I did my own and I’m sooo happy I did (so is my husband). I’ve had my makeup done professionally in the past and I felt like I didn’t look like myself. Photos may have turned out decent, but in person it looked caked on. My wedding photos look amazing.
For my wedding I did the ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’-inspired look by Lisa Eldridge. She is amazing, and very clear with her instructions; Here’s her website where she’s posted lots of tutorials for different looks and techniques: http://www.lisaeldridge.com
You may spend some money on makeup for the big day, but you’ll have that makeup to use afterwards.
– I used Mac foundation and powder, and a mix of other brands for my other products.
– Fake eyelashes are your best friend 🙂 But make sure they’re somewhat natural looking, and not over-the-top.
– Don’t use shimmer/frosted eyeshadow – it reflects camera flashes and will look strange and dated.
– I read that cream blush is best for wedding photography because it lasts longer and shows up better in photos, so that’s what I used.
– Some people say to use foundation that doesn’t have SPF in it because it adds a shimmer in camera flashes, so I used foundation without it.
– Practice putting the makeup on in natural light, so that you’ll really see what it looks like.
– Like PP have said, make sure to fill in your eyebrows, or else your face will look unfinished.
raspberrymojito: I disagree that pro photography is harsher than usual; if you have a good photographer, they know how to adjust lighting for the environment they’re shooting. Amateur photography looks harsh and low quality. Also, pro wedding photogs digitally correct their images.
The OP is looking for advice, not people to try to talk her out of it.