May 2, 2013

Bridal Beauty Series: Rethinking Budget Friendly Makeup

Now more than ever we are spending beyond our means with many couples splurging on a wedding they cannot really afford. With all the extras to take into consideration, having a makeup artist on your wedding day may be out of the budget. If that’s the case, why not dedicate some time, if you haven’t already, to review and organize your makeup. You may need to update and refresh your makeup wardrobe, so why not take the opportunity to create your bridal beauty arsenal. There’s no need to break the bank- first take inventory of what you have, and what needs to be tossed (i.e dried out and crusty mascara). Go for waterproof products that are long-lasting, and that multitask- yes we have higher standards for our beauty products these days, and why not? Here is some inspiration for your bridal beauty that will keep your piggy bank in tact:

Your Makeup Bag

Many women have an endless supply of gloss or lipstick in variations of the same colour, but the same dingy sponge or crusty dried-out mascara. Stop spending money on impulse purchases, and invest in some good products with skin care properties and SPF. Makeup can and should be nourishing and protective, while enhancing your natural beauty. Once you have cleaned out your makeup bag and tossed your expired makeup, give your brushes a good wash and your bag as well. When you go through what you already have you may only need to replace or add one or two items. Do a clean out of your makeup often, and get into the habit of washing your brushes once a week.

Samples & Testers

Many cosmetic counters give out samples, and this is a good way to test foundation. Take a couple different colours to see how they work best, and work with the in store makeup artist to find textures that work for your skin. Many lines also offer mini samples of their products free with purchase, and these are great for travel (honeymoon) and for your makeup bag on your wedding day. If this sounds like too much work, or you just don’t have the time, sign up for a subscription to a beauty box full of samples catered to your specific skin and hair needs. There are many out there, so do some research online and find one that fits you. They should cost within the range of $10-$25 monthly.

Multitasking Makeup

Getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to beauty products can be tricky. It seems that when you go to buy one thing, you end up with five. For the bridal beauty  budget is very similar to fashion, choose quality over quantity. A product that works on lips and cheeks, for example, will save you time and money. Now, to many, budget-friendly equals low cost , but my approach is a bit different. I think investing in two or three multi-tasking products you love is a better way to spend. 
Here are a few of my personal favourites from the $19 -$44 range:

Convertible Eye Color by Stila

Convertible Eye Color in Teak
 A three in one product where you can line and define your eyes. Smudge colour for a smokey evening look. Use the iridescent shadow to highlight the brow bone and inner corners of the eyes. For even more, layer the shadow on top of liner and blend. Lots of options and no sharpener required. Comes in four shades, all paired with a complimentary shadow.

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm by Clinique

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Fuller FigThis ultra moisturizing stick comes in a plethora of colours, suiting a wide range of skin tones. If you can’t decide which colour is right for you, use our own natural lip colour as a guide. Skip the liner with this look. Moisturizing stains are replacing lipstick and lip gloss, so see what all the fuss is about. Use it as cream blush as well- easy to blend with fingers for on the go.

 Sculpting Blush Palette by Revlon

Sculpting Blush Palette by Revlon
 Blush, contour and highlight in one sleek compact. You can use the highlighter on your brow bone, cupid’s bow and inner tear ducts. Contour should always be blended well,  and is placed on the jawline and slightly under your natural cheekbones. Apply blush just to the apples of the cheeks. Comes in 4 shades. I also like to use contour (matte bronzer) in the socket line for a bit of definition.

 Creamy Concealer Kit by Bobbi Brown

Creamy Concealer Kit in Honey
 As a professional makeup artist since before I was born, no one knows makeup like Bobbi. Her creamy concealers are found in many makeup artists kits. Her convenient duo of concealer and pressed powder make touch-ups a breeze, and save room in your makeup bag.

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Daniela is a freelance makeup artist based in Toronto, Canada.