(Closed) I know NOTHING about make-up

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Woodstock:  If you go to any makeup booth in a department store they can give you a free assessment of what your colors are. It’s pretty handy to know, and serves as a good jumping off point, because what looks good on you may not be what you think would look good. I can’t help with the foundation, I’m not a fan and don’t use it much, with the exception being “Some Kinda Gorgeous” from Benefit.

Post # 4
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196 posts
Blushing bee

@Woodstock: 

You’ll definitely want to get a waterproof and/or longwear foundation.  Both of Revlon’s Colorstay foundations (whipped and liquid) have a good following, though I’ve never tried them myself. 

MAC and Make Up For Ever both have Face & Body foundations that are also highly recommended.  I use the MAC F&B foundation, and it does stay on my combination skin pretty well (plus it’s about the same price per ounce as drugstore foundations).  These two foundations are great because they’re super sheer and don’t really look mask-like.  I want to try the MUFE one but I’m too poor at the moment ha!

I think if you share your skin type (oily, dry, combination, etc) you’ll get more specific recommendations for brands and such.  πŸ™‚

As for lipsticks, I really like the Revlon ones that came out this year.  The lip butters are awesome (not sticky, stains lips slightly so it looks good even after it wears off).  The crayon ones are also great (they’re called the kissable lip balm stains or something like that).  They really do stain the lips pretty well, and are super easy to apply.  As for colors, I tend to like naturalish pinks.  My favorites are the lip butter in Sugar Plum and the balm stain in Honey.  They look pretty great with the lip butter layered over the stain too.

I like looking at swatches online before I buy.  I tend to go to karlasugar.net and allurabeauty.com to look for swatches first.  Both of these ladies are very thorough and use great lighting.

Hope that helps!  πŸ™‚

 

Post # 5
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6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would go to Sephora and have them color match you for Makeup Forever. They have a starter set for $70 that’s actually a great value! My friend and I both used them for our weddings, and it gives you a really great matte look without having product caked on, which I have a feeling you’d like since you don’t typically wear anything! πŸ™‚

Here’s the link! http://www.sephora.com/hd-complexion-starter-kit-P298102?skuId=1379718

Post # 6
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196 posts
Blushing bee

@Woodstock:  

Oh and some other tips that have been shared with me in the past:

1)  Try to avoid SPF in your wedding day foundation unless it’s going to be a sunny outdoor wedding.  SPF can give your face a gray cast in flash photos.  (depends on the active ingredients, but better safe than sorry)

2)  Certain powders can make your face look super white with flash photos.  Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish powder is a known culprit, but I think it really depends on your application and the lighting.  I’ve heard of a lot of people that had no problems whatsoever.

3)  Anything with glitter or sparkle can possibly make your face have little white dots in photos.  I had a mineral powder blush that did that, and it wasn’t particularly shimmery either.

Post # 7
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2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

The other bees have given great suggestions. YouTube.com has a lot of tutorials on and how to do your make up, as well.

Post # 8
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114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It’s too hard to figure everything about HD photoready makeup (which is what you are loking for)! You should absolutely get expert help with color matching at sephora or a department store. Also, be sure to do a makeup trial. DONT skip just because you are semi-DIYing!!!

Post # 10
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502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think you should ask your Bridesmaid or Best Man to come to the mall with you and help you find colors that will work with the overall look. For foundation, anyone working at a make up counter or sephora will help you. I don’t have a recommendation of what photographs well though. Good luck!

Post # 11
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147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would definitely go to the department store and go around trying different samples πŸ™‚

I went to MAC and they were very nice and I’ve always had trouble finding a good foundation. Unfortunately, I was allergic to theirs as well as Bare Minerals.

I’m currently using Estee Lauder’s Double Wear and it is THE best foundation I have ever used. The lady at the counter was SO SO SO nice to me and SO helpful. She gave me two samples to test out for the week to make sure I wasn’t allergic and thank goodness I wasn’t. To me, it gives me an airbrushed look and lasts all day without “melting” off my face. It is $35 I believe.

I went to clinique and personally, the lady who selected the foundation for me was blind and I did not like what she picked out. She was really nice! But didn’t really know what she was doing.

 

If anything, ask if you could have a sample from the booths and test it out throughtout the week! Make sure you keep in mind how long it’ll last and how it looks inside and outside πŸ™‚ Good Luck!

Post # 13
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3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Okay, so I was totally worried about the same thing.  We’re having an outdoor wedding so I was worried that my normal stuff would make me too ‘glowy’.  I practiced today and I am decently pleased.  I am using my normal foundation – Too Faced Beauty Balm for coverage and a little smidge of color, normalcy, and I just bought Jane Iredale pressed mineral powder and followed with their bronzer.  My make up has held up incredibly well all day and it has so far photgraphed beautifully.  I have also heard that MAC has a good line but I wanted something that was less like pancake and actually did something positive for my skin which Jane Iredale is supposed to do.  It’s expensive, I am not going to lie.  I ended up paying $50 for the compact and powder, $50 for the brush (this is why I don’t use brushes, ouch!) and $30 for the bronzer.  The cool part is that if I don’t like it I can return it within 60 days.  I would just start experimenting and make sure they have a decent return policy.  πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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1830 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Use a primer. Use a primer. USE A PRIMER!

I use (don’t laugh!) Monistat’s Chafing Powder-Gel as a primer – look it up, it’s comparable to some very expensive primer products and is really cheap! It is amazing. I makes my face like glass and doesn’t clog pores. My makeup looks so smooth on top and stays on all day.

Post # 15
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3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@pharmy:  Hmm, thanks for that tip!

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