Doable DIY: Wedding Makeup

Categories Fashion + Wedding Planning

Doable DIY” is our new recurring blog series about easy, affordable DIY wedding ideas. We’ll be taking today’s top wedding trends and translating them into practical DIY projects. Let the creativity begin!

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Below, Truly Engaged writer (and recent bride) Rachel shares her own experience with DIY wedding makeup, and shares makeup tips/ideas from a local makeup artist.


Remember Picture Day at school? Well, if you didn’t like your photos—or you purposely took a bad photo because you knew your braces would be coming off in a week {not that I did that, of course…}—you knew you could always be rescued by two little words: Retake Day.

When I got married last year, I realized something: There’s no Retake Day for your wedding. You have one day, one chance, to look stunningly beautiful. No pressure, right?

If you’re a bride like me, you might choose to go the DIY route for your wedding day makeup. Maybe you’re doing it for budgetary reasons, or maybe you just want to feel in complete control of your wedding day look (my reasons were a mix of both).

Either way, DIY wedding makeup is a little tricky, but with a little planning and prep work, I was able to pull it off—and you can, too. (See my wedding pics)

For today’s post, I consulted Brynn Andre, makeup artist and beauty blogger who does bridal makeup for weddings. Read below as Brynn shares her shares her own wedding makeup tips and tricks. Learn what to do, what not to do, and how to achieve “beautiful” on a budget.



Skip the sunscreen.
“While I’m a huge advocate of wearing sunscreen every day, [your] wedding day is one exception,” says Brynn. “Sunscreen has titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which actually reflect light and can make skin look washed out and white.”

If you have fair skin like me, try to limit your exposure to direct sunlight on your wedding day, and of course, slather on the sunscreen for all the days leading up to the wedding.

fine-one-one by BenefitAvoid mineral makeup.
“Many women love mineral makeup, [but] it can have the same light reflection effect,” Brynn says. Shimmery products can also translate poorly on film.

So what’s a girl to do? To still achieve that coveted bridal “glow”, Brynn suggests a liquid foundation. “The texture of liquid helps create that dewy finish. Also, try a cream blush. I swear by this cream blush from Benefit.”

Take your time, and trust your gut.
Brynn advises brides to go with their instincts about how their wedding makeup looks. “If you feel like you have too much or too little makeup, keep working. You want to feel flawless on your wedding day. Take the extra time.”



Start with a good primer.
To make your makeup go the distance, start with a strong, solid base. Brynn recommends investing in a good primer, such as Laura Mercier. “It’s lightweight and soothes the skin. But you’ll be amazed at the staying power it has.” Primer by Laura Mercier

Finish with a matte powder. 
“Make sure it is matte—remember, shimmer is dangerous,” advises Brynn, who loves Lancome’s selection of powders.

Do little touch-ups throughout the day.
“Touch-ups are okay! I think many brides have the impression that their makeup should stay all day,” says Brynn. No need to dump your entire makeup bag into your purse, though. “A little powder and lip gloss throughout the day will help the makeup big time.”



Practice cheap, buy prestige.
“I love budget makeup! I’m always on the hunt for amazing products at drugstore prices,” says Brynn. To find the right shades of lipstick, blush, etc., Brynn loves experimenting with the cheaper drugstore products. “Once you find a shade you love, you can always color-match it with a prestige brand.”

That said, Brynn advises against being frugal with foundation. “I recommend sticking with a high-end brand [for foundation]. You’ll be glad you did.” (I’d have to agree! Based on my personal experience.)

What worked for me: Free color-matching at a cosmetic store.
A few months before the wedding, I stepped into Sephora for the first time. My deer-in-headlights look must have caught the eye of Sofia, one of the workers, because she quickly came over, smiled, and offered a free color-matching session for foundation. I’m not sure if they do that at all the Sephora locations, but it doesn’t hurt to ask! Make sure to tell them it’s for your wedding day, as they might suggest specific products to use (or avoid, such as mineral) for that day.

Here are a few budget-friendly makeup products that Brynn likes: e.l.f. HD Blush

  • Maybelline Super Stay lip gloss
  • e.l.f. studio HD blush
  • False eyelashes. “You can get them for $5 at Walgreens! They will make your eyes look seriously define in photos. And if you select the right style, they’ll look natural.”


