(Closed) DIY Bridal Makeup vs. Professional! What to do, what to do ?!

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

1234sophia:  I bought my make-up from MAC and they did a trial on me. I tested the make-up for my wedding shower and LOVED it! Looked fantastic! And stayed perfectly in place even after I cried my eyes out! The primer really is the trick for the foundation! I got a huge pallete if eye shadow in our colors (beige, brown, bronze) and have been experimenting frequently with it. The key is to use a brush and then fine tune with a something small. I am not doing contour, just foundation and blush and thought it looked great! I spent about $220 and went back three times to exchange my lipstick, finally got it right and am very happy with everything! 

Post # 3
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

I am doing DIY make up and one of my BM’s does make up for some local photographers and I am including some new make up in her Bridesmaid or Best Man gift sinice she will be doing my eyes and lashes.

Post # 4
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Tarp Chapel

I would just DIY, sometimes professionals are over-rated. The only reason Im getting my makeup done perfessionally is because my Maid/Matron of Honor is paying for all of our hair and makeup to be done as my wedding gift.

For your eyes I would reccomend any of the Urban Decay Naked palletes, Urban Decay eyelid primer potion, or you can get the Too Faced Romantic Pallette from Sephora as well. Amazing pigmented shadow! For mascara, I recommend Loreal Voluminous, be sure to get the water proof version, though. 🙂

Post # 5
422 posts
Helper bee

I am very particular with my makeup. Everyone at the makeup counters in Nordstrom made me look like a hooker. I hired a mua for engagement pictures and while it looked nice, it wasn’t enough makeup for photos. I really wanted the ‘bridal experience’ but couldn’t see spending money on something I wasn’t 100% about. I bought a bunch of new makeup and did it myself. I think it came out great and I don’t regret it one bit.

Post # 6
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

If you are not happuy with pros, then do it yourself. There is nothing wrong with either option. It’s all about what is right for YOU. And in your case, it seems like doing it yourself and having total control over your look is right for you.

Post # 7
767 posts
Busy bee

Completely agree with the others – if you think you look best with your DIY makeup, do it!  Professional isn’t always better, especially if it doesn’t look like you.  I’ve had some good experiences with pro makeup, but one time I didn’t look like myself at all and I hate all the pictures from that night.  I wouldn’t risk it, especially since you sound like you know what you’re doing!

Post # 8
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

I’m toying with the idea of DIY makeup for my day too, so I had to follow.

One thing I’d recommend (in addition to a trial day or two with your photographer after applying your own makeup) is a sealing spray.  I swear by Urban Decay’s All Nighter and have not lost any makeup even when I’m hot or crying! 

Post # 9
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

great tips from everyone! i agree with all of it.

i just wanted to say you’re not alone 🙂 i’m very conflicted about DIY too although i’ve seen the work in my area and HATE it all! it’s exactly like you said. so i went to Sephora, got the Naked 2 palette along with some foundation, primer, setting spray, etc. and I’ve been doing some trials myself and although I’m excited to DIY, I also feel that pang of regret that it’s not very “bridal” of me to DIY lol. so you’re not alone, but we’ve made the right decision!! 🙂

Post # 10
6110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


If you feel comfortable doing your own makeup, by all means do it yourself! I’m pretty good at makeup but for some reason I thought I “had” to get my makeup professionally done and I still regret that decision almost a year later.

Just a couple tips, well really only one…pretty much every single YouTube “guru” tells you to contour with bronzer. Don’t do it. It can make your face look muddy. Shadows (which is what a contour is supposed to acheive) aren’t bronze. Bronzers are meant to bronze the parts of the face that the sun naturally hits, which are the high points, not the low points. You should use a more taupey-grey color. I recommend the NYX blush in Taupe since it’s very affordable but still works great as a contour color. 

Post # 11
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

1234sophia:  Please don’t talk that way about transvestites. That is unnecessary and could be very hurtful to someone. 

Here’s my thought: do what you want! If you are comfortable go for it! If I could do make up I would definitely do my own… but since I am not so good at it, haha, I will have to trust someone else to do it. I ended up doing two trials too because the first trial was like what you described- “I don’t look like myself.” Second one went a lot better, I just need to tweak a few things, but the person I am working with is great. 

The other thing for me is that, the day of, I think I will be too freaked out to do a good job with my makeup. Sometimes I shake a little when I am nervous and I can just imagine the horrific eye liner that I would do in those circumstances! So depends on your personality and how you respond to your wedding day or other big events. 

Post # 12
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

If you’re comfortable with your make-up skills and have practiced enough then go for it. Also maybe you should time yourself to see just how long you’d need to get ready for the wedding. You don’t want to spend more time than you thought or run late because of it. Also take photos with each test-run you do to make sure you get whatever look you want each time. I too contemplated doing my own makeup versus using one of the freelance MUAs I worked with as a model waaaaay back but in the end I think I’m comfortable in doing it myself. I did my own two makeup looks for my engagement photos and it turned out beautifully. Youtube makeup application videos are definitely a girl’s best friend.

Post # 15
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

1234sophia:  I was in the exact same boat as you. Spent a fortune on a few different trials, then got fed up and bought myself some awesome goodies at Sephora. Watched a bunch of tutorials, practiced a few times, and then did my own wedding day makeup. Honestly it wasn’t a big deal. I think it came out great, I felt like myself and it was kind of relaxing the morning of the wedding. I don’t regret doing it myself at all!

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