(Closed) I'll have to do my own wedding makeup :( Advice? Tips? Tricks?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 16
425 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Watch a ton of YouTube tutorials. BrideDeForce/ FleurDeForce has some videos about wedding makeup and how to make it stay put. 

Try samples of different foundations and products first to see how they react with your skin type. I wouldnt buy full size expensive products without testing them for a week or so first (for face products, not so much eyeshadow). 

I am going to be doing my own makeup because I am the most comfortable doing it myself, and I do a test look and get my Fiance to take some pictures to see how the makeup looks on camera too. 

Post # 17
638 posts
Busy bee

ChrissyMary9515:  The damn lighting in Sephora!! I tried on a foundation that looked perfect, once I got outside it looked wayyyyyyy too reddish and ruddy! Have you tried Mac? Their foundation has great staying power but if you have any bit of dry skin, it will show. 

Post # 18
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I did my own and I was so happy with how it turned out (I’d post pics but don’t want face pics posted online). I spent a good 4-6 weeks researching techniques and products online and took about 5 trips to Sephora to get the perfect primer & foundation. They will give you free samples which was awesome and they have an awesome return policy. I spent a lot of my free time watching tutorials online for makeup application in general and then also wedding looks. My favorite tutorials came from:




I ended up using this look for the actual day (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJTAUXbvJNo)  and used a few of the products mentioned (makeupgeek has amazing shadows and I would definitely recommend them, they blend beautifully). It was sooo nice to have something I could watch the day-of to calm my nerves while I was applying. I had practiced the whole look about 3-4 times prior to the wedding so I felt very comfortable in what I was doing and not second-guessing myself.

While I was nervous about doing my own makeup and hair, I’m glad I did. I got to learn more about makeup and techniques and I got to keep all the products! While I spent about $200 on products, I will use them for YEARS, instead of spending $100+ on a MUA for one day.

Post # 19
4249 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Hmmm.  I’m in the boat of trying a different make up artist.  I also experience foundation sliding off my face due to oily skin, but when I had my trial a few weeks ago she did such an awesome job making it look natural and amazing, plus it stayed put for the rest of the day and into the night when I went out for drinks with friends.  I get that your fiance doesn’t like the “caked on foundation” look, but at the same time the right person will be able to make you look so awesome while still giving you a natural look.  I couldn’t believe how natural mine looked even though I had a LOT of crap on my face…

Post # 20
94 posts
Worker bee

If you are worried about oils and such you should definitely try a setting powder like Ben Nye. It works so well for me and comes in a ton of different shades!

Post # 21
730 posts
Busy bee

Photo? I can understand not wanting to share, but maybe it isn’t as bad as you fear, or people here could give tips to fix it up?

In any case, I think that the bridal look is so often overdone. Doing it yourself sounds nice, especially if you have the natural face down. Just make sure you have a little blush on! And I’d recommend bringing the eye drama in the shadow and sticking with simpler liner — just in case you’re nervous and don’t have a steady hand.

Good luck!!!!!

Post # 22
3244 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I did  mine and my maids make up which involved practice! We went shopping and boy tested for foundation. I also went for simple,  natural palettes which meant I didn’t look caked and there was little room for error or smudging. So golds, lavender and  bit of glitter!

Post # 23
287 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

ChrissyMary9515:  I have oily skin too and have tried so many foundations! A few months ago I found Revlon Colorstay and that along with Ben Nye Banana Powder and a decent primer keep my make up in place all night!

Post # 24
865 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I did my wedding makeup! And you know what? My hair stylist was SHOCKED that I hadn’t had it professionally done. I don’t say this to brag, just to illustrate that I think professional results are really achievable if you figure out what products work for you, and practice. I have been passionate about makeup for a long time, and kept up a blog on the subject for several years (as well as following others’ blogs and learning from them), so I felt like I had a good baseline of knowledge. That being said, YouTube tutorials are invaluable, and really getting your hands dirty with lots of different products to see how they work on you will be great. 

I spent a long time experimenting with which products stayed put on my skin, looked good with my skin tone (I had to mix foundations to get the right color; this isn’t unusual!), and gave me a natural finish. I got a ton of samples from makeup counters and Sephora, and tried applying with fingers, brushes, layering with other products, etc… Until I had a combination I was happy with. Take this with a grain of salt, since I have very dry skin, but here are some products that work really well for me. I don’t exclusively use high-end or mid-range products (i.e. not drugstore), but because of my pale skintone and problematic dry/sensitive skin, I really haven’t found less expensive alternatives that work as well on my skin for a lot of my basics. I figured my wedding was not the time to try to skimp on the cost of makeup, and I’d much rather invest in good makeup that I could re-use than pay a makeup artist and only have it for one day (and probably not love the result). 

