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Your Big Day: Makeup Tips for Brides and Grads

Jun 1, 2007

Kris Ravetto's tips for your "Big Day"

For a summer look, check out the Smashbox Cosmetics "Summer
Glow" set at Costco, it's a great value with lots of
products for around $29. While you're at Costco, don't miss
the Kirkland makeup brush set, 9 quality brushes and a case
for around $21. Another great bargain can be found at
Target, their makeup brushes by Sonia Kashuk are very nice,
especially the concealer brush. Like many makeup artists, I
also shop for brushes at art supply stores.

Some of the things I keep with me on set, that may help
Oil blotting tissues (Mac or Clean & Clear)

Q-tips: great for touching up the undereye area

Concealer: for retouching blemishes or under the eyes

Mini pallet by Japonesque that you can fill with concealer
& lipcolor, even hair paste. You can also use a pill box
from the drugstore and fill the individual compartments.

Bobby pins & travel size hairspray (try Kenra spray)


Lip pencil & lipstick

Powder compact (like Mac Blot powder)

Sunscreen: Murad or Neutrogena. Murad has little "to go"
sunscreen packets at drugstore.com

Be-Kool type cooling patches to put on the back of neck to
keep body temperature cool, available at drugstores.

Lip Balm: KMS California solperfection with SPF 30. For a
less glossy look and for the guys try Moisturizing
Chapstick in the blue package. In the words of Matt Damon,
"At the end of the day, it's all about the chapstick."

Makeup & hair protector: a "bee keeping" style zip-up hood
to wear when changing clothes, available at Sally Beauty
Supply. You can also wrap a scarf over your face and head
then tie it at the neck. The idea is to protect your
hairstyle and keep makeup off of your clothing when you

Double stick "Topstick" tape for taping clothes to skin,
available at Manhatten Wardrobe Supply or beauty supply

The inside track on some long wearing products:

Eyeshadows: some of my favorites are MAC, Stila, Revlon
12-hour Colorstay, and the creamy, long wearing Revlon
Illuminance in "Not Just Nudes" (4 silky neutral colors
that last without creasing). I like to use the "Not Just
Nudes" as a sheer base on the lid and crease, and then
apply powder shadows on top. The old double whammy.

Mac's Fluidline Eyeliner stays put, my faves are "Dipdown,"
a dark brown, and "Blacktrax," black. Bobbi Brown Gel
Eyeliner also has staying power. Apply with a fine brush,
gently pushing the brush into the base of your lashes to
apply a fine line between the lashes. Then smooth the line
out with another stroke of the brush, or with a long
wearing pencil, like:
Mac Powerpoint eye pencils
Revlon Colorstay eye pencils (self sharpening, and they
really last)

Of course you will want WATERPROOF mascara for a wedding.
Tip: Remember to soak a couple of cotton rounds in
waterproof eye makeup remover, and tuck them into a ziplock
in your overnight bag for makeup removal later (try
Neutrogena oil free eye makeup remover). This will spare
you the Bride of Frankenstein look in the morning!

I like traditional lipsticks with a "lip colored" lip
pencil like Mac's Ginger Root (very light), Dervish (muted
pink) or Chestnut (rich dark brown) that can be reapplied
over the course of the day. Line your lips gently, then
fill in with liner toward the center to stain your lips and
avoid the 90's lip line look. You can also give your lips a
stain of color under your lipstick with Stila's Lip Rouge
pens, or Benefit's Benetint (keep it away from your
dress!). If you prefer a long wearing lip color, I suggest
Revlon Colorstay, which I have used on the Food Network and
it survives eating, sipping and canoodling. Road test your
lip products before the big day to see how they hold up,
and if you like the texture. Some makeup lines (Sally
Hansen at the drugstore) are making a "reverse lipliner"
that is invisible and helps prevent lipstick from bleeding.

Cheeks: Powder blushes and Bronzers hold up well in heat
and on oily skin. Some faves: Mac's "Pinch o' Peach" for
fair skin and "Raizin" for darker skin tones, Rimmel's
"Bronze" is a drugstore favorite, Smashbox, Revlon's Vital
Radiance in coral for mature skin. Stila Convertible Color
brightens cheeks and lips with creamy translucent colors.
Go easy on the shimmer. Add a little to the tops of cheek
bones and temples for some glow, but too much can easily
make your
skin look oily. Less is more. "Keep it real."

Foundation: Makeup Forever's Face and Body Makeup has a
satin finish. A silicone based gel, it is dewy looking
(great for mature skin) and water resistant. It was used on
an underwater photoshoot that I was on recently, and it
held up to the swimming pool challenge! For every day, Bare
Minerals is a powder mineral foundation that feels light
and clean. I think it is worth spending money on a really
good foundation that matches your skin tone and will hold
up for your big day. I like the range of colors at Bobbi
Brown, Prescriptives, Mac and Laura Mercier. Most cosmetic
counters will give you samples to take home, so you can
try before you buy.

Bobbi Brown's website has a nice bridal makeup kit of
essentials in classic colors.

Powder: Mac Blot Powder absorbs oil and shine. Bare
Minerals Mineral Veil is a loose powder that sets
foundation with a matte finish. Kett Cosmetics pressed and
loose powders have no pigment and are invisible on the

Before your pictures are taken, blot your face with oil
blotting sheets, dust powder on your T-zone (nose and
forehead), touch up your lips and undereyes and you will
look like a star!

I hope that these tips help you on your big day, and every
day. Remember to "keep it real"!