(Closed) Am I expecting too much from professional make-up?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

What about those oil-absorbing sheets? I’m ridic oily and I used to use those with really good result! Though that was before I started wearing makeup on a regular basis.

Post # 4
1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012


It is totally normal to have some blotting paper or powder to touch up throughout the day! As good as professional makeup is, it is ALWAYS a good plan to have some back ups and touch up stuff! 


If you are looking for something cheap, I hear the napkins at Starbucks are SUPER AMAZING for using as blotting paper. Just grab a few (and don’t worry about snagging them, when they charge so much for coffee they can spare a few napkins. 

Also Urban Decay has a great setting spray you can put on afterwards (one is anti shine) that can help, but I would STILL have some powder tucked away just in case!


Post # 5
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

ELF brand cosmetics (Eyes.Lips.Face) has blotting sheets for $1 and they work really well. They are at Target.

Post # 6
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would check with the makeup pro as to what makeup she used in your trial and what other options she has. Also, did you do your normal face treatment that day? (normal wash, etc)?

My makeup lasted all day/night without oil or any touch ups/blot paper. My makeup artist used airbrush makeup.

Are you open to trying other makeup artists? Just my opinion, but I think pro makeup should last more than 5 hours. 

Post # 7
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I expected a lot out of my make up trial. It was horrible (realistically it was probably average, but I wear dramatic makeup a lot so I felt really plain the way she did it), she also failed to adjust it to what I wanted even after I supplied pictures.

If you are capable, I would seriously suggest doing your own makeup. And as for makeup moving, I hear you. I can barely get an hour out of foundation before it’s shifted and looks horrid (although if anything my face is dry.. so it doesn’t make much sense). I have tried many professional lines, but the best is the one I’m planning on using that day, “DiorSkin AirFlash”. It’s basically like airbrushing because you spray it on, it looks amazing. It covers absolutely everything yet somehow looks really really light and natural.. and best part: I can go a ten hour day and not even feel the need to look in a mirror because it does not budge!

It is pricey, around 60 bucks. But if you save it for special occasions it will last you a long time. Anyways, slightly off topic but that’s what I decided after being so disappointed.

Post # 8
2724 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

If she didn’t use a primer then she needs to use one…this will help. You will still have normal oil but not as quickly. 

I suggest getting the Poreless Face Defender from Mally Beauty (it’s only on QVC). It is like a powder but it is clear and will not cake your makeup. 

Post # 9
27 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

If the artist didn’t already, it may be worthwhile asking her to run a powder over the areas where you notices the sheen appearing. You can get some great translucent or coloured powders that don’t look matte on, but, being powder, will absorb oil and prevent sheen. If you are still concerned about it, then I would go with what the other bees have suggested and use blotting paper (they work really well) and maybe have one of your bridesmaids carry a loose powder and travel size kabuki for touch ups when you need it (I find loose powder does the trick without looking cakey, like pressed powder can).

A good primer may also help. Different primers work best with different skin, so even if your make up artist used one, she may not have used one that is good for oily skin.

Talk to your make up artist and ask her what options she has to prevent these issues. If you are unsatisfied with her answer, or if she is unsure how to fix the problem without caking you in powder, then I would look into another make-up artist.

Post # 11
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Have your artist use an oil controlling primer. I swear by Nurturing Force for my oily clients. You only use a tiny, tiny bit, and it really works for controlling those shiny spots.

Post # 12
1866 posts
Buzzing bee

@Peoniesplease:  I’m kind of a makeup junkie, and I will definitely be carrying pressed powder with me.  I use MAC’s “blot control” powder b/c it’s not super heavy and it does exactly what it says – it blots!  

Post # 13
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes, it is perfectly normal to get shiny and to have to touch up during the day (or blot oil).  Most makeup artists in my area that I would consider using actually give you oil blot sheets or loose powder (or both) in your day-of touch up kit. 

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