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10 Ways to Save Money on Wedding Makeup –Blushing Bride on a Budget

Updated on October 1, 2012

PLUS: Wedding Makeup Tips

Brides can be beautiful on their big day without breaking the bank by doing their own makeup on a budget.

If Kate Middleton did her own royal wedding makeup the day she walked down the aisle to marry Prince William of England, then there is no reason why regular chicks cannot do the same thing.

Bridal makeup can be easy, pretty, and cheap.
Bridal makeup can be easy, pretty, and cheap. | Source

Why Save Money on Wedding Makeup

Let’s face it – a wedding can be quite costly.

If and when money starts to run low, brides should be wise enough to look for ways to cut back on expenses without really making the whole wedding look cheap.

Saving on makeup for the wedding day just makes sense because loading on too much of the high-priced makeup for wedding can be avoided.

This is because wedding makeup ought to look natural, a simple enhancement of the innate beauty of the bride.

Wedding is a time when brides can reasonably resist the urge to splurge on excessive and expensive cosmetics.

Below are savvy ways to save cash and still look lovely with wedding makeup on.

Wedding Makeup on a Budget – 10 Practical Tips

1. Use Home Beauty Products

The home is a treasure trove of products that can make brides look beautiful minus the high price tag.

That is right!

There are many home beauty remedies that brides can use to keep their faces blemish-free and radiant.

To maximize the benefits of these home beauty products, it is best for brides to use them religiously for months prior to the big day.

Some of the proven home beauty products that women all over the world have used to look awesome without spending a wad of money include:

  • Honey

Honey has been used on the skin for centuries because it is such an effective humectant, a compound that can lock in moisture into the skin, hydrate it, and ultimately make it look luminous.

Honey also has anti-bacterial properties that can effectively deal with blemishes or acne.

  • Turmeric

Turmeric mixed with milk has been used in India for generations to brighten the complexion of women, particularly brides.

This root has potent amounts of antioxidants that clear the skin and make it look bright and supple overnight.

  • Oatmeal

Oatmeal can buff off dead skin cells and renew the surface of the skin almost like magic.

It has amino acids that delay the signs of aging and make the skin youthful-looking.

  • Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil is perhaps the best kind of natural moisturizer for the skin and a deep conditioner for the hair.

It can lend an almost instant glow because of its lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that can penetrate the skin and hair strand and repair them from within.

  • Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is an all-around beauty product.

It can be used on chapped hands, feet, and lips to make them look smooth and healthy.

It can be used on the eyelashes and eyebrows to condition and tame them.

It can also be used as a makeup highlighter that gives off the coveted dewy look at the top of the cheekbones.

2. Stay Stress-Free Before the Wedding

Makeup can only perk up the natural beauty of the face.

It cannot, by any means, cover up a face that has felt so much stress, a face with dull complexion, dark under eye circles, premature wrinkling, dryness, and even breakouts.

Planning for weddings can be quite stressful, yes.

However, brides should try to keep the stress level to a minimum because concealing the signs of stress on the face would require purchases of high-end makeup, which unfortunately can only do so much of concealing.

Also, packing on too much makeup to cover manifestations of stress would make brides look far from stunning.

3. Check out Drugstore Store Makeup Brands

While they might want only the best for their wedding day, brides should not completely shun using or buying drugstore makeup, those that are commonly found in drugstores and are more affordable compared with department store or high-end makeup.

This is because not all cheap are shoddy and not all costly are best quality, in makeup, at least.

There are drugstore makeup brands that carry products that have good pigmentation, lasting power, and good finishes for cheap.

Many of these products are even dupes for high-end cosmetics, so brides would really get a lot more bang per buck with drugstore makeup.

4. Check Makeup Ingredients

Brides should be very careful in choosing makeup because some of its ingredients can cause allergies, breakouts and redness, conditions that will force a bride to shell out even more money to get them fixed by a dermatologist or a doctor.

