Doing your own wedding make-up… be honest, how hard is it?

posted 6 days ago in Beauty
Post # 2
904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2021

I didn’t wear makeup on my wedding day, but my bridesmaids did, and my younger sister did it for them. It turned out great! My sister is really good at makeup and she’s great at determining what looks good on everyone. She didn’t do anything complicated or heavy, she just brought along the regular makeup she uses at home and did the same kind of things she normally does. She and my best friend also helped everyone with their hair. The pictures turned out wonderful and everyone was happy. So no, I wouldn’t bother hiring a makeup artist! I think you certainly can if there’s a special or complex look you don’t feel comfortable doing yourself, or if you have a ton of bridesmaids and you’re worried about time constraints, but otherwise, I don’t think there’s any need to hire someone to do makeup or hair if you or someone in your party already knows how.

Post # 3
97 posts
Worker bee

Hey bee, congrats on your upcoming wedding! I was a 2020 bride who planned on having a makeup artist but still did a lot of research on bridal beauty makeup myself. I got the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation and loved it as well as a palette of hers and I swear by both purchases! I also got a Nars lipstick “Chelsea Girls” and loved it for my summer wedding.

Then 2020 happened and I had to cancel my destination wedding/MUA but I still planned to wear my big dress for my courthouse wedding so I did a few practice runs with full makeup and I felt super confident. I had done my own makeup for my sister’s wedding and that went perfectly.

However, I absolutely panicked the day of my own wedding due to being behind schedule, making beauty choices that I NEVER do normally and really regret it now. (I never ever line my bottom lashes with liner why did I choose that day to revert to my college look?!) 

I see you’re really experienced on evening makeup yourself but if you’re someone who might get emotional or stressed the day of, get the makeup artist! As a bridesmaid I’ve had my makeup done by a MUA I’ve only just met and not been disappointed or felt unlike myself, as I’m used to wearing makeup normally, so I can imagine the same for you. 

Post # 4
788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am great at doing my own makeup but I wanted a stress free wedding day and getting my makeup done for me made me feel more pampered. I also didn’t want to worry about it not turning out wrong or having to fix something. Plus, I got married outside during the summer and the makeup artist used great products that held all day and night. I think you certainly can do your own makeup but take into account how you want to feel on your wedding day and if it’s something you want to take on in addition to just how it looks. 

Post # 5
519 posts
Busy bee

I did my own hair and makeup and I didn’t regret it. I know what works for my face and I find most professionally done makeup too heavy for my taste. Same for hair I knew I wouldn’t be able to recreate a super fancy updo but I realized that not all hairdressers are actually skilled in bridal hairstyles and it can be a hit or miss. I just didn’t want to bother looking for someone, going through several trials and paying for it all so I kept it simple, practiced a few times and it turned out very nice. Plus I got that time to myself with no one around which was important to calm myself down.

Post # 6
738 posts
Busy bee

I did my own makeup for both my weddings. I find makeup artists over do it. I also did my bridesmaids make up, I only had one, and thoroughly enjoyed the morning getting ready but I planned for it and my hair and headpiece was done by a professional. 

Post # 7
7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I did my own makeup and I was delighted with the results. I have NEVER had a makeup application where I didn’t feel and look unnatural and overly made up. Additionally, I have a helluva time with foundations that seem to match initially and then look darker/orange later. I wasn’t about to have that happen on my wedding day. But everyone has a different preference, so ymmv.

As far as hair, I am absolutely incompetent regarding that, so I had a professional updo.

Post # 8
2521 posts
Sugar bee

I did my own hair and makeup and I honestly really regretted it, though I know several bees did their own and they looked amazing! So definitely take my experience with a grain of salt. 

