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#1 Emmyzilla

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 10:12 AM

I am thinking of doing the makeup myself for me and my bridesmaids for my wedding. What are the pros and cons of DIY makeup?

Every professional makeup artist I've experienced so far really cakes on the makeup, and even though they say its to make the photographs look good, I can actually see the caked-on makeup in the photos.

The FH hates when I have caked on makeup so I especially don't want to pile it on for the ceremony...


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Posted 14 December 2009 - 12:02 PM

Tas has some good points smile.gif

If you want to do your own makeup, you will have to do some research. Some makeup will look good in photos while others won't. But I do agree with the time issue. If you are experienced in doing your makeup then I'm assuming time won't be an issue. However if you don't do it often then make sure you practice before the big day so you don't have to spend loads of time on it.

As for pro's caking on the makeup - perhaps ask them what products they use. EG: I have a foundation palette in my kit that is very pigmented so I don't have to put loads on. If you do get professional MU done, don't be afraid to tell them what you want, and what you like and don't like. It's your day smile.gif

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 06:33 PM

I personally wouldn't do my own makeup. Just make sure you have a good chat to your MUA about what you don't want for the makeup and have a trial. If you're not happy tell her why and get her to redo it.

I just think on your wedding day, unless you're a professional artist it's too much pressure. It's your day to be a princess and get pampered and spoilt.

If your makeup just isnt turning out the way you want on the day (talking if you're doing it yourself) you'll end up getting stressed out and that's not what you need on your wedding day.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do smile.gif
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Posted 14 December 2009 - 06:45 PM

I wouldn't do my own makeup either. I wouldn't trust myself to do it well enough to make sure I looked my best in the photos.

photographers should have some good MUA recs.

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 06:22 PM

My girls and I did our own make-up for my wedding biggrin.gif
There are a number of reason that we did it ourselves, the most important being that i didnt want to have to pay so much for make up. I also HATE makeup with a passion and I don't like when people are so close to my face. I have had pro makeup done once and i hated the person being so close and having to stay still and so on. It isnt my personal idea of pampering, so doing without it was no loss to me.
Another bonus was because we did it ourselves it looked very natural, i looked and felt like myself and DH didn't do the "Wow... you have so much make-up on" thing laugh.gif. It was also great because one of by BMs, my lil SIL is only 14, so it was great to see her looking so natural without caked on stuff. We did our make-up really quickly, and all my friends loved the natural look.
If you are unsure go out and get some make-up and give it a go, do some trials with yourself and your BMs and if you are happy with the result i see no reason not to do it biggrin.gif

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#6 Emmyzilla

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 07:13 AM

QUOTE(cuinee @ Feb 26 2010, 01:45 PM) View Post

Doing make-up all by yourself? It consumes a lot of time. Putting make-up on a person takes about 30 minutes or more and how many people are you going to put make-up on?


There are seven bridesmaids. Most of them already know how to put on their makeup so it looks nice on them. The reason why I'm considering DIY is 1) I've never been satisfied with the work of any make up artists I've experienced in the past, and 2) I can't afford a makeup artist for me and all seven bridesmaids. I'm getting someone in to do hair, which I think is about $30 per person but when I asked my friends how much their make up artist charged them, it was about $120 per person and although that includes the hair, $90 per person for makeup for 8 people is just way out of my budget.

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 08:03 AM

I've had my face made up by professionals more times than I can ever count and I disliked every one of them so rather than spend hundreds going from MUA to MUA (and it was a distance wedding too which made it even harder) I decided to do my own. I'm confident with what my face needed and I had good make up so it would have been just fine, EXCEPT on the day I didn't get the time. The hairdressers took longer than expected and I put on as much as I could but in the end got married without having a completed face. I got away with it, no one noticed and the photos all look like I have a made-up face, but it was certainly one of my regrets.

If I was getting married again, I would still do my own; however, I would set aside a set time and stick to it, hairdressers running late or not.
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Posted 27 February 2010 - 10:14 AM

Personally I wouldn't because it would be a stress for me. I do really dislike caked-on make-up - it isn't me and I don't care how the photos come out, I wanted to look like me at my wedding.

