Post # 1
I am having a small wedding late this summer- ~70 people. We are on a tight budget but I still want things to be nice. I am definitely getting my hair done because I am just not very good at formal hairstyles- I even get it done for my company Christmas party every year. I am wondering about makeup though. I definitely wear makeup everyday but not a lot. Usually the basics- foundation, bronzer, mascara and lipstick. I never wear eyeliner or lashes. I was thinking about skipping professional makeup for two reasons: 1. It’s so expensive (I live in Houston, TX) and 2. I’m afraid that airbrush makeup will look over the top. I’d hate to spend a couple hundred dollars to not like how heavy it looks.
Has anyone regretted their decision to get or not get their makeup done professionally? Is it worth the expense?
Post # 2
I definitely recommend doing a makeup trial! If you hate the outcome, then do your own makeup for your wedding. I liked my airbrush makeup a lot. I told my makeup artist that I wanted it light enough to see my freckles and that’s what she did! They can put on as many layers as you’d like. My makeup looked perfect the whole day and photographed well, so I thought it was worth the expense!
Post # 3
Airbrush isn’t heavy. It’s actually lighter than regular foundation. I had it done for my engagement party and loved it. I don’t wear makeup everyday so it was great for me. It covered any imperfections but my skin still showed through.
Post # 4
You can always do a trial, I’m just going to do my own makeup since I do my own makeup exactly how I like it every day.
Post # 5
sbottoms : Good to know about airbrush and freckles! I’ve got freckles and I virtually never wear foundation because it covers them and I feel like it makes me look fake.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard
Definitely agree with an airbrush trial! Mine went terribly. I need the coverage of traditional makeup. But I’ve seen gorgeous pictures of other women in it! It was worth the splurge to me to find out if it worked on my skin or not. There was a 20 dollar difference between them.
I was on a tight budget for hair and makeup as well but to me looking the best I could for my wedding was high priority.
What’s the worst that can happen? You find out airbrush doesn’t work on your skin and then you pay less for traditional. Which is what happened to me 🙂
Post # 7
I extremely regretted having airbrush make up. We had two weddings. One small intimate city hall wedding on May and a month later a big destination wedding in mediterranean. I had air brush make up for our city hall wedding and it was horrible! It was muddy, got cracked on my skin, made my eyes look smaller. Everything about it was horrible. Today when I look at the pictures I get so mad at myself for accepting leaving home with that makeup. I will not recommend airbrush makeup to any one. If you haven’t done airbrush make up before and if you decide on getting abm abdolutely do a trial.
Post # 8
DappledDuchess : I am like you. I need the coverage for my skin to cover things like dark undereyes/circles and uneven skin tone/some blemishes. I never got airbrush makeup for my trial, but I read that airbrush has a lot lighter coverage, which for me wouldn’t work.
Traditional makeup for me didn’t feel heavy at all, I could barely feel it. I got it for my e-pics and another makeup trial when I didn’t want that look for the wedding.
OP, I would suggest at least trying a makeup trial. Yes, you may pay for it, but better than potential regrets after if you didn’t get it done, especially if you are considering airbrush. Plus photographs often tone down any harshness with makeup because of lighting/flash or whatever. I didn’t like the amount of blush my artist applied for my e-pics even though it came through looking like a rosy glow in the pics. I just didn’t like looking slightly “clownish” in person and didn’t want to deal with being self-conscious like that on my wedding day. I asked my artist to do more contouring and a ton less blush and in a different shade that just gave me a touch of color on my cheeks. I liked it a lot more. You can ask your artist to apply a look that isn’t so glam, if doing up your face isn’t your thing.
Post # 9
Professional makeup doesn’t automatically mean airbrush. In fact, I would recommend against it in Houston as it doesn’t work well in humidity.
That being said, how important are your photos to you? If important, spring for professional makeup as it will make a huge difference in your pbotos.
Post # 10
I loved airbrush. It looked beautiful, like I had flawless skin. And it lasted all night.
Definitely, do a trial. You don’t want to take a gamble on your wedding hair or makeup!
Post # 11
lulu_1983 : My pro makeup was soooo worth it! I suck at makeup, and she made me feel amazing! This is a side by side from my MUA. The right is when I did my own makeup.
Post # 12
I did a trial and I HATED the airbrush foundation — which just kind of sat on top of my skin and actually seemed to heighten areas of imperfect texture rather than conceal them on my combination skin. I much preferred the MUA doing regular foundation, but I still was very unimpressed with how she did my makeup overall. I spent a lot of money on the trial only to leave feeling confident that I much prefer doing my own makeup. But at least now I won’t have FOMO about it.
Post # 13
lulu_1983 : just had my bridal makeup trial today, and my MUA used airbrush method. It lasted for 10 hours, till I washed it off.. loved the light feeling, and it’s definitely waterproof too. Definitely recommend a makeup trial. First to know what enhances your beauty, and also to get to know your MUA. Having my hair trial tomorrow.. hope for some adventures! Trials are important, as much as I’m unwilling to part with too much money 😅
Post # 14
Thank you all for the replies and advice!! I decided that it was worth it to pay for wedding day makeup, especially with how important the photos will be to me. I chose Blushd Beauty in Texas and couldn’t be happier!! Also, they no longer offer airbrush so that takes that decision away 🙂