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Forever & FOR EVER


I have been a bridesmaid *three* times so far, and predict at least another handful of bridesmaid duties to come in my lifetime. Before you give me any sort of pity re: “Always the bridesmaid…”, I’m also in possession (ha) of a common law husband-type, and while we may one day get married, after *being* a bridesmaid that many teams and seeing the stress of planning a wedding, I’m certainly not in a rush to do so. Anyway. As a bridesmaid, I’ve received some genuinely lovely gifts over the years as a thank-you for being part of the bride’s special day (and you know, shelling out money on the hair / dress etc.) But one idea that I haven’t received yet – but would very strongly contemplate giving – is a gift package of luxury make-up items, customized to my maids’ tastes, and my wedding theme.

The rationale? Well the down-to-the-last-detail bride gets her way with the general look of her maids, the girls get products that’ll make them look flawless for those photos that really do last a lifetime, and best of all, they get a gift that will last them well past the nuptials. With this idea in mind, I scoured the make-up counters and found the complete package of ultimate bridesmaid beauty options from MAKE UP FOR EVER. Today’s post is designed to help all you brides (or bright bridesmaids that want to throw a suggestion her way) pick a perfect package of pretty products (alliteration ahoy!) for your favourite ladies. Enjoy!

HD Unretouched Make Up – $18 – $46 @ Sephora
MAKE UP FOR EVER was actually started by an artist, Dany Sanz, all the way back in the 1980s. After getting the opportunity to paint the ultimate canvas – the human body – Dany became intrigued by creating makeup artist-quality products, that were also eventually accessible to the masses. That curiosity and innovation has served the brand well as they’ve produced unique lines like the HD collection. Each product is designed to give skin that perfect photo-ready finish (particularly when used in combination) thanks to micro-silica beads, and has been tested using HD cameras to make sure they’re actually camera-proof. Take your ladies down to Sephora and get them to find their perfect foundation shade, then pick up the HD Complexion Starter Kit featuring their custom foundation, a lightweight, oil-free primer, and a kabuki brush and powder to set the look, and have your maids look flawless for photos on your big day.

Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks – $22 each @ Sephora
This is where your inner Bridezilla can revel in gifting your brides with luxe make-up – by selecting the exact shade of lippy your gals will wear to make sure they don’t clash with their dresses, or one another. These are easily some of the most colour-saturated lipsticks on the market – with 50% more pigment than your average tube and no parabens – they’re incredibly true-to-colour. One swipe on the back of your hand or lips will match what you see *exactly*, making it easy to find that perfect shade of plum or peachy-pink to go with your coral dresses. If you’re already hooking your posse up with a piece of jewelery or other gift, consider adding in a Rouge Artist Intense lipstick as a bonus item.

Aqua Collection – $20 – $26 each @ Sephora
One thing I will say? You have got to get (and in this case give) make up that works for you on your wedding day. Because it is a long frigging day, and there are an infinite number of photo opps, and you’re running to a million places at once, and if you’re lucky, it’s a beautiful but occasionally too warm day, and there’s tears from the ceremony, and there’s sweat from the dance floor, and…it’d be nice to have make-up that works overtime for you. The good news is, the Aqua collection from MAKE UP FOR EVER does just that. How hard does it work? Well it’s official make up of choice of Synchro Canada, including a certain team of ladies that’ll be heading overseas for a very big, medal-ridden event. So you can bet if it can last in the most watery of settings, it can definitely sustain your maids for a mere day with its melt-proof, crease-proof, bleed-proof qualities. Mascaras, eyeliners, and eyeshadows are the focus point here – including the new and oh-so-pretty eye-popping shades of the brand’s signature Aqua Cream shadows in summery shades of bright yellow, teal, and green. Once again, discerning brides, take this as your opportunity to build the perfect matching look by selecting a palette of shadows and liners that’ll complement your gals’ gowns.

As you’ve probably discerned, you’re able to create a forehead-to-chin look for your bridesmaids with the items I’ve highlighted here. Alternatively, you could also hook up the bride-to-be with a customized package of her own – after all, she is the start of the day. Skin, lips, and eyes, aka the key showstoppers in a photo, are all covered with professional-grade cosmetics that not only look great, they’re better for your skin and they really are an Everest-sized mountain away from drugstore buys. So trust me when I say – your bridesmaids will gush and love you forever a million times more than they already do if you present them with a little Sephora (the exclusive Canadian retailer of MAKE UP FOR EVER) bag packed with make-you-pretty products.

