Alternative Bridesmaid Makeup Look

Good day to you! :)  I am off today after a crazy couple weeks helping plan and coordinate our Public Service Week here at my work.  I am the co-chair of our Youth Network for the Atlantic Region, so I was also organizing some events for the offices in other provinces as well.  Quite the job!  In any case, I think the week went pretty well, and yesterday our internal news publication came out with an article on myself and my co-chair on how we’re aspiring leaders, and basically made us sound really snazzy.  It was really nice to get recognition for the work we do so I’m feeling pretty awesome right now! (despite the four glasses of wine I had last night in celebration LOL).

Anyway, enough with the recap.  Today I wanted to show you a recreation of the look I did for my friend’s wedding last month.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to capture the actual look itself, but I used everything I wore in the shots below – though I’m missing the false lashes.  Use your imagination for those ;)

Anyone who knows me knows I always like to take what’s considered the ‘norm’ and put a little spin on it.  A lot of people I know have traveled/lived in Australia, so I went to New Zealand.  I once attended a formal event where everyone wore dresses, and I wore a white pant suit (see below – not a great shot, and eeks! to the fuzzy straightened hair – but damn it if I didn’t love that outfit :)).  So, when I started thinking about what makeup I wanted to wear for the wedding, I wanted something still appropriate but with a twist.  And so: red eyeshadow.

Pics to Sort etc 137Also – pink heels!  YES.

Ok, maybe not full-on red.  That would probably clash with the whole romantic theme.  But a metallic cranberry?  Now we’re talking.

The shade I used was L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Golden Mahogany, a shadow I’ve shown you before.  I don’t wear it very often because in my mind it’s ‘red shadow,’ but since the wedding, I’ve been pulling it out a lot more – it’s like the best version of red ever, that is actually super-wearable.  As it’s quite standout on it’s own, I paired it with subdued shades everywhere else to keep it the focal point – soft pink cheeks and rosy-beige lips.

Wedding Makeup Swatches Wedding Makeup Swatches (2)Left to right: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, L’Oreal Golden Mahogany shadow, MAC Arena shadow, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, Illamasqua Hussy blush, Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Discrete.

As you can see, very few products were used for the look.  At the wedding, by using false individual lashes (which I prefer because you can apply them the night before to save time), coupled with the shadow, I didn’t need to work too hard to have my eyes really stand out.  False lashes are especially awesome for photos (of which you can see here).  All that I did was to use a cream liner to get into any spaces in-between the lashes to make them look full, and then applied Golden Mahogany all over the lid and into the crease.  I blended MAC Arena into the brow bone and inner eye corners, et voila!  That was ALL I needed to do to get the look below.  Simple and pretty!

Wedding MakeupWedding Makeup (2)

Again, with the false lashes this look was made much more KAPOW!

The base used was Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundation (which I’m fairly certain I’m going to buy for the rest of my life) worn over Hourglass No.28 Primer Serum (which really is AMAZING at keeping the oilies controlled).  Some contouring with bronzer, a touch of blush and highlight (I used Chanel’s Poudree Signee, not shown in the swatches), and a dab of lipgloss were the finishing touches.

I was really happy with the resulting look, and felt that I managed to continue with my habit of doing something not quite the norm, but also not so far out there either.  And that shadow really has reach HG status with me (which incidentally has put me on a quest to weed out all my HG’s and get rid of anything less)!

What do you think?  Would you wear red eyeshadow (to a formal event, no less)?  How do you ‘break the mold’ when it comes to makeup?

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  1. #1 by Marina on June 14, 2013 - 10:13 am

    Wow I love this look! I will definitely be recreating this with MAC Cranberry. Speaking of Cranberry, you would love it!

    • #2 by Latoya on June 18, 2013 - 9:31 pm

      Yes, I’ve swatched it many times at the counter LOL, good call! But I held off because of how similar it is to this shade. It’s gorgeous though, isn’t it!?

  2. #3 by Mammu on June 14, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Simple and pretty indeed! Lovely make up =)

    • #4 by Latoya on June 18, 2013 - 6:49 am

      Thank you :) :) :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. #5 by satine89 on June 14, 2013 - 11:33 am

    Woooah, I could never wear red toned eyeshadow because I’m quite pale and cool toned, but you..I looove the look! <3

    • #6 by Latoya on June 18, 2013 - 6:53 am

      I wouldn’t write it off just yet Satine! Especially if you have blue or green (or hazel!) eyes, this would look amazing! I had an old L’Oreal shadow much like this shade that I used on a friend of mine in high school, and she was quite pale. It looked STUNNING!!

