(Closed) DIY Wedding Makeup Products!

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Eyeliner: I just use black eye shadow on a slanty brush.

Mascara: LOVE Avon super extend extreme mascara (in waterproof of course!)

Also suggest you use primer for your face and eyes, the stuff I use is from Mary Kay.

Post # 4
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Sephora Smashbox photo finish primer is great, and you can get small ‘trial’ sizes for cheaper. 

Post # 5
1695 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I love lancome mascara!

Post # 6
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Eyeliner: I use loreal infallible, it’s smudge-proof yet blendable

Foundation: Really depends on your skin type! definitely a long wear but WITHOUT SPF!- the spf shows up white in pictures. If you can’t find one I’ve heard Revlon colorstay is pretty great. Just be more matte, set with powder.

Concealer: Hmm, can’t really help you therethe one I use is disgustingly expensive. wait. I know that Loreals tru blend is decent- it IS blendable and pretty fail-proof. But then again if your using a foundation like Revlon, you can also pat more foundation on your blemishes to act as a concealer. It will go on as heavy as you apply it. Unless you need more serious concealer.

Eyeshadow: I would say mac, but your probably going to want more than ONE shade for 15 bucks so just get a revlon colorstay or Loreal infallible quad of colors.

Brushes: You’re on a tight budget so talking brushes is pointless. But not the end all either, don’t worry. Some of my fave brushes are from the mini travel packs at cvs, what is it- essence of beauty or somethng? whatever, they have a decent mini pack with eyeshadow brushes, and honestly I use the puff that comes with my compact a lot more than my big ol’ overpriced powder brush. 

What to splurge? I’d say foundation. If you have a few extra bucks stop at any counter and explain that you’re getting married and that you heard that spf shows up white and that that you want to be matte, non oily. 

You didn’t mention mascara. I love Lancome mascaras but even for my wedding I didn’t purchase one, way too expennsive. Go waterproof. Personally for ocassions I like CoverGirls Lash Blast 24 Hour. It totally does everything you want, and it won’t come off for hell or high water. GL (:

Post # 7
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Miss T-Rex:  

Eyeliner: I don’t really have any “loves”…I generally use the minis that come in freebie kits, or just cheap ones from Rimmel (they don’t budge, but they’re waxy, so I won’t really recommend them)

Foundation: I like Revlon Colorstay Whipped

Concealer: For undereyes, Maybelline age rewind, for blemishes, Hard Candy Glamoflage (bonus: this comes with a “pencil” that I use to line my lower waterline- makes you look more awake!)

Eyeshadow: My favorite eyeshadows at the drugstore are Wet n Wild, but they really only come in one finish. I would recommend trying one of their trios (Silent treatment if you want a bit more drama, Walking on Eggshells if you want a more natural look), and then combining it with a matte shade or two from another line (I usually use NYX or L’Oreal matte shades).

Cosmetic Brushes: I really like ELF’s studio line brushes (the black ones). They have a limited selection at the store (Target), but you can buy the full line on their website. My favorites are the “powder brush” (I use it to apply liquid foundation, not powder), the “face brush” (which I use for powder & countour), the stippling brush (I use for blush, since I’m fair skinned, and I want a light application) and the “crease brush” (I use this for accenting my outer V). For other eye brushes, I honestly just use the ELF standard line. Things like eyebrow brushes & standard shadow brushes, I’m not super picky about. I also have a fluffy crease brush from the ELF standard line that I think works great.

And what is the best to splurge on versus going cheap. I would probably say foundation, since it’s easier to match yourself in higher end brands. Go to Sephora & ask for a sample or two.

Post # 8
1622 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Eyeliner: I like Maybelline Unstoppable or Annabelle

Foundation: haven’t found a drugstore one that I love, but tons of people love Revlon Colorstay; lots of people also love Make Up for Ever HD but it’s pricey.  

