Bridal Makeup — Salon or MUA?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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21 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m getting married in May. I started looking for MUA too. I won’t have bridesmaids, so I’m the only one that will get my makeup done (maybe my mom will, too). I think I’m just going to to to a salon to have it done in the morning (wedding is ~4:30 pm). I’m getting air brush makeup done, because I know it will stay all day. Air Brush costs around ~$65 in my area. For ~$150 I can get a trial run and wedding day makeup with eyelashes. 

Post # 4
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9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@LilySarah:  I booked a make-up artist to come on site. It is so much easier – you don’t have to travel, you don’t have to worry about “ruining” you make-up getting to your venue, and it is just overall more convenient. I am willing to pay for convenience and expertise. You should treat yourself and let your girls decide what they want to do.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LilySarah:  I just had a trial last night with my hair dresser. I chose hair and makeup to come to me. Less running around in the morning and more relaxing. That said they are planning on turning up at 8am to get started (12.30 ceremony).

Also depends on how many are being made up and how many artists. We have four for hair and makup and one MUA and one Hair sytlist. The girls not being done can do other things. If we all went to the salon and had the same it might mean a lot of sitting around wasting time when we could be eating smoked salmon and scrambled eggs and drinking champagne……or other useful wedding morning stuff!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LilySarah:  How far is the salon from the ceremony site?  The main reason I am going to suggest a MUA over the salon is that the MUA can do touchups if you need them before and after the ceremony.  So if you cry or accidently smudge your nose or whatever she can fix it!  Just send a quick text to all your girls and see who wants to have professional makeup and what they would be willing to spend on it.  Give them options on the price.  The ones that have never had to pay for it before may not realize how much it can cost. 

Post # 8
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126 posts
Blushing bee

@LilySarah What is the going rate for MUA to come to you in NY?  

Post # 9
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492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

I don’t know if this is an option for you, but our stylists were able to do both hair and makeup. I think there was a minimum of 8 services required since they travelled to our hotel.

It was really nice to be able to lounge around in the hotel room all day with my girls and moms. We didn’t have to rush anywhere.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I had my hair and make-up both done at the salon I typically go to. Our pictures started at 4:30, so I wasn’t in a rush. I was more comfortable with the girl who does my hair on a regular basis, because she knows my style and what I like already.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I went to the MAC counter at Nordstrom and some of my girls did as well. I find that they always do a great job and the price is only based on the products you buy (suggested $50) It isn’t airbrush but I am okay with that.

Post # 12
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26 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m using 1 MUA and one Hair Stylist that come to us. It just seemed like it would eliminate a lot of logistical hassle the morning of. Also, I recently went to a wedding where they went to a salon, and the salon ran them so far behind schedule, the ceremony started 45 minutes late. I’m a little more comfortable working with people that only do weddings/special events and probably has timing down to a science and fewer distractions. The group I’m going with had a fairly low guaranteed minimum (4 people), but that’s because I’m getting married during “off season.” Just to be safe, I offered to pay for my mom’s hair and makeup, not only because she deserves it, but because it meant only two of my BMs had to opt to get theirs done (though I’m pretty sure most of them will).

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@LilySarah:  I will be having a MUA and was able to book her for enough time to be able to do my makeup, the 4 bridesmaids and my mom.

I’ve worked at a spa before and let me tell you 99% of the girls who did bridal makeup didn’t really have interest in in. They were not MUAs (they took the esthetics course and there’s a part about makeup) and it wasn’t their passion. While the results weren’t bad, I feel like you could really tell that there was a difference between the girls who took a MUA course vs those who didn’t.

Of course, I suggest booking a trial BEFORE settling on a MUA/salon. You’ll be able to judge the calliber before committing to anything.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LilySarah:  ok, I have heard it is hard to touch up airbrush.  Talk to the salon about how to do touch ups for airbrush before you commit to it. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@LilySarah:  I’m only having 2 people and my make-up artist was happy to come out. However, I am doing it in off season so that may be why.

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