Post # 1
Hi everyone! I had a makeup trial yesterday; it’s only the second time I’ve ever had my makeup professionally done. (The other time was for a wedding I was in.) As a bridesmaid, I had it applied without a trial, and I had honestly never felt so uncomfortable and unattractive in my life! It was pretty traumatic.. although I can admit in the pictures, it looked good. In real life, not as much.
So I don’t know why I thought this time would be so different, except that I figured as the bride, I’d have more control, and maybe with a different MUA, I would feel much different. Not so much. The girl was so nice and she seemed to listen to me in terms of me saying I wanted it to look pretty natural, but I felt like there were literally cakes of makeup on my face. I felt like I looked about 5 or 10 years older. I am in my early 30s but people usually think I am in my early to mid twenties. We both felt it made me look like I had bags under my eyes as well. Fiance could barely look at me when I got home and was actually kind of upset. He just kept saying he wants to feel close to me and like I am who I normally am on our wedding day, which I totally understand! He really didn’t like it and kept telling me I do my makeup so well, and why don’t I just do it myself?
I do wear makeup every day… foundation, powder, blush, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara, so it’s not that I can’t handle makeup. I am seriously considering going to Sephora or a Bobbi Brown counter, seeing if they can teach me an elevated look, and spending a couple hundred dollars on better makeup than the drugstore stuff I use now, and doing it myself on my wedding day! Is this crazy?
Tips, thoughts, experiences, etc.?! Thanks bees!!
Post # 3
@tinyyellowflowers: You have to find an MUA who fits you well… I have had the same woman doing my makeup for three years now and it always looks great… the two times I let someone else do it I really hated it. So now it’s Connie and no one but Connie!!!
If you are doing your own makeup may I suggest a tip? When is your wedding? Every Spring and Fall all the big makeup brands in Dillards/Macy’s/etc take turns running a really nice special… Typically you spend $25-30 at their counter and you get this really nice free gift… I make sure I get the one from Clinique every single time they run it, and now I have a ton of Clinique makeup! This time around, just about a month ago, I bought an eyeshadow for $14 and eyeliner for $14… And got two cosmetic bags, mascara, eyeshadow, bronzer, blush, lip stick, moisturizer, scrub, and a blush and eyeshadow brush. When you factor it down, I’m actually getting way more for less money than I would spend buying similar products at Target. So keep an eye out and try one of those specials, because then you will have some really nice makeup to use for yourself on your wedding day. Also, when you buy two products you cna get your makeup done at the Clinique counter… So when you get those two products and the whole bag go ahead and get your makeup done for fun… Who knows, you might love it and now you have a new MUA!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
That’s how I buy my Clinique too. I buy their base and get everything else for free.
Post # 5
Obviously picture also includes my tarts from Yankee Candle 😀
Post # 6
@tinyyellowflowers: I am not a big makeup person tbh and the only time I got it professionaly done was for my sisters wedding…. I’ve decided, to save money as well, to have my sister (who is amazing at doing make up) do mine. We are planning on going to Sephora, having them do my make up for us (very light and minimal because I don’t like a lot of makeup), as my sister watches, and then purchasing the stuff they used… and just having my sister replicate it. 🙂 I’m actually pretty excited about it because not only will I get some new makeup and new ideas of what to do, but I know my sister is a natural artist and can’t wait to see what she does!!
Post # 7
If you normally do your own makeup, go ahead and do it! I’m doing my own, because I’ve also never had good experiences with professional makeup. Here’s the big tips everyone gets for DIY event makeup:
-Wear a LOT more blush than you think you need.
-Darken your eyeshadow
-Wear a bit more foundation than usual
-Reapply powder throughout the day to minimize shine
I “practice” different aspects of my wedding makeup every few mornings with my usual makeup. Like, I’ll try different ways of wearing dark eyeshadow to see how it lasts through the day and how I feel about it after seeing it several times in a day. You might think that people will notice that you’ve got on a lot of make-up but literally no one has asked me yet why I sometimes have on more makeup than usual.
Post # 8
@tinyyellowflowers: Do you think the foundation was not right for your skin (ie if you have dry skin it was too oily or vice versa)? I used to have very oily skin, but over the last year or so it has changed to more normal-dry. The foundation I was using that looked great on my oily skin started to look very cakey and absolutely terrible as my skin changed.
I love makeup and know what works for me so I will do my own on my wedding day. I already own all the products I would want to use so I don’t have to buy everything. Be careful because if you are going to buy everything new it is really going to add up, but you can continue to wear it after your wedding. Going with a brand that does gift with purchase sets would help as PPs have mentioned. If you buy your foundation that would be enough to meet the minimum purchase and you can usually get eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick etc in the gift with purchase set.
There are lots of tutorials on youtube you can search through for what you want. Example search “natural bridal” or “smokey bridal” etc and they go through everything step by step. This one is what I will be using as a guide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dySVOJyz-Yo
Post # 9
Thanks for the tip!! My wedding is in July! Sounds like it may be worth it to start buying department store makeup when they run specials even just for every day. You’ve obv been making out great!
Also, maybe I should give one more MUA a shot. Problem is, at $50/trial, it really starts to add up! :/
Post # 10
I do think the foundation could have been a big part of the problem, yes.. also she combed my eyebrows out in this weird way and put this makeup on to make them stay that way, and I just sort of looked like I had a bitchy raised eyebrow face on!! Thanks for the tips on the tutorials too.
Post # 11
@Miss Blue Whale:
perfect, thanks for the tips and vote of confidence!
Post # 12
I just did my usual makeup (the rare occasions I do wear it) and just made it a little more dramatic/darker.
Post # 13
lol like I said, at Clinique and most department stores it’s a free makeover for a two product purchase. So go one weekend to buy macs cars and eyeliner, then get makeup done. Go back a few days or a week later to buy foundation and blush… Get your makeup done again. Repeat until you either have all your makeup or they have nailed down a look you like. Strawberry Fudge is a really nice one, its pink and brown and really pretty. It’s pretty natural looking and very feminine and soft. The first time they did my makeup they used that and I couldn’t stop looking at myself. I had gotten that flawless, luminescent look that Taylor swift has alot.
Post # 14
I would keep looking for a mua that matches your style. One less stress you have to deal with on your day, sit back relax and let someone else do your makeup!
Post # 15
I did my own makeup, but had a MUA at the house because my bridesmaids wanted theirs professionally done. The only thing I did differently was buy some primer from Sephora, which i loved, and had the MUA apply my false lashes.
Post # 16
Like you, I am considering doing my makeup on my own! Youtube tutorials are sooo helpful!
This is what I am thinking of doing on the day:
you can also search for images of looks you like and take it to the makeup artist and ask them to recreate it!
Ps congrats and I hope you have an amazing wedding 🙂