(Closed) Paying for bridesmaid hair and makeup

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Maybe you could offer to pay for their hair and just let them do their own makeup but get ready together in case any one is having a hard time with her makeup?  Do you care if they have their makeup professionally done?

I’m paying for my girls to have their hair done and Future Mother-In-Law has offered to do everyone’s makeup (she’s good) for free so that’s my plan.  I guess it all depends on how matching you want your girls to be!

Post # 4
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I wish I could afford to pay for my bridesmaids, because I was shocked by the prices.  Unfortunately, I’m not able to, but luckily, I have a really understanding bridal party who have volunteered to pay for everything themselves, even when I gave them the option of opting out.  In your case, I would pay for the hair.  I would think that it’s much more noticable than makeup. 

Post # 6
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am having this debate now too. Interested to see what others say. It’s soo much money for hair and makeup (like $100+ for both per girl!) I don’t have that kind of money!

Post # 7
6825 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I guess it depends on if you are dictating a certain hair style and make up look for all your girls.  If you are doing it that way, then you should pay for both.

For me personally I told my bm’s I was getting my hair and make up done and if they wanted to have theirs done professionally they had to pay their own.  2 out of the 3 did, and the one who didn’t.  You could not tell that she didn’t have her hair and make up done professionally.  All my girls looked good. 

Post # 8
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m not asking mine to do a certain look for hair or makeup, however I want them to have it all done anyway. I know for a fact that Future Sister-In-Law is already self conscious standing beside the other two girls in the wedding party, so I wouldn’t want her to look at their hair and makeup and think her look isn’t as pretty/well done. 

Instead, I’m just paying for their hair and makeup myself 🙂 

Post # 9
2053 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@louisianablue: I gave my bridesmaids the option of my covering their hair or their makeup and they both chose to have their hair done by my stylist and to do their own makeup. I think hair was just more cumbersome for each of them which I totally understand. Each hairstyle is different, mine in a full up-do and theirs half-up, but I think we benefited from the similar artistry of the stylist that comes through in the photos. We also benefited from getting ready altogether so the bridesmaids could match their general makeup application. I didn’t plan our getting ready together for that purpose, we just wanted to hang out and start partying early! But that did work out nicely for makeup. So, it is great that you are planning ahead for this concept whereas we just lucked out. Phew! Don’t mind my brother in the second photo! Of course none of this applied to him but he was my third “bride’s attendant.” Ha! 🙂

Post # 10
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Unfortunately it is not in my budget to cover this. If I did, I would be paying $960 which I just can’t afford.

If it is not in your budget you shouldn’t feel bad. I gave my girls an option of going to the salon (Which I will book) or do their hair and makeup themselves or by someone cheaper. Paying for these things, in my opinion, is just part of being a bridesmaid. I have my friends wedding in a few months and I fully expect to pay for my own hair and makeup. That is something I prepared myself for when I accepted.

Post # 12
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was lucky enough to find a 2 person team in my area who will come to us. One does hair and the other one does make up. I was quoted $300 flat, and that will be makeup and hair for me, 3 bridesmaids, my Future Mother-In-Law and hair for my 3 flower girls. We are doing pictures before the wedding at 11:30 and the plan is to meet us at the church at 8:30. I just hope they can do all that in 3 hours!

Post # 13
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Out of hair and makeup, I’d be more concerned about the hair. You could ask the ladies to do their eyes with a certain color pallate? Or maybe gift them a good quality set of eye shadows (sephora, clinique, mac etc) and ask that they wear those shades for the wedding.

Post # 14
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am paying for both hair and makeup for my bridesmaids, but luckly, i only have two.  I think it is a really kind gesture, because they are doing so much for me already – buying a dress, hosting showers, etc. 

Post # 15
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I covered all of my girls hair and my MOH’s makeup. My 2 bridesmaid did their own makeup and they looked great. They weren’t as “done up” as my Maid/Matron of Honor was but I honestly don’t think anyone could tell. My Maid/Matron of Honor tends to wear more makeup than my other girls do anyway so it looked natural for her to be a little fancier. It may have been more noticeable if it was hair over makeup but in my experience, they all looked amazing and you really couldn’t tell that some were professional while others were not.  

Post # 16
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

What about paying for a portion of the entire cost, like you will contribute $60 and they only have to pay $50 each for their hair and makeup. I think That would sound very reasonable to everyone and maybe all will get hair and makeup.

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