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How to DIY Your Wedding Makeup Like a Pro and Save Money!
by Megan Vaughn Boggs

  • Content Focus:
  • Skincare/Cosmetics,
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  • Tips/Ideas,
  • Tutorial/Demo

 When my husband and I were planning our wedding, I absolutely loved looking at all the glamorous and romantic wedding ideas on Pinterest and pics on Instagram. But let's face it, the journey from social media to reality is often one glue gun incident away from a Pinterest fail!

We had a small budget and we had to choose strategically on where to save and where to spend. Where did we spend? A highly experienced and professional photographer. Worth. Every. Penny. We saved tremendously by having a small guest list, buying my wedding dress from a sample sale, and doing my own makeup.

With even basic makeup application skills, you can create a beautiful wedding makeup look; like you on your best day.


Here are my top tips to DIY your wedding makeup like a pro!


1) Practice makes perfect.

Sometimes it's worth the risk to wing it. When it comes to something expensive and importance then I highly recommend a dress rehearsal. Practice your makeup application and then take some pictures in different types of lighting to see how it looks.

2) Look for makeup labeled 'long-wear', 'water-proof', 'sweat-proof', etc.

You want your makeup to last through all the tears and cheers. Long-lasting products are essential. Bring your lipcolor and finishing powder for touch-ups through out the day.

3) Go for a natural makeup look with slightly amped up eyeshadow and lashes.

Unless your everyday look is a smokey eye or ultra glam, I highly suggest a more natural eye makeup look. This is so you still look like you, but on your best day. Give your look a little boost with some lush lashes. You can apply some false strip lashes or, my favorite, waterproof High Def Lashes. You'll get ultra long length without having to deal with glue and ill-fitting false lashes.

4) Blend, blend, blend!

Make sure to blend down your jawline and neck to avoid any harsh lines. Also, keep contouring to a minimum to maintain a natural look.

5) Stick to mostly matte formulations.

Anything shimmery and shiny can cause unwanted reflections and shine on camera. Keep setting power, blush, bronzer, and lipstick more matte. Use shimmer strategically to highlight your cheek and brown bones to give them a lift and a natural glow.

6) Define your brows.

Creating a natural defined brow is an easy way to frame the face and make your whole face pop. When applied correctly, it will bring your whole makeup look together and look totally pro. 


Looking for an affordable makeup collection that puts it all together?

The 'I Do' Collection has a face-loving formula that will keep your once-in-a-lifetime look both fresh and polished, naturally lasting from your perfect first appearance through your joyous celebration and beyond. See the image gallery below and click to shop my online makeup store!


Want to see the 'I Do' Collection in action! Check out my step-by-step makeup tutorial videos.


About the Contributor

Megan Vaughn Boggs / Sweet Minerals Educator

Sweet Minerals Pasco, WA

I'm a makeup and skincare specialist and Educator with Sweet Minerals. I empower women to look and feel their most beautiful and turn that confidence into a profitable beauty business by showing them how to let their light shine on social media. I share makeup and skincare tips and tricks as well business building and online marketing resources.
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