Post # 1
I’m thinking about breaking down and taking a trip to the clinique counter at the mall. I’ve never had my makeup done by anyone before, and everything that I own has come from the drugstore. It’s mostly Neutrogena brand, since I break out pretty easily. I have combination skin (very oily in the t-zone, cheeks, dry in some areas). My pores seem kinda large to me, and most of the time they are pretty clogged (ewww). I never wear blush or lipstick (two things I think I might need to the big day). When I actually do my makeup, this is how it usually goes…
- Aveeno moisturizer
- Neutrogena under eye concealer, regular concealer where needed, and liquid foundation mixed with moisturizer applied all over
- Shades of browns (maybelline) for eyeshadow, usually a darker brown on the lid and a lighter tan on the brow bones
- Brown eyeliner (it’s a stick, but it’s soft, not hard) on top lid and half of bottom lid
- Lash curler and Neutrogena dark brown mascara (top lashes only)
- Bronzer on cheekbones/forehead
- Usually just chapstick and a lipgloss on lips, sometimes a really light pink lipstick
So, any advice on what I should be looking for/going for in wedding makeup? Do you think I should go to the professional and see what they have to offer/say. Or just stick to drugstore brands? What’s your favorite DIY makeup product?
Post # 3
I feel like if you’re someone who usually rocks a "natural beauty" kind of look–I think you should go pretty natural for the wedding. I always like it when the bride looks like a dressed up version of herself, instead of a totally different person on the wedding day. It sounds like you usually wear a pretty neutral pallette of colors, so you may want to experiment with color a little, just to see if you can find something you like. If I were you, I’d look around for some photos for inspiration of wedding day looks and see if you can replicate them. I’d check out Project Wedding, they have a lot of great inspiration ideas:
If you can afford it, it might be worth getting the opinon of a professional, like the Clinique counter like you mentioned. They may be able to give you some skin-care tips and suggest some colors/products you like. Just because you do the consultation, doesn’t mean you have to book them for the wedding day.
Post # 4
I have no issues doing my own makeup. I did them for my engagement pictures, but it wasn’t quite enough oomph for my wedding. I looked good, but it wasn’t quite the natural, yet dramatic look I needed. I went to Clinique and took on a free makeover.
I was shocked and amazed. A lot of it’s the prep work on your skin. I still looked natural but it’ll be the pictures that make the difference. She put a base in the foundation of my face, highlighted my bone structure, blended into my neck perfectly, etc. My face became a canvas! I was shocked. My skin was flawless! And not greasy. I stayed dry all day despite the humidity. Maybe 10 hours later after busting my moves I glistened a little. But pics were done by then! I didn’t look flushed from the heat, either. Every accent on my face was highlighted to show up in pictures. Yet I didn’t look overdone. All my bridesmaids looked incredible, but still like themselves! Even the girl who barely wears eyeshadow and stays away from mascara with a 10 foot pole decided to give in.
The Clinique counter I went to actually did everybody’s makeup for free. She gets the pictures for her portfolo, though, and I tipped her. She recommended an 8 week peel on my first trial and I admit it made my skin very smooth. It was good for a coming out of winter skin. Everybody bought some lipstick or eyeshadow or something that she used on them that they loved. She introduced me to the CORRECT brow pencil and now I wonder how I ever did without.