(Closed) DIY Makeup

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

The best primer depends on your skin – does it need to hydrate, does it need to mattify?

Also, foundation/concealer are such a personal choice. I love Estee Lauder Double Wear for it’s medium coverage, it’s buildable formula, smooth finish. What do you want from a foundation? Do you need coverage, or just a ‘freshen up’.

I’d recommend speaking to someone on a counter. I’m not sure about the US, but in the UK a lot of makeup counters give a free sample away to allow you try it out on your own.

Post # 3
1274 posts
Bumble bee

I had a Cuba wedding, so it was really hot and I was perspiring but my makeup lasted for 12 hours.

I didn’t go nuts buying higher end makeup, I bought a new mascara and a cheapy primer but just used what I had for my everyday makeup. I used Rimmel Fix and Effect Primer, CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Concealer, Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation, Maybelline Volum’ Express Mega Plush Mascara, Rimmel Natural Bronzer, and then various products I already had for eyeshadow, liner, blush, etc.

Post # 4
2969 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

jss77:  I love the NYX photofinish primer and depending on your skin type I really like the infallible concealers and foundation (they tend to be a bit heavier and are good for coverage and I mix it with the Loreal Luminous foundation which is a bit more dewey and prismatic rather than heavy. My skin is really dry so I have to make sure I MOISTURIZE before I apply anything to my face (do not use anything with SPF it looks like an oil slick on camera especially with the store brands!!!) If youre going to contour I like the NYX miracle stick. I also like any kind of matte bronzers to give some color and definition and I like the Revlon cream blush. I then set it all with a NYX matte finishing powder AND then the NYX Matte finishing spray. I apply it all in natural light!

For eyeshadows- the loreal and NYX makeup palettes all are highly pigmented and last a long time. I would get a long wearing base primer to put underneath it to make sure it doesn’t crease.

With the face, application is key! I 100% recommend a beauty blender, a good contour brush, and a concealer brush for even application!

* big one I forgot in my original post- TEST IT ALL OUT in different lighting and cameras with flashes so you can see how it looks on camera!


  • This reply was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by  MissJulianna.
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Post # 5
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

jss77:  i think it is definitely worth it to spend the $30 on an urban decay setting spray. i like the all nighter better than the de-slick, but they both work. also, i recomend a primer. the NYX primer that is fairly new is awesome. its inexpensive too. since i have started using it, people have commented on my flawless my makeup is after wearing it for like 9 hours.

my pick for foundation is: revlon 24 hour color stay for normal/oily skin. it offers great coverage when applied with a beauty blender so you don’t have to goop it on and it definitely lasts… esp when combined with primer and setting spray. it also comes out FLAWLESS in pics. no shine or flashback and i find that it doesn’t oxidize and turn orangey as some foundations can. 

also, the oil absorbing sheets are a good purchase. if you need a mid-day touch up, i find that an oil sheet and a little power will make everything look fresh again. 

Post # 7
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I have combination skin and was in a wedding last year during late july in the midwest, so it was humid as crap. Here is what I used – it lasted all day and all night. 

  • Primer: Elf Mineral Primer (I also use the Boots No. 7 matte base and that works very well for controlling oil in the T Zone)
  • Foundation: Revlon Colorstay for oily/combo skin
  • Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original (I actually prefer the Too Faced Shadow Insurance now)
  • Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. I have really sensitive eyes and prefer higher end eyeshadows for the better quality and wear time. You could try the Loreal La Palette Nude 1 or 2 though – I’ve heard good things about them
  • Eyeline: NYX slim liner in Brown/Black (I cannot wear plain black pencil due to my sensitivity)
  • Mascara: Benefit They’re Real. Get the Cover Girl Showstopper, it’s literally the same thing
  • Blush: Milani Luminoso
  • Lips: L’oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain. I also really like the Cover Girl Outlast 24 hour 2-step lipcolor in Always Rosy, it’s a candidate for my wedding lip color!
  • Setting Spray: I really recommend splurging a bit and getting the Urban Decay spray. It’s amazing. I have the de-slick version for oily skin

Do not tan, especially in a tanning bed! Cancer! I haven’t seen a spray tan that isn’t orange yet, I just don’t think they’re where they need to be to look natural.

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