When I got engaged last year I knew immediately that I'd do my own makeup for the big day. I'm very particular about my makeup — some might call it product obsessed. So my mission was to put together a list of products I'd need to create my ideal look.
Somehow I found myself spending hours (seriously hours) researching foundation in search of the perfect formula. I'm a tinted moisturizer type of woman, you see, and I hadn't worn a real foundation in years.
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I zeroed in on Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation as my top contender. It's a gorgeous formula that's won several awards. When I mentioned it to LHJ's beauty director (one of the perks of our office is that shop talk includes discussing the perfect foundation), she suggested that I meet with Armani's national director of creative artistry, Tim Quinn, and get a little wedding makeup tutorial. Have my makeup done by the man who makes Gwen Stefani and Kate Bosworth even more gorgeous? Um, yes please!
I met Quinn at the Giorgio Armani flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City. We discussed how I wanted to look on my wedding day — natural, like myself but better. We also talked about the feature I love to highlight the most (my eyes) and then the lesson began. Lucky me — and lucky you because I'm sharing Quinn's amazing pro tips so that you can DIY a gorgeous wedding makeup look too!
This may seem like a lot of steps but this is a day to look your best so we're sharing every little detail to help you get it right!
1. The morning of your wedding, start with clean, dry skin. Prep the skin under your eyes with a de-puffing serum like Armani's Regenessence Eye Rejuvenating Serum. Then, apply a rich, moisturizing eye cream such as Armani's Crema Nera. Use your fingers to dab the cream in and feel for extra-dry spots that might need more attention.
2. Moisturize your entire face. A well-hydrated face sets a good base for your makeup and will make it look even better. Quinn also recommends using a lip scrub like Fresh's Sugar Lip Polish to smooth and de-flake your lips in preparation for color.
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By Bethany Porter for Ladies Home Journal