(Closed) Who is doing their own bridal make-up and hair?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
802 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

im getting married on a cruise so i will be doing it myself. i plan to have a trial done before i leave so i can purchase those products and recreate the look when i get on the ship. im not an expert but i think i do my own makeup pretty good, just have to not be scared to go a little heavieri because it doesnt show up well in pics all the time.

Post # 18
1400 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@ALazi:  I’m going to do my own makeup.. hair I’m not sure, but my hair is crazy and I might need someone who knows what they’re doing to tame it for a whole day!

Pro versus me

Haha good times right?


However, I don’t wear much makeup ever so I will just do soemthing light and fun on myself for my wedding day. It would be weird to have a full face of makeup and I don’t think anyone would kno who I am!

Post # 19
982 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ALazi:  I’m doing my own makeup.  I can NOT do my hair well enough so I will be hiring someone for that.  But I tested out my makeup during engagement photos and it looked nice and casual but now I also know where to darken it up, etc. for wedding day.  I think it will turn out well.  Hopefully.  And my sister will be there to fix it if I mess up.  haha

Post # 20
804 posts
Busy bee

@ALazi:  I’m not married yet but am strongly considering doing this as well. I don’t normally wear makeup so any time I’ve had it done professionally I feel like it’s caked on and I end up feeling really uncomfortable (and I can imagine that’ll be worse if you’re somewhere hot!). I’m undecided on my hair – I want it down but it’s super fine and needs some help, so I’ll probably get some extensions and see how they look.

Post # 21
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ALazi:  I did my hair & makeup myself. We got married in Mexico in july and I have very sensitive skin so I was afraid that if I hired a MUA/hair they could do so many things wrong like a) too much makeup b) melting makeup c)bad type for my skin resulting in breakouts d) not to my liking (i’m very picky) e) not perfect hair f)falling hair….

I did a few trials at home and then gave myself pretty much all day from noon-5pm to get it all done and took my time with some mai-tai’s. Pretty fun! I got exactly what I wanted & planned, it looked great (like me but better), and it stayed put very well.. Like I said- do lots of trials before hand at home so you’ve got it down pay, invest in some basic quality items (I only spent big bucks on my primer, setting/finishing spray, blush, and powder) and make sure you like them, and give youself lots of time the day-of.

Here’s my look:

Post # 22
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My sister and I did my makeup (no professional) and I was incredibly happy with the result.  For my bridal shower, my sister got me a gift certificate to Sephora which came with a makeup trial by one of their MUA.  I ended up buying products from there but HATED the result of the trial – I looked great, but not like myself.

In the week before my wedding, my sister and I experimented with some different make-up looks so that the day of the wedding it was easy.

For your hair – if you are confident you can do it yourself with causing added stress, I say do it! 

Post # 23
9 posts

I’ll do my makeup, but I’ll go to a professional for my hair. Sounds silly because I’m a makeup artist myself, but I was really wondering what to do because maybe I’d be nervous, maybe it wouldn’t turn right.. but after 2 trials with 2 different makeup artists, I decided I will do it myself.

Just a few things which may be useful for brides who want to do their own makeup:

1. Be sure the foundation doesn’t have SPF in it, or it has just a little (15 max). Also, they say titanium dioxide is bad for photography, though so many hd foundations have it and photos look great. But you can search for titanium dioxide free foundations if you feel more confortable.

2. Look for a long lasting foundation

3. The makeup should look natural live and should also look good in photos. Though a cream foundation looks best in photos, personally I find it heavy face to face, so a liquid or airbrush foundation might be better.

4. If you use translucide powder (the one you can use for any skin tone, even if it’s white), be sure to blend it well. No raccoon eyes needed on your wedding day.

5. Use a face and eyes primer before your foundation.

6. Take some Clean and Clear blotting tissues with you and tap your T-zone if you see any greasy patches after a while.

7. If you wake up and find a red blemish on your face, don’t put green corrector on it. It will show in pictures when they use flash.Just use normal concealer and foundation afterwards.

8. Use a highlighter, it’s the secret weapon makeup artists use for brides to give them that etereal glow.

9. Try not to use shiny makeup, it will reflect in photos. You can use a little to give some glow, but stay rather on the matte side that day

10. How to put false lashes on: individual lashes look more natural, you put them right between your real ones one by one using tweezers. Entire lashes: lift the lid by putting your finger in the crease or right above it. Use your fingers in order to put them, it’s easier. First press the middle right on the base of your eyelashes with your lid still up; then press the inner part for a few seconds and then the outer part.

11. Excuse my English. European here 🙂


Post # 24
764 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I might I’m still debating LOL… Only because I am a make up artist and I know exactly what I want . I will go to the salon for hair because I want a look that I know i can’t acheive myself or maybe I can i’ll have to try and see lol…

Post # 26
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@ALazi:  I will be doing my own. I don’t really trust a lot of people with my hair and although I don’t wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis, I’ve done my own makeup for a lot of dance performances over the years so I’m comfortable in that department 🙂

Post # 28
1990 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I did my own make up because I wanted to look like ME and I just was appauled at how expensive MUA are in my area – “Wait, you want $250 AND you’re gonna keep the products?! Noooooo wayyy?!”

I don’t wear a TON of make up usually but I know how to apply lashes and can put myself together without spending hundreds…

Here was my wedding day look:


I definitely can’t do my own hair though so I went to a Tony & Guy beauty college near by and for $20 I got a simple, side swept updo with relaxed curls… I asked her to pin them because I was growing my hair out and wanted to take it down once I removed my bolero but I was having so much fun and already so hot, I just left it up – it wasn’t perfect nd the humidity of the harbor we were married on made it a little frizzy but I think it was DEFINITELY worth it!

You can get a gorgeous look for a very budget-friendly price if you trust yourself!

Post # 29
3246 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@ALazi:  I’ll definitely be doing my own makeup, and my mom or one of my friends will probably do my hair. I can’t imagine going for a makeup artist– I’ve never been to one in my life and I hardly wear any makeup normally, plus my Fiance doesn’t like lots of makeup, so this seems like the sensible, as well as cost-effective, way to do things.

Post # 30
1540 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@ALazi:  I’m doing my own makeup! We’re doing  a Destination Wedding, so I won’t be trialing anyone and I’m happy with the way i do my makeup (when i do it! lol). One of my BM’s offered to do my hair.

Post # 31
83 posts
Worker bee

I’m doing my own! I’m using all drugstore brand makeup because I’m cheap. 

I did a bunch of research on here and elsewhere online to find out what the best drugstore stuff is and bought some new stuff:

ELF foundation primer

ELF eyeshadow primer

ELF HD powder

Revlon Colourstay foundation

NYX nude on nude eyeshadow pallete

Rimmel scandaleyes waterproof eyeliner


And now I’m practicing. I never wear foundation so I really need to practice applying that. I’m pretty good with eye makeup already though. Oh and I’m practicing contouring/highlighting.

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