(Closed) DIY makeup?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
803 posts
Busy bee

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. 

Post # 4
4358 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’m not married yet.  But I think DIYing can be the best.  You know your skin better than anyone else.

I was a make up virgin for a long time, in fact I wrote a post about it on this site.  I bought a tinted moisturiser with BB cream in it, mine’s Garnier.  It smooths out the surface and evens out the complexion. Set with powder.

For nude eyes, I think it’s nice for weddings, there’s a great tutorial here.

Sali Hughes, suggest match blush colour with lips.  I would go for something just darker than nutral. Sali would suggest a lip pencil so it last (though, I don’t use a lip pencil generally).

Spend money on a good powder and a good concealer (I have MAC), or it will look cakey.  Everything else can be budget I think. (Not foundation, but as I say: go for a tinted moisuriser.)

Post # 6
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am planning to DIY mine because I have had my make up done several times & I always hate it. I’m actually pretty good at applying eye make up, but what I’ve been trying to learn for the wedding is giving my make up staying power & also applying make up so that it will look good on camera.

I use the “Ace Your Face” method (there is a tutorial here on Weddingbee) and mix equal parts moisturizer/foundation primer (Monistat anti chaffing gel works, too!)/foundation (get your foundation matched at a beauty store like Sephora or Clinique it is TOTALLY worth it, trust me!), and apply that over my face. Then, I finish it with a finishing powder (Make up forever makes a good one, but I have also heard that the eyeslipsface one is the same formula: http://www.eyeslipsface.com/studio/face/powder/high_definition_powder). My skin is not really that uneven, but this method really made my skin look perfect.

I also started using an eyeshadow primer, which I’ve never used in the past, and it really makes your eyeshadow stay on and look more vibrant. I am using the smashbox one, but I just bought the E.L.F. brand at Target to see how it compares. 

I practiced a few times with the individual false lashes and they are really easy, much easier than I expected. 

Lastly, I did some “contouring” with a L’oreal contouring kit I got at Walmart. You can look up tutorials on that. It’s supposed to make your fact look less “flat” in photos.

My advice: buy some products and practice, practice, practice. It’s actually really fun & easy. Start off with: foundation primer (or Monistat gel), foundation that’s been matched to your skintone, an HD powder, eyeshadow primer, an eyeshadow quad, eyeliner, individual false lashes, a nice mascara, and a contouring kit. Avoid mineral make up or make up with SPF, it will make you look shiny in photos. Warning: it’s addictive, I just want to keep buying new make up to try!

Post # 7
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m in the same situation and I definitely recommend videos–they demystify the whole thing. I love Lisa Eldridge’s tutorials. She has a few bridal looks as well as videos on the basics (foundation, concealer, primer).

When you get to that point, take pictures of your practice looks to be sure they photograph well. Avoid using products that have a physical sunscreen (titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) as these reflect light and can give you a pale cast in photos.

Post # 8
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

im having mine done professionally just had my trial on thursday but i watched youtube diy and all sorts before getting mine done, so id say yes research it and try products in stores, get mini make overs at cosmetics counters, all gives you ideeas and experience , its your big day 🙂

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