(Closed) DIY Makeup

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
21 posts
  • Wedding: April 2009

I would use Smash Box photofinish as a primer. It will keep your makeup on longer. It also fills in pores, and wrinkles and makes your makeup look flawless.

 Also do lots of practice!

Post # 4
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I’m not! I’ve just started to seriously look into tips on application. I found this video tutorial that seems really good:


also, I have run across many praises for Model in a Bottle. Its this finishing spray that you spray on after you put on your makeup and it supposedly "sets" the makeup and makes your makeup last all day.

i plan to purchase some for myself.

of practice, practice, practice. and stay away from foundations with SPF in them bc they can photograph funny.

Post # 5
21 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m doing it DIY.

 I think Miss Shortcake was the one who posted about Ask Me Make up

Her tutorials are wonderful! Here is the link to her video on her classic wedding look:


I think the biggest tip I picked up from her is to not do anything shimmery on your brow bone (as a highlight) because in photos that area will catch the light more because of the "sparkle" in it and you are better off doing a more matte look for the eye area. 

Also, Stila’s website has some great DIY videos including a very natural wedding make up look:



Hope these help! 


Post # 6
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008


Makeup photographs better when there is little or no sunscreen in it, especially physical ones like titanium dioxide.  

Post # 7
45 posts

I second GetMarried4Less on the suggestion of watching online makeup tutorials! There are a ton of them on youtube and they’re very helpful! GL 🙂

Post # 8
2 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

I actually just left a comment on Miss Cookie’s post on her Makeup Trial. Check out http://www.makeupalley.com and http://www.specktra.net for product recommendations, tips, and tutorials. I went to Sephora, MAC, Bobbi Brown, & Clinique for makeovers and to get ideas of the colors that work well on me. In general, I found that Matte products worked better with photos and powder is great for keeping the T-zone shine free. I kept hearing people tell me to use more blush, but it just looked way too bright for my tastes. I skipped lining my lower lids cuz I thought the look was too harsh so I just put mascara on the bottom lashes. An eyelash curler will also do wonders for you if you decide to forego the falsies. And don’t forget to fill in your brows. They get washed out too w/ flash photography.

Here’s the list of products I ended up using:

Revlon Colorstay Active Light Foundation – great staying power for very little money
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner & Eyeshadow Quad
MAC Blot pressed powder
Physician’s Formula Solar Powder Bronzer
Bobbi Brown eyeshadow
Shiseido primer
Cover Girl blush
Benefit High Beam highlighter
Stila Perfecting Concealer
Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara
L’Oreal Infallible lip color – Lipstick took me many many tries before finding the right color because I wanted to minimize my mouth. I have pretty full lips too and I find that normal lipstick gets creased after 2 minutes, and the Infallible stays on evenly distributed once it dries.

Post # 9
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I did three make-up trials and have finally decided to spend the money on my hair and do my own make-up.  I highly recommend not completely changing from your normal make-up unless you do it well before the wedding.  I use mineral make-up (with titanium dioxide) and many make-up artists tried to talk me out of wearing it on my wedding day.  So, I experimented and did my own make-up for my engagement photos with the mineral make-up; I used a quick brush of a non-mineral based powder (by MAC) over my finished look to avoid the shine that mineral based make-up can cause.  I love the way my engagement photos turned out (I think I need a little more blush). I fell in love with a long lasting lipstick by Chanel that I put on an hour before we took the photos, and it was still on 5 hours later that evening when we went out to eat!    I also got eyelash extensions so that I don’t have to cake on the mascara (don’t want to have to worry about it falling) or fool with trying to put on flasies myself.

Good luck!

Post # 10
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you live near a department store, you should consider going to different counters (on different days, of course) to try out some different looks.  They can teach you lots of great techniques, too. 

For specific products, I would recommend primer products for all aspects of your makeup!  I start with Clinique T-Zone Mattifier (I think that’s what it is called), and then MAC foundation primer.  I tried Smashbox and I just can’t get into it.  But you should consider trying it, it gets good reviews.  You can buy smaller sizes at Sephora so that you don’t have to buy the whole bottle to figure out if you like it.  

I also use a MAC paint pot in "painterly" under my eyeshadow–it doesn’t add any color, it just really helps the shadow stick and not crease.  

I also just discovered my new all-time favorite mascara: Yves Saint Laurent "Volume Effect Faux Cils."  Faux Cils means "false lashes" and they really do give a near false-lash look (but nothing is as good as falsies), but without the major hassle.

I use many, many more products, but these are just a few that I recommend for sure.  Generally, MAC is a my recommendation for a place to start–it’s relatively affordable for department store make-up and they are really big on teaching you how to use the products (in my experience).

Good luck!

Post # 11
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007 - a beautiful church and hotel reception

You can always ask for samples at Sephora if a particular item looks interesting, but I would always recommend fake lashes, a pretty lip color and some nice blush. If a lot of wedding pictures I think blush + eyelashes + lips stand out the most!

Post # 12
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Years ago, I was in my Miss America state pageant.  They had purchased for me a makeup tutorial and makeup from Luann Mancini, a makeup artist in TX.

She had great videos.  I know now she sells her own airbrush kit.  She was awesome then and I still use the tips I learned in that video today.  She was/is a makeup artist for many Miss Americas and Miss USA’s.

Call and find out if they still have some of their how to videos!

Post # 13
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Also check if Sephora or Ulta has a visiting makeup artist in your area.  You can get a session with the artist and bring pictures of your look, and get them to design a look for you (and buy some makeup too b/c it may be a requirement).

They come several times a year to the stores. 

Post # 14
2 posts
  • Wedding: March 2016

I’m a makeup artist and I highly recommend Urban Decay’s primer potion as an eyeshadow base…it reallly keeps creases from happening and your eyeshadow will stay on until you wash it off.  Waterproof mascara is a must in case you get weepy. Smashbox’s photo finish foundation primer is great under foundation to fill in pores and lay a smooth canvas for your foundation.  I would recommend matte foundations and powders and if your hair is in an updo…don’t forget to put a little powder on your ears because hairspray can settle there creating a shine in photos! Aveda dual foundation is a great powder foundation that doesn’t look cakey and lasts all day! Very lightweight and natural.

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