Post # 1
Okay so I have spent weeks lurking on this board and reading DIY makeup advice about what products to use, how to apply it, etc. I have found that there are no set answers that seem to really help me. For example, some think Bare Minerals is great for even a wedding (my daily makeup) where others have said that it does not photograph well. Another example is MUFE and whether it gives yowu ghost face or not. I am so stressed out over what makeup to use now! I am willing to buy new brands for my wedding day. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated for the following situation:
Dark auburn hair with pale skin – very red hue
Also, I have tried products like MAC blot powder and thought it didn’t work.
One more question – what is your opinion of Urban Decay All Nighter?
Post # 3
My suggestion is keep taking pictures in all sorts of lighting conditions. I personally wear cover fx and mac and stilla and some lise watier lol. Have you gone in for a free makeup consultation? I go in fairly regularly for them with a few different companies and find it helps.
Post # 4
One of the biggest things with makeup for photography is that the foundation and powder should not have any SPF in it. The titanium dioxide in spf can reflect the flash and cause a washed out/ghostly looking appearance.
I really like the Makeup Forever HD foundation, but I also like their Matte Velvet foundation and often mix the two. THis foundation is buildable, so start minimal and then add more. Using a brush makes a difference too. You can get an airbrush look to your liquid foundation by using good brushes. Set with a matte finishing powder.
You can sample the MUFE foundation at Sephora. Just go in and ask for a sample of the foundation. They will give you a small container with the correct color for you to try at home. It’s usually enough for a couple applications so that you can practice with it. http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P298102&categoryId=C13402 This is a great starter kit of MUFE.
I’ve used the Urban Decay All Nighter and honestly didn’t think it did much for me.
Post # 6
I would go to Sephora and get samples of a couple of the products you’ve heard recommended (they are VERY generous with samples). Try them on your face, and take some pictures of yourself in different lighting, see how they do. Then go back to the store & buy what works for you.
I always see foundation primers recommended on here, and they really make my face look cakey and terrible in photos, so I’ve found that I actually look better without. Experimentation is the key 🙂
Post # 7
If you are going to buy new stuff, if you spend like $50 I think? Sephora and Mac will both do the makeup for you!
If you go into a mac store versus like a macys, they are professionally trained makeup artists and very good for people like us (red hair/fair skin).
If you aren’t near a mac store, I hear good reviews about Sephora for fair skin as well.
They can both also look at your skin and mac recommendations.
I personally use Mac Mineralize, but have heard good things about Makeup forever for clear skin as well.
Laura Mercier has a system called the flawless face that also comes recommended but I think the whole set would be very, very expensive!
Hope that helps!
Post # 8
@tengaar: I like Urban Decay All Nighter, but I’m not sure if I love it yet. I’ve tried it out a couple times later in the day and I couldn’t tell if it was really keeping my makeup in place, or if would’ve just lasted anyways.
Last week I tried it in the morning (around 8:45) with liquid coverup, mineral foundation, and blush. Then went to my dress fitting and spent the rest of the day running around doing stuff, including trying on clothes. On the plus side, I did not get any make up on my gown. I was even accidentally touching my face, which had gotten sweaty, and then my hands were brushing against my gown but no problems. When I got back home around 8pm, it looked like maybe 50-75% of my make up was still on.
I’d like to try it again over primer and liquid foundation, instead of mineral powder. I had really good results in terms of longevity with just using primer & liquid, but my make up rubbed off on my FI’s shirt, which I want to avoid at the wedding.
They sell travel size bottles of it at Sephora for like $8, I think. Might as well try it out and see if you like it!
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Urban Decay’s DeSlick is better for oily skin than All Nighter. Apply it before you apply primer and again after your face is 100% done. It works incredibly well. Also, Tarte makes a fantastic setting powder that really locks everything in place. For foundation, Smashbox 15 hour is my go-to. Their lightest shade is still about 1/2 a shade too dark for me, but it provides the best overall coverage and durability for me.
Post # 10
@tengaar…I feel the same way you do. Just overwhelmed with everything makeup! I’ve looked at so many makeup boards,forums,blogs,videos. I have lists of primers,liners,mascaras,powders. UGH, so overwhelmed. Makeup is really my last big purchase to make but I hate to spend so much money on special products.
My wedding is a sunset beach wedding in the Caymans. So my concern is dealing with humidity,sweating and camera flash. My normal makeup is Bare Minerals but i’ve learned it washes you out in photos. I am someone who tans very easily and pics of me from last summer my face looked so pale. Now I know why. I did recently buy Urban Decay eye primer which I love. I’ve never used any kind of primer before. This ones a keeper! I bought a travel size of Smashbox Photofinish Primer. Not sure I see any difference using it. Haven’t tried taking pictures since using it either. I think I will try MUFE. As far as foundation I need to find a powder type. I don’t do liquid. I wonder if I can stick with my Bare Minerals foundation and find a different setting powder rather then Mineral Veil? Then there is concealer, I have such dark circles so I need help with that. Is there a waterproof brand that anyone knows of?
Seems like by the time I’m finished buying makeup I could of just payed someone to do it. I just can’t afford the expensive lines like MAC. So anything I can find on clearance or sample size I’m all over it! : ) I’ve never been into Sephora but plan on checking them out. I buy most of my makeup from Ulta.
Oh btw I’m doing a TTD next day. Jumping off the cliff into the water so I need a excellent waterproof mascara.
Post # 11
Thanks for all the help so far, everyone. I went to Sephora as recommended. So far I am going with Makeup Forever Matte Velvet, HD Powder, Sculpting Kit, my usual green-tint Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Stila eyeshadow, Lemon-Aid Concealer, and a few others. There are some products that the makeup artist convinced me to buy that I am now having second thoughts on and might return.
I have tried out the Deslick and All Nighter for the past two weeks on and off, and surprisingly, it made my face worse than the days I didn’t wear one or the other!
Post # 12
@tengaar: I use Urban Decay All Nighter on a daily basis and I swear by it BUT it all depends on using the right primer.
Check out this thread I posted about the most amazing make up ever. I used to use Bridesmaid or Best Man but I’m a believer and every day user of Hourglass Immaculate Foundation (goes on liquid, becomes a full coverage powder) and Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (avail @ Sephora). I’m really surprised no one mentioned it to you. It is what Kim Kardashian used for her wedding.
Post # 13
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
All night er is AMAZING. I also have oily skin and it keeps my MAC and BE both perfectly in place.