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Reader question: Makeup look for wedding guests

Hi Liz! The moment I got the invitation for my cousin's wedding, I have instantly told myself that I should ask you for advice re make up :) I have a few make up pieces for special occasions but my eye shadows are not very colorful , I have preferred to keep them in conservative hues. Also, [please] include tips on how to make them last longer for the duration of the event esp lipstick.

P.S. I am coming just as a guest. - Kris

Hi Kris! Attending a wedding, even just as a guest, is a fun opportunity to dress up and make up. Of course you'd want to look your best among friends and relatives! Now, a few pieces of makeup (when used correctly) can really take you a long way. I decided to do a video tutorial of this look with only minimal products to show you how it could be done.

I used the Laura Mercier Foundationer Primer in Radiance here, topped with the Shiseido Brightening Spot Control Foundation. I used the Shiseido Natural Eyebrow Pencil in Deep Brown to sculpt my brows.

How to make your makeup stay on longer

Primer (on the face, eyes, and lips) helps to keep your makeup down for a longer time. However, it's also important to bring blotting sheets and a powder brush to help retouch your makeup as you oil up. Don't use a sponge when retouching! Pat the powder around your face and apply only a sheer layer. Bring your blush for retouching if it's not particularly long-wearing.

Bring your retouch crew! You don't really need a lot. Your lipstick, blotting paper, powder brush, and powder is pretty much it.

To make lipstick last, use a matte lip liner underneath. This will act as your primer. After applying the lipstick, blot it with tissue, then put on another layer. This layering technique will guarantee that you will still have an even color underneath even though most of your lipstick is gone.

So there you go! Hope you enjoyed the video! Oh and please send a photo of your final look. ;) Would love to see it!

Laura Mercier Week: Foundation Primer in Radiance

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