(Closed) Professional hair/makeup or DIY?

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

We eliminated professional hair/makeup so that we could put that money into something we cared about more. Each wedding is different, though!

All my maids did their own makeup. A friend did mine, and she also did my hair. She “did” the maids’ hair too, but their styles were much simpler than mine and didn’t take much time. I would have stressed if I had to do it by MYself but having a friend who I trusted was awesome. It was a good way to include an extra friend in the wedding prep. 🙂 She loved doing it for us and she was great at it. We did two hair/makeup trial runs in the month leading up to the wedding so I could make sure I would have what I wanted.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

june004:  It might be worth a shot to ask around to see if anyone knows anyone who does hair and/or makeup. Even asking on Facebook, you’d be surprised at the people who will chime in saying “my mom!” or “my cousin!” and generally when it’s a friend of a friend you can get a lower “rate.” We just bought my friend like a $30 gift even though she insisted the hair/makeup was her gift to us.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think it completely depends on you.

I am doing my own hair and makeup because I have plenty of experience/comfortability with it. For me, doing my own is ironiclly LESS stressful than having someone else do it. Our wedding will be teeny tiny as well so I am not super concerned with impressing anyone with something exceptionally intricate.

If I was having a bigger more theatrical wedding I would have probably considered having someone do my hair and makeup more seriously.

Or if I was unsure of my ability to create a look consistently, even under pressure.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m getting a pro.  I’m hopeless when it comes to doing my own hair, so I definitely need that.  I’m pretty good at doing makeup, but I have acne scarring and doing makeup for high-def photography is very different than doing every day makeup. I’m very insecure about my skin, so having a pro do it will just relieve soooo much day-of stress for me.  We’re cutting back on things like flowers and table settings.

Post # 8
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1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

june004:  I only have one bridesmaid (my sister), so I’m not sure.  I think definitely for hair (and for FI’s sister, who is his “best woman”) and I’ll see if they want the makeup. I think my mom will want hair and makeup done.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

I can just forsee my hair acting up the day of and I wouldn’t trust myself with my own hair for a day I might be a bit stressed anyhow, so my hairstylist is doing both hair and makeup for me and for the bridesmaids who would like it.  I have 3 bridesmaids who are quite good with makeup, so they want to do their own, as well as a bridesmaid with very short hair and another who just prefers to do her own.  So my stylist will be working on me for both, my Maid/Matron of Honor for both, another bridesmaid for hair only, and my partner for makeup only.  I wouldn’t require it for them and I am buying them all gifts instead of gifting that, because I knew not everyone would want it and then I’m not sure how I would manage gifts for some but not the ones we paid hair/makeup for, etc.  

How comfortable are you with doing your own hair and makeup in general?

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m getting my hair done, because there is just no way I could replicate professional hair (my hair is pin straight and I can’t remotely work a curling iron no matter how hard I’ve tried).  I think makeup is a bit easier to learn.  There are so many makeup tutorial videos out there and all the same products they use are readily available.  I have ridiculous sensitive skin and am a perfectionist.  I’d probably just end up redoing my makeup anyways if I didn’t do it myself, and I don’t want to risk turning bright red from a makeup reaction on my wedding day (make-up forever foundation, which everyone raves about and many professions use pretty much burned my skin off).  As a plus, after the wedding you end up with some great makeup that works for you and added makeup skills for everyday.  I’m a little worried about the time aspect of it, as even though I think I can now replicate the work of a professional it takes me longer.  However, our ceremony isn’t until 3.  We don’t have to be at the church until 2 (we aren’t doing a first look).  I’m going to a salon for my hair that is a block away from my house, and every girl getting their hair done has their own stylist, so I figure that will i only take 2 hours at most and probably less.  

I would try some DIY trials, take some pictures and see what you think.  If you end up doing it yourself, I wouldn’t require pros for the bridesmaids.  If they want their hair and makeup done professionally, they could always make an appointment and pay for it themselves

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