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DIY Wedding Makeup: Why it May be a Bad Idea

Posted At : March 17, 2009 11:39 AM   |  Posted By : Bridal Network   |  Views: 11,378
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Do any of the following sound like you?

  • I never wear makeup; why should I start now?
  • I know how to do my own makeup, I 've been doing it for my whole life!
  • I don't trust makeup artists - they over-do it; they don't know my style; they never listen
  • I just want to look natural, not "made-up"
  • It's too much trouble, effort and cost. I am on a budget

If any of these sound like you, don't worry, you're not alone. They are very common attitudes and frequently justified too! But your wedding just may be different; "special" enough to reconsider. What do you think? We asked a professional for their answers and counter-arguments: one of Vancouver's premier hair & makeup artists, Iris von Schoening from Iris Cosmetics.

© Iris Cosmetics, Vancouver

You never wear makeup, why should you wear it on your wedding day?

Well, if you're getting married underwater in a scuba suit, or skydiving out of an airplane, then don't bother... But for the rest, how many times do you plan on getting married? That's why you should wear makeup (and get your hair done). It's a special occasion! A VERY special occasion, an once in a lifetime occasion (hopefully!). You just may want to make an exception. Hire a professional because remember: even the naturally beautiful face will look better in photos with properly applied makeup.

You know how to do your own makeup, you'll just do it yourself...

Hm.. and you've never had a "bad makeup day"? When it just doesn't look the way you want it to? Do you really want to risk this happening on your wedding day? Do you want to add stress to the most important/special day of your life, by worrying about doing your own makeup? Even makeup artists don't always do their own makeup when they get married. Haven't you done everything there is to do and shouldn't you treat yourself on your wedding day by relaxing while a professional does your makeup? Some even come to you, so you can all get ready together. Also consider

  • If you do it yourself, will it last all day?
  • Will it be wind/sun/rain/sweat/hug & kiss proof?
  • Will it look good on camera?

You don't trust makeup artists - they over do it; they don't know your style; they don't listen...

Fair enough, can't argue with your experiences. It sounds like you haven't found the right person. Rule #1 is you need to find someone who is compatible with your personality. Because makeup is a very personal thing and you need to feel comfortable and confident with who you hire. If you've had your makeup done at a retail counter, it may not have been by a trained makeup artist, or one specializing in bridal makeup. You can get a good idea of who would suit your style and listen to your ideas, by looking for makeup artists specializing in weddings, viewing portfolios and images of their work and by how they respond and communicate with you when you contact them. And, always always do a makeup trial run-through before your wedding!

You just want to look natural; you don't want to look "made-up"...

But that's exactly the point! The right professional bridal makeup artists and photographers are successful BECAUSE don't have brides looking "made up" in their photos. They look polished, elegant and fresh and they have that beautiful radiant glow! You look natural, just secretly enhanced a little! This is the result of contributions from various wedding professionals such as photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists etc. With makeup, remember it's not about how much makeup, but rather what products, which colours and how it's applied. In other words, it's worth hiring a professional even to look "natural"!

It's too much trouble, effort and/or cost. You're on a budget...

Yes, I know what you mean! Still, you may be very surprised. It's probably not quite as costly as you may have imagined. Only one way to find out: ASK! It's your wedding.

Iris von Schoening
Professional bridal makeup artist & hair stylist.
Iris Cosmetics, Vancouver
604-517-0006

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