Primer and palettes.
To reduce the redness, Brynn suggests starting with a good primer, such as Laura Mercier (mentioned above). Also, a concealer palette can erase nearly all signs of a pimple, but “you’ll need to put on your artist’s cap. You blend multiple colors into an exact match to your skin. It’s more of an advanced technique, but worth it.”


If you’re going the DIY wedding makeup route, Brynn recommends learning the art of makeup through Face Forward, a beauty book by the late Kevyn Aucoin, esteemed celebrity makeup artist.

“Not only is it a beautiful narrative on inner beauty and outer beauty, but it’s a great step-by-step guide to different looks.” Wow, that sounds great! I might even need to pick that up. :)


Wow, thanks Brynn for all the wonderful wedding makeup tips! What about you out there–did you do your own wedding makeup, or are you planning to do DIY wedding makeup? Any tips for the brides-to-be out there? I’d love to hear your ideas!


Happy Friday,

Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings



Swooning for Fishtail Braids!

Categories Resources + Wedding Hair

Are you inclined to obsess over fishtail braids …us too! Messy. Neat. Side. Back. We love them all!

Check out the casual elegance and perfect symmetry this lovely bride has going with her fishtail and fascinator! What do you think?


And more fishtail inspiration for everyday life…

 Which is your favorite?

You might be wondering HOW to make a fishtail braid. Bridal Musings suggests this one as their fave tutorial.

Image credits:

Top two: photos by Alixann Loosle Photography via Bridal Musings.
Middle: {left} Plum Pretty Sugar {upper right} Talking Pretty, {bottom right} Style Caster
Bottom: via A Beautiful Mess



Health & Style Tips for the Groom

Categories Resources + Wedding Planning

Hmmm, I wonder what this bride is giggling about with her new husband … Could it be that his cheek is sooo soft?!

Guys, be inspired to pamper and pay attention to yourself in preparation for wedding day. It’s your big day too! That said, here are some practical tips to helping you look and feel great on your wedding day!


Health & Body 
Look great and feel great with a few, simple tips that will make a huge difference with your wedding day confidence.

1. A Proper Shave
Say yes to baby soft skin, and no to unsightly shaving rashes by going to the barber and pampering yourself with a professional shave.

2. A Great Haircut
If you don’t already have a stylist, get a recommendation from a friend {who btw, has a great haircut!}. And if you’re changing up your looks, give yourself 1-3 months to recover if the new do, ends up being a don’t!

3. Great-looking Hands 
Manicures rock–even for guys. This is especially true if you’re a carpenter, a mechanic or in another trade that’s tough on the digits.

4. Should You See Your MD?
See your doctor if you think you need help in controlling acne, excessive sweating, bad breath or other issue that may interfere with your confidence.

5. Get In Shape 
Exercise, eat right, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water. Repeat.


Fashion & Style
Here’s an inspiring and romantic line from one formal wear commercial …  “When all eyes are on her, she’ll be looking at you.” So true!

Sift through magazines and spend time thinking about what you like and what your vision is for your wedding day look–and then talk it over with your fiancee’ for compromise.

1. Wearing the Right Suit or Tuxedo:
Seek professional insight on getting the right look for your body type, season, wedding time of day, and wedding style. Whatever you both choose, your attire should complement your bride’s gown.

2. Details Matter:
Distinguish yourself from the others with a look that puts the spotlight on you. There are so many fun ways to add a pop of color or  personal twist to help you stand out from the other guys. A few ideas include: patterned socks, colored socks, larger boutonniere, pocket square, a different color tie or vest, and unique cufflinks to name a few easy options.


Ladies and gentlemen–what can we add to the list? Whether fashion or health, leave a comment as to what you did or how you’re prepping for the wedding day.


image courtesy: Murakami Photography
Groom resources: The Man Registry, The Art of Manliness, Staggered 

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2012 Wedding Hair Trends

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Hair

Red carpet looks always seem to translate into wedding locks …

From elegant French Chignon buns, to boho braids and headbands, to trailing tresses and glam updos that resemble the look of old Hollywood.

Which is your favorite 2012 wedding hairstyle trend?


Up and off the neck

Trailing down …


bottom boards: via Style Me Pretty.
celebrity hairstyles: {Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson, Zooey DeSchanel, Ginnifer Goodwin, Mila Kunas}

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