Nothing gets us giddy like a good wedding. Katelyn Koepke Lewis, one of our lovely freelance writers, got hitched this October and we couldn’t resist asking her to share her bridal wisdom. The former PR maven and J-school grad recently went back to her editorial roots, working as a feature writer and editor for Be U Weddings, a Chicago-based blogazine. This week, Katelyn’s sharing her newlywed advice, from bridal beauty tricks that you can use post-wedding to how to pick hostess gifts for your new in-laws.
Katelyn beaming on her wedding day.
On October 27, 2012, I reached a major life milestone and had a beauty breakthrough. First and foremost, I married the man of my dreams—and thanks to the talented Brian Sutherby in Chicago, I had classically romantic, best-version-of-myself makeup—and learned quite a bit from it. While the wonderful world of airbrushed foundation can’t be stressed enough (it will change your life), I discovered a few more attainable take-home tips. Here’s how to take makeup from your big day and use it in your daily life:
Re-thinking The Cat-Eye: Originally, I tossed around doing a crisp cat eye in my favorite Audrey Hepburn fashion. But I didn’t want the result to seem expected (it’s a go-to of mine) or too heavy. To ensure my pupils popped, my makeup artist delicately lined both lash lines, and nixed that final flick of the wrist with the dramatic liquid liner. Instead, he picked up a smoky aubergine shadow with a mini smudge brush to extend the effect past the corner of my eye. It felt reminiscent of my beloved cat eye, but soft and romantic—and certainly easier to conquer for the shaky-handed.
Playing Up Lips’ Natural Color: Now, I’m an avid subscriber to a bright, punchy pout. But with all of the signs of affection ahead—locking lips with the hunky new husband, air kisses with friends—I didn’t want a trail of fuschia lipstick stains. We opted to accentuate my pinky mauve lips using a hint of berry from Kevyn Aucoin’s The Matte lip color in “Relentless.” Who knew revving up my natural hue would be just as appealing?
The Art of Highlighting: Many beauty buffs conclude their routine with a luminous swipe of highlighter, which is why I was surprised when Brian suggested this step earlier in the process. Reason being, dusting the tops of cheekbones with a highlighter in natural light, before contour or blush, helps to pinpoint the areas you need to define: For me, an evenly placed beigey bronze brought out slightly submerged cheekbones and counter-balanced my more prominent nose. I fell hard for theBalm cosmetics Mary Lou Man-izer and will be framing my face with this super creamy honey for the holidays.
Loving these brilliant bridal tips? Find out more about Katelyn by visiting Be U Weddings.