Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, and this usually means having bridal hair and makeup done. There was no question about getting my hair done – by my usual hairdresser. As for the wedding makeup, I had no idea whether I wanted to DIY or book a makeup artist. I wanted to look like a magical princess but I also hate when you get your makeup done at a makeup counter and you come out looking as though you are wearing an inch of makeup.
I had a look around and found a wedding make up artist in my area, but a trial and just my wedding makeup would set me back £205. Add in my bridesmaids and flower girl, I would be looking at a whopping £505. Whilst we were already spending a lot of money on this wedding, I was unhappy spending £505 on makeup. I know weddings can cost a lot, but that was not an expense I wanted.
The first solution was to look for a cheaper makeup artist, but with other wedding preparations taking up the majority of my time, I decided that I was going to try to do my wedding makeup myself. I would trial the wedding makeup with enough time to find another makeup artist if everything went wrong.
I turned to YouTube, watched all of two bridal makeup videos and I created a hybrid look from both of the videos.
The first thing that I needed to get was a stippling brush. I had tried the MAC 188 brush years ago and I just didn't get it. I ordered the Real Techniques stippling brush for just £7.24 on Amazon. Turns out I had completely the wrong foundation for it. Cue the search for a suitable foundation. The bridal make up videos both used MAC's face and body foundation, which I bought on eBay for a little bit cheaper than buying in store. I tried with it, but it just didn't work. The foundation is really liquid-y and did nothing for me – no coverage and no smoothing. My regular foundation, MAC's studio sculpt gel didn't feel right either. This time I knew I had to go in store to buy a foundation, and I thought I would try Boots first.
Here I managed to get Rimmel's Long Lasting 25 hour foundation for £7.99, plus a 3 for 2 offer, which I used to get the matching long lasting primer (£6.99) and a Rimmel highlighter for £4.99 – for a grand total of £14.98 because of the offer. I tried the foundation the moment we got home and I was completely in love. I don't know when high street/”drug store” make up got so good, but it is far superior to my (much more expensive) MAC foundation!
The primer didn't help with the pores on my nose – something I always suffer with! During really bad flares of it, foundation just seems to seep into the pores and look awful, even with primer. Once again I turned to Amazon to save a couple of quid, and I ordered Maybelline's Baby Skin Pore Eraser, which was perfect!
The only other things left to buy would be a lipstick and lip liner. I visited a MAC store armed with my 6 empty MAC products to claim my free lipstick worth £15.50. An assistant helped me to find a suitable lipstick, but being from the Viva Glam collection, I wasn't able to claim my lipstick for free. Whilst there I made a snap decision that I wanted to have some pink sheen to my eye make up, so I also grabbed a Kitschmas pigment for £16. I made the mistake of walking through John Lewis to get back to my car, where I found a travel sized Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray for just £9. Considering that my makeup had to last 12 hours, I thought it would be a great product.
The final item that I purchased was a cheap Barry M lip liner for £2.99. I had wanted to purchase an Urban Decay lip liner, but John Lewis were out of stock.
The total that I spent on new products to do my wedding make up was £71.66.
Armed with my new products alongside my existing makeup collection, I was ready to give my wedding makeup a trial. I carried out 4 trials in total, using these to achieve the exact look that I was after. Seeing the wedding makeup I had done alongside my hair trial sealed the deal for me – I would be DIYing my wedding makeup.
How I achieve the look
Here is a photograph of all the products I used.
- Moisturized with La Roche Posay's Hydraphase.
- Primed with Maybelline's baby skin on my nose and Rimmel's long lasting primer on the rest of my face.
- Eyes: MAC concealer, two MAC eye shadows, highlighter in the crease, Soap and Glory on the upper lid to the brow. Kitschmas pigment on top. Finished off with Poundland mascara.
- Face: Rimmel foundation, MAC blushes, Rimmel highlighter and Urban Decay spray. Finished off with MAC's prep and prime translucent powder.
- Lips: MAC's Viva Glam V lipstick and a Barry M liner.
All done and I was a beautiful princess.
My bridesmaids also DIYed their makeup, and I can only speak for myself when I say that it made me much more relaxed on the wedding morning. I didn't need to be thinking about yet another person's whereabouts and I was able to control what I looked like! The substantial money saved has been put into a savings account. I know I could have found a cheaper makeup artist, but the £71.66 I spent also allowed me to keep the products – and discover a much cheaper foundation that I love!
Would you do your wedding makeup?