Post # 1
I’m pretty confident in my makeup "skillz" and get compliments on a regular basis on how good my makeup looks. I had been planning to do my own makeup for my wedding (and save $$), and even got a consultation at Sephora (and laid down some bucks for good products), but now I’m starting to have doubts.
The last time I got my hair cut, one of the other stylists at the salon (not my regular girl) said my makeup looked good and asked if I had done a trial that day (I was doing a trial with my hair). I told her no, it was just something I had done myself, and I was planning to do my own wedding makeup.
She asked me why I wasn’t getting it done there … not in a snooty "are you crazy for doing it yourself?" or "I want your money" kind of way, more like because it would last longer if they do it, that sort of thing.
So now I’m all kinds of mixed up. On one hand, I wear makeup regularly and I’m comfortable doing it myself, even going heavier for the sake of photos. On the other, I know that a pro makeup job can look amazing and I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be a good idea after all for the sake of making sure it lasts, etc.
When I think about it, I’ll post a photo of my own (proposed) makeup looks … but in the meantime, especially for bees who like doing their own makeup, what are your thoughts?
Post # 3
See thats the thing….I can do my makeup perfectly on my own too. I like the way it looks etc. I AM however going to get a professional, not because I am uncertain in my abilities but it’s so assure the longevity of my makeup. I mean I don’t really want to constantly be touching up my makeup throughout the night, I have other things to worry about. so I figure dishing out the $$ to get one will work out for me in the long run.
As well as longevity for my makeup, preofessionals use makeup that looks better on camera, which is an added bonus.
Post # 4
In all honesty I wouldn’t bother with a pro if I were you. I’m not, mainly because my bridesmaids are better with make-up than I and they’re helping me. I’m going to the MAC store with my Maid/Matron of Honor to get made up and then she’ll mimic what the artist did on wedding day.
Post # 5
Ahhh this is my dilema too.
I don’t wear much mu at all. I don’t wear eyeliner, no lipstick, no concealer under the eys, and I don’t do powder.
That being said, I have the best products and they are perfect for my skin. I even out my skin with my favorite foundation which looks completely flawless on my skin, I don’t need the eye concealor, and if I have a blemish, which I don’t, I will use a tiny bit to cover it. I just add a little bronzer, some blush, and even it all out and I’m good to go. Lastly I put on gloss and brush my eyebrows and curl my lashes. That’s what I do daily.
So I’m sure that instead of using a pro, I could do it myself. The only thing I worry about is, will it look flawless, like pro mu jobs, in the pics? I’m just unsure about that. It is worrying me.
Post # 6
I’m getting my makeup done by a professional. I figure that since I’m going to spend that much money on a dress, I better look good. So I don’t want to fuss about it on the day of my wedding because I know I’ll already be stressed. So having someone do it for me will really help.
Post # 7
For the ladies deciding to do it on their own and have concerns about the makeup lasting, I strongly suggest using primers! They have them for basically everything now (face, lips, eyes, lashes). I am undecided about the lash primers, but I love my MAC primers for eyes (paint pot in "painterly") and face and lips. Especially the eyes–a little goes a long way and it lasts forever, and when I wake up the next morning from a night out, my eye shadow is still there and not creased! It’s amazing.
Post # 8
One of my biggest wedding day regrets is having my makeup done professionally. My makeup artist suggested that I bring in the stuff I wear every day, since it is high quality makeup and I wanted a natural look. She then applied it, but it was all wrong!!!! We were super pressed for time, so I didn’t get a chance to have it re-done. I wish I had just done it myself- I was much happier with my makeup for the rehearsal dinner, that I had applied on my own.
Post # 9
I don’t wear makeup at all, not a drop and haven’t for about 5 years now. I am debating on whether to have my makeup done or have my friend whose really good at it do it for me. The problem is I own no makeup and don’t want to buy any just for one day….
