How to choose a wedding makeup artist
So you’re planning to say I do. Congrats! Whether you’re after a chic cocktail soiree, traditional church ceremony or rustic boho affair, bringing your makeup A game is a no-brainer. It’s one of the most important decisions of the millions to be made, but once you have the moneymaker sorted, everything else should fall into place. There are so many makeup artists to choose from and as your look will be immortalised in photos, selecting the right person is essential . Here are our five top tips for choosing the artist of your dreams.
Choose your look
Firstly you need to decide on your look. Whether you’re after a little or a lot, it’s important to be super clear about what you want and this is greatly aided by collecting reference pictures – get pinning, girl. This makes communicating your expectations to your chosen artist so much easier than verbally describing it.
Whether it’s grilling all your married friends about who they used or poring over wedding mags, do your research. Trawling online portfolios and Instagram accounts is another great way to see whose work you’re drawn to, all good makeup artists have one.
Meet and greet
Always go for a trial prior. This is absolutely essential and again, is something all artists worth their salt offer. Do as many as you like until you find the right fit for you, someone who gets your vision and who you click with. There’s no denying that things can get intense on the morning of a wedding, so already getting along well with your artist will help keep things calm in the potentially high-stress environment.
Be very clear about how many people your artist will be making up, so they can plan ahead and bring an assistant along if required. Treating your mum and cousin to a full face on the day might seem like a lovely gesture, but last minute and unexpected additions can throw a make-up artist’s carefully planned schedule off.
Trust the expert
On the day, be prepared to wear more makeup than you usually would. You’ll be surprised at how heavy even very natural looks need to be to be picked up by the camera. Lots of layers are also often required to keep make-up in place all day and long into the night, so don't freak out and trust youtr makeup artist and their techniques.
Brides, what kind of make-up look did you go for at your wedding?