(Closed) MUA's or Bee's who did their own wedding makeup–Drugstore makeup?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@magglemay-2013:  I’m a drug store MU junkie! I can help you out! Revlon Colorstay is a great foundation. I’ve tried high end foundations and I still think Revlon CS is my hg. I have perfected how to make it look most natural and photograph the nicest.

1. Use the one for oily/combo skin for your wedding because the spf is low enough that it won’t cause flashback. Don’t use a mineral powder over it if it has titanium dioxide in it. That ingredient will cause a white cast in photos. I would recommend the Nearly Naked powder in the lightest shade. It’s colored and so it will help with coverage and photographing without a white cast.

2. Mix in L’Oreal’s Lumi Primer. The ratio that works best for me (I have oily skin) is about 1 part dewy foundation to 3 parts Colorstay. I recommend doing this because it helps the foundation look very natural and glowy while still lasting long and controlling oil. 

3. Stipple the foundation on exfoliated and moisturized skin using a dampened cosmetic sponge wedge or beauty blender. You want to run the sponge under the water until it’s soaked and then ring it out completely. Don’t rub, just pat it into your pores repeatedly until it has an airbrushed look. Let it set, then blot your face with a tissue to absorb excess oils. Powder over the top of it. I also rec pushing the powder into your skin using a dry cosmetic wedge or a powder puff versus swirling it in wih a brush. It gives a nicer finish in photographs.

4. Don’t forget to bronze/contour and add in at least one color of blush (although I think 2 blush colors look best) and then blend well. This will also help it photograph nicer because your face with have dimension and look more natural. I love the Revlon Photoready bronzing palette (has 4 colors in the pan) and ELF Studio or Milani blushes.

5. Make sure to check everything in natural and artificial light as well as photograph it to make sure it looks natural.

As for the color matching situation, unfortunately the drugstore selection is not the best for that. You can try using a green primer or concealor and red spots before hand. Physician’s Formula RX is a great concealor and will cover anything. You only need the tiniest drop though or else it can cake up. Blending foundation and bronzing very carefully down your neck will also help it match better. Just be super careful to check it in natural light to ensure it matches.

Hope this helped!

Post # 4
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I buy some department store stuff like Benefit and MAC. But I have to say…Revlon makeup is the shit. For real. Don’t feel bad about using it! I am using colourstay foundation right now but I think I prefer photoready. I never had a problem with the sparkles in it, but some reviews I have read of it talk a lot about the shimmer.

Also, Wet N Wild eyeshadow is the BEST eyeshadow. I love it. Major staying power and sooo cheap. 

Edit: I just saw what you said about your skin tone. I too have a pink face. It is my Scotch blood…I use a primer, and then I put on my foundation, then a finishing powder. I find that takes out the pinkness! Then I strategically add it back with blush and highlighter…haha! 

Post # 7
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@magglemay-2013: to help with the redness, find a colour corrector in green! It’ll help counteract the red colour. You would apply it first, then go ahead with foundation. I’m sure drugstore has many products that are colour correctors. I agree with previous PP’s that Revlon CS is a great foundation. I also am inlove with Almay Clear Complexion at the moment. I think I love it more than Revlon CS.

Nothing wrong with drugstore makeup! There are some products from the drugstore that are better than highend!

Post # 8
30 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am a redhead with pale skin with reddish undertones. The best thing I have ever found to reduce the redness is Smashbox photo finish color correcting primer. It is expensive BUT Ulta has small trial sizes you can buy for much cheaper, and it is one of the only things that I have found that toally removes the red undertones. 

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?skuId=2233970&productId=xlsImpprod3590053&navAction=push&navCount=1&subdoc=15augbonuspoints&categoryId=cat80020' defer='defer



Post # 9
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think foundation is worth the splurge to make sure the color is correct.

That said, as long as you find the right formulation (basically no SPF) you should be OK no matter what the brand is.

Post # 10
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@magglemay-2013:  Yay! I’m so glad you liked it! That method rocks! 🙂

Post # 11
8375 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Over the years, I’ve used some of the most expensive foundations in the world, and I’ve tried a LOT of high-end brands, including Shu Uemura, Nars, MAC, Trish McEvoy, Chanel, Dior, Stila, Shiseido, Benefit, Bare Minerals, Prescriptives, Lancome, etc. etc.

However, some years ago, I decided I didn’t love the results of any of them enough to keep paying $40 a bottle for foundation, and I switched to Loreal TruMatch. I love it, and it’s only about $11 per bottle.

They have three different categories for cool, normal, and warm-toned skin, and they offer a very wide range of shades for very pale skin through dark skin tones within each of those three categories. I would recommend that you consider trying it.


Post # 12
2254 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wrote a lengthy response then hit the close button…so in short I was praising bhcosmetics.com for how great and cheap their products are- MAC quality and they have a ton of videos online.

Also I plan on doing my MU then taking a bunch of pictures in diff lighting to decide if it needs tweeking.

Post # 13
573 posts
Busy bee


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@Brielle:  I am in the same boat. The first foundation I ever tried was Loreal True Match. Having worked in a Drugstore for 8 years now I have since experimented with a tonne of different brands and types of foundation but always find my way back to Loreal True Match. (I must say that I do quite like that MAC has just released an NW10 shade for us pale girls!)

I am casper white. Truly. This past week alone I have been asked twice if I was okay cause I was looking incredibly inredibly pale. ha ha.  The shade of Loreal True Match I wear is N1. I have worn it on various formal occassions and has always found that it photographed well.

The other drugstore foundation that I have found quite good is Rimmels Match Perfection. They have incredibly light shades available as well. 010 Light Porcelain is the shade I use. I would say it is perhaps a touch lighter than Loreal if that is a concern but I cannot comment on how well it photographs. 

Revlon colourstay is one of the best drugstore foundations. It is going to stick around all day which is key.  I never found the great shade match but the formula is perfection if you find a suitable shade.

Other Drugstore products I love include Revlon Colourburst Lip Butters- Red Velvet and Sugar Plum and pretty much always on my lips.  I have also found the majority of Loreal’s mascaras to be fantastic.

Good Luck! I’m sure you will be confident, looking beautiful for your wedding.


Post # 15
933 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

I am going to suggest MAC ….. BUT …. go into the store, get made up and then buy the products in their outlet stores online or ebay has a good few stores for it too. 

Post # 16
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve read that the mineral makeups reflect too much light for photography. Sorry I don’t have any more info!

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