(Closed) Doing My Own Wedding Makeup! Product Recommendations?!?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
246 posts
Helper bee
Post # 4
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I did my own make up for our wedding almost 5 years ago after a few bad make up trials.

I watched a lot of wedding make up tutorials on YouTube for inspiration. I bought a few different brands of make up at Sephora and worked out my own little system to test what I liked. I would apply make up to each side of my face jotting down what I used on the left side/right side and took pictures. At the end of the day I would make notes like if it lasted, ran and such. I needed my face to look it’s best for 6 hours plus. I also printed out the pictures I took to see how it showed up in photos. i was happy I did my own make up because I felt like I still looked like me.

If I have any advise I would stay away from any foundation with SPF since it’s made to reflect light. Your face will be white in photos. Even if you’ve never worn false eye lashes please do, there’s no mascara in the world that will make your lashes look as full and lush. If they seem “too much” then try cutting them in 1/2 and wearing them on the outer corner.

Post # 5
246 posts
Helper bee

If I had to do over again, I would get eyelash extensions!!!  They can be a bit costly, but worth it around wedding date b/c you’ll have so many appearances.  ๐Ÿ™‚

My makeup artist used falsies – but she was a little conservative for my taste and she didn’t put on thick ones. I wanted to be glammed up a little more. Maybe I’ll do eyelash extensions as a bday treat this June. ๐Ÿ™‚   Have fun playing!!

Post # 7
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I did my own makeup. I would recommend setting up a makeup session at Sephora or the MAC store/counter to have someone do your makeup. Tell them to tell you what they’re doing (they usually do) because you’ll want to replicate the look and they’ll set you up with the products you need.

I love the MAC look, but if you want a variety of brands, Sephora is great. The application is usually free as long as you spend a certain amount of money, which you will, obviously. 

And, once they do their thing, you can tweak things so it’s you vs a heavily made-up version of you :).

Post # 8
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

False eyelashes can take some trial and error to apply them correctly. I had to wear them all the time while going through chemo in 2006 and lost a lot of my natural lashes. It took some getting use to but I loved how they made my eyes look. 

After a lot of practice I learned some tricks and hopefully they’ll help you. When you open the package of new lashes, take them out very carefully with tweezers. Hold them at each end between your thumb and index finger and with an arch like motion move them back and forth. What you’re trying to do is un stiffen them and make them more ply able. Put them up to your eye, if they’re to long trim them from the side with the longer lashes. Use a lash curler and curl your natural lashes slightly. You don’t want your natural lashes poking out straight under the false ones. Squeeze about an inch of lash glue onto a tissue. Hold a strip of lashes with a tweezers and apply the glue using a toothpick (it gives you more control) wait until it becomes tacky. Very carefully place the lash on top of your natural lashes as close to your eyelid as possible. If you’re comfortable with it use the tweezers to press them together. When doing this I actually hold my breath so no sudden movements cause an injury. After the glue is dry and lashes are secure app a coat of mascara to blend. I hope this info is useful.

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Post # 10
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I recommend urban decays all nighter setting spray! It really helps everything stick and stay put! When I use it, I notice that my eyeshadow and blush or anything with color lasts much longer and I require fewer touch ups to my face. 

-eye shadow primer Is a must. Lorac makes a really good one and I prefer it over urban decays. 

-smashbox photo finish primer is great as another person said and so is benefits POREfessional. 

-if you need an under eye concealer, bye bye under eye by it cosmetics is fabulous. It’s thicker in consisteny so for someone like myself who doesn’t need too much coverage, the tiniest bit goes a long way and it doesn’t settle into fine lines while still looking natural even with foundation or powder on top. I believe it’s only sold at ulta though. 

-For mascara, I swear by Maybellines the colossal volume express mascara waterproof. I’ve used so many high end ones and always go back to this. It stays put, lengthens, defines and gives tons of volume. (A brand new tube isn’t as good as a tube u have been using for at least a week)

-For blush, I love tarte cosmetics amazonian clay 12 hour blush. They have a lot of non shimmery shades that are beautiful and last. Doll face and exposed are my favorites. Doll face would Be great for wedding makeup!

-for eyeliner, I don’t have any gel re since I stopped using it once I discovered stila stay all day waterproof liquid eyeliner. Easy to apply and does not budge at all! I have even gone swimming in it. 

Post # 11
1341 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I second the Smashbox photofinish. It’s amazing. I perfer UD eye shadow primer. I have oily skin and it just stay better. The only thing that could ever replace either for me is hourglass mineral veil primer. 


Also, don’t forget setting spray! It’ll keep the make up from melting off your face. 

For blush, I love Nars. 

Foundation, I would test out in Sephora. MUFE looks cakey on me. 

I second the stila eyeliner. 

This is my favorite mascasa. Unfortunately, they only sell it on line, not in stores. At least not in stores by me. http://www.sephora.com/maxilash-intense-volumizing-mascara-P396901?skuId=1689835

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