and Emma Stone are a close second (but I’m obsessed with Emma in general). I’m just trying to figure out which one to wear to this wedding I have to go to… my plan was to copy Lucy but now I don’t think that colour is going to go with my dress, so I might need to channel Nina Dobrev instead. :-)


Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:58 am

have you seen the picture of Emma at the premiere of “The Help”? She looks incredible! That would be my #1 pick for a wedding look :)


Wednesday, August 17/2011 at 1:32 pm

For wedding makeup natural is always better & safe! And if there’s open-bar (no not an alcoholic, just like to indulge at weddings LOL) reapplying lipstick is too much work. Focus on a natural smokey eye & dance the night away:)


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:23 am

I’m with you… but there’s always lip stains…


Wednesday, August 17/2011 at 1:55 pm

My sister is getting married Labor Day weekend and I’m maid of honor, and I was just wondering what I might do with my makeup! I’m doing it myself, as we’ll be in the country far from anyone who I would trust do it for me!

Timely post!


Wednesday, August 17/2011 at 3:27 pm

As I mentioned before, I’m going to a wedding next year, and my sister is actually a bridesmaid. So I almost had a heart attack when the bride decided she wanted FUCHSIA bridesmaids dresses. I know its her big day and all, but fuchsia? I was sensing a bit of a My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding moment, but luckily it didn’t happen and she is having a much softer rose-gold pink colour.

Anyway, I think Blake’s look is absolutely definitely the best bridal look here. Its all about natural skin and glowing cheeks… I just think its so appropriate. I also love Michelle William’s and Natalie Portman’s looks here, but I think many of the others (particularly the Emma Stone blue eyeliner) is just a bit too bold for a wedding, guest OR bride.

Huge fan, hyper-hair-colour-aware Thomas xx


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 11:27 am

Glad your sis doesn’t have to dress Gypsy-style!
I agree, subtle is best for brides… I definitely wouldn’t do the Emma liner for that. But I kind of love the bright pink lips, maybe for a more modern, kitschy sort of wedding.


Sunday, August 21/2011 at 12:57 am

Oh my, Nina and Taylor have amazing skin! Their pores are sooo small that even in such HD photos there’s nothing there! What can I do to reduce my pores? I’m only 17 and I already have my mum’s huuuuge pores =(


Thursday, July 31/2014 at 5:24 pm

You know, if you splash or rinse your face a little with cold water once or twice every day, cold water closes pores. You could also rinse your face off after using face wash (if you do.) with cold water.
You should also make sure to keep a clean face. If your pores get clogged up, they will look bigger and you’ll gain an enemy I currently fight against;
(Please stop screaming, I know it’s horrible, but if you keep clean you won’t get them.)
You can also use steam treatments. Steam treatments are excellent for minimizing the appearance of pores. This is because the hot steam opens pores and allows any dirt or oil clogging them to drain away.
To make a steam treatment, boil some water and pour it into a heat-proof bowl (Add a couple of drops of tea tree oil if you have acne-prone skin.).
Lower your face over the bowl and place a towel over your head and over your shoulders. Allow the steam towards your face for about ten minutes.
When you’re done, splash your face with cold water. This rinses away any oil and dirt and helps to close up your pores.
Clay masks help with minimizing pores; I don’t think I can explain, since every mask is different.
Buy a clay mask at your local drug or beauty supply store, or make your own by mixing one tablespoon of bentonite clay, one tablespoon of oatmeal and one tablespoon of water. Just make sure that, if you buy one, it helps close pores.
Wearing sunscreen helps so much, and lowers the possibility of skin cancer.
Don’t pick or squeeze blackheads and pimples. Trying to remove blackheads by picking or squeezing is a bad idea. If you do it incorrectly, you can damage the pores and cause them to appear larger. Also, you could create a pimple where the black head was because the bacteria left on your hands and fingers after you washed them (hopefully you washed your hands before touching your face!) will go to your face and create a nasty pimple.
You could also use a skin treatment. Use products containing retinol.
To hide them quickly, use makeup or a primer. Just wash it off before bed.
Use ice. Rub ice over your large pores for about 10 or 15 seconds, which helps tighten up pores.
Those are the ways that I know you can tighten up your pores, or make them seem smaller, at least.
Good luck!


Wednesday, August 31/2011 at 10:23 am

Hi Michelle, did you do an update on this post? I’m curious to see what you ended up doing. I got married on the 13th of August and make-up was a big deal for me – wanted to look good in my pics! I had a make-up artist but wanted to have my own make-up – that was suited for me skin. Went to Sephora and did a trial – they were fantastic. Ended up with the following products that I am absolutely IN LOVE with:
- Make Up Forever Foundation – creamy, gel – it is great for my dry skin
- Make Up Forever HD Mineral Powder – no cakey finish
-Make Up Forever Primer
- MAC Concealer (purchased at The BAY)
-NARS Laguna Bronzer and Orgasm Blush

I’ve never looked better!!!


Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 4:58 pm

Thanks so much! Great advice. LOL


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