VIP October 2015

Wedding Day Makeup at Mac? (And not that the apple store lol)

bina1015, on December 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 20
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Has anyone gotten their wedding day makeup done at MAC? I love their products and use some for my daily makeup routine. I get really nervous about makeup because I have a lot of acne scars and large pores and I found that it really take a skilled MUA to make my skin look flawless.

If you have, can you please share pictures.


  • Della
    VIP July 2015
    Della ·

    I had my make up done there for my engagement pictures. I'm on my phone so I can't post photos, but it was perfect. I hadn't planned on having my make up done, but went in to buy some eyeliner and walked out all done up. I'm contemplating hiring her for day of.

  • Jillian
    Master May 2015
    Jillian ·

    I have not, however here would be my thoughts on this. If you are going to a store could they be running behind? Could it cause extra issues to go wrong?? I know a girl I went to highschool with that sells Mary Kay (I think I don't know one of the makeup brands) and they do make overs, but will come to you on the day of and it includes a consultation as well. Not sure if this is just what she does or what they all will do. I know her cost was $50.00 and essentially it was buying lip stick and a couple other things that aren't so great to use over on people and then you kept them. I would try to see if you could get someone to come to you? Even going to a salon they could run behind, but with a store if they happen to be busy that day and people are helping others shop it might be tough....again just my opinion.

  • Maltese
    Master June 2015
    Maltese ·

    I haven't but for the worries that Jillian brought up...maybe go in for a trial or two and if you like the work you could always ask the artists if they contract themselves out for work

  • Jessica
    Master May 2016
    Jessica ·

    Unfortunately I don't have pics but I've gotten my makeup done at MAC many times & I think they're great. They take appointments so I don't think they would be running THAT behind. Maybe a couple of minutes for them to grab their things. If you're having an evening wedding then I think this is fine because you can make an early appointment and not have to worry about rushing. If I remember correctly, they apply the makeup for free & you just have to purchase $50 worth of products which is good because you can use those products to touch up during the night.

  • Barbara
    Master September 2014
    Barbara ·

    I used MAC for my engagement photos, and no way would I use them for the wedding day!!! No way!!! You can't really do a trial with the same person who would do your wedding makeup, and so you wouldn't know until the day of whether or not you actually liked it. Once its done, you probably won't have many options, either, given the tight timeline most wedding days are on.

    This is how my makeup came out for my e-session. When I was explaining what I wanted, I used words like "natural" and "barely there" and "like myself". . . I ended up feeling like a drag queen. I actually had a ton more blush on, too, but managed to rub some of that off before the pictures. . .

    PS-- added a second photo so you can see what I actually normally look like. . .

  • Natalie
    Master May 2015
    Natalie ·

    I have had my makeup done several times at MAC and almost always love how it looks. I usually buy their products as well. I certainly think it would be a good more cost effective way to get your makeup done. However I think I'll hire a makeup artist to come to me simply for convenience. I don't want to have to drive to the mall 20 minutes away to get my makeup done.

  • E
    Master July 2015
    Emma ·

    @Barbara, your make up looks natural to me.

  • Briggitte Dix
    September 2019
    Briggitte Dix ·

    If you do decide to get your makeup done at the mall my advice would be to request a trial with the artist who will be doing your makeup on the wedding day. Along with that, make sure you allot double the time you think is needed just incase there is a delay on the wedding day at the store or traffic. Things tend to take longer on the wedding day than you think and traveling around just adds to the stress of that, so do makeup as early as you can.

    M.A.C specializes in more dramatic looks, if that's that's the kind of makeup that you like then go for it, but if you are wanting to go with a more traditional bridal look I would try a different counter.

    A lot of brides end up hiring me after having multiple trials elsewhere because they realize that the investment in the way they look on their wedding day is important to them. Along with that I travel to my clients on-location so that they can get ready in their hotel, home or at the venue. All makeup counters (that I know of) require a purchase in order for you to get your makeup done, these are not professional makeup artists these are makeup sales persons. In most cases you could have a professional like myself come to you for $50 more.

  • 8815wedding
    VIP August 2015
    8815wedding ·

    I will probably be having a MUA come to my hotel to get ready on the day of, but I have had my makeup down at the MAC counter in Bloomingdales (with an appointment) for other occasions and I loved it. It probably depends on the person you get working on you, but it is the same way with any MUA.

    Also @Barbara - I think your e-pic makeup looks super natural too.

  • bina1015
    VIP October 2015
    bina1015 ·

    Thanks everyone. I love makeup so not worried about a dramatic look. I know that MAC MUA do have additional training and that's what I was more interested in. I can do eye makeup pretty good myself but for my face I'm super picky. My ceremony doesn't start until 4pm so I don't think timelines will be an issue.

    Here a picture of the makeup I did on myself at halloween and a couple of ideas I found on pinterest.

  • Celia Milton
    September 2019
    Celia Milton ·

    No way. You will not have time on your day to go and do this. trust me.

  • bina1015
    VIP October 2015
    bina1015 ·

    Oh well I guess it's back to the drawing boards. I wish there was an easier and less time consuming way to find MUA in my area with google.

  • Ally
    VIP October 2014
    Ally ·

    All throughout my wedding planning I was so stressed and I had super bad acne. It was really annoying but I found a make up artist that does airbrush and honestly you couldn't even tell that I had any acne let alone zits. It was really great and I would recommend it to anyone!

  • MrsMorales
    VIP September 2015
    MrsMorales ·

    I did this as a part of a wedding party in Aug 2013 in Iowa City. We went to Sephora and had the "we do your make up, you buy $50 worth of stuff". It was fine, but I don't think it was special enough for a bride on her wedding day. We had appointments and got in and out really quick. It was just a pain to all pile in cars after having our hair done and such.

    I wouldn't recommend.

  • BoriNena89
    Dedicated May 2016
    BoriNena89 ·

    I had my makeup done one year at Mac for my birthday. I wasn't a huge fan, my makeup was overdone and I have acne prone skin and the foundation killeddddd my skin and i felt I was greasy looking all night... I wouldn't use them for a wedding. It was ok for my birthday, but in some pictures it looked way too much...

  • Mrs. V V
    Master June 2014
    Mrs. V V ·

    A friend of mine was going to do my make up, but surprised me by taking me to the MAC store in Vegas. I had no trial just a pic of what I wanted. This is me hours later after cake and almost everything (notice I haven't reapplied my lipstick). Was it way more than I'm used to? Of course! But with pictures and running around I thought it came out great and held up really well. I would recommend.

  • MrsWilliams
    VIP September 2014
    MrsWilliams ·

    I get my makeup done at MAC all the time! Go in for a trial run that way you know what you want for your wedding! You can book an appointment also and have the same person do it again. I love their products that is all i use, plus its free to get done you cant beat that!

    Here is a pic from over this past weekend that the MAC store did, the same lady do my makeup every time i go in

  • OG FMP
    Master August 2015
    OG FMP ·

    Why don't you go to the MAC counter get your makeup done as a trial and if you like it ask the MUA if she does wedding - That's how my friend founds hers.

  • bina1015
    VIP October 2015
    bina1015 ·

    FutureMrsPereira-Good Idea! I live right outside of Chicago and some of the MUA i found on this webistes vendors and facebook charge a lot and i don't like their work.

  • Celia Milton
    September 2019
    Celia Milton ·

    Ask your photographer who they've seen and who looked good on film.

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