Post # 1
So I’m a complete makeup newbie.I have an extremely oily and sensitive face, which breaks out very easily. From April to October, I look like a frying pan, and the rest of the months, my cheeks and forehead turn dry while my nose and T-zone remain oily. I’ve never used any real makeup, besides a compact and lipsticks. I’m getting married in about six months, and I’m confused about the makeup products I should use. I’m NC30, and have a clear face with no redness, acne, blemishes or scars. I don’t want heavy makeup. What foundation should I use for a barely there makeup? I’m looking for something that doesn’t make me break out and also photographs well.. Any suggestion will be highly appreciated.
Thanks so much 🙂
Post # 2
I’d start by recommending a face wash the helps control oil. Biore charcol face wash (not the scrub), it makes a drastic diffence in the amount of oil. And then you will want a primer that absorbs oil-the one I use is discontinued-but I have heard good things about nutrogena shine control primer. Or you could go to a Sephora and look at trial size primers (and ask for samples, they give you a good amount for free!)
For barely trre makeup I use Clinique BB cream instead of foundation. It is very light feeling and looks natural. I also use an under eye color corrector to hide dark circles. That one is a Sephora brand and costs about $12. I would also recommend a setting powder or something for you–itll help make sure you don’t get oily.
Post # 3
If you’re not used to doing your own makeup, you might want to do some trial appointments with makeup artists. Many brides – even ones very experienced with doing their own makeup – opt for professional makeup on their wedding days.
That said, I was not satisifed with my professional makeup trial and I’ve never had a great experience with a makeup artist (I’ve had my makeup done professionally numerous times in the past). Since I am comfortable doing my own makeup I decided to do my own. I just went to a department store (Nordstrom has a great return policy if you have one in your area) and got a makeover from a makeup artist there (I went to the YSL counter) to find some new products that would look good on camera and to generally up my makeup game – a high quality foundation, concealer, blush and contour set, etc. I also bought a great primer, eyeshadow primer, and setting spray (I used an oil control setting spay by Urban Decay that I really like). Those make a big difference. Then snap some photos in various lighting to see how your looks photograph, and wear them all day to see how they last. And of course, practice a ton to nail down the look you like.
If you’re not used to makeup, you will likely need more than one trip to the makeup counter/Sephora/Ulta to nail down the look you’re going for. The good news is, if you opt to get a makeover at one of these places, they are usually free (you’re just expected to buy some products since the MUAs are working on commission). You’re also, of course, welcome to go test products out yourself at these stores without getting a full makeover. In any case, I recommend really experimenting, watching some youtube videos if you’re not sure about how to apply products, and making a pinterest – ideally of people who have similar features/skintones – to nail down what looks you like.
Post # 4
In your situation I’d probably opt for professional makeup day of. I have been doing my makeup for years but still rely on a professional in situations where photos will be taken and where I know I will be stressed and don’t want the added anxiety about whether my makeup is right. I think a lot of people have anxiety that a makeup artist will make things look heavy but I think as long as you find someone who understands your vision and is experienced. I think there are a lot of makeup artists, especially for weddings, who specialize in making people look natural and like themselves while still making their features pop in photographs.