Of all your pre-wedding celebrations, your engagement party is, perhaps, the most exciting. It’s when you get to formally announce your upcoming nuptials and begin to revel in your betrothal. In addition to the customary sit-down dinner, today’s modern brides-to-be are hosting or being honored by various styles of fêtes. Regardless of what shape or form your celebration takes, you’ll want to look gorgeous because it’s your time to shine. Below are beauty options that complement three different types of engagement parties to make you look even more radiant than the diamond ring you’ll be showing off!
Keep your look classic and clean.“Your guests and fiancé shouldn’t notice your makeup,” said Laura Geller, New York-based make-up artist and founder of Laura Geller Makeup. “They should only see that you look polished.”
Start off with a richly pigmented, water-based foundation, like Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation, to even out your skin tone. To define eyes, instead of color on the lids, use a brown or black long-wearing liner, such as Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, and black mascara. Apply a rose blush to your cheeks, and finish with a warm pink or subtle red creamy, matte lip color.
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“This is definitely an evening for shimmer,” said Kimberly Soane, director of artistry and education for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and the lead make-up artist for several bridal fashion shows, including Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera.
Use shimmery colors on your eyelids or lips, or to highlight your cheekbones. Try Bobbi Brown ShimmerWash Eye Shadow, Vincent Longo Lip Gloss or Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. If you choose to go with glimmer on your cheeks, play it up with smoky, sultry eyes by first applying a nude base from the lid to the brow, followed by dark brown or plum eye shadow on the lid to the crease and under the eyes. Finish with mascara.
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This type of party celebrates your youthfulness, so healthy, bronzy skin and fun colors are in order.Use sheer formulations, such as lightweight foundations and gel-based blushes and bronzers. Try Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel SPF 15, followed by Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips and Cheeks for a transparent stained finish.
“Choose eye colors in brighter hues than what you normally wear, such as blues and violets,” Geller said. “Apply a sweep of indigo eye shadow topped off with a coat of deep navy mascara.”