Mum makeup – Green and gold wedding guest makeup

HalimaBobs at a wedding

So I was recently caught in a full-makeup shocker. It’s a shocker because since becoming a mum, I never, ever, ever, get to spend a good amount of time putting makeup on. And by a good amount, I mean more than 20 minutes. My usual go-to is lipstick, blusher, and if I’m feeling fancy, my pretend foundation / sin-hiding Kalme Chalemeon concealer. Even my beloved eyeliner has been put on indefinite maternity leave. A bit like my career, really.

In fact, the last time I made an effort in the beauty stakes was nearly a year ago. It was for a friends wedding and I looked like this:

Wedding guest makeup - green and gold

green and gold wedding makeup

No coincidence, but that was a green and gold look too.

And it was only because another friend’s wedding had come round, that I made such an effort again.

But it felt good.

Yes, I had my daughter hovering around me while I got made up (cue lots of pretending to put lipstick on a 21 month old so she feels part of the experience).

But taking that time to scrub-up was a rare treat in my all-encompassing mum life.

I even pushed the boat out and wore fake eyelashes.

And best of all, to create this green and gold wedding guest makeup look, I dusted off old makeup I haven’t touched in ages, and I forgot how brilliant they are.

green and gold wedding guest makeup

So here’s what I used to create my green and gold wedding guest makeup look:

Bobbi Brown eyeliner gel – Applied with a Nanshy eyeliner brush. The Nanshy brush is the thinnest eyeliner brush I’ve used, much better than my Mac 210 brush. So this means you can slick on a thin line and slowly build up if you want to. With the Mac brush, you can only do a thick line, so it’s cat eyes all the way.

HalimaBobs tip: when applying eyeliner get from a pot, use a separate brush to apply some gel to the back of your hand. Spread it a little to get rid of lumps, then dip your eyeliner brush into the gel on your hand and apply. Usually, I use the eyeliner brush to spread the gel onto my hand, but this often means you end up with more eyeliner on the brush than you’d like, plus a few lumps. I hope that makes sense!

Jane Iredale’s eye steppes: This gorgeous little gold pot was gifted years ago and I’ve reviewed it before (you can read about it here). But I applied it for this look for the first time in forever. I now remember how smooth, well pigmented and flattering it is. Its orange / peach tones are perfect for my brown skin and it blends like a dream. There wasn’t a crease in sight. Note to self: use this more often.

My face was held together with Kalme Chameleon Concealer, Maybelline Fit Me foundation and Vasanti concealer.

To finish, I applied my BellaPierre blush in Dusky Rose and dusted some NYX Illuminating highlighter on my cheekbones, nose and between my eyebrows.

More excitedly, I put on false eyelashes for the first time in ages.

My go-to lashes are Naturalash, which lives up to its name. Far from the full-fanned, OTT lashes you normally see on Instagram, Naturalash lashes give you a lengthy but light flutter.

And honestly, every time I wear lashes I wonder why I don’t apply them more often. It totally lifted my look.

So here’s hoping for more weddings and more excuses to get dolled up. It’s good for the soul.


About the Author


I’m a British-Bengali Muslim mum-of-two. My pictures aren’t filtered and neither are my words. I’m not a makeup artist, chef or lifestyle guru. I’m just me, sharing honest beauty reviews for brown skin, halal restaurant finds, travel inspo, mum life hacks, easy Bengali recipes and more. If that’s your bag, keep reading!

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