Bridesmaids: Professional Makeup vs DIY

Bridesmaids do a bride's makeup

A bridesmaid’s journey is fraught with hurtles and expectations. As a bridesmaid you have to constantly balance between the bride’s vision and your own limitations. There are a lot of decisions to be made as a bridesmaid. Where will you get your dress altered? What type of shoe should you buy? Who should you flirt with at the wedding? And lastly: should you take the bride up on her offer of a professional makeup artist? There are ups and downs to getting your makeup done professionally for the big day. Let’s take a look.

Money Honey

Money: the root of all evil or happiness? Depending on whether you have some to spare or not might weigh into your decision on this one. It’s true that you should probably stick to what everyone else is doing, but if all the other bridesmaids are willing to spend one hundred dollars for someone to slap what is essentially shellac on your face, does that mean you should? If the bride has left this decision up to you, you’ll want to take your wallet into consideration. How much have you spent on this wedding already? Did the dress cost you a pretty penny? Is it possible you could do it yourself or have someone do it for free? If so, you may want to think about how good free can feel when all is said and done.

Wedding rings in front of an antique clock

Time Management

When you’re in a wedding, time management is crucial. There are often events for days before the wedding day even begins and that doesn’t take into account the traveling you might have done to get to the ceremony location. You have to think about your energy levels and what kind of time you’re able to give to the wedding. Getting your makeup done professionally will probably mean more time spent on the day of the wedding. You may have to get up earlier, wait longer, and sit for an hour or more.

Not Everyone is Good

Consider this: you might end up taking the time and spending the money to get your makeup done professionally and then hate the job they did. It might be better to have your makeup done yourself so you have more control. Just be honest with yourself, are you the kind of person that doesn’t like a lot of makeup? It might be hard to get the balance right. A lot of times a makeup artist is thinking full glam. You may have to negotiate and clearly explain what you want and it still may not be what you were looking for. The bride gets a trial run on her makeup, but bridesmaids do not. Take this into consideration when thinking about professional vs DIY.

Happy Bride

On the upper side of things: happy bride, happy life…or something like that. You may be thinking about yourself and all the money and time it takes to have your makeup done professionally, but what about the bride? The day should be all about her, right? What kind of bride is she? Chances are she’s the kind who appreciates the assurance of a professional’s work. It’s calming for a bride to know that her bridesmaid’s will be taken care of and the job will be professional looking. You may want to go ahead and book that makeup appointment just to help out the bride with her peace of mind.

Bride putting on makeup poorly

You are Clueless

The best time to hire a professional is when you have no idea what you are doing. It’s one thing to DIY, but it’s another to DIY and mess it up, especially on the wedding day. Not everyone is a YouTube tutorial star. You may watch the makeup tutorials, but you haven’t been trained as a makeup artist. A professional is going to give you that look you always try to give yourself but fall short. It’s the bride’s day and you’re obviously close to her. Give her and yourself a break and be honest if you probably can’t do this yourself.

No Worries

When you get a service done versus DIY, there’s just an inherent peace about it. DIY is great when you have the time and patience to do whatever it is. You don’t want to have to do your makeup in a rush when you’ve had three hours of sleep. You want to wake up, put on your bridesmaid robe and sip a mimosa while someone paints your face. The bride is getting the star treatment so why shouldn’t you? You’ve worked hard (and partied hard) for this wedding and you deserve to be treated.

When you’re standing up there in front of all the wedding guests, are you going to be happy you spent the money on a professional, or are you going to be fuming that the process took too long? Are you thinking, “I should have just done this myself!” Or will you be blissfully enjoying the ceremony with a DIY face? It’s hard to know and it all depends on your personal circumstances. Figure out where you land on the spectrum of money and skill and make your best decision based on what you read above. Happy makeup-ing!

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