(Closed) Advice needed: best brands for DIY makeup!

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I did my own makeup. I spent many months going to different makeup counters and either having them do my makeup there or getting samples. It really depends on your skin type and color which foundation and other products will look best. I ended up with smashbox primer, an Elizabeth Arden foundation, MAC blush and lip color, a couple of different products on my eyes, and an urban decay powder. I didn’t like the way Bare Minerals looked on my skin (I felt like it just sat on top), but I know a lot people really like mineral makeup.

So my advice is to try out all the products, see how they wear on your skin, and don’t forget to take pictures to see how the makeup photographs.

Post # 4
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would be careful with Bare Minerals because I have heard that the minerals can cause a white cast in photos.

Sorry, that’s all the help I have for you. I am also shopping around for the best wedding day makeup for me but because of budget I am restricted to drugstore makeup.


Good Luck!

Post # 5
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I will be doing my own makeup, because then I have an excuse to buy more ๐Ÿ™‚

I am a huge fan of Lancome, their mascaras (defincils is my favorite) and mascara base (CILS booster) are incredible – they make your eyelashes suuper long. I also love their TEINT concealer, but I am super pale with dark undereye circles, and it is the only thing I have found that will cover it.

Other than that, I normally just use covergirl powder, so nothing special.

Post # 6
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

If she didn’t make you up like you wanted and your Fiance hated it, do it yourself. If you decide to do your own makeup, MUFE HD foundation and Lancôme Waterproof concealer both photograph beautifully. If that is a bit pricey, choose something that will last all day and doesn’t have a high spf (or any if you can find one)…it can give a white cast in photos. I would suggest wearing a primer for both face and eyes. As far as eyeshadows: Drugstore- NYX, Wet-n-Wild, Revlon; HighEnd- Lorac, UD, MAC, Smashbox are all great. Choose waterproof liner and mascara, in case there is a teary-eyed moment. Use a matte brozer, if you want to contour. If you are fair the NYC sunny is a great matte bronzer and it’s three bucks! If you are bit darker, the Too Faced bronzer in chocolate soleil is great. For blush, Milani makes amazing blushes that give a beautiful glow and are typically are $7. As far as lipstick: Drugstore- Revlon, Maybelline and NYX are my favorite. For HighEnd- MAC, Lancome, NARS matte velvet lip pencils and Estee Lauder are amazing!

Also, setting spays are great and the have different types for different skin types. 

Note: Matte photographs better than shimmer. Bridal makeup is all about glowing skin, but just make sure you are totally shimmer. 

You will look beautiful and congrats! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy

@strawberry84:  wedding in a small town in italy… Fair skinned… This might as well be my post… 

I decided to do my own hair and makeup for reasons you seem to have hit upon as well..

So good luck to us both!

Post # 8
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I suggest going to a few different makeup counters in a department store and trying some out, what works well for one person doesn’t always work for everyone. I am fair skinned and ONLY wear Bobby Brown, her makeup its the perfect tone for me, but as you said, you’re also fair skinned, but it didn’t look good on you. 

Post # 11
1360 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Lancome hypnose mascara is a must! I used it for years and recently switched to l’oreal voluminous lashes i think it is and it flakes on me ๐Ÿ™ But lancome makes AMAZING products, they are spendy but I just use it for the things I use daily, mainly mascara and eye liner. For blush I just bought a wet n wild that I love but a little goes a long way!!!!

Post # 12
13 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

Make up forever (MUFE) photographs beautifully!

I personally can’t wear bare minerals as it breaks me out. ๐Ÿ™


Post # 13
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@strawberry84:   I use laura mercier tinted moisturizer alot and love it! I’m not bi on heavy foundation and it is pretty light I don’t even know it’s there most days. It dosen’t give the most coverage though so if thats something you are want it may be a no go.  There is also a really good post on here by Mrs. Rainbow about DIY make up you shoud check out http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/01/23/ace-your-face-pt-1/#axzz2NOAxreC0

Post # 14
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy

I use the urban decay naked 2  pallet for eyeshadow with their potion primer underneath on the lids. There are some nice natural warm honey colors, and I honestly use it every day. 

My makeup forever waterproof mascara has recently started smudging badly. It’s 6 months old, so ill probably go get anew tube. Idont remember it doing that before. I wore it to the beach all last summer. I may get brown. Not sure if there even IS brown waterproof…

On my face for concealer I use makeup forever, it matches my color well, and stays put…. And i only use concealer. i put it around my nose, under eyes, any trouble spots…But I took a picture of myself in direct sunlight and realized I need a foundation or something too. I hate to look pasted though, sometimes I wear Clinique powder, but I don’t thinkit will do the trick for a wedding. 

So anybody who knows how to deal with easily reddening, translucent skin without killing freckles, I would love to hear. 

I may use mac studio fix. It is not good for skin everyday, but it overs well, and easily.

i use Mac something special cream blush, just ran out, may change. Depends what I see…

Tom ford is the only place I could find an acceptably light eyebrow pencil with golden undertones rather than grey. It comes off way too easily. (My brows are clear) anyone with suggestions would be nice. 


Lips… Ha! I’m lost there! 

i, too, would like to know wheather or not to shimmer…


Post # 15
1478 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

I love Mac. Studio fix is a great foundation. For eyeshadows now there are so many good ones MAC, Barry M (europe … you ll save on the pennies here at its great quality), urban decay. 


Smashbox is supposed to be made for photographs so im intrigued. I walked into Sephora over the weekend and messed about with make up forever. Their stuff is great but expensive. 


Id try and get a trial in MAC and see what the woman says

Post # 16
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@strawberry84:  I would shop around with a few different makeup artists before writing off using a pro completely. Unless you’re totally adept and confident in doing your own makeup, I feel like for most people DIY makeup on their wedding day would just be an added stress. Communicate with the MUA, show them lots of inspiration pics, what you want to enhance and what you want to play down.

In terms of the most ‘professional’ brands, I’d say the most important one is to find the best foundation match for you. Personally I find MAC, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown all too yellow-toned for me. I’m a Chanel and Giorgio Armani devotee for foundation. Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation photographs beautifully. I work in TV, and for what it’s worth these are the products the makeup team uses:

Primer: MAC, Laura Mercier

Foundation: Armani, Make Up For Ever, MAC (only if you can get the perfect colour match)

Powder: Make Up For Ever, Givenchy

Eyeliner: Make Up For Ever Cake Liner, Kryolan Cake Liner (this stuff does not budge and gives the perfect pigmented line)

Blush: MAC, Shu Uemura

Eyeshadows: MAC, Bobbi Brown

Lipstick/gloss: Bobbi Brown, MAC

Eyebrows: they actually use grey/taupe MAC eyeshadows, or a Shu Uemura eyebrow pencil

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