Makeup for Engagement Photos


A couple weeks ago, Brett and I had our engagement photos taken, and I wanted to write up a post about the makeup I decided to wear. I wanted to go for a fresh, rosy, and romantic look, and I had originally wanted to change my lipstick from a nude to a red halfway through (which didn't happen). That's the kind of look I go for most days anyway, but I added in a few special products to really mark the occasion. I also had to make sure I picked products that would last well, as I had to apply it at home and then drive an hour and a half to my hometown to get the photos done - for some reason my makeup never stands a chance in the car!

I started off with a healthy dose of the Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich. I love using both of Glossier's moisturizers under makeup, and I picked the Rich version because it has more of a velvety finish on the skin. Plus I was hoping it would keep my skin hydrated on the car ride. My go-to for everyday is the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, but I wanted a bit more coverage for photos (and my skin was breaking out horribly from eating lots of junk food at a fair the week before). I mixed the Skin Tint with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, and it proved to be such a beautiful combination. It had the longevity and flawlessness of the Luminous Silk, but the skinlike quality and glowing finish of the Skin Tint. For concealer I went with the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer - it just never cakes up on me no matter what. This went on my dark circles and on any areas of general redness. I then went in and spot concealed with the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. It's so time consuming, but I'd much rather wear a light base and spot conceal then wear a full-coverage foundation. I set the center of my face with Glossier Wowder, and I tossed it in my bag to keep any forehead shine at bay.


For my brows, I of course started with Glossier Boy Brow in Brown. I just always need this to enhance my brows. I then filled in any sparse areas with the Milk Makeup Gel Brow - I had forgotten how much I loved this brow pencil. My only complaint is that it's really soft so I have to sharpen it a lot, but it really gives a super fluffy, feathery brow look. For eyes I debated for literal weeks, and in the end I went with the Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Nude Dip. I figured it had the perfect amount of rosiness but was still neutral enough for me to not regret in a few years. I used the top right rosy shade all over my eyelids, the bottom left taupe shade on the outer third, and the deep brown to subtly enhance my outer corners and lower lashline. I tightlined and added a small wedge on my top lashline with the Colourpop Creme Gel Eyeliner in Brew-Haha - this is still a holy grail product for me, and I've gone through so many already. I really wanted my lashes to pop, but didn't want to wear fake eyelashes (my eyes have been crazy sensitive lately), so I opted for a layer of lash primer under my mascara. My favorite primer + mascara duo is the Givenchy Base Mascara Perfecto* and Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara.* It gave the perfect fluttery, fanned out, dramatic effect, and it didn't smear all over the place. 

I had basically imagined my whole look around the Glossier Cloud Paint* in Puff - I knew I wanted really rosy, flushed cheeks, so I dabbed on a whole lot of this. These are pretty much foolproof, so even though I went in with quite a bit of product, I didn't end up looking clownish. I normally don't contour too much, but I wanted to add a little extra dimension to my face, so I went with the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Amber. It's such a gorgeous ashy brown shade, and it creates such a natural-looking shadow on my skintone. It gives me instant cheekbones! I went over the contour and blended it into the blush using the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer in Bali Sands - this is another foolproof product. It looks quite shimmery in the pan, but on the skin it just leaves a gorgeous satin finish. It left me looking perfectly sunkissed and glowy. My highlight of course was Glossier Haloscope in Quartz. I wanted something that would show up in photos but not be too metallic or blinding, and Haloscope is the perfect product for that. I've seen a sneak peek of my photos, and there's one in particular where my cheekbone is lookin' pretty great.

As I said above, I was planning on starting with a nude lipstick and changing to a red halfway through, but I forgot to bring a mirror and wasn't going to risk red lipstick all over the place. For the nude, it had to be Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk. It's the prettiest, most perfect pinky nude shade that really defines the lips and adds life to my face rather than washing me out. I used both the Lip Cheat and the Matte Revolution Lipstick and patted it in for a more natural look. And if you're interested, the red I was going to use was the Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Velvet Cherry.

What are your favorite products to use in photos?

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