Haven’t gotten married yet, but will probably do my own make up because I don’t trust anyone to do it (the past times I’ve gotten it done, they always make it really heavy)
There are plenty of posts on this board from brides that did DIY make-up trials and posted them to get people’s opinions and other posts from brides asking about make-up products. Try searching for terms like DIY Make up trial, or best foundation, etc …
There are generally a few things you should invest more money in – a good foundation and powder, since those are the first things touching your skin. If you’re not used to wearing it, try BB Cream. Ask someone at Sephora for a sample and test it at home to see how it feels. It’s very lightweight. Eyelid primer – this will set your eye make up and making it last much much longer (Urban Decay Eye Potion). A great eyeliner (you want one that stays, doesn’t smudge, and goes on super easy without you needing to go over it 5 times for it to show) – although a great liquid liner is K-Palette from Japan. It’s online for $10, plus shipping (which I have no idea is how much). A good eye-shadow brush. A good eyebrow pencil – defining your eyebrows is very important. The foundation and powder will make them fainter, so you have to redefine them (Dior Ultra-Fine precision, it’s a universal shade)
Other stuff you can get away with. You already have A decent pair of falsies – you can get them on ebay for $1. You can get some decent You could spend the money on Touche Eclat from YSL to brighten up under your eyes, and separate highlighter, or get the Laura Gellar Double Eye Appeal Pencil for $21. It’s a concealer end for the shadows under your eyes, and a highlighter on the other end to illuminate the inner corner, line under the outer half of your water line and sweep under your brow bone. Mascara – drugstore mascara works just fine. If you’re buying make-up from sephora online, don’t forget to become a beauty insider. Sometimes their free samples include mini mascaras such as dior, or ysl which are also both good. It won’t really matter if you’re wearing falsies. High pigmented shadow color – eyeslipsface.com has some pretty decent powdered eye shadow in the studio and mineral sections. Actually eyeslips face has a lot of stuff that’s handy and decent for very low prices. All of their products also have videos showing the application of the product.
A decent lip color – if you want a great lip color, spend the money. Dior and YSL make some beautiful vibrant reds and pink and are very moisturizing. Rouge Coco Chanel carries some beautiful nudes. If you don’t want to spend $35 on a lipstick, and you want a bright color, go for the Sephora Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil ($12).
Sephora also has some products that make your life easier, like their pro lesson palettes :http://www.sephora.com/search/search_results.jhtml?command=text&attr1=pro+lesson+palette&attr2=&%2Fcom%2Fsephora%2Fsearch%2Fendeca%2Fui%2FEndecaSearchFormHandler.search=search&_D%3A%2Fcom%2Fsephora%2Fsearch%2Fendeca%2Fui%2FEndecaSearchFormHandler.search=+&maxRecords=18&recordOffset=0&seeAllCategory=false&searchString=pro+lesson+palette&x=0&y=0&_DARGS=%2Fincludes%2FsearchFinder.jhtml
If you’re looking for a specific eye (say a smokey), it’s all there on the palette, they’ve broken it down for you with pictures and steps to make it easy. I have the first version of the smokey palette and it’s incredibly easy to use.
Last but not least, a decent brush set. Eyeslipsface has a decent set of brushes, I have the 12 for $12 set and they work very well. Sonia Kashuk also carries a decent set (better than E.L.F. but fewer brushes) at Target for $14.
Definitely practice, because practice makes perfect, especially if you’re not experienced in applying make-up. And also because you need to get used to the sensation of wearing make-up for many hours. Videos are always helpful because they offer secret tips that can make our lives easier (check out Michelle Phan. She’s sponsored by Lancome, so she promotes and uses their products)
I forgot: a must is Smith’s Rosebud salve. A little dab of it over your lip color goes a long way towards glossy lips. I often don’t even use lip color and just use the salve. Or Bonne Bell Lip Burst which is what I used to use before I couldn’t it find it in stores, they still carry it around online and in certain stores around the country.