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Goop on my face
I do not want to wear makeup to my wedding. I could, perhaps, be persuaded to wear something like blush. I will, of course, wear something sheer and glossy on my lips. (They call it chapstick.)

But really? Is it that important?
I've never loved makeup, despite being Very Southern from a Very Southern family (my mother won't leave the house without her complete "face"). And having never loved makeup, I've never learned to really wear it.

We're getting hitched outside during the day so natural light. I'm pale and don't mind looking pale. (Next to my lady, I will also be the pale one.) My face and arms have loads of freckles that I want to show off. I'm wearing color, which peps most skin up. Oh, and I wear glasses.

Am I missing out on something here? Will the pictures make me look dead? Is there a reason to learn about this stuff in the next 393 days? Help, people who know more about this than I do!
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eclypsia From: eclypsia Date: June 2nd, 2009 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I think if this is how you are comfortable and happy go for it!

Look at photos that are taken of you without make up and decide if you are okay with how you look in them. I think all that matters is how you feel on your wedding day.
kyaraelf From: kyaraelf Date: June 2nd, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is your day you should do what you want. That being said not wearing makeup can make your face look very flat from a distance or in pictures. It can also make your eyes disappear. My eyelashes are almost invisible they are so pale so without mascara my eyes become very indistict in photos. But I don't know what you look like so as I said up front, it is up to you.

Good luck and pre-congratulations.
kageneko From: kageneko Date: June 2nd, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
See if you can't get some test shots done and then decide if you're happy with how you look in that type of lighting. I will agree with what kyaraelf said, though - in photos, not wearing makeup can sometimes make you look washed out and your features might disappear.
m_s_cooper From: m_s_cooper Date: June 2nd, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with the first two folks: do what you want ultimately, but... is your partner wearing make-up? If she will be, maybe see if she'll do a practice run and you can have some photos taken together outside in natural light just to make sure you like the way they turn out with you two together. May be worth checking with a good makeup counter (MAC or at Sephora) if you think you may want some makeup: just mascara may look natural enough but give you polish in the pics? And rock the freckles!

Mazel tov!
kadaria From: kadaria Date: June 2nd, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I was in the Spore's wedding I wore very little make up and the only thing that I did not like about any of the pictures I was in was that my sunscreen sweat off and I am showing the beginning of a sunburn. So my chest is pink in a few of the pics.

If you are worried about how you will look, try to get a friend with a good non digital and a digital camera to snap some photos of you wearing your dress in natural light. It won't be exact but it should give some idea of what to do.

Our skin tones are not the same but here's what I did for that wedding:
-Neutrogena sunscreen spf 45 specifically for the face, no oils added. It's a little more expensive but this stuff is awesome and while my chest was burning my face was safe.
-Bronzer rather than blush because my skin tone was more tan at the time. Applied to the cheek bones, and a brush on the forehead, nose tip, chin and a little bit on the neck and the collarbones. I like the powders more than the goop.
-Brown eye liner on the top lid and along the bottom.
-Chapstick with sunscreen topped with gloss.
pumaviking From: pumaviking Date: June 2nd, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
if you like your face without makeup, and you like pictures of yourself without makeup, then there is absolutely no reason to make yourself uncomfortable on your wedding day. (if you *don't* like pictures without, then you've got to balance which is more important to you - but from the sounds of it, i'm guessing you're fine without.)

the arguments i've heard in favor of makeup are usually that you'll look more "put together" or that "the pictures won't come out"... but that never seems to be a problem for *men* in any of these pictures. so i discount them entirely. if you're happy, you're happy, and more power to you.
spreadsothin From: spreadsothin Date: June 2nd, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't wear makeup if you don't want to. I was convinced that I needed makeup and an updo to look formal in pictures, and I don't recognize myself in many of the pictures- I wish I had worn my hair down and the simple makeup that I usually wear (mineral powder, mascara, lipstick or gloss).

I think it's important to be authentic as possible at the wedding. Any professional photographer should be able to capture what you look like without the tools of makeup, unless you're in extremes of lighting or using flashes in the dark.

If you're inclined towards sunscreen (as daytime weddingers should be!) I second the recommendation of -Neutrogena sunscreen spf 45 no oil. It's the best sunscreen I've found yet.
kelism From: kelism Date: June 2nd, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm also pale with freckles and we got married outside. I didn't wear makeup. I say go with whatever will make you feel best.
tiny_monster From: tiny_monster Date: June 3rd, 2009 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Blecch, I hate having stuff on my face, especially my lips! I wore some eye make-up, because I liek it and it's fun, but nothing else. And the photos look fine! I was a maid of honour once for a friend who had professional (expensive) make-up done and she looked like a drag queen. Go with what feels good to you!
icedaemoness From: icedaemoness Date: June 4th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi! I'm a professional dancer actress model and I love makeup, but I hate goop! Yes, trial pics are a good idea, but no guarantee the light or photog will treat you the same on the day. There are non goop options!
I recommend mascara over everything else (and dry sunscreen). Waterproof! It is the lightest way to make sure your eyes don't get lost.

If you want more contour on your face, Bronzer can be a nice touch, instead of blush. Avoid all liquid and cream foundations!!! If you want a bit of evening out, just go for MAC studio fix powder (SPF 15, too, which is nice!). If you want color on your eyes, MAC eyepaint will dry and stay put weightlessly through a sweat lodge.

Again, though; if you are used to your face without makeup, and want to feel comfy, I'd say the best compromse is mascara. L'Oreal beauty tubes is the best kind right now, but not yet waterproof. I really like the ones with the two steps; conditioner then color. And you can get that at wallgreens or longs.
Enjoy!
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