Maybe She’s Not Born With It


Or, A List of Every G-D Thing I Put on My Face the Day of My Wedding:

  1. Clinique Moisture Surge
  2. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion
    [I have really, really dry skin, people.]
  3. Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 [Because you don't want to get sunburned while you're taking photos. And because I have really, really dry skin.]
  4. Too Faced Cosmetics Primed and Poreless
  5. Urban Decay De-Slick In A Tube Mattifying Gel [Just on my forehead. Did not make my skin flake, which is a small miracle.]*
  6. Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation #118, Flesh [RACIST!]
  7. Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer in Soft Honey
  8. MAC Oh So Fair Beauty Powder [No link because it was a limited edition, sorry folks]*
  9. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder*
  10. Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  11. Various shadows from the Urban Decay Naked Palette, one of which was called “virgin” which cracked me up.*
  12. Benefit Moon Beam Highlighter [Just a tiny bit under my eyebrows.]
  13. Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Dark Brown
  14. MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liner in On the Hunt, which is expensive makeup for “black.”
  15. Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara in Black [This is the only product on this list I DON'T recommend, and only because it was difficult to apply. I had a major clumpage disaster.]*
  16. Ulta Contour Lip Liner in Flesh [RACIST AGAIN, and even more obnoxious because this much darker and pinker than my actual lips, which are the color of MY flesh.]
  17. Clinique Different Lipstick in Tenderheart
  18. Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Tenderheart

* indicates that this is something I borrowed from Lexi.

General notes:

  • Bridal Hootenanny member Lexi mostly did my makeup.  Lexi is the only person I know who is even more addicted to makeup than I am.  And she is much, much better at applying makeup than me, or pretty much anyone I’ve ever met who doesn’t apply makeup for a living.  TRUST:

    I desperately want her to start doing YouTube tutorials because she’s got lots of great tricks up her sleeve (like applying foundation with a damp brush! That one changed my life) and her instructions would hilarious in addition to helpful.  If you know Lexi, you know I am right.  Also, I’m tired of learning how to be beautiful from fifteen-year-old Asian girls because it makes me feel very creepy.
  • Remember when I was all, “I’m all about the drug store makeup!”  Apparently I’m full of crap.  I blame the %20 off coupon Ulta sends out every now and then, it lets me dream big.  But I will say that that 5 dollar Rimmel concealer is the best I’ve ever used, including that Benefit kind everyone loves.  I promise to do future makeup review roundups that will cover cheaper options that are ALMOST as good as all these expensive things.
  • So the point of this post is not “look at all the expensive makeup I have!” Half of this stuff was Lexi’s.  The point is, it’s not easy looking this good:

[Photos by you know who]


  1. I promised myself no new makeup until next year after the madcap buying spree I went on in preparation for your wedding. This list is not helping my resolve because I want many of those things. Also, I support Lexi made tutorials.

    • I only forced myself to take off one month from buying makeup. That was hard enough. But as I was bragging to Muppets earlier, I did resist the siren call of the Naked palette when I went in to Ulta to get the free HAIRDRYER that I got for my “loyalty” [Read: spending hundreds of dollars at Ulta]

      • Yeah, I’m all about that naked palette. Also, the primer and “shadow insurance.” It’s a very good thing that something like Ulta and Sephora don’t really exist here because I’m poor enough as it is.

  2. That mascara mirror shot might be my favorite photo of your entire wedding. Top 5, anyway.

  3. Thank you for not making me feel like a freak for having skin too dry to be soothed by only one moisturizer.

    -Not a makeup person but an owner of far too many moisturizers.

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