OPEN THREAD: How Do You Upgrade Your Usual Makeup For Special Occasions?

I'm going to a wedding this weekend and I don't want to wear my default face.
Publish date:
October 16, 2015
kiss, false lashes, special occasions, lash glue

As much as I love the idea of experimenting with makeup, I rarely follow through on the looks I daydream about. Nearly every time I apply makeup, I'm using the same core handful of products for my signature everyday look; typically, in addition to concealer and maybe foundation, it'll be a black eyeliner, mascara, the Body Shop blush color I'm currently in love with (All-In-One Blusher in Macaroon), and a lipstick—the lipstick color is really the only element that switches up regularly.

But when a not-so-everyday event nears, I see it as an opportunity to try something new, or at least something a little more dramatic.

This weekend, for example, I'm going to a wedding—the first wedding I've gone to in years. Sure, it would be totally acceptable for me to wear my usual makeup formula, but I think attending an event like this calls for a makeup upgrade.

The main way I plan on upping my makeup game for the wedding is with a more elaborate eye look. Like I mentioned in last week's Open Thread, I rarely do anything dramatic with eyeshadow, but at the very least I'll define my crease. The bride and groom deserve a define creased!

I'm also bringing along a set of Kiss True Volume lashes in the style "Chic," a super-afforable set (under $3!) of natural-hair false lashes that taper at the end so they blend into your existing lashes more seamlessly. I'll apply them with their new lash-adhesive singles, which are perfect for those of us who would otherwise put way too much glue on the lash band.

Between the boosted shadow and false lashes, I think my usual makeup will be properly elevated to wedding-guest-level.

I am a little worried that it'll backfire, though. I tested wearing a little more eyeshadow yesterday when I attended a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and my tear ducts freaked out—that happens with my Sjogren's Syndrome sometimes. By the time Oprah finished her segment (nope, didn't get a car), my makeup had been washed away. (I swear, I didn't get Oprahmotional!) I really don't want that to happen this weekend!

I'm open to ideas for other ways to upgrade my usual makeup for a wedding, so, I ask you:

  • How do you boost your default makeup look for a special occasion?
  • Are you comfortable applying and wearing false lashes?
  • Are you doing anything special-occasion-y this weekend?