Did you look like YOU on your wedding day?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

That’s why I did my own instead. You probably look lovely but it’s hard to get used to. I tried a lip stain and my husband thought I looked clownish- he’s almost never seen me in makeup- so I switched to a gloss. I definitely looked like me and most of it came off before the end of the day. Doesn’t matter – in fresh or no makeup, there were no issues with washing out or whatever women always think will happen only to them in the photos. 

Get the opinion of people who know and love you but will still be honest, fiancé included. They’ll tell you if it’s overkill or not. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

This was my main concern. I usually wear makeup but I don’t go for a full glam look so I didn’t want to do that on my wedding day. I ended up using a make up artist but I did a trial and I showed her a picture of how I usually do my makeup and basically explained I wanted that but a little more done. I did my own hair as I thought makeup and hair was too much and it didn’t look like myself. I just wore my hair down in loose wavy curls which is how I normally do it so that helped it all look a little less “done”. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I did my own makeup for my wedding day. I’m extremely amateur and also light-handed with makeup…only used foundation, eye-liner, eye-shadow, and lipstick, just like I do with my daily routine. I caked my foundation on a bit heavier for my wedding day, but kept everything else the same—even blotted my lipstick as usual because I don’t like it heavy. I looked exactly how I wanted to look (how I’m used to looking), and the pics turned out great. Even looking back 2 years later, I’m completely happy with how the pictures turned out. You don’t have to sacrifice “looking like yourself” for your pictures to look right. 

Definitely do whatever makes you feel best for your wedding day, your pics will be fine 🙂

Post # 5
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Busy bee

My make-up looked good for my wedding, my daughter did it for me. She’s already mastered far more make-up knowledge and technique than I ever have, I tend to be more ‘sporty’ on a day to day basis and usually don’t wear make-up unless it’s for a special event.

On top of this I’m also from the lamentable era of putting on all 4 shades of blue Cover Girl eyeshadow that came in the four-coloured compact like I’m spackling drywall. 

My daughter did my make-up really well, fresh and natural and flattering. Left to my own devices I would have looked like this: 

Post # 6
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Newbee

I had my MUA shine me up a bit. I never wear makeup and I really just wanted to look glowing and radiant with a little bit of shine. She totally honored my request and I looked like myself on my big day!!

 

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Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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mel2 :  I stared at myself after my trial to try to decide why I looked so weird.  After like 45 minutes I figured out that my Mua contoured my face completely differently than I am used to, and my lip color was way off.  I asked for different contouring and a more muted lip color on my wedding day, and I looked like me again.  Just with more makeup.  My suggestion is to try to find the specific elements of the look that are not right, because small things can change how the look presents.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I usually wear a full face of makeup, so I looked like an enhanced/more glamorous version of myself.  I was pleased with the end result.  It was important to me to still feel like myself.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I don’t wear makeup (at my most made up I wear foundation and lipstick to special events or nights out) in general so I felt a bit strange as I had a full face of makeup. I did like how I looked, even though I was much more made you than I’ve ever been.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I feel like I looked like myself at that point in my life. I used to wear a full face of makeup and have my hair down and curled everyday, so I did my own makeup and I got a simple blowout for my hair. 

Post # 11
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Newbee

Every time I’ve had my makeup professionally done, more often than not, I feel like they put on so many different layers of different products (mostly for the foundation) that I don’t look like myself at all, and i generally don’t like the end result, even in pictures. I was worried about this for my wedding, so I brought my every day makeup with me and asked my MUA to use only those products. In the end it was slightly heavier and more polished than what I wear every day – and more dramatic in the eyes, which is what I wanted – but the shades were perfectly matched and I do feel like I looked more like myself. Another thing I’ve done for other events is had the MUA do just my eyes and lips, and then I do my own foundation.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Tacoma, WA

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mel2 :  My makeup trial was WAY overdone and I absolutely hated it, to the point that I almost did my own makeup on the wedding day. But, since the person who did it was family, I stuck with her for the wedding day, BUT I told her it needed to be WAY more muted on the day of. No harsh black liner. No winged liner. Etc. At the trial, it honestly didn’t even look like me. It was terrible. On the day of, though, it was heavier than I normally wear makeup, but nothing crazy. I still felt like myself, just more done up. She made the point that for photos, I’d want my blush and eye makeup slightly heavier, and she was right. The photos all turned out beautiful. But, when I looked in the mirror, it was definitely much heavier than I would ever normally wear.

Here’s the trial vs day-of makeup vs my everyday makeup:

Daily makeup, if I wear any at all…

My most done up makeup when I go out:

Makeup trial (ugh HATED this so much):

And wedding day:

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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mel2 :  I looked like a high glam version of me. It was certainly more than I wore on any other day but it was perfect. As long as you’re comfortable you will be you!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

I went through 2 makeup trials because I struggled so much with not feeling comfortable or like “myself” and I’m really glad I did. I loved the way everything turned out day of and I felt very comfortable and confident! I was skeptical about the makeup even day-of, but once my hair was done and dress was on it looked a lot more cohesive. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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mel2 :  I don’t have advice but I’m struggling with the same thing and this is the #1 thing stressing me out about the wedding. Let us know how it goes!

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