My amazingly sweet friend works for a makeup company and offered to let me use her company discount for my wedding makeup. She's also going to do my makeup for me the day of my wedding. Sweet!
But I don't really wear makeup… The closest I normally get is a tinted moisturizer, mascara, and the occasional lip gloss. She'll be able to practice on my makeup but not until after she buys it for me (we're living in different cities, she's leaving her job, etc.) So now I need to buy makeup.
I'm a redhead with freckles and blue eyes. My skin gets pretty pink (blah) and my eyebrows are so blonde that I need to remember to pencil them in on occasion. I'm in my mid-30's but have kept my skin in pretty good shape- lots of sunscreen and the genetic luck not to have any wrinkles yet. I want natural-looking makeup but also want to improve what I've got. I also know that I should be improving my makeup skills for other occasions as well.
I'll buy whatever I need but she can get me discounts on Clinique, Estee Lauder, MAC, Origins, Prescriptives, etc. I was thinking I'd focus on Mac and Estee Lauder though.
What types of products do I need? I've been thinking foundation, mascara, lipstick, and maybe eyeshadow- but I suspect there's a lot of stuff I should probably have. Any ideas? I'm planning to go to makeup counters to figure out colors, etc. but have no intuition on what's actually necessary.