HOW TO FIND A WEDDING MAKEUP ARTIST
Every bride has a vision for her wedding day right from the flowers to the bridal shoes and more. Getting the right makeup artist is one of many essential steps in the process. After all, you only have forever to look back at your wedding day photos! So we thought, why not give our future brides a makeup artists perspective on how to go about picking the right glam squad for their special day!
Here are 10 things to consider when booking your “Beauty team.”
1. HAVE YOUR WEDDING DAY BOOKED IN ADVANCE.
Great makeup and hair teams book up to 12–15 months in advance. Forget what bridal magazines have said about booking 3 months out, it’s usually quite the opposite. This is especially true when you want top talent and someone to come to your location to service you.
At the very minimum, for on location services, we would suggest booking 6–12 months out, and closer to 9–15 months out in larger cities, like New York and/or if your wedding is during a high wedding season.
2. READ REVIEWS
Let’s be real… we Google pretty much everything! So why not use the world wide net for makeup and hair reviews? Yelp and Wedding Wire is a bride’s best friend during the planning process.
When looking at reviews, look at how the team handled their overall wedding day.
· Were they on time?
· Did they keep the wedding moving smoothly?
· Were they pleasant to be with?
· Do they come on site?
· Did they accommodate all your concerns and questions?
All of those are just as important as how they make you look.
3. SCHEDULE YOUR WEDDING TRIALS EARLY ON
This brings us back to the first point, great talent books way in advance!! Don’t allow yourself to spend your entire beauty budget on endless trials. Find your top 2 artists and give them a spin you will be surprised with how easy it can be to find your artist if you do your research and plan accordingly.
4. SPEAK UP; WE CANT READ YOUR MIND!
Communication is Key!!! During your trial make sure you tell your artist everything you like and don’t like. Not communicating your dislikes will leave you not only frustrated but will also be a waste of money. Makeup is not permanent, so speak up. We promise you, we don’t get offended; our only end game is to leave you feeling happy and beautiful! After all that if you are still not happy it can be that that artist is aesthetically not the right fit for you, and its time to look for another artist.
5. BE REALISTIC
We are die-hard Instagram and Pinterest fanatics and will be the first to tell you to use social media for inspo! However, we notice a lot of women don’t know the difference between virtual looks and reality. I mean, obviously we know the difference but when your makeup doesn’t look exactly as the picture you pinned on Pinterest don’t be hard on yourself. We recommend looking for pictures that have a similar hair color, skin tone, eye color, and eye shape. It’s a guide not a final product. It helps the makeup artist get a feel for what you like and can then help create the perfect version of it for YOU!
6. SIGN A CONTRACT
Never assume just because a makeup artist has the wedding day open and available that you are automatically penciled in with them for your wedding day. Makeup artists are like any other wedding vendor so be sure you secure your makeup artist with a signed contract and understand your terms of services. This contract protects both the bride and the makeup artist…. This way you can rest assured that you have one more item checked off the wedding list =)
7.KNOW THE SIZE OF YOUR BRIDAL PARTY
It is important to know the size of your bridal party and if the artist can accommodate everyone. You may need to book an additional artist or an artist that has a team. Most artists will have special bridal party packaging and pricing so make sure to ask. Who would want to pass up on a deal ? ;)
8. BE ON TIME
There will be a million things you as a bride will have to do the day of the wedding and your artist should be very aware and respectful of your “day of” timeline. However, the same courtesy should be shown to your artist. This is where teamwork comes into play as the more you communicate and work together the smoother the day will go by, no hiccups no worries.
Sanitation sanitation sanitation!! We can’t stress the importance of a sanitary makeup artist enough!
Here are a few things to look for when working with your potential makeup artists:
- Do they spray their products and scrape their cream products?
- Do they sharpen their pencils before they use them on you?
- Do they sanitize their hands between clients?
- Do they keep their work area clean?
- Do they sanitize their brushes?
Serious makeup artists are serious about sanitation, and rightfully so. Ask your makeup artist if they have a sanitation practice in place for their team.
10. TRUST YOUR ARTIST
Trust that your artist knows what they are doing, you are paying them for their expert opinion, so work together to come up with a look uniquely you! After all, your makeup will be a reflection of their talents, don’t you think they want to put out only the best!! Have faith in your artist.
I hope this helps ease the process. Good luck you gorgeous brides!!!