I went to a few make-up counters of brands I liked and that I like the whole 'look' of, and talked to the girls who worked there. I have had terrific make-up in the past done by Laura Mercier employees, but none of the ones here were free for our wedding. I ended up with a Bobbi Brown girl who did very natural style make-up - minimal pancake on the face and I had a trial (she did it in store for $20 or so, redeemable on a purchase) and we talked about what I liked and didn't like. I think it was something like $80 for me and $50 for the others and she did my mum and sister for free quickly as well - it is a lot of money though for all the bridesmaids...

She also lent us samples of all the lippy we were wearing (we all had different ones on) to top up during the day, and was generally very happy and bubbly and helped relax us all during the day.
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Posted 26 March 2010 - 09:39 AM

I did my friends make up in her wedding, I was shocked that she didnt want much on, she had little foundation and wasnt even wearing eye shadow, It was one big rush because no one actually PLANNED for the make up?? She didnt think it through, I even had to run to the shop because she didnt get bridal jewelry??

She still glowed on the day, could have been becuase she was 7months pregnant?? lol

Personally I'd rather do my own make up, we dont have a make up artist in the town I am from, and i am busy watching tutorials and practising makeing the perfect look!!

Follow this:
http://www.youtube.com/user/xteeener

There is one on there about wedding make up, simple and looks really nice!! even though this girl is 20something...

One thing I would want someone else to do is my foundation, in natural light, because I would be devisated if I had photos with my uneven skin tone!!
I practise and get my partner to take a photo of me in all light (no poses here, just take away!!) It can determine whether or not my make up will show up on camera, if you do know how to fiddle with your photo editing, try black and white photos, see how they look

Always get a professional, if you choose to do it yourself - HIGHLY SUGGEST you get prepared!!

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 02:50 AM

i agree with anon e mouse: i am going to a make up counter in myer or david jones and they are doing it for me and i also can do a trial before hand. i can do this if i buy a product if not its like $30 per person or so. why not try these counters and they dont cake it on as u say
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#11 Emmyzilla

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 10:33 AM

QUOTE(Livvy @ Mar 28 2010, 03:50 AM) View Post

i agree with anon e mouse: i am going to a make up counter in myer or david jones and they are doing it for me and i also can do a trial before hand. i can do this if i buy a product if not its like $30 per person or so. why not try these counters and they dont cake it on as u say


I had it done several times with the Myer counters and I have to say that in my experience they don't apply it very well. I've always found that they cake it on, use clashing colours and I've never been satisfied.

Maybe its just me - I can never be satisfied with wedding make up....

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 12:23 PM

I too have had bad experiences with professional make-up, I just hate how thick it looks & they always give me the same look... like an Asian drag queen, I'm not Asian, nor am I a drag queen, so I don't want to look like that on such a special occasion. For my trial, even when I specifically asked the make-up artist to make it very natural looking, I wanted to cry when I saw my reflection, I looked ridiculous.

I don't care if it looks great for photo's, I want to look great when I'm walking down the Isle & when my husband is looking right at me.

I ended up doing my own make-up & I am am so glad I did. I already wear make-up most days, but I wasn't very familiar with foundation. So, I tested a few brands of foundation. I ended up using my sisters for the day because it was just lovely. Got familiar with putting it on just right & also practiced & practiced my make-up, mainly my eyes, I wanted to look natural, but I also wanted to look really special...

Now, when I look back at my photos, I am soooo glad I stuck with doing it myself, because I really think that I was able to make myself look the absolute best I could possibly look, in the photos & in person.

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 01:57 PM

If you think you can do your own makeup then do it, but as others have said, just allow a bit more time than normal. It is expensive and I know that first hand since it's what I do as a job.

When I do trials for brides, the first thing I do is get them to talk to me about how they want to look, how they usually wear their makeup, things like that. Then I ask them to show me any pictures of looks they like. Whether they are from bridal mags or celeb pics, just what they like. Then I tell them my professional opinion of whether it would suit them and how much product it would take to achieve the look. I also talk to them about face shape, eye shape, show them my portfolios with pics of previous brides so they have an idea of my work.

I also tell them to talk to me throughout the trial and once the look is complete if it's not exactly what they are after then I will happily re-do the face with something else. As a MUA I would prefer to be told upfront what you don't like rather than say that's great thanks...only to be told a couple of days/weeks later that I'm not getting a booking.

Perhaps a private lesson in makeup might be an option before the wedding.

Anyway, hope that helps.

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