I volunteered to be the make-up artist for the mother of the bride, who is also my mother in law – so much pressure to get it right! Luckily I had a practice which was just as well. Not only could I streamline my kit, I also learned that applying make-up to mature skin is different to applying it to teenage skin and skin in-between skin.
My mother-in-law had her own base products which were mainly Fashion Fair, with a powder and lipstick from Black|Up. I used three different concealers and three different foundation shades but the end result was even, blemish free skin, without looking caked on, thanks to extensive blending. I was quite proud of myself and according to family members, the compliments about my mother-in-law where plentiful! I was just happy to emphasise my mother-in-law’s natural beauty and ensure that was accurately captured on camera.
I was lucky in that my mother-in-law has quite smooth skin and an amazing bone structure. Absolutely no contouring required. In fact, her perfect cheekbones initially caused some anxiety. What exactly was I supposed to do with her cheeks? I decided to highlight the high points along cheekbones using the bronze shade from my Sleek Face Form palette in Dark 375 and added colour to the apples of her cheeks using the deepest red shade in the Sleek Blush by 3 blusher palette in Pink Sprint 366, blending out towards her temple. The colour and highlighter was blended together through the main part of the cheeks, leaving reflective shimmer at the top and matte colour at the bottom.
I didn’t use lip liner because I didn’t have a shade to match. I just carefully applied the lipstick using a lip brush, outlining the lips first then filing the lips in. I blotted using a tissue and went over the lips again to intensify the colour. Using a brush enabled me to apply the colour with precision and really push the colour in to the lips so the colour would last longer. After that, touch ups straight from the bullet would be sufficient.
I created a gold and purple eye look for my mother-in-law. She wanted occasion make-up but not too exaggerated – it was an afternoon wedding after all. She asked that I didn’t flick out the eyeliner, so I just used B.Precise Gel Eyeliner in 100 Black along the lashline and not beyond, to give the illusion of thicker lashes. I used Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Sepia Ink 2 along the bottom lashline to define the eyes but not look too dramatic. The key was to make sure my mother-in-law looked great in the photos but at the same time, she had to feel like herself.
For the eyeshadow, I used the matte brown from the Sleek Vintage Romance palette all over the eyelid and up to the brows as a base. I then applied the warm gold from the same palette on the lids only. I applied both with a No7 eyeshadow brush. Then, using the Fashion Fair eyeshadow quad in Indulge, I placed the dark purple shade in the crease using the fluffy end of my Urban Decay Naked brush and placed the pale shimmer shade under the brow to highlight using the flat end of the same brush. Then I blended, blended, blended using my No7 blend and contour brush!
I finished the eyes with several coats of No7 Intense Volume waterproof mascara and defined the brows using Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Mahogany. We decided false lashes would be too uncomfortable.
I’ve tried to recreate this look on the face chart above (from samanthamercer.co.uk) – what do you think?
P.S. I used the blusher to represent the lipstick on the face chart, which was Black|Up lipstick in RGE 05