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soooooo we are eloping to vegas on nov 3rd. i dont really own makeup lol well not anything good enough for a wedding...

so i was thinking or just popping to the origins counter the day of in regular clothes and saying oh i ill be getting married in a couple months and am doing my own makeup...then tell her my ideas and have her do my makeup and show me...then just maybe buy the lipstick and bolt with my free wedding day makeup....would that be horrid? anyone done it? what do you think?

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I think you can be honest. Ask for your make up to be done for the wedding, buy a few products and/or tip.
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soooooo we are eloping to vegas on nov 3rd. i dont really own makeup lol well not anything good enough for a wedding...

so i was thinking or just popping to the origins counter the day of in regular clothes and saying oh i ill be getting married in a couple months and am doing my own makeup...then tell her my ideas and have her do my makeup and show me...then just maybe buy the lipstick and bolt with my free wedding day makeup....would that be horrid? anyone done it? what do you think?
I don't see a problem as long as you purchase at least one small thing. I would assume that people get made up and buy a small piece occasionally, and who knows, if you love it, maybe you will be back to buy more of what they used? You could have her write it all down for you and then say you are going to buy it piece by piece. I wouldn't have an ethical problem with it, especially if you are not able to afford your own makeup.

Also, I don't wear makeup. Ever. If I were going to need makeup for some special event, it would be a complete waste of money and resources for me to own a whole set. Good luck, and congratulations!!

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Being that it's Vegas, I am sure that all the make up counters there have seen this story multiple times and will know exactly what you are doing. I vote for just telling them you are getting married that and don't know how to do make up because you never wear any. Even let them know you are willing to buy xyz.
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I would call and make an appointment. There will probably be a small fee involved but it will be less than buying it all on your own. Make up counters can get busy and you want someone who will take their time with you.
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Go to MAC. Make an appointment for a makeup lesson ($50) but they will waive it if you buy $50 of stuff. Those ladies are great and you will learn a lot.
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I wouldn't lie. I'd tell the truth, book ahead, and pay. Or, buy my own makeup at the drugstore and do it myself with lessons from the Internet, or help from a friend.

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One of our wedding registries came with a free bridal makeover. I went, and told the lady I was going for more of a natural look... Well, she laid that makeup on with a palette knife, and I looked like a clown when she got done...seriously, I had to go straight home, take a couple of pictures to laugh about later, and wash it all off.

I did buy a couple of things there, for an exorbitant price, and I did my own makeup for the wedding. And it was a way better job than the so-called professional did!!
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I wouldn't lie. I'd tell the truth, book ahead, and pay. Or, buy my own makeup at the drugstore and do it myself with lessons from the Internet, or help from a friend.
I vote for cheap drugstore makeup and internet tutorials (there is a makeup store here that folks have gotten makeup done for free, but many end up coming out looking like clowns! ). People I love to watch on youtube and have learned a lot from are 1) Lauren Luke (user name panacea81), and 2) Professional makeup artist Koren (user name EnKoreMakeup). Lauren does fantastic tutorials on eye makeup, where as Koren has great videos on just about anything makeup related.

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People usually go for a trial of their wedding makeup to make sure they get something they like and that suits their style. I've had counter makeup trials that I would absolutely not want to be photographed in.

I agree with being honest.

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I really don't know about make up and honestly didn't realize there was 'good' make up. Oh the things you can learn.

However I agree with the PP who suggest a trial run and finding out what you like and dont like before the wedding day.

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I think making an appointment is a good idea. I imagine they can get pretty busy. And buying the lipstick or gloss (assuming you like how it looks) is a good idea because that's normally the item that needs to be reapplied.

Keep in mind that makeup for your wedding will need to be stronger if you want it to look nice in photos as the camera will wash out a lot of the colour. That's why they normally make it a bit darker.
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don't you want to look like yourself on your wedding day? i wouldn't risk it. department store make up artists can be scary, believe me. i wear almost no make up now (nothing, or mascara and maybe tinted moisturizer). when i was younger, i loved doing my make up. i would just sit in front of my mirror and do it over and over . . . i was bored, lol. my mother and i would get makeovers in department stores (just for fun - we'd just ask if they wanted to do it, if they were having a slow day) and as "models" for students at the aveda school. we'd usually buy something in the department store, and at the aveda school, we'd get a gc to the store. anyway, my point is, sometimes it was fun, and sometimes it was SCARY.

i really recommend going to a good department store make up counter (make an appointment if needed) and saying that you are getting married soon and want natural looking make up because you normally don't wear any, but want to when you get married. ask them to do your make up and to explain everything as they go. then buy some stuff and start using it for practice. i would buy the foundation from the department store. mascara, eye liner, eye shadow, whatever . . . that stuff doesn't matter as much and you really can buy it for cheap at the drug store. it sounds like pp's suggestion of MAC could be good. my absolute favorite make up counter was yves saint laurent (which we went to at saks) and they would give me a drawing with a face on it, which they applied my make up to and wrote down the names and colors of everything they used in case i wanted to buy it later. it was awesome, but i think pretty much anything is fine - the person matters more than the quality of the make up. oh, and if you don't like the results, then try again somewhere else.

if you are remotely artistic, then i think the suggestion for drug store make up and internet tutorials (or instructions from a friend whose make up you like!) would also be perfectly reasonable. oh yeah, i've been married twice and did my own make up both times.
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I vote with just telling the truth too. I know the make up counters at the local mall growing up were willing to do make up for anyone going to a special dance or getting married. I think they asked that you just tip the person doing the makeup. Thats where my former sister-in-law had her makeup done before her wedding.

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If you don't wear make-up normally then why do you want to wear it for your wedding?
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If you don't wear make-up normally then why do you want to wear it for your wedding?
because i want to feel amazingly beautiful. i look good when i actually wear it and i used to wear it but since DD came along......not so much

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because i want to feel amazingly beautiful. i look good when i actually wear it and i used to wear it but since DD came along......not so much
I went to a Jordan Essentials party recently. I haven't worn makeup in years but they are a local company (Ozarks) that sells all natural, American made products.

Anyway, they have a new line of mineral makeup that is really good. It felt pretty good to me and I hate the way makeup feels.

The last time I bought makeup it was Clinique. I really liked it.

Either way, try tinted moisturizer rather than foundation. That makes a huge difference to those that don't wear makeup often.
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my banker's mom worked at the clinic counter. She made me an appointment to get my wedding make up done. I just bought the lipstick and left a tip and that was it. They definitely knew.. my hair was all done and we were talking about it hahaha.
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I went to the Body Shop and they did my make up and all my bridesmaids for free.

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I've had my make-up done twice. Once the day before my wedding and I bought the make-up they used and my friend did my make-up for my wedding. The second time I didn't end up buying anything and honestly just didn't really like the make-up.


Around the time you are getting married you can look and see which counter is offering a good free with purchase gift. I just got some tinted moisturizer with a gift card I had and the free gifts included mascara, lip gloss (or you could pick lipstick), eyeshadow, make-up remover and a new line of moisturizer. So really you could buy one thing and take home enough make-up to do your make-up for your wedding and after.

I agree with others who said you might not like the way they do your make-up and I wouldn't want to risk it on your wedding day.

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I had my wedding day make-up at Ulta-3. It was $25 and I got to keep the eye pencil and lipstick. I also received a free beach tote with body spray. I told the make-up artist I was getting married and she was very friendly. My niece was with me and she had her face done as well. Worth it in my op.
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