Why I Didn’t Hire A Make Up Artist On My Wedding Day

I generally don’t wear makeup and when I do it’s very minimal. And my hair is usually down, platted or pulled back in a messy bun. If you scroll through my entire history of Facebook photos there are hardly any photos of me anywhere with lots of make-up on. I wouldn’t say I’m a tomboy, but I’m not a particularly girly girl either. Mascara, eyeshadow, perhaps some eyeliner and BB cream if its a special occasion. That’s pretty much as good as it gets.

 When we were planning our wedding, one of the bits of advice that I read everywhere was that I should definitely hire a professional to do my hair and make-up. I also read in many places that I should not be afraid to wear more makeup as although it may look heavy in person, it would look more natural in my photographs. And I did consider doing that, many times.

A few times during the planning I’d take a trip to one of the makeup counters in one of the local department stores. My favourites then were MAC and Bobby Brown. But every time I came away, I felt like my face was plastered thick with makeup and I felt really self-conscious. While many girls feel uncomfortable without makeup, I felt uncomfortable with it. And when I showed Menno, his reaction was always the same: “It’s too much make-up. It doesn’t look like you.” And when I washed it all off and came out of the bathroom looking my usual shade of pasty-white, he’d always come over and say “now that’s beautiful, that’s the woman I love”.

DIY Wedding Makeup

 Now I never considered going make-up free to my wedding, but these experiences made me seriously consider my options. So I decided that I had time to learn to do it myself. I spent hours watching videos on youtube and practising different looks. I took selfies of myself to see how the makeup “photographed” too. My favourite tutorials were from the fabulous celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, who wonderfully talks you through a different look in each episode of her vlog. I found a few very natural ones that I loved, and after a few tries, I felt happy about doing my own makeup.

On the wedding day itself, I was a bit nervous, but I left myself more than enough time to do my hair and makeup. And when I look back at my photographs I know that I made the right choice. I may not have looked like the flawless, airbrushed bride that you see in magazines, but I felt like me, a more beautiful version perhaps, but still me.

Picture of makeup on the table and Cat doing her own makeup by Nina Hintringer Photography Cat putting on her own DIY wedding makeup by Nina Hintringer Photography Black and white images of Cat getting ready for her wedding by Nina Hintringer Photography Bridal portraits of Cat Ekkelboom-White by Nina Hintringer Photography Bride and groom portraits of Cat & Menno by Nina Hintringer Photography

Our wedding photos were created by the fabulous Nina Hintringer Photography.



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