My beauty habits are probably pretty average. I wash my face and moisturize twice daily, I put on light makeup for work each morning (mascara, eye liner, a neutral shade of eyeshadow, light foundation, and blush), and I take the makeup off each night before bed. Some days I straighten my hair, some days I work in some product and wear it wavy, and some days (OK, probably 50% of the time!) I pull my hair back into a ponytail or updo. When it comes to anything more complicated than that, I really suck at hair and makeup. I recently mastered the sock bun, and that was a pretty big accomplishment.
This is my hair on an average-to-good hair day. These days it’s four to five inches longer but just as boring simple / Personal photo
Hiring a hairstylist and makeup artist for the wedding day was thus a no-brainer. I learned my lesson from our engagement session—I love how the pictures came out, but I wish I had done something else with my hair that day. (We took the engagement pictures at 7:00 AM, so my hair air-dried and frizzed out big-time…ruh-roh.)
My frizzy hair during our engagement session / Photo by Mustard Seed Photography
OK, so lesson learned. I set out on researching hair and makeup stylists in our area. We are getting married in November, on a popular weekend for weddings, so I was determined to book our hair/makeup vendor at least six months in advance. The deciding factor for me was price: I want to look good on our wedding day, but I definitely don’t want to break the bank, and I would love to find a vendor who doesn’t charge too much for my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup either. If you are leaving the costs of hair/makeup up to your bridesmaids, this is something that you should consider when you are booking this vendor.
I was shocked by the price of bridal hair and makeup. A lot of stylists charge upwards of $300! This sounded too much to me, so I asked around. I quizzed women I work with who have been recently married about how much they paid for hair and makeup, and which stylist they hired. Three women I work with hired Liz Day for hair and makeup services, and they had great experiences on relatively small budgets. I browsed through pictures of some of Liz’s work and was pretty impressed, and so I bit the bullet and hired her. If you are having trouble finding a vendor that satisfies your criteria, don’t hesitate to ask around and get recommendations from others who have been recently married!
Are you hiring a professional to do your wedding hair and makeup, or are you going the DIY route? Is anyone else as hopeless when it comes to doing your own hair?