">#Makeup Foundation Tips for your #Wedding Day

December 8, 2011

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wedding day prep

Wedding Day Prep

If you are looking to save money (and time) on your wedding day then applying your own wedding makeup can help. Keep in mind that good makeup will cost you money and may come out about the same as allowing a makeup artist do it. However, you will have the makeup to use later, you will learn some great techniques for “everyday life”, and you will rest easy knowing that you are going to look like… well, you! If you do use a makeup artist then try to see them at least one other time before the wedding so you will find out if their style is your style (blue eyeshadow anyone?!)

Brides magazine recently posted some great foundation steps. Combine that with a few tips and your skin will look great on your wedding day!

  • WEDDING FOUNDATION STEP ONE: Apply eye cream and a moisturizer, wait 5 minutes, then apply a primer.
    • TIP: if your skin is oily then use a moisturizer for oily skin or none at all. You do not want your foundation to slide off your face during the ceremony.
  • WEDDING FOUNDATION STEP TWO: Using a firm brush, apply concealer around your eyes and inside the creases by your nose. Use it sparingly and blend well.
    • TIP: You can make your nose appear smaller by putting a light concealer line along the top ridge of the nose. Again, use it sparingly and blend it well!
  • WEDDING FOUNDATION STEP THREE: Apply liquid foundation with a soft foundation brush. Use a circular motion, go over your eyelids, and blend along the jaw.
    • TIP: Mineral foundation is all the rage now, but it does not look as good in pictures. The light from the camera will hit the mineral makeup differently than liquid, making your face appear shiny.
    • TIP 2: Brides magazine sent an undercover shopper to buy 3 shades of makeup at a drugstore and try to return 2 of them. She had no problem at CVS or Walgreens, but did not have the same luck at Target. Use these CVS shopping tips or Walgreens shopping tips to get your wedding foundation for free.
    • TIP 3: A good makeup brush set is another thing you can pick up at Amazon for cheap (right now you can find a set of 13 brushes for as low as $10 shipped)
  • WEDDING FOUNDATION STEP FOUR: Put some foundation on the back of your hand, pat it with a sponge, and tap it onto areas that need more coverage.
  • WEDDING FOUNDATION STEP FIVE: To combat shine, use a fluffy brush to sweep a tiny bit of translucent powder all over your face.
    • TIP: Keep this in your bridal bag so you can continue to combat shine through the wedding reception.

Practice makes perfect! Give these steps a shot and your skin will look great for your wedding pictures.

This post is inspired by Brides magazine and the foundation steps come from the November issue. If you are looking for a great budget wedding magazine, Brides is it!

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They are all wonderful articles and I recommend reading them! If you are still looking for personal finance advice after the wedding then check out Budget a Wedding’s category on your financial future. Now is the best time to create good financial habits!


Although wedding vendors are a largely implacable lot, setting prices for wedding services higher than any other type of event, they are still businesses, like any other, that need to secure clients (and their money) in order to continue operating.  So although they make act like they hold the winning hand, the truth is that you have a full house to their aces-over-eights.  In short, you hold the power in this relationship because you control the purse strings.  Don’t be afraid to exercise your authority to get what you want for the price you prefer.  If you’re not sure just how to go about doing this, here are a few tips to help you along the way.

  1. Set a budget. This is absolutely essential to getting everything you want for less.  If you hit the ground running with a checkbook and no idea of how much you want to spend, you’re going to find yourself with a very expensive wedding and no money left for the honeymoon (or the new life to follow).  This is no way to start a lifelong relationship and it certainly doesn’t bode well for your future money-management skills.  So sit down with your honey and set a budget you can both live with (literally).
  2. Prioritize. You’re going to have to exercise some flexibility, and it will be a lot easier if you know where you want to spend a little more.  For example, you may be a lot more particular about the food than the floral arrangements.  Or you might prefer a plain dress and some flashy accessories (like that diamond necklace you’ve had your eye on for months).  By knowing what’s most important to you before you even set foot out the door, you’ll have an easier time allocating funds.
  3. Shop around.  You should start your shopping spree by looking online.  Then, when it comes time to hit the stores, you can approach vendors not only with a good idea of what you want, but also the best price.  You’ll know if they’re trying to overcharge you and you can use your knowledge to negotiate a better price.  You will also want to seek out several vendors so that you can try to secure price-matching from the one you ultimately select.  If they’re desperate for business, they may be willing to drop their prices to beat out the competition.
  4. Haggle. There is an element of the dramatic required for haggling because you sort of have to be a good actor to do it.  Of course, the desire to get the price you want doesn’t hurt, but there is an amount of emotional fencing that occurs as the vendor attempts to glean your actual level of interest in their goods or services.  So don’t give away how much you love something.  Just start with a lowball offer (don’t worry, their price will be ridiculously high) and try to wrap up negotiations somewhere in the middle (and a lot closer to your budget).
  5. Walk away.  Don’t ever be afraid to walk away.  There are literally hundreds of places to get what you want for your wedding and if the vendor you choose is not willing to give you added value (as in, a better price), then why waste your time?  If they really want your business, they will try to accommodate you.  If not, you don’t probably want them working on your special day anyway.

Mike Thimmesch is a writer for Adiamor Diamond Engagement Rings where you can find loose diamonds, engagement ring settings, and other fine diamond jewelry at affordable prices.


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