Updated: Aug 26, 2022
Celebrity Makeup & Eyebrow Artist Aubrie Layne-
As a bridal makeup & eyebrow specialist for over the past 25 + years, I wanted to gather my no fail list of literally the best products for you to have for your wedding day or special event. With the times we are living in, you may not have the luxury to hire your beauty team in person or may have to adjust your wedding to the new social distancing, maybe you want to DIY it yourself, and need some guidance. Here are my top secret tools of the trade to making my clients look and feel their best, and last through their special day!
Occasionally I find a new innovative products like the matte lip colors below and update this list. In this post I am sharing with you my ultimate tried and true favorites anyone can use. Preparation, planning and practice is key to success-enjoy!
Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity Spray $39- KM is the hairdressing guru that specializes in photo shoots. He created this product to keep the curls intact for the entire photo shoot after multiple styles & brushes. Essential for helping your curls stay all day. Think of it like an old school setting lotion. Spritz it in towel dried hair before blow drying. This ensures your style will last the entire day of your wedding.
Kevin Murphy Session Spray $39- I love this hairspray because it can be brushed out and restyled, sets the style without buildup or being crispy, and most importantly, HUMIDITY PROOF. After curling the hair and letting it cool down, mist the hair and let it dry. Soften curls by using a wide tooth comb and a boar bristle brush to make retro waves shiny and soft.
ELLIS FAAS Cosmetics-Skin Veil Foundation $90- I have to tell you this is the most incredible foundation in my 25+ years as a makeup artist. In my opinion, I haven't seen anything that comes close to the coverage, natural balmy finish and dry down texture for many skin tones. With only 9 shades in the line I am able to match the majority of my clients skin tones and concerns. Perfect for all skin types and sensitive skins. It's got a built in primer and no sunscreen but a physical sunblock that's suitable for photography. Build-able and lightweight it will last throughout the day. Get it with free shipping at Lucky Cat Beauty
Lucky Cat Beauty HD Setting Powder Crystal Clear $32- a micro fine powder unlike traditional powers on the market. It packs a punch on pores and sets the skin without any noticeable powdery look. You can also use this under the eye to set the concealer or on the eyelids to prevent transfer mascara on humid days.
YSL Beaute Touche Eclat-$39 With so many shades available now, every skin tone can use this concealer/brightener hybrid product. Softens shadows and dark corners of the face while flawlessly blends in. Can be used as a corrector under the eyes in a peachy shade to counteract ashy grey tones of skin.
KISS Faux Lashes Clusters -Pre cut pieces of lashes that can be added for the perfect amount of flare. Subtle, fluffy and soft they lift and define the eyes on the outer corners for the added lift needed for photography. You can also reuse these if you only add mascara to your lashes before you apply, not after. Pair with DUO Brush On Glue for all day wear.
Inglot AMC 77 Gel Eyeliner Black-$15 Ultra rich pigmented gel eyeliner I use to tightline technique the roots of the lashes and perfect for a cateye with a pointed eyeliner for the top of the lashes. Smudge Proof and lasts foreverrrrrrr! (Honorable mention is the Shu Uemura Felt Tip Liner with refillable cartridge. )
Tinted Eyebrow Inks by Lucky Cat Beauty $25- User Friendly, Waterproof and fade proof this tinted brow gel keeps your brows in perfect shape all day
Maybelline Matte Lip Inks 3 Pc Gift Set$24- probably my top pick for lip color products post COVID era and mask proof. These liquid long wearing lipsticks wont wear away and gunk up like the long stains of the past. New cosmetic technologies has come a long way an d they've created ultra flattering shades for all skin tones. You have a few seconds to apply a thin layer and perfect it before it dries down and sets. The same doe foot I have seen in luxury cosmetics like this applicator too. It specifically makes it super easy to apply & control the rich color without a lip liner
Last but not least a Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray $46.95-, its like your skin but better- a hydrating but matteifying setting spray can be used before or after makeup, its light mist is refreshing but also functional. I use this post airbrushing or traditional makeup over setting & mineral powder.
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