Post # 1
So I originally had planned on doing my own makeup, I thought to myself “Psh, who needs to pay someone to do makeup?” But the more I practice doing my own makeup, the more I worry I sort of suck at it, and i won’t look good in pictures (I’ve been practicing as much as I can, but I can’t wear wedding makeup to teach). Now that the date is getting closer, I’m really starting to panic and worry about it. We are on a budget, but we could probably SQUEEZE this in if it were critical…I just can’t gauge how critical it is.
So I wanted to ask, did anyone get their makeup done professionally? Did you regret it? How about the opposite, anyone NOT get their makeup done professionally and regret it? Any and all insights welcome!
Another small problem, I don’t live in the state where I am getting married, so I would have to find a makeup artist via phone/email, and not get a practice run until 1-2 weeks before the wedding. So shopping around would be rough…
Post # 3
I’m doing my own makeup, and I’ll probably regret it. Oh well.
Post # 4
My suggestion is to go to a makeup store (or a counter in a dept. store) and ask them for some advice and to show you how to put things on. They will recommend good products and colors for you and show you exactly how to put it on. I did this, learned a lot, was able to buy quality products to use over and over, and I did a great job on my wedding makeup. I got a lot of compliments. You can do this without making an purchases, but I think it’s a nice idea to buy something (a special eye shadow or bronzer, whatever) since the person is spending time with you. Good luck!!
ETA: I went to MAC and had a great experience and really like their products.
Post # 5
One of my girlfriends did her own makeup and it looked great the day of and in her photos. She wears makeup regularly but obviously not as much as she did that day.
Do you have someone in your bridal party who will spot check you and say “Not enough, too much, you missed a spot, blend better”? If so, I think you’re fine to do it yourself (and I am hiring it done for everyone). You need another set of eyes.
Make sure you take some photos in your trial makeup too to make sure none of your products give off a weird reflection. In my personal opinion, the biggest mistake people make for makeup for special occassions is not wearing ENOUGH. It gets so washed out in photos and as the day goes on, you need to put on what you’re comfortable with in the mirror and then add about 10%.
Post # 6
I got it done professionally and no I did not regret it. I suck big time at makeup. I picked out my own foundation and powder but she brought everything else.
If you know a friend that can do makeup, you can probably go about that route or see about hiring a student?
Post # 7
I can’t wear makeup (fancy that is) at work either. I’d just practice on my day off or after work if I wasn’t busy. I figured, hell, it isn’t rocket science, it’s face paint. There’s no way in hell I was about to drop a couple hundred on a pro when I could do it myself and just as well. Also, I didn’t want to pay for a practice run to make sure the pro knew what they were doing and to ensure they didn’t make me look like a tart. Last thing I wanted was to show up on my wedding day with foot layer of expensive makeup. Not saying that’s what all professionals or even some are like. I just know what looks good on me and had time to experiment and I was thrilled with the outcome (saved money too).
Post # 8
I’m definitely a makeup noob, so it was important to me that I got someone to do it for me. But if you are proficient in your own makeup, I definitely think it’s worth considering doing it yourself!
Post # 9
If you really aren’t great at doing wedding makeup, either get a makeup artist for the day or sometimes you can get makeup artists to do a makkeup lesson and it’s usually about half. If you decide to go with the lesson, show the makeup artist what you’ll be using and s/he will tell you if it will look okay with flash photography. Also, they usually only last about an hour or so, so, get the person to teach you how to properly contour and apply eyeshadow (and lashes). Everything else you should be fine at, if you wear makeup everyday.