DIY Make up essentials / MAC must haves?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1613 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

MsquareM:  Well, it’s hard to narrow it down given the information you’ve shared.  Also, why Mac? There are lots of great brands out there, Mac is only one.  Each brand tends to excel at different things.  I suppose some general thoughts for wedding day makeup (natural but long lasting):

primer: I prefer primers from other brands, eg. Hourglass Mineral Veil primer

foundation: Pro Longwear foundation

powder: Mineral Skin Finish in a natural shade

blush: depends on your skin tone but good general ones are Peachykeen, Warm Soul, Dollymix is a pink one I think but I don’t own it

lips: too many depending on skin tone and look your going for, some natural ones are Blankety, Plumful

shadows: a nice neutral quad would be All that Glitters or Naked Lunch, Sable, Charcoal Brown, Soft Brown, consider also maybe Vanilla, Twinks, Satin Taupe, Ricepaper, Quarry, Shale

setting spray: Urban Decay All Nighter; or Skindanavia bridal spray

brushes: well Mac is famous for the 217 brush, which can just about do a whole eye look.  I think there are other brands out there that are less expensive though; I have one 217 and yes, it’s a great brush but I wouldn’t drop hundreds of dollars just to have all Mac brushes.

I don’t know if that will help at all…..

Post # 4
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

MsquareM:  I would get some brushes. I cant help you with foundation and concealer because I think you should sample them first to know what’s best for your skin tone.



MAC 187, 224, 163 (to contour)

I would recommend a blush or two bc I am “brown-skin” but I’m not sure how deep your complexion is. I love Format blush or Peachykeen as a PP suggested. 

Soft ochre paint pot as a good base for eyeshadow


Shadows: ricepaper, saddle or texture, vanilla

Pigment: Naked (love!!!)


bright forecast highlighter pen

Post # 5
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sephora has 15% off right now. I would have your friend see if she can get you a Naked or Naked 2 palette. That’s easiest. Also, Urban Decay primer potion. Sephora #55 brush.

Post # 6
8 posts

Some tips!


1. Definitely use a primer.

2. Makeup should be a little heavier for the photographs, but stay away from glitter, shimmer, and SPF–the camera doesn’t like those.

3. Bring little blotting tissues (those blue ones that don’t smudge makeup are the best) if you have oily skin.

4. Urban Decay and probably MAC have setting sprays to make your makeup last longer.

5. I don’t know if I’d let a friend buy your foundation… you MUST make sure it fits your skin perfectly and that would mean testing it in a store. Slightly off and all your photos would be ruined!

Brushes: I don’t love a lot of ELF products but I have their full Studio line brushes and LOVE them. I also have one kabuki from tarte (for mineral foundation) that cost more than the huge set from ELF and it was worth it.

Post # 8
3165 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Some of my favorites are:


Nylon eyeshadow for highlight or to brighten the eyes.

Strobe cream to wear under foundation for glowing skin.

Lip glass is “Please me” is a good pink lip I love.

Ochre eyeshadow is a good warm matte brown for the crease.

Painterly paint pot is a great base for eyeshadow as well.

Dollymix blush is a beautiful pink pop of color!

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