Last week a girlfriend of mine had asked my advice about wedding makeup – whether she should get it done, or whether she should do her own wedding makeup. I was happy to share my advice [let’s face it, most bloggers are people that love sharing their own thoughts/opinions/advice] and thought that sharing it here might also be beneficial to other brides that might be considering DIYing their wedding makeup.
Tips & Advice on Doing Your Own Wedding Makeup
First, the disclaimer – I realize DIYing your wedding makeup is NOT for everyone, and I have nothing against anyone that decides putting their face in the hands of professionals for their wedding day.
Second, the reasoning – For me, personally, I never really wear a full face of makeup. I am pretty much a strictly powder, bronzer, and eye makeup kind of gal. To be honest, I have no idea how to even properly apply makeup – much less which type of foundation to buy. My skin is far from perfect – but I just like the more natural look of skin. If this is what I look like daily – then that is pretty much how I wanted to look in my wedding pictures (just a bit more dolled up!). I wanted to look at my pictures and still look like me – not like some glammed up girl that I really am not.
Additionally, there was the money part of getting my makeup done – I just couldn’t justify the price for one day. I thought that I would rather spend the money on buying some nicer makeup & tools for myself that I could not only use that day, but use other times when I wanted to get “glammed up” for an event or party.
Third, the how – I knew I wanted the vintage look to match my 1950s dress. I wanted thicker black eyeliner on top and bright pink lips. I also wanted to ensure that my makeup would SOMEWHAT stay on for the day [though I still failed at this – but I blame the insane amount of dancing & sweating that ensued].
My makeup by the end of my wedding – no more fuschia lips, hair a mess … and never happier
I printed some pictures and headed to a MAC location to have the girls there “do me up!”.
I bought the eye and lip products that the MAC girls used one me, but I passed on all the foundation they used on me – it was way too “cakey” in my opinion. I felt like I had a mask on!
The eye makeup I bought:
– Black Fluidline Eyeliner [this stuff has become my absolute FAVORITE black eyeline to use when doing heavier lines/cat-eyes]
– Bare Paint Pot [they told me this stuff helps your eye shadow stay on … they did not lie]
– Mineralize Eye Shadow [in a nude palette .. the link here is a duo, but mine is a trio]
I opted to buy mascara from Clinique – because my mom swore by their “lash doubling” mascara. I agree – it looks like you have false lashes BUT it’s not waterproof. Since I knew I would be a weeping mess on parts of my wedding day, I bought a waterproof mascara to put on over top of the non-waterproof lash doubling kind. Problem solved – no raccoon eyes that day!
The lipstick I bought:
Again from MAC I bought my fuschia lip stick [and love it/wear it often to this day] and a lip-primer that the MAC ladies told me would help my lipstick stay on for longwear. They were right – but even lip-primer couldn’t help
The tools I bought:
I wanted to buy the right tools to ensure the makeup I just spent a small fortune on, looked right when I applied it myself. I bought the brush they recommended for applying the fluid eyeliner (small angle brush) and an eye shadow brush. I also bought some sponges to properly apply the foundation I did end up buying.
The foundation story:
While waiting for the Clinique counter to open to buy my mascara, I got suckered into the makeup stand next to it. This actually turned into a good thing, as I ended up LOVING the foundation that they put on me! The stand was actually more of a skin-care stand, but they happened to carry some makeup too. I bought some skin care products to boost my natural glow [Philosophy Oxygen Peel] and their hybrid foundation – this stuff is AWESOME.
What to do next after you buy all your wedding makeup:
Seriously – practice is the best thing you can do if you are DIYing your wedding makeup. I would lock myself in the bathroom once or twice a week leading up to the wedding, to make sure I could achieve the look I wanted myself and to make sure it didn’t take me 2 hours to do it!
Practicing is the BEST advice I can give anyone that is going to DIY their wedding makeup.
Brides to be – are you going to DIY your wedding makeup? Why or why not? Past brides – did I miss anything? Or do you have any other advice to add in the DIY wedding makeup debate?
DIY makeup all the way!
Use a makeup sealer!!!! This is sold in theatrical makeup stores for stages actors to set their face so it lasts for hours. It will keep your makeup from fading and is the best thing ever. And it’s not too expensive.