(Closed) Makeup: DIY or professional?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think you need to do more makeup than your normal routine in order to look good in pictures.  If you are comfortable with that, you could probably do it on your own.  I was not good with makeup on my own so I had it professionally done.

Post # 4
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

How are your maids at makeup?  Mine have been doing my hair and makeup since high school and college, so they took over when I was getting ready.  They knew exactly what I liked, put it on heavier than I normally do, and it was free.  Plus it has always been a great bonding experience for us, so it is a nice memory. 

I went to Ulta a few weeks before the wedding and splurged on some new stuff since my usual stuff is getting old, still cost only a fraction of what a pro would. 

Post # 5
1602 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i would definately say get a pro, or a friend who’s good. like mentioned, you want it to be darker so the pictures turn out good.

Post # 7
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I wear some make up, but I really don’t have a clue what I’m doing most of the time, so I’m going to go to one of those big stores like Ulta and see if they can show me what to do.  That way I don’t have to have another person to pay, I can do as many trials as I want since I’m doing it myself, I have an excuse to splurge on quality products that I can keep using long after the wedding is over, and I learn a skill that I’ve always wanted to know.

I think you should go that route.  I wouldn’t trust my make up to someone I’d never met, especially if you don’t have a clear idea what you want.  And just because you don’t typically use quality make up, doesn’t mean you can’t keep using the foundation or whatever you buy until it runs out and then go back to the walgreens stuff!

Post # 8
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Are you able to go to the salon ahead of time and do a trial? Professional make-up doesn’t neccessarily mean clown make-up. You just need an artist that will listen to what you want, and knows how to keep it natural for brides. Maybe bring some pictures for inspiration if you’re nervous.
Even if you plan on doing your own, play around at home with different looks and take photos so you can compare.

Post # 9
2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I did DIY, and my reasons were exactly the same as yours.  I thought my makeup turned out great.  It looked good in the photos and I still looked like myself.

here’s what happened when I did a pro trial.  A disaster basically:

And here’s what happened when I went to sephora, had a free consultation, bought their makeup, practiced 3 times on my own, then did it myself for the wedding day.  Much better in my opinion:

Post # 10
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you’re going for a natural look, you will still need more than just everyday makeup.  I’m not great with applying “special occasion” makeup so I’m going with a professional.  I had a trial with my hair/makeup girl last month and I LOVED the results.  It’s kinda hit or miss though sometimes.  Maybe you can ask your friends and family if they know of a good person they can recommend? 

Post # 12
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I don’t like alot of makeup. Fiance prefers me without. I have been practicing and weeding out what I like and what works. I am happy with this and don’t see spending the money of a pro.

Post # 13
439 posts
Helper bee

I’d do your own makeup, personally.  

I never wore makeup, ever.  My mom never wore makeup…my sisters never wore makeup.  I had no one to teach me.  I actually didn’t start wearing makeup regularly until recently (I wear a suit 4 out of 5 days a week, and I don’t feel put together without it).

I actually ended up doing everyone’s makeup for my sister’s wedding because they decided I was the family “expert” (lol), and they all looked great.  I taught myself to do different makeup “looks” with youtube videos.

I’d go to Ulta and get some “better than drugstore, but not as expensive as department store” makeup.  Play around with it, and practice a lot.  The one splurge product I buy is Benefit’s “Hello Flawless” powder.  I love it.  I get great coverage with it, and I don’t feel like I’m wearing a ton of makeup.  Plus, it’s SPF 15.

Sephora is nice, too, because you can return anything you try and don’t like, but I find Sephora to be a little out of my budget.


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