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

posted 6 days ago in Beauty
Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2021

I postponed my big celebration to next weekend (argh!) from Jan 2021 but we had a tiny April “wedding” with parents and siblings that was just the ceremony and a small afternoon tea outside. I still wore my dress and had a photographer but since I couldn’t afford to shell out for much more with the big wedding still to pay for I did my own hair and make up, having not really done it to that standard before.

I practiced, and practiced and practiced. I would say I got to my happy-with-it final look after about 6-7 goes, then did it 4 more times before my wedding to make absolutely sure. I also curled my hair almost every weekend for 2 months before the day to make sure I had it down. That meant on the morning of (I was on my own doing hair and make up and getting the dress on as well) I was way more relaxed about it and knew exactly what I was doing. I am getting my make up done next week since I’d already booked her and I’m looking forward to the pampering, but I’m happy with the way it turned out and don’t regret it at all. My biggest advice would be to make sure to look at it in different lighting. Go outside and take photos, try it at night with indoor lighting, etc

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Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2022

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@adieu1757:  i plan on doing my own makeup for my wedding in june. i have been in numerous weddings and events where i’ve gotten my makeup done and they don’t do anything special. i like to think im objectively good at makeup as my cousin asked me to do her makeup for her wedding and in my 20s when i would go out to bars etc my friends would always want me to do their makeup for them. anytime i’ve gotten my makeup done by a professional i always end up micromanaging them when they do it (can you please go darker on my eyes? could you add more lip liner, etc.) then still end up redoing it myself but then hiding from the artist to not make them feel bad that i changed what they did. i’ve also had to make changes to my mom’s makeup and my sister’s when they’ve gotten it professionally done and they both thought it looked much better after i made some tweaks. not trying to have to deal with this on my wedding day – would rather just do it exactly how i want the first go around and then have all my own makeup with me throughout the day for touchups. if you are used to doing your makeup and you think it looks good in photos, trust yourself 🙂

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Post # 18
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Bumble bee

Every single person I know who had professionals do their makeup looked way overdone and garish. I did my own hair and makeup, but I did it smartly so that I wouldn’t be stressed out on the day because my makeup skills used to not be amazing. I went to a beauty store, had the associate help me pick out the best makeup for my dress, venue, and taste, then took a video of her doing my makeup while she explained what she was doing. Using that video, I practiced 3-4 times before the wedding. I also practiced my hair 3-4 times before the day of. I’m good at hair so I just picked a fancy style I knew I could do. I loved my look and it was just right. Not too much not too little. I would’ve hated the garishness of MUA makeup. I wanted to look like myself.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

If I were a makeup maven I absolutely would have done my own! I rarely wear more than powder foundation & mascara and absolutely love getting pro makeup done for events, so I went that route. For me it was less stressful to have someone else do it and I could just focus on trying to relax lol. 

If you’re doing a destination wedding without the possibility of a trial AND you are comfortable and confident with your makeup skills, I would do your own.

Some considerations:

Is the climate much different? For example, if you’re from a dry climate and will be getting married in a humid climate, you will need to factor that into the makeup.

Have you been photographed in your own makeup in similar lighting? If not, perhaps do yourself up and go get someone to take some pictures of you in whatever lighting you’ll have (ie outdoors at 3pm when your ceremony is, or inside with the same type of lighting your venue will have). Then you can check out the pictures, really analyze and make any adjustments you want ahead of time. 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee

Unless you’re a makeup artist I geneuinly just wonder why anyone would put themselves through this. Camera/stage makeup has different requirements to regular makeup and I honestly just think it isn’t worth the stress. Just get a makeup artist you like and tell them what you want imo xo

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2025

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@happyjuju:  Stage makeup looks horrific close up though. I think some brides like to avoid looking overly made up in person on the day, and that’s why it’s not as clear cut as you suggest. Also, the groom would need stage makeup too, surely, if it’s required? 

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper

I wouldn’t even try because I just wear very basic makeup on a regular basis. And seriously, I feel like I’m the only girl who does not know how to do eye shadows. I’m in awe of how some just make it look so easy and effortless. Makeup tutorial videos never work for me because somehow, I just end up doing the same thing over and over again!

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2022 - Studio City , CA

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@adieu1757:  If I was as talented as you with makeup I would do my own. But honestly there is nothing like a glam squad either in such an important day. I have had three practice sessions with my MUA ti ensure I have the right look. But honestly I could never be as skilled as they.  Sounds like you have skills to do it so go for it!

Post # 24
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Honey bee

I’m pro MUA because it is one less thing to stress over. But I will mention that if you plan on doing it yourself, the most important thing is to steer clear of products that would create flashback. You can google whether your products cause it.

On a side note, highly recommend Menu Beauty’s lashes and liner (it doubles as lash glue and is so easy to use).

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee

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@abeecee:  I’m aware of that I’m just trying to highlight that makeup for photographs with strong lighting etc is different to everyday makeup or even going out at night. Unsure why the male would need makeup but that could be a cultural thing in some parts of the world.

Honestly I have respect for any non-professional who wants to attempt this I’m just unsure why anyone would actively want that stress on the day. Is there some “kudos” to doing your own makeup that I’m missing? xo

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2022 - Studio City , CA

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@happyjuju:  Agreed.  But if OP is an expert then it probably isn’t a stress for her, but rather par for the course.  It could be carthatic for her actually. I support it, but I am just not that talented. LOL

Post # 27
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Honey bee

I did my own makeup and it was absolutely fine. I’m pretty basic and only use foundation, blush, and mascara. I wanted to look like myself and I had no issues with whatever lighting the photographer used. I also did my own hair.

Post # 28
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wish I had done my own honestly.

My first trial was god-awful “stage” type makeup which was hideous in person. I looked like a damn clown and that was a hard No. My second MUA was much better, but I still look back and wish she had done more concealer on my under-eye circles, a different shade of eyeshadow etc. Things that only I probably notice, but still. 

If you do your own you can practice as many times as you want until you get it right. If anything I might have a professional put on fake eyelashes because I suck at that lol.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee

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@happyjuju:  Yes, the kudos are not looking like a clown and not shelling out hundreds of dollars on makeup trials just to likely end up with a look you don’t want anyway. Being unhappy with looking overly done would have caused me way more stress on the day than doing it myself. And what you said about lighting and photography is just not true. You don’t need super heavy makeup to get good photos.  Practically all the professional wedding photos I see with professional MUA makeup the makeup is too heavy and wears the bride, not the other way around.

And the reason the poster mentioned male makeup is if what you said about photography was true, then men would need stage makeup as well to look good in wedding photos. You do realize that male actors wear tons of makeup for the stage/movies, right?  That they don’t need it for weddings proves that the whole wedding MUA to get good photos thing is really a huge myth and scam.

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