(Closed) Not a makeup wearing person, so I need serious help!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have no idea! I don’t wear foundation because I have freckles and it looks weird. But here’s my advice:

1. If you don’t normally wear make up, its probably cause you look gorgeous without it, so don’t stress too much. Keep it light.

2. 50’s style glam = red lipstick. That’s all I know.

3. Maybe try doing one of those make up clinics at a department store? They usually try to just sell you stuff, but they could probably pick out a good foundation and tell you what colors work for you.

4. Every few days, put on some Cyndi Lauper and just do whatever the hell you want with your make up until you find something you like!! Who knows, Maybe blue eyeshadow and hot pink lipstick will work for you. Just kidding, don’t do that. 

Post # 4
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I agree that going to a makeup counter and having a professional do your makeup how you want and then buying the products after is probably the way to go. I usually go to Clinque, and there’s no minimum $ you have to spend (at Clinque, some of the other counters have minimums), so technically you don’t have to buy anything, but I think it’s polite to anyway.

Try a few different things. I’m concerned that you said when you have a full face of makeup you don’t feel like yourself, but you want 50’s glam makeup. When I think 50s glam, I picture bright red lipstick, black eyeliner, and rosy cheeks, but maybe that’s too much for you.

Post # 5
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m going to go ahead and disagree with the previous posters’ idea of getting your makeup done at any ol’ makeup counter, because of your skin issues.  It sounds like you definitely need to be sticking with natural products — but you’re not stuck with mineral powder if you don’t like it.  Lots of brands at Sephora now have natural products.  I suggest going to their website and looking around, because they note their natural products with a little green sephora seal on the site.  Write down a few, then go to the store and ask a salesperson to help you find the right shade and try it on.  Brands like Tarte, Korres, and Josie Moran are good places to start.


However, I have to be honest that with makeup, you do get what you pay for.  Higher priced makeup, especially foundation, really is better quality.  The natural brands don’t come cheap, but your skin will thank you — they lack dyes, fragrance, talc, petro-chemicals, and a bunch of other junk that many brands have.  It also couldn’t hurt to talk to your dermatologist to see what brands they recommend for your individual skin type.

Post # 6
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I never wear makeup, but if I were going to I would go to an Aveda place.  They can do a consultation and are very professional.  They have healthy natural products.

Post # 7
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I’m with you on never wearing make up however, I have heard that mineral makeup does not photograph well so, if that is what you like you may want to do a test photo shoot beforehand to see how it looks. I also feel like I need to figure something out before the wedding so I’m not just going in blind. All my married friends recommend getting your make up done professionally because of the photos but I am nervous to do that without a trial run and I won’t be in my wedding location more than 5 days before the wedding so there is no time for a trial! I also have a lot of freckles and never thought of that as a hinderence to foundation as mentioned by a PP. 

Good luck in your search, I also find the people at Sephora helpful so it htere’S one in your area it won’t hurt to walk in and ask for advice.

Post # 8
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have you ever tried honey for you acne scars? I know it sounds crazy, but it is a great natural way to help fade acne scars. Here is a youtube video of a girl explaining how to do it any why it works. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diwsA1JRLU8&feature=related

I am a big fan of getting beauty tips from youtube. Just type in something like “50’s style makeup” and tunns of tutorials will come up!

For applying foundation I would purchase a few brushes (target, walmart, walgreens) and your foundation should go on evenly. You didn’t say anything about it but If you want to use liquid eyeliner I deffinately recommend using a bent liner brush and some gel liner. I have been wearing liquid eyeliner for years now and I always had to go back with a q tip to clean it up. Someone told me to try a bent liner brush with gel liner and it is so much easier and it dries a lot faster than liquid.

Post # 9
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Don’t use a foundation with an SPF in it, it will look bad in photos.  If you are looking for an inexpensive good foundation, I’ve heard Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse is good, and it doesn’t contain SPF.  I don’t have that product, but I’m thinking of purchasing due to the good reviews here: http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=133520/Dream_Smooth_Mousse/Maybelline/Crème

If you read through some of the reviews, you can get good ideas of how to apply it.

Post # 10
1765 posts
Buzzing bee

I am older than you, but I don’t usually wear make-up either.  I know one thing- if I use liquid foundation, it accentuates every little wrinkle.  Powder foundation is much more forgiving for those of us who don’t have perfect looking skin!  For my daughter’s wedding, a friend helped me with some tricks to cut down “redness” and even out the tone of my skin–I forget what she did, but my daughter asked me to use her mineral make-up–and when I came downstairs my daughter told ME that I looked Gorgeous! lol Of course-my daughter is gorgeous.  I think the mineral make-up was wonderful, and I think I look pretty darn good in the photos too.  See photo below! I was very happy!!   Sorry for the sideways photo! lol


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