(Closed) Not Wearing Makeup On Your Wedding Day

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

You can wear eyeshadow in place of eyeliner. Apply it wet or a darker shade like black, brown, grey, dark purple, or navy. Natural lashes with clear bands could substitute for mascara and  you can blend the band with a little extra eyeshadow shade you’re using for liner.  Try ardell 110s for lashes, they’re cheap and light weight. 

Post # 3
1756 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Don’t wear anything that will make you feel bad on your wedding day!  Do the lashes if they work for you (and I second the suggestion about using eyeshadow as a liner!) and find a lip color that you love.  Have you found a blush that works for you?  You could even try a liquid color instead of a powder blush- Benefit makes a popular one called BeneTint.  If not, no worries.  You’ll be a beautiful bride!

Post # 4
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Have you ever tried tinting your eyelashes? Mascara really irritates my eyes and makes them red and watery. I’ve found a really good salon where they manage to not get the dye in my eyes. It lasts a few weeks and really helps define my eyes.

Post # 5
311 posts
Helper bee

If you decide you want to wear makeup on the big day, I’d start doing some recon to figure out EXACTLY what products I could wear without problems. You can go to Sephora and have them apply a product for you for free (not full face, but one feature). I’d start a list of which ones did and did not provoke a reaction. With that list, maybe you could find a makeup artist with those on hand who could do your makeup on your wedding day (but without you necessarily having to spend hundreds on products). I’d do a trial with all of them combined first, obviously. Just FYI, Sephora will do a full face makeover with whatever of their products you want if you purchase $50 worth of products or gift cards!

Post # 6
6216 posts
Bee Keeper

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brokeandinlove92 : A lot of the “need” to wear makeup on the wedding day is so the bride doesn’t look washed out in pictures.  No one ever cares if the groom does because it’s not a real thing unless you are pale enough to look like death warmed over anyway and your photographer doesn’t know what they’re doing.  Wear what makes you comfortable and lets you enjoy your day – no picture is worth a migraine.  You’ll look great anyway.

I did wear a little makeup, but it was basically all worn off by the end of the night if not much sooner.  I look fine in all photos, no matter what time of day.  There’s hardly any difference except maybe my lip is darker in some.

Post # 7
20 posts
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m positive you’ll look and feel absolutely gorgeous on your day!

But if you’re unsure about sans makeup Maybe stop by Clinique, Este Lauder, Lancôme counters and ask for a 10 day trial in a few different formulas? I’ve been slowly switching from one brand to another and the ladies are always beyond helpful! Perhaps then you might have a foundation that will work for you without the price tag or long term commitment. 

Tinting your lashes might be a great option or perhaps just focusing more on your face with blush, lips and great brows? I always love an understated eye and soft skin! 


Post # 8
64 posts
Worker bee

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brokeandinlove92 :  that sucks, I’m sorry you have to deal with these migraines. Have you been able to identify any common ingredients that bother you? Reddit can be an awful website and the makeup subreddit has some definite downsides, but there are lots of knowledgeable and helpful people on there (including some cosmetic chemists). I’d make a list of products that work and don’t work for you, and post there to see if anyone has advice.

Post # 9
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I feel like you should do what’s best for you, I would sample some light powders that you may want to use. If they work for you great, if they don’t I wouldn’t worry. I think the only thing to worry about is how you feel on the day and if your best with no make up go with that, stuff everyone else. You could try getting your eyelashes and eyebrows tinted, it makes everything more defined and there’s nothing to stay on the skin. 

Post # 10
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I got eyelash extensions for my destination wedding. Looked great in the pics but I wanted to rip them out after 3 days! 😂If they don’t give you migraines might be worth considering. Have you tried tinted moisturisers? Might give you a bit of a foundation look without the migraine…

also I wouldn’t worry about make up if it’s going to make you sick on your wedding day. 

Post # 11
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I wouldn’t wear anything that would make me sick.  I don’t get migraines but eye makeup will make my eyes itch like crazy.  It’s horrible and I imagine only a fraction of discomfort compared to what you experience.  Physicians formula organic wear mascara is the only brand of mascara that I’m not allergic to…you might give that a try.  Also, do you see a difference if the eye shadow is matte versus shimmer?  I won’t have a reaction to matte eye shadow, but can’t wear shimmer (even if it is marked as hypoallergenic).  Also, buy some rice paper or oil blotting sheets.  That way, you can avoid powder all together. 

Post # 12
637 posts
Busy bee

You could get tested for allergies to figure out exactly what is causing your awful reaction. 

Post # 13
921 posts
Busy bee

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brokeandinlove92 :  Grooms pretty much never wear make up on their wedding day and no one ever talks about them looking washed out etc in pictures. Why would the washed out effect be gender specific? Other than because it encourages women to spend lots on make up.

But if you are really set on a little something could you get eyelash extensions done rather than having to have mascara? (unless the glue used will affect you)

Post # 14
10286 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

nothing irritates me more than this narrative that you have to pile on make up for pictures. It’s not true, and a good photographer who understands lighting and is using good equipment doesn’t need you to be caked in insta make up. That also doesn’t look good in harsh lighting, and lighting at a live event that isn’t professionally lit all over the place is going to result in some harsh lighting, esp with video. 

there was a bee a year or so ago who got married without make up, she was gorgeous. 

The things to do for good pictures are even your skin tone out, blotting papers or rice powder or Mac studio powder to absorb shine, a bit of color on your lips and cheeks and highlighting the eyes (different for everyone, depends on eye shape, face shape, etc). The goal is to look healthy and happy.

Make a list of the products that cause migraine. Do they share a chemical, a smell? Certain perfumes cause migraines. Find an all natural line, try a product with no smell, no chemicals. 

A wet brush with an eye shadow that works for you can lay down a nice line for eyeliner. It won’t be waterproof, and it will probably wear off a bit, but you can touch it up if you want. Lay down a line of the same shadow over the wet line to set it. 

You will be a beautiful bride. Be migraine free so you can be present and enjoy the moment! 


Post # 15
11 posts
  • Wedding: June 2018

If you don’t want to wear makeup then don’t. If you are happy on your big day you will look beautiful. If you want to wear some makeup have you tried any bb or cc creams. They are more tinted. Also many high end makeup stores will allow you to return products you don’t like so if you find it gives you a migraine you can just return it no questions asked. Also, have you tried natural brands. Brands like bite lipstick use all food grade material so you likely wouldn’t have an adverse reaction. 

Whatever you end up doing just be sure you are happy, healthy, and comfortable on your big day! 

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