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Old 04-08-2010, 08:13 AM
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Wedding make-up help!

So I am getting married in July, and have been starting to think about wedding make-up! All I use right now is Bare Minerals, but I want some non-mineral/looks good in pictures/really good coverage make-up! I have no idea where to start even. So any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:44 AM
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Think very very carefully if you are having pictures taken outdoors (or in natural light) and are using full coverage foundation. It can look awful. If you can control the lighting, then you have a much larger spectrum of foundation that you can use.

If you want the pictures to be perfect, you have to understand the lighting first and the makeup second.

First you have to understand your skin type and how your skin reacts to stress. If you have a lot of imperfections on your skin, you might think of a fuller coverage foundation, but if you have relatively good skin, you should go for something more sheer and just use concealer or corrective shades to even out your skin.

Try the foundation on first, you can usually get a sample or ask the consultant to apply it on you. Then take a run around the block (this will simulate something similar to the amount of perspiration that you may encounter), then take a mirror and look at your face carefully in natural light (if you are getting pictures outdoors) and bring an honest friend with you.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:49 AM
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Rob, you know entirely too much about makeup. I'm a little scared.

For my wedding, the makeup artist used MAC products. I didn't have any problems at all...and everything was still pretty darn perfect at the end of the night.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:02 AM
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Rob, you know entirely too much about makeup. I'm a little scared.

For my wedding, the makeup artist used MAC products. I didn't have any problems at all...and everything was still pretty darn perfect at the end of the night.
I used to be a M-up artist. I used Mac a lot in the day, but Visiora from Dior is a better full coverage Mup, or it was then anyway. Mac's pan stick is really greasy and studio fix can look really chauky on the wrong person.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:04 AM
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Ahhh...that explains a lot. I wish you lived here so you could do my makeup for me. I suck at it.

ETA: I didn't use full coverage foundation. She only used a little concealer and light powder.

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teresad, thanks for starting this thread because I had questions but didn't want to be an AF Bridezilla.

I'm having my makeup done at my hotel salon, where they usually use airbrush foundation. Is this good? I have good skin (I wear zero makeup on a daily basis) and certainly don't want full coverage, I just want to even stuff out. The wedding and pictures are outside.
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teresad, do you plan to do your own makeup? Maybe go to Sephora and try out different foundations or Temptu airbrush makeup. A few AF members have recommended DiorSkin Forever for medium coverage.

Rivkah, if you have good skin, I don't think you need airbrush makeup. However, it's probably a good idea since it's supposed to last all day. I wanted airbrush makeup but didn't get a chance to try, the makeup artist said she didn't like airbrush b/c it's hard to use her fingers to blend/change colors etc. I also heard it might look fake/too perfect but I'm sure that depends on the product/application. Whatever you do, make sure you exfoliate beforehand because the (heavier coverage) foundation accentuated my dry spots which didn't show up in pictures but still Post away, I love wedding threads ;)
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Rivkah, if you don't normally wear foundation, I wouldn't worry about it on your wedding day. Focus more on playing up your eyes or lips.
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Thanks for the suggestions I'm not doing my own makeup, but I am just having a friend who is pretty good with it help me out. I suppose when I said "full coverage" I didn't really mean "heavy coverage." I have pretty good skin, and sometimes just stick with sunscreen and a bit of concealer. I guess I really am just looking to even things out a bit and go for that "flawless" look, esp in pictures. I'll have to go to Sephora with my friend and try a few different things out! Also, while I am at it, any good suggestions for waterproof eyeliner/mascara?? Thanks again!
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if you don't need full coverage, don't get a heavy sticky full coverage one since you'll just cover up your beautiful skin. I would recommend Makeup Forever HD foundation since that was made for the purpose of being photographed well since HD cameras will catch every little thing. I got it recently and love it. It's about medium coverage but doesn't go on heavy and stays on. I wouldn't suggest anything that is supposed to help you achieve a "dewy" or "glowy" effect since that might end up making you oily looking in the pictures especially when you're out and about all day.

waterproof eyeliner - gel eyeliners or liquid eyeliners are your best bet. If you want to go with gel, I would suggest the Bobbi Brown one, it has better staying power than the MAC fluidline.. but both are great and if you're wearing eyeshadow primer + eyeshadow, you won't need to worry about smudging at all. stay away from pencil.

mascara - I would recommend shiseido mascara base! It'll help whatever mascara you're using to not flake off and help hold the curl. But as for the mascara itself, I can't suggest anything personally since I don't use waterproof mascara.

