Make up: DIY or Professional Application

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


I regret getting my makeup done professionally. Crazy, right?! Well, I am pretty good at doing my makeup (I’m actually doing a friend’s makeup for her upcoming wedding) and was not happy with the professional makeup I got done. I know I could have done a better job, but I was convinced that I wouldn’t want to be burdened with that on the morning of the wedding. Big mistake.

I don’t have a lot of tips, unless you have specific questions. However I will say this, use a foundation without SPF (unless you’re suuuper fair skinned already). SPF can cause your face to look white washed in flash photography. Like I said, let me know if you have any other specific questions and I’ll try to answer them the best I can.

Post # 4
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had the exact same concerns of just having to fix it myself and not looking lik me.  Here’s how I made my decision (wedding is two months away, so I can’t tell you how it worked out yet): the place I’m going uses MAC. So, I thought I would go to a MAC counter and see whether I even liked the feel of it since I haven’t used it in almost twenty years. I also brought some looks I wanted to go for.  She used so many different products and brushes on me, I knew I would never give my makup that level of detail. For example, I am never going lowlight, highlight, and define. I liked the look, liked the feel, so now I have something to go into for the practice and the actual wedding makeup.  I just knew I wouldn’t give it the same level of attention.

BUT, I am using my own mascara and doing that myself. 

Post # 5
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

If you normally fix your makeup after getting it professionally done then I would recommend doing it yourself.  Do a couple of trials to see which look you like best and so you have practice for the big day.  I did my own makeup and was pleased with the result.  It also satisfied my need to be in control that day.

Post # 6
1878 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

I did my own makeup. I’m like you. I’m not a professional by any means, but I do know a lot about makeup and how to use it. I splurged on a foundation and setting spray and it lasted all 8 hours I wore it.

as for tips. I honestly just watched a lot of makeup videos on YouTube! 

Post # 11
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I normally don’t like having my hair or makeup done by someone else, but I was put in the awkward position where DH’s cousin offered to do my hair and makeup for free for our wedding.  Since I was planning on doing it myself, I couldn’t lie and say I already had someone, so I agreed to have her do it.

I was extremely surprised in that I loved how it turned out!  I’m not sure if other MUA’s do this, but she used my own makeup which I think made a difference.  She did my makeup very similarly to how I normally do it, she just put it on a bit heavier, as she said I would have been washed out in pictures otherwise.  She also did a great job with eyeliner, as I stink at putting it on myself (and thus don’t wear it very often).

I had my makeup done for my friend’s wedding last summer and I wasn’t quite as thrilled, probably because she used colors I wasn’t used to.  I think that makes a big difference.

Post # 12
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I kind of did an in-between. I used all my own makeup (some of which was bought for the wedding) and had my sister do the application because she’s good at it and it was nice to spend that time with her. It worked out great! I’ve had my makeup done professionally three times. Twice my face broke out in hives the next day due to allergic reactions and all three times I didn’t really like the makeup – I thought it was too heavy for my taste. So I was much happier with doing DIY for my wedding!

Post # 13
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

stephanie1989:  So I had a MUA friend of mine do my makeup for my wedding. While I’m thankful she did it as a gift, and while she did a good job, I still wish I would have done my own. I liked the way she did my makeup, but I also think I like the way I do my own makeup better. So do a DIY test trial of your own and then do a test trial with a MUA and see what you prefer.

Post # 14
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did my own make up. For one, I didn’t have a good place I could go to get it done with where we got married. Two, as you said, every time I have gtotten my make up done I end up feeling over made and hating it. You DON”T want to look “dolled up” and not like yourself, you want to look like yourself in your wedding photos.

On the other hand, for what I spent on make up that would last all day in 100 degree heat, I could have spent to have my make up done.

If you do it yourself, make sure you play with it ahead of time and do a trial. As far as products I loved, by far the best was the Make up forever HD foundation and concealer I used. The rest was just regular stuff, but I would definitely recommend getting that foundation. I usually use bare minerals for every day. And I think that doing a few lashes does help with making your eyes stand out a bit in photos. Oh and I didn’t use lip stick, I used a make up forever lip liner as all over color and then gloss on top. It stayed really well without caking or staining or making weird gross lines at the corners of my mouth.

Post # 15
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you are considering having it done, then I would call them to see what their brand is–you might not like how it feels.

I agree with MsJ2theZ–Make UP Forever HD foundation is wonderful, but right now I am also having a lovefest with the mac foundation that actually think I like better (but it’s new, and new stuff is always better, right?)  MAC has a super long lasting non-transfer lipstick.  I would also suggest Urban Decay’s All Nighter setting spray–that stuff really works!

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