Post # 1
Hello lovely Bees,
I feel like many of the DIY beauty Bees have gotten married — so apart from Miss Glasses (go Miss Glasses!), how many of us are doing our own hair and makeup? I thought we could start a support thread to discuss brands, techniques, and bounce trials off each other.
I am doing my own makeup and hair because three expensive trials later, I still haven’t found anyone who can make it look natural enough for my family and fiance to like — so I will have to do it (and it will be much less expensive, which is good)!
So far, I’ve taken the Bees’ advice and gone to Sephora. I have the MUF HD Invisible Cover Foundation, high pigment cream blush, and the Aqua Eyes eyeliner. I love them!! My hair is curly and I have no idea what to do with it yet.
Are there any Bees out there in the same boat? Why did you choose to do it yourself, and what looks are you planning for yourselves? I will post pics for us to laugh at if I can get them small enough.
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Hello! I’m only a DIY makeup person since I’m awful with hair. I decided to DIY because when my sister got married a few years ago, she went to a pricey spa/salon (the same artist we used for both of our proms!) and her makeup was flaking off by the end of the night. It was horrible, and all I was thinking was that I could have done it myself better than that.
So…here I am, doing it myself! I typically don’t use foundation, so I think I’m going to go to Sephora as well for some advice. I might just stick with my tinted moisturizer, though (Urban Decay).
Post # 4
@jo.lee: Yay! I have a DIY buddy! I know what you mean about the flaking, that happened after one of my trials and I was like, “I have never had makeup flake off my face before. Fade, yes, but not flake!” That was when I called it quits.
I found Miss Rainbow’s old posts for us:
Here’s her first blog post, she had a whole series:
Ace Your Face (Pt. 1)
She blended moisturizer with foundation and Monistat gel (apparently it’s similar to primer and holds your makeup in place longer)!
Post # 5
I’m a DIY makeup gal too because I don’t trust people in my area to do Asian eyes. hehe. I’m planning on investing in quality products…maybe smashbox?
Post # 6
I also have curly hair, and the main reason that I’m doing it myself is that I only have one stylist I trust to touch my hair, and she is not in Northern MI. I had my hair done for my BFF’s wedding a few months ago, and the woman asked me what I wanted done. I said “Whatever you do, don’t straighten it.” The first thing she did was brush it out. OMG. I about killed her on the spot. And then she wanted me to pay her $30.
The nice thing about curly hair is that it really only takes a few bobby pins to make it look dressed up.
As for makeup, I’m relatively new to wearing makeup, so I’m just playing around with it right now. I bought a bunch of drugstore stuff just to find colors I like. I have been treating every day as a mini-makeup trial (not with as much stuff on that I’ll actually wear at the wedding). I’ve watched a ton of youtube videos on bridal makeup and regular makeup to get an idea of what I want to do.
Post # 7
I might be able to do an ok job myself, but it’s worth the reduced anxiety to just pay someone and know it will turn out right the first try and I can just sit back and chill. Since I don’t do fancy hair/makeup in my “regular life,” it would probably be a stretch to do a great job for the wedding day.
Post # 8
my man of honor is a mary kay consultant sowhy hire a professional? haha and i trust him better then i trust any hair dresser to do my hair…it takes a little longer but ends up better, and time isnt an issue since my ceremony doesnt even start till seven
Post # 9
I did my own makeup, the makeup trials sucked, but had my hair done!
Post # 10
i am doing both my hair and my makeup…but i guess it’s cheating since i am a professional cosmetologist! if you have any questions or need tips, i would be happy to help!
Post # 11
@Miss Sequoia: That’s fantastic! Thanks so much for looking that up! I’m going to do my very own makeup trial in a few weeks, I’ll keep you updated!
Post # 12
I’m pondering the idea of doing my own makeup since I handle it for my costuming stuff all the time. Hair, however, I’m definitely getting done by a professional, since I suck at doing my own!
Post # 13
Hi everyone! I am beyond glad to find so many DIY hair/makeup bees still buzzing.
@jo.lee: No problem! I’m going to try some of the tips and see what works, I’m excited to hear about your DIY trial…
@lilacwire: I hope you will join us!
@JennHasFeet: I think a few people were wondering about what brands to use, ie HD, Smashbox, MAC, Urban Decay…any faves? Tips & tricks for making it last?
@MandaMack: So jealous, you lucked out. Has he already tried styles on your hair?
@LadyJenn: I feel you. Soo frustrated with bad trials. Do you have any advice for us, or things you wish you had known in advance?
@buttontoes: Totally! I would have been homicidal at anyone who brushed out my curls, also. Although I can’t count on mine to curl in a nice, non-frizzy way consistently. Any hints thataways? I love naturallycurly.com.
@kate169: Good luck! I want to know which products you end up picking.
Post # 14
@Miss Sequoia: Well I can tell you that i LOVE smashbox primer and foundation, but i’m really in favor the the Lorac Breakthrough Performance foundation. it really doesn’t matter what foundation you use, tho, as long as you use a primer (so many good ones, i do like urbans as well and i think even L’oreal just came out with a great one for those who don’t want to spend heaps of money on hone) and a makeup setting spray. in the past, i’ve used freezing hairspray on my face to keep my makeup in place (it works! just not the best for your pores) but i’ve switched to Urban Decay’s.
i really want to try Makeup Forever and Laura Mercier, because i’ve heard great things!
Post # 15
I did my own makeup but had my hair done for my wedding this past weekend. I kept my makeup pretty simple, but here’s what I used. It held up quite well, considering it was a hot, windy day!
– Monistat Chafing Gel as primer
– MUFE HD foundation
– Coastal Scents silica spheres to set the foundation
– Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner (doesn’t budge or smudge under my eyes!)
– Clinique mascara (this did smudge a bit)
– Laura Mercier blush
– NARS lipstick
I didn’t wear eyeshadow, but for a wedding I was a guest at earlier this summer, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion on my eyelids before applying Mary Kay eyeshadow and it stayed all day, even though it was rainy, then super sunny/humid afternoon and evening. It’s definitely the potion that makes it stick, but I think higher end/highly pigmented shadow helps too.
I don’t have curly hair, but my Maid/Matron of Honor does. She mentioned that the only time her hair stayed curly but not frizzy on a damp, wet day was when she had just gotten a haircut at an Aveda salon and they used products in her hair to keep it that way. I’m not sure what they used, but maybe you could visit an Aveda salon for some tips and products?
Post # 16
I am definately doing my own make up. Only because the one and only other time i got given a make over i looked like a go-go girl! it was shocking and i looked completely fake. I like my make up simple and glowing and i know how to get the look myself and dont see why i should pay someone to do it for me. As for my hair – that unfortunately i will not attempt…LOL.