Post # 1
Good morning Bees!
Ok this may seem like an odd post but advice would be appreciated.
I am 46 and have never really worn makeup (there was one time in HS when my friends ‘did my makeup’ so I wouldnt look 12). It never interested me really and frankly, I am clueless about it.
Having said that, I really want to look beautiful for my guy on our day and in our photos.
Given that I am clueless, would it be better to work with a makeup person to figure it out (if so how do you choose one?) or is this something I can learn on my own between now and our wedding?
Post # 3
You’ve got lots of time and options! I personally wear makeup every day to work, but I’m hiring a makeup artist for the wedding. I know plenty of brides that do their own makeup for the wedding, it’s just what you feel comfortable with. My suggestion would be to start at a nice department store. Go to the makeup counter and explain that you don’t normally wear makeup, but you want to try it out. They’ll show you how to apply products and show you some colors that’ll look good. Let them apply the makeup, and walk around all day with it. Just like a new haircut, it’ll look weird to you to start with, but by the end of the day, you can see if it’s something you like. Note what colors you like and what looks good. If you find that you like wearing makeup, great! If not, then if you hire someone, you can give them direction.
Post # 4
Youtube tutorials are good to help you learn to DIY make up.
If you do it yourself, just mess around until you’re happy with your look.
For skin, a lot of people just use concealer and foundation BUT I am a big fan of primer first, then after the foundation and concealer I always apply finishing powder (and for a wedding, setting spray would be a good addition too). Steer clear of SPF in your foundation- it makes people look super pale in pictures. You’ll need to apply a little more make up for pictures as well because the camera ‘washes you out’. There’s a shop in America called ‘Sephora’, they will help you choose make up and show you how to apply it.
If you feel like you can’t do it yourself, call up some local make up artists, book a trial and go with one you like 🙂
Post # 5
Probably talking to a makeup artist is a good idea, just be careful that you let them know what you are (and aren’t) comfortable with, as you don’t normally wear makeup. What is not very much makeup to them, could be a lot to you. I will second PPs on checking out some makeup tutorials on youtube if you’re interested. I watch the channel pixiwoo all the time and they are great. They also have some tutorials for “mature” women (hope I’m not offending you here) that deal with issues specific to women who are a bit older – I’m not sure if any of these would apply to you or not, but it might be.
Post # 6
Forty six is old? ROFL.
Now that I have compsed myself, I would suggest a make up artist. You will have enough on your plate on your Big Day, why not let a pro handle the make up? The MUA also knows how to do your make up to be most flattering in photos, which is important.
You start by having a trial with the artist to make sure you communicate well with each other and you like the results. Personally, I LOVED the airbrush, which is not something you can DIY without expensive equipment. But it made my skin look flawless and didn’t come off until I took it off.
Btw, your question might work well with a poll.
Post # 7
@Celliaanne: Greetings, fellow 46 year old bride! (and we are not old ladies!). 🙂
Check out Lisa Eldridge on YouTube or on LisaEldridge.com: I find most of her tutorials to be excellent and seldom too OTT for Me. Added bonus: she’s not an annoying 20 something and does not talk in perky upspeak. :).
For books, I find Kevyn Aucoin’s and Rae Morris’s the most inspiring. Rae Morris specifically wrote a book for older women called ‘Timeless Makeup’ that I have and love.
if you normally don’t wear makeup, I assume you don’t own many brushes? Good brushes really make a difference IMHO. Check out Sonya Kaschuk’s line at Target: they’re generally great quality for the price. Ditto for some of the Real Techniques brushes available at Ulta or Rite Aid: the Expert Face Brush makes foundation application almost foolproof.
Speaking of foundation, I find that lighter formulas are more flattering on me now: MUFE and MAC’s ‘Face & Body’ liquid foundations are light but buildible, wear like iron and really look like skin. Better skin.
When in doubt, it might be worthwhile to hire a makeup artist on the big day, but make sure they know that you want a very natural look. I find that it takes a really experienced MUA to do older faces well.
Congratulations and stop calling us old ladies. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Post # 9
Thank you for the suggestions bees!
Post # 10
I’m another “old lady” 😉 and I did my own makeup for my wedding, but since I wasn’t that experienced with makeup (just a eye pencil and mascara kind of woman) I went to a department store makeup counter (during the week when it was quiet) and told the saleswoman she had a job ahead of her!
She was great in picking products, applying them, showing me how, and even documenting what to put where. We even worked with fake eyelashes. It was fun! I did end up spending a bit of cash, but I wear the makeup I bought most the time now, so I figure it was a good investment.
This is not to say not to get a professional makeup artist on your wedding day – that would be awesome, too! But I would definitely have a trial to make sure you can work together to get the look you want to achieve.