(Closed) Makeup? or no makeup?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would just do minimal makeup and do it yourself.  If you did eyeshadow, liner and mascara, you would look a lot more dressed up (but not overly done).

I even felt too done up with my professional makeup – didn’t even recognize myself – and I wear makeup every day.  For someone that doens’t normally wear makeup at all, I think keeping it minimal is a good compromise.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

what if you do a makeup session for the “experince” but askl them to use neutral colars and keep the whole look very natural. This way you will get the fun of having it done, feel special for the day, but recognize who is staring back at you in the mirror.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think you’d be just fine with doing minimal eye makeup yourself. Eyes are what tend to look washed out and faded/strange in photos with no makeup on them, so doing them with makeup would eliminate that “problem” and bring some life to your face in photos, without making you feel unnatural in real life.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you’re not comfortable wearing makeup and don’t usually wear it I can see why you don’t want the ‘full works’.

I definitely think a bit of natural-looking minimal makeup is good, though, mostly because it makes a crazy amount of difference in photos. Obviously you look great how you are but with lights and cameras and flash guns everybody’s skin looks funny.

The most beneficial thing is probably to get something to even out skin tone, a bit of blush so you don’t look ghostly and then whatever you usually do with your eyes.

A great way to test is to either have the trial, or maybe get your Maid/Matron of Honor to do you a mini makeover, take some photos with it on and some (in the same light conditions) without it and just see how you feel when you’ve seen them.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I wear zero makeup except for maybe eyeliner and lip gloss.  I found a makeup artist who did a great job of a trial with the most important thing being to me is exactly what you are saying.  I want to be me except better.  The foundation helped even out my skin and looked amazing.  She used a very pretty shade for my eyes and mascara which made my lashes crazy beautiful!  A little eyeliner on top lid and a little blush.  I love it!  I think if you find someone to listen to your wants and needs they will make you a better version of you without looking like someone you do not recognize!  I definitely think a trial is worth the money, you want to feel special on the day, and that will def make a difference!  We only get married once (hopefully) and so I say go for it!Kiss

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think you’ll be fine doing your own. I don’t generally wear make up, either, though I know my way around a brush and feel okay in it when I do wear it. I felt GROSS after my trial…I could see my pores begging for mercy under all the makeup they put on me. Just yucky. So I did my own. I bought a few quality products and was very happy with the results.

I would reccommend using at least a tinted moisturizer, just to even out your skin tone…they’re lighter than founation and don’t feel so heavy…and some blush in addition to your regular eye makeup .

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This is (obviously) a personal choice, and you definitely want to feel like yourself on your wedding day.  If you get comfortable doing your own makeup, I’d say go for it!  As PPs have said, I would take some pictures in different lighting to experiment with different looks, and I would definitely play up your eyes, if nothing else.

As for your freckles, experiment with layering tinted moisturizers or sheer coverage foundations so that you even out your skin tone but still let your freckles stand out 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t mind wearing light makeup, but I hate looking overdone AND my fiance hates any makeup at all.  There is nothing like overdone cakey foundation to make me feel like a grandma.  I need a compromise so that I’m made up in the photos but it doesn’t look overdone in person.  I decided to have my hair guy — to whom I’m slavishly devoted, and who is also a makeup artist — do a trial/lesson with me.  He offered to loan me a palette for my wedding, and was not offended when I asked him to teach me.  (It helps that he can’t make it to my wedding for logistical reasons anyway.)

So, this way I can feel confident that I will be comfortable with my look, but I will still get the benefit of some profesional experience.  And I’ll be equipped to touch myself up midday if necessary.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If I were you I would probably just wear a bit of mineral makeup powder lightly dusted on your skin so as to even out skin tone but not hide your freckles, a very natural light brown eye shadow, draw a thin line of eyeliner above the lashline, and finish off with mascara and lipgloss. You’ll still look like you, but more polished.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

In answer to your freckles question: Yes I’m freckle-tastic, red haired and everything. This http://www.flickr.com/photos/violajen268/1393141278/in/photostream/ is a photo of me with pro makeup and pro photography (this was taken like 4 years ago, though), they’ve manage to make sure I still have lots of freckles visible.

No idea how she did it but it’s obviously possible!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think you should do your own, but I think you should do more than just eye makeup.

Here’s what I would do:

-Brown mascara (not black!) will look softer and more natural, but will still draw attention to your eyes. Curl your lashes and use two coats. I’m going to disagree with PP and suggest that eyeliner and shadow aren’t really necessary.

– a light translucent powder to even your skin tone a bit and minimize any shine (this is important for photos). Don’t worry, it won’t hide your freckles, and you won’t even feel it after the first few minutes.

– some blush in a warm, natural shade (don’t skip this!)

– a tinted lip moisturizer like the ones from Burt’s Bees. Don’t wear only lipgloss–it’ll actually make your lips look paler and smaller in pics. Wear something matte that adds a hint of color.

I would definitely recommend trying this a few times before the wedding. You’ll feel much more comfortable in it that way.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t wear a ton of makeup, just concealor, mineral veil and mascara, but I’m having my makeup done for the wedding. It’s more for the pampering factor than anything else. Fiance would be totally fine with my normal look, but I want to look like a more polished version of myself and I haven’t quite figured out how to pull that off.

I would search out someone and take a lesson and then do it yourself the day of. You have plenty of time to practice before the big day! (Maybe I should take my own advice!)

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