Post # 1
I know the trend is to always have the hair and makeup professionally done. While I will be able to swing a trusted hairdresser to go with me (he’s a friend), I will not have that luxury with a makeup artist. I’ve already tested out the “go to the salon with your fingers crossed” strategy for other photos done near the location- it did not work out at all! I was unhappy with the results. And I will not have the opportunity to do trial runs at the location beforehand.
Has anyone here found success with makeup lessons with a pro, and doing their own makeup on the big day? Did you end up having to buy a lot of product that is specifically for the camera, and end up spending more on product/lessons than you would have on a MAU?
Post # 3
I had a trial and was very displeased. I’ve been doing my own makeup for years and am happy with it, so I will be doing my own makeup for the big day. For me, it’s been practice, practice, practice. I had no previous experience with fake lashes but can now put the individual lashes on w/out any trouble (and they stay and look great). I’ve bought a few expensive products (primer) to ensure my makeup holds up, but am otherwise using the products I’m already familiar with (and that I’m happy with).
I have a friend who got married a few months ago at a destination wedding, and she took lessons with a pro beforehand so she could do her own. If I recall, the lesson was the same cost as a trial, but she did buy most of the products.
Post # 4
I plan on doing my own as well.
I am going to use my Clinque products that I know look great as well as some of their other items I wouldn’t normally use on a daily basis (primer). But, I am NOT going to pay someone to do my makeup when I’ve been doing it for 15years 🙂
Post # 5
I didn’t even bother going for a makeup trial. I’m like @milesbella:, I’ve been doing my own makeup for years, so I want to do it for my wedding as well. I always feel like professionally done makeup looks so…overdone…
Post # 6
I did my own makeup and it worked out fine. I already had a lot of MAC products and had been practicing with them and getting better for a few years.
I’d suggest watching some good quality makeup tutorials on Youtube. I actually found some really helpful. The more you watch the better idea you get of the overall concensus rather than what one random teenager thinks 🙂
Going to MAC and getting some help/advice from a pro might help as well, and you can get some nice products. But I didn’t find them anymore helpful than just practicing a lot myself.
Good quality foundation is really the most important thing. Drugstore brand mascara, eyeliner, shadows, etc. can be just as good as the expensive stuff.
Post # 7
I did my own makeup for my E-pics and plan on doing it for my wedding. I wear makeup everyday and I am comfortable about doing it for the wedding. Also, there are tons of youtube makeup tutorials. My favorite beauty guru is Tiffany D (http://www.makeupbytiffanyd.com). I learned a lot from her about makeup application, different kinds of makeup brushes and different looks for certain occasions.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2011 - A church in downtown Nashville
If you’re used to doing your own makeup, I definitely recommend doing it yourself. I invested in some pricier long wear stuff because it was going to be a hot summer day, makeupforever at Sephora is a great brand for this. Also pay attention to certain types of makeup that will photograph grey, I was told Stila foundation/concealer has this problem. That scared me so I avoided ALL Stila.
If you like shimmery eyes, I highly highly highly recommend playing with Mally Beauty’s shadow stick. (Cheaper on qvc.)
Having a pro do your makeup in a way that makes you look totally different than you usually do may be stressful! I actually felt much calmer doing my own.. it sort of adds a sense of your own routine to the day, which is soothing.
Post # 9
I suck at makeup, but I will probably do my own. I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube how-to tutorials lately.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2011 - A church in downtown Nashville
Oh to address buying camera specific makeup– I did spend more but I love using it on a regular day to day basis. Or if I’m going to someone else’s wedding or somewhere else where lots of photos are going to be taken, I’m even more comfortable about my face not doing weird things! It ended up being worth it to me.
Post # 11
I was thinking about doing my own make-up but lost my nerve at the very last minute. I ended up going to Sephora – if you buy a $50 gift certificate the nice ladies at the beauty bar will make you up. I was super psyched because they airbrushed my face! In HD make-up! And, I was able to purchase mot of the make-up they used that day with my $50 gift certificate – lashes, eye liner and lip stuff for touch ups later.
Post # 12
I did my own but I spent a lot on make-up too.
I spent around $300 – but then again, I did get to wear all of that for months and months after the wedding too. I actually looked up a lot of pro-make up artist’s tutorials and lessons on you tube and finally got it down.
Post # 13
I did my own using the products I was used to using. I watched some tutorials also, and basically did the same look as I normally do, but just a little heavier, so that it would photograph well.
Post # 14
@Heatherloveskenny: That’s true. I suppose if I end up spending a lot on camera appropriate makeup, as much as I would on the artist, at least I can always use it over and over.
Post # 15
Thanks everybody for these responses. Feeling more confident about this decision.
Post # 16
check out kandee johnson on youtube. She has a TON of tutorials for all different looks. I did her bridal look for our wedding myself, I just changed some of the colors and I loooooved how it turned out! And FYI- I didn’t use any super expensive products like she recommended, and my makeup still looked awesome in pics and in person, and I never had to reapply it! (I did use primer first though and I think that made a WORLD of difference) I think I used the colorstay foundation with the lowest SPF, and it photographed great!