Splurge on HMUA??? How much over is too much?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
5170 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I don’t know if 1400 is too much, that will depend on your expenses but I do think $900 is too much when you know you don’t like her work. 

I think your best bet is to either do your own makeup or go for the better mua since you know you won’t be truly happy with the other one. 

Post # 4
236 posts
Helper bee

So my sister in law is very practucal and decided to be frugal with hair and makeup- and HATED the way she looked  and was completely uncomfortable on her wedding day.  There are literally no wedding pictures displayed in her house.  When I was starting to book vendors, that was actually her biggest piece of advise- it your wedding day, you should love the way you look and be comfortable.  There will be a lot of eyes on you, you will be talking to a lot of people, and as you said-  there will be pictures.  Now, that doesn’t mean you should blow your budget.  I actually found an incredible makeup artist (I booked my usual long term stylist to do my hair) and she was under budget!  But the trick was having a trial prior to booking.  I was super confident that her technique matched my aesthetic by the end of her appointment and booked her that day.  I really truly think trial before booking, although not typical, is worth every penny.  

Post # 5
7804 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

WOW that’s an expensive trial! First, I would cancel your other trial. If you aren’t 100% thrilled with their past work, no need to waste time and money now. Looking at the overall, $500 more for hair, makeup and over 5 girls isn’t *that* crazy, but it’s still a lot, especially if youre already over budget. I’d probably bite the bullet and do it, but at the very least do more research and look for more artists. 

Post # 6
12300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d say go for it. If you’re gonna spend 900, which isnt cheap as it is, on something you dont even like, might as well spend a little more and get what you love, especially for such a special day where the photos will be cherished forever.  This is my philosphy on just about everything now too, like when buying home decor/fixtures and stuff.  Don’t waste any money on something I just kinda like just cause it’s cheap and will do or isn’t that bad.  I’ll end up not satified and eventually end up getting what I really wanted anyways (which i should have just put the original money into and not wasted).

Post # 8
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2020 - City, State

Maybe you could ask your bridesmaids to chip in a little in order to get the nicer artist ? I’m sure they would be more than happy if the work was that much better ! It may be a little different over here ( UK ) but i don’t know of many brides who would be expected to pay for everyone’s hair and makeup, its very generous of you ! I hope you manage to find someone ! I know of lots of girls who work at MAC / makeup stores that do freelance wedding makeup and they tend to be pretty good from experience. 

Post # 9
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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misstomorris :  I highly recommend checking facebook, and asking on a local wedding page for recommendations.  That’s how I found my MUA and she was very reasonably priced and AMAZING

I rarely wear anything other than tinted moisteriser, but it was very important for me to feel confident on my wedding day.  I think you should love the MUA or don’t bother paying for one at all. 

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