I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not I should do my own makeup (DIY) or hire a makeup artist (MUA) for my wedding. On the one hand, I hardly know anything about makeup. I wear next to nothing on a daily basis: just foundation, blush, and lipstick—and that’s only if I’m leaving the house. I’m worried that I’ll look washed out if I don’t wear enough, while it won’t look professional if I don’t apply it correctly.

On the other hand, makeup artists are expensive; although the makeup I’d buy to do it myself would also be expensive, at least I’d use it over and over. Furthermore, I’m worried that they’d put too much makeup on and I won’t look like myself.

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When I asked Mr. Wellies what I should do, he said he’d prefer if I didn’t wear any makeup at all. I replied, “Uh, yeah, that’s not happening.” While I love that he appreciates my natural beauty, I need to wear at least some makeup in order not to look like a vampire in our wedding pictures.

I’m thinking of scheduling a trial with a makeup artist: if I like how I look, I’ll book her for the wedding; if I don’t, I’ll try to do it myself.

Are you Team DIY or Team MUA?


Miss Wellies

Wedding Date:
February 2014
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  1. wellies Bee
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:57 pm

    @djenah79: If I were planning a destination wedding, I wouldn’t want to worry about it, either! 😉 I’m sure you’ll look great!
    @Ozzycee: Thank you! I appreciate your input. 🙂
    @firefliesinthesky: Thanks for the inspiration! This definitely makes me feel better about trying it myself. 🙂
    @HeyKaraoke: I’m sorry to hear that! Can you let her know you were disappointed with the result, or maybe try someone else?
    @bridalmakeupbyjewel: I’m hesitant to use airbrush, because I’ve seen mixed results with brides who have used it. I’ll ask my MUA about it at my trial. 🙂

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    Aamitchell, Guest @ 7:34 am

    As a make up artist I’ve worked with many brides. There is nothing wrong with a “natural” bride, in fact I prefer the natural look. There is actually a lot more make up involved in a “natural” look than you would expect so you won’t feel cheated or duped out of money. Natural is all about making you glow and your natural beauty radiate. A “romantic” bride is also very common, similar to the “natural” this look is about making you shine with one enhancement usually a soft eye and colored lip or a deeper eye with a neutral lip. Then of course there’s the “bombshell” which is more more more! This bride wants to be a show stopper, smokey eyes and red lips, etc. of course there are looks in between but this is a good baseline.

    A good make up artist always recommends a trial. Personally, a trial is mandatory with all my clients. Talk to you artist tell her what you like, love, and hate. Take pictures you will be surprised how quickly you forget your look.

    I recommend a professional because not only will your make up last with out touch ups(trust me you won’t have time for that) but a professional knows how to apply and what to apply for the best photos. All makeup is not equal. Some are great for day but through a camera lens and flash it may disappear, or that awesome highlighter might become a giant white line etc.

    Bottom line do where what you are comfortable with. The only way you will be unhappy with your look is if you skip a trial and don’t speak up. Remember it’s only makeup you can wash it off and start fresh at anytime.

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