(Closed) Advice? Professional or self make up?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Professional or self make up?
    Buy expensive make up, do it yourself. : (11 votes)
    29 %
    The picture looks alright, keep working with your makeup artist. : (8 votes)
    21 %
    Find another make up artist... : (18 votes)
    47 %
    Other. I've explained below. : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 4
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    regarding the last paragraph: if you have thick brows you might not have needed them filled in. i’ve never had a makeup artist fill in my brows. she should have used some blush though. i’m not sure how eye shadow is cheap looking? finally, lipliner is old school. if you use it at all, you should fill in your entire lip with lipliner, then apply gloss/lipstick. it works as a primer, but she might have used another type of primer on your lips already (airbrush actually works as one). i would ask her to add some lashes too.

    eta: it looks like she did use blush for your cheekbones. maybe you want it a little darker?

    Post # 5
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    So I know you and I have already talked in your last thread and I hope I’m not repeating myself… but I do think that a MUA is kind of the way to go IF it is the right person. 

    I will say this, I don’t think that my MUA did cheek highlight (that I know of or noticed?), did lip liner, or fill in my brows (although after looking at my pics I might ask her to). 

    I don’t agree with your MUA though that it is somehow your fault that your makeup looks uneven. Obviously the smoother your skin is before the better it will look after, but I think my skin is relatively uneven in terms of skin tone and texture (I have some problems with dryness), and I talked through all of that with my MUA and she never once said she couldn’t fix it. She tried several different foundations (including a thicker one, a thinner one, the thick one mixed with lotion, and a double layer of the thick) to figure out what works best for ME. And I loved the results. 

    I was really skeptical about getting a MUA at all because I didn’t want to pay for it, but my Maid/Matron of Honor pointed out that we’re spending thousands on photography and I should spend whatever I need to feel like I look not just good but AMAZING on my wedding day. And she’s so right– totally worth it. 


    I think you should ditch this girl and find another one, honestly. Could you ask around for recommendations? My girl works out of her home and was a recommendation from a friend of mine. I’m only paying $75 TOTAL for trial and day-of (and she comes to me on the day of) and this includes fake lashes. 

    Post # 6
    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think you should find another make-up artist.  There are plenty of talented and even less expensive ones around.  You just have to try to find them.  Ask them to see their portfolios of real brides before you spend the money on any trials.

    Post # 8
    536 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I would find another MUA.  Try the makeup counter at Macy’s, you’ll probably find someone you like. 
    I know that lipliner is old school but it is a MUST for bridal makeup. 

    Post # 9
    447 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Maybe ask around at makeup counters?  That’s how I found my woman, who was so sweet and did a great job (plus she was way less expensive than if I’d searched for “bridal makeup artists”).  She even did my trial at the makeup counter – so it was free.  A lot of the workers there have side businesses as MUAs, so that could be worth a try.

    In any case, I’m a strong supporter of using a MUA, and finding one who is right for you!  You’ll be spending the morning with them, you’ll want it to be someone you like!

    Post # 11
    1398 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m doing my own makeup. I had sort of the same problem, I got my trial done at Ulta and the dude there said “oh well we only really do one wedding look, you want to look natural don’t you?” I was like Hell No! I want to look like a damn movie star. So I let him show me what foundation is good for me, what blush, and bought what I felt was necessary. Now I watch youtube videos and try a new look everyday. I’ve gotten compliments at work that my skin looks glowy and that I look prettier so I must be doing something right! I think you can totally do it yourself if you do a few trials yourself.

    Post # 13
    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Adriana.Niva: I posted last in the old thread but I said DONT use mineral powder! it doesnt look good in pics! suggested using laura mercier cream foundation it really looks flawless, and Makeup forever HD or Smashbox HD or MAC prolong wear or something like that. I am experimenting a lot with foundation for my wedding. 

    I say dont get a second trial with her. You can have awful skin (and it doesnt look like you do) and come out looking flawless after a makeover.  I think anytime you say the word “bridal” the price goes up tenfold lol. I know this because I got my engagement makeup done for 50 bucks with falsies included! Ill send you a pic..and when I asked her how much she charges for wedding makeup it was 150 LOL. so Im just gonna go to her day of my wedding and get my makeup done like I usually do and save my 100. Oh and you could go to MAC and look at the ladies there,,,ask the one with the prettiest makeup if she does freelance makeup. I personally think airbrush is overrated! Keep looking I hope you find someone you like.

    Post # 14
    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Oh and unless you’re really good doing your own makeup I dont think its a good idea to do it yourself. Eyeshadow is especially difficult. Ive been doing my own makeup for years, and I still cant trust myself to get myself to look gorgeous on the day of. Even on days when Id do my own makeup for a party or a friends wedding, Id always go to the makeup artist to do my eyeshadow for 15 bucks. You need a lot of the right tools/brushes and good quality makeup…that stuff can be very costly.

    Post # 16
    3601 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    So pretty! I’m doing my own makeup because I can’t justify the expense on a MUA.

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