DIY makeup?

What are your thoughts on doing your own make up vs having an artist/salon do it for you? My friend is trying to keep costs down and is thinking about doing her own hair and makeup. I personally feel it's nice to at least have your own makeup done by a professional, and possibly skimping somewhere else. What do you think?
Posted on May 9, 2007 at 6:18 am
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sailormoon86
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Depends on how well you do your own make up. It's always nice to be pampered, but if you're happy with the way you do your own make up and it lasts a long time, then go for it to keep costs down.
Posted on May 9, 2007 at 6:31 am
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Yeah, it depends. I'm not the greatest when it comes to make up, so for Lilly's wedding, I asked her sister-in-law (who works for Mary Kay) to do mine and she charged $20. I think it turned out pretty good (profile pic) for being super fast since she had to get ready herself (a couple of days before the wedding, a bridesmaid backed out for personal reasons and so she filled in last minute). No problems, no complaints, it was all good. =)
Posted on May 9, 2007 at 6:38 am
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I would DIY my own makeup before I would DIY my own hair to cut costs. For my cousin's wedding 6 yrs ago, my sis, 2 cousins & I went to Macy's and hit all the makeup counters. They all did our makeup for free. (We were all poor college students back then).
Posted on May 9, 2007 at 7:33 am
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I have hair to my waist. The first and last time I went to a salon to have it done (for my dad's wedding; my step-mother-to-be insisted that it would be an awesome girly bonding experience) I spent the entire time listening to the hairdresser bitch that she'd been told my hair was long but they didn't tell her it was that long, she thought "long" meant "brushing the shoulders", and what the hell was she going to do with all this hair, on and on and on. Add in the fact that my hair looked like crap when she was done (seriously, I get better curls from my Remington setter at home) and you have a very unpleasant experience for someone who happens to like her very long hair. Hmmph. ;-) I seriously think I'm going to stick a couple of jewelled combs in the sides to keep it from flying in my face and leave the rest free; maybe do a hot conditioning treatment a couple of days before.

That said, I can't do makeup at all. I don't wear it to work unless I've got a meeting, and then I'm privately worrying that I look ridiculous. So I'm probably going to turn to a good amateur if not a professional for that.
Posted on May 9, 2007 at 8:52 am
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Personally, I have the makeup skills of a fourth grader so that really isn't an option for me. I love getting my makeup done and always feel so much prettier. Even if you jsut go to a makeup counter I think it is worth it to feel special on your special. I think it is worth to skimp somewhere else, even hair over makeup.
Posted on May 9, 2007 at 5:30 pm
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That's a tough question. I normally don't wear makeup, so I definitely needed a professional to do my hair/makeup for me on my wedding day. For such a special day, I think it's better to have a professional do it and skimp on other stuff. After all, if you have a bad hair day or bad makeup day, it will be in your photos and video forever! =(
Posted on May 9, 2007 at 5:41 pm
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I would rec. having a professional do your hair and makeup. Esp. since you are paying so much for your photographer, you want to look beautiful. You also, have to keep in mind that you would have to apply a lot more makeup than normal so it will show up in pics. But the key thing is that you have to apply enough but not be able to see that it's caked on.
Posted on June 5, 2007 at 2:51 pm
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I wear makeup every day and have good makeup skills and still am having a professional makeup artist do my makeup. It is one day in your life where you are the center of attention, all cameras and eyes on you, and you want your makeup and skin to look flawless. Afterall, you will be looking at those pictures forever. Yes, and like the above posting notes, makeup artists put much more makeup to show up in pictures. They will also contour whatever needs to be contoured to make it show up better in photos.
Posted on June 6, 2007 at 11:20 am
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Is your friend a daily makeup wearer and is comfortable trying new things with it? If so, then I would say that it would be do-able. There are so many bridal make-up guides out there to show how to use powder to set things, etc. So... if she did several trial-runs herself (and with a friend who could critique) then I'm sure it would be fine. She should try doing it in the AM and seeing if it was still in place X hours later for a photo... or if it got caked-up or started slipping downward!! That said... I think I'm going to make an appointment for my own... I'm a big DIY-er, but makeup is one area where I know my own limits! My worry though is that I'll end up with someone who makes me look unlike myself!
Posted on June 11, 2007 at 6:09 pm

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