(Closed) Is DIY makeup actually cheaper?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA

Buying your own makeup could be more expensive, but you then get to keep all of the products!  Whereas if you go the professional route, you may spend the same amount for just that day.  If you have the skills to do your own, I’d rather go that route and be able to re-stock my makeup bag at the same time!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It would’ve been way cheaper for me just to have gone with a makeup artist.  I ended up spending about $80 on foundation and concealer alone, plus I bought the Naked palette I’d been eyeing for a while and new eyeliner and lip color.

Plus side, though?  Still using all of that makeup today.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s more expensive to get all the products in my opinion. If you already have everything it’s different. I don’t understand the argument of getting to keep it if you won’t really use it. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you don’t normally wear makeup, then no.  It’s not cheaper to do your own.  The only thing I purcahsed to do my own makeup was a lipstick because I didn’t have the exact colour I wanted.  I had everything else already and used it frequently.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I plan on doing my own makeup to save money, plus I love doing makeup and think I’m decent at it. I already have some of the stuff, and what I need to buy I will definitely use again. I will spend good money on a foundation and powder, but some other products (like blush, bronzer, etc.) you can get away with cheaper products I think. It depends on how much you are willing to spend on makeup and if it’s a good investment for you.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

If you don’t wear all of the makeup already, I would just hire a professional to do it.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

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stephncollins:  +1

By the time you buy the makeup you need, not to mention good brushes, you could’ve just hired a professional makeup artist to do it. A higher end foundation will run you $40+ alone. If you like any of the products your makeup artists uses, you could always buy those certain products later.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

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kelised:  I’d rather spend more and be able to keep the products, than spend less and only get to use them for a day.

I’m doing my own make up, and I’m just buying little by little before the wedding so I’m not spending it all at once. But I am a make up lover, so its a win for me.

Post # 11
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1821 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I wanted a make up artist because its the one day where I will actually want to get my make up professionally done. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

Foundation – Ask for a sample from Sephora the week-of. tell them you’re in a wedding and you want to try some foundations beforehand. Or you’re getting your engagement photos taken and you want to try a foundation out before purchasing one for your wedding. Free. Or try a good drugstore one like Revlon Colorstay.

Foundation Primer – again, ask for a sample. I seem to aquire samples of these anyways.

Face powder – Use any non-spf powder you like. Drugstore powders are fine for this… like the rimmel stay matte. Inexpensive. Somethings you’ll use again anyways.

Eye shadows – I have tons of these. “Free”. 

Eye Primer – I use this every day, so “free”. 

Blush – another thing i use every day, “free”. 

Highlight/bronzer – again, drugstore powders work fine. Cheap. Or something you might already have. 

Concealer – lots of drugstore ones are good.

Fake lashes – $5 

 

Post # 13
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1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I had my makeup done at the salon I had my hair done. It was much cheaper than DIY which I had originally planned.

Post # 14
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546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

Honestly, I probably would have saved money just hiring a MUA but now I own all this makeup. I have a friend who is -really- into makeup so she and I went to Ulta a couple months before the wedding, tried on and bought a bunch of stuff, and she did my makeup for my bachelorette party and wedding. I literally did not own mascara before this so it was nice to finally buy some and know it was right for me, even though I only wear it a few times a year. I had the advantage of having a friend teach me how to put it all on and stuff though–if you don’t have that I would just spring for the MUA.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I went to MAC before my wedding and had a wonderful experience!  I spent about $100 for makeup and I am still using some of it today (4+ years later).

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