Paint My Face: Part 1

I knew from the get go that I would do my own makeup for the wedding. As a gal that only paints her face for special occasions, I am appalled by what makeup artists generally do to me. On the other hand, there was no way I was spending the $100+ on make up for only one day when I could use that money to buy face painting supplies that will last me a long while. With this in mind I choose to drive the almost three hours to San Juan in order to utilize the services of the makeup artists at Sephora. For a minimum product purchase of $50, you can get a 60 minute makeup session by one of their artists and their recommendations on the best products to use for the occasion. My MUA went right to work after I showed her my inspiration pictures of Kim Kardashian. Kim has dark hair, big expressive eyes and full lips like me and since I loved her delicate bridal make-up I thought it would be a good look. But…

…here are the dragalicious pictures of me after my trial.


Source of my make up misery
This is what people would see every time I closed my eyes… not pretty
Here is a close up of the eye make up in natural light

I really, really hate how she did my eyes! I asked for light delicate eye makeup and received a glitterless drag-queen style, which I washed off minutes after leaving the store (after taking some pictures for the hive). Some people might love this but it is soooo not me! However, I did like the products she used for my face makeup and these were the products that I bought.

1. Following Mrs. Rainbow’s advice I bought Monistat Chafing Gel as my primer for the wedding and asked my MUA to use Smashbox Photofinish Primer for the trial since they share the same formula.

Monistat Chafing Gel / Image via Amazon

2. The foundation she used, the much recommended Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 118. It gave me a flawless coverage while still being light and airy, I felt like I had no make up on at all.

Make Up For Ever / Image via Sephora

3. Conceal FX Camouflage Concealer since it does a wonderful job without feeling cake-y.

Conceal FX Camouflage Concealor / Image via Sephora

4. Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit which I doubt I’ll be using regularly but I like what it did to the angles on my face and following Mrs. Rainbow’s instructions I hope I can get it right on my wedding day.

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit / Image via Sephora

5. She used Make Up For Ever HD Powder for my trial but following Mrs.Rainbows wise advice yet again, I bought 100% silica from Coastal Scents for a fraction of the cost.

Did you like the results of your make up trial? If you are doing your own make up, what products are you using? Any suggestions on how to “fix” my wedding day make up?


Mrs. Boa Constrictor

July 2
Isabela, Puerto Rico
Wedding Date:
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  1. snowcone Member
    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:03 am

    For the record, I don’t think you look drag queen-y, but above all, you need to feel comfortable in whatever look you’re rocking :)

    I did my own make-up and can’t say enough good things about Urban Decay eye primer. I could never get my shadow to stay in place before that, and now I use it every day!

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    abuttercreamwedding 52 posts, Worker bee @ 10:29 am

    I also don’t wear a lot of make-up daily and found that I felt “very made-up” for my engagement pictures…yet in the actual photographs I look natural. Not sure if it helps, but I do think that professional pictures dilute the effect a bit.

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    Stephanie, Guest @ 10:36 am

    I agree with the ladies…you need to feel comfortable in your make-up, but it’s important to remember that pictures for sure wash you out, which is why the makeup looks and feels a little stagey to you. The makeup shouldn’t be something that you would wear everyday, it needs to be amped up a little bit…but again you need to feel comfortable. My friendly recommendation would be to put on your eye makeup..and just as you think it’s enough…put a little more on. :) Good luck, I’m sure you’ll look beautiful no matter what!

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    viewfrmhere 333 posts, Helper bee @ 10:49 am

    I think you’ll look beautiful and I’m really impressed/inspired that you’re going to do your own makeup! I’m totally makeup illiterate. I have no idea how to use anything except mascara, foundation, and sometimes a tiny hint of bronzer instead of blush. That said, I think I put makeup on a total of three times each year. Maybe. I’m mildly terrified of getting my makeup overdone! I’m glad to hear about this Sephora deal- maybe I’ll give that a go.
    Good luck!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:57 am

    I don’t think you look drag-queen ish at all! I actually really like the eyes, and know that no one is going to be taking pictures of you THAT close! But you have to do what makes you comfortable.

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    MrsElopement 3033 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:58 am

    Whoever did the eyes clearly does not know how to apply eye makeup. I suggest youtubing. Check out EmilyNoel83 she has awesome videos. Also, NYX HD Primer (in the tube) is THE best.

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    PrettyRoyalT 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:59 am

    Trust me, Kim K had A LOT more makeup on than you ended up with.

