Hey girl hey! Fun fact about me: I’m going to try to DIY as much of my wedding as possible. I know, crazy. I’ll be up to my head in craft projects. I am a strong advocate that you should do all the DIY things if you can swing it. One thing that I get asked all the time is whether or not doing your own makeup is worth it. In today’s post, I’m going to give you allllll the pros and cons of DIY makeup for your wedding day! Keep on scrolling if you want to see if DIY wedding makeup is for you!
First and foremost, let me give you a little background for my new readers!
I am a professional makeup artist. I have been in the industry for over 6 years now, and have done hundreds of weddings. Wedding makeup is kind of my wheelhouse. In fact, it’s the thing I love doing the most (minus the sometimes crazy bridesmaids, but that’s a story for another time!) I have been trained and certified to do professional makeup for photography. The brides I have worked with can tell you that hiring a professional is 100% worth it. However, makeup might not be a priority for you, and it might not be in your budget. Today’s post isn’t an attempt to get you to hire me. Quite the opposite, actually. This post is meant to educate you on the risks you may run if you choose either path. As always, if you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out to me!
In the era of YouTube tutorials and blogs, it can be easy to think that you could easily do your own makeup. I mean only YOU know how to make yourself look your very best. You know the best way to contour your face, and the colors that match your skin tone best. You know your comfort level. And you know those YouTube tutorials have actually transformed your face in ways you never thought possible. I get it, I hear you.
I’m not completely against DIY makeup for your wedding day. I’ve known plenty of people who have done it. I even had a bride decide last minute to do her own makeup because she just felt more comfortable doing her own. However, there are many pros and cons to doing your own makeup for your wedding day IF you aren’t trained. I’m going to break down some of those for you now!
DIY Makeup Pros
- Cheaper (aka free)
- You’ll feel like you really had a part in DIYing an aspect of your special day
- You will be using products that you KNOW work for your skin versus products from an artist’s kit
DIY Makeup Cons
- May look different in pictures
- Can be stressful the day of
- Quality may be super low, depending on your skill set
Hiring a Pro
Hiring a pro can be difficult. Who do you go with? Should you do a trial? What kind of products do they use? Will they customize my look to my specific needs? Any good artist should be able to answer these questions for you. I actually have an entire post on how to hire a makeup artist for your wedding day with some tips + tricks on the whole process! Click here to read that. Like I mentioned before, ask any bride the one thing they were so glad they spent the money on, and I guarantee that you will have a huge handful telling you they were glad they spent money on makeup.
Professional artists are able to transform your face so that your pictures still look like YOU. Certain features tend to get washed out or completely erased when it comes to pictures. Makeup artists are typically highly trained to find those areas and accentuate them. Photographers love us, and we love photographers. It’s a win-win for you!
Pro Makeup Pros
- They know how to personalize your look to make sure you look your best
- They know the amount to add to make sure it stays on all day
- They are able to use high quality products that you may not have access to in order to perfect your look
- They understand facial structure and can cater to your needs directly
Pro Makeup Cons
- Can be a major investment
- May need to do trials with multiple until you find the one for you
- Many artists can book up quickly, so it can be hard to find one last minute if needed
So…how do you decide what’s best for you?
I highly suggest starting out by doing a trial on yourself, and then doing at least one with a professional artist in your area. Take before and after pictures of both trials in natural light to see which one stands out the best to you. You might feel more comfortable doing your own, or you might feel more comfortable leaving it up to a professional.
Whichever way you choose, keep my pros and cons in mind. You may be convinced that you could do it JUST as good as a professional, but don’t understand the best way to make your features pop for photography. Or maybe you’re stuck on hiring a professional but are worried about how the products will react with your skin. No matter what, makeup is a huge deal for your wedding day and should be treated as an investment either way.
Is wedding makeup really that important?
I want to sign off with a story alllll the way back to my Sephora days. If you clicked on the link I provided on how to book an artist, this will sound like a broken record. I had a woman come in one day for a makeover. She explained to me that she wanted her makeup done for her wedding pictures. Slightly confused, I figured she just meant that she was getting married that day and wanted her makeup done for the pictures. After about 10 minutes of prepping her and doing a consultation, she explained to me that she had been married for 15 years and never once hung a wedding picture up in her home. Her kids had never seen her wedding pictures. They were tucked away in a box in her attic, completely untouched. The reason? She absolutely HATED her makeup the day of her wedding. She hated it so much that she considered throwing away the pictures completely. To give her something to remember her wedding by, her husband booked a photoshoot for her and their entire bridal party to recreate the pictures, this time with really good makeup. Honestly to me, the most shocking part of this story was that her dress still fit like a glove and that everyone agreed to take time out of their weekend to recreate her day. All of this just for makeup. Yes, its that important.
Did you hire a professional, or did you do your own wedding makeup? Let me know in the comments below!