Concealer: I like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser and also L’Oreal True Match concealer; I’ve heard good things about Hard Candy Glamoflauge but haven’t tried it myself; also like Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch in Radiant for under eye “V” brightening (I only use one product but have a few depending on how dark my undereyes are)

Eyeshadow: Wet n’ Wild palettes generally have great colour payoff and 3-6 colours for only a few dollars so you can devise multiple “looks” with one set.   Maybelline has Expert Quads in “Natural Smokes”, “Mocha in Motion” and “Designer Chocolates” that would yield classic looks. Covergirl has a “Shimmering Sands” trio that gets good reviews too.

Mascara: my current love is Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara but it’s a big expensive.  You can sometimes get a trial size at Sephora.  Otherwise, I like the L’Oreal Double Extend.  Lots of people like the various Covergirl Lash Blast formulas.

Brushes: I’d go cheap, with ELF or Sonya Kashuk (at Target).

One thing you didn’t ask about but I’ll add: get a small travel/sample size of a make up setting spray, it will make your makeup last longer and take away any overly matte/powderiness.  I like Urban Decay All Nighter (they also have formulations for drier skin and oily skin).

Blush: Wet n’Wild Color Icon blush in “Heather Silk” or “Pearlescent Pink”

ETA: as a PP said, Sephora (and most department store cosmetics counters like Estee Lauder) will give you samples of foundation to try.  You could at least try a few to see what you think, and then likely have enough to use on the day of if you didn’t want to buy the full size.  Without knowing your skin type, for longevity only I’d suggest Mac Prolongwear, Estee Lauder Double Wear or Double Wear Light, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h, Smashbox 15h Studio Skin, Laura Mercier Silk Creme, and Kat von D Lock It. 

Hope it helps!

Post # 9
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m a drug store makeup junkie! Here are my favorites. I’m using them all for my bridal makeup, too. πŸ™‚ 

Eyeliner: Revlon Colorstay in Black for waterline/tightline. For upper lash line, Revlon Colorstay Liquid in Dark Brown (the black can be a little harsh on light-medium skintones, imo, but if you have deeper skin it should work great) topped with a matte dark brown or black eyeshadow applied with an angled brush (see recs for those below).

Foundation: Revlon Colorstay Whipped if you have normal to dry or sensitive skin. If you are oily or combo, try the regular Revlon Colorstay for oily-combo skin. It has low spf so it should still photograph well. I apply with a dampened cosmetic sponge wedge. Use stippling motions to apply it as quickly as possible in small sections (dries fast) and blend really well (down your neck, too). This may take some practice. That foundation is difficult to work with but I LOVE it.

Concealer: For undereyes, I like the Maybelline Lumi pen. It also doubles as a highlighter. For blemishes, I just use a thin second layer of the Revlon Colorstay.

Eyeshadow: Covergirl Shimmering Sands quad darkened up with Maybelline single matte eyeshadow in Nutmeg. I also love the NYX Champagne and Cavier 10 shadow palette. The dark black brown color in it is amazing for liner.

Cosmetic Brushes: The best ones by far are at Target. I like different brands depending on the brush. ELF- large eyeshadow brush; Studio Tools- angled liner brush, eyeshadow smudge brush, there is one more but I can’t remember what it’s called… it’s short, rounded out on the top, and fluffy and it’s great for highlighting the inner corners and brow bone of eyes; Sonia Kashuk- blush brush, large powder brush; Essence of Beauty- cosmetic sponge wedges.

I know you didn’t ask for blush but I still thought I’d mention that Milani has hands down the BEST drug store blushes. 

As for splurging, I am planning on spending a few extra bucks on some makeup setting spray from Urban Decay in order to keep everything in place.

 Sorry for the length but I wanted to be extra helpful. πŸ™‚ 

Post # 10
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@les105:  @Miss T-Rex:  I agree about Wet N Wild eyeshadow! It is awesome. Also incredibly cheap. 

My favourite mascara is Benefit Bad Gal, but it is $30 for a full tube. You can get a sample sized tube for $12 at Sephora. My “sample size” tube lasted me 4 months, so it has a good amount of product. (please note these are all Canadian prices so they are a lot more expensive than the American price)


Post # 11
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - The bride's hometown United Methodist Church near Kalamazoo

For my wedding day makeup, I splurged a little, but instead of buying full-sizes from Sephora which would be WAY too much I bought little sampler sizes. Benefit is my absolute favorite: I LOVE their makeup (though not their primer–I use my drugstore Loreal Studio Secrets primer, which you can often find coupons or sales for; it doesn’t make me break out like silicone primers do). Mascara I also go drugstore for: I love Covergirl Lash Blast.

