Post # 1
I recently found out the makeup artist that I hired for the wedding day will not be able to ‘perfect’ me on my special day due to an important family event. It’s true, I wish I would have known this sooner than 3 weeks before the wedding but there is no use crying over spilt milk.
The problem is, I will be traveling from the city I currently live to my (very) small hometown for the wedding festivities… a small town where there are little to no other options for makeup help. I have decided the best thing to do is make an appointment at a makeup counter in my local department store and have someone teach me what products to use and how to apply makeup for the big day.
I am looking for advice or recommendations of makeup brands and even specific products that would be best for my wedding day. The most important factor is longevity; I need something that will stay put for 12 hours. AND of course, I want to look beautiful. Any advice?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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)
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
i really like bare essentuals (sp?)…it goes on in layers and stays on your face for hours on end….LOVE IT
Post # 8
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
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 # 10
Thank you very much for all of your suggestions! I can’t wait to try some out this weekend!
Post # 11
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
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
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
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
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
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?