I was absolutely blown away by how stunning Blair looked, as usual. Her hair was a little straggly for my taste, but her makeup was flawless. Obviously she took some cues from her idols Grace and Audrey but there is nothing wrong with that. They had great taste and their beauty legacies endure for a reason.
If you have dark eyes, dark hair and creamy pale skin, similar to Blair and Audrey, take some notes because this is your look:
As I decide on my own wedding look, the Gossip Girl wedding of the century could not have happened at a more perfect time. Now I know exactly what I want for my own wedding makeup – classic, simple, pretty.
Blair’s makeup is restrained and elegant, so the beauty of her features hits you and not a “look”. You want “Wow, you look so pretty,” not “Wow, great makeup.” Her sweeping eye brows, her full, pouty lips, and her skin, contrasted with her dark hair and then the light veil are just lovely, and so Blair.
I might use this as my inspiration photo because it details how lovely the soft pink eye makeup is. And goodness look at those eye brows. Lusting over here:
Wow, what a terrible screen grab – it’s off my TV. Apologies.
Truthfully, the simplest looks seem to always have 9 million steps which is why the term “Natural Beauty” is so ironic. We put a lot of effort into making it look effortless, to paraphrase a fabulous 1998 Allure article from years ago. Note the “we”. It takes a team people, so don’t hate yourself if you try this look out, but think you look like garbage + want to wear a bag over your head. Just try again. And maybe blend a little more.
Which brings me to my last and final point. The key to Blair’s look is that each step is flawlessly executed. Just about every aspect of this look is makeup 101, and we all know the key to mastering anything is practice. It’s the fundamentals: foundation + eye liner application + eye brow grooming. Master these and you can conquer the world. And re-visit my list of Tips & Tricks for basic guidelines.
Perfect skin + pinky tones + defined eyes + false lashes + groomed eye brows
Create “Perfect Skin”
Gently exfoliate face, neck, chest, and shoulders to remove dead skin.
Try Kate Somerville ExfoliKate, $19 for face and Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, $38, for body
Apply a non-SPF moisturizer while skin is still damp to lock in moisture
Try this $36, or this $30 (my favorite), or one w. hyaluronic acid like this if you’ve got a trust fund.
Tip: I love practicing safe sun, but SPF can cause a white cast on your face in photos, especially when a flash is used, so skip it for photo-op days
3. Prime face and eyes
Pat on a feature-specific primer to entire face. Use an eye primer on lids, right to brow bone and a plain face primer on the rest of your face.
Try Makeup Forever, $32 and Smashbox ,$16 for face primers
Try Urban Decay, $20 for eye primer
4. Even-out skin tone
Use a foundation brush to apply the tiniest amount of liquid foundation to your forehead, nose, and chin. Blend out and repeat until you have enough coverage that skin tone looks even.
Tip: Go slowly! Let each thin layer dry completely before you add more..like painting.
5. Conceal blemishes and redness
Using a concealer brush, apply thin layers of concealer to any redness or breakouts. The thinner, the better. You can build coverage, but for staying power, you need to let each layer set/dry first. Patience. It’s like 20 seconds!
>I love Benefit’s Boi-ing, $19 in shades 1 and 2
Enhance your eyes
1. Fake lashes
False lashes aren’t easy which is why I would get these professionally done. I’m absolutely lusting after $200 eyelash extensions, but that is for another post/income bracket. If you want to try to do them yourself, take the lash strip and gently cut into it to make the lashes look less fake, then dip in lash glue and apply to the base of your lashes (not on the skin). Keep nudging them off your lid as you set them/initially place them. Once dry, apply a thick line of black liner to lids, starting a little outside your eye and extending out and up at the edge just a bit. Smooth the line out with a slant-liner brush dipped in matte black eye shadow.
2. Curl lashes
Powder them a bit to beef them up, then apply lengthening black mascara. Note: I do not ever do this in this order, but apparently the rest of the world does. Rake them out with an eyelash comb for separation, but only if you don’t go for false lashes. You don’t want to rip them all out.
Mascara Recs: Literally any formula will do. Honestly. Maybelline is fabulous.
3. Add some pink
– Eyes get 2 colors of matte pink eye shadow go all over lid, with the darker color right in the crease. Blend really well. You want it to look seamless.
– Cheeks get a warm pink/berry color on the apples. Blend to temples.
– Lips get defined (outlined) with neutral colored lip liner (that means it’s called “neutral” or “spice”. NOT NUDE), and then lightly colored in with the pencil. Apply a pinky lip gloss on top and dab a little shimmery silver shadow right above the “bow” of lips and a little into the center of your smaller lip to make it look a little fuller.
4. Set with a dusting of translucent power on forehead, nose and chin
I love Makeup Forever’s HD Microfinish Powder, $30
Simple. Hopefully you got all that! Leave a comment if anything isn’t clear.
And finally, since I have to know every detail of the Gossip Girl Royal Wedding, here is a fabulous video detailing the gorgeous Vera Wang wedding dresses and Serena’s drop dead Maid-of-Honor dress:
Hope you guys enjoy! xoxo