Post # 1
I was reading this http://www.eatthedamncake.com/2013/01/22/is-makeup-good-or-bad-for-womens-self-esteem/#more-6420 and it got me thinking.
To sum it up, she never got into makeup and now doesn’t wear it, she booked a MUA for her wedding but at the last minute decided she really didn’t want any ending up walking down the isle with only lip gloss and mascara.
Now personally, I think makeup is fun, I don’t wear it every day and I can very much go to the shop with none on, but I enjoy it. I would wear makeup on my wedding day, but more for fun that because I felt I needed to.
So I was wondering, is this idea crazy or would lots of people want to/are going to go makeup-less on their big day? And who better to ask than you wonderful bee’s!
ETA: I’d also love to know your thoughts on this, and why you voted what you did.
Post # 3
I find that makeup is more important where you’re taking professional photos. Cameras have a tendency to exagerate flaws or imperfections and I’d like to look back on the photos and see the beautiful person I see everyday without relying on heavy editing by my photographer.
Post # 4
The idea is great, in theory, but out of every blog/article/whatever I’ve read on this same subject, the women who give up makeup are naturally gorgeous, with defined faeatures and practically flawless skin.
I don’t even like to go to the gas station without at least foundation on to even out my skin tone. I have just recently become ok with my FI’s friends coming over for a minute when I don’t have anything on, but even then, I’m secretly hoping they aren’t judging my blotchiness!
It has nothing to do with me thinking I should always look my best, but with the fact that I KNOW I look bad without it. I look at as more of a fact than low self-esteem…haha. I already look several years younger than I am, and without makeup, I look even younger, and to me, that is not a good thing. I think I’m the only 31 year old woman who wants to look 31!
I also have lighter red hair, fair skin, w/ blonde lashes and brows, so finding the right colors of makeup is already next to impossible..I will definitely get my makeup done by a professional for my wedding, b/c I do want to look like the best version of myself….as in, let my outside reflect my inside!
Post # 5
I think it simple. The bride should do what she wants. I think mascara and lip gloss are fine.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn
I would never try to go makeup-less for my wedding day. I am paying a lot of money for professional photography and wouldn’t want to ruin it with my dark under-eye circles and blotchy skin. My friend didn’t wear makeup or get her hair done for the wedding and , while she said she felt beautiful all day, she really regretted it when she got her pro pictures back.
Post # 7
@Elky: Interesting, I never thought of that side of things. I think I was just picturing the walking down the isle and talking to people side of things. But I can see pictures being a different story.
@JFay: Yeah, I suppose I would be much more likely to wear makeup everyday, or at least some foundation, if I didn’t have such good skin. (I was one of those people who never really got any zits, even as a teenager) And I always said if I didn’t have naturally darkish lashes I would probably wear mascara much more often.
But looking younger is wonderful! I wish I looked younger (well, more so) I think “I do want to look like the best version of myself….as in, let my outside reflect my inside!” was a wonderful way of explaining it.
Post # 8
@TwoCityBride: I agree, ovbiously being comfortable in how you look is the most important thing.
Post # 9
honestly… the author’s words: “Standing in the dressing room just before I got married, I realized that I wanted the version of myself I knew best. I just wanted to look like me.” –really rings true.
if you normally wear makeup though, I guess the makeup version of you would look familiar. but I’ve also never gotten into makeup or learned how to use it, so it would just be awkward. actually in my engagement photos, I had professional makeup done, and that just made me really realize I will never look “good” (to myself) in makeup. ok so the husband likes it, but I don’t look familiar! that was the only disappointing thing about our e-pics. I loved them otherwise, I just wish I wasn’t wearing makeup…
a lot of my friends look better without makeup (imo) but they’ve somehow gotten used to wearing it and feel incomplete otherwise? meh.
Post # 10
@Honeyblood: Yeah, I figure I’ll appreciate the younger looking thing when I’m in my 40s…but right now, I take it as an insult. Mostly b/c of the look of shock on the faces of people who find out my age…they never comment that I look great and gush over it like they do other people I know who look younger, they just say ‘Oh…I thought you were 23…’ and sort of trail off and change the subject. It’s disheartening…like they already didn’t take me seriously and the decide that something must be wrong with me…it’s frustrating at times. I have a 2 year old, and in my conservative town, I even get judgemental looks from older women when I’m out alone with her! I want to pull out my ID and flash my ring in their face when they do that!
I just don’t think this is a black-and-white issue in general…people who don’t wear makeup don’t understand why people feel they ‘need’ it….and poeple who always wear makeup don’t see how anyone can go without. Nobody wants to be judged, and I think these arguments just make people think they are being insulted for their choices and get angry….not that anyone here has been angry, but I’ve see it in other similar articles.
Post # 11
@JFay: Ooof, yeah I can see that. People thinking you look like you’re too young to be a mother must be super annoying. I suppose it is all in the way people react.
Gosh, I totally agree. I think in the long run, the crucial thing is that everyone feels happy with themselves and confident in the way they look. I didn’t even think about the fact that this could be seen as judgemental, or that people might get angry about it. But I guess I’m just really relaxed about this kinda thing…
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
If I was Sienna Miller or Natalie Portman, I’d go to my wedding au naturel…
Post # 13
I think you should look like you. I only wear tinted moisturizer most days, but on weekends wear a little more. I am wearing a full face of makeup for my wedding because it will allow me to look like me in the pictures.Well applied makeup looks natural on. I think smokey eyes and bright lips are too much for someone who never wears makeup, but many look a little better with a little bronzer, blush, mascara, and light eye shaddow.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
this is a tough one. I have a couple of friends who are naturally pretty and their style is very casual. sometimes they put on makeup for special occasions, and I think it looks bizarre on them – like little girls experimenting. I think they would have looked so much better if they had just chosen a little mascara and tinted lip gloss and left it at that.
but most women do not have perfect skin, so I think that at least a subtle bit of makeup is needed so they can have that extra glow and also look good in photos.
Post # 15
I wouldn’t because I like wearing makeup, not because I think I look inadequate without it, but I just like the look of eyeliner and stuff on me. I want to look about how I usually look on my wedding day. If I were someone who never ever wears makeup, I probably wouldn’t wear much or any.
Post # 16
@Honeyblood: I generally have good skin, and my day-to-day makeup consists of mascara and a little bit of concealer.
I doubt I’ll wear heavy foundation on my wedding day.
If my skin looked worse, you better believe I would be wearing a lot of makeup!
I feel prettier with makeup and think that most people look best when they wear at least a little bit of makeup (like curled eyelashes and mascara, maybe a bit of lip gloss). Obviously it’s your wedding and your prerogative.