My Wedding Makeup (Products I Used + Photos)

Philippine Makeup Artist
 Hello everyone! I am back! Hubby and I just got back from our 13 days honeymoon (PART 1) and the first thing I want to accomplish before the year ends is this blog post. I am so excited to share with you the products that I used on my big day. Truly, as other people would often say, the woman is most beautiful on her wedding day. It is true. Grabe! I got that bridal glow despite not having  proper sleep (uhmm, I think no sleep at all). I did not have #GGSS moments rather I was #GGSS the entire day. hehe 

I praise God that He gave me the strength to do my makeup that day and He turned everything beautiful. God even appeased my heart in spite of the fact that my coordinator was LATE!!They arrived 1 1/2 to 2 hrs late before the expected time!  I will talk about them in another blog post.  I was too stressed but God made sure everything was okay and I was blessed to have the best photographers in town, Ruffa and Mike (http://www.ruffaandmike.com/). Mukha ba akong stressed sa photos?!Hindi naman diba? Oh walang kokontra, please lang. :p
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 When asked if I will do my wedding makeup again (if given the chance), without a blink of an eye I will definitely answer, YES!! Doing my makeup on my wedding made my big day extra special because it became more personal, it was very "me". As we all know, bridal makeup is a make or break for a woman on her big day. No matter how good your photographer or videographer is, if your makeup was not well blended, or your foundation was too light, or your lipstick made you looked washed out, or your foundation was just too cakey, we all know that even photoshop can't do the trick. 

Invest in a good makeup artist for your big day. If I had the money, I would get Albert Kurniawan but I would rather spend my money on travelling so I kept it for myself. hehe If you know how to do your makeup, harness it. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. And, perhaps, if you decide to do your own makeup on your big day, invest on good quality makeup. I am not saying that you should buy high end ones. I got loads of drugstore gems on this list that would make everyone rethink their makeup preference. First of all, let me tell you that my makeup withstood my emotional moments on my big day. I did cry a lot especially on the ceremony and even on the reception. The staying power of my makeup that day was indeed PHENOMENAL. haha

ALL ABOUT THE BASE
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 My favorite part in doing my makeup was the base. Choosing my base was the hardest because I was so afraid that it would not match my neck and the rest of my body. I tried not to use products with SPF with the exception of MAC Studiofix foundation. I used two kinds of primer. I first used my Ellana Primer as the ultimate base. I love how this primer makes my foundation lasts longer. I made a post about this primer before that despite riding the MRT and commuting, my makeup still looked flawless. Then, I applied the Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer. I needed something that would bring back moisture on my super dry skin and would make it more supple. My eyebags were very conspicuous that day, I remedied it by using Graftobian's Corrector Concealer in Salmon and Orange. 

Then, I used three kinds of foundation, no make it four. Let me explain to you what I did. I mixed 1/4 Mac Studiofix, 1/4 MUFE HD foundation with 1/2 L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte. This L'oreal foundation is really really good. Anyways, all of you might be wondering why on earth did I mix 3 foundations. The reason - I love all of their properties combined. My MAC Studiofix' rich consistency, MUFE's radiance on photos and L'oreal's amazing longevity, hence, I mixed all three. I applied my foundation with the use of the Beauty Blender. The beauty blender made my foundation looked seamless and more natural. I did not end there because I applied airbrush on myself. I used the Temptu Airbrush system with Temptu S/B Foundation. The airbrush did a great job of making my foundation last the whole day. I cried several times but there were no streaks of tears on my face. Also, I kept on rubbing my face to prevent tears from streaming down my face but my base did not budge at all. I used two types of concealer as well, MAC Pro Longwear and NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer. These two are heavy duty concealers and both worked really great together. 

Proof that I cried that day more than once. I actually lost count of how many times I cried. I was very emotional that day. I felt like I was in a teleserye because one moment I balling my eyes out then the next thing I knew, I was laughing so hard!! 

I did wet method of contouring with L.A. Girl Pro Concealer. I set everything with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder from Beauty MNL (https://beautymnl.com/). This is the best setting powder I have ever used. This powder made my base makeup looked very silky. I forgot to include in the photo MAC Studiofix Foundation Powder in NC35. I buff this powder foundation all over my face for that added coverage. To set everything, I used Skindinavia Makeup Spray in Bridal. I got this from Digital Traincase  http://www.dtcmakeup.com/ This setting spray locked my makeup in place and made it looked less powdery and more natural. 

