(Closed) Wedding day makeup Bridesmaids Help!

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
845 posts
Busy bee

I think it depends on the financial situation of your bridesmaids and expectations in your circle of friends. If they can afford it, I think it’s generally acceptable to ask them to have it done. I’m lucky that my mom is a makeup artist and doing all of ours free, but if she didn’t I would ask them to get it done. I want everyone to look gorgeous in the photos!

Post # 4
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Are the girls getting their hair done at a salon? Maybe they could get their makeup done their too, for less money?

That’s the route I’m going – but I totally left it open to my BMs on IF they wanted their hair and makeup done by a pro. Since I’m not paying for it, I didn’t feel right forcing them to get everything professionally done.

Post # 5
4005 posts
Honey bee

I’ve been a bridesmaid several times, and I have to say that I prefer to do my own makeup unles I know and trust the person. I definitely wouldn’t pay $50 for my makeup to be done by someone I had never used before. I don’t look good with a lot of makeup, and I would just as well rather do it myself.

My thought is to let them know that the offer is there, you know it’s pricey, but they absolutely do not HAVE to get their makeup done.  

Post # 6
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’ve been a bridesmaid twice, and the first time I did both my hair and makeup – however after seeing pics of my curls being so frizzy, I decided to have my hair done for the second, and I’m glad I did! When it comes to makeup, I’d rather do my own. I have super sensitive skin, and I know what products I can use. I think it would be smart to give the bridesmaids the option to have their hair and makeup done, but make sure to tell them what kind of look you’re going for – natural look, rosy cheeks, hair in an updo, etc…. some girls will go overboard with makeup… just FYI!

Post # 7
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t think you need to come up with a cheaper option, as long as it’s an OPTION.  I prefer to do my own makeup, but when I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in my bro’s wedding, his wife made us all get our makeup done and it cost me $70.  I was super unhappy, and I hate the way my face looks with alllll that makeup.  Some people would rather have theirs done by a pro, some just aren’t comfortable.  No matter what the cost of the options are, they need to have a choice to do it themselves. 

Post # 8
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m giving my BM’s the option for both hair and makeup, and they’ve all opted for hair, but no makeup (they’ll do their own.) Since I can’t afford to pay for it for all 6, it didn’t feel right to make them do it. 

Post # 9
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am considering paying for BM’s hair b/c I am going to make it mandatory to get done, but makeup I could care less about. After the awful experience I had as a Bridesmaid or Best Man getting totally swindled by a makeup artist at my sisters wedding I will never make it mandatory for BM’s to get it done. All the girls are perfectly capable of doing a fantastic job on their own and I sure as heck don’t want to pay for them!

Post # 11
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it depends on what you’ve asked of them already and what you’ve paid for.  In my opinion, as long as costs have been pretty low so far, asking them to spring for makeup is acceptable.  If, however, you’ve already asked them to spend a substantial amount, they might start resenting you if you make them pay $50+ for makeup.  For example, how much were their dresses?  If they were $50, then they can afford the makeup.  If they were $250, maybe not so much.  If your wedding is local and the hotel lodging is $60/night, they can afford it.  If they had to travel a long way and lodging is $200/night, not so much.  Did you pay for their hair, shoes, or accessories?

If you think their costs have been low, just explain how important it is to you that everyone’s makeup be uniform and gorgeous.  Professional makeup will ensure everyone looks their best and also nice photographs!  If costs have been high, I would skip the pro makeup for them, or just present it as merely an option.

Here’s a happy medium: just get a cheaper option for them.  Find someone willing to do it for less (which it sounds like you did).  There is no rule that says the same makeup artists that does your face must do theirs too.  I think two people is better because you can all get ready together.  Tell them your makeup is going to take much longer, so for convenience sake you’ve hired two people 🙂  Or, just be honest and tell them your makeup artists is expensive because it’s your wedding and you didn’t want to burden them with such lofty pricing!

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