(Closed) Professional makeup or DIY?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2273 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am going professional mainly because I don’t wear a base normally and when I do to go out I notice it doesn’t last. I figure for my wedding day with photos all day. It would be good to be photo “perfect” all day 🙂 I did it once when I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man and I kid you not I woke up the next morning with perfect make up on (well except lippie).

Just try asking friends who they used in your area and if they recommend anyone. I am actually using a friend of my mum’s workmates daughter hahaha yes confusing I know but I saw the daughter’s make up and it was awesome so I know she will do a good job and her wedding was in the middle if the Oz summer so looking at a 35C+ day and it lasted so my winter wedding should last easily 🙂

ETA: I am being charged $50 for me and $40 for the BMs, MOB etc – thou this is cheap as I found out looking around, it is not unheard of for prices for make up to be $100+ per face.

Post # 4
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I am using a mobile makeup artist who will come to me the morning of the wedding.  Like pp said I want it to last all day, plus I would prob stress myself out if I did it myself!

I would def recommend getting a make up trial if you do go with a professional.  I don’t know how different NZ $ is, but my trial was $50 and it will be $90 on the day.  This is using airbrush make-up and includes fake lashes, and a lipstick and brush to keep.  It is pretty average for costs over here.

Post # 5
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had 2 failed make up trials. The first was with air brush make up and it looked like I had a mask on, not so good. The second was at a Bare Essentials make up counter at Macy’s, even though I told her I wanted a natural look she put on way to much make up. Needless to say I wasn’t happy with either one and ended up doing it myself. I came to the conclusion that I apply my own make up everyday and my wedding day shouldn’t be any different. I wanted to look like myself just a bit more oomph!!

I watched a LOT of Youtube videos and learned some new tricks. I went to CVS (they have a great return policy) and bought several foundations. I tried Revlon Photo Finish and Revlon Colorstay, both liquid. I also went to Sephora (another store with a great return policy) and got an eyeliner, blush and a setting spray. I spent the next several days playing with all my new make up. I would apply a different foundation to half of my face along with half with setting spray and the other without. I wrote down what was applied to which side and checked my make up at the end of the day. After a few weeks of “trial and error” I finally settled on what lasted the longest and what looked good.

The day of the wedding I gave myself plenty of time to do my hair and make up. I was happy with the end results and the pictures came out beautiful. In my handbag the day of the wedding I had blotting papers, powder, lipstick/gloss and did a few touch ups.

Post # 6
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m getting mine done professionally, because I don’t want to worry about it on the wedding day and I want airbrushing done. 

Post # 7
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I will probably hire a pro, despite formerly working as a makeup artist. FOr me, it’s just not a stress I want to deal with that day and would rather have someone do it (I have a few good friends who know how I like my makeup and do a good job). I’m sure I’d be too stressed out that I wouldn’t be able to line my eyes straight. Or, if I’m sick my hands shake a little anyway. Personally, I wouldn’t do it myself using makeup I would never use again – htat just seems like a waste. I did a friend’s makeup b/c she rarely wears makeup and was going to buy everything she needed – so much $$ for stuff she’d realistically likely never use again. I know that Sephora will apply makeup for free (maybe it requires a $50 purchase, but that’s EASY) but I dn’t like putting tester makeup on personally. 

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