GETTIN' THAT BRIDAL GLOW
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 Most brides have that inner glow but I wanted that extra oomph that day. I want to be a blushing bride with focus on my whole face and not just my eyes. 
For the bronzer, I used my trusted NYC Bronzer in Sunny. I also Contoured my face with PIXI's Natural Contour powder which blends beautifully on the skin and is very pigmented. I added more glow by highlighting my nose bridge, my temples and my cupid's bow with The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer.
 I used my favorite matte blush on my big day and they are Pink Sugar's HD Blushes in Miss Independent and Summer Night. I mixed both colors together to get the most natural flush. I also added a bit of Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick in Bronze for that extra extra glow. 

EYES ON ME, PLEASE!!!

I want to be honest here. I am not satisfied with my eye makeup. Kim Rodriguez, the mua and my friend who did the makeup for my family and bestfriend said, I was just being perfectionist. haha. I know but I wanted that Miss Universe fierce eye makeup look with very very long lashes. Isa lang masisisi ko, si Pia. Ikaw Pia ang may kasalanan nito kaya ako bitter sa eye makeup ko. haha But then again, I might look someone else if i did that kind of eye makeup. Sabi nga ng friend ko ikakasal ka teh, hindi ka rarampa sa pageant. Still, I wanted longer lashes and more eyeshadow. (Ang bitter ko talaga diba). Haha

For my eye makeup, I did something different. Instead of doing the cat eye and almond shape eyeshadow shape technique, I did my eye  makeup in a more rounder shape to make my eyes look bigger. I knew that I would cry a lot so I decided to make my eye look rounder to prevent it from looking droopy amidst all my crying moments.

I used my MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot  as my primer. For the eyeshadow, I used Nooner and Limit on the Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow. I wanted something natural but I do not want to use brown shadows so I opted for rosy and mauvey hues. I used the black and burgundy eyeshadow on the Pink Sugar Palette to define my crease and outer V even more. I used my Morphe 35N Palette for my blending and transition shades. On my inner lid, I used my favorite shimmery shadow, Inglot 154 then I top it off with a matte peach shadow to deflect the shimmers.
 For lining my eyes, defining my brows and lengthening my lashes, I used my all time Holy Grail Products. These are mostly my all time favorite products that I highly recommend to my friends and readers. I used my Maybelline Gel Liner in Black to line my upper lash line and for tightlining. I also used my Holika Holika Eyeliner in brown and black to line my eyes. I used Lash Grip Lash Adhesive for my lashes. I used Red Cherry Lashes in DW and 213. I also used the most waterproof and budgeproof mascara in my kit which is the Etude House Curl Fix Mascara. I used Jordana Liner in Almond and Palladio White Eyeliner on my waterline. For my brows (which I am so proud of, hehe), I used my Milani Stay Put Brow Color to fill in and shade my brows, then I used my ever reliable Kpalette 24hr Brow Liner for outlining my brows and to achieve that beautiful shape and arch. To tone down the color of my brows, I used my KPalette Brow Mascara. 

THIS LIPS DON'T LIE (Chos!)
 Choosing the right shade of lipstick was also hard because I have seen a few brides on Facebook with too pale lipsticks that made them looked a bit sick or the color just looked off or unnatural vis-a-vis their skin tone. I wanted something that will really look good on my thick pouty lips. Such lip color should not highlight my lips too much but it should also not washed me out. Gets niyo ba? haha  On my wedding, I used a lot of lip products. I applied a bit of everything to get my desired color. I used BYS Raisin as lip liner, MAC Brick O-LA as based then I topped it off with NARS Brigitte . I felt that these lippies were prone to bleeding so I added my favorite lipstick combo -Pink Sugar Desire and Naked. I added Essence XXXL which I got for only 50 pesos to make my lips look plumper and lustre.

Here are my solo shots during the wedding preparations. 

 This is my most favorite shot. Feeling model lang ang peg ko. I am so thankful that I followed the advice of friends who were brides before me to have my hair colored with highlights. My hair looked so beautiful on photos parang pang commercial lang. I had it done at Basement Salon in Shangrila. It was Sir Mike who did my hair color.  

 I highly suggest to future brides out there to wear colored contact lens. I am not a contact lens user, thus I opted to Air Optix Lenses which is known for being breathable and comfortable to wear. I wore this lens for more than 10 hrs that day. I used the color Brown. 




