1. you’re not supposed to slather foundation on every inch of your face, only on the spots that need it (and you’re not supposed to apply w/ your fingers [oil & germs])
2. you’re supposed to wear primer under your foundation, and put concealer OVER (not under) foundation.
3. in photos, you take something 3-d (a person) and make it 2-d, hence why it’s easy to look washed out, or just… not so great. Highlighting & contouring creates a trompe l’oeil effect on your face to counteract this.
4. Highlighter and bronzer should be applied in daubs like fingerpaint and blended into foundation, not slathered on every inch of skin (unless you are a drag queen).
5. Quality makeup brushes are worth the money. For an airbrushed eye effect, don’t skimp on brushes - and don’t use those little sponge wand things that come with cheap eye shadow. (However, don’t waste your money on expensive “brush cleaner” because olive oil and drugstore clarifying shampoo or Dr. Bronners soap works just fine.)
I’m still planning to do my own makeup for the wedding… gods help us all.