DIY Wedding Makeup Tutorial


I’ve gotten a few questions about wedding day makeup recently so I created this makeup look as if I was doing my own makeup for my wedding day! 

I did my own makeup for my actual wedding day, but I wish I had the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray because it was so hot and humid at my wedding.

You can watch the video tutorial walking you through the entire makeup look below, and I hope you learn some techniques to help you feel empowered to do your makeup.


I prepped my skin by using the following skincare products:

Ole Henricksen Walnut Scrub

Ole Henricksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisture Cream

Makeup Products:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation – a very, very long lasting full coverage foundation!

Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector – helps “correct” problems like dark purple circles under the eye.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes

Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Palette – Adds such a lovely definition to the face.

NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm

NARS bronzer in Laguna – A warm bronzing powder.

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe

bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow + Primer in Low Key – I love a cream eyeshadow as a base or simply as the color I use for the eye look. Low Key is a warm, toasty nude.

Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette (used shades Smarty Pants, Jet Setter, and Charmer)

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Earth(Quake)

Benefit Roller Liner Waterproof Liquid Liner

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Sephora Smudge brush

Urban Decay All nighter Setting Spray – One of the very best setting sprays to keep your makeup looking flawless. If you do ONE THING from this makeup tutorial, use this after completing your makeup!!

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick in Pink Nude and Pink Cloud

Charlotte Tilbury Lipliner in Pillowtalk

Not used but would also recommend: 

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer

Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner in Bedroom Black

HOURGLASS Veil Soft Focus Setting Spray

My quick tips if you are prepping to do your own makeup is to. . .

One. Try your makeup look a few times before you officially decide that is the look!

Two. Look at yourself from all angles, taking photos from the side and back to make sure you are blending well onto the neck.

Three. Find great light for applying makeup, which is right next to a window.

How To Care for Hair When You Have Well Water



When we moved last summer, we moved into a house with well water. This was going to be the first time I lived in a place with a well. Prior to that, we were on city water.

My only other experience with well water was at my parents’ lake house in Wisconsin, but that was never a place I permanently lived so I didn’t spend a great deal of time focusing on it.

I did, though, always hate how my hair felt and styled when I would stay at my folks’ place. And in fact, my sister got married there so we actually washed her hair with purified bottled water for her wedding day in order to make sure it wasn’t too weighed down or “soft” from the well water!

When we moved into our house last year, I anticipated having to adjust my hair care routine in order to compensate for the completely different water I was going to be using. We’re going on nearly a year of residing here, so I wanted to share a bit about what I’ve learned in case you are in this situation as well!

Why is well water perceived as bad? 

Well water in itself isn’t bad, but for the sake of this post, I’m focusing on well water in regards to washing your hair. Generally, city water is more filtered than well water, so when it comes to washing, styling, or maintaining hair color, well water can dramatically affect it.

What negatively happens to hair when washed with well water?

For most people, any lighter hair color (anywhere from the lightest blonde to even the lightest brown) can develop a yellowish, brassy tint from well water. This is generally an undesired tone on most, so it’s important to talk to your stylist about how to combat this at home. There are hair color toners that help counteract the brassiness, or even full shampoo and conditioner sets designed to cut yellow tones. One of my favorite products to use are the IGK Mixed Feelings Leave-in Blonde drops.

Well water can also make your hair feel heavy like there is a layer of extra *stuff* on it. A good purifying shampoo will help remove extra chemical build-up, but make sure you choose one that isn’t too harsh on any coloring you do to your hair. Drybar On the Rocks Clarifying shampoo won’t strip hair color and is a gentle clarifying option. Virtue Refresh Purifying shampoo is another great option that always makes my hair feel lighter than air!

Well water can also make your hair overly dry or coarse because it tricks you into over-rinsing.  When you’re rinsing the conditioner out of your hair, it’s ideal to leave a tiny bit behind to “coat” the hair with the product. With well water, it feels like you need to keep rinsing since the water can sometimes feel slimy (this can be tweaked with a water softener) but you will actually rinse out too much.

What have I had success with?

I bought a $35 shower head filter that attaches right on to the pipe coming out from the wall. I noticed a very quick difference in how smooth my hair felt. I also noticed less frizz! My hair still felt a little weighed down but in general, I would say that the shower head makes a noticeable difference!

Using a purifying or clarifying shampoo at least once a week has made a difference in the “lightness” (as in volume, not color) of my hair. I also alternate between using a volumizing shampoo and a purple shampoo. The volumizing shampoo would be my choice if I had city water, but the purple shampoo helps cut brassiness.

When I’m able, I wash my hair at the gym. Even occasionally washing my hair with city water helps prevent the build-up from coming back. Before Coronavirus happened I was washing my hair at the gym twice a week. Since I haven’t been to the gym, I’ve just been washing at home and that’s been fine. I do miss the clean feeling I get from washing with city water though!

If I could choose, I would love to still be using city water, but since that isn’t an option, I’m making do with what I’ve got.

links + loves


This was such an amazing week. My sister had her baby! I’m an aunt to two really sweet kids on Justin’s side, so my sister’s baby is my second nephew but first on our side of the family. If you are saying to yourself, “I can imagine how happy you are for her…” I assure you that you would need to quadruple that feeling to get even close to how happy I am for her and Mike.

It’s also pure and complete torture to wait for delivery news. I’ve only had 3 scheduled c-sections to the waiting and the waiting and the waiting feels like it takes a true eternity.

The great news, and all that matters, is that she is recovering well, and the baby is healthy!

Here are a few other links + loves from around the web:

Kendi tried on a pile of white t-shirts and shared her thoughts on all of them!

This Tex-Mex Orzo with Jalapeno Chicken Sausages from Bev Cooks looks so good!

I bought these sandals from Amazon recently and found them to be so comfortable and lightweight. I love an espadrille but I hate when they feel heavy to walk around in. I’ve had great success with Vince footwear lasting me for multiple years, and I have high hopes I’m going to get a lot of wear out of these shoes too!

This looks like a cute sweater tank!

These tie-belt linen shorts from Old Navy were out of stock in my size but I’m keeping my eyes on them for when they restock! They look perfect!

I love these simple pocket racerback tanks from Z Supply.

I made strawberry ice cream last weekend with freshly picked local strawberries. It was so good! I used this recipe again (because it cannot be beat) and this ice cream machine!

I hope you have a nice weekend and are staying safe!

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