Here is the awesome kit that I used for all my basics: I absolutely love everything except the primer and all the full size products would cost way more than the $30 for the starter kit–and they’re generously sized, so they last a while!


I use this kit for everything else I need:


And I just use the included brushes and my fingers for application πŸ™‚ Total I spent about $60 from Sephora, plus the 2 things I already had (primer and mascara, probably about $12 from the drugstore).

You’re getting a lot of great recomendations here: I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for πŸ™‚ 

Post # 12
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You can use an eyeliner brush and eyeshadow for liner.  This makes for a nice look and you have a lot of control over where the liner goes and how thick.

Foundation and concealer I wouldn’t skimp on, because the color has to be right to look natural.  Clinique’s foundations are around $20 if I remember correctly, and they have a lot of naturalish shades.

I have a mix of cosmetic brushes; I know a lot of frugal gals like Target’s ELF line.  I have a mix of MAC, Bobbi Brown, Sephora, Clinique, and Lancomb brushes.  I think Sephora provides a great value, and they have several different lines of brushes as well as brush kits.  My MAC eyeliner brush is already starting to come apart after only two years of light use; I’m not sure if that’s typical of their brushes but I was disappointed.  I like my Bobbi Brown brushes, but they’re also very expensive.  I think you could do well with a brush kit from Sephora.

This one is a good buy: http://www.sephora.com/ultimate-travel-tool-brush-set-P303329?skuId=1382613

I would definitely save on mascara – you have to throw it out in 3-4 months anyway, where liquid foundation lasts a year and powders last for two years.  I use a mascara wand from an expensive mascara, and use Maybelline Great Lash (usually around $7).

Post # 13
1299 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am a makeup artist, and although I never focused my trade in wedding makeup I can offer you a tip.  Primer…get the Monistat chafing gel.  I know first thought is, ew monistat on my face, yuck!  But theres no medicine in the product.  It is really just dimethicone, which is in most primers to create a barrier between makeup and skin.  It fills in lines, and gives cosmetic colors a brighter appearance so you don’t have to pile on the product to get a good shade.  Go to a cosmetic counter and ask for a color match and samples so you can try it out outside and with your look.  Instead use these for your wedding day.  If you want a lipstick color thats not in your pay range, its a great way to get a color for just the day of and have that color for some touch ups.  I also highly recommend getting a color swatch you like, and then the Loreal infallable lip products have always been a favorite among my brides.  Go to your drugstore and match it up!  Also someone else mentioned it but i love ELF.  I got their mineral veil powder for my own wedding day so I didn’t have to take it out of my kit.  It creates a nice “soft focus” for your skin.  I also LOVE mascara primer and eyeshadow primer.  I use the loreal shadow primer too with excellent results.  With your budget you can get a great new makeup line for your wedding day no problem.  It doesnt have to be expensive to be great.

Post # 14
193 posts
Blushing bee

i went totally drugstore at my wedding because i didn’t want to take a make up artist and i didn’t have either too much budget. i usually use Bourjois healthy mix as an everyday foundation but then i used The rimmel 25 hours stay foundation, i fixed it with the Bourjois healthy mix powder. as a bronzer i used W7 Honoloulu- similar to the benefits Hoola bronzer. As a pallete for my eyes, i used the Sleek pallete Oh so special (bought it on e-bay), i paid 15 dollars. I went with 3 matte shades and a pearly one. For the blush i used Bourjois rose de jaspe blush. To conceal my undereyes area i used Rimmel Match perfection Hilighter and concealer. I used black eyeshadow instead of the eyeliner, i can control it better. For the brows i used a regular dark matte brown eyeshadow. I’m obsessed with Maybeline mascara so i used their Volume Express lift-up mascara. so finaly for my lips i used a Rimmel long lasting lipstick in airy fairy, followed by a Rimmel gloss, i think it was the Vynil lipgloss in Take a chance. and voila, here’s the resultyou can get the best look with the drugstore too.

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