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.
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I'm going to a wedding this weekend and I don't want to wear my default face.

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.

This has got to be the third or fourth Beyonce gif I've used in an Open Thread.

This has got to be the third or fourth Beyonce gif I've used in an Open Thread.

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.

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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?