Yes, I know that I’ve been the world’s worst blogger. Almost a month since my last post. At least Adrienne had the excuse of moving and her wedding (!) but I’ve got nothing except the extreme torpor of summer. Or something like that. Forgive me.
But I have something fun to blog about. Adrienne’s wedding! I won’t go into too many details because I’m sure Adrienne wants to share those with you herself, but it was a beautiful, moving wedding. I cried when she exchanged vows with Dr. A. Adrienne and Dr. A. looked gorgeous and Adrienne’s kids were so cute all dressed up I wanted to eat them up (but in a non-creepy way). Plus, a Bloody Mary bar and cupcakes at the reception! I still have dreams about the caramel with fleur de sel cupcake. In an ideal world I’d eat one of those daily. I got to hang out with Mary and Erin, two of my dearest friends who live thousands of miles away.
As I mentioned before, Adrienne asked me to do her hair and makeup for the wedding. This struck me as comical because I’m not exactly known for my flawless hair and makeup but in a moment of slight insanity I agreed because I love Adrienne more than I love iced lattes (and that’s a LOT). We played around with makeup a bit when Adrienne visited me and we made a trip to Sephora. I’ve got this, I thought smugly. This will be easy.
I felt like that until a few days before the wedding when I realized that I was going to be doing THE hair and THE makeup for my dear friend’s wedding. That if I massively screwed it up she was going to look insane both in person and for her pictures and she’d hate me forever. And then there was the heat wave. A massive heat wave hit the Midwest and temperatures in Iowa soared into the 100s. The forecast for the wedding day was something like 98 degrees. I proceeded to metaphorically crap my pants, picturing Adrienne with a shiny face and off-kilter lipstick, her hair a giant fuzz of frizz. And it would be all my fault.
(Why, yes, I am making Adrienne’s wedding all about me. Thanks for asking!)
Flash forward a few days and it was 6:15 in the morning in Des Moines. The wedding was to be held at 9 am, so Adrienne had to come to my hotel room early for hair and makeup and then go dress her children and THEN get herself married. She seemed freakishly calm although it might have been because she was actually still asleep.
I’d designed a zillion-step program to hopefully keep that makeup on her face and frighten away the shine from the heat. When Adrienne had talked about her wedding makeup, she wanted something light and natural. She’s not a big makeup girl and wanted the focus to be on her face, not the makeup on it. Smart woman. I decided to highlight her gorgeous skin (it’s like Limoges porcelain, you guys) and lips and let the rest of her beauty speak for itself.
I gave her face a good smear of Missha BB Boomer, a primer and luminizer cream (as well as a really cheesy pun). This was to smooth out Adrienne’s already freakishly smooth skin and give something for her makeup to ahere to. Next was Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. This product has an SPF of 20 and provides light, but flawless coverage.
I dabbed on just a bit of Max Factor Erace Concealer. I’d never used this product before and it was awesome. None of that cakey undereye stuff happening. Next was the Tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful, a peachy pink. I’ve sung the praises of this stuff before so I won’t again, except to say that I adore it. It creates such a natural look. I also put a little bit of Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube on Adrienne’s nose and chin to further keep the shine away. This stuff really works.
I kept the eyes simple. Adrienne has big, gorgeous brown eyes that don’t need a lot of things done to them. I applied a bit of Tarte Clean Slate eye primer. This stops eyeshadow from creasing. There are few things worse that creasy eyeshadow! And then I very lightly brushed on peachy, golden shades from the Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eyeshadow Collection, which gave her eyelids a soft shimmer. And then the world’s lightest coat of E.L.F. Waterproof Mascara. It’s pretty darn great mascara, especially considering that it costs $3.00. Yeah, you heard me right. $3.00. I also brushed her brows with a bit of E.L.F. brow gel. (BTW, Adrienne? Whoever shaped your eyebrows is a genius. Bribe that person to forever make your brows so gorgeous.)
Adrienne picked up an Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Naked on our epic Sephora trip so I lined her lips with it and then filled it in. It’s a nice neutral pinkish brown. And then I lightly glossed up her lips with Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 (cranberry flavor). As far as I’m considered, this is the only lip balm in the entire world.
This is the part that intimidated me. We had decided ahead of time that we’d give Adrienne some soft curls to wear with the gorgeous headband she’d picked out. Trouble was, I hadn’t curled my own hair in more than a year, since I chopped of 15 inches of my hair. Plus, holding a burning hot metal rod next to someone’s face is scary business. Luckily, Dr. A’s awesome sister-in-law was in the room with us taking pictures (thanks for the great pictures!) and suggested that I lightly flip the ends of Adrienne’s hair up. It worked like a charm. First I gave her clean, dry hair a good spray of Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep, which creates great curl hold. Then I very gingerly flipped those ends. We spent a fair amount of time trying to work out how to get the headband on Adrienne’s hair (she did it herself in the bathroom) and then I shellacked the ever-living daylights out of her hair with Tigi Catwalk Work-It Hairspray.
My secret hot weather weapon, Missha Art Designing Makeup Fix. A couple sprays of this fragrant product and your makeup will not BUDGE. Guaranteed. It’s a miracle product. We were all spraying ourselves with this before the wedding.
And then Adrienne put on her dress and we all got sniffly because she was so gorgeous!
I can only take a little credit for Adrienne’s wedding beauty. 60% of it was her natural beauty, 35% of it was her pure joy and 5% of it was hair and makeup. Still, I’m pretty psyched how it all turned out.
It was a wonderful wedding in every way. Plus, I got to meet a bunch of YOU that weekend. So much fun. Holla in the comments!
Congratulations to Adrienne and Dr. A. I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.