(Closed) DIY Makeup Question(s)

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
10315 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Honestly, depending on how much of a look you are doing you might be better off just having someone at Ulta or Sephora do it for you. Usually, it’s really not that expensive to book a full face of makeup with them (under $100). However, if you don’t really wear a lot of makeup and have to invest in buying it you’re going to end up spending the same or more.


Post # 3
6104 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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scipioblack :  this is what I’d suggest. Only buy the things you need to buy and things you would continue to use after the wedding. For example, you don’t need to buy a whole bottle of foundation if you wouldn’t use it after the wedding. You could just get a sample that will give you more than enough for a trial run and the day of. I’ve done my friends makeup for their weddings and that’s what I do since I’m not going to make them buy a whole bottle of $36 foundation they wouldn’t normally wear. I highly recommend the Kat Von D Lock-It foundation for brides. It’s sold at Sephora.

Blush: I suggest getting a good every day shade you can reuse. ‘Blushing Bride’ by Tarte is a great example. They are my favorite blushes.

Powder: I use Rimmel Stay Matte, it’s cheap and good.

Primer: I like the Too Faced Primed and Poreless oil free but if you don’t normally use primers I’d try to find a drustore one. I personally only use them for special occassions, I just so happend to be a makeup junkie so I have that one.

Eyeshadow: I love the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette and the Urban Decay Naked (original) palette. However, both of those are pricey so I’d recommend only getting one if you wouldn’t normally use eyeshadows.

Eyelashes: I prefer Ardell strip lashes. Again, cheap but good. I do like the Revlon lash glue though.

Mascara: this doesn’t really matter if you plan to use falsies so just use whatever you got.

Liner: I use the Maybelline gel liner (in the little pot).

Lipstick: this just depends on what shade or finish you want. If you want a darker color I recommend one of the ColorStay Overtime lip colors from Revlon. If you want a lighter/natural color, Milani or NYX has some good lipsticks but honestly most drugstore ones are fine.

Highlighter: my favorite highlighter for brides is the Hourglass Ambient Strobe powder. It gives a very natural glow without looking glittery. However, it is pricey.

So for everything I just listed, your total would be about $130. And that’s before you factor in brushes. So like

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slomotion :  said, unless you already own most of the products or plan to use all of them after the wedding it’s not really any cheaper than having it done professionally. Like I said, makeup is a hobby of mine so I already own all the stuff listed plus tons more. However, I’ve bought it all over time and use it frequently so it’s worth it for me.

Post # 4
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I used to model and often did my own make up for TFP shoots i agree with izzy’s recommendations and would add NYX set it and forgetting setting powder, use a fan brush and lightly brush it over your make up when its done, itll help keep your make up on all day

Post # 5
2733 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: County courthouse

NYX is a great inexpensive brand. They have it at ulta, target, and heb. I did my own makeup for my elopement and I looked great. I suggest you go into Ulta for a consultation and makeover.

Post # 6
2654 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I trust Tati on youtube for drugstore dupes of high end makeup products. She does really good tutorials sometimes too.

Post # 7
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I am not sure if this is helpful or not but I have been using falsies for 5+ years and the combo I swear by is Duo glue (clear for beginners – looks white, dries clear)

and Kiss Looks So natural Lash-Vamp or Blooming Lash-Camillias ( I would probably layer these two for wedding or else do something like the Blooming lash Peony )

Both are drugstore but better than sephora or anything else I have tried. And I have tried A LOT


2 things I always buy from Sephora are Lancome Bi‑Facil (eye makeup remover) & makeup forever hd powder. I cant find a drugstore version of either of these that comes close.
I hope this helps!


I second what

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IzzyBear :  said about the Maybelline gel liner, I like that stuff too!

Post # 8
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Historic Mansion

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scipioblack :  I just wanted to say I’m in the same boat as you. I would rather do it myself and save the money than get it done. Plus I heard stories people didn’t like their makeup trial and wasted all that money when they did it themselves for their wedding day. All I have to tell you is I heard if you use a SPF for your face makeup, it might show up white in photos. 

Post # 9
10222 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I did it myself and DID NOT save money. I spent over $175 at Sephora getting what I needed. Granted, I did get to use the makeup following the wedding, but it would have been cheaper and less stressful to have it done.

Another thing – I’m very skilled at applying my own makeup. But on the day of my wedding I was a ball of nerves – excited, anxious, emotional, etc. I could NOT get my eyelook to turn out right. Luckily my hair stylist fixed my smokey eye for me so I didn’t look like a raccoon. I’m not sure what I would have done if she wasn’t there to help (and this is coming from someone that went into it with 100% confidence and lots of experience on myself and others). 

Post # 10
1657 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I use NYX and Maybelline almost exclusively and often get complimented on my makeup skills haha. 

My full-face routine (from memory) includes:

  • Exfoliate well and cleanse (I use a soft brush and Lipidol)
  • Massage Serum in (I use a calming organic rosehip oil)
  • NYX Primer
  • Foundation 
  • Concealer
  • Setting powder
  • Bronzer/Conturing
  • Blush
  • Highlighter
  • Lip Stain 
  • Brow Filler
  • Eyelid Primer
  • Eye Shadows
  • Eye Liner 
  • Curl Lashes
  • Mascara
  • Lash Fibers
  • Setting Spray

OP, you’ll need to also invest in a decent set of brushes and sponges to apply your makeup very well. 

You’d be looking at hundreds of dollars and IMO it’s not worth it but up to you 🙂


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