On Wednesday I was honoured to have hosted a wedding reception for two of my dearest friends. I know a lot of actors and singers and the couple are both opera singers so the party had to be held mid week to accommodate their schedules. Singers sing on the weekends!
The guests turned out in their best summer garden party finery and it was such a wonderful day. As I met their friends and played host, invariably people (mostly the women) discovered I was Daniel Thompson of Daniel Thompson Beauty and the usual questions ensued. One thing I started thinking about was how there is a mass of “how to” guides for bridal make up but nary a word about etiquette for a wedding guest when it comes to make up.
Here are the top tips for a wedding guest by yours truly:
Never outshine the bride. It is critical the every female guest remember the bride is the most beautiful person at the wedding. Guest’s make up should never compete for attention, so no red lipsticks, no glitter, no false lashes, no dramatic effects of any kind.
Respect the bride’s colour palette. If possible, match make up looks to suit the brides wedding colours – this shows respect, but also allows for some fun with makeup. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like pink, if the bride does, find a way to incorporate some pink into your make up.
When in doubt go neutral. By using soft neutral make up, you will never run the risk of having inappropriate make up at a wedding. Neutrals work with every colour palette and also do not draw attention away from the bride.
Many of you know I am a contributing writer to City Style and Living Magazine. The latest issue was just published last week and my new article showcases how to “summer proof” your make up.
Here is a quick recap of the longer article.
Enhance the Foundation
a) mix your regular liquid foundation with a mineral based liquid sunscreen (be careful here because this only works with pure mineral sunscreens and not chemical based ones) - equal portions work best, but for a more radiant finish mix 1 part foundation with two parts sunscreen
b) apply mixture evenly across the skin - and yes it will look a little white but only for a moment - massage into the skin until there is no trace of the white finish (created from the sunscreen) - allow to set for about 10 minutes - longer if you can
c) lightly dust with a transparent powder using a big open brush - this will create a flawless finish that does not look heavy
Change the Eye Shadow Formula
Talc free eye shadows wear better in humidity and are not as easily broken down by the skin. This can be either a cream formula or a mineral formula. Also the colour payoff is better.
a) fill the entire lip with your favourite lip liner shaping the edge of the mouth as you go
b) dab a very small amount of clear lip gloss in the centre of the bottom lip and rub the lips together to distribute the shine."