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Brooke
Expert November 2019

Is Makeup a Must?

Brooke, on June 10, 2019 at 3:17 PM Posted in Hair and Makeup 0 33
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So I normally never wear makeup. I'm not against makeup, I just never know how to make it look good and feel I never have the time to try. Well, I went and had my makeup done for our engagement photos and my FH basically wanted me to wipe it off... He says he doesn't feel I need it and it just doesn't look like "me" (which I somewhat agree with). While I would like to wear makeup for me because I do feel pretty when it is applied, I know I wouldn't want anything too crazy done and something just very soft and natural. With that being said, is makeup even needed for my wedding? Do I really need to spend the money to get my makeup done when all I really want is to look like "me" and not anything I probably can't do myself?

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Latest activity by Brandi, on June 18, 2019 at 3:31 PM
  • Kelly
    VIP October 2020
    Kelly ·
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    I think it is unnecessary. I barely own chapstick and will not be doing make up for my wedding. It's not me, I am not comfortable with it, my skin breaks out into large rashes if I use the wrong products. It's just not worth it for me.
    Now if you want a little more natural make up then you should do it, be sure to emphasize minimal and natural to your future make up artists or just do what you feel comfortable with.
    Some people might try to scare you by saying your photos won't look good but honestly a real professional Photographer will not have any problems shooting a bride without make up. So don't get bullied into it over that.
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  • Future Mrs. K
    VIP June 2019
    Future Mrs. K ·
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    I think it's a really personal choice. I personally love makeup and could never get married without being all done up. With that said, it's not for everyone. It sounds like you like and want to wear some light makeup but you're worried your FH won't like it. While I think it is important to consider his preferences, this is your day too and you want to feel comfortable and beautiful. I would suggest doing looking for some makeup artists and doing a trial, asking for light and natural makeup. Let me them know what you like and don't like and see how it turns out.

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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    I think you should do whatever makes you most comfortable. You don’t have to wear makeup if you don’t want to. It’s your day. Good luck
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  • Victoria
    VIP October 2018
    Victoria ·
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    It's not necessary! But since you mentioned it makes you feel pretty, there are lots of makeup artists out there who can do a lovely natural look just to enhance your features so that you still look like you. Maybe it's worth having a trial done.
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  • Victoria
    Super May 2019
    Victoria ·
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    It’s definitely not necessary! I say if you don’t wear makeup anyway, then you can just throw on some mascara and call it a day. A lot of the MUA I contacted had a set price no matter what I wanted done, I don’t think it’d be worth it if I didn’t want a full glam or could do it myself.
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  • Gabriela
    Dedicated November 2020
    Gabriela ·
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    It’s not necessary at all! If you don’t feel like wearing it or paying for someone to do it, I wouldn’t. I’m planning on doing my own makeup but keeping it soft and natural, only using it to enhance my features with mascara, soft blush, and foundation. If you plan on using makeup, I would recommend heading into Sephora or Ulta and asking an employee on tips for natural looks. It can be very simple to do them on your own, especially if you ask their employees on brands that are not heavy and instructions on applications. Even YouTube can help! Good Luck! I think you should do whatever makes you feel beautiful and comfortable on your wedding day!
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  • M
    Super June 2019
    Mary ·
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    I never wear makeup but I did for bridal shoot and will for wedding I wanted an even complexion for pictures. This is my normal look.

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  • Michelle
    Super August 2019
    Michelle ·
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    I don't generally wear makeup but when I do, and apply it myself, I usually only put on eye makeup and some tinted lip gloss. I don't bother with foundation and all that other stuff. I feel like if I don't put at least a little something on then I may get lost in the photos. Lol I'm very pale skinned.... 🤷 But as PP said above, it is definitely not necessary nor do you need to apply a lot of you do decide you'd like it.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I'm not wearing make up for mine! I never have really worn make up and overall I'm just not much on putting into my appearance. Be you and do what makes you comfortable
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  • Woman On The Go
    Savvy December 2015
    Woman On The Go ·
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    I also don't wear much makeup, but I did a hair/makeup trial for my wedding with airbrush makeup and looked awful! I went back to the salon and changed tactics. I told the makeup artist I'd do my usual skincare and BB cream for the wedding if she'd just do a light application of eyeshadow/eyeliner/mascara and some sort if mattifying powder for shine. I looked like a normal person with brighter eyes and was very happy.
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  • Kk
    Devoted October 2021
    Kk ·
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    Do whatever makes you feel like the best you!
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  • Jennifer future Mrs. K-H
    Dedicated October 2019
    Jennifer future Mrs. K-H ·
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    Bridal makeup by nature is supposed to be soft and natural looking. did you feel and look too "done up" for the engagement photos? I also don't normally wear makeup, but will be having a very light application done for the day of, just to add that extra polish to the overall look. I hear what you mean by looking like you, but-in all fairness- I'm sure you don't wear an expensive dress and get nails and hair done every day either probably! you're spending a lot (I'm assuming) on catering, photography, transportation, flowers, venue, DJ, etc. I say go for it. just make sure you like the look and don't be afraid to have multiple trials (if time and funds allow). Speak up and let your MUA know exactly what you want. best wishes!

