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Should I Do My Own Bridal Makeup?

10.12.20

Getting ready for your wedding day is a big deal. If you are like most brides, you scroll through tens of bridal looks on blogs and Instagram. Every bride wants to look perfect on her wedding day. Many brides take hours to get their look just right.

You may want to be like Meghan Markle and do your makeup for your wedding. There are many different reasons why you want to do so. Whatever your reason, here are a few things you will need to know before you get started.

Should I Do My Own Bridal Makeup?

Getting more bridal makeup or new makeup

You might be comfortable wearing everyday makeup for your wedding. If you are going for a more natural look, you can get away with a light coverage foundation and some lip gloss. But what about something more fabulous. If you don’t have a full coverage foundation, a highlight palette, a contour kit, and five different lipsticks, you’ve got some shopping to do.

You may have a ton of makeup, but the look you want to do on your wedding day might require more or different makeup products. You may want to look dewy on your wedding day, but you don’t have a foundation that gives you that look. You will have to find one.

Finding the right products for my skin

You can go in person to stores such as Sephora and Ulta Beauty and ask for assistance. They will be able to match you to a good foundation the best they can. You can visit different department stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and others that will assist you with finding the right products. They may give you samples. If you are not sure how good a product is, you can read customer reviews online before purchasing. Most companies will have photos of the product on different models so you will be able to see how it will look on your skin.

While shopping for a foundation at Tarte, I bought a foundation based off of pictures of models. The model that wore the foundation closest to my skin color is the one I bought. There is some trial and error when testing products if you can’t go to the stores and test everything yourself. Be prepared to take some items back to the store.

Add up the cost

Makeup can range in price depending on what company you chose to buy products from. Buying a foundation from Huda Beauty will cost you $40 while buying a foundation from Pat McGrath will be $68.

If you want to buy a nice foundation for less, try drug store foundations. L’Oreal True Match Luminous Makeup can be compared to Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation. The real difference is the price. The L’Oreal foundation is $51 less than the one from Giorgio Armani.

You can buy drug store eye shadow palettes and other makeup products that you will need to get ready. Many eyeshadow palettes you see in the high-end stores have the same colors as the ones in the drugstores.

Add it to the budget

Be sure to plan out how much you want to spend on makeup. It is possible to spend hundreds of dollars on products. Makeup can get expensive. Even if you get drug store products, buying a lot of it, it adds up.

Sephora or Ulta also have coupons and sales on their websites. Cut down some of the costs by signing up for the mailing lists. Look for promo codes and free shipping for members.

Often the cost the product in the store is different than the online price at stores like Sephora and Ulta. Check each website before making your purchase. I do this while still in the store. I grab my phone and compare prices. I’m able to save a ton of money this way.

What to do before the big day

Practice your look. Do not do it for the first time on your wedding day. You want to look perfect. Start practicing weeks in advance. Give yourself time to work out any problems you might have.
The look you start with may not be the final makeup look.

Don’t be scared to do your makeup and don’t overthink what you are doing. It can be intimidating because it is your wedding day but relax. Know you can do as good as job as any makeup artist. You can make yourself look perfect on your wedding day.

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