It helped a lot to have people get ready at the salon. The mirrors at Irvine turned out to be less-than-great for getting ready.
I've thought a lot about whether I would have/should have hired a professional make up artist. In the end, I'm glad I didn't, because the amount of pointy things Bridesmaid L. kept sticking near my eyes, and how much she used her hands to smudge, I definitely wouldn't be comfortable letting another person do that to me. She also joked with me the whole time to make sure I was chilled out and relaxed.