(Closed) Makeup is causing anxiety!

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
10315 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

If you don’t want to wear makeup then don’t wear makeup. Do what is authentic to you.

ETA: If you do decide you want to wear makeup and want to use something better quality than drugstore, it will cost you more than just paying $60 for someone to do it for you. Usually, i’d say if you can re-wear it that isn’t a bad deal but since you don’t wear makeup it would really be a waste of money for you to go out and buy a bunch of product.

Post # 3
9632 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i dont wear makeup except for very special occassions.  i have never felt the pressure to wear make up.  it has not effected my career, my husband loves me.  i don’t understand who would make you feel like you need to wear makeup, especially heavy make up.


go to a place like sephora or bare minerals.  they will find color matches for you and put the make up on you in whatever style you want.  if you want a natural look, tell them.  there is no charge.  then only buy the products you want.

Post # 4
759 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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kimberbee17 :  due to exposure in pictures without any make up you might end up washed out… If you are not at all used to applying make up I would strongly advise to hire a specialist who can do a great job with very light make up just to make sure you look like yourself in pictures. If you start looking early you might find a good deal! 

PS touching your face isn’t a good habit and leads to clogged pores…

Post # 5
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

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kimberbee17 :  makeup doesn’t have to be heavy, but it will definitely help you show up better in photographs.  But if you don’t want to wear it, dont.

But just a heads up, makeup trials in my area are $150.  If you want airbrush (which will stay on your face longer and feel lighter), a trial could be $200.  I don’t know where you live, but I definitely had sticker shock the first time I started looking in to this.

In a perfect world, you would be able to communicate with a makeup artist that you want light, but full coverage, makeup and it would still look natural and be light enough on your face that you wouldn’t feel weighted down by it.  But that’ll likely cost a pretty penny.

Best of luck!

Post # 7
1988 posts
Buzzing bee

Hi! Okay- you don’t have to stress this hard! 

You CAN use drugstore makeup for your wedding and still look totally great. It’s NOT that complicated, especially if you want a more natural look. The reason people suggest a heavier hand for wedding make up is because super light make up may not show up in photos well. 

I would caution you from looking for ‘bridal makeup’ tutorials on youtube because bridal make up tends to be more overdone, and that’s not what you’re looking for. 

What is your skin type? I can help suggest some products and youtube tutorials you could try to mimic. You could spend $100 or less on a few drugstore products and have enough product to play around and test it a couple times before the big day. 


Post # 8
4225 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I’m not a ‘makeup person’ either. I get by with some tinted shine powder, a little coloured eyeliner and a smear of vaseline on my lips. If someone is offended by my dark circles and the odd zit I still get, then screw them! 

Twice in my life (prom and my wedding day) I had a professional makeup application. Both times I explained I hate wearing makeup, and I hate how I look with makeup on…so make me look like I’m not wearing any. Most makeup artists understand and can produce this look without much difficulty.

For my wedding, my hair and makeup together cost $150, and they even threw in a powder compress and lipstick for touchups. The trick was I didn’t book a ‘bridal’ session, just their basic package for hair and makeup. They made it look like I wasn’t wearing anything…and I just happened to have perfect skin. It didn’t start to feel ‘heavy’ until the end of the night…which was good 🙂

Post # 9
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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kimberbee17 :  I’m not big on wearing makeup either, only a bit for special occassions.  Try watching some youtube tutorials.  You can learn pretty much anything and everything you need to know there!

Post # 10
1546 posts
Bumble bee

I dont wear makeup anymore unless im going out somewhere nice or meeting up with people and I never wear makeup to work. I used to feel like I had to wear it but after moving abroad to a country where they were more natural I stopped. We moved back but I still feel much more confident and relaxed in my natural appearance in general. If I feel like putting makeup on I will but I dont feel any pressure anymore.

If you do feel like getting into makeup, start basic. You only need a little foundation (light coverage), black mascara and a neutral lipstick to start. They dont need to be expensive, just try some samples of cheaper brands to start with. Once you get used to applying the makeup you can shop for more expensive brands. If you want a heavier look, get a neutral looking eyeshadow palette (Urban Decay ‘Naked’ is great), a pencil eyeliner and experiment. There are some great tutorials on youtube, just be sure to search for natural looks because many of them are heavy. 


Post # 11
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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kimberbee17 :  I dont wear makeup most days. If my Fiance and I go out for dinner, its usually just mascara. I decided to have someone do my makeup because I really have no skill. She is still doing something natural looking, but pumping it up! Better lashes, a subtle but better eye, and airbrushing. Its really your call, but I thought why would I buy a whole bunch of makeup that I may never use again?

Post # 13
1296 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I like to go to the makeup counters in department stores and have my makeup done there – it’s free, and they’ll teach you how to use their products. I tend to buy one product each time; the first time I bought an eyebrow powder as that made the biggest difference I thought, the second time I bought a really good cleanser etc.

What I do is look at the ladies serving on these counters – if you don’t like the makeup they’re wearing, chances are they’ll do something similar on you and you won’t be too keen.

I have a mix of good quality and cheaper makeup. I have two foundations; a heavier one for having my photo taken and a tinted BB cream for when I just want something light. I haven’t decided whether to do my own makeup or not for my wedding day. Part of me wants to save the money and the other part wants to avoid any stress.

The most important thing is to get your skin in the best condition possible whether you want to do your makeup yourself, hire a makeup artist or go without. I know when I let my T-bone area dry out, no makeup artist is going to be able to do a good job on top of that, nevermind myself. Also the better the condition of my skin, the less makeup I’ll actually need.

Post # 15
1235 posts
Bumble bee

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kimberbee17 :  I know you’re only going for drug store makeup but if it’s a possibility I would absolutely give the Tarte  Shape Tape Concealer a shot ($25) it’s full coverage yet doesn’t feel heavy and blends seemlessly. My aunt and cousin have hereditary fake circles just like ou and they tried 10+ concealer from drug store to high end and this is the only one that covers theirs up very wel and lasts all day without looking cakey! No drug store concealer that I’ve tried is as good as the tarte shape tape. And you meantion that you have otherwise clear skin- same here and so often I just wear concealer under my eyes and a little on my forehead and upper lip to balance out color and then that’s it! I totally skip the foundation and maybe you can do the same! That will help with making your face feel less heavy 

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