Every bride deserves to look gorgeous on her wedding day. Hiring a makeup artist you can trust is just as important as finding that perfect wedding dress. It can be very confusing as there are several skilled and talented makeup artists to choose from.
No two makeup artists are ever the same, so don’t forget to do your homework before making that crucial decision. Unless you’re confident enough to go the DIY route à la Catherine Middleton, it is better to leave your wedding makeup in the hands of a professional. After all, those photographs will last a lifetime.
Determine exactly how you want your wedding makeup to look.
Makeup artists may have a vision on how your makeup should look like on your wedding day. It’s ok to get their opinion, but first, you need to determine exactly how you want your wedding makeup to look. You know your face best.
Collect inspiration photos from magazines or the internet to bring to your makeup artist. If you have one, bring a wedding scrapbook with you to give the makeup artist and idea of your wedding dress and color scheme. If you don’t, simply describe.
Do your research.
Don’t ignore this one. Ask around for recommendations and testimonials. Go online and check out their portfolios. Most makeup artists these days have blogs or websites showcasing their work and experience. Find out the answers to these questions:
- Does she/he arrive on time?
You want someone who is prompt and sticks to the schedule.
- What makeup products do they use?
You may have your personal preferences. If you don’t like the products they are using, ask if they are okay with using your makeup pile. If you are intent on using a fresh makeup set, find out if they can do the shopping for you. Most of them would be happy to do this.
- How much do they charge?
Stick to your budget but don’t forget to tip generously. (They really appreciate that.) Some of them may have an assistant or two with them to help with your hair.
- Is bridal makeup their specialty?
Every makeup artist has his/her own specialty. A good bridal makeup artist will enhance your beauty to make you look like the best version of yourself on your wedding day and not somebody else.
- What is their availability?
Makeup artists usually prefer bridal makeup services to be booked months in advance. Call to check if they are available on your wedding day. Remember to make an appointment for a bridal makeup test shoot prior to your wedding.
You don’t only want to look good on your wedding day; you want to feel good as well. Choose a makeup artist who you share a good rapport with. As a bride, you have to feel comfortable with whom you are hiring for one of the most important days of your life.
Never hesitate to communicate
After you’ve chosen your makeup artist, keep communication lines open to avoid issues. Ask questions and voice out your concerns. This way, your makeup artist will be able to provide you with the best standards in customer service and professionalism.