Post # 1
Hi all- I need opinions for my engagment session (coming up on Sunday!!).
I would like to have my makeup done for the shoot- I’m most concerned about covering up blemishes/unevenness on my skin. I always wear eye makeup and a tinted moisturizer- and I have Bare Minerals foundation- but I’ve never been good at covering redness, etc. I just don’t think I have the right products.
So I’m thinking about going to Sephora or MAC before the engagement shoot to get my makeup done/buy a few products for my skin. Is this a bad idea to go a few hours before the photos are to be taken? I’ve never ever had my makeup done at a counter before, so I have no idea if I’d be happy with the end result.
Opinions would be helpful! Also, I’ve stalked threads about a MAC/Sephora debate endlessly, but if anyone has any stories please share. Also- am I expected to tip for this service? How much?
Post # 3
Hi! I just did my engagement shoot yesterday! Initially I was going to do my own make up since I feel like I do a decent job at it. But I’ve also recently got my make up done professionally for my friends wedding and when I saw pictures, I was like WOW, it looks SO much better!
So then I was like, maybe I should buy better make up and do it myself…my MUA recommended the Make Up For Ever brand, and after looking at how much it’d cost to buy the foundation….I decided to just get my make up done professionally by my MUA.
The amount she charged for make up only (I did my own hair), was probably just a tad more than if I went to any store to do my make up/buy some products. So I decided to just go for it and I have to say, I think it’s worth every penny!
P.S. My MUA and photographer both recommend not using mineral make up, as the mineral can cause a shine on your face.
Post # 4
We are having e-pics done next week. I went by the Clinique counter yesterday and had them do a test run and decide on colors. I was able to tell how it will wear and what i may want to adjust. I bought a few items that I needed already but they weren’t going to require me to purchase anything I don’t think. I went ahead and made an appt to get it done again the day of the pics, about 3 hours before. I would definitely recommend a test run though, just so you know how your skin will react with the new makeup and how well it will stay.
Post # 5
I went to MAC and had my make up done. I loved the job that they did, they did very natural looking make up. I’m surprised that your bare minerals foundation doesn’t cover up the redness that you want to cover up. I have the original powder foundation and it works great on me.
Post # 6
My engagement pictures are just over a week away. I made an appointment at Sephora to get my makeup done. Although, I can do my own makeup for day-to-day things, I can never get it right for pictures. Sephora requires that you make a $50 purchase; you can buy a gift card to use at a later time or you can put the money towards airbrushing. Hope this helps and good luck!
Post # 7
I went to the Lancome counter and had her do my makeup a week before the e-session. I didn’t buy everything she put on me just the main things like the shadow etc. and used my own liner, mascara. It came out great and she taught me how to apply it myself. I practiced for a few days and was a champ by the time my e-session came around. I am happy I went this route because now I have makeup I love and get compliments on all the time. It came out great in the photos too- good luck!!
Post # 8
I haven’t even made my appt for epics. Just a suggestion….. Yellow concealer takes away redness. I use it on my chin when I have a special event.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
I went to MAC for my engagement photo makeup last week. I had a slightly horrible experience, perhaps not helped any by me. The girl doing my makeup did colors I don’t normally wear (reds) on my eyes (to play up my green dress) and completely overdid my lower lashes. I had eye makeup up to my eyebrows- I just felt way too over done/scary looking, and I ended up breathlessly wiping most of the eye makeup off when I got to the shoot. Ugh, what a clusterf**k.
The girl I had was definitely goth and I could have been more vocal about what i wanted- but the trouble was I didn’t know what I wanted- so go in with a game plan! I didn’t tip her, but I did end up buying double the $50 purchase you are expected to make…I assume she makes commission off of her sales.
Post # 10
I went to my engagement shoot quite natural – just a bit of eyeliner/mascara and lipstick. I figured why bother to cover up imperfections when photoshop can do a much better job! :p
Post # 11
I’m going to be getting my pictures soon too. I was wondering about this exact same topic so I’m glad you posted on this!
Post # 12
I’m a freelance makeup artist so hopefully I can be of some help here.
- Going to MAC a few hours before may be a good idea. They will put a primer on you first and that will help your makeup go on evenly and look good later in the day. Just be sure you emphasize you want VERY natural makeup for your esession. You don’t have to tip them, but it’s nice if you buy a product they’ve used.
- I’ve never seen someone in Sephora do a full face so I can’t attest to their skillset like I can MAC artists. However, I agree in recommending Make Up Forever HD Foundation. It is one of the best for photos.
- Always remember makeup can come off so if you hate it, start anew.
- Lastly, yes – photoshop does wonders. Even if you stick to your own makeup and do it yourself, your photographer should be able to edit to near perfection.
Post # 13
Wow, thank you guys so much for all your suggestions!
I had hoped that I could use the engagement session to pre-screen a makeup artist, but the store I was most interested in is closed Sundays. Oh well.
I probably won’t be able to make it to the actual MAC and Sephora storefronts this week, but I could make it over to the MAC counter at Macy’s- I want to check out that photofinish I keep hearing about! Hopefully everything will go well and I can go back on Sunday before the pictures.
Thank you again!!
@pinkdaisies: I have bare minerals powder and I also have “bisque”. I dot on the bisque and then cover with powder. I always tap the excess off the brush and try to apply sparingly, but once it’s on I can still see the powder all over my face! So then I pat with a tissue and before I know it my spots are back. I must be doing something wrong… I need to brush up on my technique, haha. It’s not terrible or anything, just not as good as I had hoped/remembered when my mom did me up when I was 17…
Post # 14
@September29: Look at craigslist.org in the beauty services section. Lots of makeup artists to explore there, and many have websites that showcase their work. Esessions are great for your bridal consultation. Get more bang for your buck.
Post # 15
@PrettyRoyalT: GENIUS. I will check that out! Thanks so much!
Post # 16
I highly recommend Makeup Forever HD foundation. If it’s too pricey for you, you can ask for a sample of it at Sephora. Just tell them you are interested in the makeup and would like to sample it. They will give you a small sample of the foundation to try at home. Usually the sample is enough for several applications. You may like it more than your mineral makeup and go back to purchase.