(Closed) Anyone considering doing/did their own wedding makeup?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
44 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ll probably do my own. I have a background in theater so I feel pretty confident about doing false eyelashes and all that. One thing I’m going to do that I hear suggested a lot is to do some free consultations at Clinique, MAC, etc and buy some of the products they use on you if you like the way it looks. That can also give you an idea of what colors you might want. I would also suggest doing your own trial and taking some pictures of yourself to see if you like how it looks on camera. Good luck!

Post # 4
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Here’s my picture from where I did my own makeup for my e-photos. I used Urban Decay’s tinted moisturizer, and I think it did a great job of giving a little bit of coverage without being too cake-y, and it’s about $30. Oh–I also wore a bronzer from Too Faced. Below is the tinted moisturizer link.


If you’re looking for a great eyeshadow brand that’s cheap, try http://www.meetmark.com. I’m pretty picky about my eyeshadow, and this stuff doesn’t budge if you wear it with a primer (I use Too Faced’s). Best of all? It’s $5 each :). Just a note, though, it goes on easiest with your finger instead of a brush. Please note, it’s not what I wore in the photo. I wasn’t super happy with how the eyeshadow looked, so I’ll be using the stuff from Mark on the big day :).


Finally, I’m going to finish everything off with a makeup setting spray just for a little extra help :). It’s $30 from Urban Decay again, but I promise it’s worth it :).



I know I sound like an infomercial, but I hope this helps you try out some new stuff!



Post # 5
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I didn’t but have friends who did and I think it’s a great idea if you have the skill!  My mother also did hers on her wedding day. 

Post # 6
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I did mine and I actually felt like I didn’t have enough on! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are good at it, go ahead and do it. Now if you really want to get it done professionally, then just think of it as pampering. Either way, I bet you will look great!

Post # 7
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I plan on doing my own. If you’re good at doing your own makeup then I say go for it. You can do a bunch of trial runs and take pictures to get the right amount of makeup.

Post # 8
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m doing my own too and I’m doing my girls makeup as well. I love doing it and I kinda have a very difficult style to try and have a regular MUA do.

Post # 9
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I did my own for our E-pics and our 2’nd (laid back hometown) wedding.  But on the BIG day….lets just say you won’t need the extra stress.  I’m so glad I got mine done.  If you are super confidant (which I am not) on your makeup skills and you are a fairly stress free person, then maybe.  But if you can afford it at all, I think it’s totally worth it to get it done.  It’s the most important day of your life, and for me, I wanted everything to be as perfect as it could be. You have enough to stress out about, it’s nice to put some things in other people’s hands!

Post # 10
2385 posts
Buzzing bee

I would suggest Makeup Forever’s HD foundation if you can afford it. It covers really well,doesn’t look cakey but most importantly, it photographs really well. Avoid foundations with high SPFs because they reflect light and photograph really poorly. 

Post # 11
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am planning on doing my own makeup because I don’t want to spend a ton of money for someone to do it for me. I highly recommend this website http://www.makeupbytiffanyd.com. Tiffany gives great makeup tutorials for all kinds of looks for any occasion. I’ve practiced on a couple of her looks, and I feel more confident in doing my makeup for the wedding.

Post # 12
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


I never ever ever wear makeup (except on ‘special’ occassions) & have taken a number of pictures when I have had it done myself & they all looked great, so yeah, I’ll do my own. I never wear much, so it will be easy to do & less time consuming than going to an appointment (easier on my bank account too).

Post # 13
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did my own makeup and hair everybody loved it. I am however a makeup lover..even thu i always keep it natural as from of a break from daily life i am wither watching a beauty guru on youtube or reading about new products:)

However i hardly use high end makeup. I stock with my tried and true foundation by Maybelline (mineral power liquid), but now after many years i have found another foundation that i even like more by Cover Girl (NatureLux) so if my wedding was now i would wear that. I set my foundation with Palladio powder (available only at Sally beauty)

I used a mix of two blushes one was by Cover Girl and the other a 10 pan blush set i got online (coastal scents, ebay they all have it)…

the thing i spend my money on was my usualy Urban Decay shadow primer (a must)…and a setter for my makeup called Model in a Bottle ๐Ÿ™‚

i used one MAC shadow and the rest were by NYX

I also used my favorite tried and true Clinique gel liner:)

I got the long lasting duo lip color by Este Lauder (another expensive purchase) but ended up using Revlon’s liquid lipstick instead. I kind of regret that because i wore the Estee lauder one once and it looked better ๐Ÿ™‚

I used Cover Girl lash Blast waterproof for my eyes:)

I suggest practicing and finding the look u want. My goal was to look very natural as that is the look i always go for (what i call dark is many ppl’s day look) I did not want to look different for my wedding.  My husband to this day says how much he loved my makeup that day and how glad he is i kept is natural and soft. In my culture (i am from Middle East) Brides wear WAY TOO MUCH makeup u cannot even recognize them and i hated that ๐Ÿ™‚

after u know what colors u want to use practice and take pictures then on the day of you know what you are doing..the plus is when other compliment you on the way you look you can proudly say “thank you i did it myself” ..U can also go to beauty counters or Sephora and have them do a look on you and c if anything they used on u you will want to purchase:) Here is a picture of me : I do wish i had gone (as my mother told me a million times) with a slightly darker lip:)

Post # 14
729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

A girl whose wedding I was in did her’s and I didn’t think she looked like anything but how she would loook on a normal day. She didn’t looks special, maybe it was b/c her hair was fixed similar to how she normally wears it, it was mostly down. She looked to me like it was a normal day and she just put on a big poofy white dress.

My sister got hers done a Aveda salon

Post # 15
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

i’m gonna try it. . .i just went to Sephora this weekend and got a consultation and a whole bunch of products!

Post # 16
1124 posts
Bumble bee

I’ll be doing mine because A) I’m positive I can do it better than someone at a salon and B) I don’t want to look like a clown. I’ve done it myself for this long! I don’t wear foundation or concealers and trying to convince a makeup artist NOT to put it on is such a hassle.

EDIT: I don’t wear makeup on a typical day because I have “china doll” skin. I have done my makeup the same way since I was about 12, so I definitely have a handle on it (50s/60s eye). I get complimented a lot on my eyes, but of course I’ve had a decade to perfect it. At the very most I wear liquid liner, mascara, a bit of blush, and maybe a lip balm. I think it can definitely look dressy enough that it’ll still look special on the big day.

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