Post # 1
Did anyone or is anyone going to do their own wedding day makeup? I’m considering doing my own, but I want to be sure it photographs well. Any tips? I’m not looking for anything super dramatic, it’s an afternoon wedding. Thanks!
Post # 3
I did my own makeup and I’m really glad I did. My biggest suggestion is to use a primer. I used Smashbox Photo Finish primer, then put on MAC StudioFix foundation. I used an all over color by Bare Minerals, and MAC’s mineralize blush in Lovejoy. I also strongly suggest using a lip stain under your lip stick/gloss.
Definitely invest in some quality products and use good brushes, they made a world of difference from what I was using everyday. I won’t use Covergirl or other basic products anymore, except for fast and simple mascara.
Post # 4
@soonerpsych: this is gonna sound stupid but where did you get the Smashbox primer? i am planning to go to the MAC counter but generally use drug store make-up- the good stuff is usually a treat! and what type of lip stain did you use? did you do fake eyelashes?
Post # 5
@kimberlysnyder08: Not a stupid question at all! I used drug store makeup all the time until I did wedding trial runs, I would go into Ulta or Sephora and spend time just learning about all the brushes and stuff because I didn’t even use brushes before the wedding.
I got the primer, some Smashbox eyeshadows (which I LOVE for everyday now), Pop mascara and the all over color from Ulta. You can get it at Sephora too. I did use Revlon Colorstay eyeliner and their liquid Colorstay lipcolor for the stain. On top of the stain I wore an Estee Lauder lipstick. I didn’t use fake eyelashes, but a consultant at Ulta suggested the Pop brand because they have a different type of brush that’s more like 2 small combs. It was amazing stuff!
Post # 6
@soonerpsych: thank-you so much! i appreciate your post! will be doing some make-up RECON. at Ulta and Sephora! 🙂
Post # 7
I think I’m going to be doing my own. Before now I used Bare Minerals occaisionally or just went bare faced. But I’ve fallen in love with Sephora in my quest to learn makeup. They have tons of kits if you’re looking to recon your makeup set, and nice brush sets as well. Their return policy is great. If you don’t like a product you’ve bought, you can return it, even if it’s used. But be aware that if you really want a pro look, all the tools can add up, which I’m quickly learning 🙂
Here’s what I’ve tried:
- Makeup Forever HD foundation – nice even medium to full coverage. Made to photograph well. Works well as a concealer too if you just dab more on. So far I haven’t had to use a primer with it to make it stay, but I probably will for engagement pics and the wedding day, just to make sure. Right now if I apply it on cleaned and moisturized skin it stays through the workday.
- Stila waterproof liquid eyeliner – really stays all day, even with fog and rain. The color is really saturated and the marker tip is easier to work with than an eyeliner brush.
- Airbrush delux set (brushes) – They’re really soft and make it easy to apply foundation/concealer/eye makeup.
- Coastal Scents silica powder http://www.coastalscents.com/cfwebstore/index.cfm/product/388_46/silica-powder-spheres.cfm. Works the same as Makeup Forever finishing powder but is $4 instead of $30. Identical ingredients, just ugly packaging. I’ve used Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil before, but it photographs shiny.
- Sephora brand waterproof eye pencil – for a softer line on the lower lashes or to fill in spots on the upper lashes
- Smashbox eyeshadow trio – nice pigment, easy to blend
- Laura Mercier secret concealer – LOVE this for undereye circles.
Post # 8
Good makeup is key – especially for the eyeshadows. I agree with everyone that said to use a primer. for your eyelids as well (urban decay makes a great eyeshadow primer that lasts for hours). Also – if you buy high end makeup, a) you have it all handy for a touch up and b) you can use it afterwards or beforehand).
Post # 9
Your makeup needs to be a little more dramatic than you think – just so it shows up well in pictures. If it’s too natural, your pictures won’t show the bridal glow! I also second previous posters who’ve recommended using quality products and using a primer.
Post # 10
I’m pretty confident in my ability to do my own.
The thing I’m worried about is how it will show up in pictures. I tend to look really washed out in pictures, but I’m afraid to use a lot more blush. I’m going to play around with contoring more (and better) than I do at the moment as well.
I have difficult skin, and I’ve worked hard to learn how to get makeup to work for me, so I honestly don’t think an artist could do a better job without airbrushing or several consultations.
Definitely use primer. It works!
I have oily skin so I use MAC Studio Fix powder foundation (because after an hour or so it doesn’t look chalky at all, it looks more like liquid).
I use Bare Minerals “Warmth” for tinting my foundation a bit and for contouring.
I use drugstore brand mascara–Covergirl Lashblast. Works better than the famous pink tube and better than some more expensive brands I’ve tried.
Also from the drugstore, I use L’Oreal Linuer Intense Eyeliner Carbon Black. Great liquid eyeliner once you get used to it. I’m never going back to messy smudgy pencil.
I’m also looking for rec’s for a good lip stain. I never wear lipstick so I want something with color but nothing too crazy.