Post # 1
I’m really struggling with deciding whether to hire a makeup artist for my wedding or not. Pros and Cons of getting a makeup artist versus doing it myself?
I just don’t know if I can justify spending so much money to get my makeup done. My only other concern is I’m really pale and blonde, and anytime I’ve had makup done by professionals in the past they make my eyebrows crazy dark and it makes me look like a psycho. I know I can do trials to see if it’s what I want, but the majority of the makeup artists around my area charge an arm and a leg even for trials, and it wouldn’t be worth it if I decided not to go with them.
BUT. I know professionals can make you look amazing, can make your makeup last all day, and would give me a different look from what I have every day (I wear makeup every day).
HELP! Advice? Pros/Cons? Good/Bad experiences either way?
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I am SO glad that I went with pro makeup- I also paid for the makeup for the two women in my bridal party.
I had a trial from someone I ended up not using, which was surprisingly bad (did makeup for two other friends’ weddings)- I felt that I looked like a drag queen. But it helped to get used to that level of makeup, falsh eyelashes, and to know what felt like “too much.”
I ended up getting the makeup done at the salon where our hair was done. Saved money to go to them, versus having them come to us.
Tell them how you hate the eyebrow work that’s been done in the past (photos of what you want/don’t want can help a lot.)
Post # 4
It’s expensive, yes, and you have no control, sure…but you also don’t have to worry about shaky hands applying eyeliner, forgetting your whatever, blah blah blah. Plus it’s fun and indulgent, and MUA know what to do so that you look your absolute best in photos.
Plus, most pro MUA won’t let you book without a trial (all the ones I contacted were like that, anyway). I love love love my MUA – I’m really good with MU, too, but she just really took it to the next level. Plus, her personality is so calming and soothing – I’m looking forward to spending an hour with her the morning of the wedding.
Post # 5
@SoontobeMrsKB: Are you near a mall that has a MAC counter? All of their employees are trained pro MUA. Last time I had my makeup done there a few years ago I think it was $50. Sephora does it also but I don’t know how much it costs there.
Post # 6
I think the only con is price, so if you can afford there are no cons. People always think they know how to do make-up well but there is a difference between nice everyday make-up and make-up that stands out in pictures and doesn’t fade. Photography was my biggest wedding expense ($5,000). In fact, it cost more than my actual wedding! I don’t want to spend that kind of money and then look terrible in pictures. My make-up artist was a good investment to protect my bigger photography investment.
Post # 7
@SoontobeMrsKB: Your best bet is a MAC counter or something similar. Do not go to a regular lancome, clinique, etc. counter. They are not MUA’s – they just apply samples and sell the products.
Bring in a couple photos of looks you like and a MAC consultant can definitely replicate it for you.
Pros: They’re pros and know how to apply makeup for different lighting
Cons: It can get expensive
Post # 8
I have such pale sensitive skin, and basically own the only makeup that will work for my skin, plus I’m sort of a makeup junkie. I can’t imagine being happy with someone else doing my makeup (especially shelling over the money to have them apply the same makeup I always use). I also don’t like the makeup artist at my hair salon, and wouldn’t have time for 2 places. I think it depends what works for you. Maybe try getting a trial, and then doing a trial yourself (perhaps with a bit more makeup than everyday) and see which you are more comfortable with.
Post # 9
I hate them. I hate having unfamiliar makeup put on my face (and they always use WAY too damn much), I hate having unfamiliar people close to me, I hate having anyone but me or my husband touching my face or getting too near my face, I hate not having control of what’s going on or being able to see it (mirrors don’t help ’cause my glasses have to be off and I’m blind without them.)
On top of that I have sensitive skin and I’m EXTREMELY pale (I’ve had makeup consultants turn me away from stores because they don’t have anything in my color, and tell me to tan so it’s easier to buy makeup.) Most people don’t really seem to know how to do up super pale people without making us look like creepy dolls or cartoon french hookers.
And even more, my style is kind of unusual and I don’t trust anyone to get my vision.
So it was a no brainer for me – I’m not even that great at makeup and I did my own. I tried some different products in the months beforehand, I settled on a look that was close enough to my normal routine that it didn’t require massive amounts of new skills, (my regular look is moderately glam and I deviated in very easy to do ways) I practiced it a few times, and It worked out perfectly.
I think unless you really want a look you feel you can’t do yourself, or you really like random people touching your face… it’s sort of a waste of money. As a bonus, the little money I did spend on new cosmetics are products I love and then get to keep and use again and again. 🙂
Post # 10
“Most people don’t really seem to know how to do up super pale people without making us look like creepy dolls or cartoon french hookers.”
That is SO true! Why???
Post # 11
I think if you use a reputable, professional MUA, the only con would be the price. I think for the majority of brides, having a pro is the best way to go. Put it this way – I’m very confident in doing makeup (worked as a makeup artist for Dior while I was in college, and now I work in TV so I do my own makeup a lot of the time) and I would still hire a pro for my wedding day. I just can’t imagine wanting to deal with having to get my makeup perfect on the morning of the wedding.
I would definitely do a trial though, no question about that. Ask to look at their portfolio, and see whether their style appeals to you and whether they’ve done brides similar to your look before (i.e. fair-complexioned).
Post # 12
@rebwana: Thanks for your reply! I guess in the back of my mind I know I should tell them what I want (e.i. the eyebrow thing) but I’m so bad at speaking up because I don’t want them to think they’re doing a bad job. Your idea of bringing in pictures would avoid having to have that conversation while still getting what I’m looking for. Thanks!
Post # 13
@Aquaria: I didn’t know they were trained as MUA, thanks!
Post # 14
@MrsPanda99: That’s a great point. There’s no reason to put a lot of emphasis on the pics if you don’t spend the money to look good in them- and photography is very important to me as well.
Post # 15
@SoontobeMrsKB: I think having a make up artist do your wedding day makeup is great as long as you can afford it. Even if you can do your makeup well, wedding makeup has to stand the test of time, tears, and kisses. I don’t know about you, but I can’t do that myself! I recommend going to MAC and making an appointment for them to do your wedding makeup. I did it for prom and it turned out great- if you have any concerns, like about your eyebrows, let them know! When you are having your makeup done, you are required to buy $50 of makeup products (which you get tl take home with you) There is no charge from the MUA for doing your makeup. I would buy any eyelashes you want and lip items they use so you can touch up if necessary. It’s a great deal!
Post # 16
@mgbser: Great idea doing a pro trial and a trial doing it myself and comparing!