(Closed) Engagement Photos Makeup

posted 3 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
2626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

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iowadiybride :  I did my own. I did my usual makeup, but just made it a little “heavier” than usual. Basically just a little more foundation and some false eyelashes haha

It’s a hideous photo, but it’s all I have on my work computer.

I like No 7 for my foundation, which I recently discovered you can buy in Walgreens. I also like the Bobbi Brown one, but it’s more expensive.

I had my makeup professionally done for the Wedding. Still waiting on pro pics, but this one shows my “look”


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Post # 3
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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iowadiybride :  I did my own makeup. If you don’t like how you do your makeup, then maybe have a friend do it or you could also go to Ulta or a store with a makeup counter. Most times they will do your makeup for free. Some makeup counters require you to purchase a few products so be sure to ask first.

Post # 4
819 posts
Busy bee

I went to Sephora to have them do my foundation, which was free– they do mini makeovers like that were you just get one feature done. After that, I put on my own lipstick, blush, eyeliner, and mascara, and did just one color of eyeshadow to keep things simple but still defined. It worked out perfectly, so I’d highly recommend doing something similar if possible!

Post # 5
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

If you go to MAC you only have to buy the mascara they use on you. Department stores will also sometimes do it. If you don’t own any makeup and can’t do your own very well engagement photos probably aren’t the best place to start!

Post # 6
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I did my own for my engagement shoot, and had it professionally done for the wedding. If you’re worried about it, I would just have a professional do it. I know it can be costly, but if you’re going to do the photos, why not make them something you’ll enjoy looking back on? After seeing how good my wedding photos looked, I slightly wished I had had my make up professionally done for our engagement shoot, but I also wasn’t unhappy with how those turned out. I did a heavier look than my normal every day, so it looked fine, but professional make up always looks so dang good haha.

Post # 7
2181 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I would go ahead and spend the $45 on professional make-up application, unless you have a talented friend. You don’t want to spend money on engagement pictures if you’re not happy with the way you look in them.

Post # 8
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I got my makeup done for our engagement session and figured it would also serve as a makeup trial. If I liked the way it turned out, I would consider booking the artist for my wedding day.

For the most part, this worked out well but I would recommend leaving some time between your appointment and the session. (I had to rush there from the salon and would have liked to touch up some stuff myself.)

I guess it is risky because there’s a chance you won’t like it but I say, as long as you do your research and hire a professional, they should know how to make you look good in photos.

Post # 9
2593 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

If you have a sephora or adepartment store with a beauty counter, you can purchase a product that you’ll get use out of and be eligible for a free makeover. Worth a thought!

Post # 10
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

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MrsSapphire :  I just did that for my engagement photos. Best decision! It’s a a free makeover with a $50 purchase which I think was worth it because you know they’re professionals using quality products and then i just bought the lipstick and mascara that they used for touch ups. 

I’m also happy I did it because they used things like primer and finishing spray which turned out to be really helpful keeping everything intact considering it was a 90 degree day. 

Post # 11
2719 posts
Sugar bee

I got mine done professionally.


Post # 12
3239 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I always feel extra pretty when I have my makeup done. So I end up looking more comfortable in photos. 

Post # 13
1898 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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iowadiybride :  I did my own. I just did everyday makeup for our engagement photos, because we wanted them to be natural. Getting professional makeup for the wedding though (trial is next month!)

Post # 14
253 posts
Helper bee

I highly recommend Sephora or other counter to teach you to do it yourself. And if you’re not quite happy with how they did things, you can practice ahead of time with different shades or products. That way, you even have a backup plan if things go south on your wedding day for your MUA.  It’s $50 well spent. I’m thinking of it as make-up insurance. 

(ETA) This was inspired by the “regrets” thread in which one bride’s MUA didn’t show up because of traffic or something, so she had to do her own. I panic about stuff like that, so I’d like to know that doing my own makeup wouldn’t be a total disaster. And I’d be better at it in the future, any time I want to go with more than my work look (which is blah.) 

(ETA again) I have bad, bad rosacea. I need pancake batter. If you have nice skin, it might not be a big deal. Lucky you. 😉

Post # 15
26 posts
  • Wedding: January 2018

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iowadiybride :  I got mine professionally done because I didn’t trust myself enough to do anything beyond my normal makeup. I am SO glad I paid to have it done because it made such a big difference in my photos! I also used it as a trial for the makeup artist I was considering hiring for the wedding so I knew when I signed the contract I liked her work!

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