(Closed) Wedding Make-Up – need your advice bees!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Since you’ve done it before and were happy – I’d go for it! Save some serious money and get some extra beauty products.

Post # 4
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I agree with @Goldilocks1107: if you have had it done there before and were happy why not do it again.

Post # 5
4520 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The main reason I can think of NOT to do it at the counter is that if the people helping you realize they’re doing your makeup for your wedding day, they might be a little angry, which might make things uncomfortable. I might be wrong, but I thought that makeup counters provide that service so that they can show you how to wear the makeup that they’re trying to sell you–not so that you can get your makeup done while buying a lipgloss. You’re getting the makeup artist to apply makeup basically for free, which doesn’t seem 100% fair, especially when they would normally charge a fee to do something like this. Does that make sense? Just something to consider.

Post # 6
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I would inquire about the photographers wife. Just to see for comparison. I do think it’s a bit unfair to ask the girls at the counter to do you and all your BMs for basically free.

Post # 7
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would worry about timing as well. If you’re wedding’s on a Saturday, they’re likely to push you back so they can do customers who will buy more. Since they’ll know in advance that you’re likely to not buy much, I would think they would be grumpy and probably won’t do a very good job :(.

Post # 8
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would worry about timing an availability if you do it over the counter. You might not have the same makeup artist and you might not like it. Also, they could be angry if you arent buying products from them. Some work off comission. I would look into asking the photographer’s wife just to see and look around a bit. But as the other Bee’s have stated, make sure you have enough time.

Post # 9
10 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

As a makeup artist myself, makeup artists charge way too much.  Even though I don’t do work in the wedding industry, a lot of my colleagues do and to be honest wedding makeup is generally pretty simple.  It’s the most important day of your life and you want to look like YOU.  You on a really good skin day, but you none the less.  If you like the way you look, pretty much anyone you trust around makeup can do it for you.  Here is what I suggest:

Go to the makeup counters a few days in advance and find an attendant there who has makeup on her own face that you like.  If you like the way she does herself, she should be able to do you.  Tell her what your expectations are and tell her about your skin type.  When she’s done, ask her to write down what she did and what products she used.  Wear it the rest of the day.  If you still love it at the end of the day, awesome!  Then you can either buy some of their product and have a trustworthy and fashionable friend do it, or you can go back to the counter on the day-of with your list and ask them to recreate it. 

The cons are this: makeup counter attendants are NOT makeup artists.  Some bigger stores have an artist on staff, but most of them are sales people.  You can’t rely on who will be there on what day.  Stores with staff makeup artists will usually schedule you into their time, but it sounds like if you already called and they reacted that way, you’re local Bobbi Brown counter doesn’t have one.  You could shop around other makeup counters.  Or if there is a Sephora near you, most Sephora stores have several resident makeup artists and you can tell them you are partial to Bobbi Brown products.

If they’ll give you a trial for free, it wouldn’t hurt to check out the options at the salon or the photographer’s wife. 

Another cheaper option is to call out an SOS to your female friends.  Throw a makeup party one evening and have everyone bring their personal makeup, try some stuff on with your BMs and see what looks good, and see if you have any friends who are skilled at applying.  Even if they aren’t makeup artists, a lot of people have a knack for applying makeup and they might not even know it!  If you find stuff you like, ask to borrow it on the wedding day.

It’s a huge bummer that you’re makeup artist cancelled.  It stinks when saving money also causes a whole new batch of stress!

Post # 11
5 posts

I’m a makeup artist and i can’t emphasize enough how important the right and hair makeup person is.  It can make the difference from ” i feel so beautiful and confident” to “i hate my makeup and i can’t believe i look like this for my wedding day!”

If money is an issue, i would do several test runs at the local makeup counter.  I would also stick to the artistry lines like laura mercier, bobbi brown, smashbox, nars… since these are the artistry line they are more selective than the lines that offer gift-with-purchase.  Make sure you don’t go to a line that focuses on skincare either. … also there a artists directly hired from each line to do respresent them.  In most cases, these artists are better than ones acutally working for the counter themselves.  

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