Post # 1
I feel really guilty for secretly wanting to have someone do my makeup for the wedding, its like the ONE thing that I am not doing myself, literally. Well, other then the food and cake.
I do my makeup every day and I am very picky as to how it looks. I’m a little afraid that I won’t like it if I do hire a m/u artist and end up redoing it myself and wasting my money anyway.
Any of you ladies have any suggestions? If I diy, any recommendations for a nice foundation that won’t break the bank and make my skin look really smooth and flawless? I don’t have any skin issues other then a little dryness and these darn freckles.
For those of you who think I should hire someone, any makeup artists in the Baltimore area that you would recommend?
Post # 3
I’m going to DIY my makeup too– I think its really special to do my own makeup and have my bridesmaids help on my wedding day. I’m super picky as well, and am confident I can do a good job on it.
Post # 4
I had a make-up artist and it was well worth every penny!
I was VERY picky as well and did several test runs. She took pictures and wrote everything down so she could duplicate it the day of the wedding.
If you decide to DIY, remember to make your make-up darker than you would normally wear it so that it shows up in pictures. If you go very light, it could end up making you look washed out.
Post # 5
I did it myself after a disastrous trial. Like you, I’m also picky about my makeup — both the products and the technique. Having been there, I would say it wasn’t the ideal way to do it. I was jittery, so I wasn’t applying it the way I wanted to, and it was taking so much longer than usual because people kept coming in and out and talking to me. Luckily my mom has been applying makeup for 40 years and is a bit of a pro at the smokey eye, so she fixed me right up. =)
That being said, I still wouldn’t have hired a makeup artist. Not only do they not know you and your style (even after a bunch of trials), but I found that MUAs are one of the most inflated prices of the entire wedding. For the same price as a MUA, I bought an entire face worth of Laura Mercier makeup at Neimans (which brings me to your next question…).
I love Laura Mercier. Use the primers in combination with foundation, concealer, and pressed powder and you’re good to go for the rest of the day. It was muggy and gross out the day of the wedding, and we did our first look and couples shots outside 2 hours before the wedding. I didn’t have a chance to touch up my makeup until the middle of the reception, and it hadn’t moved.
Post # 6
PS — from a fellow freckled bride, freckles are awesome! Don’t cover them up!
Post # 7
I am getting my makeup professionally done. I am also paying for my girls too.
Post # 8
I got married in a rural area, so getting a make-up person wasn’t really an option.
I used the products mentioned here by then Ms. Creampuff and they worked GREAT!
Got some good advice here:
A friend at the end of the reception even commented asking how my makeup stayed on all night (I did touch up once after the ceremony and lipstick after dinner, but that was it).
On my day, the items I used were the following:
Laure Geller’s Spackle over my moisturizer (I used moisturizer w/o SPF since it can reflect in the photo flash and make you look pale)
random drug store foundation
Urban Decay EyeShadow Primer Potion (it really made my eye shadow stick all day- without any touch ups)
MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer (did a great job on the dark circles)
random drug store loose powder
MAC Technakohl liner (didn’t smudge)
random drug store eye shadow
MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolour (This stayed on so well that I had to scrub it off at the end of the night- definitely the best lip color I’ve ever owned. It’s a little too shiny when you first put it on, but within a few minutes, it’s just right).
Post # 9
I adore Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and powder. This product will stay and is the only thing I have found that can handle the humidity. It give really good coverage for a flawless look. For anything eyes, I think MAC has the best products out there. I haven’t found the perfect lipstick yet but I am looking!
Post # 10
I did my own makeup and used Bare Minerals which looked natural and lasted pretty much all day.
Post # 11
i’ll definitely have a makeup artist do mine for the big day. i’ll do a trial run to work out any kinks, but i’ve always had good experiences with professional makeup applications in the past.
Post # 12
I am using a makeup artist for my big day! I never wear make up, so I don’t think that I should do it for myself for such an important day.
Post # 13
I posted on this yesterday after my make-up trial (for DIY) at the Laura Mercier counter. I was very specific needed to be camera good (light reflecting pigments, no spf, not cakey.. blah blah blah) humidity and tear proof, really flawless coverage since my freckles have conglomerated into brown patches that have been resistant to my own dermatology care and wouldn’t break me out in either pimples or red splotches.
Everyone said MAC for coverage but I just couldn’t spend money on it since I know I will never where it again because it’s the worst possible pore clogger of all and responsible for at least half of my acne patients…
Many said L Mercier was good for your skin and day 2 with no breakout or big pores… I will use the products after so it was a splurge and I got all the instructions and lesson I needed!
Post # 14
i’m doing my own makeup, for the same reasons as everyone else who has: i actually enjoy doing it, and i feel confident in my ability to make myself look my best that day. i’ve had a couple makeup trials now, and i have been quite happy with them, but they are definitely looks i can create for myself.
with that said, i am still planning on having a makeup artist come to help with my 8(!) bridesmaids, because the majority of them almost never wear makeup, and definitely need a little help to be more polished for all the photos.
Post # 15
I DIY for our epics and I thought that my makeup looked fine…but I don’t normally wear a ton to begin with. My special occassion and my normal work day makeup = the same ahha. I think just to save some big bucks–I will probably just DIY–but it would be nice to get pampered! 🙂
Post # 16
I am having one b/c I want to be pampered and it is one less thing to worry about!