Earlier this year, I had a bridal hair and makeup trial before my engagement photo shoot (check out my beautiful photos!)! I talked about how important it is to do a trial so you don’t get any surprises on your big day. As I got on with my wedding planning though, I started thinking “should I do my own wedding makeup?” considering I’m a beauty blogger. I came up with several questions and factors to consider before you decide whether you should do your own wedding makeup. After considering everything, I will likely be doing my own makeup for my wedding, so let’s see how I got to that decision!
If you are considering doing your own wedding makeup, I’m assuming you wear makeup on a pretty regular basis. If you don’t, skip this whole post and HIRE A MAKEUP ARTIST! However, if you love playing with makeup normally, read on!
1. Do You Have All the Products?
If you don’t already own all the products you need, it may be better to hire a makeup artist. If you are buying good quality products from Sephora, each product is likely going to cost you around $30-$40. It might not be worth it to buy products just to use one time. I have more products to last me 5 lifetimes so luckily this is not a factor for me.
2. Eyelash Extension or False Lashes
Do you know how to apply false lashes or are willing to get eyelash extensions? I find these make a huge difference between a “casual” makeup look versus a glam wedding makeup look. Either option will completely open your eyes and I consider it a necessity for your wedding day. I’ll likely be getting eye lash extensions again before my wedding so I won’t have to worry about false lashes. The cost of eyelash extensions will likely be the same as your makeup artist for the day. But I want lash extensions for my entire trip to Cabo (where I’m getting married) regardless, so I’ll definitely already be paying for it.
3. Time Line
Makeup artists are usually faster, being able to finish in about 30 minutes. It only takes me about 15 minutes to do my makeup on a daily basis, but it can easily take me an hour for a full look. If you have an early morning ceremony, it might be helpful to get a makeup artist to do your makeup. For me, the ceremony won’t start until about 5pm so I’ll have plenty of time for getting ready. And even re-do my whole face if I’m having second thoughts.
4. Does Your Makeup Last All Day?
Before you jump the gun and do your own makeup, make sure to do a practice trial and see if the makeup still looks good at the 3 hour mark and 6 hour mark. You may need to invest in primers or makeup setting sprays if your makeup does not last this long (then see point 1). If you have oily skin, this would especially be a concern. Makeup artists know how to layer products to make sure your foundation stays on all day. I have dry skin and again, the wedding will probably only last about 3 hours in the daylight, so I know my makeup stays on for that long.
5. Does it Look Good on Camera
How your makeup look in the mirror and real life is different than on camera. You’ll look at your wedding photos forever so make sure when you practice that you take some photos as well. Make sure your makeup actually shows up in photos (if you want it to) and that the contouring and eyeshadow is flattering and well blended. You can take some test shots at home of different angles and lighting to make sure you are happy with the result. For my engagement photos in Santorini, I did my own makeup. I think it didn’t show up as much as I wanted it to, so I’ll have to up the pigmentation for my wedding.
6. Difficult Features
For me, I’ve never had my eye makeup done properly by a makeup artist. It’s taken me years to re-jig Youtube tutorials to fit my actual eye contours. If you have any features that you think a makeup artist might not get right, make sure you have a trial! Or, I would consider doing that portion myself even if I hired a makeup artist. This is ultimately the reason why I am choosing to do my own makeup. My wedding will be in Los Cabos and I just don’t feel they would have enough exposure to Asian features to enhance my eyes.
I hope this post had some helpful information if you are considering doing your own wedding makeup! It’s an easy way to save $150 if you are comfortable with doing your own makeup. In the grand scheme of wedding planning, this cost does not seem like much. But I feel like I know my features better than anyone else. You can also save an additional $300-500 if you do not care about your bridesmaids getting professional makeup. But if you choose to do your own makeup, make sure to practice and do an all day trial!