Girls who had long wedding days – how did you get your makeup to stay??

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

There is a spray made by Urban Decay that is supposed to go on after you apply your makeup and stay all night (other than lipstick)!  It is expensive but well worth it.  I used it a few years ago when I did a Poison Ivy costume with full make up and it was legit!

Post # 4
7929 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I hired someone who knew what she was doing. It stayed. Just buy the lipstick they put on you (which you may need to tell them about in advance). Everything else will last if your MUA is any good.

Post # 5
1057 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Dun worry, with lots of preparation. You will be fine. 


I am fully prepare to pamper my skin for 2 months non-stop before my big day.  Meaning I make sure I get plenty of sleep and do masks on a regular basis. Make sure my skin is fully hydrate that way the make up stay longer. 


Also a good primer will help a lot on making the make up last longer  A good primer may cost more, but it truely make  a huge different. 


Have you consider using false lashes on your big day? False lashes make your eyes 2 times bigger plus you don’t have to worry it will melt like mascara 


Post # 6
4163 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

How many girls have to get hair/makeup done? Do you have a long way to drive from the salon to the venue? Three+ hours seems like a long time in between. Our photos started around 3, and we were at the salon around noon.

Agree-buy the lipstick in advance, and if you get a pro, your makeup should stay. It took a long time for me to get everything off my face at 2AM.

Since you’re concerned about it, though-I would do a makeup trial, so you’ll know for sure. I recommend one anyway- if you don’t generally wear a lot of makeup, it can take a little getting used to.


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

@MrsCreeToBe:  I used a primer under longwear foundation (both by Smashbox), and then set everything with Urban Decay’s all nighter setting spray. My makeup didn’t need any touch ups and I cried through the whole ceremony. 

Post # 8
3777 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

+1 for that UD setting spray

Post # 9
1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ApocalypseCow:  +1 – I used this for my wedding and my makeup didn’t budge all night! It’s called Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I cried alot that day and it still held up!

Also agree with PP’s that you should use some sort of primer under foundation as well. I used Stila All In One.

Post # 10
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

OC8 as a primer (got from dermatologist) and then Model in a Bottle on top of everything once makeup was done.  Matte all day and makeup stays put beautifully!

Post # 11
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m going to use a primer and also the Urban Decay setting spray. Hopefully that’s good! 

Post # 12
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I did primer, foundation, powder, then ud setting spray.

Post # 13
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsCreeToBe:  i got my makeuo done at the salon and it lasted all day. The only thing i needed to touch uo was my lipgloss, so i bought it from the salon.  Everything else was fine

Post # 14
4878 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Airbrush.  It just stays beautifully, I loved it!

Post # 15
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I agree with the Urban Decay setting spray. They truly work! If you decide not having your make up artist do a touch up, I suggest buying the setting spray. Last time I checked, Sephora carries the travel size.

My make up will be applied around 6am since my wedding will start around 9 am (we’re having 3 ceremonies). Each ceremony will be held in 3 different cities. I wanted to make sure I won’t have to worry about how I look and that my hair and make up will look fine until the end of our reception at 11 pm, so my make up artist and hair stylist will most likely drive to the hotel near our third ceremony and reception venue. I was quoted close to $600, but I think since my hair and make up will initially be applied SO early, I think it’s worth it. 

Post # 16
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If you’ve got a pro, it will stay put! Except the lipstick or gloss. 

I had my makeup done at 9AM (I was unlucky and went first) for a friends wedding I was standing up in. It was 106 degrees outside and we took outdoor pictures and then had the wedding that night at 6.

The makeup was still rocking at 11pm when the reception ended! Don’t worry a pro will be good at making it stick. If I had done my own makeup for that event, I would have looked like a hot mess by that night.

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