Post # 1
I’ve seen a lot of different opinions and tutorials on DIY makeup. I love makeup and wear it almost every day. But my makeup consists of a little bit of concealor, some powder and mascara and if I’m going out somewhere nice I will add eye shadow and some chap stick but that’s about it.
So please, if anyone can give me a list of makeup to use for the wedding and perhaps the type of makeup? I know everyone says MAC it seems like and I’m an Estee Lauder fan big time, but like specifics
Like is there a certain type of concealor you should use? And what kind of primer (I’ve never heard of primer until I started reading into DIY wedding makeup, I always just use lotion)
Any recommendations on the makeup, type, brand and what to stay away from? A list of the makeup items I will need would be wonderful. Any help really would be great! Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
Thank you all for your help!
I’m looking into the makeups suggested and will visit a Macys this weekend 🙂
I considered using a makeup artist for the wedding but I’ve been desperately needing new makeup since I haven’t bought any eyeshadows or such in three years since my splurge at Estee Lauder. I do buy basic makeup but haven’t bought blush bronzer eye shadow or any of that in three years. And that makeup lasted a long time. I still have some of the eye shadows and would have the rest if I hadn’t dropped them and they broke. My bronzer lasted well over a year until my daughter dropped it on the concrete. So I’m looking forward to going and getting all the makeup I’ve been going without, even if I don’t wear it all the time lol. It’s a reason to actually full on splurge on makeup which I can never justify when it comes time to get makeup lol.
I’m planning to do a lot of trial runs, just need a good starting out point. I didn’t know that SPF would cause a white cast in photos, that’s a great tip, thank you 🙂
I’ve found a few great eye shadow palettes online I really like and think I will buy a few to give me a good selection of eye shadows but for the bronzer, foundation, concealor and such I will need the help from the makeup sales people to know my shade. It’s been years since I’ve used their foundation and a long time since I’ve used foundation at all even so I’ll definately need help in that area.
Post # 7
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.