Now…whether or not you’re a bridesmaid or a bride-to-be or a mother-of-the-bride or simply attending a wedding this summer, hopefully this post has been at least a little informative as to the wonders of luxe-but-accessible brands like MAKE UP FOR EVER. And hopefully it’s also made you want to spoil yourselves a little…you’re in luck. I’ve got one sweeeet ‘Wedding Survival Kit’ of goodies for one very lucky reader, valued at over $100, including two Aqua Creams, an Aqua Shadow, an Aqua Lip stick, and an Aqua eyeliner. To enter…

1) Pick a product, any product. Browse through MAKE UP FOR EVER’s collection over on Sephora and post a comment below with a link back to the product you’d most like to see in your own wedding survival kit, by June 18th.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 19th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Tell your friends to swing on by and leave a comment on this post (using the same parameters as Step 1), but be sure to have them mention who sent them! You’ll earn a bonus entry & they’ll earn an entry too.

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144 Responses to “Forever & FOR EVER”
  1. Jeyinti says:

    I Love their HD Foundation! It feels so light on the skin. It’s like I’m not wearing foundation at all. Just Perfect! πŸ™‚
    xo Jey.

  2. aly3360 says:

    I’d love to have the mist and fix – http://www.sephora.com/mist-fix-P169813?skuId=979229

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  3. Louise says:

    I would love the Aqua Cream shadows in the teals. I think that would be the perfect color for my blue eyes.

  4. Kimberley T. says:

    The HD Invisible Cover Concealer looks like it would be amazing. There is a wide range of shades and the small brush would be easy to use. I’ve heard that the Make-up Forever products are fantastic! http://www.sephora.com/hd-invisible-cover-concealer-P242203?skuId=1183516

  5. Arash Naghdi says:

    I would love to the mist and fix – http://www.sephora.com/mist-fix-P169813?skuId=979229

  6. Donnas says:

    I’d love to win the hair smoothing kit. My tresses would get a break from the flat iron. – http://www.sephora.com/30-day-brazilian-hair-smoothing-system-deluxe-edition-P289002?skuId=1391879

  7. Marsha Arditti says:

    Love their HD Foundation! It feels so light on the skin

  8. Pamalot says:

    I would like to have the http://www.sephora.com/glossy-full-couleur-P230508
    I just love lip stuff

  9. l p says:

    I know I’d love to have their HD Elixir.
    http://www.sephora.com/hd-elixir-P240602?skuId=1144880
    Thanks.

  10. Lindsay says:

    I’d want to have the HD Microfinish Powder (http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-powder-P210400) in my wedding survival kit.

  11. Donna L. says:

    I chose the La Bohème Baked Eye Shadow Palette
    http://www.sephora.com/la-boheme-baked-eye-shadow-palette-P303417

  12. Katrina says:

    Ooh definitely the microfinish powder – it turns ‘slick and shiny’ into ‘radiant and glowy’!
    http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-powder-P210400?skuId=1088889

  13. Susan says:

    I like the HD micro finish blush in colour 13 Smooth Talker. #CGG
    http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-blush-P258100?skuId=1229764

  14. theresa groth says:

    I am in love their HD Foundation! It feels Amazing on the skin. The coverage is totally amazing too.

  15. Kiki says:

    I’m such a novice when picking out cosmetics, so the “HD Complexion Starter Kit”
    (http://www.sephora.com/hd-complexion-starter-kit-P298102) seems like it was made just for me! The kit has everything inside, (including the brush!) and makes it fool proof!

  16. Vi Che says:

    I’m most interested in the Liquid eyeliner, especially to see that it doesn’t run by late afternoon. Thanks again!

  17. Holly Sproule says:

    Im a big fan of eyeshadows so any of those would be great but I really like the Espresso one! http://www.sephora.com/eyeshadow-P12633?skuId=774372

  18. Marg Eveleigh says:

    I like the Diamond Forever eyeshadow in white-mauve brushed on the inside of the eyelid, top and bottom, near the nose. It really brightens up the eye! http://www.sephora.com/diamond-powder-P86616?skuId=810135

  19. Sandra says:

    Love the Microfinish Powder. It’s the perfect way to set your foundation and look polished without looking powdery. I hate how most powders accentuate fine lines, yet I need powder because of my shiny complexion. Can’t live without it.

    http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-powder-P210400

  20. Kar says:

    Hd foundation!! My all time favorite easy to blend and covers imperfections perfectly! http://www.sephora.com/hd-invisible-cover-foundation-P217905

  21. Di Henderson says:

    I like the Aqua Shadow’s in matte brown.
    http://www.sephora.com/aqua-shadow-P310203?skuId=1413848

  22. crescenza2 says:

    I like the satin brown aqua creme eye shadow. I love creamy makeup. All the colours are really well chosen for the aqua line.

