Post # 1
So I made the decision to do my own makeup on my wedding day. I’ve been putting on makeup pretty much every day since I was 13, so I know what I like and what works for me. However, I decided to meet with a makeup artist at Sephora to get some tips and try new products to make sure I look perfect. 🙂 I particularly wanted some advice on how to do my eyes, since I usually don’t wear much eye makeup.
Well today I had my appointment at Sephora, and left there horribly disappointed! The makeup artist was just rather odd to begin with, she seemed really spacy and not very friendly. She applied foundation and powder, which gave me very little coverage. Like, hardly any. I could still see my uneven skin tone and blotchy marks through the foundation.
Then she did my eyes with a very dark purple color shadow and weird bronze eyeliner. When I looked in the mirror, I just couldn’t believe it. It looked SO completely unnatural (and I told her at the beginning that I wanted a more natural look) and the colors just looked really weird with my coloring.
She kept insisting that I wouldn’t want anything less dramatic than that, as it wouldn’t photograph well. I understand that a more dramatic look might look better in photos, but my wedding is outdoors and I think super-dramatic makeup will look rather out of place. She finally re-did my eyes with dark blue eyeshadow instead of the purple, but I still felt that it looked very strange.
I ended up going to a department store makeup counter afterwards and the lady there re-did my eyes again with a very smokey look. I liked this better than the first two (and the colors looked MUCH more natural), but it still really bothered me. Whenever I looked in the mirror, it just didn’t look like ME, it looked like me dressing up as a hooker for Halloween. Or something like that. 🙁
So I guess my question is… Do I HAVE to go with the super-dramatic eye makeup that everyone keeps telling me is mandatory? Will I ruin my pictures if I just go with a more simple look?
(And sorry I didn’t take any pics of the eye makeup — I was too embarassed!)
Post # 3
As a hairstylist and makeup artist, I HIGHLY recommend that you bring pictures of what your vision of “natural” looks like. We’re very visual people, we’re constantly trying to keep up with the trends, so having a picture for inspiration is key at your trials. We’re not physics or magicians, and that you understand that we ALL have different interpretations of the word “natural.” Natural to one person can be tinted moisturizer, flesh toned eyeshadow, peach blush and clear lipgloss…while natural to one other person is using a NATURAL color palette, but still using other makeup techniques like the smokey eye or something. So just bring a picture to clarify, that way you don’t stress your artist out or yourself out. I hope that helps and good luck!
Post # 4
I too am planning on going with a more natural look for my wedding. As much as I love dramatic eye makeup on others it just doesn’t suit me (I’ve tried to make it work many times.) Going with less makeup shouldn’t ruin your pictures at all. If that’s how you look and feel best you should stick with the natural look, especially for an outdoor wedding.
Post # 5
I’m not going to use eyeshadow at all. I went to a MAC store and had a saleswoman do my makeup – she had a ton of makeup on herself and when I said I wanted to look natural she totally got it. She even said “not like me.” LOL I didn’t want to say that to her face! She just did foundation, powder, blush, and mascara (I already have lipstick I like). You should wear what you like and don’t do makeup that really shows if it’s not what you want.
Post # 6
I was a little doubtful, but my photographer told me last week that I really don’t need to wear any more makeup than I would ordinarily. So, that’s what I’ve been told at least.
Post # 7
Go with what makes you feel comfortable–maybe you could ‘up’ your makeup a couple of levels above ‘date night’ level makeup, as that’s fairly expected.
Then the only way to test out whether it will look good in photos is to actually take photos! Grab a digital camera and photograph yourself with/without flash, indoors and outdoors. You’ll know if you’re happy with the level of makeup that way. The best thing about being your own makeup artist is that you have full control! 🙂
Post # 8
@summerhill: I’m with you on this one! I have had two make up trials with different people, one awful and one okay, but they both were trying to over-do my makeup! They put so much on my eyes that I looked about five years older than I am.
I think it’s all ridiculous. You have flattering photos from parties and special occasions you’ve been to before, right? So of course you can make yourself look good for photos! Don’t listen to the dark eyeshadow crew — go natural and you’ll look naturally flawless, as opposed to done up in pics but overdone in person.
P.S. I am seriously thinking of doing my own makeup. Thanks for inspiring me!
Post # 9
Just a follow-up to my first post! My wedding was last weekend, and I loved how my makeup turned out. I didn’t use any of the super dramatic shades that they did in my trials, I just did a “dressed up” version of what I would ordinarily wear for a special occasion. It was pretty and still felt like ME, which is something that was missing from my trials.
And most importantly, I love how it looks in the photos I’ve seen so far. I look like a dressed-up version of myself, which is what I really knew I wanted all along. 🙂 I’m so happy I didn’t try something crazy that I wasn’t comfortable with!
Post # 10
So happy to hear that you ended up happy with the outcome. I cant wait to see pictures!!! We got married the same day, YAY!