Every bride wants to look beautiful and feel confident on her wedding day, and once you’ve chosen your wedding venue, your photographer, and most importantly your dress, it’s time to think about your makeup look.
Choosing your makeup artist for your wedding day is almost as important as choosing your dress. I always encourage brides to find a makeup artist you connect with and trust.
The makeup artist you choose will be with you on the morning of your wedding day which is a special time full of nerves and excitement. I want you to feel comfortable with me and I should fit in seamlessly, like an extension of your bridal party.
Choosing a bridal makeup artist is about more than the makeup.
Besides the makeup, we end up helping with a whole host of other things including holding babies, zipping bridesmaid dresses up, attaching buttonholes for fathers of the bride, answering the door, and most importantly, pep talks! When the bride is in our seat, we’re spending that time reassuring, easing their nerves and making them feel comfortable. It’s all part of the job.
Below are a few things to think about when choosing your bridal makeup artist and making sure they are the right fit.
1. Find a bridal makeup artist style you like
Start with Instagram, Pintetest and Google. Collect, screenshot and save pictures of makeup that you like and try to identify what it is you like about the make-up in the image. Be sure to take into account the features and skin tone of the person in the image – would the makeup look similar on you? If it wouldn’t, it’s probably not a good example.
Then, once you’ve found and chosen your makeup artist, it’s their job to bring your vision to life.
2. FIND MAKEUP ARTISTS NEAR YOUR VENUE
Start by searching for makeup artists based near where you plan to get ready. Look at their websites and social media profiles to see their previous work. They should have plenty of examples of brides they’ve worked with – look for bridal makeup photographs, not just occasional makeup. You need to be able to see past bridal looks from real weddings and make sure they have wedding makeup experience.
3. READ THE REVIEWS
When brides take the time after their wedding to thank their makeup artist you know that they have done a great job. Look through the website to see if they have a testimonial page, and also their social media at any posts or reviews. There’s no hiding from Facebook or Google reviews – they’re from real people and can’t be taken down, so it’s a good place to start.
4. CREATE A SHORTLIST AND REACH OUT
Create a shortlist of your favourite makeup artists and reach out to them to find out their availability, pricing and to see whether they would be a good fit. You may want to chat to several makeup artists to find someone you’re comfortable with, and whose style and vision matches yours.
Organise to talk over the phone zoom or in person, and make sure you ask them all the questions you have before making a decision. I have been having some lovely zoom consultations with my brides recently.