Post # 1
Ok so my wedding is quite a ways out but I’ve been told that I need to book a MUA early, as I would any other vendor. So I’ve been doing my research and have found a few MUAs that I would be interested in, however I would have to confirm that X amount of girls want their makeup done as they require a minimum. Which is completely understandable, considering most MUAs will work on-site.
I have 6 BMs, but I’m not sure that anyone other than myself and my Maid/Matron of Honor will want to have their makeup done professionally. I know from experience (I’ve been many times a BM) that it can be expensive, that there are cheaper options, and that some people just don’t like having someone else do their makeup anyway. If they were to get their makeup done, which would be completely their choice, they would be paying for it. I’ve been in most of their weddings at this point and always paid to have my own makeup done, too.
So I think my other option would be a local salon. Instead of having a MUA come directly to us on-site, my Maid/Matron of Honor and I could wake up early and go have our makeup done first thing in the morning. My hair stylist would come to our site later on to do all of our hair. I know that if I were going to a salon to get my makeup done, it would be easier to just get hair AND makeup done there, but my stylist has been my stylist for YEARS, and I consider her a friend, so not having her do it is not an option.
So ladies–what did you do for your bridal makeup? Salon? MUA? DIY? Share your experiences and advice, and help me figure out what to do!!
Post # 3
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
@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 # 5
@MrsPanda99: +1 to everything you said
Post # 6
@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
@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
@LilySarah What is the going rate for MUA to come to you in NY?
Post # 9
- 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
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
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
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
@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 # 14
Unfortunately “on-site” for us is our hotel…. we still will have to get to the church and then from there to the venue. It’s definitely more convenient to have everything in one place, but I’m afraid I won’t be able to get a MUA to come out if only 2 of us are having our makeup done, which is what leaves me in this pickle.
@jesssamesssa: The salon is close to both the hotel where we’ll be getting ready (and having my hair done) AND to the church. The salon is 10 min from the hotel, the hotel is 10 minutes max from the hotel. I’d love to have a MUA around all day but I don’t think that’s in the budget necessarily. Luckily I’m pretty good at makeup myself and am okay with doing touch-ups myself. I’d even consider DIY, but I want airbrush and I can’t do that myself.
@MSbride2Bee: I’m actually in NJ, I just put NY for privacy purposes. But around here it’s around $150 for most, plus whatever they charge for the girls (around $75 from what I’ve seen). The problem is that I can’t afford to pay for all my girls to get their makeup done, and therefore I can’t guarantee a minimum of 4 girls for the MUAs. I have yet to find a MUA who doesn’t need a minimum.
@cheebs: I’d love to do it this way, it’s much simpler, but I have my regular stylist doing my hair and I love her–wouldn’t have it any other way! Although your post makes me wonder if she happens to know a MUA she could recommend. Definitely something to bring up next time I see her.
@Krispi: This is why I’m having my regular hair stylist do my wedding hair. I’m just more comfortable with her, I know I can tell her if I hate something and I know I can trust her. It’s too bad she doesn’t do makeup, too!
@mcfole2715: The timing aspect is exactly what worries me most about using a salon.
@DeeVine1217: This makes me sad since I don’t know if I’ll be able to find a MUA to come out for just one or two girls. But I do have a makeup trial scheduled with a local salon on the day of my engagement pictures, to try them out and see how they compare to other MUAs.
Post # 15
@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
@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.