(Closed) Make-Up DIY or Pro?

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Are you going DIY or Pro on the big day?

    DIY - Myself

    DIY - Get friends involved


    Other (explain)

  • Post # 3
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    @Cariad: Im going PRO..yes it’s pricey but Im going to be photographed all day and I want to make sure everything stays put and also you don’t want to stress about it the day of your wedding.

    BUT i know exactly where you’re coming from. I have only gotten pro makeup done before once when I was a bridesmaid and I ended up wiping off makeup. So I am going to have a few trials before I make my decision.

    Post # 5
    375 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    i hated my  makeup when I have had it done professionally.. I didnt think i looked like… myself I am going to do it myself… 

    Post # 6
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I did my own.

    I went to a friends wedding in Feb and the make up artist put so much make up on and insisted she looked great in a dark lipstick, she looked old and terrible. So I did my own.

    I practiced plenty and tried out foundation combos that lasted all day at work.

    Anyway i just put extra foundation on than normal, used mac paint pot in painterly as an eyeshadow base so it would not move and then lots of powder. It lasted all day and looked natural and I dont regret a thing, my photos look great too.

    Tips for doing yourself: keep it matte and use plenty of powder, just practice and you will be fine.

    Remember you only get one trial with a professional at best but you can make every day a trial if you do it yourself

    Post # 7
    4009 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m going for Pro. I dont want to have to worry about applying it the morning of and hoping that it stays. Plus, my everyday makeup is mostly the mineral kind which wont work for me in pictures on my day! I found a fantastic make-up artist that enhances natural beauty without overdoing it, so we’ll see how it goes!

    Post # 8
    2252 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m doing my own makeup except my sister is applying my fake lashes. I never quite got the hand of that. Since I am cursed with oily skin I will have to blot the whole day. =(

    Post # 10
    2252 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    @Cariad: Thank you. I am using a primer by Smashbox but even after a couple of hours, I have to blot. I’ll definitely look into the L’oreal one you suggested. Hopefully, it will work better.

    Post # 12
    913 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I will be DIM (doing it myself) for the reasons you mention (I also hate the heavy look that many makeup people do) and also because my wedding will be in a relatively remote location where as far as I know there are no makeup artists, and even if there are I won’t have time for a trial ahead of time.

    I like what a PP said about every day being a trial–this is so true! I plan to practice a LOT beforehand.

    Hair is something I’m worried about, I’ll probably have to do my hair myself as well but just not nearly as confident about that.

    Post # 13
    5426 posts
    Bee Keeper

    This is the perfect video to watch if you want to DIY your own makeup, I am using it for mine!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex33wtqnNz8

    I have a lot of pimples on my face like hers, and she hides everything! Her face is so natural looking, the skin part, I won’t put that much blush on my cheeks or that much eye makeup.

    I am using the video for the technique to hide the 40 something pimples on my face, on my wedding day!

    Post # 14
    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I apply makeup daily and am quite picky in how I like my makeup, but I am having a makeup trial for this reason. I am very tuned into how I like my makeup to look so I am going to tell her how I want it ahead of time (and take pictures of how I’ve done it to show her what I’m talking about). I like a dramatic eye (smokey-ish with purple shadow and shimmery overshadow), a medium coverage foundation with subtle blush and a stay-put gloss or light lipstick (pink nudeish). I know that I am going to be freakin’ out on my wedding day and there’s no reason for me to do my own makeup for that reason. I want to just chill out and relax….plus, my girl is doing my hair too, so she might as well do both. Why not, right? Even if you know what makeup works for you, work close with one person who gets to know you (whether it’s a pro person or one of your friends) and you should be OK. 🙂


    PS> DO NOT use hairspray to have your makeup set. If you sweat at all (even subtly), it will make your skin feel really gross, make your eyelashes feel clunky and probably make you breakout. There are super affordable, great make-up setting sprays that you can buy (I’ve seen it at David’s Bridal, Sephora, even some pharmacies if you look). Good luck 🙂

    Post # 15
    605 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m a pro and could do my own makeup if I wanted to, but I want to be spoiled for the day instead. I suggest finding an artist that listens to what you want and not hearing what they want to hear. If you want a light, fresh, natural look then that is what you should get. By The Way, any artist on “trend” should know that right now its all about flawless barely there skin anyway. I’ve never been a fan of heavy looking makeup. Take a few pictures of what you are looking for. Scout out reputable brands like MAC, Smashbox, etc. and see if you can find an artistist willing to freelance their services on their off time. Good luck!

    Post # 16
    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I plan to do my own, but I will use it as an excuse to splurge on some higher-end products that I wouldn’t normally purchase.  I don’t wear much makeup on the regular, so I will likely keep it really light and natural-looking; as such, I don’t really like the idea of paying someone else a sizeable chunk of money for that. I’ve been a hair show model, and I find that I don’t really like the work that makeup artists have done on me.

    I totally understand why others would choose a professional, though.


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