(Closed) Professional wedding makeup- Not good?!

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
2699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

You generally need heavier makeup for pictures. Try airbrushing I loved it and it looked and stayed amazing all night. 

Post # 3
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I am also considering this because although I am not a professional, I have had professional makeup on before and was actually disappointed with the staying power of it compared to some of the makeup I own. However, I do watch a lot of makeup tutorials online and I am constantly trying new stuff to see if it’s as good as many people mention. I will suggest this, if you are planning on doing your own, you should consider getting really good brushes and trying different foundations in different lighting. Go outside and look at your makeup. take pictures (especially with flash) to make sure that it looks like you want it too. I would recommend a photofinish primer before anything as well as an HD foundation (I am a fan of Makeup Forever and Bare Minerals for more expensive brands and NYX for a more affordable option). Use a buffing brush (I love the one by real techniques) for an airbrush and more natural look. The mineral veil by Bare Minerals is exceptional for covering pores but not adding more color or cakiness to your look, yet it gives you a more matte finish (especially for those shiny areas). Add a rosy highlight in a soft color to your cheeks (MAC’s Petal Power is my personal favorite) for that beautiful bride glow. 

Go on Youtube and find some of the tutorials and keep trying them until you find a look that you really love. I think that a bit part of makeup is just a good and even application. Get that part down with some good products and you should be fine.

Ps.  Highly recommend a finishing spray like the one by Urban Decay or even the one by Elf is a good buy! Good luck!

Post # 4
2176 posts
Buzzing bee

I did my own and am very glad for it. I look at my pics and am still impressed with how pretty it looked while still feeling like me. I started wearing more make up daily to practice and getting different kinds, colors, etc. I did use more than I normally do that day and am really happy with how it turned out. I say go for it. I also recommend watching some tutorials, and just play around when you have time. A good face primer,eye primer and finishing spray do make a lot of difference.  

MissDevourer9:  I second all of this. I used Maybelline BB cream with Bare minerals on top and mineral veil to finish. I used Revlon eyeshadow primer, bare minerals eyeshadow, maybelline liquid liner–i practiced this a lot before the big day. I also did a lot of practicing before hand, taking pics outside, etc. 

I say totally do this!!! There are tons of tutorials, and recommendations online for products. Also, check out certain stores return policy so you can try something but if you don’t like it you can return it or exchange it. Also ask about samples to try before buying. Especially colors for foundation which look totally different in store lighting then natural light. Good lucK!

Post # 5
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I think you should let them know clearly. In makeup world, “natural make up” is just a look, doesnt mean little makeup. Personally, if you dont want much makeup, you should do yourself, simply bc its cheaper and there is nlt much to mess up.

Post # 6
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

It sounds like whoever you had trials with wasn’t listening to you. Find someone reputable, bring photos (one person’s natural is another person’s dramatic), and be vocal about what you like and what you don’t like! 

I am a MUA and I hate when brides try to spare my feelings by telling me they like something they don’t. A good MUA will have thick skin and just genuinely want to make you happy, comfortable, and feeling beautiful 🙂

Post # 7
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would recommend using a makeup artist if you don’t normally do a full face of makeup. For pictures, you’re going to want to have your eyes done nicely, and you won’t be capable of doing them if you’re not used to it. You just need to either find a different artist or tell the one you do have that you don’t like what s/he’s doing.

Post # 8
2016 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

this has always been my fear when it comes to getting makeup done by complete strangers who dont know my skin type, etc. My thinking is to bring the makeup i wear on a daily basis that i know wont budge or come off, or that im obsessed with (UD Naked concealor anyone….) or anything else like that. That way the MUA knows what works well and what doesnt. 

Post # 9
47 posts

I’m in the same position as you! I had a makeuo trial not long ago and honestly hated it.. I felt uglier then when I had no makeup on.

i thought I would be crazy to even think about doing my makeup on my wedding day but I wanted to feel like myself 

so I went to my local Macy’s and met with a makeup artist who was sooo helpful with picking out right colors mascara lipstick etc and went on YouTube and have been watching makeup tutorials and practicing!


i am completely happy I have chose to do my own wedding (or ark east I am for now haha) I say, go with what is going to make you feel good!

the day of your wedding you want to feel beautiful and like yourself 

good luck xoxo

Post # 10
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I wear a lot of make up because I love makeup! However this means that I am usually disapointed when I get mine done as I usually feel like I could have done a better job myself. For my wedding I decided to have my make up professionally done as I didn’t want to stress about it. I found an amazing make up artist who also worked as a wedding photographer so she knew how to apply make up that looked beautiful in the photographs. She used airbrush makeup which was so natural looking, it was incredibly light weight that I did not feel like I was wearing a huge amount of make up, but most importantly, I looked like me. 

Don’t give up yet, try and find a make up artist who uses airbrush makeup. 

Post # 13
893 posts
Busy bee

sarabara560: I think it IS possible to have a pro makeup job that looks good both on camera and not too heavy in real life. I think your eye makeup from your practice session is way too dark. it looks like she used black shadow or maybe cool tones? you probably need neutrals / browns instead. also ask for a more natural false eyelash. those are too long. you want to go with thickness, not crazy length. 

my first trial session made me look like a drag queen. I thought about what I wanted after, and emailed my artist to discuss the changes. I even went and bought my own foundation because I didn’t like what she used. (I went to sephora and asked for advice picking it out it so it would still be good on camera.) when she did the final job, we were sitting in front of a window so we could have plenty of natural light.  I loved the results! in real life it was a bit more dramatic than usual, but not overdone. 

don’t be afraid to give feedback, it’s your wedding day! 



Post # 14
1119 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Definitely try airburhs make up again with a different person maybe. I have freckles and the make up artist didn’t cover mine up when I had airbrush make up. I think you need to try other places or go back an communicate clearly what you want. no dark eye shadow and want freckles to show. Even with your normal make up your freckles really don’t show up in the picture, so that may be unrealistic as a request but worht a shot. You defintiely will need more make up than your normal every day make up on your wedding day it will look way better in the pictures.

Post # 15
417 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Vineyard & Winery

I second the “give feedback and try again” vote! My first trial was disgusting…I mean, I stressed natural and I got Tim Curry from Rocky Horror 😤 It was indeed horrific. And it included the airbrush! I spent that night generating a tactful yet blunt email letting them know my exact thoughts. They wrote back immediately and said they know they can give me the look I want. I decided to give them another try and my second trial was awesome!! NO airbrush made a huge difference for me. It looked sooo natural and gorgeous in pix. As a matter of fact, after my trial I ran to the local drugstore to pick something up and this random guy walks up to me and says “you are beautiful. Here’s my number, call me.” And pushes his number in my hand as he walks away. And let me tell you, it’s been YEARS since I’ve been hit on like that!

Everyone deserves a second chance 😊

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