(Closed) Tips for doing your own makeup

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015


elyseDCB:  Moisturize, use primer and setting sprays and practice! There are tons of tutorials on youtube- just search the look you’d like to create and I’m sure you’ll find something.

Also, don’t forget- you get what you pay for with make up. If you want to make sure it’ll last all night, spend a little more. I personally love Urban Decay primer, shadows and setting spray.

Post # 3
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

look up goss make up artist and Jaclyn Hill on youtube.  

While I am a product junkie who does have some high end make up, more important than the product itself is how you apply it and what you apply it with.  Invest in good quality brushes. 

Post # 4
1543 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

i would strongly recommend hiring a pro- you’re going to end up spending the same amount on new makeup and tools if you don’t normally wear much makeup. Personally when I see photos of brides who did their own I can tell  because they dont look as special- pro photography is harsher than normal  

But if you are decided then i think the most important pro things to learn are contouring your face with bronzer blush and highlighter, shaping and filling your eyebrows, and applying fake eyelashes. 

Post # 5
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Face primer, eyeshadow primer, and setting spray can make all the difference.  While I prefer mid range cosmetics (Urband decay, Benefit, Makeup Forever) to drug store brands, if you don’t wear makeup on a regular basis you can actually end up spending more than a makeup artist buying all the products yourself.

I think for sure you do not need to spend high end prices on primer, the drug store versions are literally exactly the same.  I use Maybeline Baby Skin.  NYX and Milani are my favourite drug store brands and you can find good dupes for higher end products (like the Urban Decay Naked palette)

I used this tutorial for my make up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dySVOJyz-Yo  but modified the lip and cheek colour.

Post # 7
12106 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

elyseDCB:  I’m a professional MUA for print and tv:-) I think the YouTubes will help you a lot. I also made a thread, one of only two I ever started, on the Bee  with tips for DIY brides. You can click my name and go to threads started if you’re interested. Most of my tips are makeup for good pictures specifically, which is different from everyday makeup and even in person glamor makeup. 

I would link it if I could but I’m on my ipad and it won’t let me.  Good luck, I’m sure you will be beautiful!practise and take flash and non flash pictures in advance. 

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Post # 8
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I did my own and I’m sooo happy I did (so is my husband).  I’ve had my makeup done professionally in the past and I felt like I didn’t look like myself.  Photos may have turned out decent, but in person it looked caked on.  My wedding photos look amazing.  

For my wedding I did the ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’-inspired look by Lisa Eldridge.  She is amazing, and very clear with her instructions; Here’s her website where she’s posted lots of tutorials for different looks and techniques: http://www.lisaeldridge.com

You may spend some money on makeup for the big day, but you’ll have that makeup to use afterwards.  

– I used Mac foundation and powder, and a mix of other brands for my other products.

– Fake eyelashes are your best friend 🙂   But make sure they’re somewhat natural looking, and not over-the-top.

– Don’t use shimmer/frosted eyeshadow – it reflects camera flashes and will look strange and dated.

– I read that cream blush is best for wedding photography because it lasts longer and shows up better in photos, so that’s what I used.

– Some people say to use foundation that doesn’t have SPF in it because it adds a shimmer in camera flashes, so I used foundation without it.

– Practice putting the makeup on in natural light, so that you’ll really see what it looks like.  

– Like PP have said, make sure to fill in your eyebrows, or else your face will look unfinished. 

raspberrymojito:  I disagree that pro photography is harsher than usual; if you have a good photographer, they know how to adjust lighting for the environment they’re shooting. Amateur photography looks harsh and low quality.  Also, pro wedding photogs digitally correct their images.  

The OP is looking for advice, not people to try to talk her out of it.




Post # 9
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Lisa Eldridge and KathleenLights on YouTube are great. I used to love Jaclyn Hill but she really over does it sometimes (read: cake face) and she uses mostly high end products that are pretty pricey.

Make sure you exfloiate so there aren’t any dry patches for your makeup to stick to. Moisturize with something that isn’t heavy or greasy (I use Cetaphil). Use a primer for your face and eyes. I use Smashbox for my face and Urban Decay for my eyes but there are tons out there so get some samples and see what works with your skin. If you’re looking for a full coverage foundation I recommend Estee Lauder Double Wear or Revlon Colorstay (obviously Revlon is cheaper but it’s still amazing). I highly recommend using a Beauty Blender because it really gives a flawless application and keeps the foundation from getting cakey. MAC ProLongwear concealer is great for under the eyes. I also highly recommend one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes. If you have warm undertones (i.e. yellow) get the Naked1 palette. If you have cool undertones (i.e. pink) get the Naked2 palette (Shaaanxo has a great bridal tutorial using this palette). Definitely go to an Ulta or Sephora though and swatch them on your hand to see how the colors look with your skin. Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray is good but I’d recommend getting the travel size first just in case it breaks you out, you haven’t wasted a lot of money. As far as lashes, any mascara will do if you plan to use falsies. I recommend Ardell 110 lashes for somethng natural but they also give an extra pop to your eyes. I use Maybelline MasterDrama eyeliner and really like that. I also recommend getting good quality brushes. I absolutely love Tarte blushes.

Post # 10
2734 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Watch carli bybel…she’s awesome, but she wears a lot of makeup so skipping a few things might be the best.

My best suggestion is to learn how to contour your face & eyes, if you don’t already know how. Dimension makes such a difference with makeup.

Post # 11
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


I can’t believe I forgot to mention brows!! Definitely get the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. It changed my life when it came to my brows!!

Post # 12
1543 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MsGolightly:  sorry I meant its harsher than real life, not harsher than other types of photography. I was just giving my 2 cents I don’t think I was being rude. I’m sure she will look great either way. Your tips are very helpful. 

Post # 13
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

What about going to Sephora or Ulta or one of the makeup counters at the mall? I’m having mine done the morning of the wedding at Sephora. It’s free as long as you spend $50 in product which I spend there all the time anyway.

Post # 14
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Kandee Johnson’s 7 steps to a flawless face on youtube makes me LOOK AMAAAAAAZING!!! I suggest giving it a try!!!  Im doing that for my face!

Post # 15
151 posts
Blushing bee

I recommend pinterest to pinpoint the look you want. I thought I wanted something extremely natural, but after searching keywords with my wedding style I realized most of the brides whose look I liked best actually had a subtle smokey eye. From there, I checked out some close ups of that makeup style and did several practice runs on date night so the makeup effort wasn’t a waste 🙂

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