Ronna Bonifacio | Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue
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Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue

Something borrowed: My mom's aquamarine bracelet lent to me for a wedding I attended. Aquamarine is her birthstone.

Something borrowed: My mom’s aquamarine bracelet lent to me for a wedding I attended. Aquamarine is her birthstone.

A couple of weeks ago, my family was part of the wedding of two of our dearest friends, Joash and Ethel. Ethel was my husband’s classmate at the School of World Missions while Joash was his first recruit into campus ministry when he was still heading it for our local church, Victory Greenhills. My husband, Joash and Ethel made up the campus staff for a couple of years, but Joash and Ethel were purely colleagues then. I would often be the fourth wheel to their little three musketeer-dom and all those years, my husband and I were secretly rooting for them to end up together. 

It was only late last year when Joash and Ethel (finally!) came around to being a couple (and making all our dreams come true) and got engaged last February. They asked us to be their veil sponsors while Vera, to be one of their flower girls <3 <3 <3

Sariling-sikap makeup mess laid out on my peach gown 

Sariling-sikap makeup mess laid out on my peach gown 

Naturally I put on my own face, because with all the information in my head (not to mention the makeup bursting out of my dresser), I should be able to! It’s fun, and moments like these to get all-dolled-up come rarely now that I’m freelance writing. I hardly attend evening events nowadays so it was my chance to try something new and breakout all the toys! Woohoo! I only realized after putting everything together, that my look had a theme that was appropriate to the event: Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. ‘Yun nga lang, hindi ako yung bride! (Trans: I’m not the bride!) Haha!

Something old: (Clockwise from top) Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, Benefit They're Real mascara, K-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow in Graying Brown, Snoe Slim Shade Me Face Sculpting Cake in Almond (after mending, huhu, see why here), Snoe SABStance High Intensity Powder Blush in Patience, Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Color, Gorgeous Cosmetics Peach Cream Blush

Something old: (Clockwise from top) Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, Benefit They’re Real mascara, K-Palette Lasting 2Way Eyebrow in Graying Brown, Snoe Slim Shade Me Face Sculpting Cake in Almond (after mending, huhu, see why here), Snoe SABStance High Intensity Powder Blush in Patience, Covergirl Lip Perfection Lip Color, Gorgeous Cosmetics Peach Cream Blush

I was quite inspired by an aquamarine bracelet my Momma lent me to wear for the occasion. I also wanted to try something different and maybe in hindsight, I was also inspired by a look I liked from the 8th Star Magic Ball by Christine Duque on Julia Montes which I felt to be one of the best beauty looks that night (teal eyeliner on the bottom waterline plus slicked back hair). So I went for blue eyeliner and mocha lips, the latter I think because I got news of Gilmore Girls replaying on Netflix which reminded me of Rory Gilmore. <3

Something new (left photo, from top): Make Up For Ever's new Artistic Brushes, Precision Blend Brush Large 236 and Lip Brush with cap, Make Up Store Cover All Mix Concealer in Light, and Zoeva 126 Luxe Cheek Finish; Something blue (right photo) VOV Span Liquid Eyeliner in Blue

Something new (left photo, from top): Make Up For Ever’s new Artistic Brushes, Precision Blend Brush Large 236 and Lip Brush with cap, Make Up Store Cover All Mix Concealer in Light, and Zoeva 126 Luxe Cheek Finish; Something blue (right photo) VOV Span Liquid Eyeliner in Blue

But because I forgot about how it’s probably important for a beauty blog to post what all that makeup looks on an actual human being, my only photo is not a very flattering one. Hehe! Let me share instead some tips for doing your own makeup for formal occasions like weddings:

Make applying falsies easier but cutting it up into three pieces.

Make applying falsies easier but cutting it up into three pieces.

What I Like to Do for Formals

  1. Spend time on creating a good base. Of course that also means making sure your skin is hydrated, happy and blemish free before your big occasion. Makeup looks better and goes on better. Right before applying your makeup, apply your entire skincare routine. When doing your base, use a light hand and put on a little at a time until you get the coverage you want.
  2. Layer on products for lasting power. I used a cream blush (the one by Gorgeous Cosmetics) before the actual blush (Patience by Snoe) I wanted to use so my cheek makeup would last longer. That way I didn’t need to bring the blush in my purse. We all know tiny purses hardly have space for anything more than your phone and lipstick! (Bleh.)
  3. Cut up your falsies into three. I used this brand (above) for another wedding earlier this year and it isn’t my usual brand of choice but picked it up because it was cheaper. Hehe! I found it to be a little heavy on the eyelid when I used the first pair but it didn’t look freakishly fake, which is what I’m wary of with cheaper falsies. By cutting it up into three, it was easier to apply plus it wasn’t heavy at all! Hardly felt like I was wearing falsies the whole day. Just make sure not to switch up the parts or else it might look funny when you apply it. 😉
  4. Wear makeup setting spray. There are a couple of brands that have this now (NYX, Skindinavia, Snoe, Make Up For Ever, to name a few), and this should help keep your pretty face on for longer. I don’t like to spray this on everyday, I think it’s a bit too much. But if it’s a big day for you or you’re attending a special event and need your face to stay put, spray some on!
  5. Pack your purse with blotting paper, lipstick and maybe powder. So you don’t stumble out of the house with your entire boudoir, the idea is to do a face that stays on and your touch up is minimal. If it’s a long ride, I sometimes pack a separate kit for the car to touch up some of my makeup before getting down (usually it’s blush, eyeshadow, highlighter or finishing powder). Who wants to spend important, life-changing days checking whether your makeup is still okay? Not moi.
Our little family after the ceremony. <3

Our little family after the ceremony. <3[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="648.0"]Here's Vera with her favorite Atsi Lara and fellow flower girl. They're sitting because they both sort of fell over from gigil-ing each other. Here’s Vera with her favorite Atsi Lara and fellow flower girl. They’re sitting because they both sort of fell over from gigil-ing each other.

I hope those tips helped you 🙂 And for some wedding luuuv, please enjoy Joash and Ethel’s photos by Foreveryday Photography (spot my bebe!!!). You can find their same-day edit by Mayad Studios here. 🙂

1Comment
  • Ethel Paunil
    Posted at 13:24h, 12 November

    wow ang galing nito! thank you ronna! we love bonifacios! 🙂