MUA how did you chose?

I have googled and looked on Facebook but how do I know if someone is any good.  I booked one that looked good to try for my xmas party and she made me look SO pale another cancelled being mobile and put her price up after a couple of weeks.

I'm rubbish at doing my own and think I'll be too stressed on the day.  How did you all find yours?

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  • MrsMcSMrsMcS Posts: 235

    I know how you feel! I initially booked a MUA who did my friend's wedding, as I had seen and liked her work. She had to cancel a few months later for personal reasons and I was back to square one. No-one else who my friends could recommend personally was available, so I had to go by photos on their websites or Facebook and it did make me a bit nervous. 

    My main tactic was to look through all their photos and check if they did the same "look" on everyone. Some of them really obviously had one style and stuck to it, and that wasn't what I wanted as my bridesmaids have completely different colouring, features and style. I booked someone whose photos showed a variety of styles, even within the same wedding party.

    There was one I saw who did the exact same shade and shape of eyebrows on EVERYONE - that was definitely the worst!

    You could also ask if they will do a trial before you commit to the full booking - obviously you may end up paying for a trial with someone you don't book, but it could be worth it to put your mind at rest. 

  • britbirdbritbird Posts: 1,453 New bride

    How about going along to local wedding fayres?  We have a massive one locally (Essex) and they have about 5 or 6 MUAs, and they are all doing make up on the day, so you can see what they look like

  • MrsGtoBMrsGtoB Posts: 606 New bride

    Thank you both fab advice! I'll check for the same looks and I'm going to a bridal show this weekend so will keep an eye out there too :0)

    It will only be me, my mum and possibly my sister having make up so that's been another problem a lot say minimum 4 people.  I'm out of season though so may give them a cheeky try...

  • I don't know if you have Instagram or can create an account to look for one. I usually just look under a MUA tag. So for instance MUAESSEX or MUAMANCHESTER and you will see a lot of results. That's how I have always found them in the past as they seem to be much more active on Instagram as opposed to Facebook. 

  • MrsGtoBMrsGtoB Posts: 606 New bride
    Kaybridetobe wrote (see post):

    I don't know if you have Instagram or can create an account to look for one. I usually just look under a MUA tag. So for instance MUAESSEX or MUAMANCHESTER and you will see a lot of results. That's how I have always found them in the past as they seem to be much more active on Instagram as opposed to Facebook. 

    Love Insta I’ll get looking thanks x 

  • Libby13Libby13 Posts: 243

    I went with the one my sister used because they did her makeup amazingly. What was essential for me is looking through their work on Instagram and Facebook, mine has tonnes of before and after photos and has worked on photo shoots etc, I love what I see in her pics and know she is really experienced. Also great reviews! 

  • LisaDToBeLisaDToBe Posts: 104 New bride

    I'm struggling with this too! 
    I never wear make up but both of my bridesmaids won't leave the house without their faces on. I asked them to do mine but they didn't want the responsibility, plus they have no experience of bridal make up which I'm led to believe is quite different from your everyday stuff.

    So, I'm looking for a MUA who will do a very natural look. I've looked on Facebook and asked for recommendations but on most of their photos, the girls look plastered in make up (to me). I'm also a mature bride (late 40s) so don't really want heavy eyebrows or false lashes. 

    I've contacted quite a few for quotes and they range from £80 to £200 just for me (including a trial).

    I've approached them at wedding fairs and they don't seem interested (but I've found that for most stands). I'm really at a loss for what to do!

  • HailsHails Posts: 2,455

    I looked at their galleries, Facebook pages and reviews extensively. Where are you based?

  • LisaDToBeLisaDToBe Posts: 104 New bride
    Hails wrote (see post):

    I looked at their galleries, Facebook pages and reviews extensively. Where are you based?

    I'm in Leicestershire.

  • How long in advanced did everyone book their MUA? We're getting married in October but the lady I want just isn't getting back to me, I'm assuming it's just too far in advanced, or she wants more work than me and 1 bridesmaid. Any suggestions? 

  • Mine is my usual beautician, she did my first wedding lol and every time I’ve been a wedding guest she’s done it - so it just seemed right :) 

  • HelenNHelenN Posts: 123 New bride

    The hairdressers I use also does beauty, so they have staff that are trained to do makeup for weddings etc. I've never seen their beauty work but i've booked them for the wedding day and have a trial in March!x

  • Suze4Suze4 Posts: 6

    I'm getting married in Nottingham and one of the MUAs I'm looking at does quite natural looking makeup. Make Up by Jenni. I don't know what you're budget is, I think she was around the £200 for bridal trial and day of, but may be worth seeing if she covers Leicestershire?

  • GinAndBlingGinAndBling Posts: 930 New bride
    LisaDToBe wrote (see post):
    Hails wrote (see post):

    I looked at their galleries, Facebook pages and reviews extensively. Where are you based?

    I'm in Leicestershire.

    I'm Leicestershire too! If you find anyone, please let me know. I'm going to a wedding fair at our venue at the end of the month and hoping to meet a few hair and MUAs there. 

    Our planning thread: We're completely winging it.

    My weightloss thread: Diet denial! 
  • MrsPBtobeMrsPBtobe Posts: 274 New bride

    I searched on google to find a bunch but the one I’ve booked with in the end I ended uo finding from seeing their flyer in a Costa. 

  • MrsGtoBMrsGtoB Posts: 606 New bride

    I found one!! I went to the National Wedding Show on Sunday and spoken a lovely lady and have a consultation booked in next month.

    I've loved all the wedding shows I'm going to quite miss them once we are married

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