(Closed) Not thrilled with makeup trial – am I crazy for considering doing my own?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I did my makeup myself because I didn’t have time for trials nor opportunity to test out a makeup artist in our wedding location as it was a destination wedding, (I hindsight yes I could’ve planned it in during one of our planning weekends going there but we were back to back busy and had more important priorities both time and budget wise) and I was scared I would have a meltdown if on my wedding day it didn’t look perfect and my face was in the hands of someone else. I’m also confident in doing my own makeup but at the same time I’m sure I could’ve looked more glamorous and flawless and more photo-ready if a professional had done it. On the actual day I had the above feared meltdown over my Hair (same situation of not having had proper trial before and while the hair turned out good in the end I know it could’ve been so much better with proper preparation) and hence I was late to start doing my makeup and it was all a bit rushed. 

I haven’t seen any of our professional photos yet so not sure how the close ups ended up but in guest photos there’s no obvious wrong. I didn’t have the easiest time with my liquid eyeliner (that I normally use on a daily basis and have a steady hand with and I feel only I know the angle of the flick that suits me) but I had just had Russian eyelash extensions done days before and it is Not the same applying eyeliner with those on!

If you want to do it yourself I recommend starting to practise the look you are aiming for right away so you are very calm on the day about what you are doing and which products you are using. 

Post # 4
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379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My makeup artist recommended that I buy Dior Airflash foundation for my wedding day makeup. She said it was the best for long wear and pictures but that she can’t have it in her arsenal in every shade because it’s so expensive. Just a recommendation I got a from a pro on the concealer topic.

Post # 5
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141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I JUST made a post about this. I had the same exact experience and I’m definitely doing my own makeup for the big day. At least I know what the finished product will be when I’m done!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I would highly recommend the these products (minus the prime, it’s for hair):

 

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Post # 7
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Busy bee

If you know what you like, do it yourself. It will probably save you money anyways. Go to Sephora or a counter of a brand you love and ask for suggestions. But no SPF in your face products!

Post # 8
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728 posts
Busy bee

I’m thinking about doing my own makeup and hair. I just don’t want to have to go through the hassle of scheduling the trial and then the acutal days timeline is already tight. I live an hour an a half from where we’re getting married so some travel and coordinationing my days off is involved. Also its saves money. I haven’t made a final decision but you’re not crazy. There’s a lot of pros to doing your own.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ll most likely be doing my own makeup as well. I might not be a professional, but I too know how I like my makeup applied and the one time I had a pro do it for prom in high school, I absolutely HATED it. I don’t think you’re crazy! Just get some suggestions from makeup pros and apply it the way you want to! 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2016

It’s fine to do it yourself, you can even do trial runs and take pictures with your own work, that is what I am doing. I just found a youtube makeup tutorial I liked, followed it and then took pictures to see how it would come out in photo. 

Post # 11
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510 posts
Busy bee

I too am going to do my own make up. However, i will prob go to the MAC store or somewhere similar beforehand so they can give me some tips. I find alot of make up artists cake on the foundation but I really prefer the more lightly powdered, more natural look. Also, one of our guest is a professional make up artist for television so she will be on hand to help out if I mess up! My sister can do my hair because she is really good at that stuff 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’ve never had a professional makeup experience I’ve been satisfied with, so I’m definitely planning to do my own makeup. I also have a good friend that is super into makeup, and she is going to help me out.

I would definitely recommend checking out the MakeupAddiction subreddit, there are lots of good tips to be found and they are very helpful over there.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’ve been debating this as well and was thinking about doing an appointment at Nordstram soon to get some good products to practice with so I’m ready.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My first trial was horrendous. I looked like a drag queen.

When I had my second trial with a different makeup artist who was recommended by a friend, there were things that I liked and things I didn’t like. So I spoke with the makeup artist and told her my concerns. We spoke for a long time about what parts were good and not good for me. My sister is a makeup artist but I didn’t want her to feel stressed out on my wedding day, so she only did her own makeup. I am pretty confident in my own ability to do my makeup, but I wanted to feel special on my wedding day. It ended up looking great and I was so pleased with the results.

If you want to do your own, as PPs suggested, take photos and see what it looks like. All the girls who work at Sephora and MAC are required to have some makeup training. So you could call the stores and see if any of them are available on your wedding day. If so, you can go down to the shops when they are working and have one do a trial there.

Or just call the original makeup artist and let her know how you’re feeling and see if there are some tweaks she can make to your look. After all, she won’t get better if she doesn’t have honest feedback! And this is the profession she has chosen, so be kind but let her know your thoughts.

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