Non-makeup wearers – Bad trial makeup experience using traditional makeup?

posted 5 months ago in Beauty
Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

chillbee29 :  yes!! Do it yourself. That’s what I’m doing too. Good for you. Sephora classes are amazing, or even just getting one of their artists to help you if you can’t find a class… 

I’ve heard we shouldn’t do our own makeup/ should relax the day we’re getting married, but f that, I am picky and don’t like an overly made up look on me. 

Plus if you find products you love, it can be so much fun. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

So it definitely looks heavy, especially the eyes plus bold lips. Since you mentioned you wanted a more natural look, she should’ve done a more subtle eye look and more subtle lips colour. Or only bold lips for example. The foundation colour looks almost ghostly white, perhaps it’s not the right colour and tone to match your skin? I would say perhaps she’s just not very good and maybe not using very good products. I would try a different MUA who actually has natural make up looks in their portfolio, not everyone can or know how to do it just right (so that it has staying power, show up in photos but still natural looking).

My MUA did 2-3 layers at my trial and you can’t really tell just looking at the end product. She is known to do natural looks, I looked at many MUAs and she was the only one I was pretty confident would know how to do a genuinely natural look, I wasn’t disappointed based on the trial. 

ETA: did she moisturise before putting make up on? My MUA used this moisturising primer (I think it’s a primer but I don’t actually know) before doing the layers of foundation, it tends to look dry and cakey when they haven’t properly prepped your skin. 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

chillbee29 :  agree with pp. Wedding makeup is for photographs. It might feel or look heavy up close but will look natural in photos. Next time have photos taken of a distance in natural light. 

Wedding pics are almost always a tad overexposed too, to produce a light n airy effect, which would wash you out alot. 

I always hate the thick feel of photoshoot makeup but it will stay put and make for nice pics. 

Agreed, the shadow could be a more natural tone. Often It’s NOT too much make up just unnatural colors that make it look too much. 

Neutrals with a soft berry or tea rose lip would look beauteous :))

Post # 21
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Helper bee

I think it has to do with the person applying it.  I have very pale skin and freckles and don’t ever wear foundation.  I was going to do my own makeup but my mom and sister aren’t good at makeup so I decided to try out an artist to make everybody’s life easier.  She did a great job and it’s looks like my skin.  I chose her because she actually did a lot of prom makeup where the girls looked natural.  I figured that she would understand what I meant.  In the end, I only wanted to change the blush color and it was well communicated.  If you can’t find the same, feel confident in doing your makeup the way you want!

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I had my make-up done and it felt very heavy (I usually just wear eyeliner and mascara and a chapstick, lol!) but it looks stunning in the photos and didn’t look bad in person, just a bit exagerated – but make-up for photography/film/TV/stage always will if done right

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

I disagree. 

But maybe I’m used to it, and not sure what you all mean by “exaggerated.”

it’s completely unnecessary to spend one’s wedding wearing a full on mask of caked makeup so photos will look good. 

That’s so old school –

wedding photogs will be working with their raw files in post, anyway – to get the lighting right and touch up blemishes etc. 

choose your look based on whether you feel gorgeous and feel like YOU. 

We do not shoot film and television wearing exaggerated makeup, unless we are playing a character that requires it. 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

I think it’s a myth that the bride has to cake on a ton of makeup to look good in photos. I did my own makeup the same way I do normaly and so did my bridesmaids. Everyone looked great in person and in the photos. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

I used to do makeup for theatre, and will be doing my own makeup for my wedding. 

When I tell people to do a more exaggerated look for photos – I definitely do not mean to physically add more makeup. Caked makeup does not look good in photos or real life. Unless you’re not happy with the coverage of your normal foundation, just use your normal foundation (but absolutely use primer even if you don’t normally, it helps prevent creasing and makes it last longer). When I say exaggerated, I really mean wear some blush and maybe some light contour, because when your face is all one color it tends to look very flat and washed out in photos. If you don’t want to do contour – then definitely a little blush and a touch of highlighter on your cheekbones. Something to give some variation to your skin because just a uniform color all over does not look natural.

I also recommend against shimmer eyeshadows especially if you’re going for a more natural look. They tend to settle in creases especially as the day progresses. Eyeshadow primers and setting sprays help with that, but it also just doesn’t look natural. For a natural eyeshadow look, I choose 3 neutral eyeshadows – one that essentially matches my foundation, one that is 1 shade darker, and 1 that is 2-3 shades darker. The lightest goes all over your lid. The darkest goes in your crease and at the outer corner of your eye, and the medium goes from your outer corner to the middle of your eye, staying below the crease. Then bleeeeeend the shit out of it. You can use a lighter shade than your skin for a highlight (either matte or shimmer) just under your brow and in the inner corner – I personally don’t always do this. Then tightline your lashline, curl your lashes, and pop on some waterproof mascara. You can use the darkest shadow to lightly line your lower lid but do not line your waterline. That just makes your eyes look smaller and it tends to run anyway.

Major takeaways for doing your own makeup – start with a good base. Make sure to exfoliate, moisturize (yes, even if your skin is oily!) and prime beforehand. Get a full face primer and an eyeshadow primer. That will help make sure your makeup doesn’t settle, run, or smear.

Then get a good setting spray (but make sure to do this BEFORE curling your lashes and adding mascara!). UD All Nighter setting spray is good, but for events I prefer Ben Nye Final Seal, especially if like me you cry a lot lol. UD does not prevent tear stains (I learned that one the hard way).

ALSO do not wear anything with an SPF it causes a lot of flashback in photos and you will look white – not just pale, but white.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

chillbee29 :  It does tend to wash everyone out a little bit – but since the bride usually wears white and no one else, the effect is more pronounced on the bride because of all the light being bounced back by the white dress up onto your face. 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee

It’s not just SPF that can cause flashback. Avoid anything with silica as well.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

I don’t care for how your MUA did yours either. I would find another and do another traditional and an airbrush to see if your skin is airbrush suitable. You may like it much better!

I did one trial from sephora where I had previously had stellar makeup, though at a store in the midwest instead of where I was used to getting mine done in Florida. Turned out so so bad!!! I was orange and the makeup got so muddied up. It was just all one ugly brown where it was supposed to be rose gold.

Then I had an airbrush trial with another place. Awful! It sunk into all the pores of my face and I was oily looking in minutes. On my wedding day I just used traditional and it was much much better. Not as good as my home sephora store but better than the airbrush trial. If her eye makeup game had not been so good though I would’ve gotten someone else or done my own since instagram makeup is my thing. I just didn’t want the stress of doing my own on my wedding day.

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