Professional hair/makeup or DIY?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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1107 posts
Bumble bee

We eliminated professional hair/makeup so that we could put that money into something we cared about more. Each wedding is different, though!

All my maids did their own makeup. A friend did mine, and she also did my hair. She “did” the maids’ hair too, but their styles were much simpler than mine and didn’t take much time. I would have stressed if I had to do it by MYself but having a friend who I trusted was awesome. It was a good way to include an extra friend in the wedding prep. 🙂 She loved doing it for us and she was great at it. We did two hair/makeup trial runs in the month leading up to the wedding so I could make sure I would have what I wanted.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

june004:  It might be worth a shot to ask around to see if anyone knows anyone who does hair and/or makeup. Even asking on Facebook, you’d be surprised at the people who will chime in saying “my mom!” or “my cousin!” and generally when it’s a friend of a friend you can get a lower “rate.” We just bought my friend like a $30 gift even though she insisted the hair/makeup was her gift to us.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think it completely depends on you.

I am doing my own hair and makeup because I have plenty of experience/comfortability with it. For me, doing my own is ironiclly LESS stressful than having someone else do it. Our wedding will be teeny tiny as well so I am not super concerned with impressing anyone with something exceptionally intricate.

If I was having a bigger more theatrical wedding I would have probably considered having someone do my hair and makeup more seriously.

Or if I was unsure of my ability to create a look consistently, even under pressure.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m getting a pro.  I’m hopeless when it comes to doing my own hair, so I definitely need that.  I’m pretty good at doing makeup, but I have acne scarring and doing makeup for high-def photography is very different than doing every day makeup. I’m very insecure about my skin, so having a pro do it will just relieve soooo much day-of stress for me.  We’re cutting back on things like flowers and table settings.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

june004:  I only have one bridesmaid (my sister), so I’m not sure.  I think definitely for hair (and for FI’s sister, who is his “best woman”) and I’ll see if they want the makeup. I think my mom will want hair and makeup done.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

I can just forsee my hair acting up the day of and I wouldn’t trust myself with my own hair for a day I might be a bit stressed anyhow, so my hairstylist is doing both hair and makeup for me and for the bridesmaids who would like it.  I have 3 bridesmaids who are quite good with makeup, so they want to do their own, as well as a bridesmaid with very short hair and another who just prefers to do her own.  So my stylist will be working on me for both, my MOH for both, another bridesmaid for hair only, and my partner for makeup only.  I wouldn’t require it for them and I am buying them all gifts instead of gifting that, because I knew not everyone would want it and then I’m not sure how I would manage gifts for some but not the ones we paid hair/makeup for, etc.  

How comfortable are you with doing your own hair and makeup in general?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m getting my hair done, because there is just no way I could replicate professional hair (my hair is pin straight and I can’t remotely work a curling iron no matter how hard I’ve tried).  I think makeup is a bit easier to learn.  There are so many makeup tutorial videos out there and all the same products they use are readily available.  I have ridiculous sensitive skin and am a perfectionist.  I’d probably just end up redoing my makeup anyways if I didn’t do it myself, and I don’t want to risk turning bright red from a makeup reaction on my wedding day (make-up forever foundation, which everyone raves about and many professions use pretty much burned my skin off).  As a plus, after the wedding you end up with some great makeup that works for you and added makeup skills for everyday.  I’m a little worried about the time aspect of it, as even though I think I can now replicate the work of a professional it takes me longer.  However, our ceremony isn’t until 3.  We don’t have to be at the church until 2 (we aren’t doing a first look).  I’m going to a salon for my hair that is a block away from my house, and every girl getting their hair done has their own stylist, so I figure that will i only take 2 hours at most and probably less.  

I would try some DIY trials, take some pictures and see what you think.  If you end up doing it yourself, I wouldn’t require pros for the bridesmaids.  If they want their hair and makeup done professionally, they could always make an appointment and pay for it themselves

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