Some of the potentially harmful makeup ingredients may include:

  • Parabens can cause allergies, rashes, and in severe cases certain kinds of cancer.
  • Propylene Glycol can cause eczema and hives.
  • PVP/VA Copolymer can be toxic when inhaled.
  • Artificial Colors and Fragrances are irritants that can cause problems in the respiratory system, rashes, headaches, and even vomiting.

Because it is simple and natural, bridal makeup does not need to be expensive.
Because it is simple and natural, bridal makeup does not need to be expensive. | Source

5. Ask for Makeup Samples, Freebies, and Trials

Before buying cosmetics, brides should thoroughly check the quality of their planned purchases.

That means they have to first ask for samples, freebies and trials to know how the products would look on their skin and how their skin would react to the products.

Doing this would keep them from flushing money down the drain on makeup that would not actually work for them.

6. Practice and Practice Some More

All things get better with practice and the same is true for applying makeup.

Brides should practice applying their wedding makeup to get the hang of how much eyeshadows to put on the eyes, blush on the cheeks, and bronzer on the edges of the face.

On the wedding day, they should be able to apply makeup without jitters and mistakes.

7. Give Makeup to Bridesmaids as Advance Thank-You Gifts

Talk about double-purpose presents.

Brides can say thank you early to their bridesmaids for taking on roles in the wedding by giving them makeup gifts in advance.

They can also add a note in the makeup bags, suggesting ways to use the cosmetics for the wedding day.

Both sides benefit.

Bridesmaids would no longer need to spend much for makeup. They also have their gifts early.

Brides, on the other hand, would ensure that their bridesmaids would have a more or less uniform look on the big day.

8. Keep Makeup Simple, Natural, and Glowing

A classic bridal makeup is very much muted yet accentuates all the beautiful features of the bride like her cheeks, lips, and of course her eyes.

The subdued makeup, however, is made more beautiful with glow, a hint of radiance at the middle of the eyelids, inner corners of the eyes, cupid’s bow, upper parts of the cheekbones, and tip of the nose.

The rest of the face is left plain and simple.

A modern bridal makeup is largely the same except that it draws attention to the lips, which are usually coated in sexy red color.

In both kinds of makeup, there is almost no need to invest in makeup with shocking shades.

Brides can do their own bridal makeup to save money and look great in pictures.
Brides can do their own bridal makeup to save money and look great in pictures. | Source

9. Watch Free Online Tutorials

The internet is a massive source of videos about wedding makeup tutorials.

These videos are free and the people who filmed them are usually known and established in their field.

In fact, most of them are popular professional makeup artists.

Brides should watch these videos to know how to do a proper wedding makeup.

10. Bargain, Book Early, and Get Group Discounts at Beauty Salons

If brides would opt to pay for the hair and makeup of the whole entourage in order to get a consistent look for everyone, then it is best for them to scout for group discounts.

Beauty salons usually cut their rates depending on the number of people being serviced.

Brides should also scout for hair and makeup artists early into the wedding planning period to be able to compare their rates and quality of services.

The nearer to the wedding day brides book services, the less time and chance they have to bargain fees.

Wedding Makeup Tips from the Pro

  • Foundation

Choose a foundation that has a color that matches the skin tone.

The foundation should not contain SPF as it would create a white cast in photographs.

Foundation for weddings should be long-wearing, meaning it should be able to withstand sweat, tears, and transference.

  • Mascara and Eyeliner

Because they are used in the eyes, mascara and eyeliner should be waterproof and should not budge. Weddings are occasions for smiling, laughing, and crying, actions that can force out tears from the eyes.

  • Lip Color

Lip colors should last all day long as a bride would sip wines, eat cakes, and of course kiss her groom. For weddings, it is best for a bride to use a lip stain and a moisturizer on top of it. Using lip stains instead of the traditional lip liner and lipstick combo would do away with bothersome makeup touch ups.

  • Face Powder

An oily face is not flattering on anyone. It is best for a bride to touch up with a handy face powder. Using an oil blotter prior to using face powder would also make sure that the face is fresh and matte.

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Wonderful real life tips. Sharing hub with my brides!