I recently met make up artist and bride to be Candace, through our geeky husbands on Twitter and ever since she has been so lovely and helpful!  She's kindly shared her top make up kits here on Bridal Musings for those brides who are considering the DIY route.

Here's her first installment: It's All About the Eyes

I'm honored that Elizabeth asked me to guest post here on Bridal Musings. I'm Candace, a former make-up artist and Esthetician who now owns the Cinnamon Candies beauty blog. Today, I am a working voice over artist and a blogger who still has a love for all things beauty.

As a Bride-to-be for my second wedding, I have decided on one repeat from my first time around – I will be doing my own make-up again. Doing your own make-up as a Bride can seem scary but it is also a way to save some money and express yourself for your special day. If you aren't very experienced in make-up, there are some wonderful kits that will take the guess work out of your wedding day look.

Too Faced's Romantic Eye Classic Beauty Shadow Collection

The Too Faced palette comes with nine eyeshadows and flash cards that have different looks on them. You can easily re-create the looks Too Faced provides or create your own based on their looks. This is a great kit for someone who isn't too experienced with make-up. It's also great for a wedding because of the softer and classic colors included in the palette. Because remember, your wedding make-up should always be classic! Those pictures will be shown forever and you don't want to be caught with frosted eyeshadow!

Bare Escentuals Tutorials

Bare Escentuals has quite a few “tutorial” kits for eyes and cheeks. There are different smoky eye looks that range from a daytime smoky eye to a dramatic rocker style smoky eye. They also have tutorial kits for lining the eyes using mineral make-up, an introduction to eyes, soft and rosy cheeks and a dramatic foiled eye. Because most mineral make-up is loose, these tutorials are great for the newbie to this type of make-up. It's good for a more experienced user who knows how to work a brush, but a newbie can pick it up easily. The various looks are wonderful for Brides since each one will fit your taste. Wedding make-up should be classic, but it should also always reflect you and your personal taste.

{By the way each of the kits mentioned are around the £30/$40 price range}

Thanks so much for the suggestions Candace, I've got my eye on a few of these kits now! {I always attempt to do the perfect smokey eyed look and fail miserably, I think a specialist kit with a step by step guide could be just what I need!}

DIY brides {and those of you who use organic, natural products} go check out Candace's website, you'll love it! There's a fantastic section called The Confectionary where Candance shares her ‘make it yourself' recipes for natural skin care products {eg. oatmeal face masks} and even some edible treats too such as cake truffles!