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Dedicated November 2019

Make Up? Is It Worth the $$$?

Bree, on May 20, 2019 at 11:21 AM Posted in Hair and Makeup 0 38
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Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to get some takes on hiring someone to do make up for your wedding. It's pretty pricy here in Kansas. About $60 per person. And I worry that having someone else do my make up will make me not look like myself and that's the last thing I want for my family. I feel like I'm pretty decent at my makeup but it doesn't always last as long as I would like. So I just wanted to get some first hand opinions on if hiring someone to do you and your bridesmaids make up for your wedding is worth it or not?

Thanks for your help!

Bree

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Latest activity by Victorian Bride, on May 25, 2019 at 9:11 PM
  • Cortney
    Dedicated July 2019
    Cortney ·
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    I definitely think makeup is worth the cost. It's a special day and I don't think you should have to worry about doing your makeup yourself. Some days I love how my makeup turns out and some days I think I did a horrible job - so I wouldn't want to have that stress on my wedding day. Plus, professional MUA know how to do makeup so it will photograph nicely. You should just tell the MUA in advance that you want to look natural and like yourself and they should be able to accommodate that. And also that is what trials are for!

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  • Nemo
    Master August 2018
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    $60 is pretty reasonably priced as far as professional makeup goes. What area of Kansas are you in? I'm in a suburb of KC. It isn't required for you to pay for your bridesmaids to get their hair/makeup done. If you make it optional, they can chose to get it and pay for it themselves or they could do their own. This is how I did it with my girls (I paid a portion for the girls who chose to have it done) and how my friends have done it for their weddings.

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  • Bree
    Dedicated November 2019
    Bree ·
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    So what are your thoughts on make up for your bridesmaids. I have four total, then I also feel like I need to purchase make up for my moms (which is three for both my groom and I) It just seems to add up really fast as $60 per person.

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  • Bree
    Dedicated November 2019
    Bree ·
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    I'm in Topeka. I bought all my girls' dresses except for one who refused to let me buy hers. But I feel like I need to pay for everyone's make up. Like it would be rude for my to say if you want your make up professionally done you have to pay for it yourself because $60 can be a lot for a person who's already had to buy shoes and accessories and pay for overnight accommodations. Like I'm just thankful they are standing by myside. I don't want my wedding to cost them an arm and a leg to be apart of. And I feel like if I get my make up done they should have their's done too! Ugh it's so frustrating!

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    I’m doing my own makeup! The price was part of it, but mostly I’m super germaphobic and the idea of other people touching my face makes me cringe lol. Beyond that I’m not much of a makeup wearer in general so I feel like professional makeup would make me not look like myself at all (similarly to what you said). I’d recommend getting a good primer, and a setting spray or powder (spray works better in general I think, but if you have super oily skin like me, you’ll want to get a powder instead) and those things should make the makeup last longer. Also you can always touch it up in the bathroom during the reception!

    Here are my pics from my DIY makeup trial... and I’m super amateur at makeup, but my mom’s friend (who is a makeup artist) taught me a lot! Watch some tutorial videos and get tips from friends if you know anyone who’s good at makeup, and you’ll be fine!

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    I'm having my makeup done professionally and I think it's well worth it. $60 is a super reasonable price. We are paying for myself and our two moms, we left the option open for our bridesmaids and let them know how much it would cost if they decided to use our MUA. Only one chose to which is fine with us. I think I'm pretty okay at doing my makeup for a typical day, but I don't know what photographs well on high quality cameras that my photographers will be using. Plus some days I have to do my eyeliner 7 times before I can get it even and I don't want to deal with that on the big day. If you're in doubt, maybe you could do your own makeup for engagement photos and see how you feel about it.

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  • Nemo
    Master August 2018
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    If you make it optional, it isn't rude! If you were forcing them to pay for it, that would be rude. I opted to do my own hair and makeup for a friend's wedding because I had recently paid for $600+ of graduation/licensing exams and couldn't afford it. She just got her pictures back and I really don't think you can tell that I did my own hair and makeup. I also had two friends do their own hair and makeup for my wedding, and I can't tell from the pictures because everyone looks so beautiful! (Picture from my wedding below)

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    There is a girl in Lee Summit named Demi and her Instagram is studiodemi_hair. She does great work, and when my friend booked her she was $50 for hair and $50 for makeup. She may have raised her prices but she might be worth looking into!

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  • Bree
    Dedicated November 2019
    Bree ·
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    I'm for sure hiring someone for hair for everyone which I found someone who is half the price at $30 per person which I will be paying for.

