Ooh, I’m sorry I didn’t see your original post – I love giving makeup advice! (Can you tell I used to work in the luxury beauty section of a pharmacy? LOL)
This advice may be a little late but here goes.
Stuff I wouldn’t get from Sephora: cleanser, moisturizer/eye cream, lipstick (L’Oreal has an amazing glossy stain, and Maybelline balm stains are a great stick one – depends on the texture you like!), mascara, eyebrow filler (you can just get an eyeshadow that matches your hair colour and apply it with a slanted brush, or you can get a drugstore brow pencil)
Stuff that’s worth the price tag: face primer, eye primer (ESPECIALLY THIS!), foundation (especially if she matched you well), highlighter (a good one makes you look like you have perfect, luminous skin and most good ones are high end; I LOVE the one they recommended to you. If you’re really on a budget though, NYX Mosaic in Highlighter is very decent)
Stuff that can go either way, it’s your call whether to spend that much: concealer (Maybelline Fit Me is a great one that makeup artists seem to love across the board), bronzer (bad ones make your face look dirty, but you already have a Lancome one at home that should be decent), blush, eyeshadow ($$$ ones tend to blend better and be more pigmented but on your wedding day you probably want a more subtle look so it doesn’t have to be super-pigmented)
***Make sure you use waterproof eyeliner & mascara! 🙂 And unless you tend to be oily, I don’t think finishing spray is necessary.
RE: this post
Naturally, because the girl at Sephora does this for a living, it looks better than DIY. But I think your attempt looks very good for someone who’s not used to applying makeup! If you like the colours you chose (for lips, blush, and eyes), stick to them – I think you can totally pull off darker hues. Plus like a PP said, you want your makeup to be more dramatic than usual because it’ll photograph better. The foundation does need to be better matched, though. I think foundation’s worth the splurge because you really need one that photographs well/won’t look off with flash, etc.
Don’t bother to learn to contour! And if you practice, I think you’ll get more comfortable as the big day approaches and be happy with the result. 🙂
Good luck!!! 🙂
Also, I have a feeling that if you reacted to a pro MUA’s makeup before…it probably wasn’t the makeup. I think maybe her tools weren’t properly cleaned & sanitized – that’s usually the culprit. :S