Wheew!! I know this is a very long post but I hope that you were able to get a few tricks and product recommendations. 

Next on my blog will be details of my wedding which will cover my DIYs and a few tips to all bride to be's.

Godbless

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26 comments

  1. Grrraaabeee! Ang galing niyo po magmakeup! Hands down. Ang ganda ganda! Congratulations po!

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  2. Who did your hair on your wedding day? The base is the most important part of bridal makeup, I think. So if there are brides out there who also want to do their own makeup on their big day, invest in high-end base makeup AND get a bottle of Skindinavia finishing spray. I've read good things about that stuff. Hehe!

    Your wedding makeup was perfect! The eyes were emphasized just right.

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    1. It was regine Matias who did my hair. She is my hairstylist whenever i do makeup gigs. She is really really good.

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  3. Wow first of all congratulations! Now that's out of the way, neng, ang ganda mo! As in! Bet na bet ko ang makeup mo! Pak na pak. The hair looks so good, tama ka, model na model ang dating. Pang mayaman ang kulay hehe. I love that you used pink sugar products. The shade naked from their hd lipstick line is my hg lipstick. Now convince na convince mo na akong bumili ng palette nila. buti hindi ka nangarag to do your makeup on your big day especially inistress ka pala ng coordinator mo. Pero good job. Ang galing. ������

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    1. Thank you so much. Natawa ako sa pang mayaman girl hehe

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  4. Waah, andaming products, medyo nalula ako! Hehe, putting on and perfecting makeup stresses me out so I opted to get an MUA instead. You look beautiful in every inch though, and super bilib ako sa makeup expertise mo. :)

    Slightly OT: may I ask where you got your pink robe set? It looks so nice! Gusto ko din nyan kahit last year pa wedding ko, hehe.

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    1. Thanks sis. I got my robe at landmark dept. Store for less than 500 pesos then have it embroidered at the back at 168 :) ang mahal kasi sa la tercera :)

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  5. amazingly beautiful!

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  6. Definitely all eyes on you! Professionally done make up! <3

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  7. Beautiful! I hope you can also make a tutorial esp on the base and eye makeup. I am very much interested on how you did the technique on making your eyes bigger and the gradient of e/s. How did you use the LA girl for contouring too? Thanks

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  8. Inaabangan ko ang mga wedding post mo! Haha I've been following your blog for years but I'm a silent reader. Congratulations! Hope you'll post more about your wedding and the preparations. I'm getting married next year and been researching kung paano maidadaos ang wedding na maganda at pasok sa budget. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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  9. Wow, you looks so flawless and looks so effortless your make up and at your wedding but I didnt realized how much work you put into it. You are truly a make up artist/lawyer, you really knows how to work it! Love you inaanak-your tita ninang from the big apple.

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  10. Congratulations Donna!! eto talaga inabangan ko after your wedding! hehe.. ang ganda ng base makeup, ang flawless!

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  11. I can't wait for your next blog! You look so glowing and pretty in your wedding! Congrats ulit!

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  12. Wow! That is what you call a talent. Hope I can learn how to do that kind of makeup even on myself.

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  13. Congratulations dear! You look stunning. I super love your makeup especially your eye makeup. Love it!

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  14. I wish I could borrow your talent hahahha

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  15. You look so beautiful! Parang goddess! Congrats! :)

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  16. Do you enjoy doing makeup for brides in general? I think you would make any bride/client feel assured because you did your own makeup on your wedding day.

    Rae (Scatterbraintures)

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    1. Hello Rae!!!! Yes, I do bridal makeup but last yr clients stop contacting probbaly because they knew I am busy with my wedding. I really hope I will get a good break in the wedding industry because I love doing this (a lot). Thank you so much rae

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  17. First of all Congratulations po! This bridal makeup is so beautiful.. walang na-exaggerate na part ng mukha... walang harsh lines,, everything is well blended... Sana meron din akong ganyan ka-husay na makeup skills.. super ganda po kasi ninyo sa wedding day nyo.

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  18. Grabe, Ms. D! I don't really trust myself sa pagme-makeup. Much more on my wedding day. Pero hands down. Grabe. Super flawless ng makeup. In my remaining years, sana matuto pa ko. Pagkilay nga lang, sablay na ehh. Full makeup pa kaya? Anyway, thanks for inspiring us! :)

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