Gouldylox to Go: Bridal Beauty Makeover

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One of Loxy's closest friends is getting married to her dream guy on a beautiful island later this year. While the scenery is likely to be as perfect as their pairing, there isn't a makeup artist to be found. At least not one you can count on to do nice work without meeting them first. Bright colors and loud makeup are an island tradition. And that is the exact look that makes Chelle run in the other direction.

Gouldylox To Go to the rescue! While I'm not a professional makeup artist, I know my way around the products that will make the most of your assets and the tips and tricks to make it easy. Chelle drove two hours to meet with me for a few hours to work out a simple bridal look that would keep her feeling beautiful throughout her wedding day. Since she doesn't wear a lot of makeup in her daily routine, we needed to create something simple and pretty. Most importantly, she needed to feel comfortable and gorgeous on her big day.

Before we got together, I had asked Chelle to check out some of my pinterest boards to find something that resonated with her. She found a simple matte gray, black rimmed look and asked to recreate it. She also wanted to try something slightly more dramatic. So we decided to go in stages, smoking the eye out as we went.


Grey isn't what I think of at a beachy wedding, but the heart wants what the heart wants and Chelle does have gorgeous (I mean gorgeous!) green eyes. So let the makeup lessons begin!

Here is Chelle with no makeup.

We started by using the makeup she is comfortable with to create her foundation. The one thing she didn't want was to feel like she was wearing a mask. We then brought out some of my secret weapons to give her perfect skin.

For the matte grey look she wanted, we used the following products.

For the Face:
Make Up For Ever HD Primer
bareMinerals original foundation in Fairly Light
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector
Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster in Candlelight under the eyes
Hourglass Ambient Light in Incandescent around her eyes and down her nose
Too Faced Bronzer directly under her cheek bones
Urban Decay Potion Primer on lids

Chelle didn't want to feel or look totally different, so I used a really light hand to show her how to achieve a look similar to the pinterest photo.

On the Eyes:
Too Faced Matte Eye Collection in Pebble
Makeup Geek Cosmopolitan Eye Shadow
We skipped the rimmed liner and under eye smudging as I thought it might make her feel too made up.
Buxom Mascara (on the day of, she'll top the lashes with bareMinerals Locked & Coated Waterproof Lash Top Coat)

On the Lips:
It Cosmetics YLBB™ Your Lips But Better™ Waterproof Lip Liner Stain in Pink
Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Naked (This is almost the perfect universal wedding lip color!)

We used the new Make Up For Ever brushes almost exclusively. I love how soft and detailed the brushes are for easy application. They blend beautifully and always seem to deposit the right amount of color. It's like they do most of the work for you, even if you aren't a pro. My must-haves from this collection?

124 Powder Kabuki for applying mineral foundations
128 Precision Powder Brush
160 Blush Brush
236 Large Precision Blender
226 Medium Eye Shader
212 Medium Precision Eye Smudger
232 Medium Precision Crease Brush

The look?

Chelle looks polished and pretty, but to me, she looks everyday gorgeous, not getting-married-to-her-true -love-on-a-beach-gorgeous. Plus, I wanted to camouflage those under eye circles a bit more. They looked pretty good in person, but still stood out in photos. The lesson? Always take photos during a makeup trial!

We decided to see if smoking the eyes out a little more was something Chelle was comfortable with. So we added some Too Faced Waterproof Liner in Black to the upper and lower rim (like the original photo), as well as Dorian Gray from the KAT VON D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette - Sinner. We also pulled out the big guns and added It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer to combat her dark circles. The result?

Chelle's eyes stand out, but I honestly don't love it. To me, it doesn't look like her. So I asked if we could do something totally different.

When I think beachy wedding, I think of the natural color palette and how the light is going to play off the sea, the sand (especially the sand!) and the eyes and skin. While gray looks beautiful with her light green eyes, I wanted to try something that felt more like Chelle, but perfectly polished. I wanted to try a shimmering, golden bronze look.

We kept the face and lips the same for the most part, but removed all of the eye makeup. This time, we used the following products:

Urban Decay Naked Palette 2 : Booty Call, Half-Baked and Chopper
Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Dusty Rose (but Kitten would be great as well)

Under her eyes, we also added Ben Nye Banana Powder to really hide those under eye circles.

Finally, we sprayed her entire face with Nyx Dewy Finishing Setting Spray to keep her makeup perfect all day. This gave her foundation a radiance I couldn't stop staring at (seriously, over lunch, I couldn't stop staring!). Her skin is perfection.

I used the Stila as a liner to make her eyes look bigger and brighter. I wanted a lot of "light play"; I wanted to use the natural light of her wedding day to make her green eyes shimmer. I wanted her eyes to really be the focus of her face. Here's the final look.

I can't wait to see photos from the actual wedding! Thanks for letting me show you some tips and tricks so I could be a small part of your big day! XOXO

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  1. Kelly, your instincts are spot on! She looks good in both looks, but the second look is perfection and just makes her glow and her eyes pop. To me, the matte gray look made her eyes recede and made her look a little older. Good job!

  2. The second look was way too much. The third was a bit more real - but honestly, she looks best in the first. There's less makeup, less cake, and more of her real beauty. And her eyes look younger in the first version, which made her look absolutely stunning! I hope she sticks with that one!

  3. The Ben Nye Banana Powder does work well under the eyes. It;s what I use and I got the idea from watching a Kim Kardashian video on YouTube where she demonstrates how she gets the perfect look from a makeup which is relatively cheap.


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