Non-professional makeup/hair for bridesmaids?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: If I can only get my bridesmaids ONE, which should I pick
    Proefssional hair : (17 votes)
    81 %
    Professional makeup : (4 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I did not have BMs. In general are you happy with how your friends’ do their make up? It’s hard to dictate what they look like when you leave them to their own devices. And as long as they have decent coverage your pics should be fine. I had my make up professionally done for my wedding and there was so many layers. My more make up free guests looked just fine standing next to me. 

    DW may bring its own challenges for the hair if there’s more humidity for instance that your BMs are used to. 

    Post # 4
    830 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @mscuppycake:  I created a thread some time ago asking what people felt more comfortable DIYing out of hair or makeup; it looks like more people would prefer to do their own makeup if they had to choose. I don’t know your bridesmaids but maybe they fall into this category as well? Here’s the link:

    Might just be a point of asking them upfront. I’m in the same boat; makeup will cost more so I’m thinking of offering to cover that cost for them, but I don’t know how comfortable they are doing their own hair. Not that I mind either way.

    Just had another thought; maybe just ask them upfront that you want to/are able to pay for either hair OR makeup and let them choose which one?

    Post # 5
    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @mscuppycake:  As a BM, I’ve done my own hair and makeup multiple times.  If I was going to get one as a gift, I would prefer makeup (but I’m pretty good with hair).  As a bride, I would prefer professionally done makeup for my BMs- it has a much bigger impact on photos. 

    Post # 6
    2 posts

    I think it depends on their skills. Some ladies are perfectly comfortable doing their own hair for a formal event while others might not have a clue where to start and the same goes for makeup. Could you offer each of your bridesmaids the option of one service and have them select whichever they prefer? It’s very generous of you regardless! I’ve always had to pay for my own hair and makeup as a bridesmaid.


    With regards to pictures – I think you’ll be fine no matter what and I assume even if they don’t get professional hair/makeup they”ll be taking care of it in one way or another. Your pictures are capturing the day and the people you shared it with and I really don’t think hair/makeup will make or break those memories. A silly thought, but just to put it in perspective – Most wedding pictures you see of a bride with her groom, she has full makeup and he doesn’t and it’s not like the grooms usually look washed out beside their brides.

    Post # 7
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Mine did their own hair/make-up! It came out fine.

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