(Closed) More stressful or less stressful by doing your own makeup?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: More stressful or less stressful by doing your own makeup?

    *More Stressful - Because I'm bad with makeup

    -Less Stressful - I'm good with makeup & can control my looks

    *More Stressful - I might freak out on day of wedding

    -Less Stressful - I don't have to worry about runaway (or late) MUA

  • Post # 3
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @iMechie:  For me, i would be too stressed out on my wedding day to do my own makeup. When i’m nervous things get messy. lol
    Your make-up artist sounds like a pain in the ass. (to say the least.)
    If you’re comfortable doing your own makeup and are confident in yourself then i think you should do it, if not then look elsewhere for a make-up artist, maybe visit some salons and talk to the team, see what kind of vibe you get from them.

    Personally, i would also write MUA a bad review, not wanting any unsuspecting brides to go through the same thing! 

    Post # 4
    45 posts

    I think you’re going to have so much going on the day of the wedding that doing your own makeup might be stressful. I don’t know about you, but my makeup never looks great when I’m trying extra hard to make it look super nice.

    Are there other MUAs in your area that you can test?

    Post # 5
    1611 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Central Park

    You could just book an appointment at a make-up counter like Lancome or Estee Lauder and go get your make-up done before you go to the venue. It’s usually $50, or free with at least a $50 purchase.

    Post # 6
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I also had a bad experience with my MUA (and the only one I even know of in the area) so I think I am going to just do it myself. Although I do think I will give her one more chance to do it when I go in to have her color my hair before the wedding.


    I have been trying out all kinds of different makeup and techniques to find the right one for me. I hope its not TOO stressful…now I am kind of worried. LOL

    Post # 7
    2119 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Whenever I’ve had my makeup done by a professional, I’ve ended up disappointed. Essentially, I always feel over done and not like myself (and once I had the “white” effect, I felt like a ghost!). Now, we’re getting married in a very remote location, so I doubt I could get a MUA even if I tried – but based on my previous experience I feel totally fine doing it myself. It sounds like you’re very comfortable doing your own makeup, so I think you should go ahead and don’t bother trying to find a new MUA.

    Post # 9
    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I did my own. it csme out just the way I like it and photos came out great.I just made sure I had enough time. Now I decided to do my own after a couple mua didn’t make the cut and some didn’t return calls or emails. 

    Post # 11
    2706 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

    @iMechie:  It sounds like you’re better at doing your own makeup than THAT MUA.  I think she’s the problem and she sounds terrible!  Also, how much did she charge?  My MUA was expensive for the day of, but the trial was cost of lashes + min. cost of airbrushing (if you decide to go that route) so it was $25 for the trial.

    Also, was it expensive because you expect the MUA to be with you all day?  Your “I’ll feed you” comment is confusing me

    For my BFF’s wedding we all did our own makeup and I was so nervous that I’d screw up and then I’d screw her day of schedule off.  So for my own I knew I wanted to have our makeup done, it was so relaxing and nice to get pampered!

    Post # 12
    2059 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    if you’re comfortable doing your own, i think that’s what you should do.

    i did my own and it came out fine. sometimes i look at certain pics and think, “i should have worn more of this or done that,” but all in all i was happy with it. i had planned on having my makeup done by a makeup artist, but then she and my brother broke up, so that idea went out the window, lol. she was going to do it for free and it wasn’t in my budget to pay someone else.

    i have my license in cosmetology, so i’m kind of a control freak when it comes to stuff like this. i was surprisingly very calm on my wedding day, but i think if i’d had someone else doing my makeup it would have made me antsy.

    Post # 13
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Wow,  even if she did a great job I wouldn’t want to hire her because of the attitide.  When choosing all of our vendors, part of what was a big part of the decision was their personalities. On the big day I want to be happy and not worried that someone is irritated with me.

    I was lucky that my MUA and hair stylist were fabulous on the first try but if I wasn’t comfortable to tell either of them to make changes (which I did a ton) on the trial then I know I wouldn’t feel comfortable on the wedding day and there is no chance I want that!

    I would suggest looking for another artist that is recomended from someone here or from a trusted vendor.  That is how I found my officiant, florist and MUA–recomended by our fabulous photographer.

    I made my MUA go darker on my eyes three times and each time she was happy to do it and my Fiance took a picture of me during the trial and she couldn’t have cared less.  As for my hair trial, when she first did it (a low side messy bun) it was poofy on top (I told her I wanted volume) and it looked awful so I told her that I thought I wanted poofy but seeing it on me, no way.  She was also happy to change it and it ended up looking great.  You need to hire someone that makes you feel at ease and comfortable to talk to.

    Good luck!

    Post # 14
    718 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I would not do my own make up, but that’s because I’m terrible at doing my own make up. My lashes always come out uneven. So I am going with my favorite mua in LA. Took me a while to find her, MAC and MUF always made me too white, which I hate. The girl I use now listens to me- which is super important.

    If you think you can handle doing your make up yourself, then go for it! I would suggest doing your own trials though. Set a time for after work when you’re tired to do your make up and see how it feels to do your make up under stress. Also take lots of pictures from different angles and blast yourself with the flash. 

    Might be a good idea to also leave make up on for a while see when you’d need to reapply etc.


    Good luck! I’m sure you’re going to look gorgeous regardless of which way you go!

    Post # 15
    749 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m a makeup artist.  I would never ever treat a client that way!  I surely wouldnt go back to the same MUA and have her do a trial again.  If you had a bad experience right off the bat, she was rude, rushed, didnt listen to you, didnt cover up any blemishes… this all sounds like a bad idea to go back to her.  When I was freelancing doing bridal makeup I too cost 100 bucks for a consult however I came to someone’s location and also worked with them until we got it right.  Thats the point of a trial.  Keep in mind the trial isnt so that you can see what she can do then you take it or leave it.  It’s so you can get the look you want.  Hair and makeup people ARE notorious for being really late… which is bad for me because I get a bad rep.  In the industry if you are on time you are late.  You are supposed to be a half hour early.  If you are confident in doing your own I would say ditch the MUA, save your money, and do your own.  You can practice several times in the mean time and you will have it down pat by the time the day rolls around.  Also I think it was very kind of you to offer to feed her… lol.  I usually breeze in on the day of and do the makeup then leave.  You seem like you have a good handle on makeup skills and I would say perhaps you would have even less stress doing yours the day of.  For me, its going to be time when I can just reflect and be by myself and get the look I want.  Good luck to you!

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