DIY Makeup tips

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

bridetobe75:  I’ve been doing some research because a bridesmaid is also doing my makeup! So far, I’ve read that (depending on the person and preference) some pretty typical makeup tools include :  a great primer (didn’t even know this existed haha), a primer for your eyes, a foundation with no SPF if you’re going for liquid foundation, a setting powder, a good quality concealer, and a setting spray for the finishing touch. I’ve also read  it’s good to use a bronzer, and some people will highlight and countour but apparently it’s tricky. I plan on going to a Sephora or Nordstrom makeup counter to help get these things so that they match my skin perfecly! I may be missing some things, but I’ve just started research 🙂

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Second a SPF free foundation (this can look bad in flash photohraphs), also using matt product rather than ones with shine for blush, eyeshaddow etc… 

Post # 4
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1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

A great primer (Smashbox Photo Finish, Benefit Porefessional)

SPF low or free foundation. As long as it’s a good quality foundation minimal SPF won’t make a difference (MUFE HD – wouldn’t recommend for oily skin but good for everyone else, Dolce and Gabbana Creamy Foundation, Kat Von D Foundation for full coverage, or Mac Studio Sculpt which has SPF 15 but photographs beautifully)

A good setting powder, translucent (MUFE HD setting powder, Urban Decay DeSlick Mattifying Powder for oily skin)

Concealer that’ll cover up all the stuff you don’t want to see (Mac Prolongwear, Kat Von D Lock It Concealer, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Yves Saint Laurent Touch Eclat)

Try and get a Beauty Blender to apply foundation. It gives an airbrushed look (when used correctly) without having to pay for airbrushed prices. Great brushes are always key to a great face as well. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

I get my make up through bare minerals. They’re phenomenal. I never wore foundation but theirs is great, doesn’t make break out at all and perfectly matches my skin tone! I also agree that a primer is necessary, but I recommend getting a moisturizer with an SPF if your wedding is outdoors. At my wedding, our faces were the only things that didn’t burn because of our moisturizer choice!

Bronzer is great for contouring. If you use it, make an outline along the contours of your face in sort of a 3 pattern. I’m sure your make up will look fabulous!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Bare minerals doesn’t photograph well if using flash.  It has SPF in it and other really reflective ingredients.  This (and other SPF foundations) is really only a problem if your wedding or reception is at night and you will be using flash photography. 

If you want to go a mineral makeup route (a lot of people who don’t normally wear a lot of makeup like the more natural feel of it better or if you’re like me and have very sensitive skin it might be all that works), Everyday minerals Matte foundation is the only mineral makeup that I have found to truely look AWESOME in photography- both inside and outside, flash and no flash (and I’ve tried them all).  Just make sure to moisturize first and apply it in thin layers with a kabutchi brush so it goes on evenly.  When applied right, it seriously holds up to MAC and Makeup forever and other liquid HD foundations in photos.  

I also absolutely LOVE everyday minerals finishing dust.  It is the best setting powder out there.  They are an online only company (though I’ve heard they are now in whole foods), and their prices are super reasonable (high quality makeup at barely more than drug store price).  

Also, I recommend just going to Sephora or department store makeup counters and trying things out.  Everyone’s skin is so unique, so what might work for a girl on here might not work for you.      

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Armani Silk foundation or Dior Airflash. Hourglass primer. The primer makes makeup waterproof and sweat proof. These are the only two foundations I would spend my money on. The only downside to them is they are pricey.

Armani is stunning- gives a beautiful dewy coverage. Their colors are the best in the biz and they don’t oxidize like all the other cheap brands.

Dior Airflash is also in itself water/sweat proof. It was designed to withstand heat and lights of runways. It’s layerable, as it’s aerosol, so can give sheer to maximum coverage WITHOUT cakey buildup. The only drawback is they have limited range of colors. I actually have mix my own with two colors, making my foundation cost double. But honey, it’s worth it. Seriously.

Dont get a cheap primer and if there is anything to spend $$ on, make it your foundation.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

bridetobe75:  how about trying a dark brown liner? should be dark enough to give your eyes definition but won’t be as harsh as black. Or you could try smudging the black eyeliner with dark brown or charcoal eyeshadow (depending on the other shades of eyeshadow you are using) to make it less harsh. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I really love the color Tiramisu from Sephora. It’s a pencil liner, and I use it every day. It’s very dark, but definitely blendable and more on the brown side.

For face, I second the smashbox primers (I get the adjust one in green since I am so red) and use the Porefessional on areas I’m not red but still need primer. The Smashbox liquid halo foundation is what I have been testing out for my wedding and I am very pleased, as well as with their BB cream for eyes as a concealer.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

bridetobe75:  if you think black is too harsh, try a purple or orchid tone instead. It offers the same boldness as black but it’s a softer and subtler shade. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Try a pencil (less harsh then liquid) in either a plum or dark brown.  i really love sephora pencil eyeliners.  They are smooth like liquid but more subtle like a pencil

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I found my face dream team at Sephora.  Using these products it gives me just the perfect look of “heavier” evening makeup but not overbearing and cakey – 

Smashbox 24 Hour Primer 

Makeup Forever HD Foundation (looks good in flash photography)

Smashbox Urban Decay Naked Flush (trio of highlighter, blush and bronzer) When i contour and highlight with these colors I look and feel amazing! 

For me, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this finished face look, and when applied with a Beauty Blender (no knock offs, an dactual Beauty Blender) it looks awesome. 

Good luck! 

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