For skin prep, I really enjoy using Hello Sunday's the Illuminating One Glow Primer SPF 50+ | £22 | review, demo. Especially for summer weddings, you're going to need some sunscreen to avoid UV damage whilst you're hopefully enjoying the weather! So, I recommend a formula that will act as a makeup primer too. This product combines a high level of broad-spectrum protection with an elegant texture and a luminous sheen to create a brilliant all-in-one with no pilling or flash back.
I'm a light base girl through and through, so obviously my beloved Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (St. Moritz) | £37 | review, demo | is in my wedding guest makeup bag. I've been using this product for almost a decade and it's still unrivalled in my eyes. It evens out my skin tone, balances any redness or dullness and just gives me a healthy, glowing complexion that still looks like my skin. It doesn't fade or go patchy or sink into fine lines, so I know I can trust this to hold up on a long day. Just to give an extra little bit of coverage to keep my skin camera-ready, I do also add a few little dots of the Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Hydrating Foundation* (6 Neutral) | £39 | review and demo | only where needed. This isn't too heavy or thick and has good longevity, as well as a hydrating feel on the skin without being too shiny. For me, this is the perfect balance of letting my skin shine through whilst keeping things photo-ready.
For concealer, my favourite balance of coverage (without the cake), hydration and longevity has to be the Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Brightening Concealer (250W) | £21 | full review. This concealer isn't thick or heavy and you can simply do two dots (on the inner corner and the outer edge of underneath your eye) and blend with a brush or even your fingers. It gives that perfected look without being too much when paired with a lighter base. Be sure to set it and it won't crease or wear off throughout the day. I have a little Travel Sized Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder | £21 | full review | that I keep in my bag for days when I want my makeup to stay looking fresh for hours. It's so finely-milled and doesn't add any colour or coverage, making it perfect for topping up throughout the day to keep shine at bay without creating cake. If you want to get a little extra mileage out of cream cheek products, you can even set your cheeks with a little of this. The translucent finish also makes it great for lending to other people that need it!
In terms of cheek products, I have a few staples that I know I can rely on. For highlight, it has to be the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand in Goldgasm | £30. This is a gorgeous pearly, sheeny liquid highlighter with no glitter or chunkiness to it so you really can't go wrong with it and you don't have to worry about it looking 'off' in photos because it's natural but noticeable. The formula is just amazing and I love this warm gold shade with a hint of peach for my skin tone. To add a bit of warmth to my skin, I use the Refy Cream Bronzer in Tan | £18 | full review. Used with a nice brush, this gives the nicest natural tan to my skin. It doesn't go patchy or uneven on my skin and it doesn't look like 'too much' (no one wants overdone orange bronzer in the photos!)
I then have two blushes that I can trust to serve me well, plus one of them doubles as a lip colour! One is the Refy Cream Blush in Citrine | £14 | full review. This is pigmented, so you only need a tiny dot blended out for long-wearing colour. It goes on smoothly and it doesn't break up on me during long days (and nights), making it a reliable pick for big events. Plus the shade Citrine is the perfect peachy spring / summer shade to lift the complexion. I also love my long-term favourite: the Nudestix Nudies Matte in Sunkissed | £30 | full review | which is branded as a blush / bronzer hybrid but this is a perfect blush colour for me and I'm sure most of you could find a great cheek match in this amazing formula. This is matte but creamy and smooth; it has amazing wear time on the cheeks and doesn't cling to dry skin on the lips, and as you eat and drink it will fade in an even, flattering way. Plus, if you think you might need it, you can always throw this stick in your bag to reapply later.
Let's move on to eyes; for me there's only one palette that gives the most amazing colour selection and formula combination for wedding events (I even used this when I was a bridesmaid once) and that's the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette | £42 | full review / swatches | which I recently repurchased. This is just the perfect selection of nudes, in my humble opinion. It suits a lot of different people and it's great for taking a look from day to night. You have golds, champagnes, browns, berries... and the formula! The mattes are super smooth and easy to blend, and the metallics seriously pop, plus they have great longevity, and don't muddy or wear off for hours and hours and hours. If you really want to guarantee your look will stay put then apply a little of the Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion | £21 | beforehand. You don't need much (which helps it sheer out nicely) and it just adds that extra bit of hold and makes the colours pop. I also have a cream shadow, because I find this formula to have such good longevity. The Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Copper | £26 | can be swiped on for a gorgeous soft, pearly metallic finish that lasts. This warm (but not orange) gold colour is perfect to pair with matte shades from the Soft Glam palette too.
In terms of liner, I've stopped wearing winged looks unless it's a once-in-a-blue-moon night out that I want to look extra glam for, so I really just tight-line with a pencil to define my eyes more. For this, I like using the Huda Beauty Creamy Kohl in Very Brown* | £19 | swatch | because it stays all day without transferring once it sets down, plus the dark chocolate brown is just a bit less harsh and more flattering thank black. This goes on smoothly and has great colour payoff, plus if you want to smudge it out, you get a little bit of play time before it sets down. For a big event (or even a holiday), I always get my brows threaded and tinted so I don't have to do too much with them! So, I just need a little of the Refy Brow Pencil (Medium) | £14 | full review | to fill in any little gaps (like the scar that annoyingly runs right through one of my eyebrows...) This is the perfect waxy, long-wearing brow product that's fine enough to draw on individual hairs and the tone is very natural and realistic. I then always finish off my eye area with my most trusted and long-standing mascara favourite, because this isn't the time to be testing out new products! For me, I know I can rely on the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £9.99 | full review | to not flake, smear or transfer throughout the day. And it gives me such amazing lift, length and separated volume.
Finally, we have lips. Like I said, I like to use the Nudestix stick on my lips as well as my cheeks to tie things together and give that natural nude look that most of us are going for when attending a wedding. I then like to add a lip oil over the top to adjust the colour to the blush and / or clothing colours I'm wearing and to add that dimensional glossiness to the lips. They're also just really easy to top up throughout the day and you won't have to worry about dryness. I opt for the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in Chocolate | £22 | for more of a berry vibe and the same formula in Tangerine | (which horrifyingly seems to have been discontinued) for more of an orange-peachy shift.
Have you been to any weddings this year? What makeup did you use?