  23. madiha says:

    I love makeup forever and would love to win this !!!

  24. t says:

    I love this.. http://www.sephora.com/aqua-shadow-P310203?skuId=1413848 Color is 30E – pearly pink beige! ADORE IT!

  25. Charmaine Seymour says:

    I like the HD Foundation

  26. sean pynaert says:

    high definition powder is my wife’s favourite

  27. love the HD foundation πŸ™‚

  28. Monica says:

    I would like to have the lipsticks!, I tried the foundation and its really good!

  29. Amber-Leigh says:

    I love their Aqua Eyes in Mat Black. Black liners are my default colour. It goes on smooth and stays on! Love it!!!

    http://www.sephora.com/aqua-eyes-P35082?skuId=988899

  30. Tina Scowen says:

    I am an eyeshadow hog!! Love to use it as liner to make my full eyes POP!! This would be like heaven to me http://www.sephora.com/smoky-studio-customizable-eye-palette-P310724 seriously!! The possibilities would be endless!! lol

  31. CAROL ODDY says:

    Face and body liquid makeup

  32. Tanya Burke says:

    I am a lipgloss/lipstick junkie and always believe ‘less is more’. I love Makeup Forever’s 5 lipstick palette because you can pick the shades you want, and fits perfectly in your clutch for that special day. πŸ˜‰ These are the shades I own :
    http://www.makeupforever.com/products/lips/5-lipstick-palette.html#.T769slJ3Vm4

  33. Myra R says:

    i love their HD Invisible Cover Foundation it works so awesome! its well worth the price and i cannot live without it! its a must have in your make up bag! http://www.sephora.com/hd-invisible-cover-foundation-P217905?skuId=1096908

  34. Jennifer Clark says:

    I’m getting married in November, and with the short thin eyelases I have, I DEFINATELY need the “dramatic mascara”
    http://www.sephora.com/make-up-for-ever;jsessionid=DFD92EE4B75D8D5928974A53CC24FAD4.node21?buttonMediaId=12100404

  35. Nuria Alfaro says:

    I Love their HD Foundation!

  36. Tasha McAmmond says:

    http://www.sephora.com/hd-microperfecting-primer-P217906?skuId=1097146
    HD Microperfecting Primer Is my choice. Nothing worse then having to re-apply foundation while you are out especially for your wedding.

  37. Melanie Mann says:

    I love the aqua line – especially the colour combinations…just beautiful!

  38. Elisabeth says:

    Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks is the perfect lipstick! It lasts well over 8 hours.

  39. pam says:

    Would love the mist and set! anything to look flawless longest! http://www.sephora.com/mist-fix-P169813?skuId=979229

  40. Make-up Chick says:

    I love the Microperfecting Primer from Makeup Forever. Gives you that flawless fresh face finish http://www.sephora.com/hd-microperfecting-primer-P217906;jsessionid=49CA0E67A7F62FD964241C2D6BF4E142.node9

  41. Claudette Bonaccorso says:

    My favorite make up is eyeshadow !! Its one kind of makeup that you can wear different colors and mix and match them too! Your foundation matches your skintone, your mascara matches your eyelashes, your lipstick is also somewhat restricted to what colors look good on you, and need a blush that looks natural. So most make up you have either none, or very little margin to play with extreme colors, eyeshadow is the place where we all can play and play and wear all sorts of shades of colors..:-) That is why its my favorite make up to wear..:-) Yeah !!

  42. Lori O. says:

    I would like to try the mist and fix. The line looks very clever.

  43. I like their HD Foundation and powder! Au natural!

  44. zahra says:

    I like the satin brown aqua creme eye shadow!!! It looks gorgeous with my brown eyes

  45. I straighten my hair way too much and would love the hair smoothing kit. http://www.sephora.com/30-day-brazilian-hair-smoothing-system-deluxe-edition-P289002?skuId=1391879. i will also be sharing on my SCCC wall….

  46. Becky Tacoma says:

    I hear amazing things about their primer and would love to try it!
    http://www.sephora.com/hd-microperfecting-primer-P217906

  47. Jennifer says:

    I would want the full cover concealer http://www.sephora.com/full-cover-concealer-P151107

  48. Esther says:

    Make up forever hd micro finishing primer…….
    Without this product, your makeup is not complete.

  49. Ramya Yoganathan says:

    Aqua Liner!! Once of the best I’ve used. πŸ™‚

  50. katherine L says:

    My Fav Is The Aqua Collection –Would Totally LOVE To Own It!