-Tarte Amazonian Clay Loose Powder. It’s great for setting foundation and making it look natural. It’s not too “powdery”. 

-Eye and face primer!!! Face primer will help your foundation go on smoother, more opaque, and to stay a bit longer. You may have to try a few formulas to find one that works well with your skin type. I prefer NARS’ eyeshadow primer to Urban Decay’s more popular formula. I find it lasts longer and eyeshadows apply more smoothly over it.

-MAC Prolongwear concealer. It’s pretty heavy duty and doesn’t settle into my fine lines like some creamy formulas do on me. 

-Make Up For Ever foundations; their skin and body is light coverage but buildable. I love this finish, but they don’t have a color range that works great for me. Their Liquid Lift formula has worked well on my skin, and I’ve heard great things about their Mat Velvet foundation for oily skin. I dislike their HD foundation, and I have heard mixed reviews about it, but it may be worth a try. On my wedding day, I ended up using a mix of Smashbox, Lancome, and MUFE foundations to get the right color; if you just need to mix foundations to get a flawless color match for your wedding, ask for samples! 

-NARS blushes and lipsticks; they have a lot of really unique, flattering colors that look great on different skintones. 

-Maybelline cream/gel eyeliner (in a little pot); it stayed put all night, and didn’t smear even though I cried during my vows. 

-I used Dior eyelash primer, Dior Overcurl waterproof mascara, and false eyelashes. They also stayed put during my crying episode!

-I used a Sephora brand lipstain and it didn’t transfer at all onto my husband when we kissed. I touched up once the whole night (it had begun to wear off a bit after about 3 hours), and it didn’t dry my lips out. I forget the name, but it looks like it’s in a test tube, not a traditional lipgloss or liquid lipstick tube.

-Highlighting/ Contouring: This will help your face look more natural and help define your features on photographs. It’s easy to get washed out. On my wedding day, I used a taupe sculpting color for my contour (some people use bronzers; I find a color that has more taupe mimics shadow better and looks more natural), and a matte pale pink for my highlight. I only used shimmery highlight around my eye, in a C-shape on my temple blended out onto the top of my cheekbone and just above the edge of my eyebrow. Be careful of shimmer in photography! I only used a smidge there, and then just above my eyeliner to brighten up my eyes. I also contoured my jawline and my nose very lightly to help my features not disappear in photos. I promise all this contouring won’t make you look like Kim Kardashian. Use a light hand and practice, but it will make a big difference in how you photograph. 

-Don’t forget your brows! I prefer filling in my brows with a powder. It will make a big difference, even if it’s not a step you usually do. 

Go more dramatic than you think you’ll need to! You will end up looking more washed out in photos than you do in real life. This is not the day to do a nude lip. 

All of this being said: be careful to streamline your products as much as possible. the more layers you end up with, the more prone to ending up with an unnatural finish you’ll be. I had started off experimenting with two primers (one hydrating, one “normal’), foundation, concealer, setting powder, setting spray, pressed powder, finishing powder… It wasn’t pretty. I ended up using just one primer, foundation, concealer, setting spray, and setting powder. This worked for me; it isn’t the day to use one product to cancel out another. 



Post # 25
1123 posts
Bumble bee

I’m doing my own makeup on the day too and have been practicing it when I can. I already wear makeup every day but have been trying out better quality products and watching some tutorials to get ideas.

The main tips I have picked up so far are:

– Use primer before foundation and eye primer before eyeshadow. I really have noticed a difference when doing this.

– Ensure your foundation contains no SPF or shimmer as this reflects badly on photos giving you a ghost type look.

– Use a taupe blush or eyeshadow to contour your cheeks rather than bronzer.

– Buy a good set of eyeshadow brushes to get good eyeshadow effects and contouring.

– Use a finishing spray at the very end (I bought an Urban Decay one after reading many reviews)

Post # 26
127 posts
Blushing bee

I had to do my own makeup because I had a destination wedding. I just went to the Mac counter to get some ideas. I told her it was for my wedding and she was super helpful and explained everything she was doing step by step so I could replicate it later. 

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