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  • J
    Dedicated October 2019
    Jeana ·
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    Agree with PPSs -$60 sounds like a bargain to me. I’m definitely hiring one for me and my MOH (only one attendant). I’m guessing it will be about $250 for just two of us. My MOH used these girls for her wedding and they’re worth it. I’m okay w everyday makeup but I want everything flawless for pictures!
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  • Bree
    Dedicated November 2019
    Bree ·
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    I didn't even think about the fact I can touch up if I use my own make up. We have a really nice two room bridal suite at our location so I would have access to it all night! Genius! I can't believe I didn't think about that!

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  • Jennifer
    Expert October 2019
    Jennifer ·
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    If you feel comfortable doing your own, and you can do camera ready makeup, it's an easy thing to save money on. Playing with primers, setting sprays, and layering products can give you longevity, and you can get a ton of advice from Sephora or Ulta. That said, if it would ease your mind to have someone else do it, $60 is a good price, you don't have to pay for anyone else, and definitely, definitely do a trial and be honest with your artist about what you want and what you're happy with.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    $60 isn't very pricey. I'm paying $140 for just bridal makeup, and $75 for just bridesmaids and mom's makeup. That doesn't include trial, travel, or tip. For me, it's not an option, I can't do my makeup very well myself and I can't do fake lashes! It doesn't last all day and doesn't look flawless when I do it.

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  • Bree
    Dedicated November 2019
    Bree ·
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    I struggle with my wings a lot and honestly I'm the only person I know out of my bridal party that is decent at wings at all. Same with eyebrows. I hadn't considered thought that I could make it opitional.

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  • Bree
    Dedicated November 2019
    Bree ·
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    I did my own make up for our engagement pictures and what I would do for my wedding is identical to what I did here Make Up? Is It Worth the $$$? 5


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  • Tessa
    Devoted November 2019
    Tessa ·
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    If you can find someone for $60, I would book it immediately! The average rate in my area is $400 ($250 for the bridal make up on the wedding day & $150 for the trial). I've looked into dozens of bridal make up artists in my area and they also require you to meet a minimum for Saturdays (typically its $800). I wouldn't hesitate and lock down your artist at that rate ASAP!

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  • Justine
    Super July 2019
    Justine ·
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    I definitely think you should spend the money on makeup for your wedding! I think $60 is pretty reasonable. I would do a trial and see what you think! I loved my trial - it looked as natural as I wanted it! I don't normally wear much makeup, but my wedding day is a day I want to remember forever and look as beautiful as I feel. It's going to look so much better in your photos too.

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  • Bree
    Dedicated November 2019
    Bree ·
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    I would love to get my make up done for myself but the biggest issue was paying for my bridesmaids. So would it be resalable to pay half of the bridesmaids make up fee and making an optional thing.


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  • Haley
    Dedicated April 2020
    Haley ·
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    I'm skipping the professional MUA. I don't wear make up regularly so it's not a big deal for me. My plan is to give one of my make-up saavy bridesmaids money to get make-up at a nicer store and she can help the rest of us to apply it.

    The only way I'd consider paying for a professional is if I had a bridesmaid that is usually over the top and I thought getting a professional would mellow that out. None of them wear alot of makeup so that's not an issue.

    You should check out YouTube or beauty bloggers on IG. They have videos that tell you what to buy and how to put it on. Bonus is that you get to keep the makeup after!
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  • Masonbride
    Dedicated June 2019
    Masonbride ·
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    It’s definitely not rude to give them the option especially if your getting yours done. And $60 is pretty reasonable, I’m paying $145 for Mine, it’s gonna be airbrushed & include false lashes plus travel. Each of my girls are $75, I just let them know that a MUA would be available because I’m getting mine done & what the cost would be if they opted to do theirs. But that it wasn’t a requirement! They all wanted theirs done, it’s an outdoor wedding & it’s going to be hot so they feel more comfortable having a professional do it
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  • E
    Dedicated May 2019
    Emily ·
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    I think it is worth it to get professional makeup. My wedding was last weekend, and my makeup looked great through the ceremony, outdoor pictures with wind and 80+ degree heat, my sweat from nerves and the temperature, hours of dancing at the reception, tears from the sentimental speeches, etc. nothing smeared, I never looked shiny, everything stayed in place. I paid for a makeup trial as part of my hair and makeup package. I took in inspiration photos, and the makeup artist was great. I still wanted to look like myself, but I also wanted to have flawless looking skin, makeup that would last the day, and makeup that would look great in pictures. For me having a professional do my makeup was worth the cost of the trial and day of fees. I’m in Missouri, and my costs were just slightly higher that your quote.
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