(Closed) makeup– in person vs in pictures

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
923 posts
Busy bee

I’ve been struggeling with whether to do my makeup myself or have someone else do it too. I had a quickie ceremony last september in Jamaica and we stayed at an expensive resort that had a spa. I had my makeup done there and it looked ok at first but then in the photos it looked HORRIBLE!! recently I’ve started buying higher end makeup (like Dior) and have gone and gotten makeovers so they can find my correct color. What if you did that, went down to a Dior or clinique counter and had them find your colors for you and apply your makeup. Tell them you’re getting married and want a trial, infact treat yourself to the profucts and try doing your makeup at home yourself. they do amazing jobs, and then you can take pics of what you’ve done. Then you can compare to what the proffesionals did.

Let us know what you decide…I’de love to see the makeup pics too. Many of us would I think. 🙂

Post # 4
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Personally, Id rather have my pictures turn out great.  Many of the brides/bridesmaids I’ve seen have caked on makeup (including myself, the many times I was a bridesmaid) but the makeup looks FLAWLESS in pictures.

Ideally, there’d be some sort of balance, but if I had to pick, I’d rather have gorgeous pictures.  Just personal prefernce, I suppose.  I guess it also depends on how important your pictures are to you vs. the actual day.

Post # 5
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would never want to look terrible in person and great in pictures.  Yikes!

Post # 6
722 posts
Busy bee

I totally agree cbee! You make look back on your pictures, but everyone else will remember how you looked in real life, especially if you look like a drag queen. Besides, there’s always photoshop for the pics.

I had this problem with my first makeup artist, so I am doing it myself. She insisted she do my makeup for the photos even though I looked 10 years older in real life.


Post # 7
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I loved my makeup artist and thought the makeup looked very natural in person but still great in pics. Her name is Susan Lim – you can Google her to find her Facebook page but otherwise she doesn’t do much promotion. She’s also inexpensive and very sweet.


Post # 8
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I always feel like for makeup to show up well in pics it has to be heavier than what you would wear daily. I think I’d try somewhere in between (lighter foundation, heavier eye makeup) because you can always photoshop pictures!

Post # 9
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I so wanted to have my makeup done too, but yeah I don’t understand, but I looked so much older….I kept asking for what I wanted, but some MUA’s can’t change and do everything the same….I had to do it myself.  Good luck in your search but do understand you may not find a MUA for you!

Post # 10
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I just had a makeup trial with EXACTLY the same problem! Things that were done “for the photos” included:

– Three layers of dark, dramatic eyeshadow that didn’t really go with my complexion and got IN my eyes, there was so much

– Glitter over all the eye makeup, creases and browbones. Not shimmer, GLITTER!

– Eyeliner up the wazoo

– Foundation sprayed and brushed on


I’ll post my vent later, but my point is — do you want your groom to look at you and think, “Uh-oh, where’s the girl I was planning to marry?”

Nope. Rather have great natural makeup that looks good to me in person, and then exercise my photoshop skillz if needed.

It IS possible to apply lots of makeup and still have it look natural in person!


Post # 11
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I asked a makeup artist about this. She told me they use heavier and slighter oranger makeup if you are having pictures taken. Otherwise you will look extremely pale in the photos and great in real life. I would rather my pictures look great.

Post # 12
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t think you have to settle for one or the other. Mine was great in person and in the photos. My MUA used Mac high-definition foundation (especially developed for high-def TV), and it was amazing! My skin looked like porcelain. It also held up in the August heat no problem, although I had to use this blotting paper she gave me once or twice when I got a bit shiny. 🙂

Post # 14
2476 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had my makeup done and it was heavier than usual (but then again, I don’t normally wear that much makeup on an everyday basis), but it still looked nice in person– not like a drag queen at all!  I haven’t seen my pro pics yet, but I have a lot of non-pro pics and I think my makeup looks great!  I don’t think you need to settle for one or the other… maybe you should find another MUA. 


Post # 16
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

ecorachel, what products did you use from Sephora?  I am having the same problem — hate the way my makeup trials are turning out (especially the way I look in person).  Thinking about DIY-ing my makeup… would be curious to hear what products you chose.

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