and also, avoid shimmery and glittery things as much as possible including eyeshadows.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:30 PM
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I used to be a M-up artist. I used Mac a lot in the day, but Visiora from Dior is a better full coverage Mup, or it was then anyway. Mac's pan stick is really greasy and studio fix can look really chauky on the wrong person.
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Hmmm now I am wondering if it is even worth it for me to have my makeup done. I guess if I really hate it I have time to wash it off and start again but I hope it ends up nice!
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I think it's totally worth it to get your makeup done by a professional makeup artist for your own wedding. Good makeup artists that specialize in wedding makeup know exactly what to do to make your face look good in pictures. I wouldn't risk just getting a friend who is good with makeup to "help me out," weddings are supposed to be once in a lifetime, right? Schedule consultations/trials first. My bride friends' all had theirs done, even though most of them are GREAT at makeup already, and their faces (and their photos) turned out fantastic.
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I used to be a M-up artist. I used Mac a lot in the day, but Visiora from Dior is a better full coverage Mup, or it was then anyway. Mac's pan stick is really greasy and studio fix can look really chauky on the wrong person.
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Hmmm now I am wondering if it is even worth it for me to have my makeup done. I guess if I really hate it I have time to wash it off and start again but I hope it ends up nice!
If you're having your makeup done you should do a trial session with the makeup artist first. You'd hate to spend an hour getting made up on your wedding day only to have to wash it all off and start over again.
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^ , trials are definitely a must! especially if you don't usually wear much makeup. You don't want to be uncomfortable on your wedding day b/c you feel like you don't recognize yourself. I've assisted on a few wedding makeup gigs before and we always did a trial with them about 2 weeks before the wedding to give them plenty of time to decide what they like and what they don't like. You also might think about makeup for the bridesmaids if you're having them in your wedding.
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There's no way I can do a trial because it's a Las Vegas destination wedding this Sunday and there's just no time. I will bring some pictures of myself where I like my makeup though.

The bridesmaids both elected to do their makeup but I have no idea what they will do or what they like.
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There's no way I can do a trial because it's a Las Vegas destination wedding this Sunday and there's just no time. I will bring some pictures of myself where I like my makeup though.

The bridesmaids both elected to do their makeup but I have no idea what they will do or what they like.
I didn't do a trial either and mine went fine. I just told her I wanted to look fairly natural and she just enhanced what I already have. It was great!
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I did my own makeup. I thought it looked pretty good although I didn't wear much. I got airbrushed tanned prior which always makes my skin look better. I would def. be careful with those hotel makeup artists though. My friend just got married in Vegas and they overdid it bigtime.
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I did my own makeup. I thought it looked pretty good although I didn't wear much. I got airbrushed tanned prior which always makes my skin look better. I would def. be careful with those hotel makeup artists though. My friend just got married in Vegas and they overdid it bigtime.
Which hotel? This worries me!
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Rob, my dream job would to be a high fashion makeup artist. I envy you and your knowledge
M-Up is pretty easy to learn. There are a lot of women with more skill than "trained" m-up artists, the majority being 17 year old highschool dropouts with Barbizon college training. Essentially, mup artistry training is one step below Devry and one step above McDonald's Hamburger Academy.

I knew a lot of photographers and designers, but they were poor and I would work for free and it would bump up my portfolio. Then I figured I would go the film route, the only problem is that film people are the most insufferable pretentious cunts you can possibly imagine and you have to do A LOT of ass kissing and a lot of grunt work to qualify to join the only reputable film union (IATSE), so I just did weddings from my friend's salon.

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I think it's totally worth it to get your makeup done by a professional makeup artist for your own wedding. Good makeup artists that specialize in wedding makeup know exactly what to do to make your face look good in pictures. I wouldn't risk just getting a friend who is good with makeup to "help me out," weddings are supposed to be once in a lifetime, right? Schedule consultations/trials first. My bride friends' all had theirs done, even though most of them are GREAT at makeup already, and their faces (and their photos) turned out fantastic.
Totally. I would always do a complete consultation first, it would include a facial and I always did the masks and shit at least a week before the wedding.
Since I worked in the industry, I got shit so cheap or free 60% off at Mac and Lancome, the cost would include a Lipstick and a Mascara.

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I did my own makeup. I thought it looked pretty good although I didn't wear much. I got airbrushed tanned prior which always makes my skin look better. I would def. be careful with those hotel makeup artists though. My friend just got married in Vegas and they overdid it bigtime.
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