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Thinking about doing my own make up

HiI'm an artists, I do oil painting, watercolor etc....and my own make up. I ahven't take a course but looked online how to put make up on. I was thinking that instead of having someone else do my make up...to do it myself. I also have sensitive eyes so lots of eye make up may be a no no.I have a friedn that have taken a make up course with MAC and she did her own make up for her bridal shower and had a professional do her make up at her wedding. i liked better her make up at the bridal shower, the one she did. I guess that can be my DYI project. What do you think.....
DS was born in April 2012 at 31 weeks - 45 days in NICU ?If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?? M.B.

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    katie978katie978 member
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    edited December 2011
    oh good, thanks for raising!  I've been going back and forth on the same issue.  I've had several trials done and each time both my mom and FI say "it looks so much better when you do it yourself!"  Now, I know wedding makeup is for everyone probably a lot more than what they normally wear ... and I know boys know nothing about these things  :)  And my mom wears no makeup.  And I've usually worn it all day and made comments to people like, "I don't normally wear so much makeup" and they always respond that it looks totally normal.  So I don't know who to believe?So I too would love to hear from people who have done their own makeup and been happy with it (or not).  Or if you thought your wedding makeup looked like too much but then the pictures looked great and everyone thought you looked beautiful.  I find its so hard to tell because if you're used to looking at yourself one way you can't help but think AH! when seeing yourself with tons of makeup.(My makeup trials have been FI's favorite parts of wedding planning since then he gets to make fun of me all day.  ha ha  meanie!)
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    Meghana55Meghana55 member
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    edited December 2011
    Go for it!  Lots of girls opt to DIY makeup.  I did my own makeup for the ceremony...mainly because it started so early and I would have needed the makeup artist to come super early.  Plus, my mom did my hair in a traditional braid, so there was no need for a hairstylist and JUST having a makeup artist come didn't really make sense for me.  I just went to Sephora and had them recommend a good makeup that would come out really nicely in pictures.  I did a couple trial runs and then DIY'ed the day of.  For the reception though, I had a makeup person and hairstylist come in. 
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    Meghana55Meghana55 member
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    edited December 2011
    Oh also - I thought my ceremony makeup came out pretty well and of course got the "you look so beautiful" blah blah blah.  But I went for a couple of trials with a couple makeup artists for the reception and chose one that wasn't too heavy handed.  I loved how my professional makeup came out as well! 
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    edited December 2011
    I went to the Smashbox counter and got lessons, ideas, and a detailed "diagram" from their regional artist during a weekend event.  I'm planning to do my own, mostly because we're getting married in the middle of nowhere.  I think I'll have my sister do my eye makeup, though, because that's the hardest part to do yourself.  And she's really good at it. 
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    edited December 2011
    Yeah, I definitely don't want to look like I came out of a Braodway show and also my ceremony is at 9 am 45 min from where I'll be staying so that could be an issue. I could go to a mall and have thme do make ups for me but a few good brand make up that i can keep for me....hmmm I'm liking that idea.
    DS was born in April 2012 at 31 weeks - 45 days in NICU ?If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?? M.B.
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    Meghana55Meghana55 member
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    edited December 2011
    Yea it's all about what you're comfortable with.  Don't let people give you a bunch of crap about how the makeup HAS to be super heavy in order to look good in pics.  It's a bunch of crap.  Yes, you're makeup should be a little more glammed up on the day of but not so much that you can see a huge difference between the color of your face and the color of your neck!  Going to Sephora was great cause they recommended a great foundation for the wedding, but it's also a great every-day makeup that gives a nice air-brushed look
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    katie978katie978 member
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    edited December 2011
    whatever, Meghana, I just clicked on your bio again and your flawless, glowing skin nearly blinded me (in the non-wedding pics with little to no makeup!) so I'm not sure you're to be trusted on this matter!  ;)
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    Meghana55Meghana55 member
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    edited December 2011
    haha thanks katie :-)  My camera apparantly hides the flaws :-)
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    edited December 2011
    What I noticed though is make sure you put a matte primer on the day of because it will make your makeup last longer and give a smooth surface to work with as well as a sheer powder to finish it off because you don't want the pictures to come out shiny. Also people pile on makeup mostly for pictures but sometimes it looks like overkill in person. Actually I am a cheapo and went to the MAC counter and asked the girl to show me how to do the "smokey eye" look. She showed me some techniques then I pretended to not know anything about makeup and she went on and suggested different things. I bought some of the items that looked nice then went to sephora and did the same thing. Basically a free consultation! I am going to see what my makeup trial is first and then see if I like it, if not I will do my own makeup. Fake lashes also make such a difference but just make sure they aren't too big or overwhelming I am an artist too! the brushes are very important as well. MAC has the best brushes but I find that for my skin tone sephora has a better range of products. Besides sometimes you know what you like the best and you really don't want to end up looking like this HAHA: [img]<a href="http://tinyurl.com/oe7r6l" rel='nofollow'>http://tinyurl.com/oe7r6l</a>[/img]
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    edited December 2011
    whoa sorry so big!
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    katie978katie978 member
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    edited December 2011
    LOL  even more effective point so huge!
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    edited December 2011
    I'm definitely doing my own makeup for the wedding.  I'm pretty good at makeup, and since the engagement party was in Bangladesh, I wanted to be sure I was able to do my own so it could be dramatic, but not harsh. I think it turned out great.  My only advice is to use a good foundation and high quality products so that it looks good in all lighting (esp. with a flash) and stays in place. As a side note, You Tube is a great resource for learning new looks and also product reviews.
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    edited December 2011
    I say if you like how you do your makeup better then go for it!  You still want to look like YOU on your wedding day so you don't need overly heavy makeup that you would normally never wear.The only tip my makeup lady told me is that mineral makeup does not photgraph well (you will look shiny in pictures) so I would just stay away from that!
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    Meghana55Meghana55 member
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    edited December 2011
    Holy cow that picture is scary!!   No one should EVER look like that!
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    edited December 2011
    I'm doing my own makeup, too!  I was extremely unhappy with my makeup trials so I went to Sephora and got some tips and samples from them, and then tried it all out last weekend for my engagement shoot.  I haven't seen the pics yet, but I can tell you that the MakeUp Forever HD Foundation lasted ALL DAY through 100 degree DC weather.  I used it with Sephora brand primer, and am not sure which one is the miracle worker, but I am completely sold on both of them.
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    edited December 2011
    Megahana- Ironically enough I found that pic looking up "Indian wedding makeup" I have no idea why on earth her makeup was like that but I hope it was for some sort of costume/weird fashion show HAHAHA. def. not wedding makeup GROSS.
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    edited December 2011
    My cousin did her own makeup for her wedding and looked fab - she's also doing my makeup for my wedding because I went for 3 different make up trials and looked hideous in each of them. I think if you can do your own makeup, go for it.
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    katie978katie978 member
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    edited December 2011
    Meghana, I think you or someone else mentioned a nail strengthener you like awhile back ... anyone remember what that was?  thx!
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    Meghana55Meghana55 member
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    edited December 2011
    I use the Sally Hansen nail strenghtener.  I think it's called Hard as Nails.  I have extremely brittle nails and it works really well. 
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