Post # 1
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
I am hoping someone can give me some advice with where to start for wedding day makeup. I never wear makeup (literally, FI has seen me in mascara and lip gloss once, for a wedding, he was confused and asked why I looked different) My sister, however, does, every day, and has done my makeup a few times and I’ve always looked good. My thought was to go to Sephore/MAC/some store like that and have them do my makeup for me, then just buy those products and have my sister do it on the day of. Is that craziness? Are there any products I should specifically get/avoid (IE foundations/powders) so I won’t look weird in pictures? Any brands you would recommend? I have relatively fair skin, dark brown hair, hazel eyes.
Unfortunately a make up artist isn’t in the budget. 🙁
Post # 3
@soontobeMrsBoo: I’d let your sister do makeup for you.
If I were you, I would stick w. the natural look. You want people to recognize you on your wedding day. You also want to be comfortable, and if you’re not used to makeup, you don’t want to wear a lot.
I’d do this:
-Black mascara (and curl your eyelashes before)
-Neutral eyeshadow. A nice shimmery taupe/beige shade – try the Urban Decay Naked palette
-Tinted moisturizer. Foundation is too heavy. Make sure it matches your skin tone! I love Laura Mercier.
-Lip gloss. A light/medium pink works on everyone. My favorite is Dior but you can buy many lower cost options that will look good
-Concealer on any zits/trouble spots. Should also match skin tone.
And that’s it. Anything more you might feel strange in. You really can’t go wrong w. these items – I wear them daily and have a very natural look. Let your sister do your makeup a couple of times and take photos in natural light, synthetic light, etc. to make sure it looks good.
Post # 4
@soontobeMrsBoo: I would get some Bobbi Brown products at Sephora. She makes makeup that is focused on a “natural” look, which is what it sounds like you’re looking for. I wouldn’t go crazy with intense eye makeup, it might be jarring if you’re not used to it. Just look for products that enhance your natural beauty. Also, since you’ll be getting photographed, make sure to splurge on the foundation and make sure it photographs well and doesn’t look ashen or too dark.
Post # 5
My hairdresser told me she wore no makeup on her wedding day because she never does! Your idea is grwat if you have your heart set on wearing makeup!
Post # 6
@soontobeMrsBoo: If a make-up artists isn’t in the budget, MAC makeup for a complete look won’t be either. Sephora is probably a good idea, and let them know that you’re not looking for over-the-top glam makeup. Specifically ask them to use and recommend products that will withstand a long day of wear and tear with minimal touch-up. Also, since your sister is so good, let her recommend some of her favorite products as well.
Post # 7
If you’ve been happy with the way your sister does your makeup, ask her to do it for you, and then go to the store and pick out color that match what she used. MAC and sephora tend to be expensive- personally I stick to the drugstore or walmart and use brands like Almay, covergirl, and maybelline. The biggest tip photographers will give you for wedding make up is to avoid mineral make ups because they can make your face too shiny in photos, and to apply it a little heavier then normal because it will photograph better. If you don’t wear a lot of make up normally I would look at getting the following:
A tinted mosturizer or foundation(depends on your skin/how even or uneven your skintone is)
3 shade eyeshadow compact
lipstick or gloss (whichever you prefer)
finishing powder(this is a super sheer powder you put on after all the other make up. It helps set the colors so they don’t run or smear)
Post # 8
I would go to sephora and have them help you pick products. You will want a foundation/tinted moisturizer which probably doesn’t need to be very heavy coverage since you don’t normally wear makeup. I would wear mascara, blush, and a lipstick or gloss. You might also want to experiment with eye shadow and eyeliner, depending on what look you’re going for and also try bronzer. You may or not need powder to set your makeup, depending on what products you choose. You should be able to get good help at sephora, and take your sister!
Post # 9
since you asked about what things to avoid, my dermatologist tells me not to use MAC foundations, since they are comodogenic (they will clog your pores and cause acne). There are SO many non-comodogenic great foundations out there–try those! I use Revlon Colorstay for oily/combo skin, its only like 11 bucks, and one ounce lasts me an entire year even though I wear it every time I leave the house!
Post # 10
You NEED to watch Lisa Eldridge’s videos, she is an amazing makeup artist and so, so helpful. It also sounds like your colouring is quite similar to hers, so it won’t be too much of a stretch to imagine how colours will look on you.
Here is a bridal look she’s done: http://www.lisaeldridge.com/video/7511/a-summer-rose-bridal-look/
Wedding makeup doesn’t have to involve fake eyelashes and three layers of foundation. Watch some tutorials, use your sister’s help, you’ll be fine!
Post # 11
I wont go into too many specifics because I am sure you will get a ton but from a serious makeup geek here are my tips.
#1 DO not wear any type of foundation/powder/concealer with SPF in it… when a flash hits the makeup it will make your face look lighter than your body
#2 I LOVE revlon colorstay it is a great foundation and a wounderful dupe of MAC studio fix. However, it does have SPF in it and can wash your skin out in photography (I use this foundation every day pictures and all but would not plan on using it during a day when you are having quite SO many photos taken)
#3 MAC eyeshadows are awesome & so are urban decay. I suggest buying a paint pot from MAC to hold that shadow on all day (try the color Bare Study – a nice light champagne that goes with many shadows)
#4 I know this is kind of hard being you never wear makeup but I say wear a bit more makeup than you are comfortable with. Camera flash tends to soften the look but in general you want a bit more than typical (ever heard of actors wearing extra makeup, its because the camera can flush your skin out)
In general though if your sister does her makeup everyday and is good at it I would just let her do yours. They will do your makeup for free at MAC as a trial because they want you to purchase their products just let them know you are looking to purchase the whole look.
Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
Thank you ladies so much! I love the Bee! I’m actually getting excited rather than nervous for this part! 🙂
Post # 13
unless you’re planning on continuing to wear makeup after the wedding, why not just let your sister use her own products on your face? i would see if you need to supplement what she has to create your ideal wedding day look ie. foundation/concealer if you’re not the same colour, maybe an eyeshadow if you want a certain shade.. but she probably has a lot of stuff that looks good on you.
Post # 14
@canarydiamond: Fantastic idea!! I second this!! I hope you listen to this idea right here!
Post # 15
Make sure you use photo-ready foundation or powder. Keeps you from looking like a ghost face or washed out in photos.
And practice, practice, practice!
Post # 16
I second the recommendation for Bobbi Brown.