Make-Up Artists: Are they worth it?

Nimra Rafique weighs up the pros and cons of using MUAs for special occasions vs. doing your make-up yourself.

Nimra Rafique
20th November 2017
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When it comes to special occasions I’m sure we’ve all debated whether to get our make-up done by a professional make-up artist or just do it ourselves. I know I have. There are pros and cons to both options, so I thought I’d breakdown some of these pros and cons and maybe it will help some of you with making such a decision in the future.

There are many pros for doing makeup up yourself for events. The most obvious is that it is arguably more cost efficient. I’m sure most of you wear make-up quite regularly so own the basic make-up products needed to create your intended make-up look, such as foundation, powder, bronzer/blush, eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick. Because you will use these products a numerous number of times, you are getting your money’s worth out of them. Whereas getting your make-up done by a professional MUA can cost on average between £25-£40 for one day/nights wear of makeup.

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If you don’t feel very confident in your make-up skills, but don’t want splurge out on booking an MUA, a piece of advice I would give you is practice. Give yourself a good amount of time before the day of the event and practice different techniques and experiment with different makeup looks. Watch make-up tutorials on YouTube, there are so many out there on so many different looks for any occasion, I’m positive you’ll find the right one for you. YouTube make-up tutorials are perfect; they give you step-by-step visual (and usually verbal) instructions on how to achieve the desired look.

On the other hand, getting your make-up done by an MUA also has many perks. For certain special occasions, I think investing in getting your make-up done by an MUA is really worth it. Sometimes events, especially graduations and weddings, can become a bit stressful. By opting to get your make-up done professionally, by an MUA you trust, rather than doing it yourself will minimise some of your stress. You know that you are in good hands and your make-up will turn out flawless. Also, I don’t know about you, but I find something quite therapeutic about relaxing for an hour or so getting pampered. Every time I’ve had my make-up done by an MUA it’s stayed flawless all day, but when I do make-up myself for an occasion I always find myself having to do touch ups throughout the day. Make-up artists are usually experts in their field, so they know all the tricks to create a flawless make-up look that will last. Some of my favourite local MUA’s include, @cocochloemakeup and @dollicious_ (which is a studio run by two amazing make-up artists).

Overall, I think whether you get your make-up done by an MUA or to just do it yourself is a personal choice. I would, personally, get my make-up done by an MUA for certain special occasions, such as a close family/friend’s weddings or my birthday, but would otherwise watch makeup tutorials on YouTube for inspiration/help and do it myself. I wish I could be like Kylie Jenner who has a personal make-up artist that follows her around the world and makes her look flawless all the time. But I also think it’s fun to do your own make-up, to practice on improving your own makeup skills. There’s no better complement than someone asking who did your make-up and responding with ‘I did it myself’.

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