(Closed) Must you have professional makeup done for wedding?

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Hi there- while I think its not necessary- i think its a good thing to do  Most especially for photos- you need a little more enhancement to help bring out those natural features.  Meet with a make up artist and tell them you want Natural as possible.  But again, if its not important to you, or in the budget – its not a necessity and you can do it yourself!  🙂

Post # 4
596 posts
Busy bee

You definitely don’t need pro makeup – a lot of people DIY their makeup and look fabulous!

Keep in mind that even if you DIY, you will want your wedding day makeup to be a little bit more than your everyday look.  Also, you need it to stay on all day so it might need to be applied a bit more heavily.  Why don’t you visit a few makeup counters and explain what look you are going for – they would probably be happy to provide tips and suggest products that would complement your look well.

Post # 5
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

In my opinion as someone who just got her professional wedding photos back from the photographer last week, the answer is YES YES YES get your makeup done professionally. It was never a question for me to have my makeup done professionally and my sister and one of my bridesmaids (all of us who are very fair skinned). My third bridesmaid is African American and had her makeup done by a friend who is really good with ethnic skin. In the pro shots, we all look amazing!

But….My mother declined to do the professional makeup for whatever reason (she was really difficult to deal with during the whole wedding process so I still don’t know why she didn’t want her makeup done professionally…though she did get her hair done).

ANYWAY…umm….let’s just say that my mom didn’t fare so well in the close up shots. There is a GINORMOUS difference between how she looks and how we (the pro makeup group) looked. It has nothing to do with age or skin tone or anything like that. You could just tell her makeup was wonky in these pics. The day of the wedding her makeup looked alright in person but there is just something that happens when you get your pic taken. Plus…the pro makeup lasts all day. All I had to do was touch up my lips!

If money is not an issue, then invest in yourself and get your makeup done. You already are spending so much money on having a pro photographer…make sure you look great in those pics! You will be looking at them the rest of your life.  =)

PS: My sister-in-law gave me this tip and I have seen other Bees around here saying the same thing so I did it: get false eyelashes put on…you won’t regret it!


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Post # 6
631 posts
Busy bee

I did my own and I loved the way I looked.  I think I look weird and not myself when other people do it for me.  It was a good way to save money on something I didn’t care much about, and I looked great if I do say so!

Post # 7
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am meeting with professionals to have them teach me how to do it on my own. That way, I can change what I don’t like what they do and know how to do it in the future. Plus, when you get married in the middle of nowhere, there aren’t a whole lot of pro makeup artist options….

Post # 8
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

A big thing your makeup artist will do (besides put makeup on your face) is prep your skin so your pores are shrunken, your skin isn’t shiny, etc. You can still have the not too much makeup look and still have enough on so that your complexion is clear, matte, and looks great.

I had what I thought was WAY too much makeup on for my boudoir pics, and in pictures, it turned out fantastic. All the lights really do something not so pretty to your skin.As does the stress I’m sure.

Just tell your artist (i’m going to a Nordstrom counter. It’s freeeeeee!) what you normally wear, your concerns about your makeup, and let her control the reins a little. I don’t usually wear lipstick either, but I notice that my face looks more balanced in my professional pictures (my engagement pics for one) and I don’t look washed out. I don’t look that way in person, but the camera can capture the worst side of you. 

Post # 9
19 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think it depends, honestly. If you are comfortable with doing your own makeup, why can’t you? I didn’t have much makeup on for my e-pics, and I look quite normal. I am doing myself up a bit more for the wedding, but not significantly so. However, if you fear most makeup, it might be best to hire a pro.

Post # 10
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I did a little of both.

A few months before the wedding I went to a MAC counter with some pictures of what I thought I wanted and asked the professional for advice.

In exchange for purchasing $40 worth of makeup (I got lipstick and concealer) they take you through how to put on the make-up, colors, etc.  They write down everything they use on you, etc.  Then I just took some pictures afterwards and practiced a couple of times so I could get it right on the big day.

I listed all the products I used in response to this post:

Wedding Day Makeup

And here’s a link to a photo in the gallery:

Rosychicklet’s DIY Makeup

Post # 11
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am going to have someone do it.  I know nothing about makeup and don’t want that added stress.  Plus, I think it will be nice to have a few minutes of pampering!!  My sister/MOH knows about makeup, but I would rather not make her deal with that while we’re all trying to get ready. 

Post # 12
596 posts
Busy bee

Rosychicklet – you did an amazing job.  You are glowing in that picture!

Post # 14
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If you are, then I totally recommend Hanan at Emile’s Salon (on Southfield at 13 mi).  She did my sister’s make-up and mine (as a BM) and it was amazing.  She’s doing my wedding make up also.  She’s been doing wedding make up for like 20 years and just really gets skin types and tones.

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