I’m going to get girly for just a moment so bear with me.

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So I got to be a bridesmaid for the first time. At 38, that seems sort of strange, but my friends and family have always been the elope or court house sort of folk.

I had planned on letting people much more skilled in the ways of mascara and lip gloss handle my makeup that day. Unfortunately, due to a scheduling mix up, I was left to do my own makeup. I am fairly comfortable doing a day to day look, but felt a little nervous doing a photo ready face. I was also on a tight budget and needed products that wouldn’t slide off my face in the 95+ degree heat. Yay Summer weddings!

So here’s what I bought:

1. Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, $12.99

Great coverage and went on smoothly. Evened out my skin nicely and is SPF15.

2.Bare Minerals in Medium Beige(Matte), $28

At $28, that seems a little pricey, but you really only use a small amount over the tinted moisturizer. I put it on over my tinted foundation at the suggestion of a makeup artist. It stayed put for about 10 hours of sweating, photo taking, eating and dancing all night.

3. Wet n’ Wild in Silent Treatment, $1.99

This palette tells you where each color goes. Saved me a ton of time and made my eyes “pop” as the fashion magazines like to say. Also, did I tell you it was $1.99? Bam!

4. Wet ‘n Wild Megaplump Waterproof, $1.99

It plumped up my sparse lashes pretty well and didn’t melt in the sun.

5. e.l.f. All Over Stick in Pink Lemonade, $1(available at select Target stores)

Gave me a nice pinky glow, went on evenly and gave me a “dewy” look. Note I said “dewy” not “sweaty”. Very important.

6. N.Y.C. Color Wheel in Rose

I used this as a sort of highlighter/bronzer. Kept me from looking like my usual “Portland Pale” as I like to call it.

7.Wet n Wild 100% Natural Pressed Powder, $3

With oil absorbing ingredients like kaolin and cornstarch, I stayed shine-free all day and night. Went on super smooth and felt a lot more expensive than it was. My favorite new beauty find.

8. Rimmel Lip Liner in East End Snob $5.79

This is very nice lip liner. Won’t pull at your lips. Very smooth and goes with well with berry or rose colored lip colors. Paraben free to boot!

9.Wet n Wild Natural Blend Lip Shimmer in Berry, $1.99

I love, love, love this lip shimmer. I use it almost every day. Doesn’t smell or taste bad, looks natural and stays on pretty well. Helped moisturize my chapped lips to help them look smooth in photos.

So that’s it. Took me about 20 minutes to do my whole look. I even received a compliment from someone who thought the salon’s makeup artist did my face!

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