- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
Just make sure to test out your products before your wedding day!
The only thing you can really get a sample of is foundation. You could go to a Sephora or counter and ask to get colour matched, then ask for a sample to take home and try out before purchasing. You can’t really get samples of eyeshadow, powder, eyeliner etc.
Sephora has a Black Friday sale and there is usually a Stila palette that comes with several eyeshadows, a cream blush, and a lip gloss for $10. The one I got last year was very neutral and would work well for a wedding look, not sure what they will do this year. Although trying to buy their BF deals on their website is usually a disaster, and it’s much better if you can go in store.
@NauticalDisaster: I use (and used for my wedding day) Revlon Colorstay foundation, which is about $10-12 per bottle. It’s coverage is buildable. I did use high quality power, bronzer/blush, eyeshadow and finishing spray (Urban Decay). My eyeliner and mascara were both Revlon and L’Oreal, lipstick was Covergirl. So you CAN get a great look and coverage with drugstore quality products, but you need to test around to find what works with your skin and how it wears throughout the day. I went through a few drugstore foundations before finding the Colorstay covered well and stayed in place.
And an image of doing trial makeup leading up to the wedding, that hasn’t been retouched or photo shopped.
Best of luck to ya!!
tagging myself here so I’ll remember– LOVE the idea of using samples!
@NauticalDisaster: I think it’s a good idea to get samples. I bought really fancy foundation / primer and powder for my wedding, and literally never used it again. I ended up giving it to my sister. it was so expensive.
I know you are in Canada, but will you have access to a Nordstrom anytime before the wedding? all of their makeup counters have little containers they will fill with anything you want for samples. maybe some Canadian stores will do that too.
also, I disagree with getting your makeup done at the makeup counter. I have never ever liked what they did to me (not at sephora or at a department store). I usually walk away looking like a drag queen. these people are not makeup artists, they are just girls who are really into makeup enough to get a job selling it.
edit – was too busy admiring your make up and just noticed your dress – i LOOOVE it too!!
also a fan of the revlon colour stay! and can also recommend the new maybelline 24hr waterproof powder 🙂 it certainly does what it claims – wore it out last weekend and my drink splashed up a little in my face from the straw… my friend said to me a few mins later – whats that on your face?? it was a bead of water lol…
I also use a beauty blender and apply using the stipling method instead of smearing it across my face. This pushes the foundation more into your pores to help it hold. You can find a million youtube videos about this application method. If you already do this then it’s a moot point! 🙂
The finishing spray I thought helped, but I only use it for big events. Urban Decay has a travel size that was about $10 I believe. No need to get the full size bottle. Ulta sends out coupons pretty frequently so you can use it for that.
Also, if you are looking for some new drugstore items and want to try somethign out, keep your receipt b/c I know Walgreens, CVS, Ulta, Target and probably Walmart will refund/exchange them for you. But you have to have that receipt!
The bees here are all so helpful too. I did two trial runs and posted pictures and asked for constructive criticism, pointers, thoughts. Helped me tweak a few details. 🙂
Active Ingredients: Dimethicone (1.2%) is in Monistate CHAFING GEL (not the yeast cream!!). It’s a purple tube. I got mine at walmart in the feminine product section. It’s the same ingrediant in most primers that I’ve used. I use it daily and really like it.
I’ve never used hairspray on my face before. I think it would be much heavier and stickier than an actual setting spray, but I’m not sure. I wear contacts so I’m really careful about what I get near my eyes. And hairspray sounds like a no-no for me!
Definitely watch the videos and practice! Do it on a day you have a lot of errands to run or somewhere to be so you can check it throughout the day to see how it’s lasting, what may need to be touched up, etc. I take pictures of my makeup indoors and out in natural light b/c it will look differently. It’s all about trial and error!!
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