(Closed) Anyone DIY makeup and hair your wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1936 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

It depends on how much makeup you want to wear.

I,personally, want ALL the bells and whistles, complete with air brushing and contouring so I have every intention of getting a MUA. That being said, I chose to subscribe to Ipsy as I have almost a year until my wedding. This way I get to test out a lot of prodcuts and practice. I think if you’re going for a more natual look, it’s just practice practice, practice, :).

Why not invest in one of those makeup certification courses? THere are tons that are a few days a few hours,e tc. You don’t need to go become a full MUA, but a few hundred dollars and a course could be a fun investment.

Post # 3
2870 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’ll be doing my own makeup. I rarely wear it, and didn’t want to look over done on my wedding day since thats not me. I have been watching a lot of youtube videos, two people mainly, and just working on my techique and trying new products. Only thing I suck at is foundation/concealer. Still needs work.

Post # 4
1455 posts
Bumble bee

Yep! I have a weird face (crooked nose with a bump, cleft chin, and one eye is more hooded than the other) and I know how to work with it. My #1 product recommendation for waterproofness is the Kat Von D tattoo liner. Stuff doesn’t move. Also I recommend splurging on at least foundation and concealer unless you have really good skin to start off with.

Lisa Eldridge has some really great tutorials on youtube, she even has a few specifically bridal ones

Post # 5
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Mimiz:  I did my own make up as I didn’t trust anyone else. Make sure your face is mosturized. After you’ve moisturized and let that soak into the skin for about 20 min, use a good face primer(Smashbox photo finish is my fav). Also make sure you use a primer on your eyes so the shadow stays and doesn’t crease. I always do my eyes first, then foundation and concealer last do you don’t have to worry about shadow falling and leaving spots on your face. Finish off with a finishing spray, Urban Decay all nighter is great. I suggest watching youtube videos for  tips and tricks so you can practice. I would also suggest false lashes. They look much better in pictures, and you don’t have to fuss with mascara. OH! And shade in eyebrows if you don’t already!

The products I used on my wedding day were Urban Decay eye primer, MAC shadows, foundation and blush, Smashbox face primer, UD all nighter setting spray, sephora lip pencil, Tarte amazon clay liner, NYX tame and fame eyebrow pomade and Ardell lashes plus a little water proof mascara for the bottom lashes.

Invest in good brushes and practice! I LOVE doing make up, but I think I did at least 10 trials on myself until I figured out exactly what I wanted. Good luck and share pictures!

Post # 6
442 posts
Helper bee

I did my own makeup as didn’t like what my make up artist did at my trial.  However I had a makeup lesson with MAC to get some tips. No way I could manage my own hair though!!  I was pretty happy with the result 

Post # 6
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Mimiz:  I only did my own make-up, as I was more comfortable doing that and just upping my every day look a tish.

As other PPs have said… a good primer is a must! I also use Smashbox every day. I also read, on here actually, that after you put your primer on, dust a light amount of your finishing powder over that before you put in your foundation. This makes it stick a little better.

Primer on your eyes for that to stay, and stay with a neutral color. I used the Urban Decay Potion Primer in Sin, and then the Naked 2 palette for my eyes, and found some tutorials on Pinterest for the colors I wanted to use/blend together for my look.

The All-Nighter spray is so great!

And definitely practice if you’re not used to doing it. Have a friend with you who may have more experience with make-up and see what she/he says about your look. I opted for a more “me” look by keeping it to the products I normally used. And, if it was something new, I started using them a couple months before so I knew what I was working with.


Post # 8
908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I will be doing my own hair & makeup. I like a natural look & every time Ive had my makeup professionally done I felt like I wasnt myself & like a clown & couldnt wait to come home & wash it off. Same with hair. I have natural curls & I just want easy hair. I dont want to stress out about any of that stuff for my wedding & I dont want to look false.

Also Im having a day wedding & brunch reception so natural will all go with it. 

Post # 9
180 posts
Blushing bee

I think it made my day easier to have my hair and makeup DIYed.  My sister did my makeup, so she practiced any time we saw each other and didn’t have anything to do.  My hair was a braided updo, so I did the lace braid across the front and left the rest to one of my wonderful bridesmaids (while I braided my nice/flower girl’s hair).  She likes playing with hair, so she also practiced a bunch.  By the day of my wedding, we had the whole routine down to about 25 minutes.

Post # 10
2733 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I did my own makeup but my hairstylist actually put on my false lashes for me (lol). I was shaking too bad to keep them straight! I wear and experiment with makeup on a regular basis so I was comfortable doing it myself and I knew no makeup artist would get it right (I’m a snob about my makeup). Just practice a lot and get good products. Give yourself plenty of time the morning of too.

Post # 12
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We are getting married out of state on a cruise so I really don’t have a choice but to do it myself (we are getting married in port so their salon isn’t open and check in is too early to be able to go somewhere). Before I had my daughter I worked as a makeup artist for years so im not worried although buying everything I need is costing me far more than hiring another artist would have so that kinda stinks. I am super worried about my hair though. I’m awful with hair and I’m getting my first haircut since having my daughter next week so I can’t even practice yet because I’m gonna have so much cut off it wouldn’t be the same thing. My goal is just to get the front looking good and how bad the back turns out is how I determine were to place my veil lol

Post # 13
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016 - 1950s themed bar

I’m also planning to do my own and I think I’m just going to practice lots! 

Post # 14
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I did my own makeup and the most important piece of advice I got from a friend who is a professional: NO SPF in your foundation! The zinc used for SPF in makeup causes a white flash back photos, which is why none of the high end “Photoshoot” makeup has spf in it.  I used Make Up Forever’s HD foundation.  Sephora should give you enough in a sample for the Big Day if you don’t want to buy an entire bottle, it is a bit spendy.  

Second everyone on a good primer and the UD all nighter spray!  Falsh lashes are a wedding day essential in my book.

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