How did you choose who did your hair and makeup?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
7229 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I have several friends who are professional performers and contacted I one of them to get her input. I also have friends who are really stylish and asked them for their input. I also have a good friend who is a hair dresser and I knew I wanted her to do my hair and I asked her about any makeup artists she would recommend. The one that came through was the suggestion from my hair stylist.

Post # 3
108 posts
Blushing bee

I asked friends and my photographer for recommendations and read reviews on Yelp. I also looked at photos on websites to make sure we were compatible (I wanted a natural look, not super done up). 

Also if people write bad reviews on Yelp for one person, it might be worth messaging them and asking who they ended up with. That’s how I ultimately found my person. 

Post # 4
2852 posts
Sugar bee

I asked my planner to recommend the ones she had worked with while doing styled shoots and/or past brides’ makeup.  Once I had a list, I narrowed it down to the MUAs whose aesthetic I liked the most.

Post # 5
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I had a friend who’d gotten married a year and a half before me and loved how her & her bridesmaids’ makeup was done- they definitely weren’t too overdone, just all looked like themselves but better, y’know? So I asked her for the recommendation and they happened to also be on my photographer’s recommended list too!

Post # 6
3102 posts
Sugar bee

I asked my photographer for recommendations, and cross referenced that list with the HMUAs whose portfolio/aesthetic I liked and also with recommendations from friends who utilize HMUA services.

Post # 7
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2019 - City, State

I’ve been going to my hair dresser for 14 years and she’s an amazing friend. I found my makeup artist on thumbtack and she did a free makeup trial. She did a fantastic job and I was really happy with her. 

Post # 10
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - Los Angeles, CA

I went on Weddingwire. Asking your photographer or the venue is great advice.

Post # 13
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

Yelp, weddingwire, the knot

ETA: Just be careful with weddingwire or the knot because I ended up falling in love with a photographer, only to find out that she lived 4.5 hours away… So of course I had to pay for her and her husband’s travel fee to have them. Make sure you are looking at vendors near the venue!

Post # 14
20 posts
  • Wedding: May 2019

Since we’re having a destination wedding, I wasn’t able to ask friends and family for recommendations. I looked up reviews on Yelp, Trip Advisor, Google, etc. I then went with the salon that was within my budget. They also had listed on their website which makeup brands they used, which were some of the higher end brands that I like to splurge on occasionally. Then, of course, I talked to them on the phone, asking a lot of questions. 


I tried searching on the Knot, and other wedding-related websites, but I kept getting results that were fairly far away. The town we’re getting married in is in Florida, on the central coast. No matter how strict I was on distance, I still got results for Orlando, so it seemed like Central Florida was all one region. 

Post # 15
2312 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

My regular hair dresser did my hair for the wedding. We had a whole plan of keratin treatments and color lined out starting when I got engaged. And it turned out awesome! 

As for makeup, my bm’s just went with the MUA from my hairdresser’s salon, but my friend did mine. She said that I should have mine done by someone who sees how I look IRL. She said if I didn’t want her to do it, to take pictures to the MUA and show her what I normally do. I had friends that used that MUA so I felt super comfortable with choosing her. 

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