      Sent from my iPhone

      • #7 by satine89 on June 18, 2013 - 8:09 am

        Aw, thanks for the tip, dear! I actually have green-ish eyes..I should give it a try, then! ;)

  4. #8 by Tracy@Beauty Reflections on June 14, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    GORGEOUS!! Love it. You look absolutely beautiful Toya! I love that you used Arena to blend out the crease! Great pick!

    • #9 by Latoya on June 18, 2013 - 6:56 am

      I love Arena! Its actually nearly gone, if you can believe it Tracy – I used a whole shadow up!!!

      And thank you! I really love this look/shadow, it never fails me :)

      Sent from my iPhone

  5. #10 by Lili on June 15, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    You look lovely and hey, the white pantsuit works! I once attended a formal event in a black pantsuit while the other women wore summery dresses. I stood out but as I found out later, in a positive way:) Hey as long as it’s not a bum exposing number with 10 inch heels we’re usually good.
    I doubt that I could pull off a red eye, though maybe if it was the right tone who knows?

    • #11 by Latoya on June 18, 2013 - 6:59 am

      I suspect you could Lili :) The right tone is key.

      And you’re a woman after my own heart! Love that you took a chance to stand out – it’s fun!!! :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  6. #12 by BurbBeauty on June 16, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    Beautiful look! Everything is perfectly applied. And you rocked that suit, girl!

    • #13 by Latoya on June 18, 2013 - 7:02 am

      Hehe thanks Lola :) I felt pretty suave, I’ll admit. And I’m glad you liked the look!!

      Sent from my iPhone

  7. #14 by Denise on June 17, 2013 - 2:11 am

    Looooove red/red-based eyeshadows, and the contrast between your make-up and your white suit looks AMAZING.

    I love wearing red-based shadows, from cooler tones like MAC Cranberry (which looks like a dead-on dupe for the L’Oreal one you used) to warmer tones like MAC Coppering. But if I don’t line my eyes with black, they look totally blood-shot and a bit sickly, LOL.

  8. #15 by Eugenia on June 17, 2013 - 7:51 am

    WOW! You look amazing, Toya (like what else is new?!) and I love how you jazzed this look up without going overboard! I don’t know if I’d call it red, as it appears more cranberry to me, but it sure looks incredible and a colour we need to see more of!

  9. #16 by Liz (@Reductionista) on June 17, 2013 - 7:23 pm

    I’m not sure what’s more awesome: the red shadow or the white pantsuit!

    Your skin must have like zero dry patches or bumps, because that Immaculate foundation is a b-tch to wear when the skin is being weird. This post is making me want to go out and re-test it again even though I know it doesn’t work on me.

  10. #17 by Sarah on June 18, 2013 - 9:39 am

    That’s a beautiful look, and I love your white pantsuit, too!

    I try to avoid red or red-toned shadow because the skin around my eyes is naturally reddish, and I find it just makes me look tired. Golden Mahogany is gorgeous, though.

  11. #18 by Larie on June 19, 2013 - 6:22 pm

    I think that is a gorgeous burgundy on you. I’m not afraid to rock different shades, though I think when it’s a big event, I try to stick to tried and true!

  12. #19 by Amy on June 22, 2013 - 9:45 pm

    Oh my gosh, you look amazing! That eyeshadow is perfection on you. What a pretty yet interesting wedding look. Love it!

    • #20 by Latoya on June 25, 2013 - 7:13 am

      Thank you Amy!!! I’m so pleased you like it :D

      Sent from my iPhone

  13. #21 by Makeup Morsels on June 23, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    Look at you go, you paragon of snazziness! (does that even make sense I do not know)

    Anyways, I LOVE how you wore this color. Usually when faced with shades like these I end up with an unattractive rainbow on my eyes because I get all confused and wonder how to wear them, but seriously simple is best! Looks amazing with the rest of your makeup too.

    • #22 by Latoya on June 25, 2013 - 7:10 am

      Thanks MM! I think you’re right – with these kinda of shades, simple is best. And it’s such an awesome shade you don’t need much else anyway!!

      ~paragon of snazziness, over & out~

      Sent from my iPhone

  14. #23 by LeiselLeisel on October 24, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    I would totally wear the golden mahogany if I could get my hands on it. I don’t think it was ever available in the U.S., and I also think it was an older limited edition even where it was available. *sigh*. I’m a bit obsessed with the looks I’ve seen with this shade.

    • #24 by Latoya on October 28, 2013 - 9:04 pm

      I’m starting to think you’re right – I’ve heard this from a few different people, which is such a shame as it’s such a great color! I have a bias toward drugstore makeup, sadly, but this one I just couldn’t pass up. I hope it turns up somewhere for you!

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