FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘Better At Weddings Than You’ by Mina V. Esguerra

by Kristel Cruz

Sometimes, a romance book hits all the right spots, and you are left thinking about it even days after you finish reading it. Sometimes, you even make a makeup look dedicated to it.

Hello, friends, this FaceBookIt is inspired by Mina V. Esguerra’s new book, Better At Weddings Than You.

In this story, there’s a wedding to plan. The bride-to-be is in love with the wedding planner who coincidentally is a friend from way back. The groom-to-be fires aforementioned wedding planner and hires our main character to take over a month before the wedding. Instant attraction. Clothes are shed. What now?

It is easy to mess up this trope but Mina being Mina, the story is handled well. Too well, in fact, that, as I said earlier, I still felt giddy even days after reading it. I wish these fictional characters were real so Daphne and Aaron could be my friends in real life, and so I can give Helen some friendly advice—that you don’t get to deserve someone by playing “nice.”

With the title itself and the number of weddings discussed in the book, I almost made a bridal makeup look but decided against it because I didn’t want to jinx my own wedding (!).

The star of the story is Daphne Cardenas, so of course I tried to replicate her look. Her reputation in the wedding circuit precedes her.

“It’s wasn’t a nine-to-five desk job, but she carried the weight of a client’s hopes and dreams all the time.”

As such, I imagine her wearing simple and fuss-free makeup that can be done in less than 15 minutes. Something that can take her from a day wedding to an evening reception—one with earthy colors, subtle, and understated. Nothing too flashy nor sparkly; just the right amount of shimmer where the light hits the face and contouring where the shadows fall. (After all, she wouldn’t want to steal attention from the bride!)

Her makeup should also stay put the whole day with minimal need for retouching. Weddings are lengthy affairs and, as the wedding coordinator, Daphne should stay on top of things, not hieing off to the rest room to powder her nose every fifteen minutes.

Here are the products I used for this BAWTY look.


Products used: Celeteque DermoCosmetics 24-Hour Photoready Matte Primer to prepare the skin for makeup; Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base to brighten up the under-eye area, especially after a late night; L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Liquid Foundation in Beige Eclat because it stays on the whole day; L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte 16HR Powder in Nude Beige as setting powder; L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray to make sure the makeup stays put; Beach Born Healing Toner for quick spritzes to freshen up every couple of hours; IN2IT Sheer Shimmer Blush in Apricot Pearl for a pretty flush; and Maybelline V-Face Duo Stick for easy and convenient contouring and highlighting


Products used: Banila co Prime Eye Primer to make sure the eyeshadows are more vibrant and long-lasting; Maybelline The Nudes Wear Eyeshadow Palette for smokey brown lids; K-Palette Lasting 2 Way Eyebrow Liner for eyebrows that stay on fleek the whole day; Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara to open up the eyes; and Maybelline Hyperink Liquid Liner for eyeliner that never smudges


Products used: Beach Born Bam Balm for exfoliated lips, Human Nature Natural Lip Balm in Peppermint for soft and kissable lips and my current favorite lipstick, Maybelline Powder Matte Lipstick in Touch of Nude

And here we have it—a face for the go-getter, always straight-to-the-point Daphne in you. This would be perfect for day and night, whether you’re at a wedding, in a client meeting or by the beach!

How do you like this look? Are you excited to read BAWTY? Let me know in the comments section below what you think! 





3 responses to “FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘Better At Weddings Than You’ by Mina V. Esguerra”

  1. Mina V. Esguerra Avatar

    Krissy, this is so awesome! I’m going to find that lipstick!!!


  2. Vidhu Skulpt Avatar

    Great set of products and combinations that can be tried for the better look in weddings! A must try for everyone.


  3. Lessons in Romance Writing, Self-Publishing and Community Building: An Interview with Author Mina V. Esguerra – Bookbed Avatar

    […] Sometimes, I’m really proud of what I did with The Future Chosen because that was inspired by nonstop debates leading up to an election, and I can’t believe I actually wrote all those words based on that plot bunny. Better at Weddings Than You came from being at a Starbucks with Salve Villarosa and Miguel Almendras (#romanceclass live readers) and overhearing her tell him, “You should be a wedding planner.” That grabbed me and thankfully did not let me go until I completed the thing. (Related: “FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘Better At Weddings Than You’ by Mina V. Esguerra”) […]


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