(Closed) Need Tips from Makeup Artist Bees

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 4
6391 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m not a makeup artist, but I had really good results using Makeup Forever’s HD line. I got the primer, foundation and the powder (which I especially recommend using). For eyeshadow, I really like how well Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadow stays on, so that’s what I used. I’ve heard that Urban Decay has a great waterproof mascara (I used Tarte’s, and it wasn’t bad). I also used Stila’s lip stain, and I really liked that. I hope that helps!

Post # 5
4619 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Again, not a makeup person really but I always find using a powder to set it all helps to keep it in place (and along with your primer should keep it there all day!)


Post # 7
4619 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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@Ms. Blue  I used pressed powder.  Traditionally loose powder is supposed to be better but I read somewhere recently that the quality these days is the same from one to the other ๐Ÿ™‚

Depending on the look of the wedding and time of day I wouldn’t worry about using more makeup unless the occassion requires it.  Like if it’s black tie or in the evening then go for more makeup.  If it’s a garden daytime thing, stick to the usual IMO.


Post # 8
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Ms. Blue  MUA here…. be careful with setting/finishing powders. don’t apply too liberally, especially the MUFE HD powder. also, stay away from foundations with SPF in them, as the titanium dioxide in them will cause a white cast in flash photos. If you require sun protection, use it at the skin care level, and not in your foundation.

Generally speaking, you want to apply your makeup a little heavier than your day to day look. So, that means a little more blush, a little more bronzer, a bit more mascara (or use false lashes), etc.

Be sure to blend your foundation down to into your neck. You don’t want the camera to pick up a line of demarcation between your foundation and your neck.

stay away from products with too much shimmer. Shimmer can sometimes make you light up like a disco ball in photos (especially those taken by regular wedding guests who usually always use the flash on their cameras).

splurge on foundation, eyeshadow, and blush. try to stay away from drug store brands of these product sas many of them may not photograph as well and/or breakdown quicker than higher quality brands. drugstore eyeshadows and blushes are generally not nearly as pigmented as professional grade products, and will tend to fade away/crease more than pro products.

Conversely, drugstore mascara is just as good (and sometimes better) as many professional brands. My favorite is “Falsies” (I believe it’s by Maybelline). Just make sure to get waterproof. One of the best long-wearing lip products I’ve found is a drug store brand… Maybelline Superstay 24 hour lip color. Best long-wearing product I’ve found. Doesn’t transfer, doesn’t budge, nice range of colors.

Primer is an absolute must. It gives your foundation something to stick to and enhances wear. But just remember that you only need a little bit. It’s not like moisturizer where you slather it on and let it soak in. Just a pea sized amount is all you need.

Primer is also a must for eyeshadow. I prefer either Benefit’s Stay, Don’t Stray, or Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Just need a tiny dab. You almost don’t want to see it once you blend it into your lid. Use too much, and it will do exactly what you’re trying to prevent… it will cause your eyeshadow to crease.

Practice, practice, practice! there’s a big difference in doing your makeup for your daily life and doing makeup for an event where you will be photographed a million times from every possible angle, and with every type of camera known to man (from DSLR cameras to iPhones). Practice your look for the day as much as possible and have someone take photos of you in as many different lights as possible.

Post # 9
8880 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m a certified MUA too (though no longer in the field career wise) and @singingmua: had great advice.

I have to admit though, I am a sucker for MAC products. I just love them. Especially their brushes.

Post # 10
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Ms. Blue: I’m doing my own make up too! I’m not a professional, but there are specific brands that I like for different things. NARS for concealer, powder, and blush. Mac, Lorac, and Stila for eyeshadow. L’Oreal 4x volumous for waterproof mascera. Orgins, Stila, NARS, Lola for lipgloss.

Mac eyeshadow stays so well, but it doesn’t blend as easily as Lorac and Stilla. I use Mac as my primary color and then blend others over it. It helps me get the look that I like. I also use Mac black eyeshadow as my eyeliner for a dramatic look (I just smudge it a little). It stays so much better than any other eyeliner that I’ve ever tried.

Post # 11
5398 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m not a professional, but singingmua gave great advice. Also I wanted to suggest, if there is a look you are going for, take a picture or pictures to a sephora near you, and ask them for product recommendations. Many times, they have the luxury of trying all the new, hyped products and can tell you what products are awesome, and what don’t live up to their reputation.

My personal preference for special occasions is to wear fake eyelashes, and I think other than that, slightly heavier regular makeup like was suggested is the best.

Post # 12
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Not a professional but: primer primer primer. It is really important to get a good one that will help keep the makeup looking smooth and fresh but also to try to control your face from looking oily and shiny. A good finishing spray too will make your makeup stay on longer and not smudge. 

I would invest in a good brush from MAC and their foundation (ask the MUA there to help pick out a good coverup stippling brush) so you can put on your ccoverup and it look like it is air brushed. My MUA for my trial did this and i looked like I had flawless skin

And last but not least make sure you blend your eyeshadow really well with a good smudging brush (I love Sonia Kashuks blinding brush from target)


Post # 14
616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

This is good stuff 

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