Post # 1
I need suggestions on what brand of make up to wear… right now I just have cheap stuff (I rarley wear make up) but I want to get good make up for the wedding. I also want to get it at my local drug store (nothing crazy expensive like Mac).
Post # 3
It might be worthwhile to splurge on some items — I have drugstore eye liner, mascara, and some of my eyeshadow… but things like foundation, concealer, and some other makeup items I think are worth the splurges. I like to go with Bobbi Brown, Clinique, and Smashbox products for the splurges.
Post # 4
Clinque is great and inexpensive compared to everything else. I use to always by Lancome liquid foundation, which came out to 40 dollars the bottle did last me about a year or so, but I was always trying to find cheaper alternatives. I bought about a year ago Clinque liquid foundation comes out to 23 dollars bottle does last about a year also. You can’t go wrong with Dior, Lancome, Mac if you want to slurge a bit for make-up because it’s your wedding.
Post # 5
I was in the same boat as you, not wanting to spend a fortune on makeup but after reading reviews on drugstore brands (makeupalley.com) I’ve decided to spend the extra money since I want to look my best and can use the makeup after the wedding. Things like mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow I’ll get at the drugstore but foundation will be a splurge. I also recommend eye shadow primer and face primer. It preps the face and the eyeshadow primer makes sure your shadow doesn’t crease and wear off.
Post # 6
I use a mineral brand called Lily Lolo. Its brilliant, dosen’t smudge is non greasy and perfect for wearing all day long.
It’s not even that expensive really. I’m getting married in Cyprus in October and will be using it for my big day! 🙂 x
Post # 7
drugstore brand foundation and concealers/powders are great for everyday wear, but unfortunately they don’t perform well for the camera nor the videocamera because of ingredients with light reflecting properties that changes your color- it might not look off to our naked eye, but the lenses might pick that up.
Purchasing all the products at the department store (good primers, foundation, concealer, brushes, eyebrow pencils, blushes, sculpting powders) can add up very very quickly, even if an item averages for 20 dollars each and if you use drugstore eyeliners/mascaras/shadows!) Those things average between 8-10 dollars per item (if you include tax!), but if you buy 3 items, wouldn’t that be 30 dollars there as well? Adding to the cost, is if you buy products that doesn’t work well for your skin and need to spend more money and test out other products. The cost will add up!
You would have to weigh the costs and benefits, but since you’d be only using the items very infrequently since you shared that you rarely use makeup – those items will probably expire and go to waste. Hiring an artist might make more sense.
I don’t really know your skin type, but some great drugstore items I’d recommend:
Mascara: Voluminous Loreal Carbon Black (they have a Waterproof version too!)
Brushes: Eco-tools brand – I don’t recommend their kabuki brush, but the angled brow brush and foundation brush is great for the price. it’s a real steal and eco-friendly too
Eyeshadow: Loreal HIP – this line has some great intense colors; worth checking out. I also like the Max Factor 3 color shadows – the pigmentation isn’t all that fabulous but the color is great – you definitely need a great primer (like too faced shadow insurance…) to bring out the colors and wet your brush..but if I had to pick, i’d go with Loreal Hip and Max Factor.
Lipsticks: Rimmel Lasting Finish – great color selection. They have lip liners too.
Post # 9
I do think that you may want to consider getting something slightly better than drug-store makeup. In my experience, I have had way better luck with better brands.
Something to note, though- whatever face makeup you use on your wedding day, make sure it doesn’t have SPF in it. The SPF will reflect the light of the flash when your picture is being taken, and you’ll look washed out. Just a tip!
Post # 10
Honestly, I don’t think Mac cosmetics are that expensive. I used all Mac makeup for my wedding – and I think it was a great deal.
The Mac cosmetologist did a full makeup trial and my makeup on the day of my wedding for *FREE* as long as I made a $50 minimum make up purchase. I was going to spend more than that AND still have to buy my makeup with my other makeup artist option…so I think it was a great deal considering I also got to keep all my makeup! Plus, it’s really nice to have the right colors to touch up throughout the day.
Post # 11
To have makeup don at the Mac counter costs $50 but, you purchase $50 worth of cosmetics and essentially get the makeup application doen for free and last time I was there I managed to get really great false eyelashes, the eyelash glue and an great lip gloss and lipstick for $49 and the assistant told me I didn’t have to spend more money just for another dollar, the service was fantastic- my makeup didn’t smudge all night…..totally worth the $50 in my honest opinion. I’ve had my makeup done at other counters before and been pleased with the result. It’s worth considering. Other than that, I find mineral based makeup good, some mineral stuff can be purchased from a drug store but, it depends what drugstore and where you are etc…