A Bride’s Guide: Choosing A MakeUpArtist for Your Wedding

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A Bride’s Guide: Choosing A MakeUpArtist for Your Wedding


One of the many decisions a bride faces when organizing her wedding is whether to book a make-up artist for the big day.  Some choose to omit getting a professional makeup artist as they see it an added expense and they thought it’s easy and it’s something that they can do themselves.  Being a professional makeup artist myself, of course my advice is a little bit biased, but I believe it could be one of the best investments a bride could make for her wedding day.  If you’re the type of bride who gets easily stressed or has a little experience with makeup applications, hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding would not only make your wedding day less stressful, but sitting in a chair and getting pampered helps you totally relax so that you can focus on walking down the aisle.

In this article I will be sharing some of the things soon-to-be-brides should keep in mind when choosing a wedding make-up artist.

Do they specialize in wedding make-up?

It is important to make sure that the make-up artist you are considering specializes in wedding make-up, and is passionate about it.  Wedding gigs are sometimes taken advantage by some MUA to fund the free of charge editorial work they may do during the week.  Make sure that the ones you are considering have photos of their wedding work on their websites, as well as testimonials from bridal clients.

Examine Makeup Techniques, Tools, and Equipment

Your make up application skills or your friend’s  may be good for an everyday make up, but a professional makeup artist is armed with skills, equipment, and tools to ensure your makeup for your wedding will stay intact and fresh looking throughout the day.  They are equipped with the proper tools, from airbrush machine to lights, and they know all the techniques needed to bring out your best features.  Professional MUAs have advanced training in makeup education, having gone to reputable schools and continue to take classes to keep up with trends and techniques for clients. Top quality makeup application that looks flawless not only in person, but in pictures as well is hard enough. This is where having a professional comes in handy. We know top of the line cosmetic products and what they are for.  We don’t just put make up on your face, we apply them with techniques.

Schedule a Trial Make Up

Having a trial makeup for your wedding day is essential.  Try to do this in the morning so you can see how the look lasts throughout the day.  Good bridal make-up will last all day at least – I’ve even had bridal clients tell me they still loved the look the following morning!  Some MUAs offer this session for free especially during wedding fair.  You can ask them which fair they are joining and inform them that you would like to come and schedule a trial.  Before the trial, take time to think about the look you want to create for your wedding day.  You can bring photos of make up looks you love.  Make sure to discuss everything you want to the MUA before the start of the session.  Additionally, if the makeup is not done to your liking for the trial, you have the time to communicate that with your MUA in order to make the necessary changes right then and there so that you can be given exactly what you are looking for.

Choose the one whose work you love and you get along with

The two most important things to remember when interested in hiring a makeup artist is to make sure you view their work in-depth, and to make sure you get along with them on a personal level.

Viewing a makeup artist’s work and researching your makeup artist is so important. You want to make sure your makeup artist has a top quality portfolio. It can be a personal website, which is always best because it looks more professional, or even a Facebook Fan page, Twitter, or any wedding blogs their work may have been featured on.

You will be spending a lot of time with your makeup artist leading up to your wedding day, so it is very important that you get along with your chosen MUA.  Personally, I always make it a point to not only have a professional relationship with my clients, but a personal one as well. I love to make my clients feel comfortable enough around me that they don’t feel awkward, ashamed, or embarrassed to ask me to change or add anything when I’m done with a makeup application. I also love to make my clients feel like they can ask me about anything – skin care and makeup tips, or even just open to me about wedding stress.  Most of my bridal clients actually became friends, so I wasn’t just doing the work I love; I also gain the gift of friendship.

Book the right one

When you find the right MUA whose work you not only love, but can also get along with on a personal level, it is important for you to book them as soon as possible.  We professionals tend to book up quickly, sometimes a year ahead, especially when your MUA accepts only one wedding per day and during wedding season (September – February). So it’s really important to book your makeup artist as soon as you find the one that fits you best.  Don’t forget to ask for a service contract as this is beneficial for all parties involved.  As professionals, we use contracts to protect the client, as well as ourselves.  It also keeps the MUA from bailing on you last minute, which should never happen if you’re working with a true professional.  Like most wedding professionals, no dates are saved until the contract is signed and returned, and deposit is made. If any professional you are interested in working with for your wedding or special event does not give you any contracts to look over and sign, that should raise some red flags and is something you probably should not move forward with.

I hope this article helps all the soon-to-be-brides out there.  If you have questions, you can leave a comment below or simply contact me here.  I would love to be of service to you.  Enjoy the wedding preparations!

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