My partner hates makeup, should I not wear makeup for the wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Should I wear makeup for my wedding even though my partner hates makeup?
    Yes, wear makeup : (27 votes)
    24 %
    No, don't wear makeup : (11 votes)
    10 %
    Yes, but keep it minimal and natural : (73 votes)
    66 %
  • Post # 2
    1136 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    laschai:  I think it’s totally up to you! If you decide not to wear make-up just have a chat with your photographer so they can make sure you don’t look washed out in any pics.

    I think you should definitely look and feel like ‘you’ on the day so no, don’t feel like you have to wear make-up! If you feel like it, you could always get a nice facial and some good quality skin care products in the lead up so your skin has that natural ‘glowy’ look 🙂

    Post # 3
    2111 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Do powders cover your freckles? I’d keep it simple; spot conceal any blemishes, powder the rest so your freckles still show, nude eyeshadow and brown mascara (curl the lashes). Maybe a thin line of brown eyeliner as well if that’s not too much. Then a nice pink lipstick/gloss. I suggest trying it out before the wedding, maybe on a date with your FI, just to see if he says anything about it or ask his opinion. It will help the pictures so much to wear makeup, even a little bit. 

    Post # 4
    60 posts
    Worker bee

    Why dont you get your eyelashes permed, and tinted? Personally, I would do this as it will look like you just have lovely curled dark lashes, they will naturally frame your eyes without looking like mascara at all. I get this done for hot holidays abroad, where I wear zero makeup during the day at the beach and I still want to feel pretty 🙂

    Another option is lash extentions. But they have to be done properly. I have seen some VERY natural ones, induvidual hairs places on top of your own eyelashes. A friend of mine had a very long eyelashes and I was convinced they were her own… until she told me that they were fake! 

    Either way, I would still ‘enhance’ your natural beauty a little for your wedding. Even if its not in the cosmetic sense of applying gunk to your face. A little tinting and curling can make you really ‘pop’ in the photos 🙂

    Also, try some light reflecting tinted moisturisers! There are some very very sheer ones out there, with little to no coverage of freckles. I have my own I wear everyday. It’s more like a sheer sheen of light reflective particles that just give me a bit of a glow! 

    Post # 5
    105 posts
    Blushing bee

    Agree with PP that some make-up is good for photos – mascara and thin eyeliner will do fine and maybe he even won’t notice. Freckles are cute, if you have them – don’t cover, but you can experiment with some light powders to reduce shiny T-zone if that’s a problem.

    I don’t see the need for lipstick, if not for the first pictures – any of it will go away after first kisses, and you will kiss a lot! I forgot to apply mine regularly during the day of, and it didn’t affect my look in the pictures at all.

    Post # 6
    69 posts
    Worker bee

    laschai:  Ii think you should do what makes you comfortable.. you have to like what you look like too! If I were you I would opt for a powder that hardly covers your freckles but evens out your skin tone, wear very natural looking eye make up (say a soft eyeshadow with mascara in a lighter shade like brown/black) and a light lipstick that is close to your lip colour. That way you may feel a bit extra pretty but without not looking like the ‘you’ your FI loves.

    Post # 7
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My FI is not wild about makeup either, though I wear natural makeup every day. I’m also wearing natural makeup at my wedding – along with very natural false lashes which I tried and he loved!

    Post # 8
    1202 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    It’s a long day, so you might need some translucent powder to prevent you from being shiny in photos.  Clear brow gel and very light pencil for your eyebrows will frame your face.  You might curl your lashes and have a thin line of subtle brown eyeliner to open up your eyes.  And a my-lips-but-better lipstick might save you from looking washed out in photos.

    I see a lot of “natural” makeup tutorials with 20 steps and 20 different products that don’t look natural at all.  I’m not a fan of shellacking your face and hiding your real skin.  I do think wedding photography tends to wash people out and you need an extra bit of colour on your face. 

    Post # 9
    2782 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    laschai:  I hate makeup and don’t wear it– excapt for a very light powder because I have oily skin– but that’s the only reason why.


    I didn’t want to feel out of my element on our wedding day, so I wore the same powder, very light blush with very natural looking eyeshadow– and honestly, you couldn’t tell I had anything on.  WHich leads me to say– throw something on your lips and call it a day.  


    I also wore the same lipgloss I wear daily– which is the closest thing to clear, but they stopped making pure clear so it has a tinge of pink in it.

    Stick with what you’e comfortable in– makeup is NOT a requirement for a wedding!! 🙂

    Post # 10
    147 posts
    Blushing bee

    Makeup can be made to look very natural looking. For instance, a sheer foundation can let your natural skin features shine through (in a good day!) and maiting a more mattte appearance for the pictures. You should do what feels right to YOU. I am sure your groom will find you gorgeous no matter what. It’s your day and you should feel like a princess. Try different makeup artists and make it clear you want a natural look. Maybe something like this link would work well They call it the “Im not really wearing makeup look” 

    Post # 11
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: home church

    I didn’t wear any and never do.

    Post # 12
    1329 posts
    Bumble bee

    That is SUCH a profound compliment!

    I’d be inclined to consider his request. Sometimes my DH compliments my makeup when all I’m wearing is lipstick, and I sure do love it when he does.

    Maybe he’d be willing to consider a little neutral skin treatment and lipgloss “just for the photographer”?

    I personally think your fiancé is a catch!

    Post # 13
    5935 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would suggest just wearing some brown mascara. If you have great skin and don’t need anything to even out your skin tone, then there’s no point in wearing anything on your face. But unless you have super black eyelashes, everyone (in my opinion) can benefit from a little mascara. It just really helps open up the eyes and make them pop. I suggested brown because it’s not as dramatic as black but will still give something extra to your lashes. I wouldn’t do any color on your lips if you never wear lip color.

    Post # 14
    1302 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    well, look at it like this. would you rather please your FI for one day (yeah, i get it’s your wedding) or have beautiful pictures that you can cherish down the road. you need to wear makeup for photos. it’s like the only time i wear makeup either. i’m a photog and i will tell you makeup makes a HUGE difference in photos. 

    Post # 15
    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Makeup is not a requirement.  If neither of you like it, please don’t feel compelled by the “wedding industrial complex” to wear it.  If you want to wear some for yourself, that’s a different matter, but it doesn’t sound like you do.

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