(Closed) Wedding Day Makeup

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
6 posts
  • Wedding: October 2018

Hmmm… I will be watching this post intently, as I may run into the same problem with my wedding.  We’ll probably be travelling back to our really small hometown too, and like you said, things are limited!

A suggestion though, maybe you could ask for some tips or help from the person doing your hair?  I know most beauty salon hair stylists are also trained for make-up, so even if you didn’t decide to trust them on the big day, maybe you could do a practice run?

Post # 4
8 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

MAC counters are really used to helping out with things like this, and they have a wide variety of shades to use.  If you want a more subtle look though, you either have to be very specific with them, or go to a different brand like Clinique.  No matter where you go, I would have a definite idea in mind or some pictures.  If there’s a 3 custom color near you, they also do a great job of personalizing your look and teaching…


A great site to review products you may want to use is http://www.makeupalley.com.  Just search what you’re considering and you get reviews from hundreds of people.  Good luck!

Post # 5
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

As far as counters: Try Bobbi Brown. she’s one of of the queens of bridal makeup. Clinique is an old standby for a traditional classic look.

Check out this very helpful video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX5eSM1mKQ8 

 And this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLOakCdxfrA

The key to longevity is layers. layer your makeup. Use a primer. U dont have to spend a lot of money on the primer, Monistat’s Chafing Gel makes an awesome primer bc its chock full of the same ingredient in the very popular Smashbox primer. Use loose powder but don’t press it into your skin bc you will have break thru shine quicker that way.

 hope this helps. you can do it. i’ve been studying to do my own makeup for awhile now. i’ve got 16 days to go and i feel really confident. Youtube has tons of great makeup tutorials that will help you practice your technique.


Post # 6
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

there are plenty of great makeup tips on the hive…I wouldn’t limit yourself to one brand…go to a Sephora if AT ALL possible, as they let you know what is best across brands.  Here are some things I’ve read  are good.

primer–photofinish (different formulations based on skin type)

powder–blue ray HD  (yes, new makeup is high definition…it rocks)

eyeliner–bobbi brown (mine is urban decay)

eyeshadow base–urban decay or laura mercier

mascara–I heart YSL that I just got @ Sephora but is $$$

lips–get a tint, such as benetint, then keep a clear lip gloss, there is one that is 2 sided

blush–keep to a peachy/pink color, blue ray also has blush or you could use your benetint

concealer–bo-ing (mine is stila but may get something longer lasting)

eyeshadow/fake lashes–MAC

blotter–I like rice paper from Sally’s

 There is also something that "sets" your makeup, but I can’t remember what is it called, something like Fixit, Fix+?


Make sure you tell them it is for a wedding, as they might suggest a more matte formula.  Also, some makeup doesn’t photograph well, so they will likely recommend something from smashbox of an HD product.

Post # 7
10 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

i really like bare essentuals (sp?)…it goes on in layers and stays on your face for hours on end….LOVE IT

Post # 8
15 posts
  • Wedding: January 2009

I have to second MAC.  I have never been disappointed with their service.  They ive you a really great air-brushed look (even though they don’t actually air brush) plus, their products are great.

Post # 9
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I got married in a rural area, so getting a make-up person wasn’t really an option.

I used the products mentioned here by then Ms. Creampuff and they worked GREAT!

DIY’ing Your Makeup?


Got some good advice here:

Wedding Day makeup


A friend at the end of the reception even commented asking how my makeup stayed on all night (I did touch up once after the ceremony and lipstick after dinner, but that was it).

On my day, the items I used were the following:

Laure Geller’s Spackle over my moisturizer (I used moisturizer w/o SPF since it can reflect in the photo flash and make you look pale)

random drug store foundation

Urban Decay EyeShadow Primer Potion (it really made my eye shadow stick all day- without any touch ups)

MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer (did a great job on the dark circles)

random drug store loose powder

MAC Technakohl liner (didn’t smudge)

random drug store eye shadow

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcolour (This stayed on so well that I had to scrub it off at the end of the night- definitely the best lip color I’ve ever owned.  It’s a little too shiny when you first put it on, but within a few minutes, it’s just right).

Post # 11
24 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

Watch out for a post soon of hair and makeup that I did for one of the Bee Bloggers. I provided her with a makeup list of some things that I used on her.


If anything I highly recommend Make Up Forever HD foundation.  It is designed for camera/photography and applies flawlessly. 



Post # 12
11 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

makeupgeek.com has a ton of various ideas that are wonderful and it ranges from extreme to classic…eays to do and she tells you exactly what color and brand and brush she uses…

Post # 13
36 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

Hi, I’m actually an Esthetician/Professional Makeup Artist, so maybe I can help!  Def layer on your makeup, and remember this- makeup for photography needs to be a little more oomph to show up!  Once you have your makeup purchased, PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!  When you come up with a look that you love, go into a dimly lit room, and see what your makeup looks like there.  A lot of times you have to darken your makeup so that it reads well on camera. Remember though, it’s best to start light, and then work your way up to the desired effect.  Oh, and make sure you cleanse your face first with cleanser made for your skin type, tone, and moisturize!!! If you have time to practice with false lashes, try them out!! False lashes give you an instant WOW factor, and really make your eyes pop!!! Eyeliner goes along the lashline to cover the seam, and you can use mascara also.  Maybe one of the bridesmaids can perfect this task for you, and can apply them the day of????  False lashes give your makeup that extra something, even if you choose a very basic makeup application!!!

Hope this helps!!!


Post # 14
182 posts
Blushing bee

You might have your original makeup artist teach you to do your makeup. I know that my make-up lady also teaches people how do make- up on their own.

Post # 15
765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I agree with MAC because it photographs well.  So does Smashbox.

My MUA used Model in a Bottle on me for my e-pics and my wedding day and that stuff didn’t budge.


Post # 16
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I know this is an older post, but I wanted to recommend a cheaper eyeliner that does not smudge and lasts forever…Loreal’s HIP eyeliner. I paid $7 for mine in black and that stuff does not move. Their eyeshadows are also great, but aren’t as matte as I generally like my makeup to be normally…not sure if that would do well in pictures.

I’m very interested in this stuff that goes over all your makeup and makes it stick, but I can’t remember what it’s called or where to get it or how much it is. Anyone have a clue?

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