I’ve had a pro makeup lesson at mac and it was amazing. Me and a friend went as we needed to learn how to do long lasting makeup for being bridesmaids. I learnt so much about how to make it last bit also tips and tricks about other makeup bits. My lesson lasted an hour and was honestly enjoyable as well as being really helpful. Plus here in the UK the price of the lesson can be put towards products so it ends up being fairly good value. I would 100% recommend it. It definitely ends up being cheaper than having a makeup artist on the day.
I was going to do exactly that — bought the makeup and everything. I’m sure it would have been fine. But as it turns out, my hair stylist was happy to come out to do just my hair, and her daughter is amazing at makeup and wanted the experience of doing a bridal look (she’s 17). She did the makeup for free and it was exactly what I wanted. So keep your eyes open for unique opportunities, too!
I am in the same boat. I live in a really rural area and the only salon that does bridal hair and makeup is closed the day of my wedding for a high school renunion. I’d have to travel quite a distance to have it done professionally.
I am going to a make-up counter for a test and demo. I’ll then practice at home leading up to the wedding. I’m trying to keep my look simple and natural.
Good luck and I hope you find a look that you can replicate at home!
I went into Ulta asking about a certain product, and the lady ended up doing my whole face and was really informative and nice, and I bought some products I never would have thought to buy before. It was fun!
I had 2 ceremonies and did my own makeup for the first and hired a MUA for the second. I basically learned using YouTube tutorials and practiced a gazillion times before the big day! I’m not naturally a big makeup person but I thought it turned out pretty good! The professional makeup was obviously “better” but I think my DIY look was much more natural and “me.” You can do it! Make sure you practice several times with the same products you will use on the day and keep note of how long it takes (and give yourself extra time on the wedding day.) I wish I had done fake eyelashes for my DIY look because I loved them for the second one .
To me, your wedding makeup should just reflect a more polished version of yourself, so my first tip is to not overdo it.
Youtube has a ton of beauty tutorials and I have learned a lot about how to do my makeup that way. I would suggest finding a few looks you like with a tutorial video, then go to a store and find those products or something similar and see how they look with your skin tone in person.
Must haves if you’re doing your own bridal makeup: Face, eye, lip primers to help longevity and pigmentation. Face moisturizer. Beauty blender for fast, easy full coverage. Try using liquid lipsticks since they last longer, but make sure you moisturize your lips first since they can be drying. Don’t use too much shimmery stuff because it can reflect oddly in photos or just be overwhelming. False eyelashes make a huge difference.
Here is a link to a tutorial by a girl whose vids I really found useful.
Makeup dos and donts vids:
I think once you get the hang of the basics, you can play around a lot more. I have always loved makeup and was never BAD at it but within about a month or two of me watching vids and trying things out, everyone was noticing a huge difference.
This is exactly what I did. I went to the MAC counter for a trial and told her it was for my wedding. She was super helpful and explained everything to me step by step how to apply the makeup and in what order etc. It turned out great on the wedding day, I was really happy with the outcome.
All the power to you if you do your own. My mom is very good at doing makeup and did a lovely job when we were practicing at home, but she didn’t want that kind of pressure and gave me the gift of hiring a professional makeup artist. I was going to have my Maid/Matron of Honor do it because she used to do makeup for weddings, but we didn’t see eye to eye on the desired outcome and ultimately, I thanked her but told her I didn’t want to put pressure on her either. I had a trial with the pro and went with a more natural yet elegant look, and loved it. By the afternoon of the wedding, my Maid/Matron of Honor (who as absolutely amazing in every way and had my back that day) told me she was glad I had hired someone else. 🙂 The artist came to the venue, arrived early, and brought everything needed to have me ready, and I made sure to hire her and a hair artist that could collectively have me done in under 1.5 hours. It’s not cheap, but to me, it was worth every penny, and I still felt like myself (I hardly ever wear makeup, even to special events).
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