(Closed) Is it worth it to hire a makeup artist?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I know squat about doing my own makeup so I would say “Absolutely, hire one!”, but if you think you are good at it and are using long lasting products then that is a great bonus! You can save costs and have control over what you like/don’t like

However on the flip side if you get trials done, you’ll know ahead of time if you like a particular MUA’s work and can be confident in the lash application.

Have you tried practicing putting on falsies yourself? Maybe it’s something you can get better at the more you do it


Post # 4
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

A bottle of good foundation is $40ish, good primer is $30ish, etc. If you need to go out and invest in good make-up, then it’s cheaper to just get a MUA, which will be $100-200 total.

FWIW, I’m pretty good with make-up, and I still hired an MUA. She was so worth it, and I picked up so great tips and tricks from her to boot. I wish I could get myu eyes to look as defined as my MUA did. I’m working on it. 🙂

Make-up done by me


Make-up by my MUA

Post # 5
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you are comfortable in your makeup skills I would say just do it yourself.  There are lots of good, cheap lashes (like Ardelle) that you can get to practice putting them on before the big day.

As for cost, it depends on what you already have and what you need.  I intend to do my own makeup, and already have most of the products I would use.  I would probably buy a new lipstick and liner, as well as a brow product since I never do my brows.  Plus anything you bought to use on your wedding you would be able to use again in the future.

If you were going to purchase everything new (foundation, concealer, powder, eyeshadow etc) new it would probably be much more expensive.  But if you only needed a few items it would probably be about equal in cost.

Post # 6
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t go with a makeup artist because they were super pricey here.  I went and bought new makeup which I needed anyways and did it myself.  It would have cost more to have a pro do my makeup and I wouldn’t have gotten to keep any of the stuff.  So, I think I made out well, lol.

Post # 7
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I wear makeup everyday, but I would say my makeup skills are OKAY at best, I’m still hiring a MUA so I look AWESOME! I’m thinking of airbrush makeup.

I’ve seen ladies who did their own makeup and it just didn’t pop, looked very dull and average, like she was going into a supermarket with a wedding dress on.

But that’s just my opinion!

Post # 10
3141 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

For me yes !!! It is worth it as I don’t wear make up nor do I know how to apply it. 

Post # 11
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m really into makeup and do it for most of my friends but I am still hiring a MUA.


ETA: I am getting airbrush makeup

Post # 12
1497 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m good with makeup, except base (foundation/powder). I normally just wear concealer, but that won’t cut it for my wedding day! So I am going with my sister’s friend, who is a hairstylist/makeup artist at an upscale spa. I would totally do airbrush if it was available, but I think he only does traditional.

Post # 13
3261 posts
Sugar bee

To me it is always worth it unless youre a profession MUA yourself. 

Post # 14
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@carolinagirl104:  Well thank you for making me blush. 🙂 If you choose an MUA, a trial is a great way to find out whether or not you like their style/work.

Post # 15
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am very close friends with my professional make-up artist, who has worked on numerous celebrities. Although I’ve learned a great deal from him over the years, and he and some of his local colleagues have continually commented about how well I do my own make up, I still paid him to do my make up for my engagement portraits, wedding, and bridal portrait. It was well worth every penny, because there is no way I could have made myself look the way he did.

@lovekiss:  I’ve always loved seeing your pictures! You are gorgeous, and I love your bridal make up and look!

Post # 16
1008 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I am opposite everyone else on this.

I hired one (pretty good with make-up myself, but thought I didnt want the stress) and I hated it!

I had a trial and liked it okay but told her little things to change. However on the big day, I still didnt look like myself and ran out of time to change it.

The only thing I regret about my wedding and therfor I hate the pictures too 🙁

If you are going with someone, I would have a trial, if you dont like it, I would do another full trial again.

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