Did anyone DIY their makeup?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m doing my own makeup for my wedding next month – also a beach wedding.  I’m kind of an always-wear-makeup person, so I feel pretty confident and relaxed about the whole thing as I know my face better than some random person at our destination (actually, I’m not sure if there is even a salon around the area).

I only use drugstore products for budget reasons.  My favorite products right now are L’oreal TrueMatch foundation (stays on my face all day, and good coverage over my crummy skin) and L’oreal voluminous mascara.

Tips…definitely do a trial or two on yourself.  If you go the drugstore makeup route, use foundation or concealer as a primer before putting on eyeshadow – it works quite well!!  Bring powder (I usually get translucent powder) to combat shine, but don’t overdo it!  If I use any powder at all, it’s just sparingly around my t-zone and a little on my chin.

I’m going with a pretty natural look since we’re on the beach :).

Good luck! 

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Post # 3
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

quick answer: go to sephora and get an express consultation – have them colour match your foundation and recommend what type of foundation brand and primer you should have based on your skin type (oily, dry, etc.) have fun with the trials! I’ve done several on myself already and just keep trying to get it better and better… although i’d be happy with my first attempt lol. and take photos after! I have a DSLR which helps to see what it’ll look like on the day

Post # 4
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

jlc3:  I did my own hair & makeup for our wedding on the beach in Mexico (it was super hot since it was july). I was very concerned about having someone else do my makeup as I have sensitive skin and could have easily had a breakout from hell if they used anything that doesn’t agree with my skin (and alot of stuff doesnt). Also, where we live it doesn’t get hot & humid and stays pretty cool year round so I wasn’t sure about the staying power of any makeup. 

I looked up a few tutorials on youtube and scoured product reviews/drugstore dupes for higher end items like a mad woman. I remembered bees in other posts listing crucial items that were worth a little extra money- like primer and settting/finishing spray- so I splurged on a few trial sizes at Ulta before purchasing the full size (great return policy- 100% for any reason whatsoever). I found the Urban Decay De-Slick spray was the best for me & still use it all the time. It was great at setting my makeup and combating shine/sweat, etc. I used a drugstore primer only because I already had some and knew it worked well for me- it was Loreal Magic Perfecting Base. Otherwise I used my regular makeup, but I already had a ton since I do my face daily. 

My tips would be to do as many trials as you can (and take photos of each in natural & inside light so you can pinpoint what you want to change) and watch a ton of videos. Do your reasearch online before purchasing a pricey item, and make sure to purchase it somewhere with a great return policy in case you don’t like it. Also, don’t try to do too much. I was planning on doing the full 9-yards (and had practiced it multiple times)- full fake lashes, liner, etc. – but the day of I just wasn’t feeling it and went a little more natural. Pro photography and the bright light at the beach will really downplay your makeup quite a bit so you do need a heavier hand than you think.  I went outside after I was done applying and had a friend snap a few pics so I could see what needed a little more oomph. 

Post # 5
2893 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

it was 101 degrees on my wedding day and most of my wedding make up was the stuff i usually wear- cover girl, maybelline, nothing too expensive.

i have very oily sking and i use almay truly lasting color for foundation. i’ve been using it for several years and i really like the coverage and it last thru sweat, oil, and humidity. physician’s formula yellow undereye concealer is really good too.

monistat chafing gel works amazing as a primer. it has the same ingredients and works just as well as the expensive brands (i.e. smashbox), but it’s waaay cheaper.

for my eye shadow primer i used urban decay primer potion. my eye makeup lasts all day without creasing or fading. i made a point of buying this specifically for my wedding. it’s about $20 at ulta, sephora, etc. but you can usually find it at nordstrom rack for about $10.

i didn’t use it on my wedding, but i’d also recommend urban decay’s de-slick. i use it when i want an extra boost of stayng power.


Post # 6
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did! I did a trial at Sephora and wrote down what products they used and how they used them. To do this, I had to buy a $50 gift card. Then I got on the bee and asked about what I could get cheap and what was worth getting good quality. I ended up buying my foundation anc concealer from Sephora, using the gift card. Then I got primer, lip stain/gloss, lip liner, eyeliner, eye primer, eyelash curler, mascara and some brushes, cheap from Target. I used my own blush, bronzer, highlighter, and eyeshadow. I did some trials and posted pics here on wedding bee and a bunch of bees were super duper helpful with tips. After a few adjustments I had a pretty good system that I used for the wedding and that I now use whenever I get dressed up and wear makeup! It worked out great and I couldn’t be happier. It was a hot day and I never even had to touch up!. Also, I have had bad reactions to makeup in the past, so it was reassuring to be able to try all the products before the big day, so I didn’t have to worry about breaking out in hives!