  51. Melissa T says:

    I love love this waterproof makeup! Especially for the eyes!
    http://www.sephora.com/aqua-creamliner-P189502?skuId=1024074

  52. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    I would love to have the 5 Camouflage Cream Palette from the make-up forever collection for me, my face is full of blemishes and different coloured areas and the palette would sure help to even it all out. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  53. michelle jadaa says:

    The HD foundation would be invaluable for an even skin tone .

  54. Martha Bennett says:

    I’d love to have MUFE HD foundation in my kit! http://www.sephora.com/hd-invisible-cover-foundation-P217905?skuId=1096908

  55. Hi, I’d love to have the Sens’Eyes – Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser – a must have, in my kit! http://www.sephora.com/sens-eyes-waterproof-sensitive-eye-cleanser-P171101

  56. Heidi Carlson-Reid says:

    I love MakeUpForEver’s Invisible Cover Foundation. It is so light and goes on in a sheer fashion byt still provides great coverage. Plus, it comes in such a wide variety of shades to match many different women’s skin tones! http://www.sephora.com/hd-invisible-cover-foundation-P217905?skuId=1096916

  57. I love Sens Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser since I had lazier surgery my eyes are very sensitive.

  58. my favourite is their nailpolish named greta! love the holo rainbows! πŸ˜€

  59. Anita R says:

    Would love the Makeup forever full cover concealer in beige 8.http://www.sephora.com/full-cover-concealer-P151107?skuId=1247204. Concealers a must.

  60. Tracey Fiveash says:

    I’ve never tried Make Up For Ever….would love to see what the products are like!

  61. amanda popko says:

    FULL COVER CONCEALER!! all brides should be picture perfect and this one is waterproof!!! a must for any bride!

  62. I would love the face and body liquid makeup

    http://www.sephora.com/face-body-liquid-makeup-P12635?skuId=469114

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  63. I love their primer and would love to try the foundation.

  64. Navi Singh says:

    Definitely the Mist and Fix so their makeup stays in place for hours and remains flawless!

  65. Manjot Hundal says:

    Aqua creams for their versatility.

  66. Jenn Ces says:

    The eyeliner pencil/crayon is definitely my favourite but it’s hard to pick only one!

  67. HD Microfinish Powder/Make Up For Ever…is something I’d like to try for I love a great finishing powder! It just completes the look.

  68. yvonne pley says:

    I like the aqua collection very light

  69. Siobhan says:

    HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 110 would be my pick for sure. I love that it’s medium-to-full coverage depending on application

  70. Brenda I Lacourciere says:

    I love the microfinish powder – it makes my skin glow!
    http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-powder-P210400?skuId=1088889

  71. Glogirl says:

    I’d love to try the Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation~ http://www.sephora.com/mat-velvet-matifying-foundation-P177117?skuId=988634

  72. lisachem says:

    I love the HD setting powder, it can set even drugstore product! πŸ˜‰

  73. Brook says:

    http://www.sephora.com/la-boheme-baked-eye-shadow-palette-P303417

    This would be my pick…but the waterproof line looks tempting…you never know with wedding tears!

  74. madison b says:

    I’d love to have the Make up Forever super lip gloss in my survival wedding kit

    thanks πŸ™‚

  75. aqua smoky lash ’cause I love mascara

  76. Kim DeNaeyer says:

    http://www.sephora.com/aqua-shadow-P310203;jsessionid=62CE2AE2AF69D756F49EE423CB5576E1.node50?skuId=1413848 in matte green, i do not wear much make up but do use eye liner to enhance, and do not treat myself often enough to new stuff

  77. erika says:

    Mist and Fix Looks Awsome!

  78. intensev5 says:

    I would really like the HD Microfinish Powder — to set my make-up and reduce shine

  79. Melissa Avey says:

    hd complexion starter kit…looks amazing!

  80. I REALLY LIKE THE AQUA SMOKY LASH KIT. SOUNDS LIKE IT WILL LAST THE WEDDING DAY,AND NOT ”TEAR OFF”.

  81. Taylor says:

    makeup forever hd foundation

  82. Amie Watts says:

    I am a bridesmaid in a wedding at the end of this month and some makeup would be fantastic! I like the http://m.sephora.com/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zZXBob3JhLmNvbS9oZC1pbnZpc2libGUtY292ZXItZm91bmRhdGlvbi1QMjE3OTA1

  83. Alexis says:

    The HD Fondation would be amazing!

