(Closed) DIY makeup help

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think it depends on your own skin what makeup is going work best for you.  Estee Lauder owns MAC so I think their products are similar.  I would look for a foundation with no SPF so it will not give you a white cast in pictures.  Find one that works with your skin (dry, oily, etc.) and probably a medium coverage.  Go to the counters and ask for samples so you can wear it for the whole day and take pictures to see how it will look before commiting to a purchase.

I really like the Urban Decay Naked palette for eyeshadow, it has all the colours you would need and can go very natural or more dramatic.  There are a lot of tutorials on Youtube using this palette you can look at.  

For primer try Monistat anti-chaffing gel (not the yeast infection cream!!) it is about $5 and is essential the same ingredients as makeup primers that charge a lot more (basically silicones) 

Post # 4
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If I were you, I would schedule a day to visit your local Macy’s (or similar department store) and get a complimentary makeover from Estee Lauder, MAC, and wherever else you are interested in trying.  Explain to them that you will be doing your own makeup on your wedding day but you really need guidance on what products to use and how to apply it.  You can even bring in photos for inspiration.  A lot of places like that will show you how to apply everything on one side of your face, and teach you how to do it on the other as you go along.  I just had this done by my local Sephora store and she used products I already had and it was amazing to learn new techniques!

Post # 5
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Smashbox makes some good primers, I would check those out.

I would see if you can get some different samples of makeup… maybe go to a MAC or Estee Lauder counter and see what you can get, even a free makeover.

I would also take photos in different lighting conditions (similar to your venue if possible) to make sure you look ok. You don’t want your face to not match your neck, and so on.

I’ve heard to stay away from mineral makeup (such as BE) because it can photograph a bit weird.

Realistically, though, since it seems like you do want to wear quite a bit of makeup, it might end up being cheaper and less stressful if you just hire a makeup artist. You’re going to have to buy a lot of makeup by the sounds of it, and learn how to apply it good enough for wedding photos.

I’m doing my own wedding makeup since we’re going to be very low-key, but I am not going to be wearing any makeup beyond what I normally do (for a night out).

Post # 7
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Some thoughts:

1) Sometimes the makeup artists at department stores mess up on color.  Makeup under florescent lighting can sometimes look different than makeup under natural light.  It’s OK to ask for samples, or to say, “I’m going to step outside to check myself”.  On occasion you will meet a very “pushy” saleswoman who is looking for your commission.  You never need to buy anything you don’t want to buy.

2) I really like most of Bobbi Brown’s makeup; her bronzer is very natural (doesn’t have shimmer in it).  I’m getting used to her eye shadows; the colors are really complex and natural looking.

3) Here’s how to fix broken powder makeup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alyjM67c8Kg

4) Sephora is good about giving out samples.  This is great to try and experiment at home.

5) Some formulations work well for some people and not others.  I recently tried out BB’s corrector which is great, but I still hate her creamy concealer.  So like you I’m still looking for a great under-eye concealer!

6) The idea I have in my head is that wedding makeup should look timeless.  So I’m really against using a lot of shimmer/metallics/stuff-that-makes-flash-photography-grumpy.  If this is your philosophy also, go with matte eyeshadows and blushes.

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