Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out what to do for my wedding day makeup – DIY or professional? Here are the pros to each:
more of an ability to do what *I* want
I don’t wear a lot of makeup, FI doesn’t like me in a lot of makeup, so why pay a pro to do my makeup so that I don’t look like I’m wearing much makeup??
I’m getting married out of town so I can’t do a trial, so if I end up with a makeup artist who makes me look like a whore/clown, I’m stuck with it
likely to be much better with makeup than I am
makeup would probably stay on better/longer
I don’t own nice makeup (walgreens is as good as it gets), so to buy nice makeup that I wouldn’t wear ever may cost just as much as the professional
Gah. I dunno. What do you guys think of the pro vs diy argument?? (PS – I’m not awful with makeup. I used to do makeup for theater productions in college. But my usual routine is just foundation/eyeshadow/mascara/chapstick. :))
Post # 3
I think you need to do more makeup than your normal routine in order to look good in pictures. If you are comfortable with that, you could probably do it on your own. I was not good with makeup on my own so I had it professionally done.
Post # 4
How are your maids at makeup? Mine have been doing my hair and makeup since high school and college, so they took over when I was getting ready. They knew exactly what I liked, put it on heavier than I normally do, and it was free. Plus it has always been a great bonding experience for us, so it is a nice memory.
I went to Ulta a few weeks before the wedding and splurged on some new stuff since my usual stuff is getting old, still cost only a fraction of what a pro would.
Post # 5
i would definately say get a pro, or a friend who’s good. like mentioned, you want it to be darker so the pictures turn out good.
Post # 6
I’m super fair skinned. I guess I’m just worried about how I’ll look with a lot of makeup on, even if it is gonna look better in pics, FI is going to have to look at my face all day and I don’t want him to hate how I look. With my skin tone, it’s very very easy to look unnatural if I have a lot of makeup on.
I don’t have any bridesmaids; we’re just having family there. Nobody that’s good with makeup. My sister-in-law may be the closest, but she’s Hawaiian so our features and skin tone are pretty much opposite!!
Post # 7
I wear some make up, but I really don’t have a clue what I’m doing most of the time, so I’m going to go to one of those big stores like Ulta and see if they can show me what to do. That way I don’t have to have another person to pay, I can do as many trials as I want since I’m doing it myself, I have an excuse to splurge on quality products that I can keep using long after the wedding is over, and I learn a skill that I’ve always wanted to know.
I think you should go that route. I wouldn’t trust my make up to someone I’d never met, especially if you don’t have a clear idea what you want. And just because you don’t typically use quality make up, doesn’t mean you can’t keep using the foundation or whatever you buy until it runs out and then go back to the walgreens stuff!
Post # 8
Are you able to go to the salon ahead of time and do a trial? Professional make-up doesn’t neccessarily mean clown make-up. You just need an artist that will listen to what you want, and knows how to keep it natural for brides. Maybe bring some pictures for inspiration if you’re nervous.
Even if you plan on doing your own, play around at home with different looks and take photos so you can compare.
Post # 9
I did DIY, and my reasons were exactly the same as yours. I thought my makeup turned out great. It looked good in the photos and I still looked like myself.
here’s what happened when I did a pro trial. A disaster basically:
And here’s what happened when I went to sephora, had a free consultation, bought their makeup, practiced 3 times on my own, then did it myself for the wedding day. Much better in my opinion:
Post # 10
If you’re going for a natural look, you will still need more than just everyday makeup. I’m not great with applying “special occasion” makeup so I’m going with a professional. I had a trial with my hair/makeup girl last month and I LOVED the results. It’s kinda hit or miss though sometimes. Maybe you can ask your friends and family if they know of a good person they can recommend?
Post # 11
amariem, that was encouraging. 🙂 It’s hard to tell from pics but I probably have a complexion very similar to yours. It doesn’t look like they did a TON of makeup at your consult, but with fair skin it’s very easy to look unnatural. The way you looked at your wedding was VERY natural, what I’m going for! I’ll check out sephora. I’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about anyway. 🙂
Maybe I should mention that I’m getting married outside wearing flip-flops. It may be that I’m going for a different look than what more formal brides would be doing; plus, any makeup will be more obvious in sunlight. I understand that I may need to wear more makeup than usual, and I’m ok with that, but I still want to look very natural in pics AND in person. I know nobody’s going to intentionally make me look like a clown but I’m sure it would be very easy for me to FEEL like I’m over-made-up and be self-conscious about it all day.
Post # 12
I don’t like alot of makeup. FI prefers me without. I have been practicing and weeding out what I like and what works. I am happy with this and don’t see spending the money of a pro.
Post # 13
I’d do your own makeup, personally.
I never wore makeup, ever. My mom never wore makeup…my sisters never wore makeup. I had no one to teach me. I actually didn’t start wearing makeup regularly until recently (I wear a suit 4 out of 5 days a week, and I don’t feel put together without it).
I actually ended up doing everyone’s makeup for my sister’s wedding because they decided I was the family “expert” (lol), and they all looked great. I taught myself to do different makeup “looks” with youtube videos.
I’d go to Ulta and get some “better than drugstore, but not as expensive as department store” makeup. Play around with it, and practice a lot. The one splurge product I buy is Benefit’s “Hello Flawless” powder. I love it. I get great coverage with it, and I don’t feel like I’m wearing a ton of makeup. Plus, it’s SPF 15.
Sephora is nice, too, because you can return anything you try and don’t like, but I find Sephora to be a little out of my budget.
Post # 14