(Closed) Make-up: DIY, MAC counter, or professional?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: What is the best way to get your make up done for the wedding?

    DIY: You have total control and get to keep all the make up afterward.

    MAC counter: You have professional help at a lesser cost and can buy make up for touch ups.

    Professional: You get a trial and can feel confident with someone who knows what they're doing.


  • Post # 32
    42 posts

    As an alternative, you could try DIYing using bare minerals. I can say from experience, that its hard to use this and NOT look good. it’s like makeup for dummies.

    -Its about 60.00 for a starter kit (and if you go to a salon carrying these products, they will usually color match for foundations and such for free)

    -the kit comes with three brushes, foundation, “warmth” which just gives you a little bit of a glow, and a mineral veil to keep it all in place. It also comes with written instructions and an instructional DVD.

    -Its also all natural and has a shelf life like no other. It can last YEARS.

    Post # 33
    5890 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    @nottoocool4school: My makeup person cautioned against using Bare Minerals (or others like it) for photos. My Bridesmaid or Best Man uses it all the time and was worried about the makeup she was using on the wedding day. Bare Minerals looks great in person, but can look bad in photos. I can’t remember exactly why (maybe the reflective quality). But if you are going to use it, make sure to do lots of trials, in many different testing situations and even ask your photographer if he/she has some recommendations.

    Post # 34
    625 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    If you are going to do the Mac counter I say make sure you really let the artist know what you want. I’ve noticed Mac artists specifically apply to much pigment to the eyes and sometimes picking colors that are way to dark for most women to wear that are not drag queens. It looks great in a store that is over lit but get it in daylight or regular indoor light and it looks clownish.


    Post # 35
    646 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    One of my SO’s biggest requests is that I look like myself on our wedding day. He wants to feel like he’s marrying ME – not someone he doesn’t recognize.

    If you’re artsy, I think you could find a way to do your makeup a little more fancy for the day if you like, but at least it’ll still be your technique and you’ll look like the woman he’s already in love with.

    I, too apply minimal makeup, and I think I’ll try different looks but I’ll likely ultimately do it myself.

    Post # 36
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    A MAC counter is a professional since they are required to have a cosmetology license and extensive training. They also do freelance work so they can come to you at your location, but it may cost a little extra for the travel fee, which you would pay to anyone else too.

    That said, I would prefer to go that route (the MAC artist) since they know what they’re doing and it gives you peace of mind since you don’t need the extra stress of trying to get it right yourself. Plus alot of women are not comfortable doing their own makeup, if they even know how.

    Post # 37
    9 posts

    MAC Artists DO have to go through a process to get hired, must demonstrate their skills and abilities to get hired, but licensing requirements vary by states.

    In CA, they are not required to be licensed, but the must show competence and reasonably advanced skills.

    MAC Artists and anyone working behind a counter is usually a retail sales person. I know because I have had the process of hiring explained to me by many companies- Sephora, Macys, Nordstrom, & MAC.

    MAC tends to get heavy on product application because their policy requires staff to use a minimum of 5 products(in CA for sure). They’re not just there to do your makeup- their goal is to sell what they use on you as well. This is typical.

    Eden Di Bianco above is correct, I agree with most of her suggestions and comments.

    Makeup & Hair professionals that specialize in weddings are not interested in selling you products as much as they are interested in selling their SERVICES. They are service oriented. Not sales oriented. This is the difference, and this is what would make all the difference in your results and experience.

    If you choose a professional to do your makeup and hair without looking at his/her portfolio first- that would be a huge mistake. Please be thorough with your pickings, as I have found that women who don’t do enough research or forget to be thorough are the ones who end up getting disappointed. Please go online and find out what you should expect before booking trials and sessions. It’ll save you time, money, and disappointment. 🙂


    I hope this is helpful!

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