Doing my own makeup for the wedding! help ?:)

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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16 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Yes, use a primer. I use one by ELF: http://www.eyeslipsface.com/studio/face/primer/mineral_face_primer

I would also recommend trying a setting spray. Urban Decay has one with a cult following, but I am cheap cheap cheap and use the ELF version. If you use the ELF setting spray,  Irecommend spraying before you put on mascara, i find that it can run a bit.

Post # 5
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373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mick26:  I recommend the Smashbox photo finish primer and Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray. Yes, they are a bit more costly but this is your wedding day and I firmly believe that the price of these items reflects their quality. I use them every day and have always been elated with the results. I also did my own wedding day makeup and I KNOW that these two items were the reason my makeup looked amazing all night with no touch ups, even after I bawled my eyes out through the entire ceremony. 

Post # 7
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373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mick26:  hahaha, yes! I got married in August with no AC and my reception was outside and my face remained flawless all day. I have no doubt that quality products were to thank for that! 

Post # 8
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16 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@Mick26:  If you have an Ulta near your house, they usually have trial/travel sized smashbox primers. not sure if you can find them online.

Post # 9
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1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Mick26:  I got my make up done professionally and I think the staying power was from the setting spray. I know theres a great one I read about before the wedding by MAC but other than that I am not sure. Just go to the make up counters in department stores, I am sure you can ask around the more popular brands and they can give you some idea if they do a setting spray or how you can get longer wear from your makeup.

Also, check out some of the blogger bees that did their own makeup.

Miss Pyramid: http://www.weddingbee.com/2013/11/08/diy-wedding-makeup-tips/

Mrs Whale: http://www.weddingbee.com/2013/04/30/diy-bridal-makeup-products/

Mrs Funnelcake: http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/09/16/diy-makeup-2/

Do a search of the blogs if you want to find more! I think you are really brave doing your own and make sure you do trials! Good luck!

Post # 10
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Do you have anyone with a good camera? Specifically with a pro flash. I’d say test your look and then take photos with that camera in various lights. I’ve seen mineral makeup look a little ‘dusty’ in full sun photo so be sure to test how it’ll photograph. 

Post # 12
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2441 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I did my own makeup and I used UD’s Setting Spray and it stayed for the entire wedding. Sephora has a sample size if you don’t want to buy a big bottle 

Post # 13
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@Mick26:  Your e photos are an excellent base for your big day makeup.  I’m always amazed how much more makeup I have to put on for regular life vs for photos.  Lashes make a HUGE difference. 

Post # 14
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2132 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I have super sensitive skin too.  definitiely use a primer and a finishing product.  For primer I like l’oreal.  For finishing I like everyday mineral finishing dust.  they are a completely natural makeup brand I’m obsessed with

Post # 15
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32 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Mick26:  I am a bridal makeup artist and I think it’s great that you’re going to be doing your own makeup.  I am curious why your friend did not offer to do it for you though?  I did for my sister’s wedding and did not do it for any of her bridesmaids.  I am also going to be doing my own makeup at my wedding but will be hiring someone else to do my bridesmaids.  I just don’t want to work on my day.  So on to my favorite products.

 

I would definitely suggest a primer.  My favorites are Laura Mercier, Hourglass and the Aqua Prime by Lorac.  I also really like MAC’s brightening serum primer but only the serum primer – the rest are too heavy for my oily skin.  If you have issues with liquid foundation, you’ll most likely want to steer clear from anything heavy like smashbox.  I like the formula for most people but a MUCH cheaper alternative is the monistat anti chafing relief gel.  It’s the same ingredients and fraction of the price.  I have used it on many clients and have gotten great feedback.  

 

I don’t tend to use mineral makeup because it can cause some flashback (when your face appears significantly lighter than your body).  This is usually only an issue in lowlight settings so if you’re getting married during the day or will have adequate lighting, go for it.  I’m not sure what your issue is with liquid or cream foundation (oily skin?) but have you tried applying the right formula with a sponge?  I added a beauty blender to my kit and it was the best investment I made (aside from my airbrush compressor).  You can put a ton of foundation on the skin with a traditional foundation brush bounce the damp beauty blender over top and it will leave exactly the right amount of foundation on your face.  You’ll look perfected but still natural.  If you have time, give it a try. Some of my favorite foundations to use on bridal clients are the MAC face and body foundation mixed with MUFE HD Foundation or Avon Ideal Flawless.  Sometimes I’ll mix in some Loreal True Match Lumi foundation.  Of course, you’re probably not going to buy 3 or 4 foundations to mix together to get the right formula for one day so I’d say go with the MAC and be sure to get a beauty blender.  

Setting spray is important and I’ve found that the Skindanavia bridal setting spray is far superior to the urban decay sprays.  They’re made by the same company so I would think they would perform similarly but I haven’t found that to be the case.  The trick with those setting sprays is to shake them up really well.  They work beautifully.  If you’re concerned with oiliness or waterproofing Ben Nye final seal is AMAZING!  It smells like Listerine and has a cooling sensation when you spray it on but I’ve found that the combination of the bridal makeup spray and the Ben Nye is perfect.  You get perfectly set waterproof makeup for hours.  Think of it like hairspray for your face.  

Be sure to use an eye primer.  My favorite is urban decay.  Elf also makes a really good one you can get for $1.  

 

Hope this helps!

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