    I am a bridal makeup artist, and from experience I know that 40% of how heavy your makeup looks will be washed out by lighting in your professional photos.

    I do NOT recommend the MUFE HD Powder. It is not intended for photography, only for film. The powder will make your face look very white in your photos.

    I agree that you should invest in Urban Decay Primer Potion. Your eyeshadow will last and stay true to color all day. It keeps the eyeshadow from creasing and oxidation with your natural oils.

    Also, invest in some brushes if you are going to do your own makeup and blend, blend, blend!!

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    EsqBailey 335 posts, Helper bee @ 11:12 am

    Ironically, I actually like your eye makeup, but it’s your foundation that I’m not a fan of. It looks like the color is right but the tone is off — you seem to have a red undertone, while that is coming off yellow. Be careful with that contouring too and make sure that you practice a lot! Contouring can take you from awesome to drag in T-minus…..

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:19 am

    I think you look great, except the eye makeup does look a little off to me. You should feel 100% beautiful on your wedding day, so you should definitely invest in some more eye makeup.

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    mnp 1722 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:30 am

    I like your eye makeup (which oddly looks a lot like my own makeup trial) as well but I think the flash does wash you out so the makeup artist always goes heavy on.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 11:55 am

    I’m a big supporter of the idea that you should feel comfortable for your wedding, with pictures not being the #1 priority. I *hated* how my face felt every time I had it made up heavily for a wedding, and it felt really unnatural and weird to me. I’m going to do my own for the wedding, I think, and I’m probably not going to abide by the idea of adding more for the camera, because I want to look good and feel comfy in real life!

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    coyote 1932 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:58 am

    Aww, I think you look beautiful, although I agree that I would change the eyes up a bit. I very rarely wear makeup, so I hope that my MUA isn’t too heavy handed!

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    kit_kath 1327 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:13 pm

    I think the eyes may just need some more blending to make you feel more natural. The colors are nice, but those harsh lines are probably what’s making you feel drag.

    I use my good old Blending Eye Brush from e.l.f ($1 well spent) almost every day. You can get a blending brush anywhere, it’s just like a longer, fluffy eye brush. I use it to lightly go back and forth over the lines, gently blending until it’s to my taste. When the colors transition smoothly together it still gives you the depth of the colors, but feels much lighter and more natural to me.

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    boaconstrictor 390 posts, Helper bee @ 2:15 pm

    @Mrs. Snow Cone: @PrettyRoyalT: I got an urban decay primer sample too!

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    boaconstrictor 390 posts, Helper bee @ 2:18 pm

    @abuttercreamwedding: @Stephanie: @Mrs. Hyena: I want to look really natural but still have “wedding make up” on. I guess practice makes perfect!

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    boaconstrictor 390 posts, Helper bee @ 2:21 pm

    @PrettyRoyalT: @mnp: I’m not sure how much flash is going to be used since the wedding is at 9am, the pictures will be taken out side in the afternoon and the reception venue has all glass walls. I feel that this look would be fine for a formal evening wedding but is a little too much for a casual morning event we are having.

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    boaconstrictor 390 posts, Helper bee @ 2:23 pm

    @arielle: @Mrs. Pony: @Kit_Kath: I think using a thinner eyeliner and better blending might do the trick.

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    futureMFG 283 posts, Helper bee @ 7:25 pm

    Agreed with the above: I like the eyes (although the shadow is weird with closed eyes), but your foundation looks off. Your forehead looks like a completely different color from the rest of your face. BUT that’s what a trial is for. I think you’re off to a good start though :)

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    Elizabeth @ The HobbyLobbyist, Guest @ 8:25 pm

    Kim K looks like a drag queen most of the time and wears more make-up than anyone in Hollywood. I suggest finding a new inspiration celebrity if you want a more natural look.

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    axeyourmakeupkit 2103 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:36 pm

    @Elizabeth @ The HobbyLobbyist: This!!!!!!!!!!

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    Amanda, Guest @ 6:47 am

    I think you look great! The line is a little awkward but nothing blending wouldnt help. Check out TiffanyD on youtube best makeup tutorials and make-up blog ever!!! At my bachelorette weekend everyone joked about getting our TiffanyD on when we got dressed up. She has several celebrity tutorials where she copies makeup. Love her!

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    Aixa, Guest @ 9:32 pm

    Huh interesting I didnt lnow spending $50 in Sephora would get you a makeup trial

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