Me Oh My Oh

This is embarrassing. I was looking for a certain photo in my files and I came across some photos from last year, when wedding planning was my raison d’être. It’s so weird to think back on the year leading up to last June – wedding planning ruled my thoughts and dominated most weekends. I can’t exactly say it was a waste, because I loved my wedding, but gosh, how strange to think that this time last year I was studying up on butter cream vs. ganache, and staying up late worrying if my Flattering Me low-back bustier would indeed come through for me on the big day, or if I should go the sticky silicone route.

I applaud those of you who plan low-key weddings. I really do. I’ve written about this before, but while I think some traditional aspects of weddings are great (wearing a pretty white dress, gathering all your friends and family together, eating and drinking and dancing), others cause needless worry. One of those areas is makeup. I’m not a big wearer of makeup, and because of (or in spite of) this, the task of choosing how to do my wedding day makeup kinda stressed me out. I decided to do what’s called, in the wedding world, a makeup trial. I went to a makeup artist in a nice salon in Berkeley and paid $60 to get made up like this:

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All I can say is, I’m glad I tried this lady out before I paid her to make me up like (in the words of my husband) a 19-year-old Latina’s MySpace photo.  Why she felt the need to brush my eyebrows upwards and then shellac them elludes me. Needless to say, I wasn’t digging the thick black eyeliner, liner on the outside of my lips, and pinkish lipstick.  This, I thought, is why the idea of someone else doing my makeup freaks me out.

I decided to do another trial, this time at an Aveda store.  I figured that I would then buy some products and either make myself up or entrust a friend.  Here’s a photo from that session:

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Yes, both photos were taken by me, in my car.  Hawt.  As you may also be able to tell, facial symmetry doesn’t really run in my family. This session was much more promising.  It made me even try to recreate the look at home:

img_5218Which was not terribly hard.  HOWEVER, makeup nerves got the best of me, and I did yet ANOTHER trial with a co-worker of mine, who offered her services to me.  I can’t seem to find the photos of that session, and it’s all for the best since I consumed too much wine that night and suddenly found the idea of photographing the outcome gut-bustingly absurd. The good news is, my co-worker came through for me in the end.  My wedding day makeup was, in my opinion, pretty close to perfect.

Here she is applying it the morning of:

img_0124-1 img_0099-1And the final product:

img_0186Not the cutest face I’ve ever made, but for some reason the only closeup I can find of my face, before the lipstick faded.  At any rate, makeup was one of my main worries, and either I got really lucky (which I think I did, in having a very talented friend do my makeup for free) or it wasn’t such a big deal afterall.

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