(Closed) How long does wedding makeup stay on/look good?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I had my makeup done professional, and since you don’t normally do a full face and probably don’t have that many supplies for keeping makeup on long term, it’ll probably be cheaper to have it done than to invest in all the supplies you’d need.

I had my makeup done at 3pm. My ceremony was at 5:30, and the evening ended at 11. I didn’t take my makeup off until about 2am, and it was still flawless, after hours of wind and dancing. I bought the lipstick that the MUA put on me, but I never got around to reapplying it. Since she primed my lips, the lipstick stayed for a long time.

ETA: I had my makeup done at a salon, so it was easy to just buy the lipstick she put on me, but if you have it done by someone who travels to you, I’d advise her in advance that you will want to buy the lipstick so she brings a few with her.

Post # 4
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

So for the sake of comparison, the first photo is immediatelt after the makeup was done. I’m still sitting in the chair. The last photo is from like 11:30pm, so 8 hours later, after all the eating and dancing and the wind (beach in March in Florida = SUPER windy). My lipstick is pretty much gone (again, my fauly for not reapplying), but the rest of the makeup is still in place. I’ve gotten a bit shiny because I sweat a lot, but I have a good bit of adult acne, and it’s all still hidden and my skin looks great.

Post # 6
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Have it done by a professional.  I went to the local ULTA salon and had one of their workers apply my makeup ($30 fee I believe).  She added all of the photofinish products so it would stay on and look matte in all of my pictures.  It looked very natural and stayed on all day.

Post # 7
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@Eglantine:  I didn’t get airbrush. Whether to get airbrush or not will kind of depend on your skin and the tools and products your MUA uses. I think airbrush is a great option if it’s available to you and your skin is right for it. I wanted to look natural but flawless, so I guess that worked! Your MUA will probably apply your makeup a bit heavier than you want because it will tone down a bit no matter what in the first hour or two it’s on, so by the time I walked down the aisle, it pretty much looked exactly how I wanted.

Post # 8
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would have it done by a professional if I were you, maybe airbrush too


I LOVE makeup and am very particular about how I apply it, so I’m going to do it myself. It’s a destination wedding and I’m too much of a control freak to put my face in someone else’s hands when I haven’t even had a trial with them. But I am a total Sephora junkie–I was obsessed with Kevyn Aucoin’s books when I was younger–I’m sure there are makeup artists that know more about it than I do but there aren’t many

Post # 10
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had my make-up professionally done by a Beauti-Control esthetician. and everything except the lip gloss stayed on all night. She came to the church and applied my make-up and then stayed until after the ceremony to touch me up and take away the shine before pictures.

I still had on a full face when we got the hotel that night.

Post # 11
2616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

really depends on your face, body oil,sweat, if you cry. ect

right after i did it 10 am


during the first set of photos at noon to 2pm


i ended up going back to the hotel from 3 to 430 because my grooms friends presuaded me to leave the church and try to relax when hubby to be was in the hospital.  so i cried for two and half hours and it came all off… i then did my make up in ten minutes while my girls tried to fix my hair and we were off again to the church


i dont have the rest of the photos of the night yet so not sure exactly if my face is “still on” or not

Post # 12
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I had a makeup trial done a couple months ago at 11am I then rushed to school during a warm day studied, took a final went home and changed went shopping then off to a dinner party and wasn’t home til about 12am. My makeup looked flawlesss still. Makeup artists take their time and apply primers and setters and powders so you look great for hours on end. Whenever I apply makeup on myself…no matter how much…it doesn’t last that long.

Post # 13
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

definitely have a pro do your make up.  you may want to go for a trial or two before hand.  if you are not used to having makeu up on, you also may want to put some on at home for a while to get used to the feeling.

DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE!!  this is the key to keeping your makeup in tact and looking flawless.

i did my own makeup and it didn’t move the entire day.  not one single touch up.  (but i was trained as a mua)

Post # 14
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would definitely have it done by a pro. I had my trial yesterday around 1 and my makeup was still perfectly in place when I went to wash my face at 11pm. The only thing gone was the lipstick and that’s because I had actually wiped it off before I ate dinner.

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