As you can see from the title “How to do your makeup for a funeral” this post is quite morbid. My cousin passed away unexpectedly in a vehicle collision and I was trying to process the news. He left behind a fiancé and four young children and I can’t even begin to fathom how hard that will be for his young family. This is the second cousin to pass away in the last two months and I feel so small, so fragile, so… mortal.
I flew out to BC last weekend for the celebration of life. I haven’t been to a funeral since my grandmother passed away about five or six years ago. That was hard, but we all know growing up we will lose our grandparents one day, and our parents after them. It’s the natural cycle of life, but it feels so wrong when someone is taken way too young.
So I retreated to my happy place of makeup because this blog and my YouTube channel are what I throw myself when I need to not think about the real world. I find it peaceful doing my makeup in the morning. It’s a place where I’m not listening to the news and I can forget that the world is sometimes a scary awful place. I hope this post can help someone who is maybe wondering what to wear/how to do their makeup for a funeral. I’ve always heard that you have to wear black to a funeral but I was never sure on if everything has to be black, can you not wear black or is that disrespectful? I spent quite a bit of time wondering if that applied to my makeup, and what to do with it. Finally I decided on a No Makeup Look.
How to do your makeup for a funeral
I do my makeup differently almost every single day. I don’t have a “signature look”, I’m always playing with different colour combinations and application techniques. The thing to remember is that a funeral is not the time to experiment. Ever. You don’t want to be the girl or guy with crazy ass eyeliner and metallic lips. You shouldn’t be trying to make a statement with your makeup amidst the grief.
Tip #1: Waterproof is Key
Even if you don’t think you’ll cry emotions will be running high. It’s better to go with waterproof eyeliner & mascara (if those are products you typically wear) because you don’t want mascara streaking down your face if you do shed a tear.
Tip #2: Bold is not key
Try not to experiment too much. Bold statement lips and double cut creases are probably something you should save for another day. You do not want to be the centre of attention.
Tip #3: Keep it Natural
Honestly this does come to personal preference and how you feel the most comfortable, but I think the best way to do your makeup for a funeral or Celebration of Life is to keep it as natural and minimal as possible. I focused on a minimal eye look and paired it with a nude lip. I took these photos days before when working out my travel carry-on makeup bag and didn’t wear eyeliner in the photos, but for eyeliner over the weekend I drew a thin line with no wing.
Products Used (affiliate links)
Eyeshadow: Maybelline Master Camo Colour Correcting Palette: I used the highlight shade all over my lid.
Mascara: L’Oreal Waterproof Lash Paradise Mascara
Eyebrows: Essence Make Me Brow Gel
Bronzer: ColourPop Bronzer in Private Party
Lips: I used a different lipstick than pictured above, on my lips is the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It gives a slightly glossy finish while not looking like actual lipstick.
Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Hydrate + Smooth
Normally I have a question for you guys at the end of my blog posts but I’m coming up short today. Thank you for all your kind words and support on instagram, this community is my happy place when I’m feeling down or lost, and I’m so grateful for you guys. I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. Thanks for reading my rambles <3