I spent a lot of money on good makeup that would last all day, and I still have it so I guess that’s good…but I don’t really use it? I spent the morning of my wedding trying to get ready, and I was incredibly stressed out. Nothing was working the way I wanted it to. My hair wasn’t right, it took forever to get my lashes right, my eye makeup wasn’t right…I felt nothing was heavy enough. During that time I kept getting interrupted as people were asking me questions, which made everything take longer. I just remember feeling incredibly stressed and anxious, realizing it was getting late, and worrying. We were late to the ceremony venue because of this, and since we were late I had to dash out of the car and didn’t have time to look myself over before I walked down the ‘aisle’ and I felt so unprepared. Then we were late getting to the reception venue which meant that instead of a sunset dinner and golden hour photos dinner was at night and late, so not as delicious as it could have been. I was so upset about this. I didn’t feel beautiful at all. If I could do it all again, I would have had a professional do my hair and makeup no matter the cost and not have worried about it. 

Post # 9
3019 posts
Sugar bee

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@adieu1757:  I did my own makeup. It worked out well and looked good in pictures. I splurged a little and got more expensive foundation than what I used to wear. Sephora is great because you can try out different samples. I went for a long wearing, transfer resistant formula, made for my skin type (I have oily skin). I did a trial run of sorts before the wedding. The only thing I regret is the eyelashes I picked. I didn’t try those before the wedding, and I feel they look overdone and almost make my eyes look heavy/droopy. It was very hot for my wedding as well, so I think lighter, fluffier lashes would have been better. I know people say makeup should be different for pictures, and it often results in more dramatic and heavier makeup, even by professional makeup artists. I can’t tell you how many friends and acquaintances I’ve seen who are beautiful, but look ridiculous in their wedding photos. 

Post # 10
171 posts
Blushing bee

I did my own makeup for the wedding and my bridesmaids did their own. 

It worked out great! I am very comfortable doing my own makeup and am very picky – I didn’t love any of the trials I had done with make-up artists so I opted to do my own. I very much wanted to look like me and not too overdone. I did a couple of trial runs prior to the wedding. I am not great with fake eye lashes though so I did get extensions done for myself and my Maid/Matron of Honor a couple days before the wedding. Know your limitations. 🙂

When I spoke with my planner before fully committing to doing my own (I was somewhat nervous I’d regret it), she said my reason for doing my own makeup is the only reason she’d recommend doing your own makeup. In her experience, girls that have done it as a cost saving measure regretted their decision. 

I also checked with my bridesmaid to make sure they were all comfortable doing their own makeup and they assured me they were. It made for a stress free day getting ready! We had a lot of fun chit chatting and doing our makeup together the day of. 🙂

Post # 11
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I’ve always done my makeup for my weddings (3!) and I think it looked great.  Mostly, it looked like ME.  Any time I’ve had someone else do my makeup I haven’t liked it because it didn’t look like me.

Post # 12
842 posts
Busy bee

I was super into makeup at the time of my wedding and ended up doing my own and was very happy with it. But — it added a good amount of stress to the day. I say go for a couple of trials, find an artist you click with and outsource the job 🙂 

Post # 13
3140 posts
Sugar bee

If you’re going to, I would recommend doing multiple practice sessions/trial runs. And see if you can get someone to photograph your results in different light, too.

I’m good with makeup and in theory, I could do an acceptable black-tie level of makeup. But I’ve learned over the years that I wind up going too heavy handed when it’s for something like a wedding or big event where I know I’ll be photographed, and it winds up not looking good.  I think I get anxious and overcompensate or something.

Post # 14
742 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I did my own after a professional trial that I really hated. By the time I bought all the products I wanted to use, it ended up a lot more expensive than if I’d just hired a pro, but I was really happy with the results. And, I learned a lot!

Post # 15
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey

I did my own makeup on my henna day and wedding, as well. Both turned out so well, I felt like myself. Thin layers are the absolute key. If you can use stains underneath, like a cheek stain, perfect! Some setting spray and you’re good to go. 
I would not do my own makeup if I was the slightest bit worried that I would mess it up. I wasn’t stressed even a bit and it was like a therapy for me. 

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