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We Tried DIY Vs. Professionally Styled Evening Looks, And Here's How They Both Turned Out

"This took time. This took an entire episode of Law & Order."

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Sure, it's fun to get professional hair, makeup, and styling...if you've got lots of extra cash to do it. But is it actually that much more worth it than doing it yourself? We decided to have one person get professional styling, and one person style themselves, to see if we could really tell the difference:

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This is Kristin and Nina. Nina is NOT a big fan of having other people create her look for her...

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...while Kristin feels very insecure about having to do her look herself.

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So of course, in the interest of dramatic irony: Nina was assigned professionals to take charge of her look, while Kristin would be DIYing it.

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First up was wardrobe: Nina's stylist, Nadia, brought in a bunch of great options for her...to the tune of $300.

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This took about an hour, and while Nina definitely felt a little uncomfortable having to try some new silhouettes, she ended up with something very cute (WHICH WE'LL SHOW YA LATER!).

Kristin was sent to the vintage store to shop, where the items aren't sorted by size, and a lot of the vintage plus-size items were...interesting.

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It took about the same amount of time for Kristin to find an outfit as it did for Nina (about an hour), but she emerged with something for about $65.

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Next was hair! True story: Nina had never actually gotten a professional blowout before.

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So, she was very pleasantly surprised when, after a visit to Blo (a blowout bar in Hollywood) she found this took about 40 minutes and $50 (with tip).

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Meanwhile, Kristin needed to google some hair tutorials (and purchase some hair mousse). But after about an hour, Kristin had managed to turn this...

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...into this (for about $8, the price of the hair mousse).

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Not quite bouncy curls, but it still looks pretty decent.

Finally, it was time for makeup! Nina had a professional Blushington makeup artist give her a smoky-eye evening look for about $55. It took about an hour, and it was pretty easy breezy.

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Meanwhile, Kristin also took about an hour (and about $35 in new products) to attempt a smoky golden eye look for the first time, and it went...less well.

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"The time this took was an investment. This was an whole episode of Law and Order."

So, how did their final looks turn out?

Here's Kristin before and after her DIY-styled evening look:

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And here's Nina before and after her professionally styled evening look:

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All in all, Nina's look took $405 and about two hours and 40 minutes. Kristin's look took $108 and about three hours.

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The verdict? Going professional doesn't necessarily save you a lot of time, but it is a lot of fun! And you can obviously put together a perfectly kick-ass evening look on a budget, even if the process is a little less dignified.

Makeup application services from Blushington were provided for this shoot free of charge.