@luvmesumhim: It really depends where you are, and what you decide on. Personally (after trial) I am paying $150 for hair and makeup which in the POrtland area is about average. If you go on Craigslist and search “Bridal Makeup” you can often find a lot of up and coming artists who are looking to build their portfolio, and thus offering services at a discounted rate.
Figure you’d be spending around $50 at a makeup counter for bridal makeup, you might be right around there for an inexperienced artist.
Another idea might be to check into beauty schools in your area. I get my hair done every other month at a beauty school in Portland as well as eye brow and bikini waxes. I usually pay around $60 for everything. All of the students are watched like hawks by instructors. Check reviews, but that’s also a good route.
Just wear tinted moisturizer, a little concealer where necessary, some powder, mascara, and some lip gloss.
Eye shadow and blush if you want to look a little more “done”.
Don’t overthink this.
I look fine without makeup but I like to look like I put a little effort into my appearance. I just feel confident with makeup, but I don’t go overboard. I don’t plan on hiring a MUA for any occasion in my life, TBH.
Local beauty school? The girls/guys there probably would come to your house for dirt cheap mainly for the experience/portfolio pictures.
Or go to a counter and get a mini lesson, ie how to apply lipstick,blush and mascara.
Im a makeup artist, I think makeup is the most important thing in the world lol, though I am biased. If you are comfortable doing the no makeup look, then by all means, rock that pretty smile, bare faced!
All brides should wear makeup! If you’re unsure of how to do your own makeup, watch beauty videos and practice. This is going to be the best day of your life, so you want to look your best. I’ve linked some helpful videos below.
My makeup only cost me $35, I think, to have done at a salon. They open early on weekends for bridal parties if you book enough in advance. My Maid/Matron of Honor and I both had hair and makeup done (her choice!).
If you hardly ever wear makeup, it’d be cheaper to have someone do it for you than to buy all new makeup. If you want to make an “investment” in some good makeup, go visit an ULTA or department store and look around, get a couple makeovers and see what you like. Just get the basics – foundation or tinted mousturizer, blush, mascara, and an eyshadow pallete. You just might want to buy some lipstick so that you can reapply it throught the day (though I totally forgot!).
I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I have lots of good makeup. 🙂 It doesn’t aggravate my skin and it’s easier to look better, I think. On a normal day I do loose powder, blush, and mascara. Sometimes eyeshadow but not always, and just a naked-look (I just got the Urban Decay Naked Basics pallete and I really like that, perfect for looking nice but not like you’re wearing a lot of makeup).
ETA – just saw your wedding is on a Thursday. I would definitely call around to local salons and ask about makeup prices and availability. A lot even have it on their websites!
Can you practice applying some BB cream (L’Oreal makes a good one you can pick up at Target or anywhere like that, it’s sheer and seriously, you can’t mess it up!), a light dusting of powder on your nose, forehead and chin (cheeks optional, if you have oily skin you might want to), a sheer dusting of blush, a highlighting stick on your eyelids, and if you’re fair skinned with blond to medium brown hair, a brown waterproof mascara, if you have darker hair or a darker complexion, black mascara. Get your eyebrows waxed professionally ASAP, don’t wait for the day before! Nice and well-groomed brows make the natural look really work. On your lips, just a simple gloss – clear or something slightly pinkish.
I personally think a touch of makeup should be worn on your wedding day, if anything because of the photography.
It’s not hard at all, especially the little things I listed, and those things make a difference! What’s your skin tone (fair, olive, medium, dark?) and your hair color? I’d be willing to help you with a simple palate as far as blush, lip, etc., and if you wanted help with practicing applying makeup, I’d be willing to Skype and show you or something like that if you wanted to.
Not sure where you are, but if you happen to be in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area and even outside the immediate suburban area or western WI (Hudson, River Falls), I’d come and help you do your makeup, on the house. (I do actually have some credentials aside from loving makeup, haha. I have a cosmetology license, though I’ve never done makeup outside of when I was in school and we had to there.) Long shot that you’re in the area but let me know if you are and I can lend a makeup applying set of hands. 🙂
@luvmesumhim: My offer to help you with colors and make a video tutorial for you or Skype if you want some direction still stands. Not sure if you saw, my post was long. It’s not hard to do, but someone showing exactly what to do is helpful.
You don’t need to go overboard with the makeup if you don’t normally wear it a lot. Just enough to cover up any blatant flaws and play up your features. So maybe some concealer, waterproof mascara, and lipstick or gloss. You don’t need a MUA to do that for you. Quite frankly, as a former MUA, when you get it done at the counter they use a heck of a lot more than you really need. It’s a sales strategy to earn commission. They most likely told you a minimum purchase requirement in order to get your makeup done, correct? I used to make good commission money during wedding and prom season. Just wear what you feel comfortable with.
I think that you could do your make-up yourself if you practised a bit. When I was living in England I came across a MUA called Lisa Eldridge. She has worked with many celebrities and posts really useful tutorials on how to do make-up looks yourself on her website. I would start with all her basic videos in which she explains how to apply foundation, concealer etc. and choosing the right colours and make-up types for your skin. Then once you have got an idea of how to apply the basics you could have a look at her other videos. She has done several tutorials on bridal make-up and I’m planning on doing a variation on her Classic Bridal Look for my wedding.Here are the links (be sure to start with watching the basic videos first if you aren’t confident doing make-up):