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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
    Sexypoodle ·
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    Nothing is a must. But one idea is to just do light coverage makeup to even things out and maintain a natural look. I think having something lightweight on your face is helpful especially being dressed up and for photos.
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  • Jennifer future Mrs. K-H
    Dedicated October 2019
    Jennifer future Mrs. K-H ·
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    Such a cute doggie! lol. I'll focus. I'm curious where in the country you're from? I hear bridal sessions are more popular in the south. I only heard of them recently. it makes sense, it's just not customarily done where I'm from so I'd like to know. you look beautiful!

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  • MrsJohansson
    Expert June 2019
    MrsJohansson ·
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    It's your day. Do what you want to do.

    I usually don't wear makeup or get my nails done. I will be taking our wedding photos so I will apply a little foundation to even out my skin, pink eyeshadow and lipstick. It is a special occassion so I will do this and get my nails done.

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  • CourtneyBrittain
    Master August 2019
    CourtneyBrittain ·
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    I am the same way. I won't be wearing much makeup but do plan on wearing some, but I will DIY it. I'm going to wear a little bit of foundation and powder, mascara, a light nudeish brown color for my lids and a slightly brighter than normal pink for my lips.

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  • thisismrsb
    Expert June 2019
    thisismrsb ·
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    You need to be very specific with what you want when you talk to your makeup artist. If you want to look natural, you need to tell her you want a natural look. I had my bridal trial the morning of my bridal shower. I told her I wanted a natural look, however my makeup artist misunderstood that when I said I wanted a darker eyeliner instead of the lighter one she had used, she thought I wanted a dramatic look. So I went to the brunch with darker, dramatic makeup that made me look older. The makeup ran into each other without my even touching it and I'm really embarrassed about how I look in the pictures from that day. However, the same makeup artist had done a fantastic job with a natural look on me for my sister's wedding, so I knew that she would be able to do it again. I am still hiring her for my wedding because of that.

    So you need to be specific in what you want and honest if you don't like the look she gives you. If you want a natural look, tell her you want a natural look. And no, just because a "natural look" looks like something you could easily do yourself, doesn't mean that you can do it yourself. Natural makeup is more of a color palette against your skin tone rather than how much makeup you put on your face.

    I only like natural makeup on me too. Yes, I do put on my own natural makeup when the occasion calls for it or whenever I feel like it, but it still takes time and skill to actually get it right. I did my own makeup for my engagement photo shoot. I think I overdid it with the bronzer a little. I remember having to work on that and then add more foundation to tone it down. It took a while, but I was lucky that I got the look right and aside from the bronzer, I think it looks perfect. However, having a professional do it for me on my wedding day will take the stress off of me as I won't have to worry about doing it myself.

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  • M
    Super June 2019
    Mary ·
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    Thank you! I'm in SC and yeah it's more of a southern thing. I'm from Maryland and we never did stuff like that.
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  • Jennifer
    Expert October 2019
    Jennifer ·
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    You absolutely don't need it. That said, something as simple as a tinted moisturizer (or BB cream), lip gloss, and mascara can look really natural, but make your features pop nicely in photos.
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  • Mandi
    Master October 2020
    Mandi ·
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    A full face of makeup for me includes tinted moisturizer, some blended powder, tinted chapstick, and eye makeup. Anything beyond that is a no go. I don't usually wear makeup, but dont want to be photographed without it.
    If you're fine without it, go for it. Or do it yourself.
    But kudos to you for not getting mad at a dude who tells you to wipe off your makeup. I'd be enraged.
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