Post # 8
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

jlc3:  I did, and my biggest advice is to use quality colorstay products, and to really invest in the best foundation you can find as it is what really makes all the difference. 

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation 

Bronzer: Nars Laguna

Blush: Bare Escentuals Vintage Peach

Lips: Revlon Colorstay 

Eye Shadow Primer: Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion 

Eye Shadow: Urban Decay Naked 1 Eye Shadow (Revlon has some pretty good quality eyeshadows as well…I think I used a mixture of the two)

Eye Liner: Loreal Infallible Self Advancing in Carbon Black

Mascara: Maybelline VolumExpress Turbo (Waterproof!)

Post # 10
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I did. Like everyone else, I did a makeup trial and then bought the things I thought were worth it. The one must must must have is Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Whatever you put on your face, that will make it stay there.

Post # 11
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

jlc3:  Kind of.  My cousin is doing my makeup, and she’s not a pro.  We did a test run, mostly with her makeup, and then went to ULTA and spent a lot of money on products.  I got the BareMineral Bare Skin foundation on her recomendation (and LOVE IT) as well as some eyeliners and eye shadow in colors that we liked.  Then we went home, washed my face, and did it again with products in colors that were closer to the mark.

We did another test run the day of our engagement photos, and I think I’m really happy with it.

My favorite products:

BareMinerals Bare Skin foundation. Worth the price, believe me.  Ask the shop if they’ll color match you.  ULTA put a few dabs of a few different shades on my face and helped me figure out which one was best.

BareMineral Perfecting Face brush

Covergirl LashBlast fusion mascara (or any of the covergirl mascaras, they’re all awesome)

Revlon lipstain (I use the color “Crush”).  This stuff STAYS.  It’s incredible. I’ll never go back to lipsticks or glosses.

Most of my brushes are EcoTools.  I like them more than a lot of Mac brushes.  I think they’re softer, and they’re way cheaper.

My cousin explained that a lot of products you can easily get away with the cheap stuff. Eyeliner and eyeshadow (as long as you have a primer), blush and bronzer.  All of those I bought for less than $2 each.

Good luck!

Post # 12
2 posts

jlc3:  Have you ever heard of setting your make-up with aersol hairspray?  When you’re done just close your eyes and have some one spray your face from half a foot or so away.

Post # 13
26 posts
  • Wedding: March 2015

jlc3:  I am planning on doing my own makeup for my wedding.  I have been watching YouTube tutorials to prepare.

Products I think I will be using so far:

  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  • YSL Rouge Pur Coture Glossy Stain for lips (not sure what color yet, but I adore the formula – beautiful shine, pigmentation, and long wear)
  • Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade for perfect brows
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
  • Urban Decay Naked 3 Pallette
  • Nars Orgasm blush


Post # 14
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Huracan Cafe

I have my own beauty blog under the same name as my username here. Ive done my makeup and other people’s makeup on many occasions. 

Things I suggest to you. 

Primer: you need to use both an eye primer and a face primer. I have really sensitive skin so heavy silicone primers like smashbox break me out. 

eye primer use either elf eye primer or urban decay eye potion primer. Those two are my favorites. Also since it’s going to be really hot out I suggest you layer a cream shadow just on your lid then set it with a eyeshdaow to set. I know it’ll be hot but I recommend layering with a cream shadow for lasting power. Try maybelline color tattoo cream shadows. Amazing staying power with those. 


For or face primer I suggest either too faced poreless primer or nyx pore filler primer. 


I really love the maybelline matte stick foundation. I really do suggest you find A matte foundation for your wedding because it’ll make you less shiny in the heat. 


I love benefit they’re real mascara the most. Buy the travel size it’ll last you 3 months and worth the $10 price tag. 


I definitly suggsst you using a powder to set your makeup and a finishing Spray. 

And like what everyone else said watch videos and practice, practice, practice. what works for one might not work for another. 

Post # 15
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m the same – I plan on doing my own make-up for my wedding. Currently, I use the following:

  • Smashbox face primer
  • Smashbox 15-hour liquid foundation
  • Bare Minerals – well-rested, concealer, warmth (on rest of face)
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil, for setting powder
  • Smashbox contour set (new, and great!)
  • Urban Decay eyelid potion primer
  • Stila Kitten on main lid, and then a darker shade in the corners OR will used my Urban Decay Naked 2
  • Benefit They’re Real eyeliner on lid
  • Rimmel Exaggerate liner on bottom
  • Buxom Mascara on bottom lashes (as I’ll have lash extensions on, and won’t need anything on top)
  • Lip – still trying to find that perfect pink/nude shade

I also own the Urban Decay All Night setting spray, but it’s hit or miss if it works with the random humdity/heat we have here right now. However, my wedding is in October and the air is much cooler – so that may help!

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