Post # 1
Hi, I’m planning to go the DIY route for my wedding day make-up, so I’ve started to look into trying out different brands. I don’t wear foundation on a daily basis, just powder/blush/bronzer and full eye make-up, or some days no make-up at all…but I do have a foundation I wear on occasion, but I don’t really care for it much. Foundation always seems to make the expression lines on my forehead stand out, and seems to make my pores more noticeable.
If you’ve tried to E.L.F. brand foundation, what do you think?
Does a primer really help that much?
Any other reasonably priced recommendations? I don’t want to spend a ton on trying out a foundation only to find that I hate it! 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory
@MissCountryGirl727: i dont know if you have a riteaid where you are but you go buy foundation and if you dont like it you can return it in so many days with your receipt and i cant remember if you get a refund or instore credit. i tried out a bunch of foundation and ended up with a BB cream from covergirl.
Post # 4
@langloiswedding2013: Oh!! I did not know you could return make-up! Yes, we have Rite Aid here. I will try that, thanks!
Post # 5
E.L.F. foundation is a pretty good day to day foundation if you use primer with it. Keep in mind that it only costs $6 and typically with make up you get what you pay for. E.L.F. is an exception to this in most cases, but I wouldn’t risk it for all day picture perfect make up. If I were you, I would invest in a good high end brand foundation as there absolutely is a difference and this is the most important day of your life and you’ll probably be in thousands of pictures, you want your make up to last. The E.L.F. primer is awesome though and works very well under better foundations as well
Post # 6
I’m not a huge fan of ELF foundation at all. It’s cakey and doesn’t last, even with primer. I’m pretty frugal when it comes to makeup, but especially for your wedding there are just some things you should spend the money on….foundation is the biggest one.
Here’s a few links with suggestions and tips on having wedding day makeup that lasts! I hope it helps. 🙂
Bridal Guide Long Lasting DIY Wedding Makeup
Celeb Makeup Artists Share Their Secrets
If you Google, there’s TONS more websites that can help!
A suggestion if you don’t want to DIY is you can always go to a beauty school or a makeup counter. My hair stylist is actually at a beauty school and I pay about 1/4 of what I would at a professional salon, and he does even better! I’ve never had my hair look as nice as it does when he does it. I know they also offer makeup for about $15, and they do a great job. The nice thing is there is always instructors around to help and to fix if it’s necessary.
Makeup counters usually require a product purchase, but it’s well worth it. 🙂
Good luck hon! Be sure to post pics!
Post # 7
@MissCountryGirl727: I wouldnt recommend ELF for foundation. If you go to a drugstore brand I recommend revlon colorstay. I use that every now and then but Im a foundation snob so I usually wear the department store/sephora/Ulta brands. I do find that revlon very comparable though! I know alot of makeup artists use Bobbi brown and Laura Mercier foundation for their brides…You can return makeup at anystore even department stores!
Post # 8
@MissCountryGirl727: I am a MaryKay independent beauty consultant and we sell the primer as well. We call it the ‘pot hole filler’ & ‘foundation glue’. It allows your foundation to go on nice and smooth while keeping it in place all day. It is WONDERFUL! I highly recommend it! We also have a finishing spray and it is like hairspray for your makeup! Keeps it in place all day long 🙂
Let me know if I can help you with anything! I can private message you my website so you can see the products if you would like.
Post # 9
@MissCountryGirl727: I tried the ELF foundation and didn’t like it. I’m not in love with any particular brand of makeup and it was cheap so I thought I’d give it a go. Hated it. Cakey and didn’t cover well at the same time. Not a fan!!
Post # 10
@jesssamesssa: We just got an Ulta here a few months ago, and I haven’t been in to check it out yet. Like I said, I don’t wear foundation daily so I never went for high end foundations. I’ll stop by there and see what they suggest, thanks!!
Post # 11
I’ve never tried the ELF foundation with primer, but I didn’t care for it. In fact, the only ELF I would recommend to anyone is the mineral eyeshadows and their brushes (which are quite good for the price, especially the professional ones.)
Ulta will probably suggest something pretty high dollar (in my experience, they like to push Smashbox), but you probably don’t necessarily NEED that. I’ve found that a lot of times, I can go in and if I tell them right off the bat that I’d like something prestige but it isn’t in the budget, a lot of times they can recommend a good substitute from the drugstore side.
When I was younger, I wore Revlon Colorstay, but that can get kind of cakey if you don’t mess with it every little bit. It covers nicely, though. Since then, I’ve used Loreal True Blend and it’s lighter, but more natural looking.
If you do decide to go for the expensive stuff, Benefit’s Hello Flawless is one of the most natural-looking foundations I’ve ever seen.
ETA: Just looked at my bottle, and Hello Flawless has SPF, and I’ve heard you’re supposed to try and avoid that for bridal pics. (I could have sworn it didn’t…) Make sure you mention this when you go to Ulta.
Post # 12
@MissCountryGirl727: If there is a mall near by or department store have one of the ladies help you. My sister told them it was for her wedding and they gave her tons of samples in her shade and only had to pay for the lipstick!! She did it herself the day of and it was worth it because it was flawless
Post # 13
While I LOVE ELF makeup (I wear the mineral shadow and blush daily), I’m not a fan of their foundations. I much prefer Everyday Minerals.
Post # 14
@MissCountryGirl727: Ok, if you go to Ulta be ready to be pushed to buy Benefit! They have in store Benefit consultants that have goals to make so they are usually the first to approach you. Benefit has good products but I have never liked their foundation. You might though so definitely try it. I would ask for samples too for a few brands. Sephora does that and I think Ulta does as well.
Post # 15
@EffieTrinket: I currently use L’oreal True Blend. I like it other than I feel it sinks into any wrinkle I have and makes it look worse, IMO…maybe I need a good primer, I currently only use a moisturizer under my foundation.
Thanks everyone for your feedback, much appreciated! 🙂
Post # 16
Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s nice for a quick, getting ready for work or going out sort of deal.