  84. Christy says:

    I would really like to try teh aqua eyes eyeliner in a dark brown or bergundy shade, everything i’m looking for in an eyeliner that i haven’t found yet
    http://www.sephora.com/aqua-eyes-P35082?skuId=988899

  85. Sunshine G says:

    Would love their HD Elixir!

  86. leah leitch says:

    My mother always said never leave home without your lipstick….so that’s my pick.

  87. Jules A says:

    I’d like the HD Invisible Cover Foundation in Soft Sand http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?skuId=1096924&productId=P217905

  88. I would love to try the Aqua Cream shadows…anything that lasts all day and does’t crease has to be a winner! http://www.sephora.com/aqua-cream-P262109?skuId=1247188

  89. Tanya silva says:

    I would need the high definition foundation. It light weight formula and fantastic ingredients don’t make me break out like other foundations do and for such an important day I’d want flawless skin. πŸ™‚

  90. I would love http://www.sephora.com/la-boheme-baked-eye-shadow-palette-P303417;jsessionid=ABCDA219A79598D91281DCA64036326B.node51 the colors are amazing! thank you so much for this contest! I’ll share this on my couponing wall as well πŸ™‚

  91. Stephanie F says:

    I LOVE MUFE! they are such a great quality brand. if I had to pick just one thing, it’d definitely be one of their primers, which they’re known for.
    http://www.sephora.com/hd-microperfecting-primer-P217906?skuId=1097146

  92. natasha F says:

    http://www.sephora.com/brand/brandStore.jsp?brandId=4028&buttonMediaId=12100396
    I would love the opportunity to try this foundation!!!!!

  93. Becky says:

    I would love to try this foundation!! HD Invisible Cover Foundation and powder HD Microfinish Powder.

  94. Victoria Kieran says:

    I would love to get the aqua collection

  95. Margie says:

    I have never tried this make up so would love to try it

  96. Angela AH says:

    I dont wear a lot of make up. When I do its all make up forever. I love the lipstick posted here it would be really great to have some more makeup to experiment with!

  97. Kaye says:

    Still looking for the perfect foundation. HD Invisible Cover Foundation!

  98. leah leitch says:

    The invisible foundation sounds awesome. here’s the link http://www.sephora.com/hd-invisible-cover-foundation-P217905?skuId=1096890

  99. i would love the microperfecting primer:)

  100. Jennifer says:

    I would include so much if I could! But here is my pick…
    http://www.sephora.com/full-cover-concealer-P151107?skuId=1247204

  101. daydreamernightsleeper says:

    I would love the HD microfinish powder, especially for all those close up camera shots!

  102. aimee p says:

    the finish powder is good

  103. http://www.sephora.com/aqua-smoky-lash-kit-P262110

    I would love to have the Aqua Smoky Lash Kit. It’s a waterproof, ultra-pigmented mascara that adds volume, length, and curl plus the mascara remover. Perfect!

  104. Erin Macdonald says:

    Aqua Eyes eyeliner, will last through anything, all day. I love it! Nancy J Montgomery told me about this great contest. http://www.sephora.com/aqua-eyes-P35082?skuId=988899

  105. Olivia Blundell says:

    I love the Rouge Artist Intense, especially in Matte Caramel. http://www.sephora.com/rouge-artist-intense-P268702?skuId=1261452

  106. Meaghan says:

    I have been wanting the Aqua Cream shadow in either 13 or 16 πŸ™‚ I think they would give a nice subtle shimmer

  107. Carol Mccreery says:

    http://www.sephora.com/pro-lesson-palette-natural-eye-P303301 This kit looks like a perfect starter for me!

  108. Aleksandra says:

    I think I would like to try the HD Complexion starter kit:
    http://www.sephora.com/hd-complexion-starter-kit-P298102?skuId=1379692
    Who doesn’t want flawless skin? Thanks for the chance!:)

  109. lisa bolduc says:

    i would like to try the hd complextion starter kit….. i have a hard time finding the right foundation http://www.sephora.com/hd-complexion-starter-kit-P298102?skuId=1379692

  110. Kat says:

    Love the intense colour of the Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick AND its intense staying power.
    http://www.sephora.com/rouge-artist-intense-P268702?skuId=1261452

  111. asiyakei says:

    I’d definitely want the aqua cream blushes in my kit! A little goes a long way and they last forever… And could double up as a lippie!

  112. naomie says:

    I like the satin brown aqua creme eye shadow LOVE LOVE LOVE the cremes and of course the HD Complexion Starter Kit featuring their custom foundation

  113. Karina says:

    I’d love the Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation!

    http://www.sephora.com/hd-invisible-cover-foundation-P217905

    I’ve tried it before and it’s the best foundation I’ve used, absolutely love it

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