I’m at that awkward age where half my friends are having babies and are getting married and the other half are too drunk to find their phones. I find myself comfortably hanging in between ;-) But with a formal event coming up here’s some knowledge to share.


1. Waterproof eye makeup is KEY

At a wedding, things can get emotional #understatement of the year. I don’t know about you, but as soon as the first wedding bells ring, I’ve already worked through a whole pack of tissues. Speeches of the sweetest dads, the view of two people utterly in love and not to mention all these gorgeous wedding guests…yes I’m a sucker for romantics and above all I cry at the drop of a hat. So waterproof mascara, eyeliner or eye shadow is a must. Try to have tissues within hand reach to keep your eyes dabbed, this way tears won’t stain or make tracks in the rest of your make-up.


2. Cameras e-ve-ry-where

If there’s one day in your whole life when it’s legit to go over the top and back, it’s your wedding day. A film crew meeting Hollywood standards is nothing to be ashamed of. To prevent looking like Casper the friendly ghost, remember that some foundations and/or powders look different in pictures, since they’re light reflecting. Especially day creams with SPF or translucent powders can make your face appear whiter from the rest of your body. Oh and be generous! Apply a little more than you normally would, more than you think you need, since the camera and lights will tone down your makeup.


3. Day and night

If you’re one of the happy few who are invited for the day and evening ceremony, you want to make sure that your make up is looooonglasting. Foundation primer, a setting spray or eye shadow base are products you might not bother with in everyday life, but for a wedding, using them is a worthwhile insurance plan for your carefully applied makeup. These products ensure that makeup goes on more smoothly and stays put for much longer without fading or sweating off.


4. Forget lipstick, stain them

Regular lipstick will constantly be coming off, since you’re busy with sipping champagne, greeting familiar faces or eating the wedding cake. If you’re in for the long run first put a lip balm on your lips so they’re not dry and flaky. Then, use a sheer stain or pigment-rich lip pencil to fill in your entire lip. And there’s nothing left to worry about.


Made of honor?

Bring a blow-dryer. Blow-dryers are the Swiss Army Knife of wedding preparations. Useful for touching up hair, a quick nail polish drying tool and essential when you spill champagne on your dress right before the formal pictures.


How do you survive a wedding looking fabulous?



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