Originally Posted by ChocoTaco7568
I had similar concerns...I selected a few days over the summer of 2012 to do full face make-up test to prepare for my bridal look. I choose days were the high was 90+ and went to Sephora 3 times and MAC once. Make-up was applied between 10:00 and noon and wore until I went to bed. The task: I wanted to be tear-proof, transfer-proof, sweat proof, able to endure humidity, photo ready, 12+ hours of wear and something mattifying. I went to the gym on these days, watched a movie that I knew would make me cry, and checked transferability by blotting my face with a white shirt throughout the day. The following is what I finally went with. If you want to know the complete list of items I experimented with let me know and I can provide those too.
Primer â€“ Tarte Poreless 12 Hour Perfecting Primer, creates a great canvas, really minimizes pores and itâ€™s waterproof. I also like Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
Foundation â€“ Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation (great color selection for darker skin tones)
Concealer â€“ Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer
Blush â€“ Smashbox Factory Airblush Whipped Cheek in Berry Bliss with light sweep of MAC Mineralize Blush in Lovejoy on top (I have a few more recommendations if needed but this is my wedding look)
Bronzer â€“ Nars Casino (subtle glow-my day time option) or Laura Mercier Golden Mosaic Shimmer Color Bloc (more light reflecting, great for evenings)
Contour â€“ Really hard to find a contour for dark skin so I use a matte eye shadow from MAC 2 shades darker than my complexion
Highlighter â€“ Concealer 1 shade lighter than skin tone and mixed with Nars Illuminator in Orgasm
EyeLiner â€“ Stilla Stay All Day Waterproof Liner (liquid liner)
Eyeshadow Primer â€“ Urban Decay Original Primer Potion (love this stuff, itâ€™s been my go to for 3 years now)
Eyeshadow â€“ MAC has the best pigments in my opinion. If you want to know the specifics for my eye look let me know.
Mascara â€“ Lancome Power Mascara Lon Wearing Formula (what I would use if I wasnâ€™t getting lash extensions)
Brows â€“ Laura Mercier Eyebrow Pencil
Lipliner - Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil
Finishing - Make Up For Ever HD MicroFinish Powder
Optional investment - Original Beauty Blender Sponge, this truly gives a flawless application. If it werenâ€™t for my wedding I probably would have never purchased this thing, but I was aiming for perfection.
I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m putting all this stuff on my face, but I love my bridal look and how it photographs. Each item above really make for a complete and polished look.
OMG!!!!! Thank You!!!! As a dark skin bride, it is so hard finding products that don't transfer. I wish I could hug you right now, lol.