Post # 1
I have the spent much of the afternoon/evening thinking about this question, and I’m just not sure what to do! I ordinarily wear a little make up–foundation, eye liner, mascara, and maybe some eye shadow if it’s a special occasion or a feel like it. The make up I use is all Maybelline and Covergirl with a bit of whatever was on sale at the time thrown in.
I am trying to be a budgety sort of bride, so at first I was like, obvs. I will DIY. But then I realized I would probably have to buy as much make up or more as the price of getting my make up done professional (since I’m a perfectionist and would have to have every single possible item for my big day). Plus, I would have to practice, but I’m artistic so I could probably get it pretty good, and I’d have the make up necessary for touch ups too. And then, I’d have all that make up left over to use until it inevitably goes bad. . .
So then I thought, I will go to a MAC counter! Best of both worlds–you get your make up done by someone who knows what they’re doing, and since you have to buy $50 worth of stuff for the make over, I could buy what I thought would be most useful for touch ups. BUT, danger zone! You never know what artist you’ll get, there’s no trial, things could go horribly, horribly wrong.
Finally, at that rate, maybe I will just give in and try to find a less expensive professional. A quick search looks like $100 is the minimum price, with a free consultation. That sounds pricey, but I could be sure everything would be done right, and I wouldn’t have the stress of doing my perfectionist make up day of.
So, what have your experiences been? What have you done? Do DIYers find that they spend a lot of money on make up that they hardly use? Is the MAC counter fine? Do the professionals charge that much for a reason?
Post # 3
I think you can specifically pick your MAC artist (if I’m not mistaken) just find one you like at a store nearby and see if they have an opening for xyz date. Also, MAC artists are usually professionally trained, so chances are they’d be just as good as regular “professional” makeup artists
Post # 4
I have been able to choose my makeup artist before at MAC (for other occassions). And you could still do a trial. Go in one day when they are working, buy $50 worth of product, and voila, you have yourself a consulation, makeup for your wedding, plus $100 worth of product. Seems like a no-brainer to me!
Post # 5
Thanks! I’ve heard good things about the MAC counters, so I’m leaning that way. I didn’t know they were trained, but I guess that makes sense! I’ve seen a couple people who had bad experiences, but pretty much whatever you do, someone will have had a bad experience. 🙂
Post # 6
I went with the professional at home. I found someone that is doing my hair and make up for $40 and just had my trial. she was awesome. You could go to Mac get a trial and then ask the artist how much she would charge to do your makup the day of, just an idea
Post # 7
Ive had my makeup done by “professionals” and at the MAC counter numerous times, and Im always happier with the makeup done at the MAC counter. Just be VERY SPECIFIC as to what you like, how light/dark you want to go, etc. as the MAC look can be quite dramatic. I would say go in and have someone do your eye makeup only (thats the most important part, unless you have bad skin, otherwise any one of those MAC girls can do your face easily) and you wont have to buy anything, just do it to see if you like that specific artist and make sure she works on the day of your wedding. But 100 with a free consulation is not a bad price either. I live in the DC area and everything is SO pricey here 🙁
Post # 8
$40!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you must be kidding..Im paying more like 400 *cry*
Post # 9
I feel your pain. I am in the DC area too. So frustrating!
Post # 10
I’m not sure how MAC works, but many of the makeup counters (in large cities) have free-lance employees who actually work for the makeup company. (So it would be an actual MAC employee rather than a Macy’s employee.) I had the Laura Mercier rep do my makeup at the counter for my e-pics and I got her e-mail address. 🙂 Turns out she’s also a free-lance makeup artist. She’ll be coming on-site for me on my wedding day!
Post # 11
hey, so i am like you and had the same questions before my wedding. then, i went to one trial with a ‘pro’ and it was AWFUL! i mean this lady just gooped eyeliner on me to no end. I looked horrendous.
so what I ended up doing was going to sephora. they will have someone do your makeup as a consultation for free, and they’ll talk you through how to do it, but then of course you have to buy the makeup and do it yourself that day!
i figured it’d be a good way for me to upgrade my makeup. I ended up spending about $250 (gasp!) on products BUT that is the same or less than I would have spent on a pro. and, the actual makeup is mine!
you can see for yourself whether or not you think my makeup looks professional enough for your taste. i’m sure a good pro could have done it better, but I was happy with my choice.
here’s a crop so you can see my face. . . original photo was by heather swanner photography.
Post # 12
I went to my local Macy’s to see if one of their Clinque reps would like to come to my Wedding location to do my make up and no body was interested. This is great if you can find somebody close by to do it. We did this for my sister’s wedding ten years ago but apparently 16 mi from the store to the Inn where I am getting married is too far for any of them.
Post # 13
I was just talking to my sister about this today. Honestly, of all the girls who have posted makeup trials on here, the BEST ones are always the ones who got it done at MAC. Those girls just know how to put makeup on, and the quality of the product is so good. I think I’ve decided to go to the MAC store before the wedding and have one of the consultants do my face, telling me EXACTLY what she does so I can write it down. Then I’ll take pictures, buy the product, and have my friend who is good at applying makeup put it all on for me the day of- plus, I’ll have the makeup on hand for touch ups because I’ll own it. I just have rarely seen an airbrush or makeup artist-applied makeup job look anywhere near as good as a MAC makeup job looks.
Post # 14
I’m doing the MAC thing and there IS a free trial. No purchase required at the trial, just $50 on the day of.
Post # 15
The best of both worlds maybe? Ask if any of the MAC people do weddings etc in their free time (almost every MAC person I know freelances for weddings) and see if they will do it for you for a good price. It is your day, you deserve to be pampered and taken care of.
Post # 16
- Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France
I have never heard of a free trial with MAC and I have gone to them too many times to count.. maybe because I never asked? Reguardless.. MAC employees are not only trained but have portfolios of their work! You have to basically audition to work for them and they are HIGHLY trained in their craft. I have NEVER had a bad experience with them and I have been going to them for YEARS to get make up done for this or that. If I don’t like how something looks… I ask them to change it.. I will be going to the counter to get my make up done with my girls on the day of 🙂