Hey…! Congrats fellow October bride!
I’m a professional Make-Up artist, so I might be able to help with that department!
If you’re working on a budget, get what you absolutely need, or check with friends what you have.
I’ve also worked at MAC for quite a while, and buying the product to do your own make up can cost more than having someone else do it.
MAC will sample skin care, foundations , concealers and primers for sure. It’s your powder products that are going to cost you. They’ll sample pigments also, which are a great substitute for pressed powder shadow, (they’re loose).
I’m not sure how samples work with other make-up companies.
If Brides are buying make-up for their wedding, I try to keep it to products they can incorporate into their every day life, so you’re not stuck with a lot of make up you won’t ever wear again. A nice neutral eyeshadow palette will look natural and also be useful after your wedding…! Same with lips, unless you’re going for a bold lip, like red, than keep it a classic red!
My suggestion would be, if you can get into a MAC (or other make-up up company that does make-up applications), make an appointment. There are three levels of make-up services at MAC,
Application – 1 Hour Private Application with Facechart detailing your look and Free Mascara – about 55$ fee
Lesson – 1 1/2 Hour Private Lesson with Facechart, Free Mascara and a 20% discount on anything you buy for a month after – about $110 fee (these are canadian prices lol) – Most popular with Brides who aren’t very proficient with make-up or want to re-create a specific application themselves
50$ Product Purchase- at my location we don’t offer this all the time, but MAC @ The Bay / Nordstrom, where they are counters not Stores offer this all the time. Its a 45 minute application, and you buy 50.00 worth of stuff instead of paying a fee. This is good if you’re pretty proficient with make up and you want someone to map out a look for you, that’s not to hard to recreate, and you have most of the products/brushes to re-create it.
If you do decide you don’t want to do your own make-up, all MAC counters carry names of artists who freelance, and also will do in-store/ at-counter bridal make-up. Usually if it’s 3 or more people its the 50.00 prod. purchase.
OR you can pop into a MAC as a “walk in” which is an interrupted service, (so make sure you have a lot of time in case it’s busy) and there’s no fee or minimum pruchase, and the artist can help you out, but they have to go back and forth and help customers if it’s busy.
I’m pretty sure Dior/Chanel/Armani etc, all do at counter Wedding Day Make-up also, I’m not sure about their counter practices.
If you have a look in mind, don’t be afraid to be specific, and bring lots of pictures (if you have them!) if you go to a make-up counter or store, it’ll be your best bet to get the look you want.
Sorry this is so long, I hope it helps you out!