DIY or hire an MUA and don't worry about it?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: DIY makeup or leave it to the Pro?
    DIY : (4 votes)
    15 %
    MUA : (23 votes)
    85 %
  • Post # 2
    472 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - The Villa

    If you don’t wear make up often and thusly don’t hvae a lot of makeup… or experience doing it, I’d hire an MUA.

    Post # 4
    2428 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Hire a professional and don’t worry about it. It’s sooo nice to sit back and be pampered on your special day!

    Post # 5
    2551 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    My plan is to go to Sephora and get a make-up tutorial.  I where make-up, but it looks very, very natural.  I want a similar look, but a tad more glamorous (oxymoron?).  Nonetheless, I’m also a small-budget, destination bride.

    Post # 6
    2007 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I hired a professional. I’m perfectly capable of doing my own makeup, and could achieve the look I want on my own, but I didn’t want to have to worry about it. It’ll be nice to be pampered a bit, too!

    Post # 7
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If you go with a pro make sure you do a trial….

    Post # 8
    2791 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    Normally I say DIY or have a friend “DIY”. But if you’re not that into makeup and have a specific look you want to recreate, you better hire a pro. 

    I on the other hand already own setting sprays and primers and feel confident doing my own makeup.

    Post # 9
    1500 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

    I’m agreeing with the majority that if it’s in the budget, go with a MUA. Your make-up is the last think you’ll want to be stressing out about that day, and you might be so nervous you could wind up with shaky hands or find it difficult to concentrate on all the tiny details your look requires, especially if you’re not used it.

    Post # 10
    4732 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    ClaudyandDon:  Hire a professional. I’m a wedding photographer, and I shoot A LOT of brides – who both hire pros and DIY. Trust me, hire the pro. If you are not someone who normally wears a lot of makeup and is proficient in application it’s best to hire someone to make sure you get great coverage.

    Post # 11
    1491 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Go with a pro and go with a trial – as long as you like the look and feel happy with you.

    I didn’t go with a pro, but it’s also because I don’t like how heavy the pro’s makeup sit on my face, and I like my super light makeup just fine and I can replicate it every day.

    Post # 12
    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Bartram's Garden

    Speaking as a MUA and a recent bride, do yourself a huge favor and hire an artist for your big day.  I hired someone, thinking I wanted to be pampered that day, which was great… but the big factor here is that my adrenaline was pumping so hard, I couldn’t even re-apply my lipstick straight before leaving in the limo!  Nerves will kill both your hand-eye coordination, and your creative vision, and you don’t want to have to deal with that kind of stress before saying, “I do!” 

    Post # 13
    406 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I barely trust myself to put on a little makeup when necessary. There’s no way I would know where to begin for makeup that would 1) be appropriate for something as fancy as a wedding, and 2) not wash out from all the camera flashes. Pamper yourself with a pro and enjoy the experience!

    Post # 14
    1532 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I am so not into make up. And I’m way too self critical and over analytical. I might actually have acheived a smoky-eye quite a few times in my life but upon ruminating on it, I decided it looked like I had two black eyes and I took it all off. I really cannot be responisble for my hair and make up in stressful times. Nothing I do is ever good enough because I doubt myself so much.

    Two of my bridesmaids did their own make up. The MUA told me over and over that I should pay for all the BM to be professionally done or my pictures would look bad. Ha! Those two girls looked red-carpet ready. They are the kinds of girls that can pull off the DIY option. They are make up rock stars. Me? Absolutely not. 🙂

    Post # 15
    744 posts
    Busy bee

    ClaudyandDon:  I never thought I would do this, but I’m strongly considering DIY.  Not because I’m cheap, because even though I AM cheap, I think when I buy all the products and maybe take a class it will cost me more than a MUA.  But I’m thinking about it because I’ve just seen way too many brides look overdone and old.  I’m already 32, I don’t need makeup to make me look older!  I figure I have 8 months to play around with makeup and do trial runs along with pictures.  If I can’t get the look I want, I’ll consider a professional.  But I’m just not sold on a MUA, even though everyone says you have to do it.

    Edited to add: I’ve also opted to do my own makeup in 2 of 4 weddings I’ve been in as a bridesmaid, and have been happy with the results.  So I’ve seen how my own makeup holds up in pro pics, and I think it looks good, and will look even better with practice.

    • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  goblueca.
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