DIY Wedding Hair and Makeup

We love professional hair and makeup artists, but we also know not everyone can afford to have their beauty professionally done on their wedding day. That’s where DIY wedding hair and makeup come in.

If getting your hair or makeup done is out of the budget, but you still want a professional look, you have plenty of time to learn how to do it yourself.

We love Kate of The Small Things tutorials as well as Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Most department stores or makeup boutiques are happy to give free tutorials and makeovers to customers who are considering dropping a little dough at the end of the session. Call ahead to make an appointment and let them know that you’re looking for a simple look to apply to your wedding day. We like MAC and Bare Escentuals.

While you’re there, don’t be afraid to ask your makeup artist to work slowly so you can ask questions along the way. Be upfront about what kinds of products you’re actually planning on using. Her job is to sell you stuff you like, but if you already know that you’re not going to spend $100 on creams and wrinkle reducers, skip it and stick to the basics that you will use.

Overall it’s a great way to learn how to do your makeup yourself while still looking like it was done by a pro, and whatever you do spend on the initial makeup purchase will last far beyond your wedding day.

The same goes for doing your own hair. Bobs, wavy ponytails, and braids are easy enough to do yourself, especially with a little practice at home. With the right accessories, no one will know you did it yourself!