It is no secret. We all want to feel and look amazing on our wedding day and who can blame us? It’s one of the most important days of our lives! When it comes to getting our makeup done, deciding whether to get the professionals in or take fate into our own hands can be a hard choice. There are a lot of things to consider either way, but if you are thinking of hiring a professional, there are a few things you need to consider before you hire a makeup artist.
What to look for in a Makeup Artist
Research: Finding a good MUA can be like finding a needle in a haystack.So, do your research. I personally believe the best way to find anyone is by word of mouth. There is something about trusting someone else’s experience that makes you feel at ease. Talk to your married friends and see who they used.Look at photos and if you like how their makeup looks, be straight up and ask for the contact details of their MUA. Have you ever been part of the bridal party and loved your makeup? Backtrack and find out who did it for you. If that is not an option, there is always social media stalking. Hit Instagram and Facebook and find the makeup artists in your local area and look at their work.
Hygiene: Even writing about this topic makes me cringe because dirty makeup tools gives me goosebumps and not the good kind. I know, hygiene might sound like a weird thing to think about, but hygiene is so important, especially when it comes to makeup. It is a standard in the industry for brushes to be cleaned in between clients, for mixing palettes to be used and for the makeup artist to wash their hands before touching your face (or for gloves to be worn). Make sure your MUA does all these things and uses disposable wands. Anything but this is a recipe for disaster (or an infection) and that is not something you want to be dealing with on your honeymoon.
Pricing: Here it comes, the elephant in the room. We would all love to look like Natalie Portman on the red carpet when we walk down the aisle, but not all of us have $100 bills to throw around like confetti. We all have different ideas of what fees a reasonably priced makeup artist would charge and that is completely fine because we all have different budgets and different expectations. However, remember you are not only paying for their time and experience but also their products, techniques, trials, professional advice and more. So, do some research, compare pricing, factor in travel and ask if they will be bringing an assistant with them etc. In the end, you get what you pay for and this is their job so don’t try to lowball them.
Trial: Okay, so you think you have found the right makeup artist for you and your big day? Time to lock in a trial. Some people don’t think this is a necessary step but I disagree. This is a chance for you to see how your ‘look’ will look on you and a chance to make changes to ensure you love your makeup on the big day. Make sure to take plenty of photos with the flash to see how your makeup photographs and also, test how it wears throughout the day. If you want to help the makeup artist out, go in with an idea of how you would like your makeup to look. If you are unsure of this look, take in a photo of bridal makeup you like and that will give your makeup artist a great place to start.
Technique: I don’t believe all MUA’s need to be qualified because some people just have serious talent but either way, you want someone who has a great technique, experience and someone who can work with your skin type/tone (and your bridal party’s too). Check out their portfolio, facebook etc to get an idea of their makeup skills and approach and really pay attention during the trial. Some things to keep an eye on are the finished outcome (after your trial), does it look well blended, natural and photograph well? Is it long wearing or do you find it slipping off during the day? Are you truly happy with how it looks and how it wears? Is there anything you aren’t happy with?
Build a relationship: Okay, you probably want to keep the relationship with your MUA professional but you need someone you can be open and honest with and one who you can relax and get along with. Nothing worse than having something who is in your face who makes you feel tense and stressed. Additionally, you want an MUA that you can trust and rely on. Once you commit to having them at the wedding, you want to know they will be there. A good way to do this is to keep in touch with your MUA and check in, making sure you are both on the same page with what is expected, change of plans etc. Communication is key.
Be Realistic: Please, please, please don’t be fooled by a good filter because it is misleading and it won’t be anything like that in real life. I know I said look at portfolios and social media but many artists are now filtering their looks so much, it’s hard to tell what the real look is. This is why having a trial is so important.
All in all, find a makeup artist who you trust for your big day and one who creates a look that you love as well. It can be a hard task but it is worth it and once you find a good makeup artist, you will feel a weight lifted off your shoulders. In hindsight, I actually struggled to find a makeup artist who I loved in my local area. That, mixed with budget constraints meant I opted to do some of the makeup myself. Luckily for me, one of my bridesmaid is a beauty lover too and a talented makeup artist and she was able to step in and save the day. Let me know if you would like a post about the makeup items you need if you want to do your own wedding makeup.