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DIY Makeup

March 30th, 2011 by Jeannine

Photo Courtesy Generation Photography

If you regularly wear makeup and wear it well, consider doing your own makeup on the big day. It’ll save you a good chunk of cash that can go towards another wedding expense. A couple of my bridesmaids did their own makeup for my wedding and they still looked beautiful, you couldn’t even tell it wasn’t professionally done in person or in pictures. There are some things to consider, though, if you go with this option. I am by no means an expert on this subject so I asked for some tips from one of Vancouver’s highly sought after stylists, Jayna Marie Bussiere of Jayna Marie Makeup + Hair. Jayna has been in the beauty business since 2005 and works over a hundred weddings a year, so she knows a thing or two about bridal makeup :)

If DIY makeup is for you, Jayna recommends talking to a professional first to get some colour suggestions. You can go to a makeup counter at a mall and get some advice from a consultant, but beware of those who are just trying to make a commission rather than give you proper advice. Try talking to different people until you find a person you can trust. She also suggests hiring a trained makeup artist to give you a lesson. You can even make a party out of it with your bridesmaids and girlfriends. It’s a good reason for a girls’ night, everyone learns something useful, and you can all split the cost of the lesson. A free option is to check out online makeup gurus on YouTube. My two favourites are Michelle Phan and MakeUp Geek. I’ve learned most of what I know about makeup through their videos. Here are a couple of their bridal videos: Michelle Phan’s Natural Bridal Look, MakeupGeek’s Easy Makeup for the Modern Bride.

Now what about which makeup to use?
Here’s what Jayna said…

“In regards to products, it’s pretty person-specific. Each woman has different needs, although in general, I can suggest the following ways to help your makeup last through the sun, sweat, tears, wind and….well…possibly rain.”

  • Make sure you’re wearing waterproof mascara, of course! There is also waterproof eyeliner and lip liner available as well.
  • Primer on your face and eyelids to help the makeup to last longer.
  • Powder under eye concealer by pressing the product in to the skin in order to prevent shadows and mascaras from falling under eyes.
  • Lip and cheek stains can be a little drying but certainly do the trick for long days (re-apply gloss on top of the color for a little more hydration).
  • Layering makeup products helps them to last longer ie: lip liner all over the lip with lip colour on top or cream blush being set with a powder blush of similar colour.

Jayna’s last word of advice

“If you’re a woman who doesn’t usually wear makeup or doesn’t own lots of professional products, you might save money by hiring a makeup artist over buying all new products!”

My last word of advice

Practice, practice, practice. Find the right look and take some photos to see how the makeup looks on camera. That way, there won’t be any surprises. Have fun playing with different looks! Just remember to pick a look that brings out the best in you.

I hope this post was useful for you! I want to thank Jayna for contributing to this blog post, you’ve been a big help to Vancity Bride readers :) Have a great day everyone!


Feature Photo Courtesy Generation Photography
Photo of Jayna courtesy Jayna Marie Makeup + Hair

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