Post # 10
I love make up. I love doing others people’s make up and am pretty confident in my skills. But for this one day, if you have the $$ to spend, I suggest leaving it to a professional. Not so much because they will do a better job, but because the morning of the wedding I was a mess. All the stuff that was going on and people asking me questions and calling my room…I would never have been able to really focus on the make up job. Those 30 minutes gave me time to just sit and think quietly. Plus she put it on WAY heavier than I have ever worn my make up…I thought it would look ridiculous but the pictures are AMAZING…
Post # 11
I have seen threads like this a lot lately. I think with everyone’s pocket book feeling the effects of today’s economy cutting costs seem to be on almost everyone’s minds.
The reason pro makeup applications are good for weddings is:
1. longevity – while the product(s) itself makes a huge difference in the life span of the makeup application The Technique it self plays a major role. (different skin types require different techniques and products – a good MUA will know what works for your skin type and desired look and coverage)
2. Photography – A good pro MUA will know the amount of makeup to apply to be just right for you and for the photos (this is thru doing a trial with you to make sure its not to much for you and also good MUA’s will have the "eye" to see how much is enough for photographs) The way it looks in person is slightly different then how it will look in pro photos.
3. Not having to stress about your makeup – Hopefully you will have had a trial run with your MUA and feel confident in his/her work and you wont have to stress one bit about your makeup on your big day…. Your MUA has it under control and you know it will last all day/night.
If you feel confident in doing your own makeup that is great! Go for it. Maybe try to do a trial run on your self and let it go all day without touching it up (at all or just a little bit) and see how it looks at the end of the day… Try taking some photos in natural light (take some at various time of the day) that way you can look back and what you did and see how it changed through out the day. Then from there you will know what you may or may not need to tweak for your big day. Play around with products and see what works best for your skin type.
Post # 12
I’m considering it a "treat" for myself to have my makeup done professionally on my wedding day…just because I don’t foresee any other time in my life to have it done professionally except then. If you are comfortable doing your own makeup and you like the way it looks, go with your gut–I’m sure you’ll be a beautiful bride (especially if the salon people thought you had had a trial that day–it must have looked pretty professional to them! )
Post # 13
Just my 2 cents, Just think of how much money you are spending on everything else on your wedding day and you are working hard on making everything look just perfect, However dont forget that the eyes are going to be on you all the time on your wedding day, your face needs to look flawless. Think about how much stress you take to get your wedding organized for those of you who are taking care of everything themselves, I personnaly remember Breaking out just the day of my wedding because of all that stress i took, and only a pro Makeup artist saved my day. Dont forget about the images that are going to be a memories forever, you need to be aware of what photographed well and not.
Best of luck
Post # 14
I agree with JuliaMD. There are definitely a few reasons why pro makeup is great for your wedding day – it will last you for hours so that you don’t have to dip out to the ladies room quite so often for touch ups, you’ll look flawless in photos, and you won’t have to worry yourself with applying makeup yourself on your big day.
My wedding was a few weeks ago, and I definitely think that if it fits in your budget and you can find an artist that you like and trust, id go for pro makeup anyday. It’s a wonderful treat!
Post # 15
Ditto on the longevity. I can make my makeup look awesome but I don’t have all the primers and brushes and special little things that literally make it last all flippin’ day without me breaking a sweat. I did my own makeup for my bridal portrait though, just very heavy and it looked great in pics. Don’t go too light on the lipstick. That’s my downfall. I go "oh it’s nice but rich" and not near as rich as it should be in photos. I’m bumping up to lip liner and gloss, which the ladies at Sephora said stays better than the lipsticks.
They have those special sponges, too…they’re magical.
I’m quite adept at my own makeup and do my friends’ all the time, and i’m having the clinique lady do mine. She’s doing it at the nordstrom counter so it’s free, i’m just goign to tip her and buy a bunch of stuff from her. i didn’t think pro makeup made a big difference until i slept in my makeup…yep, full face, and was like, "wow i still look perfect" the next day.
Post # 16
if you feel comfortable with doing it yourself, i say go for it! you totally want to look like yourself on your wedding day, and you probably know best what colors, etc work for you. even my hair salon (who does makeup application) agreed when i told her i was doing it myself that that was probably the best bet.