Why I Decided To Do My Own Make Up On My Wedding Day

Whenever I tell someone I did my own make up on my wedding day most people are shocked. To most, getting your make up done professionally on your wedding day is such a huge part of the process, you get to sit back and relax, and not worry about different products and colours, and what the current trends are. In this blog I’m going to explain why I decided to do my own make up, the products I chose, and why I chose them.

Once we found the venue and chose a wedding date I decided to think about finding someone to do my make up. I went to few different department stores and tried different brands, but every single time I hated how I looked. I found each person slapped the make up on with a trowel! It felt like they were trying to hide my imperfections instead of highlighting my good features. My face was either cakey or oiley.

I found that each department store was trying to sell you every product for the same brand, rather then saying, this brand has better foundation, but this other brand has great concealer. I found it difficult to find a perfect mix, so i starting watching people do their make up on YouTube. I watching hundreds of videos, I found the Pixiewoo one’s the best for my skin tone. They have great tips and tricks which I found so helpful

I also read lots of articles and blogs about wedding make up, one particular article recommended a shop called Space:nk, they have a few shops across the UK, please click here to see their locations. This shop has lots of different brands, so they pick products from different brands, rather than the same brand. Like Sephora in the US, but this is high end make up. I went to the Birmingham location, and luckily the day I went they had a professional artist there doing free make overs.

She spent an hour talking through the products with me, and explaining why she chose certain brands and products over others. I loved the products she chose, and was really happy with the end result. I didn’t buy the products right away as I wanted to see how they lasted through the day.

That is one of my main tips for people buying make up, don’t buy it straight away, wait until the end of the day, as make up will settle into your skin, and most foundations especially, oxidize so will get darker as the day goes on. Wait until you get home, have a look in your own mirror and then make a decision. What might look good under bright lights in shops, may not look the same in natural light.

Below are the products I used:

Moisturiser – Clinique Moisture Surge – I only use this moisturiser in the winter as I get dry skin, in the summer I use an oil free moisturiser

Primer – MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base – When choosing a primer for when you are being professionally photographed always choose one without SPF, otherwise you will have weird white spots on your face in the pictures

Foundation – By Terry Cover Expert in number 3 Cream Beige – This foundation is my go to, it has amazing full coverage which I love. They have recently changed the colours, so I now mix this with some L’Oreal True match foundation in Ivory Rose otherwise its now too dark

Concealer – By Terry Touche Veloutte in number 1 porcelain – This isn’t an every day concealer, its more of a highlighter and concealer

Eyeshadow primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion – This will help keep your eyeshadow in place all day

Eyeshadows –

  • L’Oreal Paris Matte 107
  • Revlon colour stay Neutral palette
  • Bobbi Brown – Creme stick sunlight gold

Mascara – I used 2 different mascara’s as I wanted something waterproof but also with lots of volume

  • Maxfactor Clump Defy in black
  • Estee Lauder Sumptuous extreme waterproof in black

Blusher – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – This palatte is perfect, its such natural colours that melt into your skin.

Bronzer – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

Powder – By Terry Hyalronic Hydra-Powder




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